Haas NewsWire will publish monthly this summer. The next issue will come out on June 15, followed by issues on July 14 and August 25. Biweekly publication will resume at the beginning of the academic year.

May Means Graduation for Hundreds of Haas Students


A crop of about 850 newly minted bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree holders will toss their mortarboards at Haas commencement ceremonies this month.

Friends and family will gather in the Greek Theatre at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16, as Berkeley MBA students of the class of 2008 receive their diplomas. Their ranks include 217 spring graduates and 19 fall graduates from the Full-time Program and 197 spring graduates and 53 fall graduates from the Evening & Weekend Program.

The 69 fall graduates of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program also are invited to participate in Friday's MBA commencement.

The commencement address will be delivered by Haas alumnus Bengt Baron, BS 85, MBA 88, who serves as CEO of V & S Group of Sweden, the parent company to Absolut Vodka. Baron is also an Olympic gold medalist, representing Sweden in men's swimming in 1980 and 1984.

The student-elected MBA speakers are Katie Lynn Lindgren from the Full-time Program and Dr. Michael D. Black from the Evening & Weekend Program.

About 400 Haas undergraduates will officially become alumni at their commencement ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 23, in the Greek Theatre. Steven Wood, Haas economic analysis and policy lecturer, will deliver the address. The Departmental Citation Winner for the top undergraduate will be presented to Cindy Luk Chow, and the student speaker will be Belal Yousaf Aftab.

A reception in the Haas courtyard will follow both the MBA and undergraduate ceremonies.

Twelve of the 13 graduating Ph.D. students will observe their commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the Wells Fargo Room. Haas Finance Professor Mark Rubenstein, who is known for his pioneering work on derivatives valuation and development of the binomial options pricing model, will address the graduates.

Haas School Honors Faculty and Student Instructors at End-of-Year Party

In addition to food and fun, the Dean's End-of-the-Year Party on May 9 offered the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Haas School faculty and graduate student instructors.

Haas recognizes excellence in teaching through the annual Earl F. Cheit Award, named after Dean Emeritus Earl F. Cheit, who made teaching excellence one of his top priorities as dean. This year's recipients of the Cheit Award, chosen by panels of students based on student nomination, are:

+ Assistant Professor Cameron Anderson, Full-time MBA Program
+Lecturer Wasim Azhar, Evening & Weekend MBA Program
+ Assistant Professor Qintao Fan, Ph.D. Program
+Senior Lecturer David Robinson, Undergraduate Program
+ Associate Professor Catherine Wolfram, Evening & Weekend MBA Program

Phil Tetlock, Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communication, was honored with a Cheit Award at the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program commencement in February. Domingo Tavella, adjunct professor, received a Cheit Award at the Master's in Financial Engineering Program commencement in March.

Students in the Full-time MBA Program conferred an honorable mention on Associate Professor Terry Taylor. The evening cohort of the Evening & Weekend MBA program awarded an honorable mention to Ganesh Iyer, Edgar F. Kaiser Professor of Business Administration, while the weekend cohort of the Evening & Weekend MBA program gave an honorable mention to Assistant Adjunct Professor Meghan Busse. Ph.D. students gave honorable mentions to Visiting Associate Professor Robert Goldstein and Barbara Mellers, the Milton W. Terrill Professor of Business Administration.

Cheit Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) awards were given to Ph.D. student Jamie Sawhill for his work with the Undergraduate Program, Jeff Ford, MBA 08, for his work with the Full-time MBA Program, and Ph.D. student Robert Seamans for his work with the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. Todd Fitch, a 2005 Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program alum, received an honorable mention from the Evening & Weekend MBA Program.

Richard Crump, a Ph.D. student in economics, was given a Cheit Outstanding GSI award at the MFE commencement earlier this year.

