Spring is almost here! The Willamette University campus will be ablaze in the colors of nature and the activities of our students.

Twenty-one months as an MBA student at Willamette goes by very fast. It is a busy and productive time!

This edition of the newsletter will catch you up on recent news and help you connect and learn more about the people, programs and opportunities of the Willamette MBA.


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 Fubright-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."

Join Us for Our Upcoming Online Chats
Mark your calendar and join us for our online chats! Each chat spans a two hour time period and you may come and go as you wish. Topics, dates and featured WU MBA guests for upcoming chats are listed below. Chats are fun, informative and provide a great opportunity for you to get to know our featured guest, current students and admission staff.

Topic: Career Management

Saturday, February 23rd: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Beth Ursin, MBA Director of Career Management

Topic: Student Organizations, Leadership and Activities
Saturday, March 9th: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Desiree Vorhees Assistant Director of Career Management

Topic: Chat for International Students - Tips on the Visa Process, Working in the U.S., and More
Saturday, March 16th: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Chris Andresen, Associate Director of International Education and University advisor for international students.

Topic: Chat with Dean - Debra Ringold
Saturday, March 23: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Featured Guest: Debra J. Ringold, Dean and Professor

To join the chat: Go to: <http://www.willamette.edu/chatblazer/mba-chat.htm>. Click on "Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change" and sign in. The chat software requires JAVA. If you have trouble accessing the site, it usually means you need to change your browser preferences to allow JAVA for this site.

We will send a reminder email during the week prior to each chat. The email will include a link and instructions for joining us online.

Joint Us for the WU MBA Preview Day - March 2, 2013

The annual on-campus MBA Preview Day will be held on Saturday, March 2nd. Preview Day is a great opportunity to visit campus and experience the Willamette MBA first hand. Activities include sample classes, talking with faculty, student and alumni panels, and information about career management. Register to attend online.

If you can't join us on March 2nd, you are always welcome to arrange an individual campus visit.

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 formally 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


900 State Street • Salem OR 97301 • 503.370.6167 • mba-admission@willamette.edu