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Haas NewsWire, November 8, 1999

Haas Undergrads Take First Place at UTA Case Competition
Portes Offers European Financial Markets Course at Haas This Spring
YEAH Student Admitted to Haas
New Staff in MBA Office
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Haas is making a name for itself in the world of case competitions. First place honors went to the team of undergraduates representing Haas at the 1999 University of Texas at Austin International Business Challenge Case Competition. This invitation-only competition is considered the toughest and most prestigious undergraduate case competition the country. Haas moved up from second-place finish last year, beating approximately 20 teams from other top business schools from around the country and the world. The other finalists were Wharton, Texas, and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. The Haas team garnered an amazing 11 out of 12 first place votes from the judges.

The undergraduate office used a long-term strategy this year to prepare for the University of Texas, University of Southern California, and the University of Washington competitions. This past spring, 18 students were chosen to be on the Haas team based on a one-minute presentation and their resumes. Over the course of fall semester, the students took a Case Competition Team class every Wednesday night. Dan Himelstein, George Cluff, Steve Etter, Diane Dimeff, and David Robinson took turns running the course and teaching the students financial analysis, strategic planning, presentation, marketing, and case competition strategy. Final teams of four students each were chosen for the three big competitions. There will be a refresher course in the spring to prepare the students for the USC and UW competitions.

Congratulations are in order for team members Eugene Gourevitch, Sandy Huang, George Leng, and Keith Ney; Steve Etter and Annie Lai (the UTA team faculty/staff advisors); the other members of the Haas School's 1999-2000 Case Competition Team; and the numerous faculty and staff that supported the team for their accomplishment, dedication, and hard work.

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Richard Portes, Haas' first Distinguished Global Visiting Professor, will be teaching a new MBA course, "European Financial Markets" (BA 296-7, E 296-5), in the spring.

Portes explains that the move to monetary union (EMU) in Europe has created a newly integrated financial area comparable to the US, with consequences that anyone doing business or advising businesses in Europe needs to understand. Portes adds that in the class, "I shall address questions such as: How does the European Central Bank differ from the Fed? Will the Euro compete with the dollar as an international currency? Can European capital markets challenge the US for international portfolio managers and for non-European issuers? Will Europe soon have serious venture capital and junk bond sectors? Will the European banking sector experience a deep wave of cross-border restructurings? How will the East European emerging markets fit into the picture?"

Portes is known for his work on the Euro and the international role of a single European currency. He frequently writes for the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Finanz und Wirtschaft, EIU Global Outlook, LBS/OEF Economic Outlook, among others. He is professor of economics at the London Business School, president of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and directeur d'etudes at the Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

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For the first time, a UC Berkeley student who participated in EBOP's Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program, has been admitted to Haas. A UC Berkeley junior, Peggy Ma was admitted to Haas this fall. Ma was a junior at El Cerrito High School when she became involved with YEAH, a program that offers year-long business training for underrepresented youth from East Bay high schools. Ma's MBA mentor was Julia Moreland. According to Ma, her experience gave her a taste of entrepreneurship that stayed with her and lead her to apply to Haas.

After graduating from YEAH, Ma worked as a group leader for the program and has also been a volunteer intern in the YEAH office for the past year and a half.

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Jessica Natkin begins work as the new associate director of student services on Monday, November 8, in the full-time MBA program office.

Jessica has prior experience in student services, alumni affairs, and MBA admissions. She comes to Haas from the Wharton School's west coast regional office, where she was assistant director. She has also worked in career services at both Berkeley's central campus career center and the Golden Gate University law school career services office.

Jessica holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a bachelor's degree in history from Cal, where she was her department's undergraduate commencement speaker. She is an accomplished flautist and an enthusiastic vocalist in community musical theatre productions. Jessica can be reached via email at jnatkin@haas or by phone at 642-1408.

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Alex Mandl, MBA 69, founder of the wireless communication company Teligent, was mentioned in the New York Times on November 5. The article was about the $500 million dollar investment in Teligent by a group that includes Microsoft and the investment firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst.

Professor Severin Borenstein was quoted in the November 3 Wall Street Journal in an article on the expansion of the California Power Exchange.

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