Autumn Registration Edition / May 2011

Upcoming Events

  End of the year events for undergraduates

Advising & Registration

  Time Schedule Updates

  BUS 4942 Internship Reflection & Professional Development


Student Organizations

  AUSBE News and Events

Center for Applied Learning

  Social Venture Plan Competition recap

  Mentor Program available in the summer

 Upcoming Events

Wondering about a major or minor in business?  Join us for "What Can Business Do For You?" this Thursday

You may have made up your mind, but there are many underclassmen who still wonder if a major in SBE is right for them.  Both intended and undecided students are invited to a special hour devoted to this important question.  Join us for "What Can Business Do For You?" this Thursday, May 19th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room ─ and invite your undecided friends!

No matter who you are -- Intended Business Major -- Undecided Major -- Undecided Minor -- I have no idea!  ...this event is for YOU!
Come and learn more about SBE…

  • SBE Majors, Minors and Concentrations

  • Class requirements (advising representatives will be on-hand)

  • Meet with representatives from SBE clubs, study abroad programs, Mentor program, Social Venture Plan Competition and more

  • Hear from faculty, students, and alumni about their experience in SBE

  • Discover…”Another Way of Doing Business”

Yes, refreshments will be provided!  For questions or more information, email: Rob Henry (

SBE Honors and Scholarship Luncheon, Tuesday the 24th

Our annual honors luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th.  After the lunch itself, the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society will induct our top undergraduate and graduate students into the society. Their names are already listed on the BGS web page.  Beta Gamma Sigma is the business school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa in colleges of arts and sciences, and may only be awarded by AACSB accredited schools.  This luncheon is by invitation only.

Our speaker will be Mr. Rod Putney with a talk entitled, “Move Forward!”  This SPU School of Business and Economics alumnus is a marketing veteran of the hyper-competitive wireless communications industry.


SBE Graduation Banquet, Wednesday May 25th, 6:30pm, Ray's Boathouse

CONGRATULATIONS to the SBE graduating class of 2011!  We'd like to celebrate your accomplishment with a banquet in your honor.  Join your fellow seniors and SBE faculty, for the annual Senior Graduation Banquet at Ray's Boathouse (yes, this is fancy)!  Tickets are $25, and are on sale in McKenna Hall. 



Work in the McKenna Computer Lab next year

The McKenna Computer Lab is staffed by both graduate and undergraduate students.  With graduation of a few of the current lab staff, positions are open for next year.  Students typically work 6 to 10 hours each week and work schedules are adjusted each quarter to take into account your class schedule.  The lab is open Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Interested students should contact Dr. Dick Sleight, SBE Manager of Information Systems.  Applications are being accepted this month.

 Advising & Registration

Time Schedule Updates

If you are looking for BUS 3548 International Marketing, it is being offered as BUS 4661 Special Topics in Management next year. This is because it is being offered in a tutorial model across three quarters, 1 credit in fall, and 2 credits each in winter and spring.  Dr. Regina Schlee has a list of interested students.  Please contact her if you would like to be included in the special format version of this class.

BUS 3600 Gender and Leadership is back on the schedule for spring 2012.  Dr. Denise Daniels will offer this management class M,W,F 11:00-12:20.

Don't forget the CSC 1123 Spreadsheets requirement for all SBE majors.  The Computer Sciences faculty are offering three sections of Spreadsheets this fall.  This one-credit course is offered in a Monday and Wednesday five week format.

CRN: 6045 Phil Prins Mon,Wed 12:30 PM-1:20 PM 9/26 - 10/26
CRN: 6046 Mike Tindall Mon,Wed 3:00 PM-3:50 PM 9/26 - 10/26
CRN: 6047 Phil Prins Mon,Wed 12:30 PM-1:20 PM 10/31 - 12/02

Requirements for BUS 4942 Internship Reflection & Professional Development

Updated information about BUS 4942 is given below.  Download the required Internship Reflection Course Approval Form.

Criteria for Approving Internships for BUS 4942 credit:

  • BUS 2910 and BUS 4942 can be taken simultaneously only under extraordinary circumstances and this requires special permission of the instructor.

