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Haas NewsWire, June 5, 2000

Get a Jump on the Competition at the Business Forecast Luncheon
Record Breaking "Feed the Bear 2000" Undergraduate Student Campaign
Fisher Center Real Estate Conference on June 6
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New Staff
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Keeping abreast of change is key to a successful business. In this spirit, every year the Haas School sponsors the Business Forecast Luncheon in San Francisco to bring members of the Haas community together to hear a forecast for an important segment of the business world. This year, Arun Sarin, MBA 78, CEO of InfoSpace, Inc. will present "Telecom and Internet Transitions" on June 15 at the World Trade Club in San Francisco.

Having just gone through his own telecom to Internet transition, Sarin has a unique view of this convergence. Sarin joined InfoSpace, an infrastructure provider for wireless devices, merchants, and web sites, in April of this year after over 16 years in the traditional telecommunications industry. Since 1994, he had been the CEO of the US/Asia Pacific Region of Vodafone AirTouch. Prior to that, Sarin was with the Pacific Telesis Group since 1984. In his years at AirTouch International, Sarin built it into one of the world's largest cellular companies.

Alumni, faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend. The Business Forecast Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the World Trade Club, located in the Ferry Building, Suite 300, on the Embarcadero, San Francisco. For more details about the event, please visit the Alumni Affairs web site at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/events/luncheon.html

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At the Dean's End-of-the-Year Party, the Haas Undergraduate Class of 2000 announced record levels of fund-raising for the school. Since then, additional undergraduates have pledged to this year's "Feed the Bear" campaign, pushing the campaign to a new milestone of $40,732 in pledges to next year's Annual Fund.

The new gifts, along with the previous commitments, represent 84% of the class, as well as support from juniors, other Cal students, and staff. The average pledge to the Feed the Bear campaign is $172. In comparison, the university's senior class gift this year raised just under $40,000 from over 1,000 graduating seniors. The average pledge to the university senior class gift was $41.

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The fifth annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference, "Real Estate and the New Economy: Strategic Anticipation," will take place June 6 in San Francisco. The speakers and panels at the conference will focus on the effect the New Economy has had on all aspects of the real estate market, from booming commercial real estate to the creation of online real estate ventures.

Registration is $275 per person. All Haas School of Business faculty and faculty associates of the Fisher Center for Real Estate are invited to attend the conference, free of charge. If you wish to attend, registrations will be accepted at the door. The 5th Annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2000 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco.

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David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, will be speaking along with his co-author, Erich Joachimsthaler, on their new book Brand Leadership at Stacey's in San Francisco on June 13 at 12:30 p.m. Stacey's is located at 581 Market Street, San Francisco. Call 415-421-4687 or 800-926-6511 for more information.


Lecturer Stephen W. Etter, BS 83, MBA 89, was a recipient of the 2000 Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development (LEND) Award. This prestigious award is bestowed upon Bank of America associates who contribute their time, talent, and energy to community development. An awards ceremony was held in May in Washington, D.C.

Etter, senior vice president for Bank of America Commercial Finance, teaches the popular BA 134 undergraduate course, is the faculty advisor for the highly successful Feed the Bear undergraduate student campaign, and is a member of the Haas School Development Council. Mark French, MBA 98, nominated Mr. Etter for this award.


Dean Laura Tyson spoke to the Rotary Club of Berkeley on June 1. Tyson's remarks focused on her leadership role at the Haas School and how her skills have benefited the school. Prior Haas deans have made annual speeches at the Rotary Club.

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New Associate Director of Student Services in the MBA Program Office Kim Guilfoyle joined the MBA Program Office on June 2 as the Associate Director of Student Services. "I am delighted Kim has come on board. All of us on the Student Services team look forward to working with her," said Dan Sullivan, director of student services in the MBA Program.

Guilfoyle comes to Haas from the School of Public Health, where she served as the practice coordinator for the center for public health practice. There she worked with MPH students fulfilling their academic requirement for internships. She holds an MS in counseling. Guilfoyle lives in Berkeley and walks to work every day. "I am excited to be here," said Guilfoyle. "I really like working with graduate students." She can be reached at kimg@haas.berkeley.edu or 2-1408.

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The UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is featured in the cover story of the June 5 issue of the Industry Standard. The article quotes Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, on the value of the competition and describes discussion the judges had about the merits of the final teams in the competition.

David Vogel, the George Quist Professor of Business, wrote an article about the WTO for the June 5 issue of the American Prospect titled, "The Wrong Whipping Boy." Vogel argues that the WTO is not the proper venue for advancing environmental and social agendas on the international level.

UC Berkeley Law professor Pamela Samuelson, of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, is quoted in the June 5 News Week in an article about Napster on the possibility of a "civil war" between artists, technology companies, and copyright holders in the next few years.

Haas School alumni Heather Zehren-Albinson (MBA 00), Tim Albinson (MBA 99), and Che Mott (MBA 00) were featured in the cover story of San Francisco Chronicle's Business Section on June 2. The article, "MBAs Weigh Startup Risks" was about MBAs looking more carefully at the business plans of Internet startups before choosing a startup offer over one from a traditional firm.

