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Registration Edition /  February 2014

Events and Announcements

Going Global with SBE!

SBE is helping to facilitate two study abroad opportunities this year.   Three information meetings are being held for those who may be interested. 

LIBERTY and the FREE MARKET in ENGLAND, June 12-28

 Our own Dr. Geri Mason will help lead this study abroad opportunity in Great Britain.  Details about this program, sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, are available online.  To learn more and to apply, please visit the course website. The final deadline for applications is coming soon on March 3rd, 2014.  Come learn more at one of our information meetings this month.

University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in Chengdu, China  (A variety of opportunities)

SPU student in this program last fall, gave a very favorable report of it.  Vist the USAC Chengdu, China web site.  Come to one of our information meetings listed below to learn more. 

 School of Business and Economics Study Abroad Information Meetings

  • Wednesday, February 19th, 5:00 p.m., McKenna Conference Room (2nd floor)

  • Tuesday, February 25th, 9:30 a.m., McKenna Seminar/Study Room (1st floor)

  • Friday, February 28th, 1:30 p.m., McKenna Seminar/Study Room (1st floor)

  • If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you may contact Dr. Doug Downing, our SBE Study Abroad coordinator, directly.


2014 It's Not Just Dinner . . .
It's Business
(Reservations have closed for this event.)

The annual Social & Professional Etiquette Dinner is Thursday, February 20, 5:00-7:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons.  But the registration deadline is today!  This popular event, sponsored by the Center for Career and Calling, is an important addition to every business student's schedule.

The elegant three course dinner and presentation will be led by recognized etiquette expert Arden Clise.  Get a clue next week at this fun and informative event. 


KIROS Breakfast Events in Seattle and Bellevue

SBE students are encouraged to extend their professional networks into the Christian business community.  One regular opportunity to do this it to attend KIROS breakfast meetings in Seattle or Bellevue.  The upcoming breakfast event is next week at 415 Westlake Avenue in South Lake Union.  Learn more about KIROS and consider this an extra-curricular event of choice for students who are called to serve others in Christ's name in the world of commerce.

Independent Colleges of Washington
have Scholarships to Award

  The Independent Colleges of Washington, of which SPU is a member, will be awarding scholarships this spring.  Will one have your name on it?  Take a moment and check out the scholarship opportunities at ICW this year.  Others have already applied, but the final deadline is March 17.

 " . . . yet ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2b KJV

Workplace Wardrobe Wednesdays Continue

"Workplace Wardrobe Wednesdays" is an effort to foster the habit that professionalism in business begins in the b-school, not at the job interview.  This  SBE policy responds to feedback from our business partners and evaluations returned from internship supervisors.  You don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. 


Advising and Registration

ATTENTION ALL NEW SBE MAJOR ADMITS: Mandatory New Majors Dessert, February 24

If you were admitted to the School of Business & Economics this year, you are required to attend the New Majors Dessert on Monday, February 24th at 6pm in the Fine Center of First Free Methodist Church. Failure to attend will revoke your admissions status, only to be reclaimed by writing a very lengthy paper. Do not miss this very cool opportunity to eat delicious dessert and celebrate your accomplishment of admission to our school.  Join the SBE faculty, staff, and student leaders for good food, important information, nice freebies, and big fun — don't miss it.  

Course Changes for Spring Quarter

ECN 4310 International Political Economy was recently added to the spring schedule.  This 5-credit class is cross listed with POL 4310 and now appears correctly in the Time Schedule.

One of the two sections of BUS 1700 Spreadsheets was moved to 3:00-3:50 on Mondays.  Both sections were moved to the Marston Watson 3 computer classroom.

BUS 2601 Business Writing Tutorial will not be offered spring quarter.

Two Spring Sections of BUS 3950 Spirituality and Business

This one-weekend 1-credit course meets 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on a Friday evening and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the next day. 

CRN Topic Weekend Instructors
44692 Faith & the UN Global Compact April 25-26 Kim Sawers and Ross Stewart
44305 Financial Freedom May 16-17 Bill Kauppila

Summer 2014 Courses Announced

The following courses have been scheduled for next summer.  Many of them are listed as "online."  You may wish to consult with the instructors if you have questions about any of these proposed courses.

Course Title Cr. Start End Day Time Online? Instructor
ECN 2101 Principles of Microeconomics 5 6/16/14 8/1/14     Online Mason, Geri    
BUS 2910 Internship & Career Strategies 1 7/9/14 7/30/14 W 1:30-3:50 p.m.   McCracken, Christina    
BUS 3541 Marketing & Society 5 7/14/14 8/8/14     Online Schlee, Regina    
BUS 3541 Marketing & Society 5 6/16/14 7/11/14     Online Schlee, Regina    
BUS 3548 International Marketing 5 6/23/14 7/25/14     Online Schlee, Regina    
BUS 4690 Strategic Management 5 6/16/14 7/11/14     Online Lee, Don    
BUS 4942 Internship Reflectn&Prof Devlp 1 to 5 7/7/14 8/1/14       McCracken, Christina    

Hello all.  Spring registration is upon us. Here is the information I provide to the SBE faculty to share with their advisees.  Just in case it did not make it to you, here it is again.