Additionally, the Berkeley Campus Outstanding GSI Award was given to the top 10% of the Haas GSIs who served during the 2008 calendar year -- a total of 15 students who worked at Haas this year. Second-year full-time MBA students Newton Cheng, Clifford Dank, Sara Drake, Jeffrey Ford, Tanya Kaminsky, Katie Lindgren, Julia Ponce, and Kristen Scully were recognized with the award, as were Haas School Ph.D. students Emily Choi, Kwang Lee, Jamie Sawhill, Robert Seamans, and William Self. Also honored was Peter Younkin, a Ph.D. student in sociology who worked as a GSI at Haas.

The awards are based both on student evaluations and nominations submitted by faculty and students. The recipients were honored at a campus-wide reception May 7.

Haas Faculty Hiring for 2008-09 in Full Swing

Faculty recruiting is in full swing as the Haas School seeks to hire nine new ladder-track faculty members for the 2008-09 academic year.

Of the nine offers, five have already been accepted in marketing, finance, and real estate. Four offers for the areas of accounting, finance, and organizational behavior are expected to be wrapped up shortly.

In addition to new permanent faculty, nine visiting professors from other schools and six new lecturers will take positions at the Haas School during the coming year. They will teach courses in leadership, accounting, economics, marketing, and organizational behavior.

New ladder-track faculty include Zsolt Katona (marketing), Robert Helsley and Alexei Tchistyi (real estate), Marcus Opp (finance), and the school's very own Meghan Busse (economic analysis and policy), who moved from the ranks of adjunct to ladder-track faculty.

"Among our visitors are Michaela Draganska from Stanford's Graduate School of Business, who will teach Market Research, and Adam Galinsky, a high-profile scholar and teacher from Northwestern's Kellogg School, who will teach ethics and leadership," says James Lincoln, associate dean of academic affairs.

The school is also succeeding in retaining Haas faculty, who, as usual, receive offers from many other schools. "This is a regular occurrence," says Lincoln, "and we expect to do well at retaining our faculty this year as in previous years."

Thanks to recent agreements with campus, the Haas School is able to match competitive offers and even offer preemptive increases to faculty likely to be wooed by competing business schools. Funding for some of the new positions and the matched offers is possible thanks to gifts such as the $25million endowment by Barbara and Gerson Bakar.

On-Campus Job Opportunities Rise, Salaries Hold Steady for Berkeley MBA 08 Students

Despite the weakening economy, job opportunities for Berkeley MBA students during the 2007-2008 recruiting season increased from a year ago and salaries are holding steady, according to the Haas School's Career Center.

Preliminary statistics show an approximately 5 percent jump in job opportunities from on-campus recruiting from the prior year, according to Abby Scott, executive director of MBA Career Services. Starting salaries are even increasing slightly from last year's median of approximately $103,000, Scott says.

"It is a tighter employment market, but we have seen MBA hiring continuing," she adds. "Some of the firms who are laying off are continuing to hire fresh talent."

Summer internship hiring also has increased from a year ago.

However, the number of online job postings has declined this year, reflecting a drop in "just-in-time hiring" as a result of weakening economic conditions. "As we look forward to next year, we're anticipating a little bit of a downturn as we experienced during the last cycle," Scott says.

Fortunately, the Bay Area has been a strong spot in the nation's economy. The latest figures show the unemployment rate in the San Francisco metropolitan area at 4.4 percent - still significantly lower than the statewide unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. The top hiring firms for graduating Berkeley MBA students this year as of May 1 include Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte Consulting, Google, PG&E, Yahoo!, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Top firms offering internships this year include Abbott Labs, Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Google, McKinsey & Company, and ZS Associates. Four MBA students will be taking internships focused on sustainability at Dow Chemical, reflecting the growing interest in that field among students.

In this competitive MBA marketplace, Scott says, students need to be especially focused and persistent about tapping several different resources to land their ideal job. "We're confident that our MBAs are going to get jobs, given the vast Haas Alumni Network and our strong student body," she says. The Haas School will continue to assist the students who are looking for jobs, and Career Services has been delighted by the support from alumni.

One student who benefited from the Haas Alumni Network is Nick McFarland, MBA 08, who will be working as an analyst at Steelhead Partners, a Seattle-based hedge fund. McFarland met an alumnus at a football tailgate party during his first year who referred him to J.D. Kritser, MBA 05, a senior analyst at Steelhead. McFarland first conducted an informational phone interview with Kritser. He then followed up in person several times over the next twelve months while visiting family in Seattle.

