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Haas NewsWire, September 11, 2000

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New Students Get Settled and Get Started
The Next New Thing: New Course Offerings at Haas
Haas Ranks #2 in Survey of Best Business Schools for Hispanic Students
Leading Edge Conference Brings the New Economy to Haas
Haas Conference Examines Crises and Opportunities in California Housing Market
The Second of Four New Faculty Profiles: Jacob Sagi
Faculty News: Funding for Health Care Studies at Haas
Alumni News: Regina Jacobs Pulls Out of the Olympics
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New students admitted to the Haas School have had a couple of weeks to get acclimated, find a good, cheap place for lunch, and get their class schedules set. As usual, the school has admitted statistically stellar classes in all four programs, but the numbers don't tell the whole story.

The professional accomplishments of this year's new MBA class are wide ranging. There is a student who is a baker and a juggler, one who holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology, and another who was the second-place champion at the US Junior National Judo Competition. The 241 class members have an average of 5.6 years of work experience, slightly more experience than previous classes. The median GMAT was 690. There are 31% women and 31% international students in the class, which makes the class more diverse than those at most other business schools.

It is the nature of the Evening MBA program to attract a diverse group of professionals, and this year is no exception. Among the 112 consultants, engineers, and managers admitted to this year's class, there is a student who has founded a major biotech firm, another who is a practicing physician, and one who builds and retrofits bridges for CalTrans. In the Evening MBA program, 70% of the class is multilingual, with 22% of the class speaking four languages. The median GMAT score was 690 and they average 7.1 years of post-university work experience.

The Haas Ph.D. program enrolled a small group of 21 highly qualified candidates. This year more than a third of the new students are women and 41% are international students. Their average GMAT score is 720.

The Ph.D. program and the Institute of Management, Innovation & Organization (IMIO) awarded their first multi-year Sasakawa Fellowship this year. The award went to Geoff Edwards, an incoming doctoral student in Business and Public Policy. Edward's research interests include antitrust economics and firm behavior and strategy.

As one of the most popular undergraduate majors on campus, the Haas Undergraduate program always attracts the cream of the crop of continuing Cal and incoming transfer students. This year 100% of the 207 admitted students have enrolled at Haas. The average GPA of the admitted Cal students was 3.62. Dan Himelstein, director of the Undergraduate Program, says of the new class, "They are anxious to make the most of everything the Haas School has to offer."

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Every semester the Haas School offers new courses both to reflect changing business needs and to explore new ways of thinking. Last year the list of new courses was dominated by a plethora of e-commerce offerings; so far this year's new courses are more varied. Of course the new and existing Internet related courses are still very popular.

One of the new courses this fall is part of a broader new partnership between the Haas School and Boalt School of Law. "Law and Strategy of E-Commerce," taught by Pablo Spiller (Haas) and Robert Merges (Boalt), brings top CEOs and intellectual property lawyers to campus to share their knowledge with both business and law students. The course covers the legal and non-market environment of e-commerce. It provides an introduction to the economics and law of intellectual property and applies them directly to established and emerging e-business strategies.

The other new courses offered this fall are:

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Haas ranked #2 in Hispanic Business Magazine's survey of business schools that was published in the September issue.

The ranking was based on the following factors: the number of Hispanic students enrolled, the percentage of full-time Hispanic faculty, the availability of special Hispanic student recruitment programs and student services, retention of Hispanic students, and reputation of the institution based on this year's US News & World Report.

Top 10 Business Schools for Hispanic Students (from Hispanic Business Magazine)
  1. University of Rochester, William Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
  2. University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  3. University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
  4. Stanford University, Business School
  5. University of California at Los Angeles, The Anderson School
  6. University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
  7. St. Mary's University of San Antonio, School of Business and Administration
  8. Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  9. Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate School of Industrial Administration
  10. University of New Mexico, The Anderson Graduate School of Management

For the full story, go to http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?id=1401.

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Staying on the leading edge takes work and the group of MBA students who organized the third annual Leading Edge conference have definitely done their homework. The roster of keynote speakers includes Jim Clark, founder of Netscape, Healtheon/ WebMD, and MyCFO, Inc.; David Ditzel,CEO, Transmeta Corporation; and George Shaheen, President and CEO of Webvan Group.

The Leading Edge is a student-run technology conference that provides a forum for technology leaders to present how their businesses are reshaping the technology and broader business communities. It is also an opportunity for these professionals to engage in a dialogue with Haas students, alumni, and attendees.

Over the two days of the conference, attendees will have a choice of participation in 13 panels led by representatives from Ariba, Ask Jeeves, Cisco Systems, Commerce One, Healtheon/WebMD, Jupiter Communications, Loudcloud, Napster, Nortel Networks, Omnisky, Red Herring Communications, Shockwave.com, WebTV, and Yahoo! Topics will range from the future of online education to varying qualities of venture capital.

The conference kicks off on Friday night with a keynote address by Shaheen and a networking reception, followed by a Product Fair. On Saturday, events start bright and early with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Clark and Ditzel will both give addresses on Saturday.

Tickets to the conference will be available during the conference registration window, which will run from September 13 at 12:00 p.m. through September 18 at 5:00 p.m. The first step to getting a ticket is to submit an online request for a ticket for Friday, Saturday or both days of the conference. Tickets to attend on Friday are $10 and tickets for Saturday are $50. Then, once the ticketing window is closed, the organizers will conduct a random lottery to determine the actual ticket distribution.

For more information, visit the conference web site at http://www.theleadingedge.org/2000/index.html.

