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Haas NewsWire, October 1, 2001

The Women in Leadership Conference Brings Heavy Hitters to Haas
Public and West Coast Schools Suffer in Latest Forbes Ranking
Fourth Annual Investment Banking Case Competition Launches Today
Haas Celebrates a Very Successful Homecoming and Reunion Weekend
New Assistant Dean For Development And Alumni Relations Joins Haas
The Evening MBA Program Welcomes a New Director of Marketing and Operations
Staff Service Awards
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas
Alumni Events

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All faculty, students, staff, and alumni are invited to the 6th annual Women in Leadership Conference, which takes place on Saturday, October 20. This year's theme, "Explore, Inspire, Excel," is embodied by two exceptional keynote speakers: Donna Dubinsky, founder, president, and CEO of Handspring, and Beth Sawi, chief administrative officer and executive vice president of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

The annual WIL conference is the longest-running student-run conference at Haas. Last year it attracted more than 400 participants including current MBA and undergraduate students, alumni, and career women from the greater Bay Area.

Dubinsky gives the first keynote address of the day. She co-founded Handspring with Jeff Hawkins in July 1998 to create a new breed of hand-held computers for consumers. Before joining Handspring Dubinsky served as president and CEO of Palm Computing, where she helped make the Palm Pilot the best-selling hand-held computer and the most rapidly adopted new computing product ever produced. When Dubinsky first joined Hawkins at Palm Computing in 1992, shortly after the company was founded, she brought with her more than ten years of marketing and logistics experience from Apple and Claris. Dubinsky and Hawkins introduced the original Palm Pilot in February 1996, a move that revitalized the hand-held computing industry. She earned her BA from Yale University and her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Beth Sawi oversees Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Community Affairs, Legal, Compliance, Internal Audit, and Corporate Services. She is also a member of the executive committee for The Charles Schwab Corporation. She will give the afternoon keynote address.

Sawi is a long-time veteran of Schwab; she started her career at Schwab in 1982. From 1995 to 1997 she was executive vice president of Electronic Brokerage, during which time she headed Schwab's Internet launch. Sawi took a sabbatical in Italy in 1998-99 during which she wrote her book "Coming Up for Air: How to Build a Balanced Life in a Workaholic World," published by Hyperion in February 2000. She received a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Throughout the day, conference attendees will interact with leaders from a variety of professional backgrounds through the conference's panel sessions and workshops. Panels planned for this year's conference include:

This year's conference is sponsored by Fortune, Ford, Chevron, Genentech, J.P. Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, and Adobe.

For more information on the WIL conference, please visit http://www.wilconference.org/2001/index.html.

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Public business schools, including the Haas School, lost ground to their private school rivals in the latest Forbes magazine ranking (Oct. 15) of MBA programs that attempts to calculate a "return on investment" of graduate management education.

All of the nation's state-funded business schools dropped out of the Forbes top-ten ranking this year, including the Haas School, UCLA's Anderson School, and the University of Virginia's Darden School. Haas placed 15th in the new survey, compared with a 4th place finish last year. Anderson was 12th this year and 5th last year, and Darden was 13th this year and 10th last year.

The magazine conducts its ranking by surveying the salaries of MBAs who graduated in 1996. Forbes said it "asked alumni for salary information from the year before they entered business school, the year they graduated and 2000." Forbes then "compared the total of five years' pay with a projection of what the median student would have earned for those five years without a degree."

In addition, all west coast business schools suffered in this year's rankings. In addition to Haas and Anderson, Stanford Business School, which was ranked 3rd last year, fell to 10th place this year.

Forbes explained the dramatic changes in this year's rankings by saying, "schools with strong finance programs dominated the top of our rankings," while the "meltdown among Internet firms" caused the top California schools to fall.

Kurt Badenhausen, the editor of the Forbes rankings, further explained in a conversation that Haas, Anderson, and Stanford hurt in this year's survey due to the very high pre-MBA salaries of their MBA 1996 graduates.

The Forbes' ranking:
  1. Harvard
  2. Wharton
  3. Columbia
  4. Dartmouth
  5. Chicago
  6. Yale
  7. Cornell
  8. MIT
  9. Northwestern
  10. Stanford
  11. Duke
  12. UCLA
  13. Virginia
  14. Carnegie Mellon
  15. UC Berkeley
To view the ranking online, visit http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2001/1015/092.html.

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The Haas School of Business and Goldman Sachs & Co. are proud to present the fourth annual Investment Banking Case Competition. This undergraduate competition is a great opportunity for students considering careers in banking, corporate finance, venture capital, consulting, and entrepreneurship to get hands-on experience in their area of interest.

Sign-ups for this year's competition begin today, October 1, in the Haas Undergraduate Program office (S450). Students are encouraged to form teams of four students, though a team may compete with a minimum of three individuals. To replicate the work environments that graduates will enter upon graduation, each team must have at least one member who is not a Haas major or minor.

Each year this event showcases one of Goldman Sachs' recent high profile transactions to give interested students an opportunity to demonstrate and further develop their knowledge and skill base. The case materials will be available Friday, October 5, at noon in the Haas Undergraduate office. Each team will be expected to present its conclusions through a written product, similar to the discussion materials often used in investment banking, consulting, and corporate board meetings (e.g. PowerPoint slides). The presentations are due by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2001 in the Haas Undergraduate office.

