Summer 2007

In Brief

Tom Kelley Named First Executive Fellow
Tom Kelley, MBA 83, the general manager of the design firm IDEO, has been named the first-ever Haas School Executive Fellow.


Undergraduate Program Ranked #3
The Haas School's undergraduate program was ranked third overall - and placed first in a related survey of corporate recruiters - in BusinessWeek's second annual undergraduate business school assessment of US schools released in March. Only the undergraduate business programs at Wharton and the University of Virginia's McIntire School ranked higher than Berkeley.


Education Case Contest Launched
The Haas Leadership in Education Club launched its inaugural case competition at the Haas School in March 1, giving MBA students the opportunity to apply their skills to education reform in Oakland. It was the nation's first case competition for MBA students focusing on the challenges of education. Both the club and the competition were the brainchild of Anna Utgoff, MBA 07. Utgoff was a teacher before earning her MBA.


Haaski Open Raises over $100,000
This spring's fifth annual Haaski Open golf tournament on May 14 at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland brought in over $100,000 in support of the Haas School Annual Fund.


Lowrey Family Endows New Chair to Study Financial Institutions
James Lowrey, MBA 64, and his wife, Marianne, have funded a James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey Chair in Business. The new endowment is intended to support the teaching and research of a faculty person who studies the behavior of financial institutions from a micro-economic perspective.


New Personal Finance Course
This spring the Haas School introduced "Introduction to Personal Financial Planning," a new class open to all UC Berkeley undergrads that teaches personal financial management. The course was so popular that students lined the hallways outside Andersen Auditorium to secure a spot.


Teaching Teachers Entrepreneurship
Forty-seven professors and officials from 12 countries converged in April at Haas for two weeks of training on teaching entrepreneurship at the inaugural Technology Entrepreneurship Education Global Faculty Colloquium.


MBAs Champion Clean Energy
Berkeley MBA students established the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative in 2005 to spotlight the cutting-edge research in energy and natural resources happening across UC Berkeley. Their efforts culminated in the Berkeley Energy Symposium in March, which highlighted 150 leading researchers throughout the university community.


Social Venture Contest Thrives
The Global Social Venture Competition, started by five Berkeley MBAs in 1999, has grown into an international success and has attracted a record number of business plans and new partner institutions from around the world in its eighth year.


2007 Competition Triumphs
MBA and undergraduate students have shown their drive to win.


Kieran Valley, MBA 08

Peers@Haas allows students like Kieran Valley, MBA 08, to work with a partner to change one behavior from a leadership self-analysis plan they completed in their "Leadership" core course. Full story

Dai Pham and David Good, both MBA 07

Dai Pham and David Good, both MBA 07, Break Fundraising Records
Student fundraisers logged record participation in this year’s Lifelong Connections campaign. The campaign enjoyed 99.6% participation from the Full-time MBA Class of 2007 for $201,064 pledged, beating every record set for the campaign. Dai Pham and David Good, both MBA 07, were the campaign chairs.