Winter Edition / January 13, 2012

Friday, January 20


Submit your "Application for Declared Major" Now

SBE accepts new major applications once each year.  Qualified students apply once they have received their autumn quarter grades.  The 2012 application deadline is this coming Friday, January 20th.  Check that you have met the admission requirements, and if you have, apply online here

Thursday, January 26
9:30 a.m.
First Free
Methodist Church


Former Dean Alec Hill to be Honored as SPU's 2012 Alumnus of the Year

Join us and all of SPU at the Homecoming Celebration Chapel on January 26th, to honor former SBE professor and dean, Alec Hill.

Alec Hill graduated from Seattle Pacific College in History and Education (summa cum laude) in 1975.  He returned in 1979 to teach business law as an adjunct faculty member, and earned his Juris Doctor (JD) degree in 1980 from the University of Washington School of Law.  From 1981 to 1985, Alec served as Regional Director for World Relief.  In 1985, he joined the SBE faculty full-time. 

A gifted teacher, Alec was chosen in 1988 as the ASSP Professor of the Year, and in 1993, Alec was SBE's first faculty member to be named the Joseph C. Hope Professor of Leadership & Ethics.  In 1995, he became the third dean of SBE.  He led SBE to become the first member school of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to achieve full AACSB accreditation. And in 2001, he was chosen to serve in his current position as President and Chief Executive Officer of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. (All this and, yes, Hill Hall is named for his grandparents and Alec grew up living next to campus.)

Friday, January 27

"Does Capitalism Need to be Fixed?" Debate 6:00 p.m. in Bellevue


Capitalism and Poverty Distinguished Guest Series

Dr. Al Erisman, Executive-in-Residence with SPU's School of Business and Economics (SBE), and Rob Smith, founder and president of EarthWise Ventures, will debate the topic, "Does Capitalism Need to be Fixed?"  The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, in the Medical Teams International office (Redmond, WA). Reserve your spot today. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., allowing guests to view "Real. Life." - an exhibit portraying the effects of disaster, conflict, and poverty on children. 

January 30,
February 13,
February 27,
and March 5

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the McKenna Conference Room


Class Act Essentials Series Comes to SBE

During winter quarter, SBE has the opportunity to host nationally known etiquette and professionalism expert Mary Mitchell for a series of workshops on business professionalism.

The series, entitled Class Act Essentials, will span four Monday evenings and will cover topics such as understanding civility, managing differing communication styles, handling social/business situations, assertiveness, disagreeing agreeably and much more.  The overall theme will be to establish the notion that good manners create good relationships and good relationships create good business.  We also hope that students will develop awareness of how to present themselves professionally in order to grow their careers.

Because of SPU’s relationship with Ms. Mitchell, we are able to offer these workshops at a discounted price.  One would normally pay hundreds to access this kind of a seminar; we are able to offer students the chance to attend all four sessions for only $20.

The workshops will be held in the McKenna Conference Room, so space will be limited.  Learn more and register here.

Thursday, February 2

9:15 a.m. in the McKenna Conference Room


AUSBE Sponsors Donuts with the Dean again February 2nd

Managing an internationally accredited business school is no small task.  With the help of his two associate deans and his faculty and staff, Jeff Van Duzer manages three majors and minors, three graduate degree programs, 24 full-time faculty members, two centers, and a constant series of activities and events.  On top of this, Dean Van Duzer represents SBE across campus in Dean's Cabinet and other groups, and interacts with the Puget Sound business community through Rotary, our own Executive Advisory Council, and many other contacts.  And nationally, Jeff is sought after as a speaker and advisor.  And now in his 12th year, Jeff is the longest serving SBE dean in our 30-year history.   

And with all this going on, our dean finds time to meet with our undergraduates nearly every month.  Join him and other students to find out what's going on in SBE, at SPU, and around the world of business.  No RSVP required.

Thursday, February 9
9:00 a.m. to Noon


Our 2nd Business as a Calling Day

All SBE classes that start before 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9th will be given over to participation in our second Business as a Calling Day.  The school and its Center for Integrity in Business will host our guest speaker Gloria Nelund.  Ms. Nelund has an extensive résumé in international asset management as a Wall Street executive and is a co-founder of TriLinc Global, a private investment company dedicated to creating impact investment products that provide significant capital to the “missing middle” (established small to medium-sized businesses) in stable, emerging markets, helping to address some of the world’s urgent needs. 
Watch for details about this major SBE event.

Thursday, February 9
6:30-8:30 p.m. in Bellevue

Faith, Gender, Work: Lessons From My Career

Dr. Denise Daniels, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, invites the women of SBE to the Thursday evening, Women in the Workplace Dinner, at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue.  Our morning speaker, Gloria Nelund, will be the featured dinner speaker.  Complete details and an opportunity to make reservations can be found online.

WIW Dinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15 includes catered dinner.

February 13-26
Registration Week

Registration Week

By registration week, students newly admitted to SBE will be able to sign up for 'majors only' classes.  Minors will still need to contact Elizabeth Gordon to be granted permission into these classes. 

Drs. Kierulff, Schlee, and Deming are back from their autumn sabbaticals and will be available to their advisees.  But Dr. Ross Stewart is now away through July, and his advisees should plan to meet with Dr. Dick Sleight if advisor holds need to be removed.

Monday, February 20
SBE Scholarship Update DEADLINE


Update Your Scholarship Information

When new students apply to their majors in SBE, they have an opportunity to simultaneously apply for any SBE-managed scholarships for which they might be eligible.  However, students admitted in previous years may wish to update their scholarship data that is kept by SBE.  This year, that online opportunity to update your scholarship information must be completed by February 20th.

Tuesday, February 28
Dean's Speaker Series  Library Seminar Room 10:30 a.m.


Winter Dean's Speaker Series Event to Feature
Mr. Atul Tandon

Mr. Atul Tandon, the founder and CEO of the Tandon Institute, was a keynote speaker at our wildly successful 2009 Pacific Northwest Microfinance Conference.  He will return to SPU as our speaker at our quarterly Dean's Speaker Series event on February 28th.

More details are available on our Speaker Events page.  


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