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Haas NewsWire, October 23, 2000

Haas Ranks Fourth in US News Undergraduate Rankings
Women in Leadership Conference Celebrates Women's Choices
Haas Undergraduates Build Case Competition Legacy
Fall Speakers: Tom Siebel and Ray Lane Come to Haas
Executive Development Offers New Economy Marketing Course
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The Haas School Undergraduate Program ranked fourth in US News & World Report's academic reputation survey released in September. The University of Pennsylvania came in first with a score of 4.8, and MIT and the University of Michigan tied for second place with a score of 4.6 (out of a possible 5.0). Haas scored 4.5.

Haas has traditionally done well in this survey, having ranked third with MIT in 1997 and first with Wharton in 1995. Haas ranked fourth in 1999. "Our position has been in one of the top four slots for many years in US News," said Dan Himelstein, director of the Undergraduate Program. "We seem to rotate positions among the top schools every few years, but the truth is that these are all excellent undergraduate programs with their own merits." The US News survey also identified the academic reputation of school-wide academic departments (groups) within the surveyed institutions. Haas ranked as follows:

The survey, which included 338 accredited undergraduate business programs, asked deans and senior faculty to rank the academic caliber of the institutions with which they are familiar. The response rate was 45%. For a full version of the rankings, visit the US News web site at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/cat12rnk.htm.

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It may be Veteran's Day weekend, but here at Haas, it is women's weekend. The 5th annual Women in Leadership conference will take over the Haas School on Saturday, November 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year's theme, "Options on Your Future," is meant to inspire and guide women to excel professionally and personally by making choices that satisfy their individual goals. Panelist and keynote speakers will address the challenges and triumphs of women in the workplace from many different perspectives. The conference is open to the public. Men are encouraged to attend.

The annual Women in Leadership conference is the longest-running, student-run conference at Haas, attracting over 400 participants including current MBA students, Haas undergraduates, alumni, and career women from the greater Bay Area. The event aims to promote the wide variety of career options and lifestyle choices available to women today through panel discussions, a networking lunch, and professional skills development workshops.

Pat House, co-founder & executive vice president, Siebel Systems, will give the first keynote address of the day at 9:10 a.m. As executive vice president, House has responsibility for managing the strategic alliance and marketing communications efforts of Siebel Systems.

Judy Lichtman, president, National Partnership for Women & Families, will give the second keynote address. In 1974, Lichtman became the executive director and first paid staff person for the Women's Legal Defense Fund (WLDF), which became the National Partnership for Women & Families in February 1998. The National Partnership for Women & Families uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.

There will be three sessions during the day with concurrent panel discussions. These include: Women Entrepreneurs; Changing the World Through Your Work; Women in Venture Capital; Personal Finance for Women; Start Up Fever; Traditional Investments: Women in Traditional Careers; Investing in Foreign Assets: Working Outside Your Home Country; Balanced Success; Risk and Return: Technology Career Choices; and Women in Media.

This year's conference is sponsored by FORTUNE magazine, Andersen Consulting, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, PG&E Coporation, and others. Tickets for the conference are available at the WIL Conference web site http://www.wilconference.org/. The tickets are $30 for faculty, students, and staff, and $40 for the general public.

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Teams from the Haas Undergraduate Program have entered seven major external case competitions since fall of 1998, and have brought home awards from six of those competitions. Just this month, they brought home the Professional Excellence Award from the 2000 University of Texas International Business Challenge Case Competition in Austin, Texas.

The team for the Austin competition this year was Andrew Gu, Linh Hang, Diana Rothschild, and Jason Talavera. The team was advised by Dave Robinson, Steve Etter, George Cluff, and Annie Lai.

"During this period of time, the track record of the Haas Undergraduate Program is unmatched by any other university in the world and our undergraduate students are representing Haas in a fashion that reflects very positively on the entire school," says Dan Himelstein, director of the Undergraduate Program. "We became the first program ever to earn awards at three consecutive University of Texas International Business Challenge Case Competitions." The awards won since fall of 1998 are:

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The end of the month brings two major speakers to Haas in one week.

Tom Siebel, CEO and founder of Siebel Systems, kicksoff this year's Fisher Center E-Commerce Executive Seminar Series on Tuesday, October 31, at 12:30 p.m.

Ray Lane, former Oracle president and general partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, begins a year of dialogues on "The Shakeout in Cyberspace" with the first of the Business Faculty Research Dialogue Series on Friday, November 3, at 4:00 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. The Siebel event will take place in the Wells Fargo Room, with seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required for the Lane event in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium, but seats may be reserved by contacting Meredith LaCorte at 510-643-2027 or via email at lacorte@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Next week, Haas students will be rubbing elbows with executives coming to campus for the Center for Executive Development's "Smart Marketing for the New Economy." Running from November 1 to November 3, the program is designed to address both the fundamentals as well as the latest strategic thinking for smart marketing.

The program starts with the premise that marketing in a company has become too important to be left to the marketing department. Less a function or department, marketing is a philosophy, a way of thinking, the "glue" that holds the various independent activities of the organization together. The program will be led by Rashi Glazer, professor and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Marketing and Technology.

The program will be preceded by an optional marketing fundamentals seminar on October 31. For more information on CED programs, please visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/ced/.

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***To report any and all press mentions to the Haas NewsWire, please send them via e-mail to haasnews@haas.berkeley.edu. ***

Rashi Glazer, professor in the Marketing Group and co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology, was quoted in Business Week on October 23 on the new acceptance of knowledge management by firms.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and the director of University of California Energy Institute, was quoted in the cover story of the Fall 2000 issue of Energy Strategies (put out by Financial Times Energy) "The Dark Side of Deregulation in California" discussing the cause of the summer's high electricity prices and possible remedies.

Raymond Miles, former dean of the Haas School, was cited in the Wall Street Journal on October 23 in "Breakaway--Turning Away from Growth," an article on the decision by a some business not to expand to the next level.

Dean Laura Tyson was mentioned in Newsweek on October 23 as one of Vice President Al Gore's top advisors.

Recent research by Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management and Systems and Haas professor, was covered by the Economist on October 21. "Byte Counters" was about Varian's research on the amount of unique information the world puts out every year.

Varian's research was also mentioned in the Daily Globe and Mail on October 20.

James Lincoln, the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership and director of the Institute of Industrial Relations, commented in the Daily Cal on October 20 on the launch of the UC Institute for Labor and Employment.

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Powell's speech at Haas was mentioned in the Bay Area Datebook on October 19.

Varian's research was the topic of an article in USA Today on October 19 titled, "Information Everywhere, but not the Time to Think."

Borenstein was featured discussing the California gasoline market and the proposed Chevron/Texaco merger on October 17 in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, the Sacramento Bee, and Oakland Tribune. He was one of three economists interviewed by Spincritic.com on October 23, about California's high gasoline prices. Read the full text of this article at http://www.spincritic.com/master.asp?page=econ. Borenstein was also interviewed by KQED for the California Report. On October 16, he appeared on KTVU at 10pm and KPIX at 11pm, discussing the impending shortage of gasoline in California as the state phases out MTBE from the California gasoline formula.

The Center for Executive Development was mentioned in Handelsblatt, a German publication, in an article on financial engineering programs.

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