Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, September 7, 1999

Haas Ranks Fourth in US News Undergraduate Rankings
News on the Faculty Front
Kristi Raube Appointed Executive Director of Graduate Program in Health Services Management
Evening MBA Students Stronger than Ever
iVillage Founder to Speak at Women in Leadership Conference
New Staff Join Haas Ranks
Happening at Haas

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The Haas School Undergraduate Program ranked fourth in US News & World Report's academic reputation survey last week. MIT, Ann Arbor, and Pennsylvania tied for first place with a score of 4.6 (out of a possible 5.0), leading by a narrow margin over Haas, which scored of 4.5. Chapel Hill's program tied with Austin-Texas for fifth with a score of 4.3.

Haas has traditionally done well in this survey, having ranked third with MIT in 1997 and first with Wharton in 1995. "We are very happy about the company we are in," said Undergraduate Program Director Dan Himelstein. "All top four programs have ranked #1 at some point over the last five years, and we expect that we will have that opportunity again."

The US News survey also identified the academic reputation of school-wide academic departments (groups) within the surveyed institutions. Haas ranked as follows:

The survey, which included 327 accredited undergraduate business programs, asked deans and senior faculty to rank the academic caliber of the institutions with which they are familiar. The response rate was 45%.

You may view the business program rankings at the "Haas in the News" bulletin board on the third floor or at the US News web site at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/cat12rnk.htm.

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Greg Duffee Joins Haas Finance Faculty

Gregory Duffee, who has taught as a lecturer at Haas for the past year, has been appointed as assistant professor.

For the past ten years Duffee worked at the Federal Reserve Board's Trading Risk Section, where he started as an economist in 1989. In 1994 he was promoted to senior economist and analyzed risks in financial markets, especially credit risk, and conducted general financial market research.

At the Haas School, Duffee will continue to research credit risk, the term structure of interest rates, derivative instruments, and general asset pricing. He will teach BA232-Financial Institutions and Markets in the MBA and Evening MBA programs and BA133-Investments in the undergraduate program in spring of 2000.

Duffee earned his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1990, and graduated summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Macalester College in 1983.

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Kristiana Raube was appointed to be the executive director of the Haas School's Graduate Program in Health Services Management. She comes to Haas from the University of Chicago, where she conducted research at the Center for Health Administration Studies and served as the acting director.

As executive director, she will work closely with the faculty director, Paul Gertler, to manage the joint MBA/MPH degree and Health Management Certificate training programs; develop research and educational programs; manage the advisory board; pursue grant and contract opportunities, and teach.

Raube's research focuses on the delivery and financing of health services for vulnerable populations. Most recently, she led a state-funded evaluation of Illinois' Medicaid managed care program, Healthy Moms/Healthy Kids and evaluated a federal program to reduce infant mortality by 50% in six Chicago neighborhoods.

Raube received her Ph.D. in public policy from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies, her MPH from UCLA, and her BA in biology from the University of Colorado.

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The new class of Evening MBA students set a new standard for the program in terms of diversity, work experience, and academic caliber.

The 1999/2000 admissions cycle attracted a record of 480 applicants, 25% of which are now enrolled at Haas. The enrolled students have the highest GMAT score and most years of work experience of any Evening MBA class, with an average of 7.6 years of work experience and an average GMAT score of 688.

The incoming Evening MBAs are an exceptionally diverse group, with students coming from 16 countries and speaking more than twenty languages. They represent 78 undergraduate institutions in eighteen different US states and 12 countries. Forty-six percent hold previous graduate degrees, including 8 Ph.D.s, 4 MDs, and one JD. The new class counts 29% women and 43% minorities, 6% of which are underrepresented minorities.

Nearly one third (30%) of the new students currently work in engineering, 14% in finance, 12% in sales and marketing, 12% in project management, 9% in consulting, and the remainder in a variety of fields including R&D, information systems, health care, operations, human resources, law, and architecture.

