Staff on the Move (part III)

Career moves often mean new professional challenges, opportunities to grow and gain additional experience and skills, continued networking; they refresh our energy and bring a sense of recognition. Our colleagues who recently moved to a new role and/or unit can confirm that!

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Between February and April, nine staff members* in career appointments have either been promoted within their current unit or have applied and been selected to fill a vacant position. Here is what some of them had to say about career transitions:

Sarah Lopez who joined the Finance team shared that her transfer from campus Financial Aid office was quite smooth. “Having had experience working with some of the Haas programs, I felt very comfortable taking on the new role given my past exposure. There is still a lot to learn but I feel more confident as I have a good deal of systems knowledge… this is key as we transition to the new SIS! In addition, her new role at Haas enables Sarah to obtain a solid management experience. “This was a unique advancement opportunity that I could not pass up! Typically, a move in to management requires leaving campus to work at a smaller school in order to gain experience. At Haas, I am able to get that same exposure without leaving the Berkeley campus including the network of support I have developed in my career.”

Charles Lam’s perspective echoes a similar transferability of skills and network. Charles worked in Campus Shared Services IT prior to joining Haas; before CSS he was with Research Enterprise Services and International House and therefore has extensive campus experience. “The work in Technology Solutions is more dynamic and challenging and the overall atmosphere at Haas is more professional than in other campus departments,” says Charles.  “Although I’m new in Haas Technology Solutions and have a lot to learn, I know campus IT, I am familiar with the university key resources and can easily tap into my contacts and get a fast response when a need arises.”

Jill Erbland whose position was reclassified and also moved from the Lester Center to CSSL/IBSI shared her insights about how her job scope increased over the years: “My role had evolved over time, my responsibilities supporting the entrepreneurship faculty and curriculum decreased, and my time spent managing two large, global competitions (GSVC, Intel) increased. In addition, I took over managing our entrepreneurship scholarships and fellowships, helping lead the development of establishing several new scholarships and fellowships during my time at the Lester Center. My role supporting GSVC also became more of a staff director role, rather than a support role to a large, volunteer student team. I think it’s important for the university/Haas to recognize staff for their achievements and growth, so I was thrilled to be reclassified to a role that was more reflective of my current duties.”

Candace Gonzales-Tumey stayed in the FTMBA Admissions unit but moved from the operations to the admissions side by applying for an open position. “I did apply internally and the process was very easy and as transparent as you want it to be. I felt my skills have transferred easily, my background in operations allows me to have an in depth understanding of the underpinnings of the admissions process, the details of how we get things done. Having the opportunity to contribute in the admissions committee and participate in more strategic discussions has led me to a greater understanding and appreciation of holistic review and why we do what we do. Best of all, I feel that I can be a source of information and an advocate for both teams.”

Janet Chin noted that her knowledge of Haas has increased by moving from the Career Management Group to the MFE program. “Working with a different Haas graduate population has showcased the diversity of our amazing students and alumni (backgrounds, geography, etc) and I appreciate the opportunity to learn from different groups on campus. I continue to meet additional staff as well by simply having moved to an office two floors up.”

Our best wishes for successful experiences and professional development to those who moved between February and April:

  1. Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director, FTMBA Admissions
  2. Jill Erbland, Program Director, Global Social Venture Competition, Center for Social Sector Leadership
  3. Candace Gonzales Tumey, Assistant Director of Admissions, FTMBA Admissions
  4. Abby Scott, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Development and Alumni Relations
  5. Janet Chin, Careers Specialist and Assistant Director, MFE Program
  6. Andre Marquis, transfer to CEE
  7. Charles Lam, Systems Administrator, Technology Solutions (transfer in from CSS/IT)
  8. Sarah Lopez,  Director of Financial Aid, Finance unit (transfer in from campus Financial Aid office)
  9. Jeane Kim, Associate Director of Admissions, Operations and Technology, MBA Programs for Working Professionals (transfer in from UCOP)


Are you interested in learning more about career mobility at Haas and on campus? Join the On the Move Staff – Brown Bag Lunch hosted by DSAC on Wednesday, June 1 at noon, in C325.  This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues who were featured on this blog post, hear about their transitions and discuss career mobility on campus. Here is the link to sign up. Hope to see you there!

*The above list includes staff (in career appointments) whose position was reclassified or staff who applied for a new role between February 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016, as reflected in the HCM system. If your position was reclassified or if you obtained a new role within that timeframe and your name is not listed, please let us know (contact

For additional information about decision-making processes around hiring, reclassification and vacancies, click here.  To keep up on job openings at Haas, follow Jobs@Haas on Twitter (the account also feeds directly into our Staff Now page) or visit the Jobs at Haas webpage.

