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  • Leadership is about Trust

    Posted by Joseph Lopez on 10/26/2015 08:51:20 PM

    I’m standing next to Ms. Carmen Rodriguez in the early morning hours, in her one story apartment in Madrid, Spain. She would be my host mom for the next four months as I studied at a nearby university. I had just arrived the night before, a day later than originally expected, and I was apprehensive of what laid ahead. I had never been to Spain, let alone ever set foot in Europe. All the months of preparation (mentally and physically) had prepared me for this moment. I was going to be going to my first day of school, and Carmen was going to walk me from her apartment, in the North Side of Madrid, to the school’s campus in the south part of the city by way of the famous “Metro” (the subway). I had to completely trust her sense of direction and her knowledge of the city to get me to school, only after a few short hours of getting to know each other. Walking out the door, I completely trusted in her. I made it to school that day, and every day following for the rest of the semester. But to this day, I never forgot her act of kindness when I was at my most vulnerable.

    When was the last time you truly trusted someone? I’m not talking about trusting that your parents would send you money for food, or trusting your teacher would be there at your classes regularly scheduled time. I’m talking about trusting someone when you were completely out of your comfort zone. It’s a tough question. Many times, people (especially people like me) hate relying completely on someone, especially in a time of vulnerability. But when I reflected on this moment in my life, I realized that Carmen had taught me a great lesson.

    A good leader is able to help others, but a great leader is able to make you trust them. I had complete trust in Carmen. She explained the process of getting on the Metro, she made jokes when I didn’t put my ticket in the right way of the entrance, but most importantly, she made me see that with building trust comes moments of growth. On that walk, she pointed out several places to explore; one of which was a great little café. On warm sunny days, I would go and sit at the café and just take in my surroundings. It was one of the best times of my life.

    Trust was the ultimate factor here. Great leaders (like Carmen) can make other people around them trust them. Having trust and getting past points of vulnerability allow you to learn a lot about yourself while teaching you great lessons in how to lead those around you. Take some small steps in order to get there. We are a little past the midpoint of Fall Quarter, but its never to late to go to that club meeting, create that professional relationship with a professor, or even to go out and try that new restaurant you’ve walked past several times. Who knows, maybe you will find yourself in the middle of Madrid sitting at a café and enjoying the view.

    Joseph Lopez

    Management major | Senior

    New Student Mentor

    The Midterms are Coming

    Posted by Danielle LeBaron on 10/19/2015 09:03:15 AM

    For most of you, midterms are just around the corner. For others, they may already be here. The most important thing to remember at this point, though, is "DON'T PANIC." Whether you've been preparing since classes began or are just getting started (it's ok, I've been there too), you'll want to find a study method that will set you up for success.

    Here are some tips to get you on the right track:

    1. Strategize: Before diving into all the material your exam will cover, make sure you have some sort of game plan. This will keep you from (a) feeling overwhelmed with the material and (b) diverting into things you don’t even need to study. A simple list or a creative and colorful road map will do!
    2. Organize: Once you know exactly what you need to review, set-up your study space. Turn on some instrumental music or tunes you are already familiar to keep you focused. Get out some highlighters to color-code details that you may need to recognize or use on the exam. I usually differentiate vocabulary, high-level concepts, and anything the professor stressed during their lecture. De-clutter your desk of miscellaneous papers and unnecessary electronics (this includes your cell phone!!) to keep any immediate distractions out of reach. 
    3. Practice: If your exam is equation-based, gather any problems you struggled with from your homework assignments. Redo them by describing (out loud) and writing down exactly how you should solve the problem. This helps you kinesthetically, visually, and auditorily remember the step-by-step approach for each problem type. However, if your exam is more of the subjective variety (i.e. short essays), create mini outlines of how your professors would expect you to frame your answer. You may not have specific material for those outlines, but by practicing you’ll have a starting point for the actual exam. 
    4. Consolidate: Grab a flash card and write down anything you tend to forget or MUST know for the exam (i.e. equations). While you’re waiting for class to start, the flash card is a convenient way to get some last minute review without having to shuffle through all your notes.
    5. Ask for Help: If you’re still foggy on some course material, make sure you ask for help! Connect with a classmate, form a study group, or stop by your professor’s office hours. Many math courses have some sort of study session that gives you a chance to work through example problems with your professor’s TAs. I've found those sessions as the best way to figure out any common mistakes I may have been making while solving problems. Also, some professors are gracious enough to provide a practice exam. Check their course on Canvas to see if they posted one!
    6. Treat Yourself: In-between your time reviewing, make sure you take a little break every now and then, for sanity’s sake. The best way to do this is make landmarks on your review game plan. Make these breaks the time for a sweet treat, a moment away from your desk, or a dance break to re-energize yourself. 

    Although I didn't include them in this list, you MUST also remember to sleep and eat. If your body isn't in a descent state to absorb the information you're reviewing, all that hard work will be wasted!

    I hope at least a few of these tips help alleviate some of those midterm stressors. You can make it past the "DON'T PANIC" stage and into the "I can do this" stage. I wish you the best of luck! 

    Danielle LeBaron

    International Business Major | Junior

    New Student Mentor

    Investing in your Interests

    Posted by Chisup Kim on 10/14/2015 04:48:33 PM

    When talking to my friends, I often hear about their desires and wishes to travel abroad, but often their preset programs stop them from experiencing the distinctive cultures outside our borders. Although I highly recommend study abroad tours to everyone, not everyone that wants to go can go for whatever reason including: grades, classes available, or even the costs. I was in a similar position last year; I simply could not go on a study abroad tour because of my academic schedule planned out for me. Despite these circumstances, I managed to find a different way to use my passport.

    Last winter break, instead of returning home to Las Vegas, I travelled to Guatemala for a service trip. There, my friend Sarah and I volunteered for a nonprofit called Long Way Home. Guatemala contains various problems involving poverty, lack of education, and environmentally unsafe methods of disposing trash. Long Way Home aspires to solve all of these problems through ecological projects. When I arrived, Long Way Home was essentially building a school made from trash in a small town called San Juan Comalapa. Comalapa has a huge waste problem by disposing their garbage into a deep pit. Long Way Home repurposes the trash into useful building materials. Old Tires full of cement were used stacked into sturdy walls. Empty beer and soda bottles were placed in lieu of windows creating beautiful lighting. Plastic was repurposed into reliable concrete. Like Seattle University, they even recycled compost to enrich the soil. The school was beautiful with the materials manifesting into marvelous structures.

