Haas NewsWire is publishing monthly this summer. The next issue will come out on July 14 followed by one on August 25. Biweekly publication will resume at the beginning of the academic year.

Professor John Quigley Discovers Green Building Pays Greenbacks

Everyone's talking about "going green," but in the building industry, the cost of investment has been difficult to justify - until now. Haas Professor John Quigley has undertaken the first systematic analysis of environmentally sustainable construction and its economic impact on the real estate market.

In the working paper, "Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings," Quigley and co-authors Piet Eichholtz and Nils Kok of Maastricht University, Netherlands, determined investments in proven green building practices lead to sizable increases in a property's market value and effective rent, the average per-square-foot rent paid.

Green-certified buildings produced an 8.5 percent increase in effective rent. The additional annual rent for going green amounts to almost $309,000, based on the average size building. Likewise, the incremental value of a green structure is an estimated $5.1 million more than an ordinary building. The study did not calculate the incremental cost of investing in green building practices.

When asked why he decided to research the economic value of green-certified buildings, Quigley, the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, replied, "To see if this was hype or real." While Quigley's work concludes the resulting profitability is real, he is continuing to research why green commercial buildings produce higher rents and market value by using engineering data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The research focused solely on commercial property. It first identified 694 buildings, green certified by the federal government's Energy Star program or the private LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. The control group consisted of nearly 7,500 other office buildings within a quarter-mile of the certified buildings.

Quigley was surprised at the results. "If I were an owner of commercial property, I would investigate the cost of attaining an Energy Star rating. If that is at all a reasonable investment, I would think about doing it," he says.

His research offers quantitative evidence for builders and investors who value the social responsibility factors of green buildings but, up to now, lacked data about the financial performance of these investments. Quigley says, "Finding there is a linkage between energy and profitability of rental properties is potentially significant and leads to more extensive uses of this information."

In July, Quigley will be attending a conference in Istanbul, Turkey, to extend his study of the economic effects of green building to Europe and the Middle East. The complete document, "Doing Well by Doing Good? Green Office Buildings," will be available in fall 2008.

Campbell to Teach at Chapman Law School, Haas Sings Farewell

After stepping down as dean of the Haas School, Tom Campbell will join the Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif., for a two-year visiting appointment beginning in January. Before Campbell's plans were announced, the Haas School bid him farewell -- with help from Elvis -- at a celebration May 20.

Campbell, who steps down as Haas School dean July 1, will serve as the inaugural Presidential Fellow in the Chapman School of Law, starting January 2009. While at Chapman, he will teach antitrust, legislative process, and a seminar on separation of powers. Before coming to Haas, Campbell served as a US congressman and California state senator and was a professor at Stanford Law School.

Campbell also announced that on July 1, he will join the Palo Alto office of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in an "of counsel" relationship, in which he will not receive compensation but will have an affiliation with the firm. At Gibson Dunn, Campbell will serve as a senior adviser on antitrust and other matters.

Campbell has taught business law during his deanship at Haas, and will remain on the Haas School faculty until Jan. 1, when he will take a two-year unpaid leave of absence.

Jim Lincoln, associate dean for faculty, and Jennifer Chizuk, chief operating officer, hosted the Haas School's official farewell party for Campbell in the Wells Fargo Room. Lincoln noted that the Haas School has become much stronger and consequently risen in the rankings during Campbell's tenure. He praised Campbell's "calm, politeness, and decorum" as well as his "generous, even-tempered" nature.

And, Lincoln quipped, "I've learned a thing or two about proper attire."

Chizuk shared several leadership lessons that she learned from Campbell. "You always treat everyone with respect," she said. "You are a dean and a gentleman."

"Let me unbutton my jacket," Chizuk added as she closed her comments, revealing black suspenders as she, too, poked some fun at Campbell's signature wardrobe.

