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Spring 2010 Edition

Big events are sprouting up all over this quarter, so a calendar format seems best for this first spring edition of the
SBE Undergraduate eNews
.  And following the calendar items, read on to keep up with what's going on in your School of Business and Economics.  

Friday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.
Bertona 1
David Batstone, president of the Not for Sale Campaign, will visit SPU on Friday, April 16, 9:30–11 a.m. in the Bertona 1 classroom. There are more than 27 million slaves in the world today — more than at the height of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.  Batstone will discuss the crucial role business can play in combating human trafficking and slavery. The event is sponsored by SBE's Center for Integrity in Business in partnership with the Center for Biblical and Theological Education
Tuesday, April 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Demaray Hall 150
"The Christian Doctrine of Creation and Scientific Theories of Origins", Dr. Rick Steele, School of Theology.  This is the opening session of the Exploring Darwin & Evolutionary Theory in the 21st Century symposium sponsored by the SPU Schools of Theology and Psychology, Family & Community.  Other lectures follow on Thursday afternoon and evening.


Wednesday, April 21
2:00-6:15 p.m.

Weter Memorial Hall
& Martin Square


This is the final round of this year's competition.  Student teams will pitch their ideas to faculty, staff, students and guest judges from the community.  Cash prize winners will be announced at the end of the event, including the People's Choice award and a Grand Prize of $2500.  Come and cast your vote for the best plan this year! 

Monday, April 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Fine Center at
First Free Methodist Church

8th Annual NEW MAJORS' DESSERT:    For students recently admitted to our school, this is your formal induction into the School of Business and Economics (SBE).  You’ll recall this event referenced in your admission letter received back in February, and it is required for all new SBE majors.   If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendars! This event will be held in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church. Please contact Elizabeth Gordon,, with any questions.


Tuesday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Special SBE Chapel Series this Quarter ― Theology of Work:  “My Grace is sufficient for you”  Steve Bell, President and CEO of Pacific Crest Industries, will share an abbreviated version of his story and focus on what he’s learned about  business, ourselves and about our relationship with God as we’ve navigated this downturn. God wants our hearts, not our stuff.

Tuesday, April 27, 1:00 p.m.
Demaray Hall 256

Professional Social Networking: Find a Job Using LinkedIn 
This SpringBoard session, sponsored by the Center for Career and Calling, will meet in Demaray Hall 256. 

Tuesday, April 30

Application Deadline: 
Seattle Pacific University Business Abroad (SPUBA) Autumn 2010 China study abroad trip.
Tuesday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Theology of Work:  "Prospero's Books: Using film to lead people into a transformational love of literature." Speaker: Michael Flaherty, President of Walden Media

Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.

AUSBE presents...   Donuts with the Dean   Meet with SBE Dean Jeff Van Duzer for discussion and refreshments in the McKenna Conference Room.
Tuesday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Theology of Work:  "Growing Fruit that Will Last: a business-as-ministry story"  Speaker: Roger Bairstow, Executive Board, Broetje Orchards

Tuesday, May 18, 12:00 p.m.
Upper Gwinn Commons

SBE Scholarship and Beta Gamma Sigma (honors) decisions have been made for the 2010-2011 academic year.  If you were awarded a scholarship or if you are to be inducted into
ΒΓΣ, a letter was sent to you from the School of Business and Economics.  For scholarship winners, your financial aid packet will also reflect the award.  We look forward to honoring your accomplishments at the SBE Honors & Scholarship Luncheon to be held in Upper Gwinn Commons.

Wednesday, May 19, 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field


SBE AT THE MARINERS!  Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Students, faculty, and staff are invited!  Let’s make this big (our group is set to be welcomed on the jumbo screen during the 4th inning!)  You are encouraged to carpool (or take the #17 bus). Seats will be reserved in one large group.  Tickets are only $10/seat.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve tickets, please contact AUSBE President, Courtney Schwartz (  Advertisements will be up soon, but we’d love your support in creating a buzz around SBE now!


Tuesday, May 25, 9:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Theology of Work:  SBE Professor Grant Learned and Ted Schroth, "Capitalists Glorifying God"

Tuesday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.
Ray’s Boat House

SBE Undergraduate Graduation Banquet,
Ray’s Boat House at Shilshole.  Invitations will be sent out soon to our graduating seniors.  Tickets $25. Watch for more details...
Tuesday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.
First Free Methodist Church
Theology of Work:  "The Promise of Heaven for our Earthly Work" 
Speaker: John Terrill, Director of our Center for Integrity in Business.


Thursday, June 10

Lab Assistant Applications Due. 
If you are interested in working as a Lab Assistant in the McKenna Computer Lab beginning Autumn 2010, contact Dr. Dick Sleight (  Skill with Microsoft Office applications and MS Expression Web a plus.  Sophomore and junior SBE majors especially encouraged to apply.  Six to ten hours per week is typical based on staffing needs and student availability.

SBE Majors: Have you completed the Writing Competency Requirement yet?

 All SBE majors must meet the writing competency requirement listed in the Undergraduate Catalog:

SBE majors with a score of 5 or 6 on the English Placement exam will satisfy the writing competency requirement and are not required to complete the extra writing requirements listed below. Also, these students are not required to take ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing.

SBE majors (and other SPU students) with a score of 4 or below on the English Placement exam are required to take ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing. These students should take ENG 2201 by the first quarter of their sophomore year so they can be considered for admission to an SBE major during Winter Quarter of that year. Students with a grade of B or better in ENG 2201 will satisfy the writing competency requirement.

SBE majors with a grade of B- or below in ENG 2201 must complete BUS 2601 Business Writing Tutorial and earn a grade of B or better.

Transfer students who have not previously taken a college composition course must take the English Placement exam, and they must meet the same requirements outlined above for freshmen. Note: The writing competency requirement took effect for freshmen entering SPU beginning Autumn Quarter 2004 and transfer students entering SPU beginning Autumn Quarter 2005.

New and Returning Faculty Members Join SBE this Autumn

One returning and two new faculty members will make their academic home in the School of Business and Economics.  These three new professors are wrapping up their doctoral dissertations this quarter.

Bruce Baker began teaching for SBE in 2006.  He returns as Assistant Professor of Business Ethics after completing his Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.  Geri Mason has already taught at the University of Puget Sound and will become our new Assistant Professor of Economics following the completion of her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Donghun "Don" Lee is completing his Ph.D. at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and will teach Strategic Management as our new Assistant Professor of Management.

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