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News and Events
Dr. Downing to present "Last Lecture"

   Business Planning course sequence

   Upcoming dates to remember


Advising & Registration
       Autumn Time Schedule Updates

    Student Organizations
          AUSBE News
          Beta Alpha Psi: Annual Banquet and Officers

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


News and Events

Dr. Downing gives "Last Lecture" this Tuesday

Hope and Fear: Reasons for Optimism and Pessimism
in Today's Economy

Dr. Doug Downing, Associate Professor of Economics

Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m., Demaray 150.
(Light refreshments provided)

The Last Lecture Series, sponsored by Ivy Honorary, began in the 2007-08 academic year as a chance for chosen faculty members to discuss their lasting thoughts with the SPU community as if it were their final lecture. In this quarter's lecture, Dr. Downing will discuss some of the reasons for optimism and pessimism in our current economic situation.

Douglas Downing, Ph.D., is the author of 14 books on quantitative methods and computers, including a trilogy of math textbooks in the form of adventures stories: Algebra the Easy Way, Trigonometry the Easy Way, and Calculus the Easy Way (first published in 1982). Recently he has written Java Programming the Easy Way.  His current economic work involves updating previous work on unemployment and investigating other public policy questions.

Write your own business plan in BUS 4631 & 4632

Need a job?  Hire yourself!  For those of you with an entrepreneurial vision, or the hope of gaining one, we recommend the two course sequence BUS 4631 Business Planning I (Autumn - 5 credits) and BUS 4632 Business Planning II (Winter - 2 credits).

This two-course series is taught by Dr. Herb Kierulff, who holds an endowed professorship here in Entrepreneurship.  You study with a nationally recognized authority and champion of Entrepreneurship when you study under him.  One students went so far as to say, “It has been my best class ever.”  

Learn more about Business Planning I & II here.



Upcoming dates to get on your calendar

May 14                  Donuts with the Dean, 9:30 a.m., McKenna Conference Room

May 14                  BAP Annual Banquet

May 19                  Beta Gamma Sigma Honors and Scholarship Luncheon (by invitation only)

May 28                  SBE Graduation Banquet



Advising and Registration


Did your choice for a Statistics class close already?

MAT 2700 Statistics for Business and Economics has three rather than four sections this coming year.  SBE students needing statistics should always check on the availability of the approved alternate course, MAT 1360 Introduction to Statistics, of which there are four sections scheduled in 2009-10.



BUS 3950 Spirituality and Business: Autumn Topics Announced


These two 1-credit sections are limited to 20 students each and meet on one weekend.


Autumn CRN: 6155 Mark Oppenlander and Beth Oppenlander

God’s Economy: Reconciling a God of
abundance with an economics of scarcity

6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
6 and 7 
Autumn CRN: 6920 Denise Daniels
Work and Rest
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
23 and 24 


Student Organizations

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

Meet Your Professor, Dr. Randy Franz.  May 26th from 1-2pm in McKenna 117.  Lunch will be provided.

Donuts with the Dean, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the McKenna Conference Room.  This is your last chance of the year to share donuts and coffee with the Dean!

Seniors!! Come buy your ticket for the SBE Senior Graduation Banquet at the front desk in McKenna! The banquet is Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Anthony’s Homeport in Ballard. Tickets are still only $20. Guest speaker from The Apprentice, James Sun.

2009-10 AUSBE Officer Applications are available at the front desk!  If you want to commit to serving the students of SBE, please apply!


    Beta Alpha Psi: Annual banquet next week
May  14th
The Beta Alpha Psi Annual Banquet is May 14 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
at McCormick & Schmick's on Lake Union. 

Welcome and congratulations to our new 2009-10 BAP officers!

Megan Winskill - President

Lucas Kartic - Vice President

Josh Pitzlin - Director of Reporting

Kyle Jones - Secretary

Jeff Kreuter - Treasurer

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Center for Applied Learning

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Update on the Social Venture Plan Competition


Last month's 3rd Annual Social Venture Plan Competition was a huge success.  And "huge" is the proper term.  It was nearly twice the size of the two earlier events.  The teams, judges, and student votes were all way up and the event expanded out of Weter Memorial Hall onto Martin Square. 

 Check out the winning teams and give a thought to where you will be next April!



Get a Mentor this Spring

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. 

Mark Oppenlander, Associate Director of our Center for Applied Learning says, "If any students were hoping to begin meeting with a mentor this spring or early summer, now is the time to sign up."   Enrollment in this popular program was limited last quarter, but is open once more for non-graduating students.  Students from all majors are allowed to sign up.  Find the Mentor program link on the Student Menu in Banner.  Complete details about the Mentor Program, managed by SBE, can be found here.




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