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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Student Chapter Wins Human Resources Merit Award

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA, has assigned the Superior Merit Award designation to the Atkinson Graduate School of Management Student SHRM chapter. The award recognizes an exceptional opportunities for growth and development for student chapter members.

"SHRM's Student Chapter Merit Award program exists to recognize our top student chapters. These chapters represent the best of our more than 450 affiliated student chapters and demonstrate this through their ability to provide innovative networking and educational opportunities to their members," said Chuck Salvetti, SHRM's Student Programs Manager.

During the 2008-09 academic year, the AGSM student SHRM group invited lunch time speakers from HR Answers, Robert Half International, the State of Oregon, and Salem Hospital. In addition, the group helped to plan a two day trek to Seattle to visit Boeing, Microsoft, RealNetworks and the Washington Port Authority. They supported local schools and the Salem Chamber of Commerce through participation in the Ready to Learn-Ready to Work program and collected food for the local food bank and stuffed animals for Salem Fire Department Emergency Responders.

Students from AGSM were also able to attend SHRM sponsored seminars and the Salem SHRMA chapter breakfast meetings. At one breakfast meeting AGSM students facilitated a presentation regarding on-boarding and the support use of current technology. The event was very popular among HR professionals in the Salem-Portland area.


Hot Management Topics for Hot Summer Temperatures: Lunch and Learn

The Willamette MBA is again hosting a Lunch and Learn series this summer in Salem and Portland. MBA faculty will present research on pressing management issues and leadership hot topics in June and July. All alumni and friends are welcome to attend.

11:30 a.m. - Networking
12 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion
1 p.m. - Wrap Up


Willamette University Portland Center
1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 450
Portland, Oregon 97239

Willamette University Main Campus
Hatfield Library - Hatfield Room (Building #24 on Campus Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301


June 9, 2009 - SALEM
"Social Media for Managers" with Professor Polly Rizova

June 10, 2009 - PORTLAND
"Social Media for Managers" with Professor Polly Rizova

July 13, 2009 - SALEM
"Marketing Decisions Using New Media" with Professor Paul Dwyer

July 16, 2009 - PORTLAND
"Servant Leadership" with Professor Geoff Guilfoy

For more information or to RSVP, visit the AGSM website.

Portland Business Journal Editor: AGSM PACE Projects Shine in 2009

The weekly headlines on the Portland Business Journal reflect the challenges facing the economy. However, it is a refreshing treat when we can welcome the local media to our campus to see the exciting, entrepreneurial and forward-thinking projects completed by our MBA students.

That was the experience of the PBJ's Executive Editor, Matthew Kish, on a recent visit to Willamette. Kish judged the PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) new venture proposals on May 8. In his "Editor's Notebook," Kish provided a unique (and complimentary) account of his experience.

Each year, full-time MBA student teams partner with non-profit and government organizations, offering valuable consulting and project management work. In addition, the teams develop an entrepreneurial business plan to present to a panel of judges from the community. This year students proposed a number of projects with "social consciousness" in mind. From activities for non-athletic kids to scholarship programs for international students and financial literacy software, the projects showed a depth of thinking and a commitment to Willamette's mission of service.

Kish writes: "Despite the nerve-racking set-up, and the Simon Cowell-inspired comments from the judges, the students performed brilliantly. Each was articulate and poised. The groups made compelling arguments for their business ideas."


Alumni Referral Network: Empowered Professionals in Salem and Portland

The Willamette MBA program is in the midst of busy summer recruitment sessions, and we look to our alumni to help us empower the next generation of Willamette MBAs. Do you know someone who would make a great Willamette MBA candidate?

MBA Referral Network:
Please feel free to contact the Office of Admission with any questions:

Full-Time MBA Formats (Early Career/Career Change)

MBA for Professionals (Portland or Salem)