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Haas NewsWire, March 6, 2000


Haas School Fundraising Exceeds Campaign Goals
Social Venture Business Plan Competition Announces Sponsors and $10,000 First Prize
Reverend Jesse Jackson Speaks at the E-Health Summit at Haas
C4C Auction Offers Up the Treasures of the Haas School
First Annual Undergraduate Case Competition a Success
Former Chair of the Haas School Development Council Passes Away
Staff Changes
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The Haas School may be losing Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Laura Brehm, but she is definitely going out with a bang. To date, the development office she heads is on track to exceed all of its annual fundraising goals and the total amount raised last fiscal year.

The New Century Campaign does not end for another nine months, but the Haas School has already raised $82.2 million towards the $75 million goal and hopes to have at least another $8 million in hand by the end of the campaign.

The Haas Annual Fund is $230,000 ahead of where it was at the end of February last year ($1.58 million) and is well on its way to meeting this year's goal of $2.2 million. In addition, a program of reunion giving campaigns, now in its second year - under the direction of Ginger Lubkowitz - is contributing to a significant increase in support for the school. Totals this year are on track to exceed last year's reunion gifts that totaled $79,812.

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Sponsors are lining up left and right for the first annual Haas Social Venture Business Plan Competition with $44,500 officially pledged in cash as well as several in-kind donations. The competition has over 60 teams competing in round one, and the finalists will be announced on March 16. The Social Venture Business Plan Competition is a national competition initiated by MBA students at the Haas School to promote the development of ventures that use the tools of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Nik Haas-Dehejia, one of the competition organizers, said, "By sponsoring this competition, these organizations show that they understand the importance of launching a new generation of socially-minded entrepreneurs."

Platinum sponsors ($10,000) include Greenmountain.com (http://www.greenmountain.com), Peninsula Community Foundation (http://www.pcf.org), and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (http://www.packfound.org).

The current gold sponsors ($5,000) are Irwin Home Equity/Irwin Financial Corporation (http://www.irwinfinancial.com) and the Men's Wearhouse (http://www.menswearhouse.com). The Calvert Social Investment Fund (http://www.calvertgroup.com/index.stm) and South Shore Bank (http://www.sbk.com) are silver sponsors ($2,000 to $2,500.)

In-kind sponsors of goods and services include the Investors' Circle (http://www.icircle.org), Stonyfield Farm (http://www.stonyfield.com), Honest Tea (http://www.honesttea.com), Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries (http://www.belvederewinery.com), IDG Books (http://www.idgbooks.com), Prophet Brand Strategy (http://www.prophet.com), and Net Impact (http://www.net-impact.org).

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winning plans with first place taking $10,000. In addition, all three winners will be able to circulate their business plans among the 150 angel investors of the Investors' Circle (http://www.icircle.org). The Investors' Circle is described as "a network of investors who make private equity investments based on social dividends as well as economic returns."

For more information on the competition visit the web site at: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/socialventure/home.html.

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson was the last minute luncheon speaker at the E-health conference sponsored by Haas School of Business, Berkeley's School of Public Health, and Stanford's Schools of Medicine, Law, and Engineering that took place at the Haas School last Thursday.

The leadership forum was a roundtable meeting of prominent executives and government, academic, and community leaders who gathered to address national concerns, in particular, the "digital gap" and how Internet access can provide valuable health information to under served and "unconnected" Americans. Dean Tyson spoke at the event.

Seven MBA and undergraduate students were invited to attend the speech by Jackson as part of a luncheon for the Leadership Roundtable. Two of the students, Jai Jennifer and Tosin Oduola, were invited by Jackson to attend a private meeting after the luncheon.

The E-Health Summit consists of two separate events. The first program, the Leadership Roundtable on the "digital health divide" and public policy issues was hosted by the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business. The second event is the E-Health Forum that will be held at Stanford University in May.

Dean Tyson noted in a press release on the summit that the United States stands to benefit enormously from improved efficiencies in its health care industry. "Waste and inefficiencies in the industry are significant and cost Americans billions of dollars a year," said Tyson. "During the next five years, we will see dramatic changes in infrastructure and innovations in 'front and back office' services. Both large traditional providers and established medical professionals and a spate of new entrepreneurs and startups are implementing e-health business practices that will revolutionize the nation's health care delivery system."

For additional information on the program, visit the summit web site at www.ehealthsummit.com. The summit is being sponsored by the California Endowment, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and Cisco Systems.

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For those Haas community members hoping to get some quality time with Dean Laura Tyson, now is your chance. The number one item on this year's Challenge for Charity auction list is dinner with the dean in her home. All proceeds from the auction go to the Special Olympics.

The silent portion of the auction will take place March 8 to 10 in the Helzel Boardroom. The live auction will be on March 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Clark Kerr Auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Auction items are donated from the Haas School community and local companies. This auction is the major fundraiser of the year for C4C, raising over half of the total year's donations.

To encourage bidders, C4C has released a top ten list of items available for bidding:

1. Dinner with Dean Tyson at her home
2. Dinner for 10 with a live jazz band, French maid servers, and Sanjay's cooking
3. Signed Shawn Kemp jersey from Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Tickets to a Raiders practice and exclusive party afterwards
5. Private wine tasting for eight at Clos Pegase
6. Dinner for two at Chez Panisse with Janet Yellen
7. Lunch with the founders of Evite
8. Private party with the Geisha girls
9. Certificate for a professional portrait of you or whatever you'd like
10. Backroads 'Allsport' trip for two to Glacier Park, Montana

The MBA Challenge for Charity is a competition among six west coast business schools (Haas, Stanford, UCLA, UC Irvine, USC and the University of Washington) to raise money and provide volunteer hours for the Special Olympics. This is the 17th annual C4C auction.

