Haas Alumni Welcome New Admits in 40 Cities

From an outdoor BBQ in Seoul to a bar overlooking the Hudson River in New York, 40 parties were organized by alumni around the world this summer to welcome newly admitted students into the Haas fold. The fun began June 9 in São Paolo, Brazil, continued to include two dinners with Dean Rich Lyons in China, and culminated Aug. 27 at Jupiter in downtown Berkeley.

In Manila, new admit Miguel Buling (seated, left), MBA 11, was welcomed by four Cal alumni. Pictured here with Buling, clockwise from top left, are Joey Yujuico, BS 69 (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science), MBA 71; Eric R. Tomacruz, BS 89, MS 91, PhD 94 (all Electrical Engineering/Computer Science); Luis Miguel Aboitiz, MBA 92; and James P. Lynch, MBA/MCP 90 (City and Regional Planning).

Bernie Murphy, MBA 11, is welcomed by Renee Wang, MBA 00, in Taipei.

A festive blackboard greeted Thailand welcome party attendees.

Pictured here in Thailand are (l. to r.) Saran Limvorasak and Manita Kovitvattanapong, both MBA 09; Steven Gomberg, BS 79, MBA 81; Piradee Tatiyakavee, MBA 10; and Tanya Vannapregs, MBA/MPH 02 (Public Health).

Haas Honors Shanghai Chapter and Martha Gerhan, BCEMBA 03

Martha Gerhan, BCEMBA 03Martha Gerhan, BCEMBA 03, is this year’s winner of the Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award, and the Shanghai Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network has been recognized as the 2009 Chapter of the Year.

From the moment she stepped on the Berkeley campus as part of the first Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA class, Gerhan has been an enthusiastic supporter of Haas. She helped shape courses and work out the kinks of the new program and recruited new students for future classes.

As a six-year member of the school’s Alumni Council and past president, Gerhan has consistently offered thoughtful guidance and strategic feedback, strengthening the school’s alumni outreach and giving programs. She was instrumental in building the annual “Legacy Gala and Reunion” for the executive MBA community.

HAN-Shanghai was recognized as Chapter of the Year for designing a diverse portfolio of events, boosting alumni engagement, and increasing event attendance six-fold. This enterprising chapter launched the year with an alumni survey and then went on to create several popular events, including two dean's receptions and two successful student treks.


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