"The Haas Alumni Network provided me with many tools for my career search," says McFarland. "In the end, I attribute my offer to fortunate timing, but it was generous alumni who opened the doors to benefit from such luck."

Undergrads Hit Record Participation in 2008 Student Campaigns

A record 45 percent of graduating seniors made pledges and gifts this year to the Haas Senior Gift Campaign, formerly known as Feed the Bear.

That eclipsed last year's 27 percent participation, and raised $8,700 in gifts and pledges. Organizers credited the boost in participation to their new partnership with the broader Cal Senior Gift Campaign, which helped spread the word.

The participation by seniors also far surpassed the overall Cal student giving rate of 21.5 percent. Students Filip Nowak and Kevin Liang, both BS 08, co-chaired the drive, with help from undergraduate program executive director Erika Walker and Dean Tom Campbell. All of the campaign organizers were honored at the Dean's End-of-the-Year Party on Friday, May 9.

The Full-Time MBA LifeLong Connections (LLC) campaign brought in $54,138 in pledges from 98.3 percent of students. Lindsay Grimm and Elisabeth Diana, both MBA 08, served as student co-chairs. Campaign co-founders Rick Holmstrom and James Isaacs, both MBA 88, kicked this year's effort off with generous support as they celebrated its 20th year.

Results of the first-ever Evening & Weekend MBA Program LLC campaign will be announced in the next issue of Haas NewsWire.

Students who wish to pledge to any of the three campaigns can do so online at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/alumni/llc.

MBA students with corporate summer internships also have been generous to their peers headed to the nonprofit world. The annual Haas for Students campaign asked them to donate a day's pay to those with lower paying nonprofit or public-sector internships. The drive reached its goal of $30,000.

Half of first-year students made pledges, along with slightly more than 10 percent of second-year students.

Twelve students applied for the grants, including Wellesley Fraser, Erik Brown and Melanie Oei, all MBA 09, who are all joining Education Pioneers. The nonprofit organization develops leaders from a variety of graduate programs, offering fellowships and training to help them make significant contributions to K-12 urban education.

Students can donate a day's salary online at https://egiving.berkeley.edu/egiving/mainform.asp. Click 'A-Z Giving Index,' then "H" on the left for Haas, then "Haas School Students for Students Fund." Under special instructions, enter "10265-55608" (the Haas for Students fund code).

For more information about Haas for Students, contact Omar Garriott, MBA 09, MBAA vice president of community, at omar_garriott@mba.berkeley.edu.

Berkeley Team Reclaims Golden Shovel in Real Estate Challenge

A UC Berkeley team buried Stanford and reclaimed the coveted "golden shovel" at the 19th Annual Cal-Stanford NAIOP Real Estate Challenge on May 5.

The winning team included Matt Bernstein, Trey Clark, Jean Yoon, all MBA 09; Steve Park, EWMBA 08; and Erin Cubbison, Architecture/Landscape Architecture 08.

The competition is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. Each year, teams from Stanford and UC Berkeley compete in three judging events during the semester and then present an extensive real estate development proposal to a jury of seven industry professionals.

For the first time, the challenge also allowed the audience to give for an "audience choice award" to the team that the audience thought should win. Cal won this award, too.

This year's challenge was to propose an income-generating project for the Port of San Francisco on 44 acres of industrial land adjacent to Piers 90-94, about three miles south of the Bay Bridge.

UC Berkeley's team proposed an "Eco-Equity Park" comprised of a biogas production, biodiesel production, concrete recycling facilities, and 815,000 sq. ft. of industrial space to provide green technology tenants with research and development and office facilities. Students impressed judges by strategically designing the site to command higher rents and including interim business uses to generate revenue quickly.

Until May 5, Stanford had successfully defended its title as NAIOP Challenge winner for four years. But now that UC Berkeley has recovered the golden shovel, the record is Cal-10, Stanford-9.