Riffing off of Campbell's fondness for Elvis impersonations, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer broke into song as he detailed the ways that Campbell approached negotiations. "Don't be cruel to a dean that's true," Breslauer crooned.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau thanked Campbell for his "valuable advice" in dealing with the state Legislature. Birgeneau recalled how Campbell helped him rehearse answering questions before he had to appear in a hearing with state lawmakers. "Tom was brilliant in his acerbic comments," Birgeneau recalled.

Campbell also was praised in prepared comments by Haas professors Jennifer Chatman and Benjamin Hermalin; Marco Lindsey, Campbell's executive assistant; his wife, Susanne Campbell, who works in the Institute for Management, Innovation, and Organization; Bethany Fischer, Berkeley-Columbia MBA Program student in Campbell's business law class; and Assistant Dean Larry Lollar, who also broke into "Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog."

Unwilling to be out-sung, Campbell ended with his own version of another Elvis tune, "Are You Lonesome Tonight," with the audience joining him. Then Campbell concluded, in his own words, "Be good to each other."

MFE Program Featured Prominently in Financial Times

The Haas School's Master's in Financial Engineering (MFE) Program featured prominently in the Financial Times' special section on financial training programs, published today, June 16.

The special section included a listing of financial training programs around the world and a variety of articles on this growing educational market. One article titled "Jobs Outside Wall Street and the City" describes the placement success of Haas MFE graduates. Another, titled "Global Links Help Talent Pool Flourish," describes how the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore's de facto central bank, created a scholarship initiative to train talented Singaporeans at the Haas MFE program. The articles quote both Linda Kreitzman, MFE's executive director, and recent MFE graduate Charles Chua.

Current MFE student Margit Zwemer, MFE 09, was invited by the Financial Times to submit an article about her experience in the MFE program titled "The submarine is still afloat."

The full report is available at http://www.ft.com/reports/businesseducation/fintraining2008.

Job Market Strong for Berkeley MBA Graduates

As of graduation, 87 percent of the Full-time Berkeley MBA class of 2008 had received or accepted job offers, demonstrating that the skills gained at Haas continue to be in high demand despite a weaker economy.

That 87 percent rate of employment for graduating students held steady with last year, although the economy has weakened.

"The school's general management program provides students with a lot of versatility and flexibility in the marketplace," says Abby Scott, executive director of MBA Career Services.

Preliminary data places the mean base salary of the graduating class at $108,000 as of graduation, up from nearly $102,000 last year. The mean signing bonus was $22,500, up from $20,300 last year.

About 30 percent of new graduates are going to work in the technology sector, while 22 percent got jobs in financial services. About 17 percent of students are entering the consulting field.

Graduates benefited from a healthy Bay Area economy and strong technology sector, Scott says. However, another factor in the students' high success rate in the job market was their diverse interests, she added.

Google is snapping up the most Berkeley MBA graduates -- eight altogether. In the consulting field, Bain & Co. is hiring six students: two students will work in the Bay Area and four will be working in different offices around the world. In the investment banking arena, three students are going to work at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park, London, and Hong Kong.

Five students are going to work for Pacific Gas & Electric, reflecting the growing interest of students in the energy sector.

Several students landed positions in rotational programs, in which they will spend time in several different departments at such firms as AT&T, Chevron, Abbott Labs, and Genentech.

And of course, a small crop of students will bypass the large corporate world and work for smaller startups, including Humcycles, an electric motorcycle company, and IndieGoGo, a social marketplace for independent filmmakers and fans.

Ph.D. Graduates Land Jobs Around the Globe

This year's Ph.D. graduates will scatter to universities across the country and to elite institutions on opposite sides of the globe. All eight May graduates and three who expect to graduate in December have accepted positions teaching and conducting research.

"Our graduates go to the best research universities and institutions worldwide, and this year is no exception," says Miguel Villas-Boas, director of the Haas Ph.D. program and the J. Gary Shansby Professor of Marketing Strategy. "Several students had competing offers to go to the very top research universities."

Five graduates have been hired as tenure-track assistant professors at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School; the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Seattle; the Goizueta Business School at Emory University; the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Three others will take their Haas expertise to teaching jobs abroad, at Spain's International Graduate School of Management, the National University of Singapore's Business School, and the London School of Economics.

