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Autumn Welcome Edition /  September 2009
 Upcoming Events  Advising & Registration  Student Organizations  Center for Applied Learning  Around SBE

Upcoming Events and Deadlines
      AWB Distinguished Speaker Series: RSVP Now

       AACSB Visit Next Week
  First "Donuts with the Dean" this Thursday


Advising & Registration
       Undergraduate Advising Overview

Student Organizations
       AUSBE Update



Center for Applied Learning
          4th Annual Social Venture Plan Competition
          Mentor Program: space may be limited


Around SBE
          The McKenna Computer Lab
          Copies of FORTUNE Magazine available

          Welcome to Dr. Dan Osborn

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speaker Series Features Coca-Cola's Bonnie Wurzbacher - RSVP Today!
Our annual "big event " comes early this year on Thursday, October 22nd, Noon to 1:30 p.m. in  Upper Gwinn Commons.  The AWB Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, will feature Bonnie Wurzbacher, Senior Vice President, Global Customer Leadership, The Coca-Cola Company.  Her talk is titled, Bringing Meaning to Work.

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


AACSB "Maintenance of Accreditation" Site Visit - Monday and Tuesday
Back in April 2000, the School of Business and Economics first received accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, joining their elite group of accredited institutions. This week marks the second major visit by representatives of AACSB International.  Three deans from across the country will be meeting with our dean, faculty, staff, and with Dr. Eaton and members of the SPU administration on Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6.

This is a very important next step in the history of SBE.  We have been working for the past five years to prepare for this particular visit.  SBE students may only notice that the McKenna Lounge will be closed briefly for use by the visiting deans, but be assured that important work will be done here in McKenna Hall early this coming week.

AUSBE Sponsors First "Donuts with the Dean" Tomorrow
Unless you are scheduled to take the Math Proficiency Exam in Otto Miller Hall on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m., consider this your invitation to Donuts with the Dean, a much more pleasant experience.  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 1st. Pre-majors are especially welcome. 

We Welcome Craig Nakagawa to our Quarterly Dean's Speaker Series, October 26th
Our quarterly Dean's Speaker Series event will be held on Monday, October 26th at 12:30 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room.  Our featured speaker will be Craig Nakagawa. Craig co-founded VillageReach in 2000 with Blaise Judja-Sato with the vision of bringing essential health services to rural Mozambique and beyond.  Craig led the development of VidaGas, a pioneering social business that provided an unconventional solution to the infrastructure problems plaguing health centers in rural Mozambique.

Currently, Craig is VillageReach’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Social Business.  Craig is working to expand VillageReach’s social business program by finding new opportunities to launch social businesses as well as consulting with existing companies who are expanding their operations to serve "last mile" communities. Craig has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Teledesic.

Come hear Craig's exciting story that shows how doing good with the tools of business can be done.  Get this on your calendar!

Kiros "Where Christians and Business Intersect"
Around the country there are many Christian business groups.  But there is one special one that meets right here on the SPU campus.  The Seattle branch of Kiros holds its monthly breakfast meeting in Upper Gwinn Commons.  SPU students are invited to join Puget Sound area Christian business professionals for a nice breakfast and a special program, 7:00-9:00am.  The next dates are October 28 and November 20.  SBE faculty and staff often attend and many have been invited speakers.  A discount price of $12 is available to students.  All details are at


 Advising and Registration

November and Winter Registration are just a Month Away

The following notes were prepared for SBE faculty advisors to share with their advisees.  Here they are, well in advance, for those who like to plan ahead.


If you have sophomore standing or higher and are not planning to major in Business Administration, Accounting, or Economics, you need to select another faculty advisor in the area of your intended major. You can change your advisor through Banner. Your new faculty advisor can assist you with the registration process for next quarter.

BUSINESS, ACCOUNTING, and ECONOMICS MAJORS:    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). 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.  Then, jump to your appropriate class standing (below) for specific advising tips.




FRESHMEN   You need to plan your schedule in such a way that makes you eligible to apply for the major by January of next academic year.  You will need to have taken at least 15 credits within SBE (ACCT, ECN, BUS, and MAT 2700), and you must have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.70 and an SBE GPA of 2.70.  Since we have a competitive admission process, the minimum GPA is not a guarantee admission.  The higher your GPA, the more likely it is that you will be admitted to SBE.  Every class is important so stay diligent in your studies.