Tech and Biotech Ventures Tie for First at UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition

New search technology provider Implicit Interfaces and biotech venture Titan Medical tied for first place May 1 at the tenth annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition at the Haas School.

Implicit Interfaces' search technology leverages computer vision and machine learning techniques to make virtual clothes shopping more consumer-friendly and increase online apparel sales. The team includes three UC Berkeley computer science Ph.D. students.

Titan Medical uses nanotechnology to create a high-precision, low-cost system for delivering therapeutic treatments for chronic diseases. The system, called NanoFlow, allows drugs to enter the blood stream at a steady rate in very low doses, cutting down on side effects. The management team includes three UCSF/UC Berkeley bioengineering students and Berkeley MBA student Stephen Dugan, MBA 08.

The two winning teams shared the $25,000 first prize and $10,000 second prize, each receiving half of the $35,000 total.

The third place and $5,000 prize went to Omniox, a biotechnology company that seeks to commercialize a breakthrough therapy discovered at UC Berkeley's Department of Chemistry to treat oxygen deprivation diseases. The team comprises both scientists and MBA graduates, including two from Berkeley: Mary Jane Bedegi, MBA 78, and Kevin Kopczynski, MBA 08.

The Glycometrix team won the People's Choice Award of $5,000, voted on by the audience at Thursday's final event. Glycometrix offers new glycan-based blood serum testing for early-stage cancer detection that has already conducted a positive 200-person clinical trial. The team counts five science and business professionals from the biotech industry, including two Berkeley alumni.

A record 101 teams entered the competition in 2008. The competition is organized by Berkeley MBA students and is open to students, staff, and alumni of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. The business plan competition was founded by Berkeley MBA students in 1998 to help transform university innovations into commercial enterprises.

In addition to the competition prizes, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati offered a scholarship for each finalist team to send one representative to its exclusive, invitation-only Entrepreneurs College Spring session held at the firm's offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

The competition is hosted by the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, and School of Information Management and Systems, as well as UC San Francisco. For more information on the competition, go to http://bplan.berkeley.edu

Four Berkeley MBA Students Honored with Entrepreneurship Awards

The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation honored three graduating Berkeley MBA students and one first-year student at its annual dinner on May 8.

Raphael Michel, Kevin Kopczynski, and Tony Mak, all MBA 08, received the Gloria W. Appel Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship. They will share the $5,000 prize that accompanies the award.

The award is presented to second-year MBA candidates who have made an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the school's entrepreneurship program. The award is funded by an endowment from the Louis and Harold Price Foundation in honor of Gloria W. Appel, the late president of the Price Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and a great benefactor of the Lester Center.

The Lester Center awarded Kevin Casey, MBA 09, with its $5,000 Turner Fellowship. The Turner Fellowship is awarded to an MBA student who has at least one year of study remaining and is interested in an entrepreneurial career. The fellowship is sponsored by Dan Turner, founder of Montreux Equity Partners and chairman of TransOral Pharmaceuticals.

YEAH Program Wraps Up Record-Breaking Year

The Haas School's Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program concluded another successful year Saturday with five teams giving final presentations on the micro-businesses that they created to support local nonprofits.

The teams represented the five local middle schools who participated in YEAH's After School Business Club: Berkeley's Martin Luther King, Longfellow, and Willard; Oakland's Westlake; and Albany Middle School. The YEAH program brings together underserved kids in sixth through 12th grades with undergraduate and MBA students, who mentor the youth to help them develop skills to enter college and become business leaders.

The program's 150 middle-school students began last fall by selecting a nonprofit and formulating a business plan for a product they could design, manufacture, and sell to raise money for the nonprofits. Within each school, students broke into groups dedicated to areas such as finance, production, and marketing. Starting in the spring, the groups produced and sold custom key chains, origami, t-shirts, and pillows.

Before an audience of 250 proud parents, grateful community partners, and many others, the groups summarized the activities of their micro-businesses and shared what they had learned. Teams representing each school were judged by a panel of older YEAH students on the quality of their presentations. Additionally, each team offered samples of its products for sale.

