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Autumn 2002 | Volume 25, Number 4 | Faculty
School of Business and Economics Celebrates
25 Years, Hands Out Four Faculty Awards for Scholarship and Service

SINCE ITS BEGINNINGS at Seattle Pacific University 25 years ago, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) has been the workplace of Dan Hess, professor of finance. In 1977, Hess was working at the Chicago Board Options Exchange as a financial analyst. He stopped by the Seattle Pacific campus while on a business trip and found himself talking with administrators about a job.

“SPU was just starting a business school,” recalls Hess. “They wanted to hire a few people, and I was one of them.”

This fall, at the School’s annual retreat, Hess received the SBE Teacher of the Year Award for 2001–02. “Dan is a longtime and beloved member of our faculty,” says SBE Dean Jeff Van Duzer. “His gentle demeanor in the classroom has a way of engaging the students.”

Three more faculty awards were also recently bestowed by SBE. The Scholar of the Year Award went to Joanna Poznanska, professor of international business. Says Van Duzer, “Joanna has published many times on issues of international business. These publications continue to distinguish her as an expert.” Poznanska will head up the SBE Business Abroad program in China next fall.

Receiving the Dean’s Award was Gary Karns, who holds the title of associate dean, graduate director and associate professor of marketing. “Gary does it all,” Van Duzer says, “and he does it with a wonderfully cooperative spirit. I could not begin to do this job without his daily and active support.” Karns recently published an article on New Testament marketing principles in the Journal of Biblical Integration in Business.

The Hope Professorship, a three-year appointment, was given to Kenman Wong, professor of business ethics. According to Van Duzer, “Kenman’s work in business ethics continues to solidify our niche as a school founded on values and ethical principles. He is a most worthy recipient of the Hope Professorship and will use the position to expand on his works in the field of ethics.”

As the School celebrates its 25th year, it is looking to build on the national accreditation it achieved in 2000, says Van Duzer, who became SBE’s fourth dean a year ago. “To effectively combine sound teaching of the discipline with commitment to the Christian faith, we need to know where business is going, and we need to continue to seek a deeper level of theological understanding.”

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