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Haas NewsWire, August 7, 2000

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Distance Learning Offers Flexibility Without Sacrificing Interaction
Fisher Fellows Learn to Manage Charter Schools at Haas
Paul Stames Appointed Assistant Dean for Executive Learning
MBAs Working in Public and Nonprofit Sectors Get Loan Help
New Staff
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This summer, twelve undergraduate students from across the United States and overseas took part in a landmark course offered by the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley Summer Sessions that gave them the option of taking any portion of the course over the Internet or taking it live, on campus.

Given this wide range of learning options, all of the students in "Strategic Planning for a Global Economy" (BA 196) took the course in person, but relied heavily on the course web site and used the Internet option to provide flexibility when they could not be at Haas.

"Although the Summer Sessions course provides only initial, limited information on the possibilities of using distance learning, this information indicates that the technology can substantially complement live learning. We are eager to see if this pattern continues when we expand in Summer 2001," said Haas School lecturer George Cluff, who teaches BA 196.

Cluff worked closely with several different UC Berkeley departments to get the course up and running. Summer Sessions provided technical and financial support for the design and maintenance of the password-protected web site for the course that included a key documents room, examination room, tutorial room, lecture room, library room, and student lounge room. All students attended the weekly team tutorials.

The full Internet option allowed students to keep up with class when they couldn't attend in person. For example, Nicole Kindel was eager to go home to Mexico in July to vote in the Mexican election, but it meant missing her scheduled group tutorial. She went to Mexico City and logged on to her team's regular Sunday tutorial by means of the Internet.

Another student, Victor Peinada, visited his family in New York over the Fourth of July holiday and participated live with his team during their regular Monday evening tutorial by means of the tutorial room. As a disabled student, Victor discovered that the wealth of resources available online made the class more accessible, a feature that should help other students with disabilities in the future.

"It seems clear to me that a mixed online and in-person experience has the potential to be a higher quality experience," said Gary Penders, director of Summer Sessions. Penders says that since the students can choose between online interaction with the instructor and in-person interactions, the instructor ends up putting in more time, to be more available to the student.

Penders explained that, like the rest of the UC system, Summer Sessions is expected to expand its offerings in the next few years to accommodate a projected increase in enrollment throughout the UC system. He believes that courses with a strong distance learning component will allow more students to attend UC Berkeley.

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A select group of educators from across the country have spent the past month at the Haas School in the Center for Executive Development (CED) taking part in the Fisher School Leadership Institute - Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). KIPP is the highly publicized program to train school teachers and administrators for urban charter schools.

Don Fisher, BS 50, and his wife Doris, are the sponsors of the program. Don Fisher, founder and chairman of Gap, Inc., also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board, and has been a loyal supporter of the Haas School for many years.

The goal of KIPP at Haas is to train "Fisher Fellows," a new corps of school leaders who will develop and manage highly effective charter schools in urban areas across the nation. At Haas the Fisher Fellows are receiving education in critical business areas including finance, organizational management, and leadership from both Haas faculty members and guest speakers.

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Paul Stames, who has served as the executive director of the Haas School's Center for Executive Development since September 1998, has been appointed the assistant dean for executive learning.

"Through Paul's leadership, the Center for Executive Development has significantly expanded its offerings, and begun to differentiate itself in the marketplace by focusing on providing comprehensive education consulting services to clients and meeting their needs for customized programs," said Dean Laura Tyson.

This change reflects the Center for Executive Development's increasing focus on educational programs targeted towards the executive community and the growth of CED both in terms of scale (the increasing number of clients) and business focus. "We are moving into new areas: online learning and providing custom programs for specific companies to meet their needs. The Center for Executive Development is a growing and important area for the school," said Stames.

In his new role, Stames will continue to provide strategic direction for the Haas School's executive learning programs, and will be instrumental in helping the school craft and implement its strategy for employing distance learning technology in the classroom.

Stames came to the Haas School from Daniels College of Business in Denver, where he ran an executive education program for mid- and senior-level managers from 1995-1998. Previously, he created and led The Leadership Council, a national network of more than 1,000 business executives, religious leaders, and educators focused on strengthening business leadership. In the mid-1980s, he served as vice president of the Foundation for Teaching Economics, which developed curriculum materials for use in public and private schools.

Stames was educated at Duke (BA) and at Yale (MA), attended the Advanced Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis, and spent a year abroad at the American University in Beirut.

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The Haas School has announced the creation of the Haas Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). The program is designed to provide modest financial support to recent graduates of the full-time MBA program employed in the public or nonprofit sectors, where salaries are typically lower than in the private sector. The program will assist qualified Haas graduates who might otherwise feel constrained in their choice of employment by the need to repay substantial debt accumulated during their MBA studies at Haas. The Haas LRAP will issue grants to qualified participants reimbursing them for all or a portion of their educational loan payments. To be eligible for the Haas LRAP, an applicant must work more than half-time for a nonprofit organization or an agency of government (local, state, or national). Their adjusted full-time income must be less than $50,000 a year. In special situations, the program will also assist graduates who are employed by a foreign government, a foreign nonprofit organization, or an international nonprofit organization. Application forms will be available from the director of financial aid for MBA Programs, Debi Fidler.

