This is a special "summary" edition of the Applicant Newsletter. It and will update you on the news stories we shared earlier this year and help you learn more about the people, programs and opportunities of Willamette's MBA program.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter.


Advising Corner: Why Willamette is a Great Choice
Everyday we have the privilege of helping people understand the nuances of choosing the right graduate program for their goals. It can be confusing: there are two-year programs, one-year programs, full-time programs, part-time programs, bridge programs, Master of Science programs, etc. -- and each type of program is designed to provide different benefits and outcomes.

Among all of these choices, only the Willamette MBA for early career and career change provides the solid foundation needed over your career lifetime.

The Willamette MBA is unique because it develops all three of the tools needed for success in a competitive economy: knowledge, professional experience, and strategic career management skills. We call this important benefit "Knowledge PLUS" because we understand that knowledge, alone, is not enough to get you where you want to go.

Developing Knowledge PLUS is the key to your successful career. Why? Because organizations of all types need and want to hire MBAs who have knowledge ... plus ... the ability to apply what they know to help the organization meet its goals ... plus ... the professional behavior tools that contribute to the organization's culture and community.

As a Willamette MBA, you will develop your Knowledge PLUS in just 21 months. You will set yourself apart because you will gain:

* in-depth understanding in one or more areas of specialty of management (accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, HR, and more). This in-depth knowledge is key to success in early career positions.

* breadth of knowledge of all functions of management and how they work together to form an effective organizational strategy. This broad integrated understanding of the functions of management is key to making good management decisions throughout your career.

* real and respected professional experience. Your Willamette MBA experience will include multiple opportunities to apply what you learn in client consulting projects, internships, investment management, new venture development and more.

* the tools of career management and professional intelligence. These tools include; networking, communication and presentation skills: cross-cultural teamwork and leadership experiences; job search and interviewing abilities; and more.

Students Prepare for Career Transition

Students have been very busy keeping up with academics, client projects and participating in valuable career opportunities. Recent career activities include the following and more:

* A visit to Ecotrust and Hopworks in Portland where students learned about approaches to Sustainability.

* On campus internship interviews with Nike, Inc. (Willamette MBA is one of only seven MBA programs at which Nike recruits)

* The annual Seattle trek where students visited several companies and met with recruiters, alumni and executives to learn about organization strategy, recruiting plans, culture, jobs and internships. Companies included: T-Mobile, Amazon.com, The Gates Foundation, Bank of America, Microsoft, Alaska Airlines and The Blue Nile.

wu mba seattle trek alaska airliens* The annual NW MBA Career Conference in Portland was attended by 70 WU MBA students. The conference brings employers together with MBA students from the region’s top business schools. Employers included: FBI, Hitachi Consulting, Daimler, Marcus & Milichap, Banfield Pet Hospital, US State Dept, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, Ecova, Definitive Insights, Waddell & Reed, Portland Trailblazers, NW Mutual, Target, Slalom Consulting and Rubicon.

* Trek to D. A. Davidson, the largest full-service investment firm based in the Northwest.

* Informational interviews! See our student blog about this important activity

Willamette MBA Professors in the News
Professor of Marketing, Elliot Maltz, has returned from a 3 week visit to the Philippines where he was the 2012-2013 Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Maltz lectured at 9 universities. Topics included: The Strategic Use of Market Information; Corporate Social Responsibility; and Entrepreneurship in Subsistence Markets. While there he also discussed his ideas on corporate social responsibility with the U.S. State Department and the Philippine Stock Exchange. He also met with the visit sponsor Washington SyCip, founder of the largest accounting firm in the Philippines.

Lisbeth Claus, Professor of Global Human Resources and author of the 8-Step Duty of Care Models is participating as Visiting Professor at the Ecole de Management Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France during her spring semester sabbatical. Professor Claus will also be part of an expert panel on managing global mobility for International SOS, the world's leading medical and security services company.

wu mba exam henry biThree second-year Willamette MBA students - Suroor Al Dhalemi, Anne Fraser and Teruhisa Homma - credit Associate Professor of Information Systems, Henry Bi and his course "Lean Six Sigma" for their passing of the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB). Professor Bi says "Their success comes from their persistent, hard work in learning the complex Six Sigma body of knowledge during one semester." According to Professor Bi, Six Sigma applies "a rigorous framework DMAIC, a sound statistical approach, and a systematic set of tools (including lean tools) to reducing waste in business processes and reducing variation in production and services." Organizations from all sectors - business, government and not-for-profit - implement Six Sigma frameworks to improve operational performance. Students also gave credit to other Willamette MBA courses that helped them to be test ready: including "finance, HR, marketing, PACE team management, and statistics."