Three graduates are entering the private sector. One graduate has accepted a position as an economist in the European Central Bank's Financial Research Division; one will head to Silicon Valley for a research position in Google's People Operations division; and one has been hired as a vice president with Goldman Sachs & Co.'s Global Investment Research division.

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program Welcomes 7th Class

Seventy-one students from a wide range of industries and geographies began their studies May 21 as the seventh class of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program.

This year's students bring a wealth of expertise from companies including Intel, Microsoft, Google, Nike, Panasonic, WalMart.com, Accenture, Bessemer Trust, and Barclays Global Investors. In addition to traditional business career paths such as finance, sales, and engineering, they represent a broad scope of industries and fields including construction, architecture, law, nonprofit, medicine, and military.

Twenty-seven percent of the students came from outside the Bay Area, up from 23 percent last year. This year's class includes students from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. For the first time, the program welcomed students from Brazil and Korea.

Among this year's Berkeley-Columbia students, the median number of years of work experience is 12, with 80 percent falling in the range of 7 years to 17 years. Their median age is 35.

For more information on the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program, visit http://www.berkeley.columbia.edu/.

Burton Lee, Principal, Co-Founder of Space Angels Network, to Speak June 27

Burton H. Lee, principal and co-founder of Space Angels Network, will discuss space commercialization at noon on Friday, June 27, in the Wells Fargo Room.

This Berkeley-Columbia MBA Speaker Series event is open to the Haas community, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space Angels Network is a professionally managed nationwide network of seed- and early-stage investors focused on aerospace-related ventures. The Leesburg, Va.-based network maintains strategic relationships with venture capital firms, corporate mergers and acquisitions groups, federal and state agencies, research universities, incentive prize foundations, and Internet technology providers to enhance the opportunities available to its accredited investors.

Lee, who resides in the Silicon Valley, will speak on Space Angels' ventures across a range of technologies, markets, and industries.

Lee also serves as managing partner of Silicon Valley-based Innovarium Ventures, which provides advisory services to technology startups, venture capital and private equity firms, angel investor groups, investment banks, major corporations, and federal agencies.

Haas to Host Competitive Strategy Conference, July 14-18

The Haas School will host the Sixth Annual Summer Institute in Competitive Strategy (SICS) from July 14 to July 18 in Cheit Hall.

The meeting brings together leading researchers worldwide who are interested in competitive strategy in marketing to exchange ideas and engage in collaborative work. This year's conference co-chairs are Rajiv Lal (Harvard) and Miklos Sarvary (INSEAD). The agenda includes a comprehensive presentation of 15 research papers on competitive strategy, including both theoretical and empirical work on topics such as:

  • Pricing
  • Price discrimination
  • Brand equity and brand strategies
  • Product design
  • New product development
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Distribution channels
  • Sales force management
  • E-Commerce
  • Customer retention and relationship management
  • Strategic alliances

The conference is sponsored by the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS), Institute for Management, Innovation, and Organization (IMIO) and the Marketing Science Institute (MSI). The conference provides some limited financial support to doctoral students and to presenting authors.

To register, contact Penny Hennagir, (510) 642-4041, conference@haas.berkeley.edu. For more information about the Summer Institute in Competitive Strategy, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/marketing/sics/.

Haas Places 9th Among US Schools in Mexican Ranking

Expansión, a Mexican business magazine, ranked the Haas School #12 worldwide and #9 among US schools in its Global MBAs 2008 ranking, published on May 12.

Last year, Haas ranked #7 worldwide and #6 among US schools.

The ranking is based on admissions selectivity and GMAT scores, academic quality, return on investment, and experience factor.

The academic quality was measured by the percentage of international faculty, faculty with Ph.D.s, and research quality based on the Financial Times 2008 research ranking. The return on investment measure included MBA cost, living expenses, post-MBA salary, placement success, and preferences of Mexican recruiters and headhunters. The experience factor is based on the percent of international students, number of countries represented, teaching methods, and number of electives.

