Compass Week 2016

Welcome to Compass Week 2016

Compass Week is the first week of school. All incoming students to the Full-Time Early Career and Career Change MBA program participate.

Compass Week is an academic, professional, and social experience that introduces you to fellow classmates, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as introduces programs and procedures to help you succeed in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. This week includes a professional meeting with your PACE team and client, as well as a team-building retreat off campus.

Important Note: Parking for all On-Campus days will be in the Atkinson School parking lot
Please fill out the Compass Week 2016 Pre-Arrival Form here by July 31.

Questions? Please contact Career Management or 503-370-6167.

Compass Week Overview  August 15-19, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016  Attire is Business Casual

PLAN AHEAD: Bring money for Dine around Town, if you wish to participate. No need to bring anything else — just yourself ready to have fun!

Cat Cavern, Second Floor
Cat Cavern, Second Floor
Campus Tour (Optional)
Cat Cavern, Second Floor


Stephen E. ThorsettPresident Willamette University

The Willamette University MBA Experience

Debra J. RingoldDean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise

Compass Week Overview and Getting to Know You

Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
Louiza Easley, Career Advisor and Program Coordinator
After reviewing the Compass Week Schedule, this workshop will feature exercises designed to help you get to know your fellow classmates
Cat Cavern, Second Floor
Cat Cavern, Second Floor
Willamette University MBA Sucess
Come and learn how to be successful as a Willamette MBA student. You will learn about the curriculum at Willamette, how we teach the material and how career management can help you
Academic Integrity, Intellectual Property and Expectations for Management Writing
In this session, we will discuss academic integrity and respecting intellectual property through proper citation. We will also discuss Atkinson’s expectations for students’ writing and present an overview of the Willamette MBA Writing Program through which students receive personalized feedback on a series of written assignments.  
Honor Code
Honesty and integrity are an important part of being a great manager. This session will focus on the standards of professionalism we feel are important to your success. 
Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshops
How you present yourself in your cover letter and resume determines how others will percieve you.  Take a deeper dive into learning what MBA recruiters look for and incorporate these best practices into your materials. 
Larry Ettner, Professor of Management Practice
Debra J. Ringold, Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise
Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Mangement
Jessica Ordonez, Contributing Assistant Professor
Betsy Reed, Associate Dean and Director of Admission, Early Career and Career Change MBA
Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Jessica Ordonez, Contributing Assistant Professor
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
Various Restaurants
Dine-Around Salem (Optional) 
Enjoy an evening with your fellow classmates at a downtown Salem restaurant. Meet at 6:15 p.m. outside the Mudd Building and walk with your group to your restaurant. All restaurants are within a 10 minute walk from Willamette University. Each student is responsible for the cost of their own meal and (if applicable) the meal of their invited adult guest. Reservations are at 6:30 p.m.

Marco Polo Global Restaurant (Chinese, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free)
La Margarita Co. Restaurant (Mexican)
RAM Restaurant & Brewery (American Pub)
Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar (Vegetarian and Gluten Free Global Cuisine)
Thai Orchid Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  Attire is Business Formal

PLAN AHEAD: Bring your nametag/lanyard and Compass Week Folder. Dinner Provided. Remember to invite your family to the Compass Week Dinner.
Montag Center — The Den
International Student Orientation
This session is mandatory for all international students and provides an overview of immigration/visa policies, a review of resources available to you as a student, and content about navigating American Culture. Bring your passport, immigration form (I-20 or DS-2019).  Lunch is provided.
Chris Andresen, Associate Director of International Education
Campus Safety
ID Card Pick-up/or Set-up
Drop in time at Campus Safety to create or re-key your ID card.  
Cat Cavern, second floor
Learning and Working with International Populations
This session is mandatory for all domestic students.  In an expanding global marketplace, it is vital that managers are prepared to work effectively with diverse groups of people. This session with provide an overview of  the educational opportunties of learning and working with international populations. Lunch is provided.
Sarah KuttenAssistant Director of Career Management
Cat Cavern, second floor
PACE Team Annoucements and Project Selection
Get to know your PaCE team and select your project. Prior to this session, you should research the list of projects and clients and come prepared to prioritize the projects with your team.
Working the Room
"Working the Room" is a networking process that can help you establish new connections and contacts in a busy setting.  During this workshop we will explore strategies to help you move effectively between conversations during networking events.  
Larry Ettner, Professor of Management Practice 
Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
AGSM Patio
Community Dinner
A family-friendly event for faculty, staff, incoming and returning students as well as their families. This is also a perfect opportunity to practice your networking skills.  The menu will feature cuisine from several regions throughout the globe.    