Dean Laura Tyson, Evening MBA Director Diane Dimeff and her staff, Associate Dean Andy Shogan, Professor Rich Lyons, and representatives of the Evening MBA Association welcomed the 118 new students to the Haas community at the Chaminade Resort in Santa Cruz on August 14 and 15.

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Women in Leadership (WIL) has announced that Candice Carpenter, CEO and chairman of iVillage.com, will deliver the keynote address at the Fourth Annual WIL Conference: "New Designs on Life." The event will be held at Haas on Saturday, October 16, 1999.

Candice Carpenter is co-founder of iVillage.com, The Women's Network, and has served as CEO since the Company's inception in June 1995. The company strives to provide effective solutions to the everyday challenges facing women in their many roles as professionals, parents, friends, and partners. iVillage has over 1.6 million members and over 5.7 million unique visitors per month.

The Women in Leadership club also has organized panels on the following topics:

The founder and CEO of Sparks.com and the VP of marketing of CBS MarketWatch are among the panelists.

Tickets for Haas students, staff, and faculty are $20, for the general public $35. For more details, please refer to the web site http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/~wwil/conf99.htm.


Redwoods@haas is a new club at Haas that strives to bring the Haas community closer to nature. The club will sponsor trips once a month that will take the Haas community on hiking, biking, camping, or kayaking trips to the mountains, the beach, and the desert. By doing so, the club also hopes to raise the Haas community's awareness of environmental issues on the science, policy, and business side. Redwoods@haas will work closely with Net Impact (formerly known as Students for Socially Responsible Business) to achieve the following:

The Redwoods@haas team includes Dave Ko, Jason Gore, Sara Baylis, Lynelle Preston, and Adam Berman. They will have an information table at the student group presentation night on Thursday, September 9. You may sign up for redwoods@haas by sending an e-mail to majordomo with no subject and "subscribe redwoods" in the body.

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Cherie Scricca Returns to Haas as MBA Admissions Director

Cherie Scricca has returned to Haas as the new director of the MBA admissions office, Associate Dean Jay Stowsky announced last week. Scricca, whom many of you may remember as a former associate MBA admissions director at Haas from two years ago, started her new position on Wednesday, September 1.

Cherie will be responsible for managing all day-to-day aspects of the admissions process, such as recruiting, selection, marketing, and forums and events. She will report to the new executive director of MBA admissions and career services, Ilse Evans, who will start at Haas in mid-October.

Scricca comes to Haas with an impressive track record and great enthusiasm for her work in student recruiting and admissions. After serving for two years as associate director of MBA Admissions at Haas (1995-97), she accepted a position as assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at the Golden Gate University School of Law in January 1997. From 1989 to 1994, she served as assistant director of admissions at UC's Hastings College of the Law.

Prior to that she was the assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

You can reach Cherie at scricca@haas or at 642-0915.

New Web Editor Debra Goldentyer

Debra Goldentyer recently joined Haas as the web editor in the marketing & communications office -- a new position. Goldentyer is responsible for overseeing the editorial content of the Haas School's official web site and will lead a major redesign effort of the web site's look and feel. She is currently working with graphic design and technical specialists to recast the site to effectively represent the Haas School and its programs. She also is a leader of the "Haas virtual web team," which develops web policies and standards, and coordinates web development efforts among the staff units at the school. She reports to Richard Kurovsky, executive director of marketing & communications.

Goldentyer had her own web consulting business before she joined Haas. For the past three years, she served as managing editor for several Kaiser Permanente web sites, including the Kaiser Permanente California public web site. Since 1989 she has been a writer/project manager for Schaeffer & Goldentyer Video and Multimedia.

You can reach her at 643-3847 or at goldenty@haas. She is located in S550 (east entrance).

New Assistant to the Office of Academic Administration

Christie Lavigne (pronounced "Laveen") is the new administrative assistant in the office of academic administration, where she assists with both academic affairs and instructional activities. Lavigne held this position in a temporary capacity for a portion of the summer, and was instrumental in assisting the dean's office to work through a backlog and tackle some long-delayed projects.