    Our work days usually started at 8 am and ended at 5 p.m., and the work varied everyday on the worksite. On the first day, we helped build a shed for their water containers. Another day, we went to gather tires from local mechanical shops to build more walls. The next, we were landscaping and reshaping the grounds for the return of the students. Every day surprised me with more and more hard work. But, helping Long Way Home progress closer to their mission made all the hard work valuable. When we were not on the worksite, we were exploring Guatemala. In San Juan Comalapa, we met internationally renowned artist Oscar Peren. Peren has paintings exhibited in many museums around the world, and you can even buy smaller paintings from him at his house. Beyond Comalapa, we took buses and taxis to get around. We traveled to Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala City, and various other areas. My favorite place was definitely the hike up the dormant Volcan de Agua. At the top, we could see the active Volcan de Fuego pluming.

    Now, I know not everyone can afford to leave their homes during Christmas break, but the point is that you can find alternatives for your passions than the opportunities set out before you. I had an amazing time in Guatemala by going after opportunities. If travelling really is a passion of yours, then you can always find opportunities outside of school to capitalize on them. The best thing you can do for yourself is invest in your interests in and out of the classroom because the lessons gained will be beyond measurement. 


    For more information about Long Way Home: 


    For more information about study abroad:




    International Business & Economics (Double Major) | International Economic Development (Minor) | New Student Mentor

    Building Your Personal Brand

    Posted by Liz Wick on 9/30/2015 09:54:24 AM

    As you begin the first year of your college experience as a student in the Albers School of Business and Economics, take a moment to think about your personal brand.

    A personal brand is something that distinguishes you from other students and markets your unique talents and abilities. Branding has become more and more apparent in the business context since the implementation of social media and can boost, or damage, your personal image.

    Why Should you Care?

    Your personal brand begins today. You have already began your journey to molding your own brand by attending the Jesuit institution that is Seattle University. Every action you take, club you join and role you take on/off campus will affect your brand in one way or another. Sonia Gonzales, a career services manager at Florida International University says “the worst thing you can do is until you graduate before thinking about social media as a way to build a brand”. This becomes even more important as new trends in social media begin popping up and employers set out to conduct more thorough background checks.

    How Do I Start?

    You can start slowly. Here are just some of the things you can do today to build your brand:

    Be proactive:Attend one of Alber’s LinkedIn webinars or visit the Albers Advising Center for tips on how to build a strong and attractive brand both off- and online. LinkedIn, similar to Facebook, is one of the most commonly used professional networking sites. By creating an account early in your college career, you can constantly update you job status, post new skills and achievements, and follow companies that you are interested in!

    Get involved: After you feel like you have gotten the hang of the workload that comes with college classes, get a part-time job, do community service, or join a club you are interested in. Employers look for candidates who are involved beyond school and want to learn less about your job, rather the challenges and hurdles you faced in that position. If an employer is faced with two different candidates, Student A who got perfect grades but didn’t do much on the side, versus Student B that had decent grades but has continuously taken leadership roles, volunteered, and worked well on many teams, there is a higher likelihood that Student B will get an offer because they were involved and made an effort to expand their horizons.

    Be authentic: Lets be honest. College is fun. There are endless opportunities for you to enjoy your college experience, and at the end of the day, it is important to remember your values and be authentic. To keep it short, post on social media only what you would want your future employers to see, because once it is online, it’s not that easy to remove.

    Enjoy your first year in college, make new friends, discover new passions and be yourself. Your personal brand begins today, and you control how it will look when you finish your degree and begin looking for graduate education or a career.

    Sergiu Ispas

    Economics and Finance | Senior

    New Student Mentor

    5 Things I Learned from my Experience at Seattle University

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 8/27/2015 03:09:10 PM

    Summer is coming to a close and soon enough the university will be filled with new students. Within the past couple years I’ve spent on this campus, I’ve gathered a few tips based on my experiences here for you incoming freshmen, transfer, and prospective students.

    Tip #1: Get involved.

    Find something you can be passionate about. After being athletic all my life, I missed being in a team community upon entering college. Thankfully, I found rowing my freshman year. For anyone that’s met me, I know what you are thinking: “she is 5’4”, on the rowing team, and not a coxswain? There’s no way.” BUT, there is a way. Be passionate, get excited, and be open to options that at first don’t seem within reach. You’ll meet people, build friendships, and make connections with every club, team, internship, or job you pursue.

    Tip #2: There is something for everyone. Find what interests you.

    Seattle is a great place to first experience life on your own without the guidance and watch of your parents. Explore the concerts and music scenes around Capitol Hill and within campus like at SU’s big event Quadstock, make a Seattle Food Bucket List, and do touristy things in your new home. You only have a few years to freely explore the city. Go find the things you’re interested in, because in Seattle, and especially in Capitol Hill, there is something for everyone.

    Tip #3: Get ready to work hard.

    You’re beginning your adult life. The transition from high school to college is especially difficult for some, but luckily Seattle University is a great place to transition to. As a business student, you will be pushed academically. Professors push individuals to reach their potential and provide a great support system along the way. Believe it or not, your professors want you to succeed. Visit them during office hours; they are here to help you! Also, it’s never too early to begin networking with professors!

    Tip #4: Work hard but don’t strain yourself in the process.

    While it is important to push yourself, know your limits. I learned this one the hard way my freshman year. I remember spending countless nights cramming in the library, frying my brain at ridiculous hours in the early morning and still having to wake up (if I even slept at all) at 5am for practice the next morning. The more you plan and get a head start on assignments/ studying for tests, the better off you’ll be. Learn how to manage your time and how to prioritize. Help yourself out by being prepared, taking care of your precious body, and allowing time for your brain to rest. Trust me on this one.