During the previous two weeks, the YEAH program also held final presentations for its Saturday Academy freshman and sophomore high school students, who completed case studies for Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa County and Dreyers Grand Ice Cream, respectively. Juniors and seniors in YEAH's Springboard Leadership Program also participated in a case study competition on personal financial literacy.

This year's class of 31 graduating seniors was the largest in YEAH's 19-year history.

Overall, a record number of volunteers -- 103 Haas undergraduates, MBA students, and, for the first time, alumni -- mentored the nearly 300 middle and high school students enrolled in this year's YEAH programs. Looking forward to next year, YEAH hopes to offer even more opportunities for Haas mentors to contribute to the education of underserved youth in the area.

Evening and Weekend Berkeley MBA Students Win E-Commerce Competition

MinuteBank, a mobile commerce company started by five evening and weekend Berkeley MBA students, won both first place and the people's choice awards April 30 at the first ATG e-Commerce Ingenuity Business Plan Competition in Boston, Mass.

The MinuteBank team includes Russell Tillitt, Bethany Nelson, Eric Ortman, Allan Duckett, and Sherwood Yuen, all EWMBA 09. The students created the business plan for MinuteBank in their fall semester entrepreneurship class, taught by Haas Lecturers Jack Fuchs, Ronald Star, and Naeem Zafar.

MinuteBank's vision is to offer millions of mobile phone subscribers in developing nations a better way to manage their prepaid mobile phone plans through a new kind of bank account, called a personal mobile minute account. The account provides optimized management of prepaid mobile minutes, enabling new ways for connection and transaction through mobile commerce channels.

MinuteBank beat out three other finalists -- two independent entrepreneurs and a team from Brown University -- to win $50,000 for placing first and an additional $10,000 for the people's choice award. The three-judge panel consisted of one ATG executive, a venture capitalist, and an e-commerce analyst from Gartner Research. ATG, or Art Technology Group, provides e-commerce platform and optimization services to other firms.

"We want to thank ATG for this opportunity. This was a really exciting event and a thrill to present," says Tillitt, CEO of MinuteBank, who presented the plan to an audience of more than 600 attendees at ATG's annual conference. "This award is going to be instrumental in taking MinuteBank to the next level," adds Nelson, MinuteBank's COO.

Social Responsibility Competition Draws Record Interest

A record number of UC Berkeley students competed in the 2008 Gap Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility Undergraduate Case Competition on April 29.

The winning team was composed of Stephanie Sison, Gloria Ong, and Virginie Suos, all BS 09; Chriselda Chua, Economics 09; and Valerie Cuyegkeng, Integrative Biology 08. They defeated 25 other teams to win the $1,000 cash prize.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is sponsored by Gap Inc., the Haas School's Center for Responsible Business, and the Berkeley Students for Responsible Business Club. The event challenges students to address real-life business issues in a socially responsible manner.

This year, participants were asked to make recommendations to a fictitious apparel company developing an accountability framework to measure social and environmental performance. Undergraduates made suggestions for invigorating and holding employees accountable for social and environmental goals and identifying the elements to insure success of an accountability structure.

Finalists' presentations were judged by Kindley Walsh Lawlor, Gap's senior director of strategic planning and environmental affairs; Jennifer Malkin, MBA 08; Silvia Lacayo, MBA 09; and Tony Kingsbury, executive-in-residence at the Center for Responsible Business' Sustainable Products and Solutions program.

Haas Places Third in Challenge 4 Charity Sports Weekend

Berkeley MBA students took third place at the Challenge 4 Charity (C4C) Sports Weekend as they competed against seven other West Coast business schools to raise money and provide volunteer hours for the Special Olympics.

Hosted at Stanford from April 18 to April 20, the event involved competitions in dodge ball, football, ultimate Frisbee, squash, basketball, darts, running, soccer, and other athletic activities.

