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FALL 2011
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ARTICLES
Hello!
Profiles of MBA Graduates

EVENTS
GFU Boise Center alumnus runs for Boise City Council
Portland Quarterly Speaker Series Events
Boise Center Speaker Series Event

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Travel to Shanghai and Beijing with MBA students in May 2012
Reconnect with your cohort
Refer an MBA applicant, and we'll waive the fee
Stay connected on LinkedIn
Submit a change of address or contact information










Hello!
Dirk Barram

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I will keep this short, but I do want to share three items with you.

The School of Business is in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for both graduate and undergraduate programs. As dean I would love to hear input from MBA alumni. What can we do better? How can we effectively strategize for the future, given increased competition and a struggling economy? What do you believe are our distinctive competencies? What is the George Fox University MBA best known for? Please feel free to e-mail me dbarram@georgefox.edu, or Amber Russell, our Portland MBA director, at arussell@georgefox.edu.

Secondly, our best source of new MBA students is our alumni, and we greatly appreciate your referrals! If you refer someone who is accepted into the MBA program, it would be my pleasure to take you to dinner.

Thirdly, thank you for investing in George Fox University and specifically the MBA program.  The graduate degree is a significant achievement, and we are proud of you as alumni.

I hope to hear from you!

Dirk Barram

Profiles of MBA Graduates
Janelle Holmboe
, GFU MBA 2010
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Previous position: Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Pacific University
New position: Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, American International College

In my new position as dean of undergraduate admissions, I am responsible for the development and execution of a holistic and strategic recruitment plan that helps American International College achieve its undergraduate enrollment goals. In this position, I will be supervising a staff of nine and managing one of the university's largest departmental budgets.

My new position at AIC requires strong management skills, long-term vision, and an understanding of administrative budget and strategy. My George Fox MBA provided me with all these skills and more. Most notably, however, was how confident I felt during the interview: my MBA degree had challenged me to think through my beliefs on leadership, marketing and strategy so I felt prepared to discuss these topics with conviction. Without the experience I had at George Fox, and the mentorship provided to me by GFU business faculty, I do not believe I would be ready to take this significant step in my professional career.

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Events


GFU Boise Center alumnus runs for Boise City Council
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Ben Quintana, a 2008 graduate of George Fox University’s Master of Arts of Organizational Leadership program, is a candidate for Boise’s City Council. Ben was employed at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce for eight years. During this time he worked with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the Small Business Division, and Leadership Boise. He was the founder of the Boise Young Professionals, a nationally recognized group focused on attracting, developing, and retaining a talented workforce in the Boise Valley. Ben recently left his job at the chamber to focus his efforts on running an effective campaign.

Ben is also actively involved in community leadership. He is currently board president of Kickstand, an organization dedicated to helping Idaho’s entrepreneurs connect with, and learn from, one another. Ben also serves as the chairperson of the Leadership Boise Alumni Association, a mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters of Southwest Idaho, a member of the advisory board for the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at Boise State University, and a member of George Fox University’s MBA Advisory Board.

Ben’s expertise and strengths are initiating strategic partnerships and forging new opportunities for economic growth. If elected to the Boise City Council, his main areas of focus will be strengthening the local economy, supporting job creation initiatives, and enhancing Boise’s quality of life.

The Boise City Council has six members. Four seats will be on the ballot during the Nov. 8 election. Ben is running against two other candidates for seat No. 2 on the council.

Portland Quarterly Speaker Series Events

Each September, January, March and June, we host a Speaker Series event on a Friday morning from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at our Portland Center. The next event will be on Friday, Jan. 27, and the topic will be “Negotiations,” by a speaker from an internationally known high-tech company.

Registration and more details will be available in early November at georgefox.edu/business/events.html.

Boise Center Speaker Series Event

The next Boise Center Speaker Series event is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. It will be held at The Courtyard by Marriott, 1789 S. Eagle Road, Meridian. Continental breakfast will be served.

Title: Leading Forward by Giving Back 
Featured Speaker: Ben Quintana, candidate for Boise City Council

Description: In order to thrive in our changing world, leaders of today and tomorrow must be competent, adaptable, creative and experienced. Although many have faced layoffs, prolonged underemployment and rapidly changing work environments, some leaders continue to succeed more than others. Learn how to differentiate yourself from the crowd and discover your true potential through the art of giving. This presentation will discuss how to develop a successful career and enhance leadership skills through the practice of giving to and serving others.

Registration will be available in late October. For more information, contact Sandi Gregory at sgregory@georgefox.edu.

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Announcement

Travel to Shanghai and Beijing with MBA students in May 2012
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Each year, George Fox MBA students have an opportunity to explore international business issues through a well-organized trip to an international locale. The trip includes business visits, cultural explorations and sightseeing. For the first time, we are inviting alumni (and one adult guest) to join the trip in 2012 to Shanghai and Beijing!

You'll arrive in Shanghai on Sunday, May 20. Planned business visits and cultural tours will occur in Shanghai on May 21 and 22. Visitors will then take the newly opened bullet train (300kph) from Shanghai to Beijing. This super-modern train line is considered to be a landmark of the Chinese government’s new model for passenger transport. After settling in Beijing, we will experience other aspects of this diverse country through similarly planned business visits and cultural tours in Beijing, a very different city than Shanghai. Visitors may opt to continue touring China at the end of our trip on Sunday, May 27, or return home at that time.

Fees for the trip are dependent on the number of travelers, but they will be quite reasonable. The student and alumni fee includes hotel double-occupancy, daily breakfast, two group meals, transportation to scheduled events, transportation from Shanghai to Beijing, scheduled cultural events, and the educational program. 

Register for the trip by Nov. 4. For more information and fliers, please contact:

Annette Nemetz
Assistant Professor of Management and Global Studies
GFU School of Business
anemetz@georgefox.edu
503-320-6625

Reconnect with your cohort

As part of our strategic plan, we are working to reactivate our alumni. We often hear from alumni who miss the intellectual stimulation they enjoyed as students. If you'd like help from our Alumni Office to gather the e-mails or contact information for your cohort, we would be glad to host an evening with a professor for your group! We'll provide a room at the Portland Center to help facilitate networking with your fellow "cohortions" (a term coined by one of our professors). Contact Amber Russell, MBA director, if you'd like to get started.

Refer an MBA applicant, and we'll waive the fee

We appreciate your referrals, and we will give them individual attention from the application process forward! Please provide them with the code Boise10 to use in their online application form to waive the $40 application fee. If you have any questions, contact the admission counselors below.

Part-time MBA information meeting dates in Portland: 
Admission counselor, Robin Halverson:mailto:rhalvers@georgefox.eduor 503-554-6123

Full-time MBA information meeting dates in Newberg
Admission counselor, Patrick Kelly:mailto:pkelley@georgefox.eduor 503-554-2223

Part-time MBA information meeting dates in Boise
Admission counselor, Sandi Gregory: mailto:sgregory@georgefox.eduor 208-375-3900

Stay connected on LinkedIn

Join the George Fox School of Business Alumni LinkedIn group today to stay connected with other alumni and faculty members. To join the group, click here.

Submit a change of address or contact information

Keep us updated on where you are and what you are doing! Let us know if you've changed your contact information or if you have any other life news. Alumni announcements, such as weddings, births, and deaths, will be included in the Alumni Connections section of Journal. All new babies announced in Journal will receive a Lil' Bruin T-shirt and a $500 certificate to put toward George Fox tuition when they come as a student in 18 years! Send your updates to alumni@georgefox.edu.

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