    Tip #5: Enjoy your time here.

    I applied to 12 other colleges: a few in my home state of California, a couple throughout the nation, and many in the Pacific Northwest. After all my college tours and visits ended, I knew this region was the best fit for me. I believed this was where I could make the most of my college experience, and sure enough, I was right. Years after making my decision to commit to Seattle University, I am still happy with my choice and could not have asked for a better experience thus far. I am pushed academically and have learned to find interest in each course I take. I am still discovering new spots and eateries around the city where I can relax and take a break from school. I am provided with the business environment that is quintessential in building the foundation for my work experience. College really is a time like no other. Take your time to enjoy these next four years here. Regardless of where one goes to pursue a higher education, he or she should make the most of it, and Seattle is a great place to start. 

    --Gerline Reyes, Junior, Finance major

    All It Takes Is One

    Posted by Gumpon Siriboon on 5/26/2015 08:58:20 AM

    As my undergraduate career quickly starts winding down, it is due time for some reflections! Actively thinking about it, my time here at Seattle University has been incredibly short.  I remember hugging my dad right before he drove away in our Toyota 4-runner on move-in day almost four years ago, the joy of finding out that I had been hired as an RA for the first-time, my heart-pounding when I got a phone call that I had received an internship offer with a major company, flying to San Francisco for an interview with the company that I will be beginning my career with like they all happened in the last week. While it's amazing to think about the great times, It's also not hard for me to vividly remember all the times I stressed myself out to an edge studying for a midterm, taking a girl on a date and her not thinking it was just that, or being turned down from the twenty other internships I applied for. 

    How do I want to summarize this story? With a metaphor obviously!  Baseball is something that I love more than a lot of things in the world and a metaphor relating to the game seems wildly appropriate right now.     

    Life, especially young adulthood is a lot like stepping into a batter's box. Thing (pitches) are coming at you at 100MPH, change-ups are thrown, and sometimes the dreaded curveball gets thrown.  You can go up to an at-bat with the mentality of swinging at everything.  Sure you'll fail sometimes, but you'll hit one eventually, right?

    Sure you will! But you'll also being swinging and missing a lot too, and believe me, there's few things worse in the world than the long walk to the dugout after a strikeout. The problem with the "go for anything" approach is the fact that it can be incredibly demoralizing to fail over and over again.  There's plenty of growing that you can do by failing but it sucks to have it keep happening. 

    The best hitters in the world are the best at adjusting mid-at-bat.  They see the fastball, but recognize that sometimes it's better to let a pitch go by them and wait for something that's better to hit.  In this metaphor this means that sometimes it's better to wait for something in your wheelhouse before swinging.  Be selective with what you pursue.  Get an understanding of what your hot and cold zones are and go for the things that land in a hot spot.  Sometimes that means you let a pretty good opportunity go by but a better one could be the next pitch. Remember!  You only hit one pitch in any given at-bat. 

    The beautiful thing about the game of baseball is the fact that you get some many attempts to step-up to the plate.  One strikeout won't kill you.  Remember this for the swings and miss that happen at amazing pitches (opportunities).  Be selective with that one pitch; learn to sit on one to get one that you really like.  Remember that the season (life) is a long one and that even if you strikeout on something that seems so, so right, there's another at-bat (opportunity) come at you pretty soon.  All of this is summed up pretty nicely here:

    "Baseball gives everyone a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game." - Ted Williams

    Signing off for the last time :(


    -NSM Zac

    Spring Quarter and the Pull Between Sunshine and Schoolwork

    Posted by Fitzpatrick Jordan on 5/7/2015 12:15:45 PM

    Spring Quarter 2015 is in full swing and the sun is beaming down on us all. This means two things: we could be outside enjoying the sunshine, or we could be focusing on schoolwork. There are obvious pros and cons to both, and both are definitely important. In this blog entry I will explore the importance of the sun and the quest to find a balance between schoolwork and the beams from above.

                It turns out that humans can’t actually get all of the Vitamin D their bodies need from food alone. Fortunately, the sun is a great source of Vitamin D! In fact, scientists report that the type of Vitamin D we get from the sun is not found in food or supplement on earth. It is a unique strand of the nutrient that is important to our health and is only obtained from the sun’s ultraviolet B rays. However, we do not need to be in the sun for too long. It only takes about half the time of getting sunburn for us to get as much Vitamin D from the sun as we need. So, get some sun, but not too much!

                Sometimes it’s hard to go to class or go to the library when the sun is shining bright, which makes sense because the sun hasn’t been around much for the rest of the year. But schoolwork is important too! A lot of freshmen are just starting to take business classes, sophomores are starting to take 3000 level business classes, juniors are taking major electives and other major required classes, and seniors are taking capstone courses and putting the finishing touches on their degrees. Spring Quarter is important for any and all business students, so we must stay focused on school. It is important for us to remember the value of Spring Quarter classes because many of them play significant roles in our education. So go to class and the library and don’t forget to do your homework.

                Don’t forget you can do schoolwork while being in the sun! The hill outside of the library is a popular spot to do homework while soaking in some rays in the afternoon as well as the tables outside of the Pigott Pavilion. Take advantage! We all experience the temptation of being in good weather, especially those from places with warmer climates, but it is important for us all to remain focused on the real reason we are at Seattle U: to better ourselves through exception higher education. 

    Fitz Jordan

    The Importance of a College Education

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 4/13/2015 04:51:33 PM

    Here you are, sitting in class on a beautiful Spring day wishing you were outside enjoying the beautiful weather. You begin to ask the question: Is my college education really worth it?

    The San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank (SFFRB) released its 2014 annual report in which economists answered the question of the opportunity cost involved in a four year college education and its net value. The easiest way to determine the economic benefit from a college degree is to look at the difference of average incomes between those with and without college degrees. According to the SFFRB, since 1968, the earnings premium from going to college averaged to about $20,300 per year*. This premium in earnings has been persistent over the past 40 years and shows a clear trend of significantly higher wages for those who pursue higher education. 