Haas enjoyed several victories, including placing first in ultimate Frisbee, horseshoes, and the darts tournament. In the darts competition, two Berkeley MBA teams entered the tournament and together eliminated all of the other competing schools' teams, resulting in a championship match between the Haas students. The two Haas dart teams were composed of Dave Potocki and Michael Badalov, both MBA 08, and Adam Skibley, MBA 09, and Adrian Durbin, MBA 08.

The Haas team raised $16,500 and served 1,140 hours. UCLA took first in the overall competition, successfully defending its "Golden Briefcase" title from last year. Collectively, the eight business schools raised nearly $500,000, which will go directly to the Special Olympics as well as other local organizations selected by the various schools. The eight schools served a total of nearly 14,000 volunteer hours.

The Sports Weekend was the culmination of the academic year's fundraising efforts. Previous C4C events included a Halloween party, a flag football tournament, and a charity auction.

This year, in addition to coaching the Richmond Buffalos Special Olympics team in basketball and bowling, Haas students worked with the Alameda Point Collaborative, a neighborhood community providing affordable housing, mental health facilities, and employment assistance to individuals and families in need.

Mark Your Calendar for Dean's Farewell Reception, May 20

Haas faculty, staff, and students are invited to a dean's farewell reception from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the Wells Fargo Room to thank Tom Campbell for his dedication and distinguished service.

Campbell will step down as dean on July 1, after completing his five-year appointment. During Campbell's deanship, the Haas School successfully expanded several academic programs while maintaining the quality of its curriculum; enhanced services for students, alumni, and recruiters; created numerous centers focusing on such areas as nonprofit business, energy, and Asia business; and increased fundraising to record levels.

The farewell reception will celebrate these and many other accomplishments under Campbell's watch, and also recognize Campbell's unflappable grace, kindness, humor, and support of his colleagues. The event is being co-hosted by Jim Lincoln, associate dean of academic affairs, and Jennifer Chizuk, chief operating officer and senior assistant dean.

Haas Bids Adieu to Diana Burke, Manager of Office and Instructional Services

In her time at the Haas School, Diana Burke has done everything from providing administrative support in Barrows Hall to managing the mailroom, copy center, and Haas Gear Store. She has been responsible for keys, central stockroom supplies, room reservations, event planning, textbooks for the Undergraduate and MBA programs, printed and online course readers, and CalNet services. Now, Burke will be retiring at the end of June, after more than 23 years at Haas and UC Berkeley.

Burke has held numerous roles that supported the teaching mission, whether through coordination and preparation of classroom materials or administrative support. She has served as manager of Office and Instructional Services for about eleven years, ensuring a steady supply of textbooks and online Study.Net course readers, developing and marketing Haas Gear, and overseeing smooth operation of the copy center and mail room.

"Diana will be truly missed. She has provided high quality service to the Haas community with creativity, competence, and grace," says Denise Boyd, Burke's supervisor and director of Human Resources and Administration. "Her contributions have made a big difference to the workplace effectiveness of us all."

Burke will, most of all, miss the people she has worked with at Haas. She takes pride in the school's focus on innovation and responsible and sustainable green business practices, and is happy to have been a part of the administrative team that worked to further these goals.

She looks forward to having more time to devote to travel and photography. She also looks forward to spending time with her nearly 3-year-old grandson, a new granddaughter due in September, and her elderly parents, as well as to having more time to volunteer usher for various theater and dance organizations, remodel her home, and do some volunteer work.

Haas Memorabilia Needed for History Project

Sandra Epstein, the author writing the book on the history of the Haas School under the sponsorship of Dean Tom Campbell, is looking for collectors to share items of historical interest to the school and its predecessors, the School of Business Administration and the College of Commerce.

Epstein is seeking publications, newspaper articles, catalogs and announcements of the schools, photos, documents, correspondence, and any other materials that will provide information and insight into the many programs, activities, problems, and accomplishments of the school. If you have any items or information to share, please contact Epstein at spepstein@yahoo.com.

Staff News

Andow and Nagler To Take New Positions at Haas

Business Manager Tyson Nagler and Marketing and Communications Operations and Advertising Manager Kerrie Andow are moving to new positions at the Haas School on June 2.

