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Haas NewsWire, February 5, 2001

Sun's Chief Researcher to Speak at Haas
Dunaway and Howekamp to Manage Development/Alumni Relations as National Search for    Top Fundraiser Gets Underway
Practical International Experience Distinguishes Haas MBAs
Students and Alumni Network at Nonprofit Dinner
Haas Shares its Alumni Program Successes with Campus Development Professionals
New MBA Student Club Presidents Take the Helm
Haas in the News
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John Gage, chief researcher and director of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, Inc. will open this spring's Business Faculty Research Dialogues on "What's Next for the Dot-Coms." Gage will speak at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2001 in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

In 1995, Gage created NetDay to bring the resources of the world's high-technology companies to all schools and libraries by connecting them to the Internet. Since then over 500,000 volunteers have wired over 50,000 schools and libraries in the United States. Last year Gage was named as one of five distinguished journalists and scholars to be a Fellow by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government.

At Sun, Gage maintains relationships with world scientific and technical organizations, handles international public policy and governmental relations in the areas of scientific and technical policy, and builds alliances with the world's leading research institutions.

Gage attended Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He did doctoral work in mathematics and economics at the University of California, Berkeley and left Berkeley in 1982 to join Sun Microsystems.

"What's Next for the Dot-Coms," the topic for the 2000-2001 dialogue series, has so far brought Ray Lane of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers and Alan Patricof, of Patricof and Co. Ventures. On Friday, March 9, Christos Cotsakos, chairman and CEO of E*TRADE, will give the final lecture of the series for the year.

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The Haas School has launched a nationwide executive search to fill the school's top fundraising position, according to Jay Stowsky, associate dean for school affairs and initiatives. To keep Haas on target to meet its ambitious fundraising goals, Stowsky also announced the interim appointments of two experienced hands at development and alumni relations.

Marily Howekamp, executive director of development programs for the Berkeley campus and vice president of the UC Berkeley Foundation, and JoAnn Dunaway, MBA 92, former director of international programs and past president of the Haas Alumni Network, will share the responsibilities and the title of interim assistant dean for development and alumni relations, Stowsky announced. These changes are effective today.

"Finding the right person at the right time is difficult under the best of circumstances," commented Stowsky, "so we are doubly lucky to have found two people, with just the right mix of energy and experience and their own vast networks of relevant personal ties, willing to serve and willing to meet the dean's challenge to spur our development and alumni relations programs to new heights."

Haas has retained the firm of Heidrick and Struggles to find the new assistant dean for development and alumni relations. The search is expected to take nine to twelve months. This vacancy was created when Melinda Carmack left the school in December 2000.

Dunaway will manage the day-to-day operations of the department, including annual fund and reunion programs, and will be the main contact for the Haas School Advisory Board and volunteer fundraising boards. Howekamp will manage the school's fundraising strategy and relationships with major individual and corporate donors. She will spend 60 to 80 percent of her time at Haas while also continuing to serve as director of development programs for the campus. Both will rely for primary support on Janet Crandall, who will assume the new title of director of special projects.

Howekamp has been executive director of campus development programs since 1995. In that role, she represents the vice-chancellor for university relations and maintains a portfolio of principal gift prospects and donors for the Berkeley campus. She established the external relations program for Cal's largest college, the College of Letters and Science and has also developed a program to orient and train new deans, directors, and advancement staff in the art of raising private funds, alumni relations, and public affairs on the Berkeley campus.

Prior to that, Howekamp served as director of college relations (equivalent to the assistant dean role) for UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, where she managed a comprehensive development program involving annual fund, major gift programs, corporate and foundation relations, stewardship, and development communications, as well as alumni relations and public affairs functions. Howekamp also served as UC Berkeley's interim assistant vice chancellor for public affairs for 10 months in 1998, providing leadership in areas of media relations, university communications, government relations, visitor's center, public ceremonies, and the Cal Parents program.

Dunaway is a familiar figure at Haas, where she earned her MBA. She brings to her new task over 25 years of experience in managing and marketing in higher education, information technology, financial services, and manufacturing industries. In addition to her other previous roles at Haas, she has been an ex officio member of the Haas Development Council, president of the International Business Association, and vice president of the Consulting Club. Last year, her many efforts on behalf of the school were recognized with the Miles Award for Alumni Service.

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As business has gone increasingly global, so too has the Haas MBA. Going out in the field and gaining hands-on know-how is an integral part of the Haas experience. While groups of students have just returned from their student-organized travels over winter break, Sebastian Teunissen's International Affairs Office is gearing up for this year's travel for both the MBA and Evening MBA programs.

For nine years now, the Haas School has been sending teams of talented and experienced MBA students across the globe to consult with firms of various sizes and industries as part of the International Business Development Program. Last year 13 teams traveled to 14 countries. So far, Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies, WineResearch.com, and Bechtel have signed up for this year's program. The probable locations for their projects this year are Armenia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, France, Ghana, Honduras, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. The MBA students leave for their in-country work in late May.