    College Education = Insurance

    Many students entering the job market shortly after the recession in the late 2000’s found themselves in an economy with high unemployment rates and very few promising career opportunities. However, the unemployment rates for college graduates were half as high as those for students who only completed high school. Pay cuts for college graduates were significantly less and had a much faster salary recovery rate than for high school graduates.  

    Long-Term Investment

    Just like a treasury bill, the greatest benefit from your college education will be realized in the long-run, not immediately. Coming out of college, it is daunting to have debt from student loans, interest payments that are accruing, and a sense of uncertainty as to where you will be 10 years from now. But the data tells a compelling story. With a college degree you will have a strong foundation to build on, leading to higher average earnings, and will make you a more valuable asset in the job market. These effects will not be immediate, which can be discouraging, but remember that employers are looking for more workers with established skills and credentials to lead the industry. 

    So… Why stay in class?

    Even though it may be sunny outside (but really most days it’s not #Seattle) and you can think of a million other things to do than being in class, remember to think about the future and the net benefit of your dedication to a college education. As students at Seattle University, we have the opportunity to apply the lessons that we learned from class and our other extracurricular activities to create a foundation for our future.

    If you want to see what the Net Present Value of your college education is, check out the SFFRB’s College Education Calculator here:

    Sergiu Ispas
    Junior | Business Economics and Finance
    New Student Mentor

    *Morrill, Weston H. "Does College Matter?" PsycCRITIQUES 14.6 (1969): n. pag. Web.

    It's Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Internships!

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 3/12/2015 04:38:13 PM
    When I was freshman I thought, “I am definitely going to start looking at internships early and taking every opportunity that I can!”

    Fast-forward to today, I unfortunately did not start as early as I would have liked. As of right now I have one internship, two jobs, and three officer positions on my resume since my college career started. It’s not necessarily bad, but looking back, I wish I was more proactive in pursuing more internship opportunities. Although interviews are usually nerve-wracking, I think if I applied to more internships, I would have gotten more interview experience and would be less nervous about them.

    If I could give freshman Abbey advice, I would start off with these four tips:

    1. Start looking early. Not many companies offer internships for freshmen, but it doesn’t hurt to apply or inquire. The worst they can say is no, and even if they do you would still gain experience in creating a resume and cover letter. Head over to the Albers Placement Center for help on where to start looking and resume/cover letter reviews!

    2. Internships are meant to not only give you experience in a field you may potentially want to be in, but they also help develop current skills you already have. Think about skills you may have developed from previous jobs, officer positions, or community service positions and use those in your resume.

    3. If you’re worried about whether or not you will like the company, ask for an informational interview. Networking is something that will help you throughout your college career and the best time to start practicing is now! Attend the Freshmen Networking Event hosted by the NSM’s in Spring Quarter for a safe environment to practice your networking skills.

    4. Nervous for the interviewing process? Look up some questions online to practice. A lot of questions nowadays are situational and require you to describe a time you handled something in a certain way.

    Some examples are:

    • Describe a time where you had to demonstrate leadership skills.
    • Describe a time when you worked with someone you didn’t like or get along with.

    There are also more general questions such as:

    • Why do you think you’re right for the job?
    • Why do you want to work for _____?

    And lastly:

    • Do you have any questions?

    Always. Always ask questions. You are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you! Ask questions to learn more about the company from a current employee's perspective.

    Also, look out for any mock interviews that the Albers Placement Center may be hosting! If the company you’re interested in is attending, then great! If not, don’t be picking about signing up for one because it’s still great practice.

    The bottom line is that even though it seems like you have so much time, you’ll be signing up for graduation and prepping for the real world before you know it. Time flies when you’re having fun right?

    Good luck with your search, and remember – even if you happen to let time slip by without an internship, you have plenty of resources at Albers to help you out (:

    Abbey Fajardo


    Finals Survival Guide

    Posted by Erik Hagberg on 3/12/2015 02:25:29 PM

    It's that time of the quarter, every college student's inevitable nightmare - Finals Week. 

    It's a word that makes every one of us groan in fear, but there's a few things to remind ourselves that help. Here's my guide (or advice) to surviving finals: 

    1) We're all in this together. 

    Those High School Musical lyrics got not be more applicable than finals week. As stressed and worried as you may be, at least you're not alone! Everyone at the university seems to join hands in solidarity (a very Jesuit term) to support one another through the week. 

    2) Professors aren't your enemy

    Professors WANT to see their students succeed, and they're always willing to meet with students during their office hours or by appointments outside of class time. Some professors even opt out of using a formal office and just hang out in the cafe area of the business school so they can answer student questions. This is the case all throughout the quarter, but during finals week they are always there to make sure students feel calm and prepared. 

    3) The world is not going to end 

    It's easy to think that if you don't get A's on all of your tests and study 20 hours a day and still eat well and work out and be a person...ok, deep breath, can easily feel like the world is going to end. But fear not! It's not going to. Finals is finals, meaning no matter what happens, everything will be ok. We all have bad tests, or a bad paper, even if we've worked hard and tried our best. Sometimes that's all you can do. But trust me, ask any student on this campus and we've ALL been there. More often than not, you'll be fine! Just try your hardest and that's all you could ever ask of yourself. You got this! 

    4) Once it's over, it's vacation time. 

    The nice thing about finals (other than not having classes that week) is that after your tests are over (and some students end well before Friday) you're on break! Woo! Time to put on the ski gear, hiking shoes, pull out the shopping bags, or jet off to a far away land. The world is your oyster! Or, if you're like me, sometimes you decide to just veg on the couch and watch Netflix for hours on hours. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can opt to take an international study tour course or volunteer (internationally or domestically), which I've also done! 

    Overall, finals week isn't nearly as bad as it sounds. The great thing about SeattleU is that we have an incredibly supportive community of faculty, staff, and students who are all here to help. Remember, you can do it! Albers is here to help. 

    Now, off to finish my finals! 


    Erik Hagberg

    International Business major 
    New Student Mentor 

    Why Choosing a Major is the Least of your Worries

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 2/11/2015 05:46:21 PM

    Professor: "We're going to begin class by introducing ourselves, our major, and what we plan on doing after we graduate."