Berkeley MBA Students Tie for 2nd in Housing Challenge

A UC Berkeley graduate student team that included two Berkeley MBA students tied for second place in the 17th annual Bank of America Low Income Housing Challenge on May 9.

Team members included Eliot Bencuya, MBA 09; Millicent Anglin, MBA 08; Tessa Munekiyo, a master's degree student in city planning; and Nicolette Mastrangelo, a master's degree student in city planning and architecture.

The competition pitted four teams from Northern and Central California universities in a three-month challenge to come up with innovative affordable housing projects. They were judged on financial feasibility, community support, use of environmentally sustainable practices, and design.

The Berkeley team, called the East Bay Green Builders, worked with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation on a plan to build 117 affordable rental units at 2001 Wood Street in West Oakland -- about two miles from downtown Oakland with easy transit access to San Francisco. Their plan included a youth center, an urban garden, and a classroom for nonprofits.

Judges ranked it as the greenest project because it included a "living wall" of plants to screen it from a freeway overpass and mitigate pollution. The team also got kudos for community outreach and support.

UC Davis won first place, while Berkeley tied with Stanford University for second. Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo came in last. Teams were judged by a panel of experts in urban planning, architecture, construction, and housing development.

Michael Torres, MBA 86, Receives State Legislature Latino Spirit Award

Michael Torres, MBA 86, CEO of Adelante Capital Management, received a Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus on May 5 for his contributions to California's culture and history.

Torres was honored with 13 other recipients on Cinco de Mayo as part of an annual California celebration recognizing successful Latinos in a variety of fields. He received the award at a ceremony on the California State Assembly Floor attended by all members of the state assembly.

"Michael was selected because of his many accomplishments throughout his career as a businessman and his numerous involvements in civic activities," says Assemblyman Joe Coto, of San Jose, chairman of the caucus. "He is truly a great role model to other Latinos in the state of California as well as this country."

Torres is CEO and portfolio manager for Adelante Capital Management in Oakland, a boutique investment firm specializing in real estate securities. Previously he served as director of real estate research and a portfolio manager for Wilshire Asset Management, where he created the Wilshire Real Estate Securities Index, widely recognized as the industry's performance benchmark. Torres also serves on the board of the UC Berkeley Foundation and is a member of the New America Alliance, an organization of American Latino business leaders.

This is the seventh year the California Latino Legislative Caucus, comprised of seventeen state assembly members and nine state senators, bestowed the awards. The selection process begins with more than 100 candidates recommended by caucus members.

This year's other honorees included some of Torres' heroes: Super Bowl XV MVP Jim Plunkett; La Bamba screenwriter and director Luis Valdez; and educator Jaime Escalante, whose work was portrayed in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver.

iHaas: Media Downloads Now on iTunes, YouTube

Haas faculty members debate the impact of the economic downturn and Starbucks co-founder Dave Olson defines "Leading from the Heart" on Haas School media downloads now available through iTunes U and the Haas School's YouTube channel.

For lectures-on-the-go, visit iTunes U, where the Haas School and UC Berkeley's Education Technical Services have made eight video and nine audio podcasts available. The podcasts may be downloaded free of charge and include talks by Wired Editor-in-Chief Chris Anderson and Dolby Labs CEO, President, and Director N.W. Jasper, MBA 71. New podcasts will be added monthly.

The videos are also available on YouTube, where the Haas School has its own channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/UCBerkeleyHaas.

You can link to the Haas YouTube channel and the Haas iTunes podcasts from a new Multimedia at Haas web page found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/news/multimedia. The page also provides links to the Haas School Facebook page and the school's Video Room, as well as to all school blogs and podcasts.

For more information, a "how to" page for downloading iTunes podcasts can be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/online_marketing/itunes.html.

Fellowships Help Students Focus on Sustainability, Social Enterprises

Through two partnerships, the Center for Responsible Business (CRB) has awarded fellowships to seven Berkeley MBA students interested in pursuing careers in sustainable business practices and social enterprises.