Willamette MBA Blog Logo New Willamette MBA Student Blog
Follow the Willamette MBA blog to read stories and adventures of current students in Willamette's MBA program. With recent tales about student associations, company treks and stories of international students flying half-way around the world to join their classmates in Salem, you'll get the insight of students in their journey through the MBA program.

Providing a World Class MBA Education

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The Willamette MBA program is committed to providing a world class management education to U.S. and international students in all stages of their career. Several 2012 and 2011 recognitions confirm the Willamette MBA delivers on its promise of helping students and alumni "do well" and "do good."

  • In its 2012 ranking of the Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs, Poets & Quants, once again listed the Willamette MBA as the highest ranked MBA program in Oregon.  Willamette was also included in the ranking for 2011 and 2010.

  • The Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes Survey named the Willamette MBA # 23 of their Global 100 MBA programs for integrating ethics, social responsibility and environmental stewardship throughout the curriculum. Willamette MBA was also ranked #7 for the "impact" of our curriculum.

  • Forbe's magazine ranked the Willamette MBA in their "Top 75 MBA Programs" for ROI (return on investment). Willamette was the only MBA program in Oregon ranked for ROI. Forbes completes their survey on a two year cycle. The next ranking will occur in the fall of 2013.

  • Inc. Magazine named the Willamette MBA New Venture and Angel Investing course as "One of the Top-10 Entrepreneurship Courses in the U.S." Watch a video; read the full article on the Inc. magazine website.

Three Semesters of Internship Experience
The Willamette MBA internship program is just one way we help students build real work experience and professional skills while they complete their MBA. In fact, Willamette MBA students have the rare opportunity to participate in up to three semesters of internship experiences. Students can participate in a full-time internship in the summer between the first and second year of study, a part-time internship during fall semester of the second year, and a part-time internship during spring semester of the second year. And, because most internships are paid, they provide a source of income that can help students fund their educational and living expenses. The internship report for the summer of 2012 is available for your review.

Jump Start Your Career Plans via CareerLeader
Students admitted to the Willamette MBA program receive free access to CareerLeader - the most respected and comprehensive online career development tool for MBA students. CareerLeader helps students explore a variety of issues related to potential career choices - even before they start their MBA.

The Willamette MBA Culture
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Applicants often ask us about the culture at the Willamette MBA. Our answers always include two points: 1) we are a close community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who support and challenge each other; and 2) you will make friends and connections that will last a lifetime. Here is a recent story from Chris Magana JD/MBA'04, who told of his recent travels that reconnected him with fellow Atkinson alumni around the world.

"My wife and I along with 5 friends just got back from 20 days in Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Our first stop was Bangkok Thailand. Durit Tansiri MBA'03 and Tarn Chulphongsathorn MBA'03 showed us around Thailand. Upon arriving in Saigon we (along with Durit), reconnected with Tuan Le MBA'03 and Van Phan MBA'04 and spent time eating, drinking and reminiscing about our time together at AGSM."

"My friend Chris Blakney (non AGSM grad) described the trip best: 7 friends, 4 new ones (my AGSM classmates), 20 days, 3 countries, 8 hotels, 7 planes, 14 motorbikes, 10 boats, 3 trains 2 ATVs, 2 buses, 10 vans, 1 elephant and 18K miles covered. Amazing trip!”

"As we reflected on the long flight home we all acknowledged that my old friends and their new friends made the trip. I think my friends were surprised at the generosity and strength of the AGSM alumni network. AGSM is filled with generous, smart and fun people that eventually scatter around the globe. Just one more reason I'm glad I chose AGSM."

A Willamette MBA Vocabulary Guide
Did you ever wonder how to pronounce "Willamette" or the meaning of some of the abbreviations you see when you read our facebook pages, student blogs and alumni newsletter? Here is a short guide to help you navigate the WU MBA vocabulary:
Pronunciation of Willamette = Will-lam-it
WU = Willamette University
Atkinson Graduate School of Management = the name of the WU graduate school of management and home of the Willamette MBA programs
AGSM = Atkinson Graduate School of Management
GSM = the prefix for MBA course numbers
= the WU mascot
PACE = Practical Application for Careers and Enterprises
IKEWS = Integrated Knowledge Exercise Week
Trek = Organized onsite visits to employers

Plan Ahead! Academic Calendar for 2013-14

Fall semester 2013 starts on Tuesday, August 13th. An optional presession will be available on Friday, August 9h. You can access the complete calendar online.

Happy 171st Birthday to Willamette University
Willamette University, the first university in the western half of the United States, celebrated its 171st birthday on February 1st. Students celebrated the day with cake and wore their WU gear - all commemorating "Willamette Day."

Contact Us With Your Information Needs
Be sure to let us know if you have questions! We are happy to help.

Judy O'Neill
Associate Dean and Director of Admission
Willamette University MBA


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