    Girl next to me: "My name is Rachel, I'm a finance/economics double major with a non-profit leadership minor, and I plan on opening a NGO that leverages underwriters to fund educational programs for adolescent girls in Eastern Africa."

    Me: "My name is Nanty, and I have no idea what I'm going to do after I graduate."

    This actually happened during a class my freshman year, and I still think I'm a little scarred to this day. There is this immense pressure to make "life" decisions early on in college, and I'm here to tell you that deciding on a career as a freshman is pretty ambitious. Even deciding on major your freshman year can be too soon. Finding a major is not what we're interested in here at Seattle University, we want you to find yourselves.

    I know it all sounds abstract and existential, but I am always telling my mentees to start the major discernment process by thinking about what they like to do. You will come to love any major if you are able to relate what you learn in the classroom to what you want to be doing outside of the classroom. And it doesn't have to be specific - I have never heard someone say that they aspire to be an financial analyst, but I have heard someone say that they want to work at Amazon. It could be as simple as you want to have a career that is well-respected, and you'll constantly be surrounded by competent people (that's how I ended up an accounting major).

    I challenge you all to begin to think about the things you like to do, the people you want to be surrounded by, or even a company that you would want to work for - your major will come when you get to know a little more about yourself.


    Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor





    Looking Back as a Mentee

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 1/30/2015 04:00:52 PM

     The unfamiliar, brutal, cold weather’s setting in and the struggle of leaving my warm, cozy dorm room is becoming increasingly difficult. I watch from my window as the many upperclassmen roam around campus in their North Face jackets and scarves conversing and laughing together. I reminisce of the glory days in high school, when I would strut the hallways waving at the numerous friends I’ve made over the years; wishing they were here keeping me company in college. But that’s not the case. Everyday consists of the same routine. Wake up, get ready, go to class, eat at C-Street, and then come back to my room to kill time. I haven’t expanded beyond my comfort zone, met any new people or experienced any new things. Throughout my life, I was under the false impression that college was going to be the best years of my life. College is supposed filled with lifetime friendships, long lasting memories and exhilarating experiences. So can someone inform me why this hasn't happened to me yet?

    Today, I had a meeting with my business New Student Mentor. As usual he checked up on my academic progress and asked me if anything was bothering me about college. I decided to tell him about my struggle to enjoy college and confessed that I hadn’t made any efforts to get involved. I thought he would just give me the generic sympathy talk that everyone else gives me, but to my surprise he gave me advice that I will never forget. He told me that he too experienced similar troubles when he was a freshman, which is hard to believe. My mentor is currently working two jobs, involved in multiple clubs, maintaining a strong academic standing and has an internship lined up for him in the summer. How could he, someone with such a slow start end up being where he is today?

    My mentor told me his biggest mistake was only getting involved at the beginning of his junior year and expressed that it wasn’t easy. He strongly discourages anyone to take the path he did and regrets doing it. He wishes that I learn from his mistakes and start getting involved now. It’s never too early to start creating and nurturing relationships with your peers and professors. Even something as simple as joining clubs that intrigue you or doing community service is a great way to meet people. You never know when the next door will open for you. So now is a great time to attend that networking event, grab coffee with your professor, and get to know the shy girl that sits alone in class. The best opportunities can come from the people you least expect it. The more people you are acquaintances with the better. And the more time you have the easier it is to build these relationships. Who knows where you’ll end up in the future? But being prepared and on top of the game will put you in a great position to be successful. 

    Aaron Tom

    Self-Care is the Best-Care

    Posted by Gumpon Siriboon on 1/16/2015 03:03:28 PM

    Winter quarter is upon us and you know that Game of Thrones meme that has the guy with the sword and the text "Brace yourselves, winter is coming"? Well, brace yourselves. Because winter is here!

    Winter quarter is the quarter that students traditionally struggle with the most.  I mean, think about it, the days are depressingly short, it's cold, and there isn't Thanksgiving to break-up the quarter a little bit.  WQ is a time of year that self-care become so important to emphasize. 

    What then is self-care? For all intents and purposes self-care is what you do to keep yourself sane.  They're the healthy activities that give you a reboot.  Everyone has their own ways of taking care of themselves and I guess what I'm writing about today are a few things that I do to break myself out of the mundane cycle of class, homework, class, group project, class, meeting, class, etc.

    Physical Activity - Have you ever just left class frustrated? Maybe your teacher or a colleague just said something that drove you up a wall.  How do you deal with that white-hot, fist-clenching, jaw-gnashing emotion? My answer? Lift. Heavy. Things.  Others choose to go on a run (which I personally don't understand) and  do other cardio, yoga.  Turning to physical activity isn't just great for your body, but it can also be a great release for your brain as well.

    Go for a Walk - and I'm not talking about making that long trip from your residence hall room to the Cave to get a late-night snack.  This city is a beautiful place.  If you're feeling overwhelmed, grabbed a coat and just choose a direction.  Volunteer Park.  Kerry Park.  The Washington Arboretum, Lake Washington.  I can't tell you about all times I just picked a direction and walked.  Walking and just breathing  helped me think through a lot of the things that were bogging me down, and I came back (sometimes miles upon miles) later in a much better place

    Note: if you're going to walk make sure you're smart about it    tips and tricks from public safety  

    Talk it out - Sometimes there's nothing better than just airing out your deepest frustrations.  Keep in mind that there undoubtedly people in your life that care deeply about you.  Whether it's your friends, family, significant other, etc. There are people that would give the world to you, and they want nothing more than to see you happy.  If you're feeling down, reach out to someone that cares, and just talk.  Internalizing negatives feelings isn't a healthy habit to keep.  While I recognize that there are times where that can lead to motivation. I would argue eight times out of ten, not talking about what's making you upset in just eating away at you.  So find an outlet and just let it all out.

    These are only three things that help me  and let me emphasize it again, me . Feel better.  You can easily apply these things to your own life, but self-care is an intrinsically hyper-personal thing.  You know what makes you feel alive.  Just remember that there is almost always time to catch-up with work and that you'll always put your best foot forward if you feel like you're in a good place.


