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Spring Registration Edition / February 2009
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News and Events
       Why study for a degree from a business school?

   Your invitation to study abroad in China

   SPU SPRINT Team travels to Vietnam

   Upcoming dates to remember


Advising & Registration
       Spring Time Schedule Updates
       Scholarship Reminder
Career Development Center SpringBoard Events


    Student Organizations
          AUSBE News
          Beta Alpha Psi: Upcoming Events 

Center for Applied Learning
          3rd Annual Social Venture Plan Competition
          Mentor Program: Sign up next quarter



News and Events

Now why DID I choose a major in the business school?

This month we welcome 100 new majors into SBE.  Many may still wonder if this is where their passion, gifts, and goals really intersect.  To help answer that question, our Dean, Jeff van Duzer, makes the passionate and thought provoking claim that perhaps a career in the business world is precisely where you were meant to be.  He spoke at InterVarsity's Following Christ 2008 conference for graduate students, faculty, and professionals in Chicago this past December.  Set aside 35 minutes, find a comfortable spot, and click on this link to stream his talk entitled How Business Contributes to Human Flourishing.  It just might energize you for the next leg of your journey and well beyond.

We are seeking your ideas

We want to hear from you.  Over the next few months, SBE will be adding a feature on our web site designed to introduce prospective students to our undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, and economics.  What attracted you to SBE?  What were the pleasant surprises you discovered here?  What would you tell a high school or transfer student about your experiences in SBE?  Email your ideas and comments to the SBE webmaster and we'll incorporate the best ones into our new site.

Study abroad in China with SPUBA: information meetings scheduled

Last quarter, over forty SBE students traveled with two of our faculty members to China.  Plans are well underway for another trip this coming fall and applications are due in April.  You can get some of the details online here and at one of these information sessions being held in the McKenna Conference Room. 

  • Friday, February 20, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 26, 1:00 p.m.

Peter Lim, Coordinator for Global Involvement, shares another international opportunity: Vietnam

"We have a SPRINT team going to Vietnam this summer, partnering with Duy Tanh University .  This trip will engage students through interactions with students at DTU, many of whom are business majors. This is a great opportunity for business major students. "

Peter Lim can be contacted at SPU's John Perkins Center at 206-378-5411 or for more information.

Upcoming dates to get on your calendar

February 24    Social Venture Plan Competition Intent Forms due.

February 24    Meet Your Professor (Dr. Ryan LaBrie), 1:00 p.m., McKenna Hall (room TBD)

February 26    Deloitte Auditors - Beta Alpha Psi, 6:30 p.m., McKenna Conference Room

February 28    Scholarship Update Forms due.

March 6           Last day to register for the Beta Alpha Psi Regional Conference

March 12         Donuts with the Dean, 9:30 a.m., McKenna Conference Room

March 19         Social Venture Plan Competition entry forms due.

April 3-4           Beta Alpha Psi Regional Conference, Seattle.

April 15            Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase Round, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Weter Lounge.

April 20            New Majors' Dessert, 7:00 p.m., The Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church.

May 4              Dean's Speaker Series with Jay Allard, Microsoft's leader on XBOX, 3:00 , Library Seminar Room.

May 8-9           2009 Pacific Northwest Microfinance Conference, Upper Gwinn Commons, hosted by SBE.

May 28            Undergraduate Spring Banquet, Anthony's in Ballard

And see the CDC, AUSBE, Beta Alpha Psi, and IBAC items below for more details on those scheduled events.



 Advising and Registration


Marketing students: looking for a replacement for BUS 4543 Marketing Management?

As mentioned in the last eNews, BUS 4543 Marketing Management will not be available next quarter.   Business Administration majors pursuing the Marketing concentration may opt to take BUS 4622 Information & Database Systems as a fulfillment of an upper division marketing class.  It was recently added as a course in the Marketing concentration. Research has shown that having good database skills is one of the attributes employers most desire in marketing graduates.  BUS 4622 (CRN: 43503) will be offered T/Th, 10:30–12:50, with Dr. LaBrie.



Special "Blended" Format for BUS 2600 Managerial Communication -- TUESDAY Section Only


There are two sections of BUS 2600 offered each quarter.  The Tuesday section this coming quarter will be taught in what is a called a "blended"  format.  Much of the class material will be available online and the class will actually meet only on March 31, May 26, and June 2.  Both spring sections will be taught by Tanya Boyd, so please contact her with any questions.



BUS 3950 Spirituality and Business: Spring Topics Announced


These two 1-credit sections are limited to 20 students each.