The review committee, comprised of Haas faculty and Goldman Sachs representatives, will review the presentations and select three to four teams to participate in the final round. The finalists will be announced and notified by Tuesday, October 23, and final presentations will be held the following Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

Each of the finalist groups will make a 20-minute presentation followed by questions from a panel of judges, which will include company management, investment bankers, members of the investment community and faculty from the Haas School. After the winners are announced, the judges' will present critiques the presentations and there will be time allotted for questions from the audience.

Please direct questions or concerns to Haas School lecturer Stephen Etter at etter@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Over 300 alumni, students, faculty, and friends came to the Haas School for the annual Reunions and Homecoming celebrations this past weekend. Alumni reconnected and reminisced throughout the day -- over breakfast, building tours, and a sun-drenched Tuscan Italian Feast.

A presentation by Professor Rashi Glazer on the evolution of e-business and a career management session by the school's Alumni Career Director, John Morel, kicked off the day. After the events at Haas, many alumni attended the football game against Washington State to cheer on the Golden Bears in the special Haas School alumni section.

Hundreds of alumni also returned to campus to celebrate their reunions throughout the weekend. The 5th, 10th, and 20th reunion classes planned activities and parties throughout the weekend -- some on campus, some off campus. The 25th and 15th Haas class reunions enjoyed reconnecting in the BankAmerica Forum with cocktails and jazz.

"The class reunion activities have increased tremendously this year and we are excited to be working with such wonderful reunion committee volunteers on increasing the participation in social gatherings and class gift campaigns," said Tenny Frost, the Haas School alumni relations director. "Alumni and Development staff members Linda Coffee and Tannwen Mount did a fantastic job planning and implementing this year's events with our staff and reunion volunteers. This strong partnership has been a recipe for success and we plan to continue to build on our successes and strengthen our class reunions program."

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Larry J. Lollar has joined the Haas School as the new assistant dean for development and alumni relations, succeeding Melinda Carmack, who resigned in December 2000. Lollar comes to Haas after a nationwide search to fill this position, conducted by the school with the assistance of the professional search firm Heidrick and Struggles. Jay Stowsky, associate dean for school affairs and initiatives, says, "We are delighted to have someone with Larry's experience and stature join us at Haas."

Lollar brings more than 20 years of fundraising experience to his new role, including sixteen years at Stanford University (including four years as director of development for Stanford Medical School) and four years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was vice president for Development under UC Chancellor Robert Berdahl, who was UT's president at that time. Lollar also served as vice president for institutional advancement at Golden Gate University and, most recently, as vice president for external relations at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.

While he was at Stanford as the director of Foundation and Corporate Giving, Lollar raised $480 million in foundation and corporate giving as part of Stanford's $1.1 billion campaign.

"I hope to build on the successes of the Haas program," says Lollar. "There is a wonderful staff here and although we have some vacancies to fill, I want to get going with meeting the fundraising goals of the school."

Larry holds a master's degree in English literature from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Oklahoma.

Larry will be located in the dean's suite, in the office recently occupied by interim assistant dean Marily Howekamp, who is returning to her job as director of development for the central campus. Larry's e-mail address is lollar@haas.berkeley.edu and his phone number is 642-3182. JoAnn Dunaway, who has also been co-interim assistant dean will stay on at Haas as the director of development resources.

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Jane Thompson comes to Haas as the director of marketing and operations of the Evening and Weekend MBA Program this week.

Prior to joining the Haas School, Jane served for 11 years at the Wharton School as senior associate director of MBA Academic Services, where she was directly involved in a variety of management and curricular activities. She also served as program director for several of Wharton's international MBA programs, traveling to southeast Asia, China, South America, and Europe with groups of MBA students. Jane holds a MS from the University of Pennsylvania in organizational dynamics and an MA from Pennsylvania State University in education.

"I have always been focused on enhancing the MBA experience," says Thompson. "I am thrilled to be at Haas." All Evening MBA students will have the opportunity to meet Jane at the upcoming pizza dinners. The dates are:

October 17 and 18 for first-year EvMBA students
October 22, 23, 24, and 25 for second- and third-year EvMBA students

Thompson occupies Diane Dimeff's former office in S460. Her e-mail address is jane@haas.berkeley.edu and her phone number is 643-0434.

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The Haas School is proud to announce the recent service award recipients -- Pat Murphy (30 years), Josef Chytry (20 years), Walda Thompson (20 years), Teresa Costantinidis (15 years), Serena Joe (15 years), and Mike Matthews (10 years).

On September 21, recipients from across the campus were honored at the 2001 Service Awards Luncheon. Each of the recipients received a congratulations letter and a Service Award Pin from President Atkinson. In addition they will begin to accrue additional hours of vacation. The UC system and the Haas School have long recognized staff with many years of service.

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Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, appeared in the September 29 issue of the National Journal in an article discussing the recent "airline bailout bill."

The Wall Street Journal mentioned the Haas School of Business in the article titled "For Latest MBA's, Recruiting Time Gets Bleaker." This September 26 article reported that the Haas School has just upgraded its video-conferencing system to help both the student and companies during interviews.

Borenstein was also quoted on September 26 in the Star-Ledger of New Jersey in which he commented about natural gas prices diminishing in the article titled "Golden parachutes to ease the fall of GPU's top execs."

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