Nagler will assist CFO Alice Kubler with the Haas School's strategic space planning initiative during the next nine to 12 months. With Nagler's transition, the business services staff will report to Denise Boyd, director of human resources and administration.

Andow will become the project manager overseeing changes to accounting processes and policies at Haas, which were recommended by an accounting task force formed in January. Andow, a member of the accounting task force, also will be responsible for the daily operations of Business Services.

Gaidi Nkruma Joins Media Services

Haas Media Services welcomed Gaidi Nkruma May 1 as a day-time classroom learning technology support specialist.

Nkruma comes to Haas with almost 12 years with the Council of Judicial Education and Research, where he was senior video technician. Over his career, Nkruma has held a variety of technical positions, including video editor, master control technician, and videographer with a number of television stations. He also has extensive experience in theater arts, working as lighting designer and audio operator, and in set construction. He earned his BA in radio and television broadcasting from California State University Long Beach.

Outside of work, Nkruma enjoys studying traditional Chinese medicine and how herbs, tui na massage, guasha, moxibustion, and cupping can treat and help cure sports-related injuries.

Email: gnkruma@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 643-0431
Office: S300W

Haas in the News - As of 5/12/08

Cristina Banks, senior lecturer, is quoted about women in MBA programs in a May 8 Contra Costa Times article titled "Mills MBA program plans expansion." Full article: http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_9195520

Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the housing market and his real estate forecast in several media outlets:

+ San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/06/MN4V10FTG0.DTL
+ ABC 7, May 6, http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/business&id=6126566
+ Inside Bay Area, May 6, http://www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/ci_9173366
+ San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/29/MNK810DNII.DTL

Adam Berman, executive director of the Institute for Business Innovation, was quoted about a trip to Israel to visit biotech companies in a May 7 article titled "Israel tech superb, announce Bay Area biotech experts" in Israel21c. Full article: http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles%5El2101&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Technology

Tom Davidoff, assistant professor in the real estate group, was quoted about a proposal to give the Federal Housing Administration more flexibility to help borrowers at risk of losing their homes, in a May 6 ABC 7 News segment titled "Ben Bernanke predicts the foreclosure crisis could get worse, unless Congress helps." Full article: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/politics&id=6124282

David Vogel, the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor in Business Ethics, was quoted in a May 6 article titled "MBA courses: An ethical dilemma for students" in The Independent. Full article: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/mba-courses-an-ethical-dilemma-for-students-821889.html

Philip Tetlock, the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communication Professor of Leadership, was quoted on how conservatives seek simplicity and moral values in a May 6 New York Times article titled "The Politics of Happiness, Part 3." Full article: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/the-politics-of-happiness-part-3/

David Aaker, E.T. Grether Professor of Marketing and Public Policy, was featured in a May 5 Startup Whisperer blog entry titled "Brand Positioning Clift Notes." Full entry: http://www.startupwhisperer.com/2008/05/brand-positioni.html

Abby Scott, director of MBA Career Services, and Lindsay Grimm, MBA 08, were quoted in a May 2 East Bay Business Times article titled "Grads at UC-Berkeley, Cal State East Bay, other schools face tighter job market." Full article: http://eastbay.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/05/05/focus1.html#1

Davidoff was quoted on the benefits of home auctions in a May 2 article titled "Buyers' bargains at new home auctions" in the Oakland Tribune. Full article: http://www.insidebayarea.com/timesstar/localnews/ci_9137795

Robert Edelstein, a real estate professor and co-chair of Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the New York Times on how a healthy economy needs jumbo mortgage borrowers to get financing in an April 30 article titled "The Road to a Jumbo Mortgage Was Supposed to Get Easier." Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/30/business/30jumbo.html

Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, was quoted about oil and gasoline prices on April 29 in two separate stories:

+ KPIX Channel 5, http://cbs5.com/video/?id=33639@kpix.dayport.com
+ ABC 7 News, http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/media?id=6111124