     Take care of yourself! 

    NSM Zac

    Study Tours: Guatemala

    Posted by Laura Molesworth on 1/13/2015 02:52:12 PM

        Guatemala is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world. Despite being the most populous country in Central America, its GDP is only about one-half of the average GDP for all Central American and Caribbean nations. It is full of history, from the Mayans, to the Spanish conquistadors, to the more recent 36 years of civil war. Over winter break, I went on Albers’ Study Tour to Guatemala with the Central American Development Economics course. I’m not sure that I know enough synonyms for awesome and life-changing to be able to adequately describe this trip, but I’m going to do my best!

          The trip started off in Guatemala City. We spent a day touring the city. Our time in there was very brief, but very powerful. The extreme poverty and income inequality that plague the country are striking. It was a completely different experience for me to be confronted with such a stark contrast of wealth and poverty. I struggled seeing the conditions that so many people live in. The tour of Guatemala City completely threw me outside of my comfort zone. It made me consider the extremely privileged life that I have been so lucky to have in the United States. It made me contemplate my Jesuit education at Seattle University, and the values of service and justice that it has instilled in me. My perception of extreme poverty was completely intensified after seeing it in all of its brutal reality.

           After our day in Guatemala City, we traveled to Antigua, where we spent the majority of the trip. La Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning that it is protected as a place of unique cultural or geographical significance. Antigua was completely different than Guatemala City.  Its cultural history and stunning Spanish colonial architecture make the city an attractive tourist destination. The juxtaposition of wealth and poverty were much less visible. In Antigua, we visited a variety of companies and organizations, from small startups and cooperatives to huge multinational corporations.

          One of the most impactful organizations that we visited was a coffee cooperative called De la Gente. De la Gente’s mission is to provide its farmers with access to the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to run a successful and sustainable business. With these tools, the farmers are able to maintain a profit, which allows them to invest in healthcare, education, and housing. During our visit to De la Gente, we picked coffee beans with the farmers, roasted coffee beans, and drank coffee from the beans that we roasted. Then, the farmers and their families welcomed us into their home, prepared us a meal, and we all sat down and ate together. Being so warmly welcomed and accepted by a group of people that we had just met was incredible. To listen to their stories and to spend an afternoon with Filiberto, Freddy, Julio, and Timoteo was the experience of a lifetime. They are so passionate about De la Gente and their coffee, and their passion and hard work have paid off. It was absolutely wonderful to see such positivity and success.

         After a few days in Antigua, our group took a bus to Lake Atitlán. Our visit to the lake was absolutely breathtaking. I have never encountered such natural beauty in my life. I think I spent every second at the lake staring at the water and the volcanoes trying to take it all in. We took a boat around the lake and visited a few of the towns along the water. It was very interesting to see how sleepy and quiet these towns were compared to Antigua and Guatemala City, where the streets were always full of people.

        My trip to Guatemala ended with a day trip to Tikal with another student who attended the trip. Tikal is a set of Mayan ruins in the northern part of Guatemala. It is one of the largest known Mayan archeological sites, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Touring the city was absolutely out of this world. I felt like I had traveled back in time. There were howler monkeys, exotic birds, and trees taller than I had ever seen. To stand among those ancient pyramids, where people had once lived, was extraordinary. Those huge structures were built without modern machinery, which, to me, is astonishing.

        This trip was a once in a lifetime experience. I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. I could not have asked for a more exciting ten days with such a wonderful group of people. For me, this was the perfect way to study abroad. Guatemala, I will be back!   

     Guatemala City


     De la Gente

     Coffee Beans

     Guate 2014 Group

    Photos by: Aljohn Gaviola


    Laura Molesworth | New Student Mentor


    Comfort Zones

    Posted by Liz Wick on 12/1/2014 03:59:32 PM

    I had a hard time leaving home and coming to Seattle University four years ago. When my parents were packing up the car to take me up I was sobbing uncontrollably. If you’re interested in a visual, think a two year old having a melt down in the grocery store when they don’t get the piece of candy they’ve been eyeing.

    I have always been a creature of habit and routine. I don’t like when my days aren’t planned out, I don’t like feeling unsettled, I don’t like change. So, naturally moving to Seattle from my home in Eugene, Oregon was a huge adjustment. The things I took comfort in were gone. No longer could I see my best friends, get coffee from my favorite coffee shop or go running on familiar trails.

    Of course, as time went on I started finding comfort from things in Seattle. I made new friends, discovered new trails and coffee shops that actually had better coffee. I started forming new routines and feeling more settled as each day passed. As a senior, I can happily say that Seattle is my home.

    In six months I will be graduating and am fully aware that change is once again on the horizon. I am happy to report that this doesn’t scare me like it used to. The most important thing I have taken away from my time at Seattle U is that living outside of your comfort zone is the best way to live. My advice to you, no matter what year you are, is to try and do this more often.

    Accept the invitation to hang out with new people, join the club you’ve been thinking about joining for months, ask out the person you think is cute from class, check out some concerts, study abroad or head somewhere new for coffee. While I did find my rhythm and routine in Seattle the things I’ve enjoyed the most here were the things I didn’t plan.

    Changing things up in life can be incredibly rewarding. It might seem scary or unsettling initially but take it from someone who used to think the only way to live was to live in their comfort zone. The best people, experiences and moments are waiting just outside of that zone.


    Meghan Manwill New Student Mentor


    Holistic Education: All About Being Active!

    Posted by Barbara Hauke on 12/1/2014 10:43:32 AM

    Some of us go to the gym on a regular basis and others spend their free time exploring Seattle and the communities around them. The word “active” means a lot of things to different people, but instead of defining active, ask yourself; How do you represent it in your daily routine as a student?
    Here are three ways that you (yes YOU) can be active in what you do:

    1. Active Learning
    It is safe to say that most of you came to Seattle University, a rigorous private Jesuit institution, to educate yourselves and develop a way of thinking that you will bring to your field of work in the future. You have a priceless opportunity to absorb information taught by knowledgeable faculty in your classes so take advantage of it while you can! Be active in your classes by staying engaged, asking questions, meeting with your professors and picking their brains on the concepts from class. For me, it has always helped sitting in the front row of my classes as it keeps me engaged, shows the professor I care and allows me to be more present in the class.