The McDonald's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fellows Program, launched in 2005, gave two students the opportunity to apply their business skills to improving sustainability. The Social Enterprise Education Design (SEED) Fellowship Program, launched last year, is helping students gain valuable experience using their business knowledge in the nonprofit world.

Two students - Mira Inbar, MBA 09, and Steve Odon, MBA 08 -- participated in the McDonald's CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Fellows Program, a partnership between CRB and McDonald's.

Inbar and Odon visited the company's Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters and local McDonald's eateries and surveyed franchisees about environmental programs, focusing specifically on opportunities for enhancing McDonald's recycling and waste management efforts. The students' work culminated May 15 with a report on their recommendations and a presentation to McDonald's management.

"We see tremendous value working with the students from Haas," says Brian Kramer, McDonald's senior manager for corporate social responsibility. "They provide us with a fresh perspective and share valuable insights regarding our communication of corporate social responsibility."

The center launched the fellows program with McDonald's to expose Berkeley MBA students to the CSR challenges and opportunities faced by businesses. Previous projects focused on sustainable fisheries and the beef supply.

Meanwhile, in collaboration with the SEED Fellowship Program, CRB awarded 2008 fellowships to five first-year Berkeley MBA students and one Energy and Resources Group Ph.D. candidate. The students receive help landing social enterprise internships and a cash stipend to make the internships financially competitive. The SEED fellows are:

  • Amy Andre, interning at Altcinema Films, which produces and distributes independent films.
  • Charlene Chen, interning at Good Morning Africa, a nonprofit dedicated to high-growth social entrepreneurship in Africa.
  • Kyle Kearney, interning at Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit focused on solving the most difficult environmental problems.
  • Jessica Lopatka, interning at REDF, a nonprofit that provides financial investments and forms alliances with a portfolio of businesses in order to employ people who would otherwise remain living in long-term poverty..
  • Nadia Madden, a Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Resources, interning at Aquaya Institute, a nonprofit research and consulting organization that promotes innovations for preventing waterborne disease in developing countries.
  • Roxanne Miller, interning at Unitus, an international nonprofit dedicated to advancing innovative, market-based solutions to address global poverty.

Though initially focused on MBA students, the SEED Fellowship is open to all UC Berkeley graduate students. The program is also supported by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), the Big Ideas @ Berkeley Initiative, and the UC Berkeley Bears Breaking Boundaries Contest.

For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/.

Haaski Golf Tournament Raises $80,000

The sixth annual Haaski Open golf tournament May 12 at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland raised $80,000 in support of the Haas School Annual Fund.

More than 100 members of the Haas community -- including students, faculty, alumni, corporate partners, and staff -- played golf and participated in contests, raffles, and auctions during the daylong event.

Haaski Advisory Committee member and former Haas School Dean Raymond Miles received the Haaski Leadership Award for his longstanding support of the Haas School and the golf tournament.

The tournament's first-place winners were Stephen Etter, BS 83, MBA 89; Jim Giordano; Mark Baird; Peter Pliska; and Mike McHugh, director of UC Berkeley football operations. Second place was awarded to Grady Jean, Bob Brueckner, Cliff Fitterer, Steve Larragueta, and Eugene Yano. The third-place team consisted of John Siamas, JD 70; Jack Dittoe, BS 76; Ted Ting; Ken Philpot; and Rich Feller, head coach of UC Berkeley men's volleyball team.

The tournament often draws participants from the broader community as Haas alumni buy sponsorships and bring colleagues from their companies.

The seventh annual Haaski Open golf tournament will be held on May 11, 2009, at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland. For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/alumni/giving/haaskiopen.html.

California Management Review Focuses on Services Innovation

The new spring 2008 issue of California Management Review (CMR) features a special section on "Innovation in Services" to help define a new research agenda that responds to the innovation needs of services-led economies.

Haas Adjunct Professor Henry Chesbrough, executive director of the Center for Open Innovation, penned the introduction to the section, which features papers presented at a two-day conference on services innovation in April 2007 at the Haas School. In addition, the special section includes four articles spanning a wide variety of perspectives, from analyses of national economic data to individual firms' process blueprints.

