Haas NewsWire, November 15, 1999
Ford's $3 Million Gift to UC Berkeley Benefits Haas Technology Initiatives
B-Plan Competition Gains Support from Other UC Berkeley Departments
MBA Bidding: High-Tech Courses Gain in Popularity
Haas Alum Leads the Way in Venture Philanthropy
Haas Professor Appointed to Kinzan.com Board
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FORD'S $3 MILLION GIFT TO UC BERKELEY BENEFITS HAAS TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES
The Ford Motor Company and UC Berkeley will embark on a new five-year strategic partnership, Craig Mulhauser, president of Visteon, a division of Ford Motor Company, will announce tomorrow. The Haas School of Business will be a key member of this partnership, receiving $650,000 of Ford's total $3 million pledge to UC Berkeley.
Ford Motor Company's relationship with the Haas School began in 1990, when Ford established the Management of Information Technology endowment. Ford now plans to strengthen relationships with faculty through key research partnerships, support fellowships and scholarships to further its recruiting interests, and increase its visibility to the University community.
- The Ford Information Technology Fund, the first of its kind, will support research and curriculum in the study of information technology with a $250,000 pledge to Haas over the next five years.
- The Ford Fellows for Management of Technology, the first fellowship program in technology management at the MBA level, will receive $250,000 over the next five years, to be shared equally by the Haas School and the College of Engineering.
- The Fisher Center for the Strategic Use of Information Technology, directed by Sara Beckman and Russell Winer, will receive a $125,000 membership pledge over the next five years. Ford will also support the new Center for Marketing and Technology, directed by Rashi Glazer and Peter Sealey, with a membership pledge of $75,000 over five years.
- The Haas Corporate Investor Program will benefit from a $50,000 gift over five years. All funds raised through the Corporate Investors Program go to the Haas Annual Fund, which has a goal of $2.2 million dollars this year. These funds are used at the dean's discretion to help Haas retain and recruit high-caliber faculty, expand and strengthen student programs, and to improve curriculum.
- The Women in Leadership Conference will continue to receive sponsorship support from Ford. Impressed with the success and professionalism of this student-organized conference, Ford pledged $25,000 for the next five years.
The Haas School has been working with Ford representatives Glenn Warren
, chief engineer with PowerTrain Global Efficiency, and Ashok Goyal
, manager of SVC Programs, Asia Pacific Operation, to create a lasting partnership. Ford hopes recruit more students to intern and work for the company. Warren and Goyal at Ford said that the company would work through executive contacts to stay in touch with the programs and students they are funding.
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B-PLAN COMPETITION GAINS MORE ON CAMPUS SUPPORT
The 2000 UC Berkeley Business Plan is off to a great start this year. In addition to the competition being hosted by the Haas School of Business, the Lester Center, and the Entrepreneurs Association, this year organizers have also garnered co-sponsorships from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and the Electronic Research Laboratory to involve even more of the UC Berkeley student body in the competition.
This sponsorship will allow the organizers of the B-Plan to more easily reach graduate students and faculty in EECS and ERL. This will also help encourage students from other departments get involved in running the competition. EECS and ERL will also inform their industry sponsors about the competition.
For those students planning on entering the competition, there are several important details to consider. First, there are 10 pre-competition workshops this spring, every Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Second, executive summaries are being judged this year and need to be submitted by February 15, 2000. The competition organizers encourage students to begin actively forming their teams--to facilitate this there is a web site (http://web.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/bplan/
) and a mailing list (email@example.com
) for participants to network and keep up-to-date on b-plan activities.
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MBA BIDDING: HIGH-TECH COURSES GAIN IN POPULARITY
Second-year bidding is over and the results are in--the MBA students now know whether or not they made it into the classes they chose for the spring. Internet Strategy was the most popular course, with 126 students bidding on 59 spaces in the class. Two of the new classes this spring, Foundations of E-Business and Leading Change were in the top ten classes in demand for spaces. Leading Change has a waiting list of 30 students and a class size of 30 while Foundations of E-business has a waiting list of 6 for a class size of 15. Seven other sections ended up with relatively large wait lists: Financial Information Analysis, Telecom and Internet Commerce, Internet Strategy, High Tech Marketing, Leading Out Loud, New Venture Finance, and Competition and Corporate Strategy.
First-year MBA students begin course selection this week for the spring semester.
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HAAS ALUM LEADS THE WAY IN VENTURE PHILANTHROPY
, MBA 98, CEO of OpNet, is speaking on a Harvard Club panel discussion about venture philanthropy. The panel, titled, "Venture Philanthropy: Can the VC Model Work in the Nonprofit World?" will take place on Thursday, November 18, at the University Club (800 Powell Street in San Francisco). The mission of OpNet, which was founded in 1997, is to bridge the "digital divide" by promoting economic opportunities for low-income young adults, increasing the involvement of women and people of color in the digital economy, and helping to meet the growing demand for skilled new media workers. For more information see the alumni events section.
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HAAS PROFESSOR APPOINTED TO KINZAN.COM BOARD
On November 2, Kinzan.com announced the appointment of Adjunct Professor Peter Sealy
to its board of directors. He will contribute branding and marketing expertise to Kinzan.com's board. Kinzan.com just introduced its SiteMan family of software and services used to control branding and content over a distributed network of web sites. At Haas, Sealy is the co-director of the Center for Marketing and Technology.
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John C. Gough
, MBA 99, now managing director at LoopLender, was quoted recently in the California Real Estate Journal (November) and Commercial Property News (November 1) for developing LoopLender, an Internet-based origination service for commercial real estate loans.
