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Autumn Welcome Edition /  October 2010
 Upcoming Events  Advising & Registration  Student Organizations  News from the SBE Centers  Around SBE

Upcoming Events and Deadlines
      AWB Distinguished Speaker Series, Nov. 1st: RSVP Now

       Dean's Speaker Series - October 25th
  First "Donuts with the Dean" this Thursday

   Dr. Daniels recommends Women in the Workplace dinner


Advising & Registration
       Undergraduate Advising Notes

Student Organizations
Meet the AUSBE Officers



Center for Applied Learning
          5th Annual Social Venture Plan Competition

Center for Integrity in Business
          Two events open to SBE students


Around SBE
          The McKenna Computer Lab
          SBE welcomes four new faculty members


Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon to Feature Wireless Pioneer John Stanton
- RSVP Today! 
Our annual "big event " comes early this year on Monday, November 1st, Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons.  The AWB Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, will feature John W. Stanton, Chairman of the Board, Trilogy International Partners.  His talk is titled, Business, Voila, and the Earthquake.

This annual luncheon is free to our SBE students, and attendance may be required by you instructor.  The online reservation form has already been accepting RSVPs.  Read more about this premier SBE event and about our speaker, and click on the RSVP HERE button to sign up.  Over 100 students have already signed up.  Here's the AWB Distinguished Speaker Series web page.

Dean's Speaker Series with Raymond Davis, President & CEO of Umpqua Holdings Corporation
 Banking executive and author, Mr. Ray Davis, is the featured speaker at our quarterly Dean's Speaker Series event.  Mr. Davis has a compelling story to tell.  The title of his book will tip you off, Leading for Growth: How Umpqua Bank Got Cool and Created a Culture of Greatness. The event will be Monday, October 25, 1:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room.  Learn more on our Speakers page.

AUSBE Sponsors First "Donuts with the Dean" this Thursday

Consider this your invitation to Donuts with the Dean, Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.  SBE Dean Jeff Van Duzer regularly meets with SBE undergraduates in this unique (and tasty) venue.  Join him and interested students in the McKenna Conference Room, 2nd floor McKenna Hall, 9:30-10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 7th. Pre-majors are especially welcome.

Women in the Workplace Dinner with Kristi Drake 
Dr. Denise Daniels sends her recommendation to women in our program for this quarterly dinner event.  SPU alumna and SBE Executive Advisory Council member Kristi Drake will be the featured speaker at this month's Women in the Workplace dinner event at Westminster Chapel, Bellevue, Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 Kristi Drake is co-owner of Le Panier in Pike Place Market.  She will share what she’s learned about running an ethical business and managing people. Cost is $15 ($20 after 10/18). Register here.

Women in the Workplace is a division of Westminster Women’s Ministry, designed to “connect, encourage, and inspire” working women in their congregation and the community through three dinner events each year (fall, winter, and spring) that feature workplace-focused speakers. Contact: Nancy Erisman at


 Advising and Registration

Are you paying attention to the little stuff?
As students pursue SBE majors, occasionally it's the co-curricular degree requirements that slip through the cracks.  Elizabeth Gordon, our Undergraduate Services Supervisor, can tell you stories about students who may have "walked" at graduation, but still lacked a diploma or degree posted to their transcript (which is what employers want to see), because they lacked an internship credit or some other seemingly minor item.  Here are a few items some students might overlook. Follow the links for complete details.


Student Organizations

AUSBE: The Associated Undergraduate Students of Business and Economics  
The AUSBE officers have been meeting and planning for a great 2010-11 year in SBE.   Other events and activities, beyond the monthly Donuts with the Dean morning break, are in the works.  Meet this year's AUSBE officers at the AUSBE web site.

Come meet with our Dean, Jeff Van Duzer, and your fellow students, this Thursday, and watch for details about the SBE Barbeque, sponsored by AUSBE, coming up in a few weeks.  Details are still being finalized.  And find your AUSBE friends on FACEBOOK.





Center for Applied Learning

5th Annual Social Venture Plan Competition: Kick-off Meeting November 8th

It's not too soon to start thinking about gathering a team and beginning to develop a social venture idea for the annual Social Venture Plan Competition next April.  Our Center for Applied Learning (CAL) will be hosting the first SVPC Information Session on Monday, November 8th at 3:00 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room.

Learn More About CAL
In August, the Center for Applied Learning released its report cataloguing experiential learning within the School of Business and Economics (SBE). During the 2009-10 academic year, SBE and CAL facilitated over 900 applied learning experiences for students, utilizing over 600 community partners.  This includes 250 placements through the SPU Mentor Program, over 100 participants in the annual Social Venture Plan Competition and a multitude of internships, volunteer work, Study Abroad experiences and service learning projects. CAL continues to be a key distinctive or our program. 


Two Center for Integrity in Business Events Open to Students

The Center for Integrity in Business (CIB) is an integral part of the School of Business and Economics.  Often, events sponsored by CIB are open to our students.  Many of these are offered free or at a reduced price to our students.  Two such events are coming up and a great opportunities to connect with business professionals in the Seattle area and to consider the place of our faith in the work world.

The Center for Integrity in Business (CIB) monthly hosts the Seattle chapter of Kiros here at SPU.  The mission of Kiros is to connect, encourage, and equip Christian business people for effective service in the marketplace.  This is a great environment to get to know seasoned, thoughtful, and faithful business leaders.  The next breakfast meeting is October 21 (in Upper Gwinn) from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.  Invite a friend and come and hear our featured speaker, Kristen Waggoner, partner with Ellis, Li & McKinstry, on lessons learned the hard way. To register, please send an email to Lindsey Peterson at (SBE will sponsor your registration fee).  For other upcoming Kiros events, visit the CIB web site at

On November 18, The Center for Integrity in Business will host Ted Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Roosevelt Group, and author of Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business.  The evening (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Upper Gwinn Commons) will feature a screening of the new PBS-produced documentary, Doing Virtuous Business, followed by an interactive Q&A session and panel discussion.  To register for this event, send a note to John Terrill, Center Director, at For more details, visit the CIB web site at


Around SBE

Computer Resources for You
Back in 1997, the "USWEST Computer Lab" opened in McKenna Hall.  A large (mostly empty) study room and lounge was wired and equipped to serve our students.  While faculty may request to reserve it for class use, this only occurs a few hours each quarter.  The McKenna Computer Lab (as it's now called) is open 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. of Fridays.  The same specialized software loaded in the Computer Science and Library labs is available in the McKenna lab.  You can meet the current lab staff here.


SBE Welcomes Drs. Baker, Lee, Mason and Seitz to an updated McKenna Hall
For two months this summer, McKenna Hall was a construction zone.  First, six large faculty offices were emptied and converted into eight normal sized offices.  Then everyone needed to get everything off the floor as new carpet was installed throughout the building.  The last bit of work was completed just in time to welcome our four newest faculty members.  

Our new Strategy professor is Dr. Donghun "Don" Lee, who comes to us from Korea via the University of Pittsburgh.  Economics students will be met by Dr. Geri Mason, a Northwest native but one who earned her doctorate at the University of Hawaii. (Now why didn't I think of that! -- ed.)  Dr. Bruce Baker taught for us in 2006-07 but has recently returned from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he received his doctorate.  Bruce will primarily be teaching Business Ethics, but his résumé stretches from Cal Tech and leadership in the high tech industry to the Presbyterian church where he is an ordained pastor.  And finally, Dr. Rainer Seitz (NOT pronounced like the local 14,410' peak) comes to us from the Vancouver/Portland area where he has taught regularly at area schools including Washington State University.  Dr. Seitz will be teaching in the management area. 


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