This is the third in a series of Staff on the Move posts. We will continue sharing this information throughout the year. 

Congratulations, Courtney! BSA Excellence in Management Award Recipient



We’re proud of Courtney Chandler, Assistant Dean of the Evening and Weekend MBA Program, who has received the Berkeley Staff Assembly Excellence in Management Award (EIM). This campus-wide award aims to improve quality of life in the workplace, recognizing outstanding managers and supervisors. This year’s EIM theme was “Equity and Inclusion that Works,” and focused on recognizing managers and supervisors who make their staff feel included and valued fairly. Nominations originate from those who have the closest working relationship with the awardees—their staff.

The EWMBA Program Office team felt that Courtney was the perfect candidate for the BSA Excellence in Management Award. The team shared their insights about Courtney’s management style and day-to-day leadership and put together a robust nomination form. Here is why they felt compelled to nominate Courtney:

As an alumna who graduated with both her undergraduate degree and MBA from U.C. Berkeley, Courtney bleeds blue and gold and is giving back to the U.C. Berkeley and Haas community for everything they have given her by now leading one of the MBA programs.

Courtney took on the challenge of rebuilding the EWMBA team from scratch. She has developed us from a group of 5 new individuals, to a close knit team of 5, and now, to a strong, supportive team of 9. In a short time frame, Courtney has fostered a sense of community through informal and formal team building as well as supporting a culture of appreciation.

I have been inspired by Courtney’s willingness to seek feedback and also shine the light on others. She wants to see everyone on our team learn and grow. She lets us take the lead on projects where we exhibit natural strengths and yet is there to support us in new or unfamiliar areas. 

Courtney embodies the greatest attributes of an inclusive leader. She listens, checks in, and asks questions. She does not micromanage and has given me freedom to learn and make mistakes on my own. She does not judge, and she is always willing to help. I know that there is no job/task that she would not be willing to do herself and that makes every job/task feel important.

Within a few days of starting my new position, I approached Courtney about my desire to continue on with a certificate program offered by UC Berkeley Extension. Time was of the essence because the class started in less than 2 weeks. Within 24 hours, I received approval and was enrolled in the class. I felt welcomed and supported not only in my role within the department, but in my professional development as well.

Courtney has an amazing ability to juggle the demands of running and growing a top-tier MBA program while still being attentive to her staff’s needs. She trusts her staff to get the job done, but is always willing to drop everything to help us. Whenever I have a question, her door is always open. Furthermore, she constantly encourages every team member, regardless of their role, to share ideas and explore opportunities to make our program better. This makes us strive to think outside the box, which not only helps the program as a whole, but it also develops us professionally.

She is the kind of manager that you want to work hard for because of the trust and value she has in her employees. She provides flexibility to her staff and creates a culture of respect and teamwork that has no room or need for micro-managing. I am excited and blessed to have a supervisor that I can look up to and be inspired by.

Congratulations to Courtney—and to the EWMBA Program office team who wholeheartedly supported her!

Questions about BSA Excellence in Management Awards?

The Berkeley Staff Assembly Excellence in Management Committee accepts nominations once a year, typically in January and February. The award is open to all levels of career, non-academic employees who have management or supervisory responsibilities for at least one year in their current positions. Nominations must originate from staff directly supervised by the nominee and include supporting signatures from at least one-half of these staff. The BSA recipients of the award are recognized with their teams at a campus-wide event in April.

Bentos to go!


If you missed the Staff Appreciation Lunch, you might not have heard the details on this year’s nifty staff appreciation gifts: Berkeley-Haas bento boxes.

These reusable lunch boxes are part of the Green Team’s efforts to get Haas as close to zero waste as possible.

The idea originated with Dave Stuckey, manager of office and instructional services, who thought they’d be useful when calls for leftover food go out to staff. Green Team leaders Danner Doud-Martin and Kate Alper ran with it, working out a pilot program for staff to use the boxes at FIFO Cafe.

“We are super-excited that FIFO is willing to work with us to offer this pilot program for staff, and we hope it’s a great success,” Danner says. “Our goal is to expand the reusable container program to students and faculty and cut down on even more waste. Just as you bring your bags to the grocery store, don’t forget your bento box when going to the cafe.”

bento 2To sweeten the deal, the Stradagroup, which operates FIFO, threw in a $10 gift card for all staff.