Global magazine included an article written by Thierry D'Allant
, MBA 87, in its October/November issue. In his article he chronicles how American culture influences those of other countries. He cites the Haas School and several Haas graduates in an example of how foreign students use their business school experiences when they return to their native country.
The car collection of Haas alum, Robert Lutz
, BS 61, MBA 62, was featured in the "In My.Garage" article in The New York Times on November 7.
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HAPPENING AT HAAS
- Thursday, November 18, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
UC BERKELEY ENTREPRENEURS FORUM
"Angels in the Infield:Start-up Financing for Entrepreneurs" with Bob Bozeman, Nat Goldhaber, Bob Leppo, and Erickson Shirley
For more information on the series, see http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/~lester/bef.html
This panel of currently investing angels will discuss what types of ventures they are backing and how they choose their deals.
There are special rates for faculty and staff and a reduced fee of $5 for students currently enrolled at any Cal school or college. Pre-registration is encouraged. Students may sign up in room F449 weekdays 9:00 to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your school or department and, for students, your year of graduation.
Preregistration for students closes at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16, or earlier if it is sold out.Faculty and staff are encouraged to register by e-mail. Students can register by e-mail and then either pay at the door or at room F449.
(Open to all interested students and faculty)
- Wednesday, 11/17/99, 4:00 pm
Director's Room, Institute of Industrial Relations, 2521 Channing Way
"Not all differences are the same: The role of status in predicting reactions to demographic diversity in organizations," by Sandra Spataro, University of California. For more information contact Lorraine Seiji at email@example.com.
- Thursday, 11/18/99, 3:30-5:00 pm
E.T. GRETHER MARKETING SEMINAR
Room C325 Cheit Hall
"Identity-Based Choice: Who I am Determines What I Choose," by Chip Heath, Duke University. For more information contact Gwen Cheeseburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursday, 11/18/99, 4:00-6:00 pm
IDS 270 INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
Room C330 Cheit Hall
"The International Diffusion of Investment in the Private Power Generation Industry," by Guy Holburn. For more information contact Anita Patterson at email@example.com.
- Thursday, 11/18/99, 3:00-6:00 pm
JOINT FINANCE SEMINAR AT STANFORD
At Stanford, Room L107 Littlefield
"Order Flow and Exchange Rate Dynamics," by Rich Lyons, UC Berkeley, and "Security Analysts' Career Center Concerns and Herding of Earnings Forecasts," by Harrison Hong, Stanford. For more information contact June Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.haas.berkeley.edu/finance.
- Friday, 11/19/99, 12:30, lunch; 2:00 pm
REAL ESTATE SEMINAR
Room C250 Cheit Hall
"Rental Housing Markets, the Duration and Incidence of Vacancy, and the Natural Vacancy Rate," by Frank Nothaft and Stuart Gabriel, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. For more information contact Diane Doty at email@example.com.
- Friday, 11/19/99, 1:00-2:00 pm
Room 320 Faculty Wing, Haas School of Business
"Information Systems Research in Integrated Supply Chains," by Michael Staw, University of Illinois. For more information contact Serena Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Wednesday, 11/17/99
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL ALUMNI CLUB NY: 1999 ALL-MBA PARTY
Yale Club, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue (across from Grand Central), New York City Join other MBAs in the New York area for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz music. Open bar from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, party lasts until 10:30 pm. The cost is $45 CBSAC/NY members, $55 non-members if paid by November 1; $55/$65 by November 16; $65/$75 at the door. For more information or to RSVP, call 1-212-582-0688.
- Thursday, 11/18/99
SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER: VENTURE PHILANTHROPY: CAN THE VC MODEL WORK IN THE NON-PROFIT WORLD
The Harvard Club of Northern California cordially invites you to join them for a provocative discussion about the new philanthropy. Distinguished panelists: Jed Emerson, HBS Bloomberg senior fellow researching in the area of nonprofit capital markets, SROI and venture philanthropy; Sterling Speirn, Haas MBA 86, president & CEO of the Peninsula Community Foundation; Gib Myers, founder of the Entrepreneurs Foundation and partner with the Mayfield Fund; and Dan Geiger, Haas MBA 98, director of the innovative non-profit, OpNet. Panelists will discuss their approaches to venture philanthropy, highlight some of the pitfalls, and present a case study of an entrepreneurial non-profit that employs the venture model. The cost is $10 per person for pre-registration, $15 at the door. Hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar at 6:00 p.m., presentation begins at 7:00 pm. For more information call the Harvard Club of San Francisco 1-415-421-4700 or email@example.com.
- Thursday, 11/18/99
SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER NETWORKING SOCIAL
Gordon Biersch, 2 Harrison at Embarcadero
Join Haas and other b-school alumni for an evening of networking and fun every third Thursday of the month. Alumni meet at 7pm. For more Information contact Sandra Doi, MBA 97, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, 11/20/99
BIG GAME BBQ TAILGATE CAL VS. STANFORD
Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University
Join Cal alumni for a pre-game BBQ tailgate at the Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University. The event will be held two-and-a-half hours before kick-off (tentative kickoff at 12:30 pm). Cost TBD. For more information call the Cal Alumni Association Southern Cal office at 1-877-CAL-ALUM.
- Saturday, 11/20/99
SAN DIEGO CHAPTER: BIG GAME BROADCAST
View the BIG GAME Cal vs Stanford
The Sport City Café & Brewery, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla (Tel: 858/450-3463) Join Cal & Stanford alumni and cheer the California Golden Bears on to victory. Festivities begin at 12:00 noon and tentative kick-off time is 12:30 pm. Be sure to wear your Blue & Gold! The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to RSVP contact Stuart Hartley at 619/223-7046 or email@example.com.
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