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       Newsletter for Alumni and Friends | February 2014


Greetings From the School of Business and Economics!

One of the important missions of a business school dean is to inform our Shareholders about interesting and valuable investment opportunities in the futures of our students and programs. I know some people have a hard time wrapping their heads around what often seem like little more than "beg-a-thons." This is certainly not what I have in mind.

We have had two terrific people historically associated with our program, and their friends and families have established endowments to honor their contributions to Seattle Pacific University and to further their work with our students. However, these endowments only have been partially funded, and I bring them to your attention so that we can get them to a level where they can really start to make a difference.

In the body of this newsletter we'll tell you the stories of Professors Margaret Sampson Edgell and Don Summers. I'll highlight the focus of their endowments -- the Faith at Work Prize and the Social Venture Plan Competition. The proceeds of both go directly to students who compete to show how they exemplify values, both personal and corporate, and how those values make a difference in the lives of others.

After all, values that make a difference are the very essence of what this business school stands for, and then mark the standard we set for our students. We believe that business is good for America, but we want it to be the kind of business we can believe in. Margaret Edgell and Don Summers exemplified what it meant to treat business as a calling.

I will kick this off by personally contributing $1,000 to each of these endowments. I invite you to join with me in helping fully fund both. Your contribution, no matter how large or small, can make a real difference in the lives and experiences of our students.


Joseph Williams

Thank you,
Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, Dean
School of Business and Economics




Recent Events

New Majors Dessert
Costco CEO Featured at Annual Luncheon
Craig Jelinek, president and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation, spoke to a capacity crowd of business students and special guests at this year's Burton and Ralene Walls Distinguished Speaker Series Luncheon on January 21.

Mr. Jelinek has a long and increasingly significant career in this industry, beginning during his college years in the 1970s in California. He joined Costco in 1984 and was elevated to CEO in 2012. Learn more about him in this Bloomberg Businessweek article.
New Majors Dessert
Insights From Peter Drucker: Faith and the Practice of Management
The world needs more than technical experts in business; we need leaders who can think across disciplines and lead people with integrity. SPU's Center for Integrity in Business (part of SBE) explored this need last October by hosting a special one-day workshop: "Management as a Liberal Art: Insights From Peter Drucker, Our Christian Faith, and the Practice of Management." What nuggets of wisdom did participants bring home?


SBE People

MacKenzie Borgogni
Student MacKenzie Borgogni: Business as a Mission
Sometimes a class project can change your future. In her senior year as an intercultural ministry major at Moody Bible Institute, MacKenzie Borgogni wrote a paper on business as a mission that would change her trajectory. Read what she's doing now.
Andy Wolverton
Alumnus Andy Wolverton: All About Values
Andy Wolverton (BA '11, Business Finance and Management) is all about values. As vice president and director of fund management at Green Canopy Homes in Seattle, he is leveraging everything he learned at SPU about being mission-driven. Read his story.
Geri Mason
Faculty Member Geri Mason: Responding to Poverty
SPU Assistant Professor of Economics Geri Mason grew up in a family that was very responsive to the poverty they saw around them. She was drawn to help people, and economics was a natural fit for her since it presented a new way to think about issues that stirred her passion while also appealing to her analytical side. She notes that "economics is really all about people -- it is messy and keeps you on your toes." Read her story.


Remembering Donald Summers

New Majors Dessert
Don Summers was a much-beloved faculty member in the School of Business. In his memory, gifts to the Don Summers Endowment support tomorrow's entrepreneurs through the Social Venture Plan Competition. Read more about his legacy.

Give Now


Dr. Margaret Sampson Edgell: A Legacy of Faith at Work

New Majors Dessert
The Dr. Margaret Sampson Edgell Faith at Work Endowment honors an influential mentor for many SPU students, and the endowment supports their efforts to live for Christ in the business world. Read more about Dr. Edgell's legacy.

Give Now


Upcoming Events

New Majors Dessert
New Majors Dessert
SBE will welcome its next class of students at the New Majors Dessert on February 24. The annual event celebrates the formal admission of undergraduate students pursuing Business, Accounting, and Economics majors. Students will meet faculty and staff, hear the dean speak about SBE's distinctive philosophy of business, and view an engaging new movie short to learn the top 10 tips for success in the program.
Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase
Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase
Excitement is already building for this year's Social Venture Plan Competition (SVPC) Showcase, to be held on April 16, 2014. Now in its eighth year, the SVPC encourages teams of students from diverse disciplines to develop and present a business proposal that addresses dual bottom lines: financial and social. Learn more about the SVPC or volunteer to be a business plan reviewer, coach, or judge-- or even a sponsor. For more information on these opportunities, contact the Center for Applied Learning (cal@spu.edu).



Work & Faith Collection -- Book Review
Take a closer look at Why Work? by Dorothy Sayers, in this book review by SPU's Education Library liaison Cindy Strong.

Book, Papers, Presentations
SEB faculty are engaged and changing the world. Read about their scholarship and activities over the past several months.


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