Haas Faculty, Staff, PhD Student Team up to Race, Raise Funds

Haas Corporate Run Group B

Haas represents at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge: (front) Catherine Wolfram and Zsolt Katona; (back) Leif Nelson, Alastair Lawrence, Kate Ashley, Marcus Opp, Richard Sloan, Christian Puscasiu, and Monica Porter

A team featuring Haas faculty, staff, and a PhD student teamed up Tuesday to run the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, which raises funds for San Francisco’s Larkin Street Youth Services.

Assistant Professor Alastair Lawrence put out the call for runners and got ten takers to form a Haas team for the 3.5-mile footrace, including faculty members Zsolt Katona, Leif Nelson, Marcus Opp, Christian Puscasiu, Richard Sloan, and Catherine Wolfram; PhD Student Kate Ashley, of the  Operations Management Group, and staff members Cathy Garza, Marco Lindsey, and Monica Porter.

“I thought this would be a good opportunity to bring faculty and staff together and to start a new tradition,” says Lawrence. “It’s a highly regarded event in the business world and it was nice to have Berkeley-Haas be represented with businesses in the area.” Lawrence hopes to expand Berkeley-Haas presence in future years.

Find a recap of the event here.

How Taking a Stand on Culture Makes the Difference at Berkeley-Haas

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When Dean Rich Lyons partnered with faculty, students, alumni, and staff to articulate Berkeley-Haas culture, the aim was to capture the school’s essence. What emerged were our Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

“These have always been the Haas heartbeat,” says Lyons, “but we have never used them so deliberately to shape our community and to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace.” Here are ten ways, among many, that taking a stand on culture has already had an impact at Berkeley-Haas:

  • Curriculum: As part of the Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD) curriculum, Haas launched the groundbreaking MBA course Problem Finding Problem Solving, giving students valuable tools to Question the Status Quo and bring solutions.
  • Admissions: The school assesses prospective students, in part, on how they live the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles, through essay questions, interviews, and letters of recommendation.
  • Alumni: We have conducted the first of bi-annual alumni surveys to gauge familiarity with our Defining Principles. Already, 50 percent of those graduating in the past 10 years and 30 percent of those graduating prior know the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles. Our aim is that in two years this familiarity will register with 70 and 50 percent, respectively, and, ultimately, with 100 percent of alumni who are within ten years of graduating.
  • Student Recognition: The Masters in Financial Engineering Program honors four students at commencement, awarding one student for each defining principle.
  • Careers: The “Standards of Professionalism” document signed by students to retain MBA career services leads with how the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles apply to the career search process.
  • Recruiters: The MBA Career Management Group gives a copy of our Defining Principles to corporate recruiters and surveys them on how well Berkeley MBA candidates reflect them.
  • Faculty: All faculty, both tenure-track and professional, are now brought on-board with an orientation day that includes discussion of the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles.
  • Thought Leadership: For two years, Dean Lyons has served as a leading expert in a national conversation on the importance of business school culture. He now expands his role in shaping that discussion, having been tapped by fellow deans to serve on the governing board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the leading accrediting organization for U.S. business schools.
  • Staff-Faculty Teams: Volunteer staff teams spent fall 2011 developing ways to further deepen Haas community engagement with our Defining Principles. As a result, the school created two new staff positions dedicated to culture building and internal communication and is committing resources to implementing recommendations made by the teams.
  • Staff Recognition: Each year the school recognizes four employees with Outstanding Staff Awards for clear commitment to, and demonstration of, a defining principle.

Read more about the power of culture in the latest issue of Berkeley-Haas magazine.

Award-Winning Instruction

Students Honor Faculty, GSIs with Cheit Teaching Awards

Poised on the brink of summer, with its new career opportunities, internships, or continuing coursework, Berkeley-Haas students took time to pay tribute to faculty members and graduate student instructors (GSIs) by bestowing Earl F. Cheit Awards for excellence in teaching.

Asst. Finance Prof. Walden

Finance faculty were honored with four of the awards, with Peter Goodson winning for his teaching in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, Mark Rubinstein for the Master’s in Financial Engineering Program, Alexei Tchistyi for work in the PhD Program, and Johan Walden for his teaching in the Evening MBA Program.

The Full-time MBA program honored Richard Sloan of the Haas Accounting Group, while the Weekend MBA Program, recognized Terry Taylor of the Operations and Information Technology Management Group. The Undergraduate Program gave the award to Jennifer Walske of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Students recognized with GSI awards were: Edward Egan, a Business and Public Policy PhD student, who worked in the Full-Time MBA Program; James McLaughlin, a Finance PhD student, for his work in the Weekend MBA Program; and Sam Snyder, MBA 11, former president of the Haas Finance Club, for his work in the Undergraduate Program.

Recipients are selected by student panels from student nominations. Dean Emeritus Earl “Budd” Cheit established the awards in 1976 and made teaching excellence one of his top priorities.

Who makes you proud to be Berkeley-Haas? Tell us in the comments below or share your stories with vgilbert@haas.berkeley.edu.

The Heartbeat of Berkeley-Haas

A Look Back at The Berkeley MBA Year

At the heart of Berkeley-Haas are four defining principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles were in full evidence in the Berkeley MBA Program this past year. Take a look:

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Top 40

Terry Taylor Makes Poets & Quants Top B-School Profs List

Associate Professor Terry Taylor was touted as one of “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under 40” in a Poets & Quants post.

“Poets and Quants searched near and far to uncover this remarkable group of men and women…” noted post author Andrea Carter. The all-things-B-school website asked school officials, students, and alumni for favorites and then sorted through the nominations to come up with the list.

In addition to research work in the economics of operations management and supply chain management, Taylor teaches Operations in the Full-time MBA Program and Quantitative Analysis for Business Decisions in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. However, notes Bernie Murphy, MBA 11, “Professor Taylor doesn’t just teach Operational Leadership, he personifies it.”

Adds Murphy, who was quoted in the post, “…Prof Taylor takes a deep interest in ensuring his students are connecting with course material and is both responsive and available to address student concerns of a professional as well as academic nature.”

Learn more about what it’s like in Taylor’s classroom in the student blog post Experiential Learning in the Classroom: What do operations and beer manufacturing have in common?

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