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
Cat Cavern, Second Floor


Cat Cavern, Second Floor

Willamette University MBA Sucess

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

Academic Integrity, Intellectual Property and Expectations for Management Writing

Jessica OrdonezContributing Assistant Professor

Honor Code

Betsy ReedAssociate Dean and Director of Admission, Early Career and Career Change MBA

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshops

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

Dine-Around Salem (Optional)

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

Chris AndresenAssociate 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

Sarah KuttenAssistant Director of Career Management
Cat Cavern, second floor

PACE Team Annoucements and Project Selection

Larry EttnerProfessor of Management Practice 

Working the Room

Beth Ursin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
AGSM Patio

Community Dinner


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

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

Beth UrsinAssistant Dean and Director of Career Management
Sarah Kutten, Assistant Director of Career Management
Cat Cavern, second floor

Lunch with Your Faculty Advisors

Hudson Hall

PACE: Meet the Clients

Larry EttnerProfessor of Management Practice
Eaton & Ford Hall Rooms

Individual PACE Team Meetings with Clients

Mary Stuart Rogers Rehearsal Hall

PACE Reception


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) 

Financial Aid
Free time to take care of any needs: Banking, Shopping, etc....
WITS - Smullin Hall

Technology Set Up and Orientation (Optional) 

Cat Cavern, second floor

Day 5 Check-in

Cat Cavern, second floor

Welcome from the Chaplains

Gary EllisonAssistant University Chaplain

Campus Safety 

Ross StoutDirector of Campus Safety

Conflict Management and Team Building Skills Workshop & Lunch 

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

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).