    2. Active Lifestyle
    Listening in class is important, but is very hard to do if you are not healthy. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that people who work out regularly are more focused, happier and overall physically healthier than those who do not. When you have some free time, remember that the gym has a ton of facilities and classes available to all Seattle U students so check out their new weights and different group classes to help you reach those fitness goals!

    3. Active Community Member Classes and the gym are both important but let's remember that Seattle University is located in one of the most diverse and exciting parts of Seattle! There are so many things to do off campus with Capitol Hill a few steps away and Downtown just a short walk down James Street. Take some time out of your busy schedules to explore all that this city has to offer from the great food, gorgeous views and diverse communities. Show your student leadership by volunteering through the Center for Service and Community Engagement at many locations right next to campus.

    College is what you make it. The best way to take advantage of all the opportunities around you is by staying active and being present in the all that you do!

    Sergiu Ipsas | New Student Mentor

    Homesick for the Holidays

    Posted by Erik Hagberg on 11/29/2014 01:30:01 PM

    Freshman year (and really any year in college) can be the best, and the worst, particularly when it comes to homesickness. It can happen at any time, unexpectedly (like in the middle of April) or more expectedly (like right before finals), and it's different for everyone. As much as we all can't wait to be away from home after high school or after a long summer break, it's almost certain that at some point within your college career you will feel a longing for home-cooked meals, your old bed, and having your laundry done for you. I mean, who doesn't like that? The important thing to remember when feeling homesick is to not fight it, feel embarrassed about it, or let it take you over. Like so many things, it's all about awareness. 

    I'll never forget the first time I felt homesick in college. So, here are some quick tips to combating homesickness: 

    1. Keep things interesting: 

    Part of the problem with homesickness is that you get tired of pretty much everything around you. When I feel homesick, the entire city of Seattle seems to lack any fun or enjoyable thing to do, which is just downright silly of me to think. Remembering all of the neat things to do around you can help remind you of the excitement and variety of experiences around you, something we all feel during our exciting college careers. Try to get out and do something you've always wanted to do, or try challenge yourself to a completely new experience altogether. Even if it's just one time, it can help distract you from thinking about home and add a refreshing perspective on things. 

    2. Don't slack off:

    It can be so easy to just give up on school work when you want nothing more than to be at home. You're tired, over-worked, and downright exhausted from weeks of doing homework, studying, tests, presentations...the list goes on. However, pushing all of your finals work further and further towards that impending deadline will only stress you out more. Rather than adding stress on yourself to a near breaking-point right before you leave for break, work on your assignments and studying just a little bit each day so your workload seems more manageable and so you can actually see the progress you're making. This will help make the end of the quarter/semester a lot more tolerable. 

    3. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good: 

    When you feel homesick a part of you is longing for the comfort of loved ones back home, whether it's your friends or your family, maybe a local community member. Yet, no matter how lonely you may feel at school, there's always someone there who cares. It can be a close friend or group of friends, your advisors (like the New Student Mentors here in Albers!), staff members on campus, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, and your professors. They all care and want to see you do well, and most importantly to be happy. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, and I think you'll find yourself feeling better a whole lot faster than you think. 

    Try these tips out when you're starting to feel the homesick blues, and remember that it all goes much faster than you think! Enjoy the time you have in your classes, with your friends, and working on your studies because it goes so fast! Most importantly, be easy on yourself when you start to feel down. You got this! 
    Erik | New Student Mentor 

    3 Tips to Get Healthy This Year

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 10/28/2014 10:56:24 PM

    Over the summer, I was a little bit of a health and fitness junkie. Of course, this was when I basically had as much time as I wanted to prepare meals in advance and have longer workouts. With school, two jobs, and an internship, I’ve found myself stray away from my path to a healthier lifestyle. When I don’t have time, I tend to buy anything from whatever is nearby. Let’s be real, the food on and around campus is pretty good! (Delivery services like Postmates just adds to it!) Then there are those late night study sessions that don’t seem like such a good idea the next day... We’ve all been there!

    Here are some easy, helpful tips to get you started!

    1. SLEEP!

    Managing your own sleep is one of the hardest things to do.  I know that I definitely struggle with it! Most people either get too little or too much, but by getting just the right amount of sleep you can have a stronger immune system and a good amount of energy for the day. Research suggests that people need an average of 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep, but it differs for every person. Not getting enough sleep can result in low-energy, falling asleep in class, or struggling to get up for class. You might love late nights watching The Walking Dead, but try and sleep a little earlier to get your body the rest it needs. 

    2. Have a Party on Your Plate! 

    No, I’m not talking about having an entire plate of party snacks. I’m talking about adding color to your meals! Adding fruits and veggies into your diet is an easy way to ensure you’re getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients your body needs. It might be hard to stray away from that burger and fries, but try mixing up lunch/diner with a salad, adding more veggies to your sandwich, or adding a piece of fruit to your breakfast or snack. Definitely try red or golden beets! I think that golden beets kind of taste like baby corn.. but with more nutrients! 

    3. Make a Bet 

    Making goals for yourself to workout are great, but it’s even better when you have a nice prize for yourself at the end of everything! Whenever I tried to get myself motivated on my own, I usually found that I started to make excuses once I started getting really busy. Get a friend involved in your workout and you can bet something as simple as a meal at The Bistro or C-Street! Inviting a friend and having an end reward can definitely influence your motivation. You won’t even notice that you’re “feeling the burn” with all the fun you’ll be having! 

    I hope these tips help you out! People always say, “School first”, but you shouldn’t forget that taking care of yourself is also extremely important! Taking care of yourself will ensure that you are ready to take on each day (:

    Abbey Fajardo | New Student Mentor


    Dress Well, Test Well

    Posted by Mitchell Chinn on 10/9/2014 08:53:41 PM

    I think clichés are dumb. However, they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t actually some meaning or value to them and unfortunately, the one piece of advice that I want to pass on is a cliché: dress well, test well.