If you haven’t received your bento box, you can still pick one up from Dave Stuckey in S542, Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

Here are a few questions and answers from FIFO management about the pilot program:

Q: Is the bento box going to work for all the items on the FIFO menu, especially the salad?

A: Yes, all menu items can work with the box. Since it’s a pilot program, we’ll try it out and see what people think!

Q: Should staff write their name on the box to help with the cafe’s process?

A: Yes, definitely! Pull out your Sharpie.

Q: Do we get a discount for using the box?

A: Yes—25 cents off.

Q: When can we start the pilot program?

A: We can start on May 16, because students will be gone and the cafe will be less busy.



31 Win Outstanding Staff Awards

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Berkeley-Haas honored 31 people with Outstanding Staff Awards at the annual staff appreciation lunch on Friday, April 22 (see full slideshow below). In addition to the four individual awards, two teams were recognized for fostering collaboration and inclusiveness: the Center for Responsible Business and the Center for Social Sector Leadership and the Career Connect team. Melanie Dixon, […]

Humans of Haas: The Mysterious Avni Kansara

Humans of Haas* is a new series offering a glimpse into the lives of our Haas colleagues.

Redemption 300Our second installment features Avni Kansara—who by day serves as associate director of the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, and by night lets her imagination take her through the twists and turns of a small-town murder plot.

How did you get started writing?

I’ve been writing since I was in 5th grade. It started in English class when they asked us to write a short story about anything we wanted. That opened my eyes to the power of writing.

Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of styles. I wrote poems in college, and then moved on to short stories and finally mystery novels. Mysteries are definitely my favorite genre. If it was more of a stable kind of career, it’s what I’d do. 

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Wow, novels! Have you written one?

 I just published my first novel in December. It’s called Redemption, and it’s on Amazon. It was a huge deal for me.

I started writing it just after I finished business school. After I graduated, I got back into writing more seriously. I ended up joining a writing group in Irvine, where I got my MBA. One of the other writers in the group said something that really resonated with me: If you treat writing as a hobby, you’ll always find some excuse not to write. If this is really what you want to do, you have to treat it as your passion.

That was a life change for me. I started dedicating all my non-work time to writing. It took me a little over a year to write my first draft, and I wrote four drafts before I was happy with it. The whole thing took three years. It was a lengthy process, but I loved every minute of it.

What’s it about?

It’s a mystery so I don’t want to give too much away. It’s about a murder that takes place in a made-up small town in Northern California. I wanted to make it fictional, so I could make it exactly as I wanted it to be. The two detectives in the case are immature in that there haven’t been many homicides in the town. People have no faith in them—there’s kind of a mob mentality with police and media coming in from the outside.

There are a lot of twists and turns to it—during the investigation there are people who are investigated who you would assume would not be.

Where did you get your idea?

I got an idea based on a personal experience I went through. It’s only a tiny portion of the book, but it got my brain thinking about worst-case scenarios and it went from there. I like to outline like crazy before I start writing. It helps to have an outline when you are writing a novel, so you can just pay attention to the creative part and not worry about the plot. I usually start with something small and it just spirals.

How do you find time and energy to write with a full-time job?

It’s not easy at all, but I try to write a little bit every day, even if it’s just a page or two. It’s hard if you’re tired from work but writing actually gives me energy. Usually what I do is I don’t allow myself to get away from writing. I just keep typing. Even if I have nothing in my mind, I just type “I have nothing in my mind.” And then I’ll have an idea.

Writing is not something where you can let your mind go dead for a bit. People like to come home from work and have a glass of wine and watch TV for a few hours. I do that too sometimes. But for me, writing is what helps me relax—even though it can be challenging.

Also, I live in Walnut Creek and I take BART every day to work. I write for ½ hour on the way to work and I can write on the way home. So I know I can always get an hour of writing in. It makes me awake in the morning and I feel like I’ve accomplished something by the time I get to work.

Most of us don’t accomplish anything before we get to work.

I just keep going back to what my friend said: If it’s your passion, you’ll make it happen. The idea of publishing my novel, and having people read it, motivated me to keep writing. If I accomplish nothing else in my life I’m still really happy that I did this!

Is this the first thing you’ve published?

Technically, I published a poem in a community college newsletter.

How did you find a publisher? 

I self-published. I decided I didn’t want to wait. Being a first-time author and not having anything else out there, it’s hard to get publisher to take a chance. These days, you don’t need a publisher and distributer to get into bookstores, since people read so much online.

What is it about mysteries that you like so much?

