Winter 2013 Edition / February 5, 2013

Upcoming Events and Deadlines (Details Below)

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 21st AUSBE presents... Meet the Professional

February 25th — New Majors' Dessert

February 28th — Professional Essentials with Mary Mitchell (2nd session)

March 7th — Professional Essentials with Mary Mitchell (last session)

April 17th — Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase

Business as a Calling Day returns to SBE this 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, February 7th,  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.

  BREAKOUT SESSIONS 10:45 – 11:45  
  What’s Love Got to Do With It?: True Confessions of an Economist – Geri Mason (McKenna 117)
Love is not the first thing most people think of when they study economics. How does one fall in love with a discipline maligned as “the dismal science”? Dr. Geri Mason has a story to tell about how she fell in love with a subject that appears to be severely unromantic, at least on the surface. Through her confessions and reflection on the twists and turns of discovering her calling to teach and study economics, Dr. Mason brings us spiritual and practical lessons for how to find a meaningful career that thrives in passion for one’s calling.
Hearing God’s Call – Doug Koskela and Bruce Baker
(McKenna Conf. Room)

How do we find our path, and discover our calling in life and society? How does God speak to us? How do we discern the meaning of our career choices? These are the challenging questions we face in the search to walk by faith and stay on the right path in the sight of God. In this seminar we will explore biblical lessons on the topic of calling and vocation. Along the way we will address some popular beliefs and surprising misconceptions about biblical notions of calling and career, as we reach some helpful conclusions about the mystery of hearing God’s call.
  A Report from the “Front Lines” – Cameron Lowell and Randy Franz (McKenna 118)
SPU alum Cameron Lowell has had a stellar career in accounting. He will report on his experience as a CPA at KPMG, and now at Amazon. Mr. Lowell will tell stories from the “front lines” of exciting and fast-paced data-driven business and give advice for current students.
Living Faith – Regina Schlee and Kim Sawers
(McKenna 111)

Professors Schlee and Sawers will share experience from their chosen professions. They will describe the particular ethical challenges they faced and discuss how faith has made a difference. They will discuss the role of faith in their professional careers and help us understand the call to live as disciples while carrying out our business responsibilities.

TravelInformation Sessions for Autumn Study Abroad in China

If you are interested in China study abroad for next fall, come to the McKenna Conference Room on one of these dates:
Tuesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.

Visit the SPU study abroad web site for more information, or contact Dr. Douglas Downing at

AUSBE Presents . . .

Meet the Professional and Professional Essentials Events Coming Up

On February 21st, we will be hosting our first Meet the Professional event. The event will be from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in McKenna 117.  We will be hosting Doug Clerget who started his own non-profit called Dollar Per Month, which helps support local non-profits like the Kids in Need Foundation.  Pizza will be provided.

On February 28th, we will be having our second installment of Professional Essentials with Mary Mitchell, this time focusing on Engaging in Business Social/Events.  It will be in Otto Miller 109 again and we will be providing food. $5 cost. 

The last installment of Professional Essentials will be focused on Continuing Business Connections and will be on March 7th. Again in Otto Miller 109 with food provided. $5 cost.

Watch for These Non-SBE Courses in Spring Quarter If You Still Need Them

Spreadsheets: All SBE majors need to either pass the 1-credit Spreadsheet course or satisfy the SBE Computer Competency requirement.
Passing CSC 1123 this spring or BUS 1700 beginning this summer, satisfy this requirement.  Note that CSC 1123 meets twice weekly for half the quarter.

44203   CSC 1123 Mon,Wed 12:30PM-1:20PM 03/27-04/24 Otto Miller Hall 244
44204   CSC 1123 Mon,Wed 12:30PM-1:20PM 04/29-05/31 Otto Miller Hall 244


Statistics:  Spring 2013 is the last quarter that SBE majors may substitute MAT 1360 in place of MAT 2700 as their required statistics course.  Both classes are offered spring quarter.  Beginning autumn quarter, SBE majors need to look for BUS 2700 or MAT 2700.


40073 MAT 1360 Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30AM-10:50AM McKenna Hall 113
43986 MAT 1360 Mon,Wed,Fri 3:00PM-4:20PM Otto Miller Hall 139
42880 MAT 2700 Mon,Wed,Fri 11:00AM-12:20PM McKenna Hall 113

New Majors' Dessert to Welcome Our Newest Class of SBE Majors

(Editors note: I have only 20 days to lose enough girth to fit into my tux!)  Monday, February 25th, the SBE faculty, staff, and student leaders will welcome our newest class of majors into SBE at our annual dessert.  This really is an elegant affair with live music, scrumptious desserts like cake and cheese cake, and a very special "guest" speaker.  Dr. Jeff Van Duzer, SPU's new Provost and SBE's former Dean, will reprise his introduction to SBE majors for one final year. 

The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church.  And you really don't have to track down a tux, but business formal attire is expected.

Spring BUS 3950 Sections with Our Accounting Faculty

Our two 1-credit Spirituality and Business weekend courses offered this coming quarter will be taught by our three accounting faculty members.  Here are the specific topics and weekends for these sections.

