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Haas NewsWire, March 15, 1999


B-School Rankings Commentary in HaasWeek
No HNW on 3/22/99
C4C Auctions Haas Netrepreneurs
New Recycling Program
Awards, Achievements & Announcements
NASDAQ International Conference
Finance Reception Hosted by Haas Alumni
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How will the Haas School do in the US News and World Report annual business school ranking due out in print on March 29th and expected on-line this Thursday?

As usual, we'll have to wait and see. Although there is some reason to believe that a change in methodology this year may put Haas at a disadvantage compared with schools on the East Coast and Midwest.

A request from US News for more specific information on the percentage of MBA students hired within three months of graduation may hurt Haas, where students tend to be less traditional in their choices and timing of jobs. Haas's larger proportion of international MBA students may put us at a disadvantage this year, again because of career choices and timing. In both cases, a small change in the input can make a surprising difference in the rankings, since schools are separated by tiny margins. Read the current edition of HaasWeek for a full-length article on the rankings.



Due to the spring holiday, expect the next edition of Haas NewsWire in two weeks, on March 29th.

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As it has been in past years, the bidding frenzy at the annual Challenge for Charity (C4C) Auction benefiting the Special Olympics last Friday was fun and unfettered. The unofficial total raised is estimated at a record $35,000. Traditional goods went like hot cakes, and big ticket items such as a day at professor Tiffany's house in Sonoma complete with dinner and wine tasting at a local winery for 10 people brought in the most cash at $2,200.

Another favorite, port and cigars with professors Andy Rose and David Vogel, went to the highest bidder at $1,250. This year's most unusual item up for bid: a $1,300 agreement from Macro Economics professors Andy Rose and John Veitch to teach class in the outfit of the bidder's choice.

In amongst the squash lessons, massages, haircuts, and wine up for bid, were invaluable opportunities to pick the brains of young e-commerce pioneers. Several recent Haas grads and successful Netrepreneurs generously offered up dates with students as C4C auction items.

Trevor Traina, MBA 96, president and founder of CompareNet.com, pledged to share his advice with six people over lunch in South Park. No doubt he'll talk about how to start a business, how to raise venture capital, and (since the announcement two weeks ago that Microsoft is acquiring CompareNet) how to sell a company.

Steve Markowitz, MBA 96, chairman and CEO of MyPoints.com, will offer his wisdom as a career entrepreneur to Haas students at Chez Panisse! Markowitz had started two successful companies when he came to the Haas School. Markowitz is now at the helm of an Internet technology company that encourages e-commerce through incentive programs. Markowitz will be joined by Haas 96 classmates and co-founders Layton Han, CFO, Noah Doyle, VP partnerships, and Dan Kihanya, director of membership.

Four Haas students will join Kevin Brown, MBA 96, director of marketing for Inktomi, Inc, and his wife, Jenny Redo, MBA 97, of Aveo, Inc., at the Carnelian Room. Most of us know Inktomi as the powerful search engine behind our favorite web portals including HotBot.com. Redo has launched product management groups at two startups since graduating from Haas.

Dinner for three Haas MBAs is on Scott Galloway, MBA 92, founder and CEO of Prophet Brand Strategy, a business he started within three months of graduating from Haas. The company has evolved from a market research firm to a full-scale strategic consulting business.

Jenna Marshall, MBA 95, co-founder of HomeShark, an Internet-based real estate financial services company, will be hosting lunch at an undetermined SOMA district restaurant with three Haas students. Marshall, VP of business development, started the company a year after receiving her MBA.

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The Berkeley campus throws out 25 tons of trash per day, almost half of which is paper. Diverting paper from the garbage (and our growing land fills) became much easier last week, thanks to a new service provided by Campus Recycling Services. With the introduction of blue waste baskets throughout the Haas campus, new paper recycling containers are now at every desk and at certain high volume areas in the buildings.

All kinds of paper can be put in these containers, including white, color, news, magazines, catalogs, glossy paper, soft and hard bound books, junk mail, files, ream wrap, and just about any other type of paper you have in your office. Multiple boxes under your desk for sorting paper are no longer necessary, although you are encouraged to continue to recycle white paper separately from mixed paper and place it in the large white bins located in copy and printer rooms in the building. Even cardboard boxes can be recycled with the new program.