Tips For All:

PLEASE pay attention to course details in the time schedule, underneath each of the classes you want to register for. There won’t be any surprises registering if you know in advance what the course restrictions and prerequisites are.

Faculty Advisor Hold:

If you haven’t met with your faculty advisor yet, schedule an appointment with them ASAP! I will not lift Faculty Advisor holds, so do all that you can to research and remove all potential roadblocks in advance of registration week.

SBE Minors:

Email me ( in advance of your registration time, to have major restrictions lifted from 3000 and 4000 SBE courses. Please verify that you have satisfied any/all prerequisites for the courses you are interested in. The sooner you do this, the easier registration will be!

Majors Only/ Restricted Classes:

I will only lift major restrictions for intended SBE majors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, AND SBE GPA of 3.0 or greater. If you are under these marks and want to compete for a spot in our program next year, you’ll need to re-take courses and pull up your GPA.


Review the following catalog information to get an idea of the core courses for your program (do note that if you have already been admitted to one of SBE’s majors, you will be accountable to the requirements set during the academic year you were admitted to the program). Then, jump to your appropriate class standing for specific advising tips.




Also, please review your graduation checklist in Banner to see what common and exploratory curriculum classes you have taken, and which ones you still need to take before graduation.  If you are not planning to major in an SBE major (Business, Accounting or Economics), you need to select another faculty member in your intended major. You can change this person through Banner as well. Your new faculty advisor can assist you with the registration process.

FRESHMEN:   You need to plan your schedule so that you’re eligible to apply for the major by January of your sophomore year. You will need to take at least 15 credits within SBE by the end of fall quarter of your sophomore year, in order to be eligible to apply for one of the SBE majors. Also, you must have a minimum overall GPA and an SBE GPA of at least 2.70 to be eligible to apply.  Since we have a competitive admission process, the minimum GPA is not a guarantee of admission to the major.  The higher your GPA, the more likely it is that you will get into SBE.  So be sure you are working hard in your classes! It’s important to note that the on-track GPA is 3.0 cumulatively and 3.0 in SBE coursework. Admission into restricted “majors only” courses will be dependent on your meeting the 3.0 threshold.

For Spring, you should be registering for UCOR or UFDN 1000. In addition to that, you’ll want to pick out one SBE course (ECN 2101 and 2102, ACCT 2361 and 2362, BUS 2414, BUS 2600, BUS 2000 or MAT 2700), and finally, one Exploratory Curriculum course.

SOPHOMORES:  If you applied to the School of Business and Economics this year, you will find out shortly if you were admitted. If you are admitted, congratulations! We will look forward to formally welcoming you to the program on Monday February 24th, at our New Majors Dessert.

When considering classes to take in SBE this winter, you should be well on your way to completing our 2000 level courses (ECN 2101 and 2102, ACCT 2361 and 2362, BUS 2000, BUS 2414, BUS 2600, and MAT 2700). If you’ve completed all these courses, you are ready to take an upper division SBE course. Either Business Finance (BUS 3250), Marketing and Society (BUS 3541) or Organizational Behavior (BUS 3614), would be a good choice.

If you are not admitted this year, it will be vital that we meet to talk about your options moving forward. You will not be able to continue taking courses (upper division specifically) in our program without a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 School of Business GPA.

JUNIORS:  You should be on your way to completing our 3000 level courses, and finishing up your exploratory curriculum requirements. Now would be a good time to also start thinking about your final 4 quarters, and putting together a prospective class list. NOTE: If you applied to your SBE major this year,  please review the advising notes for Sophomores regarding class restrictions.

SENIORS:  You should be wrapping up your undergraduate career with our capstone courses (Business Ethics and Strategic Management), as well as your concentration (or elective courses). If you are planning on graduating in June, feel free to email Elizabeth to look over your record one last time to make sure all is in order. Finish strong!


SBE Center News

Center for Integrity in Business

Take a look at our updated CIB website.  We’re offering fresh content, including a weekly blog series by Bruce Baker entitled “Business Parables.”  If you would like to be included on the weekly email introducing fresh content on the blog (every Wednesday), please email Tom Lane at and he’ll add you to the distribution list.

Center for Applied Learning

CAL Director Mark Oppenlander reminds SBE students that, "We’re once again accepting applications for the Mentor Program.  Historically, winter quarter slots fill up faster than any other quarter, so they should apply right away.  Also, this is the last term in which students graduating in June 2014 can request a mentor.


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