The spring issue also includes two articles exploring corporate strategy in dynamic environments and an article examining teaching, research, and governance issues posed by new learning imperatives at business schools.

CMR, the Haas School's peer-reviewed, practitioner-oriented journal, is edited by David Vogel, the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics.

Complimentary copies of the publication are available for Haas School students in program offices and lounges. Student and alumni subscriptions are available for $40, or $60 for international mailing. To subscribe, e-mail cmr@haas.berkeley.edu. Alumni may request a complimentary copy of a previous issue.

Staff News

Marjorie DeGraca to Lead Berkeley-Columbia Program Reorganization

Marjorie DeGraca, executive director of Part-Time MBA Admissions, will lead a pilot reorganization of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program.

During the next three months, the Haas School will experiment with combining the Berkeley-Columbia Program's admissions and student services functions, much like the model used for the Master's in Financial Engineering program. DeGraca will become interim executive director of the BCEMBA program as of June 25, retaining responsibility for managing its admissions and assuming responsibility for managing operations and student services for that program.

Molly Kihanya, currently the associate director of Part-Time MBA Admissions will become interim director of admissions for the Evening & Weekend MBA program.

Robert Gleeson, executive director of the BCEMBA program since its inception seven years ago, is leaving the Haas School to take on a key management position at one of Northern California's premier K-12 schools. Gleeson's last day at Haas will be June 24.

Under Gleeson's leadership, the Berkeley-Columbia program has graduated a total of about 400 students in six classes. It is considered one of the leaders of executive MBA programs, ranked #5 among US programs last year in the Financial Times and #8 in April in US News & World Report. Gleeson has also steadily improved the quality of the curriculum since the program's inception and has been instrumental in building a productive, successful partnership with Columbia Business School in operating the only joint, domestic executive MBA program of its kind.

Pamela Tom to Promote Faculty Research at Haas

Pamela Tom joined the Marketing & Communications team on May 20 as the new research promotion representative. Tom brings years of journalistic and reporting experience from ABC7News/KGO-TV, Channel 5/KPIX-TV, and Tech TV, among others. At Haas she will write about faculty research and activities for internal publications and promote faculty news to the local, national, and international news media.

Tom works Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On the days that she is not at Haas she continues to report for ABC7News.

She is a graduate of UC Berkeley's English Department. Outside work, she plays in tennis leagues, enjoys ballet and jazz dance, and loves to ski.

Tom's position was previously held by Ronna Kelly, who was promoted to managing editor of Haas NewsWire, CalBusiness magazine, and the Annual Report in February.

Email: ptom@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-642-2734
Office: S544

Dave Stuckey to Succeed Diana Burke in Haas Administration

Dave Stuckey in the Media Services department joined the Haas Administration June 9 as the new manager of office and instructional services, a post now held by Diana Burke, whose last day is June 27.

Stuckey has worked in Media Services for five years, although that stint was not consecutive because he took two years off to get his MBA at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business. After getting his MBA, he returned to Media Services in January. In addition to his MBA, Stuckey brings significant experience in customer service to his new role.

Stuckey's outside interests include history and gardening.

Email: dstuckey@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 643-8404
Office: S545A

Nasrin Saifi to Succeed Kurt Sarrica as Copy Center Manager

Nasrin Saifi joined the Office and Instructional Services unit May 19 as the copy center manager, succeeding Kurt Sarrica. Sarrica is leaving Haas at the end of July after 28 years working at Cal and 14 years at Haas.

Saifi brings more than 20 years of management, marketing, and copy experience at Los Angeles, San Francisco, and East Bay printing establishments. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in psychology.

Some of Saifi's outside interests include running and reading. She is also very active in human rights and women's rights organizations.

Email: nasrin@haas.berkeley.edu or copies@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 643-0576
Office: S545 Copy Center

Haas Team Members Earn Spot and Heart Awards for Exceptional Service

Three Haas staff members spotted pouring their hearts into their work were honored with Spot and Heart awards for exceptional service to their departments or the school as a whole.

