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Haas NewsWire, January 29, 2002

Tickets Now Available for the Second Annual Asia Business Conference
The Haas School Enhances Media Services Offerings
The Center for Executive Development Announces Spring Executive Program
Attend the First Pizza Lunch of the Semester
New Staff
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas
Alumni Events

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Now is the time to buy tickets for this year's Haas Asia Business Conference. The tickets are only available online at http://www.haas-abc.org/. The discounted price for tickets purchased before February 17 is $40 ($20 for students). The conference will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2002, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

The theme for this year's conference is "Emerging from Troubled Waters: Turning Crisis into Opportunity." The second annual Haas Asia Business Conference (HABC) will serve as a venue for leaders in the fields of technology, international business, and public policy to meet and share their visions on the present and future shape of business in Asia. This year's conference features F.C. Tseng, deputy chief executive officer of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., as one of the keynote speakers.

The Clausen Business Leader Exchange, a joint effort with the Haas School's Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, is a new event this year. The exchange will include discussions with last year's keynote speakers, Ta-Lin Hsu, chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific, and John S. Wadsworth, Jr., advisory director, Morgan Stanley and honorary chairman, Morgan Stanley Asia as well as Lip-Bu Tan, chairman and founder, Walden International. The conference will also feature seven panels on current issues, trends, and future scenarios relevant to the growth of Asian economies and companies:


The conference's product fair will also showcase the latest product offerings from Sony, Honda, VIZ, Inter Square, and other prominent Asian companies. For more information, visit http://www.haas-abc.org/.

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The Haas School has vastly improved its audio-visual technology this spring. New lecterns in the wired classrooms, streaming web-video and digital video editing services, and live satellite feeds that can be provided to any classroom in the school are part of expanding media services and facilities critical for Haas students, faculty, and staff.

The new classroom lecterns have an adjustable computer keyboard/LCD monitor, a laptop connection system with self-retracting cables, and a reading light and a digital clock built in. The lecterns are not only technologically superior to the old lecterns, they are also much more secure. Classroom lecterns at Haas were broken into and vandalized seven times last year. The new lecterns now have a double deadbolt arrangement with a metal door to provide more security.

In the fall, the school's new live video streaming equipment was put through its paces for just a handful of events. Now that the complete digital editing suite is operational, the Media Sevices staff is ready to handle more events. Call Media Services at 510-643-0431 for more information about live streaming of any Haas event.

The Haas School now has access to the Dish network, which provides live satellite feeds of major cable channels including CNN, CNNfn, CNBC, TechTV, FoxNews, and MSNBC. Programs can be fed to all of the classrooms and any of 50 additional rooms within the Haas School. A monitor with Dish access has been installed in the MBA lounge on the upper level of the Bank of America Forum.

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The Berkeley Executive Program (BEP) in the Center for Executive Development helps companies invest in high performers by giving them the additional insights into business and the ability to tackle executive roles. The Berkeley Executive Program is enrolling participants for the spring 2002 program. Instruction begins February 22.

The program is designed for chief executive officers and senior executives with responsibility for global strategic decisions that focus on transforming political, economic, and business uncertainties into successful competitive strategies. BEP was ranked number one in the Nation by "Corporate University Press."

BEP is presented in three-day modules over a five-month period from February 22 through June 2002. Additional information about the program and participant qualifications may be found at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/ced/rbep.html. For further information, contact the Center for Executive Development via e-mail at execdev@haas.berkeley.edu or phone 510-642-4735.

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All Haas students are invited to share pizza with Dean Benjamin E. Hermalin at the first pizza lunch of the semester on Tuesday, January 29 at 12:45 p.m. in the Bank of America Forum. Hermalin and other senior administrators will be on hand to answer questions and discuss current topics, including the job-search process.

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Two New Client Solutions Managers in the Center for Executive Development

Carolyn Gregory joined the Center for Executive Development in January as a client solutions manager. Before coming to Haas, Gregory ran her own consulting firm, Gregory Consulting, which she founded in 1992 to provide marketing services to high-tech clients. Gregory Consulting specialized in the design and execution of strategic and channel marketing programs, from needs assessment and strategy formation to project execution.

Prior to founding Gregory Consulting, Gregory worked as an advertising account executive for both high-tech and retail clients. Gregory holds a BA in International Relations from CSU Chico and a MBA from University of Phoenix. She lives in the Oakland hills with her husband, Scott, and two-year old son, Brooks.

Gregory's office is in S489. Her phone number is 510-642-9621, and her e-mail is gregory@haas.berkeley.edu.

Elizabeth Pisano, MBA 97, will be doing business development for the Center for Executive Development. Before joining the CED, Pisano was a consultant in the Strategy and Organization practice in the San Francisco office of Towers Perrin, a worldwide management consulting firm. She consulted primarily on organizational effectiveness issues, such as strategy clarification and organization capabilities assessment and development. Her clients included Charles Schwab, Cypress Semiconductor, Bank of America, and Williams-Sonoma.

Prior to joining Towers Perrin, Pisano earned an MBA from Haas in 1997. Before that, she worked for Raychem Corporation in marketing communications.

Pisano' s office is in S-489. Her phone number is 510-643-814, and her e-mail is pisano@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Hal Varian, dean of the School of Information Management & Systems and professor at Haas, was quoted in Business Week on January 28 in an article titled, "Deregulation: Innovation vs. Stability."

Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on January 28, in an article titled "Tough 2002 Anticipated for Commercial Real Estate." Read the full article at http://www0.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/economy28.htm.

Brett Trueman, Donald and Ruth Seiler Professor of Public Accounting and chair of the Haas Accounting Group, was quoted in the New York Times on January 27, 2002, in an article about misleading financial practices of the struggling online real estate company Homestore. The full article is available at http://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/27/business/27HOME.html.

Terrance Odean, assistant professor in the Finance Group, was quoted in the New York Times on January 27 in the article titled "Aggressive Strategies: The Logical Conclusion."

Reuven Lehavy, assistant professor in the Haas Accounting Group, was quoted extensively in the San Francisco Chronicle article titled "No simple solutions to conflicts by auditors; Proposals to fix system also come with problems," on January 27. Lehavy supported the idea of separating consulting and auditing functions, but noted that finding an effective solution depends on first identifying the core problem. For the full article, go to http://www.sfgate.com/cgibin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/27/BU227799.DTL.

Janet Yellen, the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 24 in an article titled, "U.S. Forced to Run Deficits - Surplus Shrinks by $4 trillion." Yellen commented on the importance of running big surpluses and paying down the debt. Read the full text at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/24/MN236470.DTL.

Dean Benjamin E. Hermalin was quoted in the San Francisco Business Times on January 18 in an article titled, "Lessons in patience: MBA students are learning more about marketing themselves than marketing a startup." Hermalin commented that the Haas School has a more proactive style of campus recruiting in the MBA market.

Rosen and researcher Amanda Bishop were quoted in the Contra Costa Times in an article titled, "UC Berkeley Profs say Housing Market in Bay Area a Buyer's Market" on January 25. Read the full text at

Rosen and Bishop were also quoted in the Contra Costa Times in an article titled, "Home prices haven't hit bottom yet; It's now a buyer's market for Bay Area real estate, report says," on January 24. Read the full text at http://www.contracostatimes.com/biztech/realestate/stories/housing_20020124.htm.

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an article titled "Minnesota air travelers saved $250 million on discount carrier," on January 22.

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