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The recent upsurge in California housing prices has created new challenges for families in both the middle and lower income brackets trying to find housing, for employers trying to attract and retain employees, and for policy makers trying to expand transportation infrastructures. The Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy Conference will discuss these housing and urban policy issues at its Second Annual Research Conference on Monday, September 18, at the Haas School's Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

California State Treasurer Philip Angelides will address prospects for affordable housing finance in California in his keynote address. Speakers from development, government, and nonprofit sectors will debate which policies and actions will improve the delivery of housing in the state. Special emphasis will be placed on issues of smart housing investment in urban areas, the impacts of welfare reform on needy families, and the programmatic experiences with HOME, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, and other federal subsidies.

"This annual conference honors the memory of Don Terner, a pioneer in providing affordable housing. He was a major force in improving housing opportunities for all citizens," said John Quigley, who holds the I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professorship shared by the Haas School and the College of Environmental Design. Quigley directs the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy.

The Haas School, the College of Environmental Design, and the Goldman School of Public Policy sponsor the daylong conference. While the event is sold out, those interested in the agenda of the conference can visit the web site at http://urbanpolicy.berkeley.edu for further information.

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Jacob Sagi, a newly appointed assistant professor in the Finance Group, joined the Haas School from RPOptions, Ltd., a consulting firm creating risk management and forecasting models in Vancouver, B.C. He is a founder and was principal at the firm. Sagi holds Ph.D.s in both physics and finance from the University of British Columbia. His research interests include theoretical asset pricing and real options.

This semester Sagi is teaching "Investments" and "Introduction to Theoretical Finance." His office hours are Monday, 11:00 to 12:30 in F608. He can be reached at 642-3422 or via e-mail at sagi@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Paul Gertler, professor at the Haas School and the School of Public Health and faculty director for the Graduate Program in Health Management, and Kristi Raube, adjunct professor and executive director of the Graduate Program in Health Management, have received funding for three new research initiatives.

The California HealthCare Foundation gave $192,271 to support a study on financing healthcare for the poor, to be conducted by Raube, Gertler, and Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, over the next 18 months.

For a separate study, Gertler received a $300,000 grant from the California HealthCare Foundation to study issues of provider solvency in California. Provider solvency has become a major issue in the state, due to a series of medical provider bankruptcies in the past year.

Raube also received $29,821 in funding for a 6-month study of pharmaceutical management practices among safety net providers in California from the California Program on Access to Care.

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Haas alumna Regina Jacobs, MBA 92, announced this week that she is unable to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney due to a viral infection in her lungs. Jacobs won both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter events at the Olympic Trials, but had been planning to compete only in the 1,500. Jacobs is still planning on traveling to Sydney to support her team mates.

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Fran Van Loo, associate professor in the Business & Public Policy Group and the Economic Analysis & Policy Group and Chair of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program, was quoted in The New York Times on September 10 in "Private Sector: Sharing a Recipe for Philanthropy." The article mentioned the "Contemporary Philanthropy" course and Paul Newman's visit to Haas.

Van Loo was quoted in the Oakland Tribune on September 8 in an article on Paul Newman's visit to the Haas School. In "Paul Newman Tells Nouveau Riche how to Properly Give it Away," Van Loo commented on the difficulties of modern philanthropy. Nick Sturiale, MBA 00, was also quoted.

Van Loo was also on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on September 7, in "At Berkeley, Charity Begins in the Classroom," an article on the course in "Contemporary Philanthropy" that is being offered at Haas this fall. Paul Newman's philanthropy through the "Newman's Own" brand and his appearance at Haas were also mentioned. The article mentions Haas alumni Kim Fisher, MBA 94, founder of AudioBasket, and James Cook, MBA 99, who works at Newman's Painted Turtle Camp in Malibu. One of the class participants, Rachel Martin, MBA 01, is also mentioned.

Van Loo was interviewed by the BBC for a piece that aired in early September.

KRON-Channel 4 aired an interview with Van Loo and tape of Paul Newman's appearance at Haas on September 7. The video can be found at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/kron/archive/2000/09/07/newman.DTL

David Aaker, professor emeritus of Marketing, was interviewed on Market Place on September 6 on the branding and marketing issues that Firestone will face due to their recall of defective tires.

Pete Sealey, adjunct professor in the Haas Marketing Group and co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology was quoted in The New York Times on September 4, on Microsoft's new game console that will hit the markets in the fall of 2001.

Paul Newman's appearance at the Haas School was announced in the San Jose Mercury News on September 4. Read the full article at http://www.mercurycenter.com/premium/business/docs/startup04.htm.

Carl Shapiro, the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at Haas, director, Institute of Business and Economics Research (IBER), and professor in the Department of Economics, wrote a Comment and Analysis piece for the Financial Times on September 6. "Trusting the Antitrust Police" was about the importance of antitrust regulation in the high-technology market. The full story can be found at http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3M286XRCC&live=true &useoverridetemplate=IXLZHNNP94C.

Nate Kraft, MBA 02, is the Haas School correspondent for the MBA Journals section of the Business Week web site. His first entry is can be found at http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/mbajournal/00kraft/1.htm

Dean Laura Tyson was quoted in The New York Times on August 30 in an article on the Graduate School of Management at Simmons College, the only all-woman MBA program in the world. Tyson commented on the increased opportunities for women since the 70s.

Gary McBride, executive director for the Center for Financial Reporting and Management, wrote a piece for the September 2000 issue of California CPA. "Wake Up ABA: CPA-Attorney Partnerships Are Coming" was a call for the American Bar Association to change its rules regarding multidisciplinary practices with non-lawyers.

The Financial Times also featured Van Loo's "Contemporary Philanthropy course in an article on August 28. "Avenue of the Americas: It's harder than it Looks" can be found at http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3DJOMFGCC&=true.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and director of the University of California Energy Institute, was interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on August 28 on natural gas prices. Borenstein commented that the rise in the price of natural gas has driven up electricity prices in California.

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