Albers School of Business and Economics

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  • Mid Quarter Check In

    Posted by Liz Wick on 10/31/2012 02:47:11 PM

    It's hard to believe the middle of the quarter is already here! We are certain that the students are feeling that midquarter crunch right about now. Try to remember to take a step back and breathe a little bit, this might give you some perspective on the quarter and what you have to get done. Now is the time to kick in those time management skills and utilize your time efficiently.


    If you are struggling in a course and have exhausted your resources (i.e., professor's office hours, tutoring, etc) and are thinking about withdrawing a course make sure that you see an advisor! Also the deadline is this Friday, November 2 so you need to make sure you withdraw from the course before that date. Please see an advisor before you withdraw from a course.


    If you do find yourself in need of a study group, tutor, or just need some additional help, here is a link to some business resources listed on the Learning Assistant webpage. Your first course of action should always be working with the professor and utilizing their office hours. Learning Assistant has a lot of other programs that you might benefit from, as well. Check out their website to see what workshops, tutoring and group study opportunities they might have. Advisors are also a good resource if you aren't sure where to go to get help!




    ADVISING PERIOD: October 29-November 12


    If you haven't met with your advisor to talk about classes for the winter quarter, please call the front desk at 206-296-5700 or stop by Pigott 318 to schedule an appointment.

    FRESHMEN: You need to see your New Student Mentor twice to get your registration hold removed.

    TRANSFERS: You must meet with your advisor to remove your registration hold for winter quarter.

    Fun Events and More!

    Posted by Yeajin Park on 10/25/2012 03:09:37 PM

    Did you guys have fun at Fall Ball this weekend? Did some of you miss out on all the awesomeness because the tickets sold out too quickly? Don’t worry there are other excellent events hosted by Seattle University and Seattle University clubs! Keep an eye out throughout the year for: FASA Jam, FASA Formal, Hui O Nani Hawaii’s Luau, UFC’s Barrio, and SU club night, Dance Marathon, SU Basketball games, SU volleyball games, and SU soccer games. Check out all the events at SU Online. Go to “Student Life,” “Get Involved,” “Events” and you will see all these opportunities and more!

    Have midterms been stressing you out? If you need a break, or just want to work off some stress join workout classes in Connolly Gym for only 5 dollars! Sign up at SU online and join classes like: ZUMBA, circuit training, yoga sculpt, hatha yoga, express flow yoga, novice yoga, restorative yoga, Tabata boot camp, indoor cycling, spin & sculpt, core fusion, core circuit, ab attack, the “Thriller” dance class, and barre and sculpt.

    Thinking about study abroad? The best suggested times to study abroad are Sophomore year Winter quarter or Fall quarter, or Early Junior year.

    If you are considering studying abroad but don’t know enough information to make an informed decision here are the steps to follow:

    The Five Steps to Studying Abroad

    1. Attend an info session in the Educations Abroad Office
    2. Schedule an appointment with an education abroad advisor
    3. Research your options
    4. Apply to your program
    5. Complete all required pre-departure paperwork

    An important date to keep in mind is Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 12:30pm-1:30pm in PIGT 105. Visit the Albers Abroad webpage at:

    Things You Should Know....

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 10/23/2012 09:38:14 AM

    WOW!  The fall quarter is flying by and so many things are coming up.  Please read through all the information to make sure you don’t miss something! 

    Advising Period starts October 29th, have you scheduled your appointment with your advisor?  Advisors schedules will get filled quickly so make sure you schedule early.  Registration will begin on November 13; you can check your SU online account to find your Registration Appointment on October 26th.  As you start to think about classes here are a couple to put on your radar: 

    ECON 474 Forecasting Business Conditions 

    This class is an introduction to casual and ad hoc time series methods of forecasting utilized by business firms. Regression, exponential smoothing, decomposition, and Box Jenkins methods are included. Prerequisites: ECON 271, 272 and 310.   Forecasts are basic inputs for many kinds of decisions in business and government organizations. This course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to deal with time series data analysis that is critical to decision making. By the end of the quarter students will learn how to produce forecasts and evaluate the reliability of the generated forecasts. Emphasis is on the application of various forecasting methods with regard to analyzing and projecting future business and economic conditions. We will cover topics such as single and multiple regressions, exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins methods among others. The statistical package R will be used for computer applications, which is an open source programming language. It is very powerful and is widely used for data analysis. Knowledge or experience of R is not required to succeed in this course. 

