Autumn Registration Edition / May 2012

Events and Announcements

      Study BUS 3541 Marketing & Society at Camp Casey

      Scholars and Scholarships Announced

      Senior Graduation Banquet

      SBE Masters program for non-business majors

Advising and Registration

      Spreadsheet class autumn sections

      Two choices for Spirituality and Business

      Advising Notes from Elizabeth

Organizations and SBE Centers

      AUSBE on Facebook

      Get a Mentor this Summer


Special "Marketing & Society on the Island" section  - a unique new option for 2012-13

Just this week the School of Business and Economics has received a 2012-13 SPU SERVE (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration) grant.  This grant will allow us to offer a very special version of the BUS 3541 Marketing & Society course this coming school year to a cohort of 15 students.  The hallmarks of this course include:

·         A one-week intensive learning experience the week before autumn courses start, to be held at SPU's Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island.  No more classroom time for the rest of the year!

·         A paper or project on a marketing topic of interest to you spread out over the entire year.  You will receive 2+2+1 credits over autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

·         The course will be led by Dr. Vicki Eveland.  Dr. Eveland will be in her third year as a member of the SBE faculty and is rapidly becoming a student-favorite.  She was a Professor of Marketing at Mercer University in Macon, GA and a Professor of Integrated Marketing Communication at Florida State University before moving to the Pacific Northwest and beginning her service in SBE.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or want to learn more, please follow this link.



SBE Honors and Scholarship reception held for top students

Our 2012 Honors and Scholarship Reception on May 9th began with the induction of twenty-two students and one faculty member into the SPU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for collegiate schools of business accredited by AACSB. Fourteen undergraduates and eight graduate students were honored for their top academic performance.  This is a very prestigious honor.  Beta Gamma Sigma is to business what Phi Beta Kappa is to the arts and sciences.

In addition, 30 scholarship winners in 15 categories were recognized.  Also, the Undergraduate Writing Award with its $1000 cash prize went to Scott Jackson, and the annual Best Business Plan award with its $500 cash prize was captured by Corey McGuire.


SBE Graduating Seniors Banquet, Wednesday May 30th, 6:00pm,
Ray's Boathouse at Shilshole Bay

CONGRATULATIONS to the SBE graduating class of 2012!  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 $10 today (Friday the 11th), $15 next week, and are on sale in McKenna Hall and in senior classes. 

Master of Arts in Social and Sustainable Management (MASSM)

In 2011, SBE launched it's new "MASSM" graduate degree.  Unlike its more traditional MBA or MS in ISM degrees, the MASSM degree is specifically targeted toward non-business majors.  It is a five-quarter program (counting the initial summer) aimed at students seeking to augment their undergraduate training with a brief but intensive business graduate degree.  Minors from SBE are encouraged to look into the MASSM option.  Its special features include a cohort model of instruction where all students progress together through the classes.  Late in fall quarter the students travel to India and China.  Specially-trained staff work alongside these students to help prepare them not only for the challenges of the job search, but for the rigors of the work world.  If you know a student graduating this year or in recent years who might be interested in the MASSM program, or if you yourself would like to learn more, visit the MASSM web site today.  Admission into the upcoming cohort will remain open until all the spots are filled.

 Advising & Registration

Time Schedule Updates

CSC 1123 Spreadsheets (1 credit)

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. Two sections are scheduled in the first half of the term and one in the second half.

CRN: 6045 Mon,Wed 12:30 PM-1:20 PM 09/24-10/24
CRN: 6046 Mon,Wed 3:00 PM-3:50 PM 09/24-10/24
CRN: 6047 Mon,Wed 12:30 PM-1:20 PM 10/29-11/30

BUS 3950 Spirituality and Business (1 credit)

Dr. Al Erisman and Dean Jeff Van Duzer will be teaching the two sections of BUS 3950 offered this fall.

Dr. Van Duzer will reprise his weekend seminar from last fall on "Wealth: Blessing, Curse, Tool, or Snare?”
His class will be held on Friday night October 12th, and Saturday October 13th.  (Register for CRN: 6155)

The following weekend, October 19-20, Dr. Al Erisman will teach on "Business Lessons from the Life of Joseph."  Dr. Erisman has been developing this theme in his research and writing.  The book, "The Accidental Executive" will be distributed at the beginning of fall quarter.  "Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob, born into a family that had been chosen by God to be a light to the world for Him.  But Joseph was not called to a missionary role, but to business.  We can learn a great deal from him about good business, and about the connection between business and faith."  (Register for CRN:6920)


Hello all.  Here are the advising notes I regularly send to the SBE faculty.  As you know, registration for fall quarter starts this coming week.



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 for the requirements set during the academic year you were admitted to the program). Then, jump to your appropriate class standing for specific advising tips.




Also, please review your “degree check” 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 Administration, Accounting or Economics), you need to select a faculty member in your intended major if you have not already done so. You can change your advisor through Banner. Your new faculty advisor can assist you with the registration process.  Minors in SBE are generally advised by Dr. Dick Sleight.


You need to plan your schedule in a way that makes you eligible to apply for the major this coming January. That means you have one more quarter- fall quarter- to become eligible. If you have not taken 15 credits worth of “BUS”, “ECN”, or “ACCT” courses, you’ll want to register for the remaining credits now. Work hard and maintain a cumulative and SBE GPA of at least 2.70 to remain eligible to apply. Since we have a competitive admission process, please note that 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!


Hopefully you were admitted to an SBE program last quarter. That means that you no longer have a faculty advisor hold preventing you from registering. However, because of the detailed nature of our programs, you would be wise to set up an appointment or email your advisor your projected class schedule for fall. With the expectation that you’re just about done with your Exploratory Curriculum credits, you’ll want to consider registering for two SBE courses, and one other SPU course (such as UCOR or UFDN).

If you were not admitted to an SBE program this year, you will need to meet with your advisor to have your faculty advisor hold removed. You'll go over the steps you need to follow to get on track for admission next winter. This may require re-taking a 2000 level course to pull up your GPA. If your GPA is “on-track” for admission next winter, Elizabeth Gordon ( may remove major restrictions from 3000 level courses (provided you’ve completed all 2000 level courses in the Business core).


You should be wrapping up your 3000 level SBE courses, as well as your SPU Exploratory Curriculum. Hopefully you’ve selected a concentration by now (if you are planning to complete one), and have let Elizabeth Gordon know of your plans.  Please take this time to plan your entire senior year, looking closely at the online time schedule for 2012-2013.

Also, NOW is the time to apply to graduate. It’ll only take a moment- just log into your Banner account and get it done!


You’re almost done! Finish strong in the coming weeks, to ensure we’ll see you walking out on that field to receive your diploma! And, don’t forget to purchase your ticket to the senior banquet, which will be held on May 30th.

 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.

 Center for Applied Learning

SPU Social Venture Plan Competition -- Another Great Success in April

Here are the official winners of the Donald B. Summers Memorial Social Venture Plan Competition at SPU, held on Wednesday, April 18th. Grand Prize ($2500) The Protosong Project; Pioneer Prize ($1500) HomeSlice; Honorable Mentions ($1000 each) G’ru, Komanos, and Tesfa Netela; and the People’s Choice Award ($500) Grounded.  Here's our complete recap report.

Mentor Program Spring Update

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 ( 

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It is typically sent twice quarterly.  Please contact SAS to correct your major, minor, or intended major status
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