Spring CRN: 44305 Ross Stewart
Kimberly Sawers
Fri, May 15
Sat, May 16
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
"Having, Losing, and Gaining"
People have always had to negotiate life in economic terms, perhaps most typically by gaining and losing things as property.  People derive much of their identity, their sense of self, in relation to the things they value.  "Having" in one's social and personal life brings into focus one of the basic human questions.  This class explores property and possessions from a moral and spiritual viewpoint.  We will discuss, watch, and listen to stories of possession and dispossession from our current economic crisis and examine the underlying moral and spiritual values.
Spring CRN: 44692 Ryan LaBrie Fri, April 24
Sat, April 25
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
"Finding a Digital Ethic"
Advances in technology have led to new, exciting, and sometimes downright scary ways of interacting with fellow human beings.  Oftentimes those we interact with through technology don’t share the same ethical standards that we have.  What we choose to do, or not do, through these interactions says a lot about our character.  During our time together we will explore whether and how a Christian faith can influence our development of a personal and corporate digital ethic.  More often than not, our online interactions are not a question of whether what we’re doing is legal, but whether it is right.  In this pluralistic society, can we even come to a conclusion of what is right?  This is the dominant question we seek to address in this seminar.

SBE Scholarships   $ $ $

Each year the School of Business and Economics Undergraduate Committee distributes nearly $50,000 in scholarships.  In past years, students needed to submit a special Scholarship Application form in order to be considered for an award from SBE.  Beginning last year, we did away with this application form.  All SBE majors and intended majors will be considered for these scholarships.

Many of these grants are either need-based or merit-based.  A few, however, have unique requirements stipulated by the donors.   Students who were admitted to SBE majors this past January were given the option of providing specific information needed for these special scholarships.  (Not providing this data will not prevent a student from being considered for most of our scholarships.) However, for students who did not go through the SBE application process this year, or for those who would like to update their personal data, this convenient online form is available this month. The deadline for providing this information this year is February 28, 2009. 


Employment and Internship Opportunities See the CDC


Many interesting job and internship requests seeking our talented students are sent to SBE faculty.  One recent one was for  positions in Marketing & Promotions with the Seattle Mariners.   To be impartial, we forward these on to the SPU Career Development Center


Along with being the campus clearinghouse for employment opportunities, the CDC offers many valuable sessions in their popular SpringBoard program.  Here are the next two events -- visit their site for more.


“Taking a Year Off: Pros and Cons” — CDC Workshop
Wednesday, February 25, 3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m., Demaray Hall 259

SENIOR SURVIVAL Popping the SPU Bubble!
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m., Fine Center, FFMC, Cost: $5


Student Organizations

AUSBE: The Associated Students of Business and Economics invite you to . . .

Meet Your Professor, Tuesday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m., McKenna Hall (room pending).
Donuts with the Dean logoCome get to know Dr. Ryan LaBrie on a more personal level over lunch with fellow students and professors. 

Donuts with the Dean, Thursday, March 12th, 9:30 a.m., McKenna Conference Room.  Come have donuts, juice, and coffee with Dean Van Duzer at our final "Donuts with the Dean" meeting of the quarter.

Mark your calendars for the Undergraduate Spring Banquet, May 28th at Anthony's in Ballard.

 And it's that time of the year when we are seeking officer candidates for AUSBE.  Contact

 International Business Awareness Club 

The International Business Awareness Club is planning a tour of the Port of Seattle with Greg Englin, Port Manager for Business Development & Real-Estate. This event is tentatively set for 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27th.  Contact Jason Williams ( for details.

    Beta Alpha Psi: Upcoming Thursday Night Topics
February 26 

April 3-4

Deloitte Auditors


Regional Conference (last day to register is March 6th)


We are also looking for officers for next year.  Please contact Dr. Ross Stewart or Caitlin Lind, President, Beta Alpha Psi, Lambda Upsilon Chapter.

BAP logo

Accounting Students:  Summer Cooperative workplace learning experience

Would you like to earn 20 internship credits this summer that would help you become CPA exam eligible?  If you need additional credits to achieve the 225 quarter credit hour CPA eligibility rule please contact Ross Stewart ( for details. 


Center for Applied Learning

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Update on the Social Venture Plan Competition


Are you planning to enter this spring’s Third Annual Social Venture Plan Competition?  If so, don’t forget these important dates:

  • ·     February 24th is the last day to submit your intent form.  These forms provide us with information on how many teams are competing so that we can ensure that you have adequate support throughout the remainder of the competition.

  • ·     March 19th will be the date on which the final written social venture plans will be due.  Please submit your team’s written plan (including financials) electronically to Dr. Don Summers ( along with your official entry form .

 For more information on the SVPC, please visit:


Did you miss the bus?

Did you miss the bus?  The Mentor Program is no longer accepting applications for Winter term.  But don’t despair!  If you’re a freshman, sophomore or junior, your next opportunity to sign up will be in the spring.  New applications for the Mentor Program will be considered starting March 20th.

The Mentor Program offers you a customized match with a business leader, executive, or professional in a career field of your interest for mentoring, job shadowing, or broad career exploration.  In the Banner Information System, look for the Mentor Program link under the Student menu.  Consider signing up for the Mentor Program next quarter! 





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