Compass Week 2016

Welcome to Compass Week 2016

Compass Week is the first week of school. All incoming students to the Early Career and Career Change MBA program are required to 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 Willamette University MBA. 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 Graduate School of Management (Seeley G. Mudd Building) parking lot. 

There will be a photographer during Compass Week, you will have the opportunity to opt out of the publication of your photo.

Please fill out the Compass Week 2016 Pre-Arrival Form here by July 31.

Questions? Please contact Career Management mbacareer@willamette.edu or 503-370-6167.

Definitions of Attire at Willamette University MBA are listed at the bottom of the page.

Compass Week Overview  August 15-19, 2016

Schedule details may be subject to change.

Monday, August 15, 2016  Attire is Business Casual

PLAN AHEAD: Please bring money for dinner if you wish to participate in the optional evening Dine-Around Salem event.
Time/Location
Description
8:30am-10:30am
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor

Registration

9:00am-10:00am
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor

Campus Tour (Optional) 

Meet in Cat Cavern
10:30am
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor

Welcome

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 EasleyCareer Advisor and Program Coordinator
12:00pm-1:00pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor

Lunch

1:00pm-6:00pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, Second Floor

Willamette University MBA Success

Debra J. RingoldDean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise
Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Larry EttnerProfessor of Management Practice

Academic Integrity, Intellectual Property and Expectations for Management Writing

Jessica OrdonezContributing Assistant Professor

Honor Code

Betsy ReedAssociate Dean and Director of Admission

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshops

Beth UrsinAssistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
Jessica OrdonezContributing Assistant Professor
6:30pm
Various Restaurants

Dine-Around Salem (Optional), sign up here

Meet in Cat Cavern at 6:15 pm and walk to restaurants
La Margarita Co. Restaurant (Mexican)
Marco Polo Global Restaurant (Chinese, Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
RAM Restaurant & Brewery (American Pub)
Thai Orchid Restaurant (Thai Cuisine)
Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar (Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Global Cuisine)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  Attire is Business Casual

PLAN AHEAD: Please bring your nametag and Compass Week folder. Remember to invite your family to the Community Dinner this evening.
Time/Location
Description
8:30am-4:00pm
Montag Center - The Den

International Student Orientation (Required for all International Students)

Chris AndresenAssociate Director of International Education
12:00pm-2:00pm
Campus Safety

ID Card Pick-up

2:00pm-4:00pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

Campus Safety

Ross StoutDirector of Campus Safety & Campus Card Services

Title lX

Lori Johnson, Director of Rights & Responsibilities

Bridging the Gap: Creating a Culture of Understanding

Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Aimee AkimoffDirector of Recruitment
Sarah KuttenAssistant Director of Career Management 
4:15pm-6:00pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

PACE Team Announcements and Project Selection

Larry EttnerProfessor of Management Practice 

Working the Room: Strategies for Networking

Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
6:00pm
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
(Seeley G. Mudd Building) Patio

Community Dinner, sign up here

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  Attire is Athletic

PLAN AHEAD: Please bring a bottle of water and your nametag, lunch will be provided. 
Time/Location
Description
7:45am
Atkinson Annex

Arrival at Atkinson Annex Building

Buses Depart to YWAM

YWAM

YWAM Ropes Course

Lunch will be provided
2:45pm
Atkinson Annex

Buses Return to Campus

Thursday, August 18, 2016  Attire is Business Formal

PLAN AHEAD: Please bring your nametag, your Compass Week folder and your ID with proof of age if you would like to enjoy an adult beverage at the PACE Reception. Other drink options will also be available.
Time/Location
Description
8:30am-11:30am
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

Compass Week Career Close-Up

Continental Breakfast will be provided
(Professional photos will be taken during this session)
Beth UrsinAssistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management 
Select Alumni Participants
11:45am
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

Lunch with your Faculty Advisor

1:30pm
Hudson Hall

PACE: Meet the Clients

Larry EttnerProfessor of Management Practice
2:00pm
Eaton & Ford Hall

Individual PACE Team Meetings with Clients

3:15pm-4:30pm
Mary Stuart Rogers Rehearsal Hall

PACE Reception

(Professional team photos will be taken during this session)
 

Friday, August 19, 2016  Attire is Casual

PLAN AHEAD: Please bring your nametag and your Compass Week folder.
Time/Location
Description
8:30am-10:30am
Financial Aid - Waller Hall

Financial Aid Pick-Up and Questions (Optional) 

8:30am-10:30am
WITS - Smullin Hall

Technology Set-Up and Orientation (Optional) 

Willamette Integrated Technology Services (WITS)
11:45am-4:15pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

Welcome from the Chaplain

Gary EllisonAssistant University Chaplain

Conflict Management and Team-Building Skills Workshop and Lunch 

Sukhsimranjit Singh, Associate Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Assistant Professor of Law and Practice, and Director, LLM Program, Pepperdine University School of Law
4:30pm-5:45pm
Cat Cavern, Putnam University Center, second floor

Student Professional Associations Reception

Student Professional Associations and the Atkinson Student Association

 

Definitions of Attire at Willamette University MBA

Business Formal: Business formal attire is expected on Thursday of Compass Week. It is also the preferred attire for interviews, to work in formal companies, and professional presentations. 

Both men and women should wear a business suit with matching pants or skirt. Black, gray or navy is typical. Men should wear a button-down shirt and dress shoes. Women should wear a button-down blouse or shell, clear or solid-color nylons and close-toed shoes. 

Business Casual: Business Casual attire is expected on Monday and Tuesday of Compass Week. Business casual is also expected for company events and treks. 

Business casual attire is more relaxed than business formal, but still professional attire. Men typically wear golf shirts or button-down shirts and slacks. Women typically wear dresses, skirts or slacks. Jackets, button-down shirts, ties, nylons and close-toed shoes are not required. Jeans, tennis shoes and athletic attire should be avoided. 

Casual Attire: Casual attire is expected on Friday of Compass Week.

Casual attire is what students typically wear to school on an average day and what employees might wear on 'casual Friday' to work. Jeans, t-shirts, jackets, sweaters, casual dresses and slacks are typical as are tennis shoes or sandals. 

Athletic Wear: Athletic attire is expected on Wednesday for the YWAM ropes course as there will be physical activity required. Typical athletic wear includes sweat pants, yoga pants, t-shirts, shorts or other sports clothing with tennis shoes and/or comfortable, loose clothing for physical activity.