    Management 491 Managing Teams 

    This class will explore in depth the nature of organizational work teams, with a specific focus on helping students learn how to manage and lead work teams effectively.  Students will also explore the most recent team advances and team challenges by interacting with professionals in real organizations. Topics covered will include internal team functioning (such as knowledge sharing, communication strategies, leadership emergence), external team functioning (such as interacting with stakeholders, managing external trends), and recent team designs (such as multi-cultural teams, virtual teams, cross-functional teams).  Skills gained in this class can easily be transferred towards becoming a more effective, positive and influential team member or leader across a variety of professional, personal, and academic environments.


    Transfer students, if this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University you must meet with your advisor to lift your advising hold before you will be able to register. 

    Freshmen, schedule an appointment with your New Student Mentor (NSM) to plan for next quarter and remove your advising hold.  You have to meet with your NSM twice during the fall quarter.   


    The Accounting department is ranked 26th and the Finance department is ranked 22nd in the 2013 US News and World Report of undergraduate Business Rankings. 


    The Accounting department has tutors available in the Accounting Lab in Pigott 515D.  See below for hours tutors will be available. 

    Monday9:00 am-5:45 pm
    Tuesday10:00 am-3:00 pm
    Wednesday9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
    Thursday    10:00 am-3:00 pm
    Friday9:00 am-2:00 pm



    Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students are required to complete the Excel Certification.  Transfer students, you will need to complete the certification by the end of the fall quarter, freshman you have to complete it by the time you reach 45 credits.  Please see the Alber’s website for more information.  (Click on the link for Excel Certification to get information on studying for the test and for more information regarding the certification). 

    On that same website you can find the link to register for the Excel Certification test.  Transfer students, you should schedule your test soon, as the dates may fill up quickly! 


    During the first week of Registration the advisors will hold walk-in hours to assist you with course selection.   Please see available walk-in hours below.  Please note that advising holds will not be lifted during our walk-in hours.  If you need an advising hold lifted you will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  

    NOVEMBER 13:  9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm 

    NOVEMBER 14:  9:00 am-11:00 am & 12:30 pm-3:00 pm  

    NOVEMBER 15:  9:00 am-11:00 am & 12:30 pm-3:00 pm  

    NOVEMBER 16:  9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm  



    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 10/16/2012 09:11:24 AM

    Studying abroad can be such a great experience, it can open your world to things and places you don't know exist.  It can also expand your global perspective which is critical in business at this time.  Next Tuesday, there will be an Albers Education Abroad Information Session, make sure you attend and start your journey to studying abroad.  Below are the five steps to studying abroad, it's never too early to start planning!

    Steps to Studying Abroad… 

    Albers students are encouraged to develop an understanding of global business through studies abroad. There are specific steps an Albers student needs to take in order to prepare to go abroad:

    1. Attend an Albers Education Abroad Information Session: 

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:30PM – 1:30PM, Pigott 108

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 12:30PM – 1:30PM, Pigott 105

    Albers Study Abroad webpage

    2. Schedule an appointment with an SU Education Abroad Advisor: 

    Phone:            (206) 296-2226

    Location:         James C. Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, 124

    Education Abroad Office webpage

    3. Make sure the program is a good academic fit! Find the business and economics course syllabi for the program and submit to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen at Pigott 318 or Core courses need to be submitted to the University Core Department: University Services Bld. 104A

    4. Apply to the program! Deadlines for applications vary by program. Consider applying to multiple programs as some programs have limited space. 