I love a good page-turner. No matter how tired your eyes are, you just want to keep reading to figure out what’s going on. I love John Grisham for that reason. Mary Higgins Clark was kind of my inspiration. I also love PJ Tracy, which is a mother daughter team and they have a series out there. It’s a big challenge to write like that.

What’s next?

I’m almost done with my first draft of the sequel. I hope to get it finished by December of this year. That’s a lofty goal considering it took three years to finish the first one, but I think I understand the process better now and how I like to write. I’ve learned from this experience, and I still feel like there is better work to be done.


Do you know a Haas human with a story to share? Send your suggestions to Laura Counts:

Humans of Haas: Marco Lindsey

*Inspired by the fantastic Humans of New York blog. Thanks to Keeley as the originator of this idea! Also check out the full-time MBA students’ Humans of Haas podcast.


Banking on the Bay: an Interview With Dean Lyons

Bay skyline_300_190How can we capitalize on our Bay Area location to make Haas even stronger?

Deputy Chief Information Officer Barinder Dhillon-Flanagan, a 29-year veteran of the university who joined Haas last August, sat down with Dean Rich Lyons to find out why leveraging our location is one of the key strategies in our strategic business plan.

She also asked the dean to address the pressure some staff feel to get it all done at once.

What the Undergraduate Program is learning about virtual work

The Undergraduate Program Office has taken a deliberate approach on virtual work and piloted a telecommuting program these past few months. And as you may have guessed, they approached it as a team.

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Last summer, the team reviewed flex work policies, assessed the business needs, and proposed a pilot program to Assistant Dean Erika Walker. Erika agreed to pilot the program over the summer and asked the team to iron out all logistics, ensuring that services provided to students will be seamless.  “I was not going to police my staff, I trust them, but I wanted them to hold themselves accountable,” Erika explains.

Overall, from the manager’s perspective and the staff experience, the summer pilot was a success and the team decided to continue its implementation through fall and spring. Like many other Haas units, the undergraduate office has a small staff and a full menu of responsibilities. Coordinating a telecommuting program for a staff of 7 without impacting at all the multiple services offered to about 700 students takes some thoughtful planning. In light of that, the team set-up very specific ground rules. Here are some of them:

  • Nobody telecommutes during peak times, such as the first 3 weeks of instruction and advisor code distribution weeks.
  • As part of the program, each staff member can telecommute one day per week.
  • The team has set a minimum number of staff that must be onsite each day. If illnesses or unforeseen circumstances arise, staff who are scheduled to work remotely that day come in to maintain the required staffing level.
  • Each semester they revisit the schedule of telecommuting days and have the option to switch days.

 In their own words: What are some of the benefits

“Telecommuting is an automatic two hour time saver for me. Another terrific benefit that I didn’t think about initially is the gas savings for me,” says Dresden John.

“It also helps alleviate some stress from a hectic commute,” adds Karren Bautista Tanisaki.

Another benefit shared by the team was the ability to concentrate and have uninterrupted blocks of time. “There are times when it has been especially beneficial to work remotely if I have a data entry type project with a deadline, such as updating 700 degree checks in time for Tele-BEARS advising,” says Barbara Felkins.

Technology (chat, bluejeans, VPN, etc.) is available and enables constant connection. For example, participation in staff meetings hasn’t been impacted at all. Staff who are scheduled to work remotely on the day of a staff meeting join the meeting virtually via bluejeans. Furthermore, appointments with students are also facilitated by use of technology. Dolann Adams, who advises prospective students, uses Google Hangouts to connect with them virtually on the day she works remotely. “Both transfer and Berkeley students loved that they were able to see me virtually at their convenience. Telecommuting adds value to the student and staff experience,” shares Dolann.

“Above all, morale is higher…staff are able to catch a quick breath,” says Erika. And research shows that flexible work arrangements have a major impact on engagement, are increasingly seen as an integral component of a results-driven work environment, and are often associated with positive feelings about work.

 Any lessons learned from this experience?

“Fall and spring semesters have different needs and levels of activity for our program and we’re still learning what works well and what requires adjustment,” says Erika.

Karren Bautista Tanisaki, who spearheaded the program shares her thoughts: “It takes a lot of flexibility and openness from both the manager and staff to make this program work. The ability to compromise and acknowledge what is best for the entire team and the office versus simply thinking of one’s own benefits is critical to the success of this type of working arrangement. Communication is a major key to the success of this program especially in its pilot stages.”