SOPHOMORES (and JUNIORS not yet admitted to SBE)   If you are planning to major in Business Administration, Economics, or Accounting, you should apply after your grades have been posted in December (but no later than the application deadline of  January 20, 2010). Since we are now using a single annual application date, it is very important that you get your application in on time or you will need to wait a whole year before applying again!  Remember, you need to have completed at least 15 SBE credits with at least a 2.70 overall GPA as well as a 2.70 SBE GPA, in order to be eligible to apply for one of the SBE majors.

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 2414, BUS 2600, and MAT 2700).  If you are a business-intended major, you should also take BUS 2910 Internship and Career Strategies sometime during your sophomore year (or as soon as possible if you are a junior).

Some of you may be ready to take an upper division SBE course this winter (if you’ve completed our 2000 level courses). As you will not yet be admitted to the major when you register for classes, you will have “major restrictions” on our upper division courses. You will need to contact Elizabeth Gordon (Undergraduate Coordinator, ), about getting the major restrictions removed.  She will verify that you are on track to be admitted to the program and that you are ready to move to the next level of courses, and remove the restriction for you.

JUNIORS admitted to SBE  You should be on your way to completing your 3000 level SBE courses, and finishing up your Exploratory Curriculum requirements. Now would be a good time to also start thinking about your final quarters at SPU, including which – if any – concentration you would like to pursue. Start putting together a prospective class list by quarter, from now through your senior year.

SENIORS admitted to SBE   You should start wrapping up your undergraduate career with our capstone courses, as well as your concentration (or elective courses). If you are planning on graduating in June, you may want to stop by the front desk and ask Elizabeth Gordon to look over your file one last time. The file will include a checklist of all the graduation requirements and indicate any potential problem areas that may prevent you from graduating on time.  She can help you with a variety of questions about our curriculum and requirements, so please utilize her knowledge.

After you have considered your class options for Winter quarter, please contact your faculty advisor for an advising appointment. Please do this BEFORE registration week.


Student Organizations

AUSBE: The Associated Students of Business and Economics  

  • AUSBE welcomes you back for the 2009-2010 academic year!  Join us at AUSBE events this year for an opportunity to network with other SBE students & professors.

  • Donuts with the Dean will be held the first Thursday of every month from 9:30-10:20 a.m. in the McKenna Conference Room starting this Thursday, October 1st.

  • Look for upcoming events on the AUSBE website (which we will update very soon) and be sure to join us on Facebook.  We look forward to seeing you soon!



Center for Applied Learning

4th Annual Social Venture Plan Competition Announced for April 2010

The 4rd Annual Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) will be held on April 14, 2010. 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 SVPC information session is now scheduled – we will be meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd in the Library Seminar Room.  Any student who is considering entering the SVPC or is required to enter the SVPC can and should attend.  Students looking to connect with other potential teammates for projects might find this a good networking event.



In a tough economy, a mentor can be a good friend to have

Considering signing up for the Mentor Program Due to space/time limitations, we are accepting a limited number of applications each term.  Last year, both Autumn and Winter terms maxed out with several weeks left in the quarter.  Get the year off to a good start!  Sign up for the Mentor Program early.  More on the Mentor program . . .


Around SBE

New Art in the McKenna Computer Lab  
Dr. David L. McKenna, President of SPU (1968-1982), has donated three special art pieces from his private collection to hang in the computer lab that bears his name.

This summer, as we do each summer, one third of the lab computers were replaced.  Eighteen workstations are available to students.  Our lab hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday.  We are closed weekends and holidays.  Don't trudge off to Otto Miller Hall or stand in line at the Library when the nicest little lab on campus is right here in DLMH (David L. McKenna Hall).



Copies of FORTUNE Magazine are Free to You
Well, at least the first autumn issues are free to you.  Pick yours up in the McKenna Lounge or foyer.  But later editions will be mailed to our seniors. 

Reading periodicals like FORTUNE and the Wall Street Journal, which is provided in our McKenna Lounge each morning, is a great way to expand your understanding about what's going on in the U.S. and international world of commerce.   


SBE Welcomes Dr. Daniel Osborn
Dan Osborn completed his first two degrees at the University of Washington including his B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1991, and his second two degrees were awarded by Stanford University, including his Ph.D. in Management Science & Engineering (Economics and Finance emphasis) in 2004. He joined Seattle Pacific University this summer and teaches courses in strategic management, managerial economics, and portfolio theory.  Before joining the School of Business and Economics faculty, he taught at both of his alma maters. Prior to his academic career, he worked as engineer and consultant in the telecommunications and forest products industries.  Welcome Dr. Osborn!




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