    5. After being accepted to a program, complete all the pre-departure paperwork.  


    Don't Stress About Tests

    Posted by Jordan Ollee on 10/12/2012 05:14:15 PM

    It is now the fifth week of fall quarter and things are picking up. You are finally getting used to waking up early to make it on time for your 7:45 a.m. class, finding time to eat, sleep, and do homework, and settling into your group of friends. Now, it is test time and midterms are approaching. If you thought reading your textbook was optional or have been holding off on studying till later, here are a few things I have learned over the last three years:

    1. Study sooner rather than later. Rather than cramming the night before until 2 a.m., studying over a couple days will offer you a better result; not only are you trying to force four weeks of information into your memory within a couple of hours, but also are not getting enough sleep. Plan out a schedule with an hour or two each day to study for each class. This also gives you time to talk to your professors or classmates about concepts you do not understand, ahead of time.
    2. Use your resources. Take advantage of multiple resources available to you. Professors have office hours for students to stop by or are available by email to answer questions. Study with a group of friends or classmates to get different perspectives on concepts. There is also the Writing Center for midterm papers and the Math Lab. Be proactive.
    3. Create a study routine.Who can study without a great snack, caffeine, and a study playlist? I collect my favorite snacks, candy, Chai tea, and my study playlist and head to library’s study spaces on the 4th through 6th floor. Find your “study space” whether that is the library, study rooms in the Pavilion, Residence Halls, or any other space around campus. Separating yourself from your room and/or distractions, such as disconnecting the Wi-Fi from your computer, might just be the routine you need.
    4. Don’t forget to buy a scantron.Scantrons are used for tests, midterms, and finals throughout the university. If you need one, do not rely on your teacher or fellow classmate to have an extra; plan ahead. The bookstore is not open on Sundays and opens at 8:30 a.m. on the weekdays; I learned the hard way that if you have a 7:45 a.m. class, the bookstore will not be open to quickly stop by and pick one up.
    5. Give yourself credit. If you are a freshman, it is your first year and you are still transitioning. Give yourself credit for how well you have done so far. Trust that the results will reflect the effort you put in.


    Jordan Ollée (New Student Mentor)

    Attitude Is the Limit

    Posted by Liz Wick on 10/9/2012 04:42:40 PM

    No matter where I am, whether it is in the classroom or outside, I will always have emotions. However, sometimes these emotions can limit my success. With the weather about to become dreary and grim, I think it is always important to keep your head up with your eyes on the prize.

    Growing up there was always one thing that was said: "The only thing you can control in life is your attitude," and to be honest I believe this to be true. Not only can your emotions sometimes hinder you, but they can also influence everyone around you. Success is driven but also limited by your emotions.

    Here are some helpful tips to help with your outlook:

    1. Realize that you have a choice. This is blunt, but we really do have the choice to look at the glass half full or the glass half empty. Even when things don't go our way in classes or in the life outside, you are always able to come out of the situation with some new knowledge. When you miss a due date or you didn't study enough for the big test, you can then condition yourself not to make those mistakes again. Give yourself a break and realize that this is not the end of the world. Instead make a note of the situation and strive to never make the same mistake twice.
    2. Dreaming and goal setting. It's crucial to have goals. Not only do goals set a benchmark, but they subconsciously push you to succeed. You can visualize yourself achieving your dream which will help with your attitude. These goals can be long-term or short-term, but they will help you stay on task and feel pleased and motivated once you achieve them.
    3. Passion. It is so important to find an activity or career path that you love. If you are not committed to what you are pursuing then a desire to be better won't exist. Topics that you are passionate about will keep you motivated and happy. You will seek new knowledge and enjoy learning the fundamentals of a topic that you are passionate about. Try and find something that is fun!
    4. You influence others. Although you might be having a bad day, others may not be. Try and keep your morale up for everyone else around you. Sadness and anger is defiantly contagious. It is never a good thing to bring others down with you. Let this be a technique to remind yourself to be energetic and passionate, not sad and lazy.

    With all of this said, it is important to note that asking everyone to be happy and motivated 100 percent of the time would be unrealistic. However, it is more important to realize that your success is dictated by your attitude. With four years of hard classes it is easy to get worn out, but keep your head up SU! Everything is within your capability.


    Rob Heer, NSM

    What I Learned from my Internships ~ Kerianne Halpin

    Posted by Liz Wick on 10/8/2012 08:46:37 AM

    Internships are a very important part of your educational experience. As fall recruiting gets into full swing, we have asked one your peers, Kerianne Halpin, to talk to you about her internships and pass on some great advice to those of you who are looking for an internship or just thinking about one. Kerianne is a senior Management major with an Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor.