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  Attire is Athletic

PLAN AHEAD: Bring Bottle of water, your nametag/lanyard and your Compass Week Folder. Lunch is provided. 
NOTE: There will be a photographer to photograph the event. 
Day 3 Check-in
Busses Depart to YWAM
YWAM Ropes Course
Step outside of the ordinary with your PACE Team at a local ropes course.  This is a time for team-building and strengthening relationships through a shared experience.  
Lunch included
Busses Return to Campus

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Attire is Business Formal

PLAN AHEAD: Bring your nametag/lanyard and your Compass Week Guide. Bring your ID with proof of age, if you would like to enjoy a glass of wine.
Cat Cavern, second floor
Day 4 Check-In
Continental breakfast will be provided.
Cat Cavern, second floor
Compass Week Career Close-up
This workshop will provide an overview of MBA career functions and potential job opportunties in those areas.  Then you will participate in informational meetings with alumni and learn how they put their MBA into practice.  Individual professional photos will also be taken during this time.
Beth UrsinAssistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
Cat Cavern, second floor
Lunch with Your Faculty Advisors
Get to know your faculty advisor over lunch.
Hudson Hall
PACE: Meet the Clients
Meet representatives from the all of the 2016 PACE Project organizations.
Larry Ettner, Professor of Management Practice
Eaton & Ford Hall Rooms
Individual PACE Team Meetings with Clients
PACE Teams will interact with their clients to take a deeper dive into the project goals and gain insights into the client needs.
Mary Stuart Rogers Rehearsal Hall
PACE Reception
Network with all the PACE Clients at this reception. (Bring your ID with proof of age if you would like to enjoy a glass of wine)

Friday, August 19, 2016 - Attire is Business Casual

PLAN AHEAD: Bring your nametag/lanyard and your Compass Week Guide.
Financial Aid - Waller Hall
Financial Aid Pickup and Questions (Optional) 
Stop by Financial Aid to pick up paperwork or ask any questions you may have about funding your education.
Free time to take care of any needs: Banking, Shopping, etc....
Financial Aid
WITS - Smullin Hall
Technology Set Up and Orientation (Optional) 
This is a drop-in time for students who are new to Willamette's campus and for those who would like help setting up their laptop and connecting to on-campus printers. Bring your laptop to this session.
Cat Cavern, second floor
Day 5 Check-in
Cat Cavern, second floor
Welcome from the Chaplains
Campus Safety 
Conflict Management and Team Building Skills Workshop & Lunch 
This advanced workshop will teach you theory and practice of how to manage conflict and how to build team-work skills.  You will practice negotiation and consensus building skills and learn the science of effective communication and trust-building. Lunch is provided during this workshop.
Gary Ellison, Assistant University Chaplain
Ross Stout, Director of Campus Safety
Sukh Singh, Law Professor, Associate Director of the Straus Institute, and Director of the LL.M Program at Pepperdine University School of Law
Cat Cavern, second floor
Student Professional Associations Reception
Get to know the leaders of the Student Associations and learn about opportunities to get involved. Refreshments provided.
Student Professional Associations and The Atkinson Student Association
Schedule details may be subject to change.

Definitions of Attire

Business Formal: Business formal attire typically means a business suit  matching jacket and pants/skirt  for both men and women. Additionally for men, a tie, button-down shirt, and dress shoes. Additionally for women, a button-down shirt/shell/blouse, with clear or solid-color nylons and close-toed shoes.

Business Casual: Business casual attire typically means men and women can leave the jacket, tie and nylons at home. Men can wear polo or golf shirts and slacks. Women can wear slacks/skirt/dress and a professional shirt/blouse/shell/sweater. Everyone should avoid sweat suits, jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes and flip-flops.

Athletic Wear: Sports clothing (no jeans) with tennis shoes and comfortable, loose clothing for physical activity (to your level of comfort).