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Atkinson Graduate School of Management News

Willamette MBA opens new Portland Center in grand style

Over 200 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends gathered to dedicate the new Willamette University Portland Center in the Pearl District. The grand opening event, held on Friday, Sept. 6, included two special dedications.

The Connor Lecture Hall, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Patrick Connor, was formally recognized. The Connor Lecture Hall was made possible through a generous donation The Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation. Professor Emeritus Connor, in addition to his wife, his mother and several members of his family, were in attendance at the event.

The Hoyt Classroom, named in honor of WU Lifetime Trustee George W. Hoyt ’58, was announced at the event. This honor was a complete surprise to Mr. Hoyt.

Located in the historic RiverTec building at NW 12th and Kearney Streets, the new Portland Center includes two large classrooms, an expanded conference room, a larger café and a street side entrance. Each classroom includes state-of-the-art learning technology.


Atkinson entrepreneurship events - Friday Sessions and Founder Institute

Friday Sessions provide an opportunity for the Atkinson community to learn from real entrepreneurs. The format is designed to illicit the real scoop about what it takes to start and grow your own business. The session is an hour and half with the speaker, a short break, and another half hour with Wade Brooks and Rob Wiltbank to discuss takeaways and learning points. Friday Sessions are from 12:30 to 2:30 PM and take place at the Willamette University Portland Center.

Upcoming dates: Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, and March 14

Contact Wade Brooks for more information.


MBA for Professionals presents application prep workshops and networking events this fall

The MBA for Professionals program is pleased to offer a number of upcoming workshops and events for prospective students to interact with alumni, current students, faculty and staff to network and learning learn strategies for studying for the GMAT and prepare for success in the MBA program and beyond.

Dean's Luncheon – Portland
Meet Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise Debra Ringold over lunch to learn more about the Willamette MBA program and interact with alumni and current students.
Arlington Club - October 2, 2013
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Portland Harvest Happy Hour
Spend some time with Willamette MBA alumni and friends during a casual networking event.
Bridgeport Brewery - October 11, 2013
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GMAT Strategy Session
Learn strategies to study for the GMAT exam during this half day session led by a certified instructor.
WU Portland Center - October 12, 2013
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EDC’s Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business coming in May

The Executive Development Center is pleased to once again offer a special program developed for attorneys who work with business clients or serve as in-house counsel. The Leadership and Management for Attorneys in Business program provides the tools, resources and concepts to increase the value and productivity of any attorney working within a company. You'll become a better lawyer, respected adviser, and leader in your organization by understanding and thinking about business issues the way business decision-makers think about them.

Session Dates: May 4-8, 2014 – Willamette University Portland Center
Learn more about the program and upcoming topics on the program website.