    Ever since you’ve entered college, you’ve been bombarded with the daunting message that you must get an internship to get a job and ultimately to succeed in your life. Well I’m here to say the same thing, but instead of confirming this message mindlessly, I’m here to explain to you how it has helped me grow, learn, and why it has been pivotal to my success as a student and business professional. Having an internship has been unmet, in terms of professional and personal development, than any other experience I have gained during my time attending college. Through interning, I have learned responsibility for myself in a professional environment, developed my skill set, and gained connections in my industry. I believe these invaluable skills will be a catalyst to my success in the future.

    My first internship I obtained the summer going into my junior year at Seattle University. I decided I would stay stationed in Seattle; move off campus, and intern at the Woodland Park Zoo as an Event Production Intern. My responsibilities consisted of providing support to the full time event staff on the day of various events including Zoo Tunes, weddings, donor dinners, and other awesome events. Though this sounded like my dream internship when I first applied, I was quick to learn that interning is not as glamorous as it may seem. It is likely you will be asked to handle tedious tasks, carry heavy things, work really hard, and chances are you’re not going to get paid to do any of it! I’ll get this one out of the way and just say that working unpaid is not ideal. That being said, working unpaid opened up a whole new network of connections in my chosen industry, allowed me to gain experience that I can reference while interviewing for other opportunities, and most of all taught me you have to work hard to get the things you want most. Seattle has a network that is so interconnected that interning with any big, small, or medium sized company in the Seattle area means you are likely to develop a connection that leads to your next opportunity. Interning at the Zoo led me to obtain a paid position this past summer.

    I have a bit of advice for those who are about to start an internship. First of all, be a sponge. Soak up every lesson that you can, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take the time to do this so you will walk away with the most knowledge you possibly can. This is your internship and ultimately your learning experience and it is up to you to determine what you will gain from it. Finally, there is a good chance you will feel discouraged and maybe even find yourself asking if it’s really worth it. Constantly remind yourself that you are opening so many doors for yourself. In a short amount of time you will be reaping the benefits of the skills you are gaining and the connections you are making.

    For those who are seeking an internship, it’s as simple as this: be open-minded about what a position could offer you, reach out to those around you, and apply, apply, apply! Never underestimate the connections you will make here at Albers. Reach out to your professors as well as your friends and the lovely folks at the Placement Center! Check the Redhawk Network often. You have a million resources at your fingertips; you’d be down right silly not to use them. Don’t forget how far a well-written cover letter can get you and finally, wear a suit, bring your resume, and arrive 15 minutes early to interview!

    I wish you all the best of luck in the future as students, interns, and business professionals!

    Kerianne Halpin

    Choosing a Major

    Posted by Liz Wick on 10/3/2012 02:54:41 PM

    You can do some shopping around, but at some point it’s time to get serious. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you think you’ve found a major you’re ready to settle down with:

    1. Are you studying something challenging? Too often I hear people say, “My major is so easy!” This is a sign that it’s time to reevaluate. If you’re studying a subject that you feel like you already have the aptitude and necessary skill set for in your late teens/early twenties with no entry-level work experience, then study something else. And if you think you’re cutting yourself a break by studying something that comes easily to you, you’re absolutely not.Any academic difficulty that you face in college will better prepare you for the professional difficulties you’ll face later in a job.
    2. Are you getting an education that you would pay for? Before you ask yourself this, you should know that everyone is paying for college, but not everyone realizes it. At the bare minimum you are facing the opportunity cost of four years that you could have spent working. Most people are paying more than that with savings, loans, money out of their own pockets, or some of each. Whatever you’re paying, you should believe in the worth of what you’re studying and its practical application in the real world. If you don’t believe in the value of your degree, then no employer or person you want to impress will either.
    3. Study something you love. First, because these four years are too short to wake up every morning and not be excited about what you’re waking up for. You’ll find it especially worth it during those late nights in the library and the almost inevitable 8 AM class that will make its way into your schedule. Second, because you’ll be a better student of your major if you enjoy it and it sparks your curiosity. Pay attention to the subjects you feel naturally inclined to ask questions about.

    Although there’s more to college than just academics, they are a critically important part of your next four years. Part of your college experience should be spent feeling like you’re preparing yourself for a job so that you don’t end up in a job wishing college had prepared you for it.

    -Molly Morrisey, NSM