Winter 2013 Edition / January 17, 2013

Upcoming Events and Deadlines (Details Below)

January 21st — Annual Application to Major deadline in SBE.

January 24thFirst of three "Professional Essentials" events.

January 31st Kiros Breakfast Event, Upper Gwinn, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

January 31st — Dean’s Speaker Series, Nate Miles, Director of Government Affairs for the Eli Lilly Company,
                       3:00 p.m., Library Seminar Room.

February 5th — Intent to Participate forms are due for this year's Social Venture Plan Competition.

February 7th — Business as a Calling Day.

February 11th — Spring registration for admitted students begins.

February 25th — New Majors' Dessert.

Application to Major Deadline This Weekend

Each year in late December, the School of Business and Economics turns on the application form for students to apply for majors in Accounting, Business Administration, or Economics.  That form gets turned off again after this coming long weekend.  The application requirements are listed here.  We'll process these new applications quickly.  But please don't miss this important annual opportunity if you are intending to apply.  And please remind your friends and classmates who may be intending to apply this year.  

AUSBE and Beta Alpha Psi Team Up on "Professional Essentials - Going Beyond the Classroom"

AUSBE and BAP are teaming up to offer all SBE students the opportunity to attend a professionalism-building series.  Ms. Mary Mitchell, from the Mitchell Organization, will be presenting on a variety of topics including: "Assertiveness in the Workplace," "Engaging in Business Socials/Events," and "Continuing Business Connections."  All sessions are on a Thursday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in OHM 109. Please join us January 24th, February 28th, and March 7th. The cost is $5 per session, or $12 for all three sessions. Please submit cash payments to Elizabeth Gordon at the SBE front desk. Questions? Please contact

Kiros Breakfast, January 31st, to feature SPU Grad Brian Bauer

On January 31st, Kiros Seattle and our Center for Integrity in Business (CIB) welcome SBE alum Brian Bauer as the featured speaker at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast on the SPU campus. He is a senior manager of product development estimating in Boeing's commercial division, and his topic is "God Loves Honest Scales: Christians in Finance."

This is a great place to build your network in the Puget Sound business community. Interested students should contact Tom Lane in CIB for a "student discount" to this event.  (He reports that a limited number of free tickets are available to SBE students!)  Contact Tom at

Business as a Calling Day returns to SBE on Thursday, February 7th

We are pleased to announce the 2013 Business as a Calling Day, Thursday February 7, featuring keynote speaker Steve Tourek of Marvin Windows & Doors. Steve's company has been such a powerful witness to the higher purpose and calling of business, that they were featured by both presidential campaigns in the recent election. In spite of the dire impact of the recession on the construction industry, the company was able to make some hard decisions and creative trade-offs to maintain employment and take care of their people. Additionally, Steve's personal Christian witness also includes a powerful transformation story. He is widely sought as a speaker, and he also teaches part-time.

Business as a Calling Day: Keynote, Feb. 7,  9:00 – 10:20 a.m. Demaray 150

After a short transition time, various seminars will take place as breakout sessions led by our faculty, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  
All SBE classes meeting between 9:00 a.m. and noon on February 7th will be cancelled to allow all students to attend.

Spreadsheets and Business Statistics Courses Return to SBE

This coming Autumn, the newly revised Exploratory Curriculum will be launched across every SPU department and school.  Changes to degree requirements will impact student coming to SPU after this Spring, but current students should be aware of some of the 2013-14 course changes.

  • BUS 1600 Introduction to Business Practice will become BUS 2000 Purpose and Practice of Business.

  • CSC 1123 Spreadsheets will return to its pre-2007 home in SBE and will again be offered as BUS 1700 Spreadsheets.

  • MAT 2700 Statistics for Business and Economics will continue to be offered for Winter and Spring 2014.  But in Autumn 2013, it will be offered under its old course designation BUS 2700.  This special section of business statistics will emphasize Microsoft Excel, and students who pass BUS 2700 will thereby satisfy the SBE computer competency requirement.  BUS 1700 Spreadsheets will not be a prerequisite for BUS 2700 as it is for MAT 2700.  BUS 2700 will be taught by our SBE technology manager, Dr. Dick Sleight, who was our regular instructor of BUS 1700 and BUS 2700 in past years.

  • Watch for more course information in our February edition of this newsletter.  We try to publish the SBE Undergraduate  eNews before each advising week.  Registration for spring classes begins February 11th, so make any needed advising appointments in advance.

New Leadership for SBE

With the promotion of our dean since 2001, Jeff Van Duzer, to Provost, SBE has found in its ranks the leadership to guide the school as we conduct a national search for our fifth dean.  Dr. Denise Daniels, Professor of Management, is now serving as Interim Dean.  Stepping up to take over for Dr. Daniels as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies is Dr. Ross Stewart, Professor of Accounting. 

Apply for the 2013 Soderquist Fellowship

This opportunity came to SBE from one of our most respected former EAC members.  Does it have your name on it?

The Soderquist Fellowship / Application Deadline – February 1st.

The Soderquist Fellowship program offers talented individuals the opportunity of a full scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree at John Brown University while working at The Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics. This model of applied academics brings students together with practitioners in a professional setting. Here are a few highlights:

  • Full scholarship to pursue your Master’s degree at John Brown University, a private, nondenominational Christian University, ranked the number one regional college in the South by U.S. News in 2012.

  • Monthly Stipend of $1,550 as a Project Coordinator for The Soderquist Center. Term is 06/2013 - 05/2015.

  • Access to top leaders, both at The Soderquist Center and those you will meet through the Center.

  • Exciting place to study business. The Northwest Arkansas region is home to the corporate offices of Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt, as well as approximately 1,500 Walmart suppliers.

  • Experience of a lifetime. It’s not uncommon to share dinner with a customer, belay climbers from a 50-foot tower, spend time in the office coordinating logistics for customer events, co-teach undergrad students, or board a plane to almost anywhere, in any given week.

  • Accelerate your career. From earning a doctorate, to running a top performing team, to starting a life-saving nonprofit, Fellowship graduates have gone on to do amazing things.

Interested? Follow the link to apply online.

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