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Haas NewsWire, November 1, 1999

Third Annual Business Ethics Workshop for MBAs to be Held Saturday
MBA Students Form Emerging Markets Club
New Faces at Haas
Haas Thanks Members of the Corporate Investors Program
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The Haas School's continuing efforts to teach socially responsible business practices continues this weekend with the third annual Business Ethics Workshop taking place on Saturday, November 6, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The Workshop in Business Ethics is sponsored by the Rudolph Peterson Program in Business Ethics is free and open to all MBA students. "We are steadily expanding the curricular and non-curricular activities in business ethics," said Professor David Vogel, the George Quist Professor of Business Ethics, and faculty sponsor of the workshop.

The workshop is designed around student initiative students market the workshop and choose the books the Peterson fund buys the books, pays the fees, and provides breakfast and lunch.

Roy Doughty and Bill Maier of Global Insights, a nonprofit based in Concord, will lead the workshop and based the discussions on three readings: "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell, "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, and "Major Barbara" by George Bernard Shaw. These works were chosen because they focus on leadership, organizational pressures, decision making, responsibility of business, and risk taking.

The Rudolph Peterson Program in Business Ethics also sponsors an annual lecture and subsidizes travel for students attending an annual meeting on corporate responsibility. The ethics events are designed to complement the existing curriculum in business ethics at Haas. "It is very useful for first-yearsit gets them some exposure," said Vogel. He added that an elective class in socially responsible business practices is planned for this spring. "Next year we hope to begin offering an undergraduate workshop," said Vogel.

A few spaces may be left in Saturday's workshop. For more information, please contact Chris Crossen at crossen@haas.berkeley.edu or Laura Mytels at mytels@haas.berkeley.edu.

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As usual, Haas students aren't waiting for opportunity to knock; they are going out and creating their opportunities. The newly formed Emerging Markets Club will focus on building development opportunities in countries that may have previously been overlooked by American firms.

Founder Adrian Moldovan, MBA 01, said: "All the other clubs are reactive. We have to create good jobs for ourselves." The plan is for students to focus on countries where they have expertise, primarily Eastern Europe and South America at this point. The club plans to create an "Emerging Markets White Book" of information on countries in which members are interested in developing projects. Members will then pitch these plans to businesses that are not represented in these countries. The information for each country will include background on the history, culture, and geography of the region. Students' resumes will be included at the end of the book. Also helping to form the club are first-year MBA students Leonid Pinski and Sebastian Llados Villa.

So far, about 17 Haas students have shown interest in the club. For more information on the club, subscribe to the mailing list at em-club@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Dana Lund, New Director of Media Services

Dana Lund, the new director of Media Services, joined Haas on October 18. Lund has been a media services professional for 20 years, most recently at Raychem Corporation in Menlo Park. Lund was the manager of audio visual services in the Communication and Design Department. Prior to Raychem, Lund was the Audio Visual Department manager at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, and served in the US Navy as a photographer. "I'm very excited to be joining the Haas School as the Director of Media Services. I feel it's a great time due to the school's embrace of computer presentation technology and the prospect of distance learning," said Lund.

Lund's hobbies include mountain biking, camping, hiking, and snow skiing. Lund added, "Actually, I enjoy just about anything that can be done in the great outdoors." He can be reached at 643-8330 or dlund@haas.berkeley.edu.

Two New Associate Directors for MBA Admissions

Peter Johnson and Jett Pihakis joined the MBA admissions office on November 1. Peter Johnson comes to us with 14 years of admissions experience. His most recent position is as director of admissions at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Jett Pihakis has ten years of experience in university administration, including admissions and alumni relations. Jett also comes to Haas from Golden Gate University, where he was the director of alumni relations.

Both Jett and Peter will share responsibilities for recruitment, outreach, application evaluation, and selection of the entering class.

The MBA Admissions Office is delighted to have them as part of the team. Contact Peter Johnson at pjohnson@haas.berkeley.edu or 642 - 1405. Contact Jett Pihakis at pihakis@haas.berkeley.edu or 642 - 1405.

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The Haas School would like to thank these corporations and foundations, whose major, unrestricted gifts qualify them for membership in the Corporate Investors Program. Many of these companies support the school in numerous ways, but their unrestricted gifts to the Haas Annual Fund help provide the "seed money for change," which allows the school to move forward with curriculum and program enhancements, professional student services, faculty recruitment and retention, and alumni and community outreach.

Last year, support from this key group represented over 10% of the Annual Fund's $2 Million received. The goal for this year's Haas Annual Fund is an ambitious $2.2 million in flexible operating funds.

Haas School FY99 Corporate Investors (reflects gifts between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 1999)


Arthur Andersen, LLP
BankAmerica Foundation
Bankers Trust
Citicorp Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Gap Foundation
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Levi Strauss Foundation
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Progress Investment Management Company
Sit Investment Associates

$5,000 - $9,999

Allied Signal Foundation
Andersen Consulting
Chevron Corporation
CNF Transportation, Inc.
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
May Department Stores Company
McKinsey Foundation
Nortel Networks
PG&E Corporation
Prophet Brand Strategy
Rowbotham & Company LLP
Shaklee Corporation
Towers Perrin

$1,000 - $4,999

Bank of Canton of California
BASE Consulting Group, Inc.
Bayshore Consulting, Inc.
Bechtel Foundation
Career Central
Franklin Templeton Group
Ryder System, Inc.
Unitd Airlines
W. P. Carey & Co., Inc.

For information about the Corporate Investors program or the Haas Annual Fund, please contact Melissa Lagreid at (510) 642-4570 or giving@haas.berkeley.edu.

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In the article, "Making Sense of Multi-Media Gulch," Ken Rosen, professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics at Haas was quoted on the effect of job growth in Multi-Media Gulch (an area in San Francisco south of Market street) has had on the entire San Francisco economy. The article, which also detailed other aspects of the area's growth, ran in the Sunday, October 31, edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Richard Kurovsky was quoted in the most recent issue of Fortune magazine of the flight of students from business schools to the new economy. Kurovsky says that the key to keeping students is providing them with "pressure release valves" like e-commerce classes, work-study programs, and business plan competitions.

Daniel Goldie's (MBA 97) new book "The Prudent Investors Guide to Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game," (with John Bowen Jr.) was featured in the St. Joseph Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Michigan) on Sunday, October 31. The authors' research found that analyst's investment choices were no better than random chance in the long run and recommends that investors choose index funds for consistent performance.

In an article titled "Quaking in Their Boots?," in the September/October issue of Dow Jones Asset Management, Professor Nils Hakansson is identified, based on his 1978 article in the Journal of Finance, as the originator of the concept of exchange-traded funds. In the same article Professors Hayne Leland and Mark Rubinstein are credited with pioneering the implementation of this idea, which has recently come into heavier use.

On Friday, October 29, Paul Hazen, MBA 64, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle's business section. The article was titled "Still Pitching Strikes," and announced the new Wells Fargo CEO. Paul Hazen, who is the prior CEO of Wells Fargo, remains as chairman and supervises corporate banking operations.

An article highlighting the popularity of the student-initiated course "Technology: Topics and Trends" ran in the October 27 issue of the Berkeleyan. Haas students' contribution to their education through student-initiated conferences, clubs, and classes was also covered.

Severin Borenstein appeared in KPIX local news on October 26. He discussed Chevron's increased profits, and explained that they are due to the rise in oil prices. He also explained that the high profits were not likely to lead Chevron to lower gasoline prices in California since those are driven by the price of oil and competition among refiners in the state.

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