Lavigne received her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. She is currently a student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she is also president of the student association at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

Lavigne will be working four hours every day, in the mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; and in the afternoons on Wednesdays and Fridays. She can be found in the Dean's Suite, at the workstation just outside S522K. Her phone number is 643-9694, and her email address, for now, is "russell@haas". (This is likely to change in the near future, as Russell was her maiden name.)


The Development Office is working with a brand new team in its information services unit, which is in charge of the alumni and donor database and gift stewardship. The new team was hired after Abby Grant and Trish Rose returned to school, and Dennis Jaramillo decided to pursue other opportunities. The new team is located in S518.

Evelyn Graham -- Director of Information Services

Evelyn Graham took on the director of database administration position, previously held by Abby Grant. Her responsibilities include managing the Raiser's Edge database; overseeing the processing, entry, and acknowledgement of all gifts to Haas; tracking Haas School endowments and chairs; and producing mailings and statistical reports. As part of her position she will supervise the all-new staff, Veronica Estropia, Billy Luu, and student assistant Grace Kim.

Graham is not new to the university's alumni and donor database. Prior to Haas, she worked at the University Relations Office for nine years, first as central files assistant, and most recently as the coordinator of central services. She also served as acting manager of alumni records for a six-month period. At University Relations, she was responsible for policies and procedures for the central filing system of 20,000+ donor files. She also verified, updated, and maintained information on CADS, the Campus-wide Alumni Development System. She can be reached at 643-5341 or at evgraham@haas.

Veronica Estropia -- Computer Systems and Gift Stewardship Assistant

Veronica Estropia has taken on the computer systems and gift stewardship position previously held by Trish Rose. Estropia also worked in the University Relations office, where she analyzed adjustment requests to UC Berkeley Foundation funds and acted as a liaison between the Regents Accounting Office and the foundation for the past five years.

At Haas, Veronica will process and prepare the dean's acknowledgement of all incoming gifts to the Haas School and its affiliated centers. She can be reached at 642-6853 or estropia@haas.

Billy Luu -- Database Administrator

Billy Luu is the new database administrator for the development office, a position formerly held by Dennis Jaramillo. Luu's main responsibilities include maintaining database integrity, running daily reports, gift entry, and updating constituent information on Raiser's Edge (a specialized development and alumni database) and on the Alumni On-Line Community.

He previously worked at Friends of Recreation & Parks in San Francisco, a nonprofit organization, where he served as their database manager (Raiser's Edge). Luu graduated in December of 1998 from UC Davis with a BS in Biological Sciences. He can be reached at bluu@haas or at 642-3235.

Grace Kim -- Student Assistant, Information Services

Grace Kim assists Information Services on a part-time basis, handling data entry and filing. She is a third-year economics student and has been working in the Alumni Relations/Development Office since the summer. She can be reached at grkim@haas.berkeley.edu.

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All articles are posted on the "Haas in the News" bulletin board between the student lounges and the Computer Center on the third floor.

Severin Borenstein was quoted in today's Wall Street Journal on energy prices and their impact on inflation.

Regina Jacobs, MBA 92, won the silver medal in the 250-meter event at this Track and Field World Championship in Seville, Spain, in a career best of 4:00:35 on August 29. Read about Jacobs' recent silver medal at http://cnnsi.com/athletics/news/1999/08/29/worlds_roundup_ap/index.html and about her American record for the 1,000-meter at http://cnnsi.com/athletics/news/1999/07/04/jacobs_record/index.html. For Jacob's CNN profile, go to http://cnnsi.com/athletics/events/1997/wca/bios/jacobs.html.

C-Net quoted Assistant Career Center Director Sheri Lockshin in a front-page article, "Old, New Consulting Firms Compete for Talent," about the trend among MBA students to go to work for smaller companies. To read the article, go to http://www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,84-41224,00.html?tt.yfin..txt.ni.

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