| 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
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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