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       Newsletter for Alumni and Friends | Spring 2013

What makes the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University unique? Our ethics and values, or our technical expertise? A vibrant network of speakers and opportunities, or our service attitude? Yes to all of these and more. But look to our students for the real answer.

In this all-electronic issue of Shareholders, you’ll meet five students who represent the face of SBE -- the vision, character, and success of our school. Links will take you deeper into each story.

Meanwhile, exciting things are happening, as well. Be sure to learn more about some of the potentially game-changing concepts presented at our recent Social Venture Plan Competition, and about an unusual learning opportunity this summer for business leaders, pastors, and seminarians.

And please let me know how we may serve you.




Denise Daniels, Interim Dean
School of Business and Economics



Five Success Stories

Angelina Dorosh
Taking the Initiative, Making It Happen
When Angelina Dorosh began her studies at SBE, she probably had a head start on global perspectives. After all, she had immigrated with her family from the Ukraine to the United States in 1996. Now nearing the end of her studies, Angelina is even more globally focused.
Mark Elffers
A Different Calling
Graduation behind, adventures ahead. Now that he has completed his bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in social enterprise at SPU, what’s next for alumnus Mark Elffers? Why, Oxford, of course!
Katie Ewton and Erin Nesheim
Life Doesn’t Always Go By the Numbers
Serving people, honoring God, investing in the community -- Katie Ewton and Erin Nesheim know what they want. And these two new SPU accounting graduates challenge the stereotype often associated with number crunchers. In fact, their people-centered perspectives on life may surprise you.
Anton Lukyanov
More Is Better … Naturally!
Think you could keep up with MBA student Anton Lukyanov? Better get a good night’s rest and lace up your dancing shoes. This former exchange student from Russia is a man in motion.



Happenings at the SBE

What the World Needs:
A Better Way to Cut Waste and Improve Lives

From brainwave-actuated wheelchairs and rural sanitation to organic dog treats and urban aquaponics, 27 student teams brought technical savvy and social entrepreneurship to new levels at this year’s Social Venture Plan Competition. The seventh annual event attracted more than 120 participants from several schools, all vying for the $2,500 grand prize with their ideas to improve lives -- and make enough cash to invest in the future. More»


Blending Business and Theology?
Summer Institute for Business Leaders, Pastors, Seminarians

The Center for Integrity in Business and the Center for Biblical and Theological Education are launching a summer institute spotlighting workplace theology, economics, and the purpose of business. Attend courses taught by Dr. Bruce Baker, Dr. Daniel Castelo, and SPU Provost Jeff Van Duzer for personal enrichment, continuing education, or graduate credits (CEUs). Details and course descriptions.


SBE’s New Website, and More

Our recently revised website features a fresh new look, with new articles and easy-to-read current events listings. From there you’ll also be able to browse back issues of the Shareholders newsletter, included in our move toward more green (paperless) communications. So be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your email delivery address, and follow us on the SPU School of Business and Economics Network.


Scholars, Scholarship Winners Recognized

Our 2013 Honors and Scholarship Reception recognized many of SBE’s best and brightest, including 31 scholarship recipients as well as winners of cash prizes for Undergraduate Writing and the Best Business Plan. The SPU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for collegiate schools of business accredited by AACSB, inducted 18 SPU students.




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