Two years ago, the Haas School added a new elective course to provide Evening MBA students with first-hand experience of international business environments. Each year, students spend two weeks abroad comparing and contrasting businesses of a developing and a developed country. The course requires that students attend lectures about each country's economic, business, and cultural environments in preparation for their on-site visits. Upon return, they complete a project report on a business aspect that they encountered during their travels and that is of particular interest to the student.

In the first year of the evening program, 15 students traveled to Japan and Vietnam. Last year, 30 students traveled to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ghana. In 2001, 60 students are signed up for the international business seminar. One group will travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ghana again; a second group will travel to Panama, Venezuela, and Cuba.

In addition to these courses, two groups of Haas MBA students have just returned from their student-organized trips over winter break to the Pacific Rim and Latin America. PacRim 2001 included visits to Seoul, Beijing, and Bali. The Latin American trip covered Sao Paolo, Recife and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both trips included visits to alumni living abroad and their companies. The PacRim students visited companies including P&G Korea, a visit hosted by Phyllis Kim, MBA 00, while the Latin American group stopped by the Sao Paolo stock exchange. Read more on these trips at Haas Week, http://haas.berkeley.edu/~haasweek/01spring/012901/main.html.

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The City of Berkeley's manager of economic development, Bill Lambert, MBA 80, will speak at the third annual Nonprofit and Public Management Alumni Dinner on Tuesday, February 6. More than 50 MBA students and alumni have signed up to network at this event. With each year, the NPM dinner has gained popularity.

The Nonprofit and Public Management Program created this event to allow current students to network with Haas alumni who have chosen the nonprofit career path. Each year the dinner includes a networking hour, a speech by an alumnus in the nonprofit arena, and dessert circles that bring attendees with similar interests together in smaller groups. In 2000, Jan Masaoka, executive director of Compasspoint Nonprofit Services spoke on current trends in program and performance evaluation.

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Tenny Frost, director of alumni relations, gave a presentation to the Cal Fundraising Council -- a group of development and alumni professionals from across the campus -- on how to build a strong alumni relations program that also supports a fundraising program. She was invited to speak at their meeting on January 30. Frost shared her experiences on this topic and outlined a "top ten" list for building an alumni network that increases and encourages support from alumni for fundraising campaigns. She stressed the importance of maintaining quality alumni programs and services in order to establish the development foundation from one's alumni populations.

Haas switched to the Haas Alumni Network (HAN), which is supported by the Haas Annual Fund, to increase both participation and annual fund contributions when it retired the Cal Business Association in 1998. The CBA had supported its alumni programs and offerings from annual membership fees. Since then, the Alumni Relations Office has worked to expand chapters, events, and services to the alumni from all of Haas' degree programs and, in turn, has seen an increase in alumni donations to the school.

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Most of the Haas School's MBA student activities are supported by student clubs organized around certain industries, causes, social activities, international regions, and even competitions. Below is the list of new MBA student club presidents and co-presidents.

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Ken Rosen, California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics and chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in Real Estate Finance Today on February 5. In "Crunch in California" Rosen asserts that there is a 50% chance of recession nationwide.

Pablo Spiller, the Joe Shoong Professor of International Business and Public Policy and chair of the Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 4 on the electricity crisis.

David Teece, the Mitsubishi Bank Professor of International Business and Finance and the director of the Institute of Management, Innovation, and Organization, and Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and the director of the University of California Energy Institute, were quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 2. In "Economists: Raising Rates is not enough," Teece and Borenstein agreed that the plan for solving California's energy crisis is flawed and could lead to more problems in the summer. Read the full article here.

An article on the Energy Manifesto (http://haas.berkeley.edu/news/california_electricity_crisis.html) appeared in the Berkeleyan on January 31.

David Levine, associate professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group and the Haas Organizational Behavior Group, was quoted in the New York Times on January 31. In "Three Fridays Canceled at Schwab in Bid to Cut Expenses," Levine commented that Schwab's plan was uncommon.

Dean Tyson was interviewed on CNN: Inside Politics on the recent rate cut by the Fed on January 31.

Janet Yellen, the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration, was quoted on January 30 in Red Herring predicting that technology companies are in for a much harder landing that the nation as a whole.

Yellen was also quoted in the Industry Standard on January 30 on the Fed actions. She said that the six rate hikes from June 1999 to May 2000 might have gone too far.

Hal Varian, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on January 30. Varian commented that with the layoffs at dot-coms, engineers are leaving dot-coms in search of more secure employment.

Tyson was mentioned in the South China Morning Post on January 30 as one of several economic experts who believe that the US economic slow down will not lead to a recession.

Yellen was quoted in the American Prospect on January 29 on her working relationship with Alan Greenspan while she was serving on the Federal Reserve Board.

The Haas Evening MBA Program was covered by the Contra Costa Times on January 29 in the article "Part-time Students, Full-Time Jobs." The article quoted Dawn Taketa, MBA 01, Bill Harrington, MBA 99, Wendy Larson, MBA 93, and Richard Kurovsky, executive director of marketing and communications.

Severin Borenstein was interviewed and quoted many times in the past week. He appeared on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition and All Things Considered and on KCBS radio. He was quoted The New York Times (Jan. 29 and 30), the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Desert News.

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