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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Record Class Enters Willamette's Full-Time MBA Programs

Willamette welcomed 102 new MBA students into the full-time Early Career MBA and MBA for Career Change programs in Salem during Compass Week 2009.  The record class is a 25% increase over the previous year and is the largest class to enroll at the Atkinson School to date.

The class is approximately 32% international and is 40% female and 60% male.  They come from 17 states and 18 countries and over 40% of the students are fluent in a second language. 

A common goal among the members of the incoming class is to benefit society through their career aspirations in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Many of them have already donated a significant amount of time through volunteer projects, social entrepreneurship ventures and corporate social responsibility.  The PACE (Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises) program, pairing students with public and non-profit organizations, is a major reason for their interest in the Atkinson School.


The Atkinson Annex - Temporary Home for 2010-2011

The Atkinson Graduate School's current home, the Seeley Mudd Building, will undergo renovations over the next two years.  This will necessitate a move of faculty and staff to a temporary facility currently under renovation behind the College of Law.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, most faculty and staff offices will remain in the Mudd Building, with a complete move to the temporary facility planned for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Atkinson Annex (its temporary name), is located on the corner of Cottage and Ferry Streets, across from the Willamette School of Education (download a PDF map:  http://www.willamette.edu/mba/downloads/AGSM_Annex_Map.pdf).  During the 2009-2010 year, some core courses and electives will be housed in the Annex building.

Beginning in the September term, Ford Hall, the University's new $19.6 million, 42,000-square foot academic building, will now house MBA for Professionals' evening classes.  The new facility offers state-of-the-art technology and more flexible classrooms and is better suited for the instructional design of the program.

Those interested in making a "mark" on the Annex building can participate in the "Atkinson Annex Naming Contest."  Entrants are encouraged to submit naming ideas, along with rationale for the name in 100 words or less, to atkinson-annex@willamette.edu.  Contest details are available online at http://www.willamette.edu/mba/forum/annex.htm


The Willamette MBA Welcomes New Faculty in Global Management, Information Technology and Finance

Three new faculty members have joined the Atkinson School, beginning in the fall semester:

Mark Ahn joins the Atkinson School as Associate Professor of Global Management.  He most recently served as Professor and Chair of Science and Technology Entrepreneurship with a joint appointment from the faculties of Commerce, Administration and Science at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  He is also a Principal at Pukana Partners, a life sciences strategic consulting firm.   Professor Ahn's faculty page:  http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/ahn.htm

Henry Bi joins the Atkinson School as Associate Professor of Information Systems.  He most recently served as Assistant Professor at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University.  Henry's research interests include business process management and data and knowledge management.  Professor Bi's faculty page:  http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/bi.htm

Robert Couch joins the Atkinson School as Assistant Professor of Finance.  He most recently served as an Assistant Professor at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.  Robert's research interests include corporate finance, investments, asset pricing, initial public offerings (IPOs), mergers and acquisitions, lending relationships and business ethics.  Professor Couch's faculty page:  http://www.willamette.edu/agsm/faculty_directory/couch.htm