Jennifer Aaker, Xerox Distinguished Professor in Knowledge, was quoted on the stimulating artificial environment of video games in an April 29 article titled "For Games, the Craving Won't Quit" in the New York Times. Full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/29/technology/29game.html?_r=1&ref=business&oref=slogin

Borenstein was quoted on why airlines are losing money in an April 28 article titled "Why Airline Mergers Don't Fly" in Conde Nast Portfolio. Full article: http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/top-5/2008/04/29/The-Case-Against-Airline-Mergers

Priya Raghubir, a professor in the Haas Marketing Group, is quoted on the consumer's view of tax refunds in an April 18 article in the San Diego Union-Tribune article titled "Retailers seek their own stimulus." Full article: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080418/news_1n18stimulus.html

John O'Brien, adjunct professor and faculty director of the Masters in Financial Engineering Program, was featured in an April 1 Mortgage Risk Magazine article titled "Fair Shares." Full article (password required): http://www.mortgageriskmagazine.com/public/showPage.html?validate=0&page=mortgagerisk_login&url=%2Fpublic%2FshowPage.html%3Fpage%3D788511

Happening at Haas

Dean's Farewell Reception
Tuesday, May 20
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room


For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Joint Stanford-Berkeley Seminar at Berkeley
Wednesday, May 14
2:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C220 Cheit Hall


INSEAD Event - "Future of the Internet"
Tuesday, May 13
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Levin Institute, 116 East 55th St., New York
Registration: www.inseadusa.com
Cost: $20 for INSEAD Alumni Association member, $35 INSEAD Alumni non-member, Wharton-INSEAD Alliance, or Grand Ecole, $40 for New York Business School Club members and general public

Haas Second Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament
Wednesday, May 14
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Orinda Community Center, Garden Room, 26 Orinda Way, Orinda
Registration: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=158357
Cost: $20

Haas/OCMBA Happy Hour
Wednesday, May 14
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Landmark Steakhouse, 3520 East Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar
RSVP: http://www.whartonsocal.com/article.html?aid=865
Cost: Free (cash bar)

Haas Restaurant Connect
Wednesday, May 14
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Passage to India, 1991 W. El Camino, Mountain View
Registration: http://www.acteva.com/go/hansb

TiECON 2008 Convention
Friday, May 16, to Saturday, May 17
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Registration: www.tiecon.org
Contact: Prakash Nagpal, psn4@cornell.edu

Guided tour of NY Historical Society Museum
Friday, May 16
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York
RSVP: http://www.alumni.anderson.ucla.edu/events/details.aspx?itemnbr=1553&id=ny, or email gmazzara@mba.berkeley.edu
Cost: Free

Asia Society's Annual Gala Dinner
Tuesday, May 20
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Registration: http://www.asiasocietysocal.org/downloads/gala08/2008_Gala_Dinner_Sponsorship_Opportunities.pdf
Cost: $250

Discover Cal Lecture Series: "Elections: What will it take to be elected in 2008?"
Wednesday, May 21
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
Registration: http://www.acteva.com/ttghits.cfm?EVA_ID=18508
Cost: $20

Discover Cal Lecture Series: "Elections: What will it take to be elected in 2008?"
Thursday, May 22
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla http://www.acteva.com/ttghits.cfm?EVA_ID=18508
Cost: $20

Newport Bay Restoration Project
Saturday, May 24
9:00 a.m. to noon
Peter & Mary Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, (949) 376-8404
RSVP: Annie Schwab, annieschwab@yahoo.com
Cost: Free

Center for Executive Development Two-Day Intensive Negotiations Course:
Tuesday, May 27, to Wednesday, May 28
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
UCSF Mission Bay campus, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Registration: http://execdev.haas.berkeley.edu/negotiations
Cost: $1,695 (corporate offer: four attend for the price of three)

Berkeley-Columbia Monthly Silicon Valley Happy Hour
Thursday, May 29
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nola's Restaurant & Bar, 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto

All University of California Alumni Happy Hour
Thursday, May 29, 2008
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
RSVP: Gwendaline Mazzara, gmazzara@mba.berkeley.edu

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