  • Internships may be paid or unpaid.

  • Internship must include a significant level of responsibility that requires business coursework.  Responsibilities must be more than filing, answering phones, photocopying and other routine responsibilities.

  • Internship positions that will not meet the criteria for BUS 4942 are:

    • students working on their own without on-site supervision or training

    • less than 10 hours a week for 10 weeks in length

    • operations from a home office or that include personal errands as part of the job description

    • sales internships where students are required to use their own personal network to generate leads

    • internships that charge a fee or that require the student to purchase equipment or make an initial financial investment in the company

    • positions where the responsibilities are primarily routine, low-level tasks that do not require any business coursework

Christina McCracken is the Business Internship Instructor/Sponsor and will make the final decision about the approval of your internship. If you have questions, she may be reached at 206.281.2270 or  To meet with Ms. McCracken, please call the Center for Career and Calling at 206.281.2485 to schedule an appointment or simply stop by for a walk-in appointment any Monday between 2 – 4 PM.

BUS 4942 Registration Check List:

* BEFORE you begin your internship, you MUST get verbal/email approval from Christina McCracken.

* Fill out the Internship Reflection Course Approval Form and obtain all necessary signatures including Christina McCracken’s.

* Submit the Internship Reflection Course Approval Form with all required signatures to Christina McCracken no later than the registration deadline for the quarter you will be taking BUS 4942.

* BUS 4942 must be taken within one year of beginning your internship experience.

BUS 4942 Course Requirements:

You are required to attend one of two scheduled introductory sessions and one of three final sessions.  In the intro session you will receive the syllabus, go over course requirements and meet other interns.  In the final session, you will give a 7 minute presentation on your internship.  If you are not able to attend the scheduled sessions, you must call 206-281-2485 to schedule an individual appointment with Christina McCracken. 

BUS 4942 Assignments:

  • attendance and participation (presentation as assigned) in two BUS 4942 sessions – one intro and one final/presentation session
  • an up-to-date résumé incorporating your internship experience

 Student Organizations

Join AUSBE's Facebook Group!

Search for 'AUSBE (Associated Undergraduate Students of Business & Economics)'

To stay in the loop about special events happening in SBE, join the AUSBE Facebook group! One of the best things about studying business here at SPU, is the FREE programming we make available to you. So take advantage of these opportunities -- they really do enhance your college experience! Joining the AUSBE group will help you stay organized through event invites and RSVPs.

Congratulations to our 2011-12 AUSBE Officers

President - Esther Dyer
Vice President - Kelsey Hicks
VP of Finance - Christopher Morris
VP of Marketing - Jeanelle Keimig
VP of Information Systems - Johanna Harmon

 Center for Applied Learning

The Seattle Pacific University
Social Venture Plan Competition

-- Another Great Success in April

Engineering projects took the top prizes at the Social Venture Plan Competition Showcase last month. The votes are in and the awards have been announced for the 5th Annual Social Venture Plan Competition held on Wednesday, April 13th. Teams from as far away as Viet Nam competed this year.  Read about this year's very successful Social Venture Plan Competition.

Mentor Program Spring Update

We have met our capacity for the Mentor Program for spring quarter.  Students can still fill out an application for the Mentor Program and save it for future use, but Banner will not allow them to submit their application at this time (an announcement to this effect has been posted on the application page in Banner).  We will begin accepting new applications for summer quarter consideration after Finals are over, June 11.

Be reminded that the Mentor Program is available year round.  For students who remain in the Seattle area, signing up in the Summer can be a good way to jump-start the mentor search process and beat the rush of applications that come in during the school year.  For more information contact Mark Oppenlander, Director, Center for Applied Learning, ( 

The SBE Undergraduate eNews is sent to SBE majors, minors and intended majors as recorded in Banner.
It is typically sent twice quarterly.  Please contact SAS to correct your major, minor, or intended major status
if you wish to be removed from this email list.  Your SBE Undergraduate eNews editor is Dr. Dick Sleight