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Rob Wiltbank's angel investing course was named among the 10 best for learning entrepreneurship.Rob Wiltbank's angel investing course was named among the 10 best for learning entrepreneurship.

Inc. magazine features Willamette MBA course as one of the best in the country

Atkinson Graduate School of Management's angel investing course has been named one of the 10 best entrepreneurship courses in the country by Inc. magazine.

The MBA course, taught by Rob Wiltbank, associate professor of strategic management, places students in real-world angel investing groups to evaluate opportunities from early-stage companies that are seeking investments.

Back in the classroom, the students share the best opportunities and use specific criteria to determine which new companies are worth an investment. They invest using real money from the Willamette Angel Fund, which was created through donations from alumni and other supporters.

The unique program — the only one of its kind in the nation — gives students insight into entrepreneurship from both sides of the table, Wiltbank says. (Read more about it in our recent feature article.)

Inc. magazine's feature showcases "innovative classes that emphasize experience over study," courses that throw out the past assertion that "you can't teach entrepreneurship." The article says these classes are "distinguished by their excellence (most have won awards or been adopted by other schools), their innovation and their ambition." 

Read the full article on the Inc. magazine website.


MBA alumnus elected chairman of board for Deloitte LLP

Willamette University alumnus and trustee Punit Renjen MM’86 was elected this week to the position of chairman of the board of Deloitte LLP, a company with 45,000 professionals that provides clients services in auditing, financial advisory, tax and consulting.

Renjen was previously chairman and chief executive office of Deloitte Consulting LLP, one of the largest consulting services providers in the U.S. In that role, Renjen helped Deloitte become a leader in high-growth markets such as sustainability, business analytics, health care and the U.S. federal government.

Renjen was recognized as one of Consulting magazine’s top consultants in 2007, and he guided Deloitte Consulting to be recognized as one of the “2010 Best Firms to Work For” by the same magazine.

Oregon Ethics in Business Awards - presented June 15

Willamette MBA students participate in the Oregon Ethics in Business program as student underwriters, evaluating business, non-profit and individual nominees for the prestigious annual awards. Specifically, the students evaluate the nominees' environmental stewardship, social responsibility and ethical behavior.

Tickets to this year's awards program are now available through the Rotary Club of Portland at http://www.oregonethicsinbusiness.org/

2011 Finalists:

Ashforth Pacific, Inc.
Dave's Killer Bread
Pacific Continental Bank
The Partners Group
Unitus Community Credit Union

Non-Profit Organizations:
Children's Justice Alliance
DePaul Industries
Loaves and Fishes Centers
Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation

Dr. Donna Beegle
William"Bill" Harris

GMAT strategy courses presented by Willamette MBA for Professionals

The Willamette MBA for Professionals understands the demands of attending a rigorous AACSB-accredited evening MBA program while working full-time and keeping step with career and family. We know most professionals experience some level of anxiety when preparing for and taking a test. It is perfectly natural.

If you or someone in your professional peer or mentor network is considering an MBA education, attend or share with him/her the opportunity to attend a 3-Session GMAT Strategies Series, led by a Kaplan Instructor, at either the Willamette University Salem or Portland Campuses. There is no cost to participants to attend; however, registration is required (sessions are limited to 30 attendees).

3-Session Series - SALEM
* Tuesday, May 10 - Introduction to the GMAT
* Tuesday, May 17 - Quantitative Review
* Tuesday, May 24 - Written and Verbal Review

Registration: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/getarealmba/gmat/

3-Session Series - PORTLAND
* Thursday, May 12 - Introduction to the GMAT
* Thursday, May 19 - Quantitative Review
* Thursday, May 26 - Written and Verbal Review

Registration: http://www.willamette.edu/mba/getarealmba/gmat/

Save the date - Willamette MBA summer gatherings for alumni, current students and prospective students

Connect with faculty, staff, current students, alumni and incoming students at the annual Willamette MBA summer gatherings, held in both Portland and Salem.

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - PORTLAND
5:30-7:30 p.m.
ZGF Architects
1223 SW Washington Street, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon

Friday, July 15, 2011 - SALEM
5:30-7:30 p.m.
AGSM (Mudd) Building Patio
Willamette University Salem Campus