Please flatten the box first, and place behind the container. The following materials are not acceptable: paper cups, food-contaminated paper, tissues, paper towels, or non-paper waste.

Recycling containers should be kept next to or near trash containers. The blue containers will be emptied by the building custodians at the same frequency as trash containers. Campus Recycling Services can also accommodate larger volumes of paper waste, such as file clean outs and office moves.

Please call them at 643-4612 to schedule a special recycling pick up.

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"It's not an easy thing, having the fate of the nation's Medicare program resting in your hands," reads the first sentence of a front page story in the San Francisco Chronicle. The weighty declaration refers to Haas School Dean Laura D'Andrea Tyson, who is also pictured in this morning's front page article. Tyson's is one of two pivotal votes on the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, which will decide the fate of a proposal to change the $210 billion program. To read the full story, click here.

The March 8th issue of Business Week magazine features auto industry honcho and Haas alumni Robert Lutz, BS 61, MBA 62, retired Chrysler vice-chairman. Lutz stunned the industry by taking the top job at Exide Corporation, an ailing car battery manufacturer. Exide is one twenty-fifth the size of Chrysler. His first time as CEO, Lutz will use the management prowess he shared in his 1998 book, Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Make Chrysler the World's Hottest Car Company, to turn Exide around.

Haas professor Severin Borenstein's work on airline industry competition and potential savings to the consumer was cited extensively in an article on airline competition in the Sunday, March 7, issue of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. To read the full story, click here. To read what the newspaper said about Borenstein, click here.

Teen-age entrepreneurs from the East Bay were featured in the Sunday, March 14th issue of the Contra Costa Times in a story about the Haas School's Easy Bay Outreach Project (EBOP) and the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas event held on Saturday. High school students pitched their ideas to a venture capitalist board to test what they've learned at Haas about starting a business. To read the full story, click here.

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Gary Peete, Patricia Maughan, and Susan Poyneer, librarians at the Long Library, are eligible to be nominated for the 1999 Distinguished Librarian Award. Milt Ternberg received the first award in 1990 and is on the 1999 selection committee. UCB librarians, faculty, students and staff are eligible to nominate by May 28, 1999. The award recognizes excellence in librarianship, specifically as it furthers the teaching and research missions of the University of California, Berkeley campus. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a UC Berkeley librarian who has given exceptional service to the profession and to the University of California at Berkeley. Nomination guidelines and a list of former award winners are on the web at http://library.berkeley.edu/LAUC/#dist.

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Haas alumni are eligible for a substantial reduction in attendance fees for the international conference sponsored each year by Nasdaq-Amex. The world's top executives in biotechnology, information technology, health care, venture capital, academe, government, law, and financial services will gather for three days at Haas and the School of Public Health to discuss the fusion of business, science, medicine, and technology.

The registration fee of $1,495 for this year's conference, titled "The BioTech Powered Century: Strategies for Creating Growth and Value," scheduled June 27th-29th, will be reduced to $1,250 for alumni that sign up prior to April 15th.

Leading experts in all areas of bio- and information technology will look at changes in health care policies, financing, and shareholder expectations and at strategies that best position bio tech companies for sustainable growth. A reduced fee for current students is also in the works with specifics to follow. For more information, see http://www.biotechsummit.com/.

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All Haas students interested in a careers in finance are invited to network with senior financial executives at a reception hosted by the Financial Executives Institute (FEI), the preeminent professional association representing 14,000 senior-level corporate financial executives from more than 8,000 leading corporations. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. FEI has also invited members from its San Francisco and Santa Clara Chapters to meet Haas students and talk about careers in finance. Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

A special attraction of the event is the opportunity to meet the new President and CEO of FEI, Philip Livingston, a 1983 Haas MBA graduate. Prior to joining FEI in January, Livingston was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Catalina Marketing Corporation, a $250-million supplier of electronic marketing services for the consumer packaged goods industry. For Catalina, Livingston managed the accounting, treasury, information technology, human resources and legal functions. He also spent three years as vice president and CFO of Celestial Seasonings, Inc., where he led the company through its initial public offering. Prior to that, he served in financial positions at Kenetech Corporation and Genentech Inc. Livingston started his career with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young), where he earned his CPA.

Please RSVP to dwatanabe@fei.org if you plan to attend.

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(free and open to interested students and faculty)


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