Spot awards are part of a university-wide program recognizing deserving managers, supervisors, and non-represented members of the school. HEART awards honor employees represented by unions.

The following Haas staff members were recently recognized:

Charles Conn, assistant director, financial aid, received two nominations:

Jeff Cowgill, full-time MBA Admissions operations manager, nominated Conn because "he has consistently been a fantastic resource for prospective, admitted, and current graduate students. He takes the time to listen and respond thoughtfully to all inquiries, receiving high marks from students for customer service."

Kim Guilfoyle, administrative director, Ph.D. Program, agrees. She nominated Conn for his help in untangling errors in the financial aid for a number of Ph.D. students -- something, Guilfoyle points out, that is not part of his normal responsibilities.

Leta Hillman, senior program manager, Center for Executive Development (CED) was nominated by Cheryl Stiles, CED client services manager, for taking on additional duties while continuing to manage the many programs currently on the CED calendar. Hillman has implemented b-space software on CED's participant web sites and trained her colleagues to use b-space as well. She also took the initiative to enroll in an event planning certificate program and volunteered for the event planning task force at Haas.

Cassandra Sciortino, international scholar administrator, was nominated by Molly Nagler, director of academic planning, for her work on growing and improving the Haas Visiting Scholar Program. Sciortino partnered with Alumni Services to bring Haas visiting scholars into the alumni network, connected them with the Lifelong Learning events on campus, and developed a web site for visiting scholars to post their CVs for increased professional visibility and networking potential.

"Cassandra's initiative has improved the experience of visiting scholars at Haas and created new connections for Haas alumni," wrote Nagler.

Haas in the News - As of 6/16/08

Dean Tom Campbell's move to be "of counsel" to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's office in Palo Alto was featured in two Bay Area newspapers:

+ East Bay Business Times, June 4, "Haas School's Tom Campbell to join law firm." Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/06/02/daily43.html

+ San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, "Haas dean Campbell to join Palo Alto law firm, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/05/BUH0113BMB.DTL&hw=Haas+dean+Campbell+is+leaving&sn=001&sc=1000

Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted about the credit crunch's effects on business and family budgets in a June 5 Bloomberg article titled "Pee Wee's Grill Failure touches Roto-Rooter, Bimbo Bakeries, GM." Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=aE.ZVl8VRPq4&refer=home

David Levine, the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair, is quoted on his recommendation for summer reading in a June 2 BusinessWeek article titled "Reading List for the Poolside MBA." Full article: http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jun2008/bs2008062_049266.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_business+schools

Abby Scott, executive director of MBA Career Services, was quoted about the job market in a May 30 East Bay Business Times article titled "Cal's Haas MBA grads defy economic slowdown." Full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/05/26/daily63.html

Barbara Desoer, MBA 77, was mentioned as being the executive who will take over the combined mortgage operations of Bank of America and Countrywide Financial Corp. in a May 29 Los Angeles Times article titled "Bank of America decides not to retain Countrywide's No. 2 executive." Full article: http://www.latimes.com/business/investing/la-fi-countrywide29-2008may29,0,7017168.story

Research by Terrance Odean, a professor of finance, on overconfidence hurting investors was mentioned in a May 25 Washington Post article titled "How Thinking Costs You." Full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/24/AR2008052400002.html?referrer=emailarticle

Tom Davidoff, assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was quoted about his predictions for San Francisco home sales in a May 27 KCBS story titled "Home Sales Up in California." Full story: http://www.kcbs.com/pages/2259514.php

Walter Chun, BS 01, a UC Berkeley assistant golf coach, was featured as a finalist for the 2008 Jan Strickland Award, an honor annually presented to the nation's top assistant coach in men's golf, in a May 23 CSTV segment titled "Cal's Walter Chun Named a Finalist for Strickland Award." Full article: http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-golf/stories/052308aaj.html

Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, was quoted about reducing the gas tax in a May 20 Forbes article titled "Reconsidering a Gas-Tax Holiday." Full article: http://www.forbes.com/energy/2008/05/20/energy-gasoline-taxes-biz-cz_pb_0520gastax.html