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The Masters in Financial Engineering program has hired Linda Kreitzman as the program director as of August 1. Linda has been the director of the finance, personal financial planning, accounting, economics, business administration and real estate programs at UC Berkeley-Extension since 1996, where she developed continuing education programs and taught economics courses. Linda holds a Ph.D. from the University of Grenoble, France. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Arabic. She lives in Corte Madera with her husband and 2 children, Andrew, 8, and Adam, 19 months. Her office is in S472. Linda can be reached at 643 4329 or via e-mail at lindak@haas.berkeley.edu.


Jamie Abernathy, who has been a TAP employee in accounting since March, has been appointed permanently to the position of account representative. Before coming to Cal, Jamie worked at UC Davis doing administrative work at the police department and the law school. She has worked in the UC system since 1992. Jamie lives in Oakland. She can be reached at 2-6042 or at jabernat@haas.berkeley.edu.


Dean Tyson's new senior executive assistant, Pamela Gleason, joined Haas on July 24. For the past several years, Pam has been a program manager at Berkeley Worldwide, an affiliate of University Extension, coordinating courses primarily in e-commerce, project management, engineering, and strategic decision making.

Pam has a bachelor's degree from Cal in Political Economy of Industrial Societies and is very interested in other cultures. Over the years Pam has expanded her knowledge of foreign cultures through backpacking trips. By her latest count she is up to 36 countries. She lives in Berkeley and is excited to be at the Haas School. She can be reached by phone at 3-9690 and via e-mail at gleason@haas.berkeley.edu.

Koko Cordova, another new face in the Dean's Suite, is the temporary assistant to the dean, replacing Jenn Smith, who is leaving for a position with the Trust for Public Land. Koko will be handling administrative duties for Dean Tyson until a permanent assistant is appointed. Koko is also a world traveler and just returned from a trip to Paris and Amsterdam. She is currently working on a children's book called Le Petit Escargot (The Little Snail). She can be reached at 2-4917.


Julie Ito is the new associate director for admissions and marketing for the Evening MBA Program. She started at Haas on July 31. Julie previously worked at Embark.com and at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She also taught English in Japan. Julie earned her BA from UC Berkeley and is working on her thesis for her MA in liberal studies from Georgetown. Julie can be reached at 643-3258 or via e-mail at jito@haas.berkeley.edu.

Teresa "TJ" Janus will be joining Haas on August 14 as the associate director for student services for the Evening MBA Program. TJ currently works at UC Davis in the College of Engineering and has a wealth of experience in student services. She has a BS in design and a MS in textiles from UC Davis. TJ can be reached at 643-0435 or via e-mail at tj@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Severin Borenstein, professor in the economic analysis and policy group and director of the University of California Energy Institute, was on NPR's Morning Edition on Thursday, August 3 and on ABC World News Tonight on Saturday, August 5, discussing the California electricity markets. Borenstein was quoted last week in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Contra Costa Times, also on the subject of the California electricity markets.

On August 7, Borenstein is quoted in the Chicago Tribune on the same subject. On July 20, Borenstein was quoted in a USA Today story on airline mergers.

Dean Laura Tyson's letter in response to the Atlantic Monthly article "The Kept University" appears in the July 2000 issue of the Atlantic. The full text of her reply can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/07/letters.htm#university.

Rashi Glazer, professor in the Marketing Group and co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology, was mentioned in Computerworld on July 31. The piece on the new model for marketing mentioned Glazer's uses of the terms "smart" and "dumb" to characterize markets.

In her regular Business Week column on July 24, Dean Laura Tyson details the gains that could be made in medicine through the application of information technology. The column was titled, "A Startling Medical Breakthrough: The Internet."

Professor Glazer is quoted in "The Fight for Survival: The Easy Money is Gone" in Business Week on July 24. Glazer says that cutting costs can hurt companies if they don't stay true to their long-term strategy.

Professor Jonathan Leonard, chair of the Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on July 18 on how companies are handling morale issues that arise from paying new hires more money than current employees. In the article, "Firms May Pay the Price for Wide Disparities in Salaries," Leonard states that some firms are giving employees stock options to help with morale.

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 the San Jose Mercury News on July 17, in the article, "Area Apartment Rents Increase Sharply." Rosen said that the 40% increase in south bay rents is the largest ever seen in California history.

Brett Trueman, the Donald and Ruth Seiler Professor of Public Accounting and chair of the Haas Accounting Group, was quoted by CBS Marketwatch on July 17 on the conversion of the New York Stock Exchange from fractions to decimals.

John Freeman, the Helzel Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and faculty director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on July 16. In the article "Professors Profiting From Practicing What They Teach," Freeman states that universities should educate students, not profit from them.

The Haas School's partnership with the Darden and University of Michigan business schools was mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education on July 14.

The UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition was mentioned in a Reuters article on July 12. The article stated that students in the competition changed their plans in response to the fluctuating stock market in April.

Dean Tyson was quoted several times on global economic policy in regard to the G-7 meeting in July. Tyson was quoted in Business Times on July 8, 10 and 12, and the Financial Times on July 10.

The Haas, Darden, Michigan partnership was mentioned in Crain's Detroit Business on July 10.

Dean Tyson was mentioned as one of Al Gore's economic advisors in the Cincinnati Enquirer on July 9. The article, "Fiscal Policy; It's Still the Economy," reviewed the fiscal policies of Gore and George W. Bush, the republican nominee.

Jennifer Chatman, Harold Furst Professor of Management Philosophy and Values, was on NPR on June 30th on a show called "Beyond Technology" talking about the new trends in managing high technology firms.

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