The last ground rule for the undergraduate telecommuting program sums it up: “Above all else we will be flexible and communicate with one another.”  After all, flexible work programs are designed to be exactly that—flexible.

Humans of Haas: Marco Lindsey

Humans of Haas is a new series that offers a glimpse into the lives of our Haas colleagues.

We chose Marco Lindsey, executive advisor to Dean Rich Lyons, for our first profile after we found out about his passion for Spartan Races and wanted to hear more.

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Bursting through heavy bags during a Spartan Sprint

What are Spartan Races?

Spartan Races have a mixture of running and various obstacles that tax every part of your body to find your weaknesses. They range from three to 15 miles. You don’t know what the obstacles are going to be until you’re in it.

How did you get into them?

I’ve been a weight lifter all my life but I hated running. I was looking for something to bridge the gap. I found out about Spartan, and figured it was the toughest thing out there. I didn’t know anyone who did them and no one I knew was crazy enough to do it with me. I watched a few videos and decided to try one.

In August of 2014 I did my first Spartan Sprint at AT&T Park and I was hooked. It was 3.5 miles up and down stairs, carrying sandbags or 40-gallon jugs of water, rope climbing and a cargo-net climb. You have to climb a 7-foot or 10-foot wall to start every Spartan.

How do you climb a 7-foot wall?

You just do. You run up to it and jump as high as you can, and then you pull yourself over it.

How do you climb a 10-foot wall?

Same way.

How many races have you done?

I did two at AT&T Park, one in Monterey, one in Tahoe.

The Monterey Super was 10 miles and the Tahoe Beast was 15 miles with 30-plus obstacles. It was the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life—I wouldn’t wish that race on my worst enemy. There were over 750 people who didn’t finish. It was on the back side of Squaw, and all up hill. First it started raining, then hailing, then snowing. For me, that happened right after we had to swim across a small lake. Many people didn’t finish because of hypothermia. At mile 12 I started shivering so badly that I had to stop for a minute. But I decided the only way I wasn’t going to finish was if they carried me off. I had come too far to quit. That one was on October 3, my birthday.

Why do you do it?

Two reasons. It’s a challenge that not everyone can do. I like to have that in my toolkit of things I’ve been able to do in life.

You also really learn that your body can do a lot more than you think it can do, if you put your mind to it. At the Spartan Beast, I was wet, it was snowing, and I was freezing, but I was still moving forward. A couple of miles later, my body temperature came back up and it was because I had set my mind to it.

Last year I earned the Spartan Trifecta, which means a sprint, a super, and a beast in one calendar year. I keep the circle medal there on my desk. Whenever my day gets rough, it’s a reminder that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I can put my hand on it and remember. I think maybe that’s why I do it.

 Scaling a wall at the AT&T Sprint

Scaling a wall at the AT&T Sprint

Sandbag carry at AT&T

Sandbag carry at AT&T

Log carry

The uphill log carry at the Tahoe Beast

Inverted wall climb at the Monterey Super

Inverted wall climb at the Monterey Super

Uphill barbed-wire crawl in Monterey

Uphill barbed-wire crawl in Monterey

Uphill bucket brigade for Monterey Super (not pictured: the 100 pounds of rocks inside that bucket!)

Uphill bucket brigade for Monterey Super (there are 100 pounds of rocks inside that bucket!)

Do you know a Haas human with a story to share? Send your suggestions to Laura Counts:

Staff on the Move (part II)

Professional development and career growth can take many different directions and occur in many ways. That’s evident when you look at data on the moves our very own staff have been making. Twelve staff members (in career appointments) have either been promoted within their current unit or have applied and been selected to fill a vacant position. Some of them joined Haas after having worked in another campus department, while others transitioned from Haas to a new campus opportunity. This mobility allows staff to transfer their skills and continue to grow professionally while staying within the organization.

Drew Ollero, who transitioned from the EWMBA Program office to the MBA Programs for Working Professionals Admissions unit by applying for an internal position, shares his thoughts about his experience: “Being able to work within the same degree program allowed me to effectively transfer my knowledge immediately to the admissions unit. Having knowledge of the current student experience provides an opportunity to speak to prospective students and leverage my connections with students, faculty, and alumni to benefit the unit. In addition, I am positioned to help strengthen the relationship between my former and current units through collaborative projects, shared initiatives, and streamlined communication and processes.”