Peter Johnson, director of admissions, is interviewed about the new generation of American workers in a seven-part BNET series, "Managing Millennials: A BNET Survival Guide" on May 21. Full article: http://www.bnet.com/2436-13059_23-202082.html

Happening at Haas

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Speaker Series
Burton H. Lee, Principal and Co-Founder,
Space Angels Network

Friday, June 27
Wells Fargo Room


Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Tuesday, June 17
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Clyde's Restaurant, Gallery Place, 707 7th St., N.W., Washington, DC
RSVP: Samia Husain at

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Wednesday, June 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Westwood Brewing Company, 1097 Glendon Ave., Westwood, CA
Registration: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=158177
Contact: Aaron Martinez at aaronmartinez@adelphia.net.

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Wednesday, June 18
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Linq, GF 35 Pottinger St., Central, Hong Kong
RSVP: James Man at james.man@mba.berkeley.edu

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Wednesday, June 18
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
B&B Burguer & Bistrot, Rua Bela Cintra, 1693 - Jardim Paulista, Sao Paulo
RSVP: Fabio Matsui (11 8111-7894)

Evening with Haas at Sports Basement
Thursday, June 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sports Basement - Presidio Location, 610 Mason St., The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco
Registration: www.acteva.com/go/hansf

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Thursday, June 19
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Atrium Hotel, 18700 Macarthur Blvd., Irvine, CA
Registration: http://www.evite.com/pages/invite/viewInvite.jsp?event=BBMTEHBBFFPKJGZKIYWZ&inviteId=CYZZSTFYDOSKDUPUVZIB&showPreview=false&x=355759342
Contact: AJ Miller at drsumajm@cox.net or 949.476.8060.

2008 Summer Celebration with Sandy Barbour
Sunday, June 22
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, 1-7-1 Yurakucho Denki Building 20F, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
RSVP: ucjapan@gol.com or Sachiko Furukawa 03-5474-6366
Cost: 2000/members; 3000/non-members

"Flexibility: The Future of Work" Panel Discussion
Tuesday, June 24
8:00 a.m. to noon
San Francisco Hilton Hotel, 333 O'Farrell St., San Francisco
Registration: http://flexperienceforum.com/events.html
Cost: $75

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Tuesday, June 24
Time: 7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
The Tasting Room at Randolph Wine Cellars, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL
RSVP: Cindy Karasick, cindy.karasick@wrigley.com

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Tuesday, June 24
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jin Jin, Byeok Eun Building, 1st floor; Non Hyun-dong 8-2; Gangnam, Seoul
RSVP: Jay Jung at jay.jung@samsung.com

Berkeley-Columbia Monthly Silicon Valley Happy Hour
Thursday, June 26
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nola's Restaurant & Bar, 535 Ramona St., Palo Alto
No RSVP necessary, but to see who is coming, visit http://bcemba08happyhours.wikispaces.com/.

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Thursday, June 26
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
RSVP: Steve Blechman at 215.888.8849 or steveblechman@yahoo.com

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Monday, June 30
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, 384 Boylston St., Boston
RSVP: George Reitter at GWReitter@sgh.com

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Thursday, July 3
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rumi, Million Bar, Parana 1048, Buenos Aires
RSVP: Marcelo Quinones at marcelo_quinones@yahoo.com

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads
Thursday, July 3
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Oosh (upstairs), Tanglin Village, 22 Dempsey Road, (S)249679, Singapore
RSVP: John Chen at john_chen@mckinsey.com

Welcome Reception for New Admits and Recent Grads with the Berkeley Club of Singapore
Saturday, July 5
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
RSVP: Matthias Goertz at matthiasgoertz24@hotmail.com

Haas Venture Capital Alumni Dinner
Monday, July 14
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
RSVP: Alex Ortiz, MBA 07, Sierra Ventures, alex@sierraventures.com, or Nader Ghaffari, MBA 07, NetService Ventures Group, nader@nsv.com

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