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Welcome Edition /  October 2013

Events and Announcements

Dr. Joseph Williams, SBE's Fifth Dean

With the promotion of long-time SBE dean Jeff Van Duzer to Provost, a national search was undertaken to find his successor.  From four finalists, Dr. Joseph Williams was selected to lead the business school, and he became SBE's 5th dean this summer.

Dr. Williams is returning to his academic roots.  He taught at other institutions, including 10 years at Colorado State University.  But in recent years he has been working in the fast-paced world of high tech where he was for the past 14 years at Sun Microsystems and most recently Microsoft.

Learn more about Dr. Williams online and consider joining with other students to welcome him at AUSBE's next
Donuts with the Dean
event.  And follow Dr. Williams and CIB Director John Terrill on their Flipboard site "Business You Can Believe In."

New SBE Seminar/Study Room and Other McKenna Hall Changes

This summer, the McKenna Computer Lab was converted into a seminar/study room.  Three 46" monitors allow groups of students to collaborate.  As your editor likes to say, "College is a team sport."  Bring your laptops.  A weekly schedule for that room, showing when it is open for student use, is posted here, and on the SBE Undergraduate Resources and Advising page with which all SBE students should become familiar.

Also new this fall are the printer/copiers all over campus.  One has been installed in the McKenna Lounge.  There are also two kiosk personal computers in the lounge for your convenience.

SBE now has a chapter of Rotaract.  Learn more (and enjoy pizza)
on October 8th

Are you interested in global and local community service to help change the world?  You’re invited to join the new SPU Rotaract Club!  We’re holding an information session with pizza and sodas to tell you more about Rotaract and how you can get involved.  Please join us! And visit the 5030 Rotaract FACEBOOK page.  You can also learn more about this student and young professional branch of Rotary International here.

You are invited!  Rotaract Pizza Party & Information Session — Tuesday, October 8th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., McKenna Conference Room.

What is Workplace Wardrobe Wednesdays?

SBE faculty have added a new item to their syllabi this quarter.  "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 new 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. 

Transfer Student Orientation, October 10th, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

Transfer students who intend to apply for one of the SBE majors are invited to a special orientation time in the McKenna Conference Room next week.  Join us on Thursday, October 10th at 5:15 p.m. to get all your questions answered and, of course, for pizza!

Dean's Speaker Series Welcomes Randall Lane of Cisco Systems

Randall Lane, a leader in Global Diversity and Inclusion at Cisco, will speak on Tuesday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. in the Library Seminar RoomQuarterly, the Dean's Speaker Series brings executives from across the Pacific Northwest to interact with our undergraduates.  

Business as a Calling Day Returns November 7th

Mark Thursday afternoon, November 7th, as our next Business as a Calling Day half-day seminar.  All SBE classes that meet that day after lunch will be participating and all SBE students are encouraged to attend.  Our guest speaker this year will be Sonny Vu, CEO, Chairman (& Founder) of Misfit Wearables.  “Wearable tech” (aka, Ecouterre, Eco-fashion, and The Dork Factor) is one of the hottest categories in the tech and fashion fields right now.  In addition to Sonny’s faith mission (which is an interesting story in its own right) the business area he is exploring should be super interesting to our students.  Read about Sonny Vu in this recent article in Fast Company.

Dr. David Anderson Joins SBE Faculty

Dr. David Anderson comes to us from Westmont College and you can meet him online here.  Professor Anderson is excited to be teaching at SPU.  He is known for utilizing the very latest interactive classroom technologies to engage his students.  He will be teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics this term.  

Boeing Internship Program

Annie Kato with the Boeing Company, and an SBE alumna, has this important opportunity to share.  Online information sessions are being held on October 11th and 15th.  Follow the link for details.

"I wanted to pass along the e-flyer for the 2014 Boeing Business Intern Program. We are now accepting applications for summer 2014. This is an exciting year as we have expanded and integrated the program across the company so that it now represents business internship opportunities across all major Boeing sites. Please refer students to the
website for more information about the specific opportunities available and how to apply.

Annie Kato
The Boeing Company
Business Intern Program Coordinator


Student Organizations

From your 2013-14 AUSBE  officers: 

As your AUSBE club (Associated Undergraduate Students of Business and Economics) officers this year, we will be putting on numerous events including a chance to connect with our new dean over donuts, time to meet and ask questions to business professionals, and an awesome FREE barbecue so you can connect with both SBE students and professors! Our Kick-Off Barbecue and Donuts with the Dean events are coming up soon for both those accepted into the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and those interested in SBE, so be on the lookout for those dates shortly. The five of us are excited to get to serve you this year!


Gabriella Serventi
Hayley DeKlotz
Vice President
Claire Fredriks
VP of Finance
Nikki Spitzer
P of Marketing 
Sarah Johnson
VP of Communications


Learn about other SBE Clubs and Societies

AUSBE, Beta Alpha Psi, Rotaract, SPUSIF (SPU Student Investment Fund), Beta Gamma Sigma — where do you fit in with the co-curricular activities available to SBE students?  Our clubs are getting organized and will be holding meetings and announcing events for this quarter.  Check their bulletin boards in the first floor McKenna hallway and on the foyer monitor.  Consider joining these groups and visit their social media sites.  And learn more about these groups serving SBE students on our Student Clubs and Societies web page.

SBE Centers

Center for Applied Learning

In all the excitement of the new school year, please don't overlook one of the most valuable co-curricular opportunities available to SPU students.  The Mentor Program, administered by Director Mark Oppenlander of SBE's Center for Applied Learning, can be one of the most important steps you take in your college experience.  Think of it as taking a glimpse into your own possible career future.  Check it out today. 

The Center for Integrity in Business

The Center for Integrity in Business (CIB) exists to serve, inspire, and equip business leaders for personal and organizational impact.  Drawing on theological and management scholarship, the CIB serves as an accelerator of business and faith integration by acting as an outreach to the business community, a laboratory for research and ideas, and a source of connection for all types of leaders.  We host events for the business community and for students throughout the year.  To stay plugged into the CIB’s work, visit or follow them on twitter @IntegrityShop.


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