Aileen Bautista, who recently accepted a new role in the MBA Career Management Group, was able to seamlessly transfer her knowledge and have the opportunity to grow professionally. In her new position, Aileen is able to enhance her project management and leadership skills. “I have been able to lead our team in successfully hosting our annual Experienced-Hire Networking Event up at the Memorial Stadium. We had 200 EWMBA, EMBA, and alumni attend, in addition to recruiters from 20 companies,” says Aileen.

Angela Matossian, who joined the Haas Facilities team, says that her transfer from campus Facilities Services (Physical Plant Campus Services) enabled her to bring to Haas her campus-wide perspective of facilities services: “The transfer from working in the my previous position to a Customer Service Specialist position at Haas allows me to utilize my skills and experience in customer service, operations, and organizational support.” In addition, working at Haas means being in the heart of campus and experiencing campus life. “Currently, I am having daily interactions with a diverse staff, faculty, and student community, and looking forward to taking part in many activities offered within Haas,” shares Angela.

Our best wishes for successful experiences and professional development to those who moved in the past four months:

  1. Andrew Ollero, Associate Director, MBA Programs for Working Professionals Admissions
  2. Aileen Bautista, Program Manager, MBA Career Management Group
  3. Rahul Sampat, Director of Admissions, Evening & Weekend MBA Program
  4. Jae Park, Online Editor, California Management Review
  5. Tony Cricelli, Systems Administrator, Haas Technology Solutions
  6. Diane Nguyen,  Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services, MFE
  7. Amanda Gill, Associate Director, EWMBA (transfer in from University Extension)
  8. Rachel York, Associate Director, EWMBA (transfer in from Cal Teach)
  9. Angela Matossian, Customer Service Specialist, Facilities (transfer in from campus Facilities Services)
  10. Mebrak Kahsai, Administrative Assistant, Haas Technology Solutions (transfer in from Campus Shared Services)
  11. Julia Sprague, Director of Admissions, School of Information (transfer to School of Information)
  12. Jenny Su, Cal Answers Analyst, Office of Strategic Program Management (transfer to campus Office of the CFO)

*The above list includes staff (in career appointments) whose position was reclassified or staff who applied for a new role between October 1, 2015 and January 26, 2016, as reflected in the HCM system. It includes staff who moved in to Haas from campus as well as staff who transitioned from Haas to another campus position. If your position was reclassified or if you obtained a new role within that timeframe and your name is not listed, please let us know (contact

For additional information about decision-making processes around hiring, reclassification and vacancies, click here.  To keep up on job openings at Haas, follow Jobs@Haas on Twitter (the account also feeds directly into our Staff Now page) or visit the Jobs at Haas webpage.

This is the second in a series of Staff on the Move posts. We will continue sharing this information throughout the year. 

3 down, 3 to go: North Academic Building update

By Nicole Terrell, North Academic Building Project Manager

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Greetings! As the new NAB project manager, I wanted to update you on progress thus far with the building, and what you can expect going forward.

How are we progressing?

The structure is halfway there. As of January 25th, Level 2 & 3 cement pours have been completed, and Level 4 is being poured this week. We’ll be celebrating this mid-rise point with a party in the O’Donnell Courtyard at 1:30 pm February 10.

When will the NAB open?

After a few rain delays, expect a soft opening in Fall 2016, with classes starting in Spring 2017. Don’t forget you can track progress on the Webcam. 

What’s going to be in the building?

The building will be a high-tech student learning lab. It will include:

  • 8 tiered lecture rooms
  • 4 flat, flexible-use spaces for experiential learning
  • 28 team study rooms
  • an indoor/outdoor café
  • state-of-the art audio-visual systems through the building
  • lounge areas
  • a 300-seat event space with sweeping views of campus and the San Francisco Bay

The building is also designed to be as healthy as possible for its occupants and the environment, with features that promote energy efficiency, low water use, and high air quality. Look for more details in our next building update.

Need more NAB specifics?

Who is in charge of making sure we have a smooth transition into the new building?

I’ll be working closely with Jo Mackness, Kevin Cornish, Marina Verdian, Dan Sullivan and Rocky Moran to lead our transition. We’ll be working to ensure that all Haas stakeholders—including program offices, academic instruction, event space coordination staff, students, and faculty—are prepared and ready for the transition.

What’s going on in terms of transition planning?

I’ve begun partnering with Facilities, Haas Technology Solutions, Marketing and Communications, Academic Planning, Development & Alumni Relations, and central campus to ensure the opening of the building runs smoothly. We will form an advisory group made up of representatives across Haas. I’ll be collaborating with the NAB Advisory Group to ensure that everyone is prepared.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact me at, or stop by my desk in the Dean’s Suite with any questions.