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       Newsletter for Alumni and Friends | Summer 2013

New Initiatives: Summer 2013

Though I've been on the job only for a few weeks, already I'm thrilled about new initiatives we're taking in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. How could I not be? In addition to two exciting new degree programs, we're offering a new certificate program that will appeal equally to business professionals, seminarians, and full-time church workers. This is a strategic advance in facilitating business you can believe in.

Also in this second all-electronic version of Shareholders, you'll be pleased to learn how SPU's top team in the annual Social Venture Plan Competition has continued to even greater recognition. Their performance has inspired many. And speaking of inspiration, who is the GNAC Scholar of the Year? (Hint: He plays point guard for the Falcons and has earned a 3.82 GPA.)

Please take a moment to learn more about these stories, and then let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you in the months to come as SBE continues to break new ground.

Joseph Williams

Best regards,
Joseph Williams, Dean
School of Business and Economics

Five Success Stories

MA in Management
MA in Management Expands to Equip Christian Professionals,
HR Specialists

With two entirely new program emphases, the Master of Arts in Management program at SPU is expanding to help equip learners for success as Christian business professionals or human resources specialists. These new programs complement the existing Social and Sustainable Management opportunity (MAM-SSM) by offering both a shorter time frame and a flexible schedule for early-career professionals who want to make a difference in their world.
Faith and Business Certificate
Vocation as Ministry? The New Faith and Business Certificate
How can a Christian live faithfully in the marketplace? Designed for business professionals, seminarians, or church staff, this new 11-week certificate program helps learners take a closer look at what the Bible teaches about faith and work -- and then put what they've learned to practical use.
“NIA Wheel” team
Social Venture Team Stands Out at UW Competition
Although they took first honors in SPU's recent Social Venture Business Plan Competition last April for their brainwave-controlled wheelchair concept, SPU's NIA Wheel team wasn't stopping there. Only a few weeks later, SBE students Aryn Schatz and Jessica Way, along with their teammates, brought home a $5,000 Finalist Prize and the $5,000 AARP Prize for Low-Income Senior Service.
David Downs
SPU's Downs Is Top GNAC Male Scholar-Athlete
Accounting major David Downs, who led Seattle Pacific to the men's basketball league tournament championship, has received the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. He received six of the 10 first-place votes from the conference's athletic directors.
SBE's New Website
SBE's New Website
Our recently revised website features a fresh, new look, with new articles and easy-to-read current events listings. From there you'll also be able to browse back issues of the Shareholders newsletter, included in our move toward more green (paperless) communications. So be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your email delivery address, and follow us on the SPU School of Business and Economics Network.


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