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Winter Edition / January 2009
 Upcoming Events  Advising & Registration  Student Organizations  Center for Applied Learning

Upcoming Events and Deadlines
       Application to Major deadline Tuesday, January 20th

   McKenna Lounge Grand Opening: Wednesday, January 14th

   Distinguished Speaker Series with Boeing CEO Scott Carson

   Donuts with the Dean, January 15th, 9:30AM


Advising & Registration
       BUS 4543 Marketing Management not offered spring 2009
       Social Enterprise Concentration approved by UPEC
SBE's new Minor: Entrepreneurship

       WSCPA Scholarship for Accounting Students
       Business classes for Summer 2009


    Student Organizations
          AUSBE: Two events in January
          Beta Alpha Psi: Upcoming Events 

Center for Applied Learning
          3rd Annual Social Venture Plan Competition
          Mentor Program: space may be limited



Upcoming Events

Apply Now to SBE Majors — The Application Deadline is January 20th

If you are planning to apply to an SBE major (Accounting, Business Administration or Economics), you should go online to our application form and fill it out now.  The once-a-year deadline for submitting your SBE major application is Tuesday, January 20th.


Join Us for the Grand Opening of the McKenna Lounge,
3:00-4:30PM, Wednesday, January 14th

Both snow and floods have delayed our grand opening, but finally we can open the door to the new McKenna Lounge.  Enjoy refreshments and get comfortable in your new space at our celebration on Wednesday afternoon.

The dean may want to borrow this attractive space for a few special events, but it was specifically created as your student lounge.  It will be available to undergraduate students most of the day.  Graduate students, who often come directly from work to their 6:00pm classes in McKenna Hall, will have this as their lounge from 4:30 to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday. 


RSVP Today for the February 2nd Baldwin Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon

Each year the School of Business and Economics welcomes a business executive of national prominence to address our undergraduate students.  Our speaker this year is Mr. Scott Carson, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  The title of his talk will be, 10 Leadership Lessons for a Lifetime.

Students must RSVP for this free luncheon held in Upper Gwinn Commons.  The event falls on Monday, February 2nd this year.  SBE classes which meet during the luncheon (Noon to 1:30PM) will be cancelled so that our students can attend.  Dress is business casual for this highlight event on the SBE calendar.  Learn more about our speaker and about the history of this event, and follow the link to RSVP from the event website

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A Special "Donuts with the Dean" event on Thursday, January 15th

This month's AUSBE sponsored "Donuts with the Dean" meeting will have an inaugural theme.  How will an Obama administration impact the business world?
  Can we spend ourselves out of a deepening recession? 
Our dean, Dr. Van Duzer, will lead this discussion, 9:30-10:20AM, on Thursday in the McKenna Conference Room.

Quarterly Dean's Speaker Series to Feature YWCA President

The quarterly Dean’s Speaker event will be January 26th at 3:00PM in the Library Seminar Room.  Rita Ryder, President of the YWCA will be the speaker. 

 Advising and Registration

BUS 4543 Marketing Management will not be offered Spring Quarter

Business Administration majors pursuing the Marketing concentration should contact either Dr. Karns or Dr. Schlee if they had been planning on registering for BUS 4543 Marketing Management next quarter.  

And while we're talking marketing, here are some holiday marketing ideas.

The Social Enterprise Concentration has been Approved by UPEC

Final approval has been given for our new Social Enterprise concentration in the Business Administration major from the SPU Undergraduate Policies and Evaluation Committee (UPEC).  We can now formally announce this concentration.

Select 15 or 16 credits as follows:
     BUS 3680    Social Enterprise (3)
     BUS 3682    Social Venture Planning (2)
     BUS 3690    Microfinance (5)
And either:    
     POL 3320    Political & Economic Development of Nations (5)
Or both of these courses, which are offered alternate years:
     ECN 3810    Community Economic Development (3)
     BUS 3670    Management in the Non-Profit Sector (3)

Entrepreneurship becomes SBE's Third Minor Program

Entrepreneurship will join Business Administration and Economics as an option for students who wish to pursue a minor from the business school.  Here are the requirements for the new minor.

    ACCT 2361   Financial Accounting  (5)

    BUS 3541     Marketing and Society  (5)

    BUS 3614     Org. Behavior for Managers  (5)  

    BUS 4644     Operations Management  (5)    

    BUS 4631     Business Planning I  (5)    

    BUS 4632     Business Planning II  (2)      

    BUS 4899     Business Ethics  (5)     

WSCPA Scholarships for new Accounting majors: Applications are due February 15th  

This scholarship opportunity is for accounting students who will be beginning their junior year in fall 2009, with a 3.0 GPA minimum, and who are planning to become CPAs.  This scholarship requires a specific application and is not associated with the general scholarships administered through SBE.  Interested students can download the form directly from  Please note that applicants need to submit three copies of the completed application and requested materials.

Summer ’09 classes

BUS 3250   Business Finance (Dr. Hess) , 5 credits, June 15 - June 26, M,T,W,Th,F, 8:00am to 12:30pm.

BUS 3541   Marketing and Society (Dr. Schlee), 5 credits, June 15 - July 10, M,T,W,Th, 1:30pm-4:20pm.

BUS 3910 Internship and Career Strategies and BUS 4942 Internship Reflection & Professional Development will also be offered this coming summer.


Student Organizations

AUSBE: The Associated Students of Business and Economics invite you to . . .

Thursday, January 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the McKenna Conference Room
Donuts with the Dean: How a New Face in Office will Affect the Business World
Come have donuts, juice, and coffee with Dean Van Duzer and discuss the upcoming changes in our political system and how they will affect the ever-changing business world.

Tuesday, January 27th at 1:00pm Location: McKenna Hall (room pending)
Meet Your Professor: Come get to know Dr. Denise Daniels on a more personal level over lunch with fellow students and professors.  Lunch will be served!

Beta Alpha Psi: Upcoming Thursday Night Topics
January 15  February 12  February 26

March 6
April 3-4

BAP event: Ross Snyer, CFP & CPA

BAP event: Erik Johnson - Amazon

BAP event: Deloitte - Audit professionals


BAP regional meeting -- registration cut-off date.

(After this date, registration fees go up to $100 per person.)

BAP regional conference

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Center for Applied Learning

Update on the Social Venture Plan Competition


SVPC logoThe 3rd Annual Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) will be held on April 15, 2009. Social ventures are enterprises that address two bottom lines: financial and social. They respond to critical social needs while providing sustainable funding. SVPC has proven to be an excellent means of teaching our students how the tools of business can be used to transform good intentions into specific actions.


The winter 2-credit Social Venture course (BUS 4661/CRN 25539) supports students in the development of their plans. It takes students through all phases of developing a social venture plan and provides them with access to experts in marketing, finance, operations and social enterprise overall.  BUS 4661 is taught by both SBE faculty and business executives. The course runs from 6:00 to 7:30pm, Wednesday nights, beginning January 14, 2009. Contact Dr. Don Summers at, or call 206.281.2621 for more information.




Need Some Career Traction?

Consider signing up for the Mentor Program

Help get prepared for a challenging employment season. The Mentor Program offers you a customized match with a business leader, executive or professional in a career field of your interest for mentoring, job shadowing or broad career exploration.  A limited number of spots are available for the Mentor Program each quarter so if you’ve been considering applying, don’t delay.  In the Banner Information System look for the Mentor Program link under the Student menu.  Seniors, if you’re graduating in June, this is your last quarter to apply for the Mentor Program.




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