Brett Trueman, the Donald and Ruth Seiler Professor of Public Accounting, is quoted in the May 31 issue of SF Weekly as part of a larger story on a failing venture. In "Coulda Been a Contender" Trueman comments that people who invest in unproven stocks often fail to recognize that they are taking a risk with their money.

Hal Varian, professor in Haas' Manufacturing and Information Technology Group and dean of the School of Information Management and Systems, is writing regular columns for the Industry Standard. His column in the May 29 issue was about the proposed Microsoft breakup.

The Venture Capital Program at the Haas School's Center for Executive Development was mentioned in the Financial Times on May 29. "Inside Track: Business Education" explained that this executive program teaches the Silicon Valley method for business creation. For more information on the program, please go to http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/www/freeman/vci.html

Assistant Professor of Manufacturing and Information Technology Jay Swaminathan and Judith Gebauer, a research fellow at the Fisher Center, are mentioned the May 29 issue of NewsWeek. The article "2 B or Not 2 B" is about new business-to-business ventures. The full text of the article can be found at http://www.newsweek.com/nw-srv/printed/special/elife/052300/bzmodels/cf04.htm

David Levine, Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy and Organizational Behavior, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 27 on the recent drop in factory orders for electronic goods.

Dean Laura Tyson was quoted in the Washington Post on May 25 on the need to improve economic relations with China as a means of increasing Chinese ties to the rest of the world. The article also mentions Tyson's recent trip to Taiwan as part of the delegation to the inauguration of Taiwan's new president. The full text of the article can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A203-2000May24.html

OpNet, the nonprofit founded by Haas alumnus Dan Geiger (MBA 98) was featured in USA Today on May 22. The full text of the article can be found at http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/cth948.htm

John Freeman, Helzel Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on May 22. He talked about the ethical issues educators face when their students launch for-profit ventures while still in school. Freeman commented that the Haas Business Incubator is not affiliated with the university to avoid these conflicts.

Prof. Levine was quoted in the New York Times on May 21 on the need to trade with China. The article, "Intellectual Property and Other Issues," was about how the high-tech industry can benefit from trade with China.

Assistant Professor of Finance Greg Duffee was quoted in the New York Times on May 21 on the volatility of the stock market. Duffee postulates that markets might be more volatile because consumers have more information, which affects how frequently they trade their stocks.

Dean Tyson critiqued George W. Bush's proposal for restructuring Social Security in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 17. Speaking as an advisor to the Gore campaign, Tyson said that investing money from the Social Security Trust fund in stocks is too risky.

Dean Tyson was mentioned in the New York Times on May 17 as a member of Al Gore's "Government in Waiting." The article, "Gore's National Security Advisors Assemble as part of a Government-in-waiting" can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/library/politics/camp/051700wh-advisers.html

Dean Tyson was quoted in the local paper for Rancho Cucamonga on May 16. The article, "Invest your own Social Security," was about George W. Bush's plans for the Social Security shortfall. Dean Tyson pointed to studies that found Bush's plan would create further losses in the fund and not actually address the predicted shortfall.

Business Week featured Haas Advisory Board Chair Roger Siboni (BS 76) in its "Up-and-Comers" section of the May 15 issue. Siboni's firm, E.piphany is mentioned as the one-stop shop for software that can gather and manage company data from disparate computer systems.

Scott Galloway (MBA 92) was featured in the May 15 issue of the Industry Standard. "A Silver Lining" was about the shift to specialty retailing in the e-commerce arena. Galloway recently founded Brand Farm, an incubator for several specialty retailers, among other ventures.

College.wsj.com, a special section in the online Wall Street Journal, published an article that features the Haas Founders Forum. See the article titled "MBA Students Find Remedy for Startup Fever" at http://college.wsj.com/n/SB958162107671562243-main.html

Prof. David Vogel was interviewed in the May 11 issue of "Team Leader" on how to effectively deal with unethical practices in the workplace.

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"Telecom and Internet Transitions," by Arun Sarin, MBA 78, CEO of InfoSpace, Inc.
Thursday, June 15, 2000
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
World Trade Club, Ferry Building, Suite 300 on Embarcadero, San Francisco

Cost: Complimentary admission for alumni and friends who have made a gift of $5,000 or more to the Haas School in the 99-00 fiscal year; $35 for Recent Grads (1994-2000) and current Haas School students; $40 for reservations postmarked by June 6; $45 for reservations received after June 6 or at the door. For more information, contact the alumni office at 1-520-642-7790 or visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/events/luncheon.html

Saturday Wine Tasting
Saturday, June 17, 2000
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
At the home of Steven Deggendorf, former President of the HAN D.C. Chapter: 3512 Springland Lane, Washington DC.

Cost: $25 per person if payment is received by June 9; $30 after June 9; hors d'oeuvres included.

For more information contact Claire Wade, MBA 89, 1-703-524-5479, or e-mail cweighed@aol.com.

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