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Last week, the Haas Undergraduate Program hosted its first annual E-Business Management Consulting Case Competition. The winners of the competition were a team of undergraduates that included one business major. The team members are Alexandre Jost, Alex Kaplenko (Haas), Theresa Kingston-Bonney, and Christopher Zobrist.

"This competition was unique not only in content, international, e-business, and supply-chain management, but also in the different, creative recommendations that were encouraged by Andersen Consulting," said Dan Himelstein. "Case competitions are very beneficial because students are required to apply their 'in-class' experience to 'real-life' business situations in front of large audiences under serious time constraints.

Judging the competition were Tom Clock (Andersen Consulting), Stuart Kaplan (Andersen Consulting), Bob Macomber (Andersen Consulting), Amaresh Kollipara (Andersen Consulting), Djattie Soedradjat (Cardig Group), Jay Reyes (Cardig Group), and Dan Himelstein, director of the Undergraduate Program. Andersen Consulting, the Schlinger Family Foundation, Cardig Group, the Undergraduate Program, Alpha Kappa Psi (an undergraduate business fraternity), and the Business Communication Association (an undergraduate student club) sponsored the competition.

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The Haas School lost one of its most valued graduates this past weekend. Matt Lempres, MBA 84, passed away on Saturday at home in Piedmont surrounded by his loving family. Lempres was a dedicated member of the Haas School Development Council and served as chair for the past two years. Lempres was also a member of the Haas School Advisory Board. He was the recipient of the prestigious 1999 UC Foundations Trustees Award for his leadership efforts on behalf of Haas. Lempres also received the 1998 Raymond Miles Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the school. Under Matt's leadership, the Haas Annual Fund increased alumni participation and raised over $3.5 million in unrestricted resources for the school.

"We all feel such a sense of loss. Matt was a truly wonderful person and will be greatly missed," said Melissa Lagreid, director of the annual fund and corporate investors. "His insightful leadership and dedication to the Haas School and UC Berkeley were inspiring and far reaching."

Lempres is survived by his wife Caitlin and their three daughters - Mary Caitlin, Ellen Ingrid, and Sarah Maren.

Visitation and a rosary will be held Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 322 St. James Drive, Piedmont. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to consider a contribution to the Piedmont Beautification Foundation, Lempres Memorial Fund, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611

If you would like to send a card to his family, the home address is Caitlin Lempres, 11 Dormidera, Piedmont, CA 94611.

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Ginger Lubkowitz, the assistant director of the annual fund and reunion campaigns, is leaving the Haas School for a position with donordigital.com. "Ginger has made an enormous contribution to our Annual Fund program in the two years she has been at Haas," said Laura Brehm, assistant dean for development and alumni affairs. "She developed the strategy for launching our reunion campaigns in a creative and effective way. It is clear these programs are destined for success. We will miss her very much but we feel lucky to have had her talent and commitment for the time she has been here."

Donordigital.com is a Berkeley-based company that consults with non-profits on using the Internet for fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. The company's founders, Mal Warwick and Nick Allen, wrote the first book on online fundraising, Fundraising and the Internet, with Michael Stein. Lubkowitz will be an account executive working with a client list that includes the Union of Concerned Scientists and the American Lung Association. Her last day will be Friday, March 17.

A goodbye party will be held for Ginger on Tuesday, March 14, in the IBER conference room at 9:30 a.m.


Will Starks has accepted a position with Haas Computing Services as assistant director faculty and Ph.D. support. He will be responsible for supporting and managing the HCS services to the faculty and Ph.D. students.

Will joins Haas from Deltanet/Delta Dental where has worked as a systems administrator for the past year and a half. Prior to that he was a consultant at ABN-Amro, maintaining NT servers in a multiple domain network. He has about 10 additional years of experience in a variety of desktop and systems support roles in the IT industry.

Will started work on Wednesday, March. His office is located in F582. Will can be reached at 642-5182 or willstar@haas.berkeley.edu.

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David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, had an excerpt from his new book "Brand Leadership" published in BrandWeek this month. The feature can be found at http://www.brandweek.com/features/brandweek/brandweek2.asp.

Cynthia Kroll, regional economist at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in an article by the Associated Press on the San Francisco real estate market that was released on March 1.

Atlantic Monthly included the Haas School in an article on private funding of universities in their March issue. The article can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/03/press.htm.

Janet Yellen, professor of business and economics, was quoted in USA Today on February 21 on the role of the Federal Reserve.

Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson was quoted in an article on the risks and opportunities that face the global economy. The article, which ran in both Time Europe and Time Canada in February, was based on a discussion of Time's Board of Economists.

The Financial Times published Distinguished Global Visiting Professor Richard Portes' letter to the editor on February 19 on the issue of euro weakness and capital outflows.

David Aaker, professor emeritus of marketing, was interviewed for the Nightly Business Report on National Public Radio on February 14. Aaker spoke on branding strategies for Internet companies.

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