44692 BUS 3950 Exploring Caritas
et Veritae
Ross Stewart
Kim Sawers
McKenna Hall 111
44305 BUS 3950 Financial Freedom Bill Kauppila Fri
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
McKenna Hall 117


Review the following catalog information to get an idea of the core courses for your program. (Do note that if you have already been admitted to one of SBE’s majors, you will be accountable to the requirements set during the academic year you were admitted to the program). Then, jump to your appropriate class standing for specific advising tips. Business Administration, Accounting, Economics.

Also, please review your graduation checklist in Banner to see what common and exploratory curriculum classes you have taken, and which ones you still need to take before graduation. If you are not planning to major in an SBE major (Business, Accounting or Economics), you need to select another faculty member in your intended major. You can change this person through Banner as well. Your new faculty advisor can assist you with the registration process.

  FRESHMEN:  You need to plan your schedule so that you’re eligible to apply for the major by January of your sophomore year. You will need to take at least 15 credits within SBE by the end of fall quarter of your sophomore year, in order to be eligible to apply for one of the SBE majors. Also, you must have a minimum overall GPA and an SBE GPA of at least 2.70 to be eligible to apply. Since we have a competitive admission process, the minimum GPA is not a guarantee of admission to the major. The higher your GPA, the more likely it is that you will get into SBE. So be sure you are working hard in your classes!

You will be registered for either UCOR or UFDN 1000. In addition to that, you’ll want to pick out one SBE course (ECN 2101 and 2102, ACCT 2361 and 2362, BUS 2414, BUS 2600, or MAT 2700), and finally, one Exploratory Curriculum course.

JUNIORS:  You should be on your way to completing your 3000 level courses, and finishing up your exploratory curriculum requirements. Now would be a good time to also start thinking about your final four quarters, and putting together a prospective class list.
SOPHOMORES:  By now you should have received notification of admission into SBE. If you were admitted, congratulations! We look forward to formally welcoming you on February 25th, at our New Majors' Dessert.

When considering classes to take in SBE this winter, you should be well on your way to completing our 2000 level courses (ECN 2101 and 2102, ACCT 2361 and 2362, BUS 2414, BUS 2600, and MAT 2700). If you’ve completed all these courses, you are ready to take an upper division SBE course. Either Business Finance (BUS 3250), Marketing and Society (BUS 3541) or Organizational Behavior (BUS 3614), would be a good choice.

   You should be wrapping up your undergraduate career with our capstone courses (Business Ethics and Strategic Management), as well as your concentration (or elective courses). If you are planning on graduating in June, feel free to email Elizabeth to look over your record one last time to make sure all is in order. Finish strong!

MINORS in Business, Economics, and Entrepreneurship:  As you may have already noticed, all of our upper division business courses are restricted to School of Business and Economics majors only. Because you need to take a few of them for your minor, you will need to have these restrictions removed prior to registering. Please email me ( as soon as possible if you plan on taking any 3000 or 4000 level Business classes. Your email should include name, student ID number, course name (i.e. “Business Finance”) and course number (i.e. BUS 3250). 

Faculty Advisor Holds:  I will not lift Faculty Advisor holds. Please make sure you meet with your Faculty Advisor prior to your registration time so you are able to register right away.

Looking Ahead to Summer 2013 Classes

As mentioned in our January edition, BUS 1700 Spreadsheets replaces CSC 1123 beginning this summer.  It will be offered during the first two weeks of summer term.  ACCT 2361 Financial Accounting will also be offered in June.  The BUS 2910 and 4942 internship classes will be offered, and BUS 3541, BUS 4690, and ECN 2101 will all be offered in a flexible online format.  Please contact the listed instructors, if you have any questions about these summer SBE courses.

ACCT 2361 Financial Accounting 5 MTWTh 9:00-1:00, 6/10-7/03 Kim Sawers
BUS 1700 Spreadsheets 1 MTWF 10:30-11:50, 6/10-6/21  Dick Sleight
BUS 2910 Internship & Career Strategies 1 W 1:30-3:50, 7/10-7/31 Christina McCracken
BUS 3541 Marketing & Society 5 ONLINE  6/10-7/05 Regina Schlee
BUS 3541 Marketing & Society 5 ONLINE  7/08-8/02 Regina Schlee
BUS 4690 Strategic Management 5 ONLINE  6/10-7/05 Don Lee
BUS 4942 Internship Reflectn&Prof Devlp 1-5 Arranged  7/08-8/02 Christina McCracken
ECN 2101 Principles of Microeconomics 5 ONLINE  6/10-7/29 Geri Mason

SBE's Centers Do the Work of Engaging and Changing the World

Center for Applied Learning (CAL):  “Save the date!” The Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase event is April 17th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. with prizes to be awarded around 6:15 p.m.  All students, faculty and staff are invited to come and see the efforts of these hard-working teams and to cast a People’s Choice ballot.

Center for Integrity in Business (CIB):  John Terrill and Tom Lane, in our Center for Integrity in Business do amazing things on behalf of SPU and SBE.  They connect us with the business community, sponsor and lead major events, and provide a wealth of resources to our faculty and students.  Visit the CIB site and get familiar with this SBE educational ministry with a global impact!


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