    Now, I don’t mean literally wearing a suit to every single class or every test, but when you “dress well”, it really can change your attitude for the day. Imagine that cold, dark winter day where there is only 6 hours of sunlight (yes, these days do exist) and you have the choice to wear sweatpants and a hoodie or jeans, a shirt, and a wool jacket. What kind of attitude would you relate to the sweatpants wearer? This person is probably just trying to get through the day, lacking enthusiasm and drive. Now, what about our wool jacket student? This person most likely got ready for the day not necessarily with the expectation that it would the best day ever, but with a positive outlook, energized and ready to tackle challenges head on.

    From this scenario, it should be easy enough to guess who will “test well”. Our sweatpants friends won’t be putting themselves out there at a networking event, but wool jacket people might be more ready to attack this event with purpose. Testing well isn’t just about tests, it is the daily tasks that we as students, have to balance everyday.

    We often judge each other within the first seven or so seconds, so impress them with the way you dress. At least don’t leave them thinking about how your pajama pants had giraffes on them. Let them see your confidence, resolve, and poise. My point is this: looking like you care will in many ways, translate into actually caring. Caring about yourself, and in this case, how you look, may help you walk a little taller or even with a bit more swag. Especially as the quarter creeps up on midterms and as the days descend into darkness, the best way to stay positive and confident is to perceive that you are. That vibe is infectious too; it will get passed to others and then they will pass it back to you.

    I think I just gave everyone an excuse to go spend copious amounts of money on a brand new winter wardrobe. Make sure to ask your parents for money.

    Mitchell | New Student Mentor

    Albers: Come Hungry, Leave Happy

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 10/3/2014 03:08:43 PM

    I know I am not the first to say this, but - welcome to the Albers School of Business and Economics!

    Now in my second year as a New Student Mentor, I am finally starting to feel confident in the advice I am giving to my mentees. I have seen my new students experience their share of triumphs and tribulations in their first year. There are two distinct categories of freshmen - the rockstars, and the floaters. One thing that we constantly struggle with as peer mentors is reaching out to these floaters. We have mentees that are going to succeed no matter if or if they don't have a NSM (the rockstars), and then we have those that are constantly waiting for the next break so they can run to The Bottom Line. The best piece of advice I can give a new student is to truly want "it", no matter what "it" could be. This advice follows what I consider to be the golden rule of business school:



    No, I am not trying to be ironic by using IHOP's slogan when there is a 24 hour IHOP across the street from campus (but I'll admit that did work out well). Business school is really about constantly setting goals and understanding the means to achieve them. Need an internship? Start looking online, maybe consider coming to the Placement Center for some extra help. Want to get that 4.0 GPA? Say no to your friends a couple times a week and spend those extra hours studying. That's the real beauty of college - you get out of it what you put into it. Although as NSMs we can help you with guiding you to resources and connecting you with the right people, it all begins with you.You are now the sole captain of your life ship, and it's time to conquer the college seas (am I killing it with the metaphors yet?). Surround yourself with the best crew that you can, and make sure you have a strong compass towards your goals.

    Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.


    Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor



    Making the Most of Summer Vacation

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 6/2/2014 11:42:50 AM

    The concept of “summer vacation” doesn’t exist in the real world. As a senior graduating in two short weeks, the reality of this statement is finally starting to hit me. Unless I become a professor, this is the last summer vacation I will ever have. Not to be dramatic, but after 16 years of carefree, three month-long summers, the prospect of having to work in an office for 40 hours a week when it’s 70 degrees outside seems pretty bleak. Never again will my summer days consist of morning beach time, an afternoon water fight (plus Popsicle break), then a leisurely evening of reading in the warm air.

    But this post isn’t to bemoan the realities of the summer vacation-free working world; it’s to encourage you undergrads to savor your remaining summers! I’ve worked full-time every summer since I was 16 years old, so I’ve had to figure out how to enjoy my summer anyways. For those of you with summer internships or jobs, here’s how:

    • Don’t let your workday stress you out! Take advantage of the fact that you don’t have homework and try to disconnect from work once you leave for the day. You’ll be happier and more productive if you leave work where it belongs: the office.
    • Get out and have fun in the evenings after work. I know it’s tempting to lie on the couch after a long day, but go make some fun memories instead. Here are some low-key activities to get you out and about in the evening:
      • Go for a leisurely bike ride along a nice bike path. There are plenty in Seattle!
      • Catch those last rays of sun and head to the park to read, throw a Frisbee, or just sit and chat.
      • Go for a run or walk to someplace new: a coffee shop, a pretty viewpoint, a different neighborhood, etc.
      • Go to happy hour! It’s a fun way to unwind after a tough day and even if you’re not 21, you can fill up on delicious (and cheap!) bites to eat. Check out some of Seattle’s best happy hours here.
      • Go see an outdoor play or movie. From Shakespeare in the Park to movies like Pitch Perfect, Seattle has it all!
    • Take weekend trips – you’ll feel like you’re really on vacation if you get a change of scenery. Whether that’s going home to spend a weekend with family, going hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, taking the train to Portland, or heading out to a friend’s cabin, it's refreshing to get away from your daily life and enjoy all that summer has to offer.

    I hope this helps you take full advantage of your summer vacation this year! Enjoy your friends, get out in the sunshine, and relax before the new school year begins.

    Margaux Helm | New Student Mentor

    If I Could Do It All Over

    Posted by Liz Wick on 4/21/2014 03:32:48 PM

    As I sit here writing; I am coming to the end of my junior year.  Being over half way through my college experience, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting.  Reflecting on what has gone well, what could be improved on, and well, everything really.

    One question that continually comes up in my mind is the one thing I could change if I had the chance to do it all over.  And if I had to answer that question point blank, I would definitely say: networking. 

    As a first year student, I remember being constantly bombarded with messages regarding how important networking was.  Like clockwork, I would receive emails from the placement center with internship reminders.  My NSM sent me emails about networking opportunities. Guest speakers and professors continually talked about the importance of networking.  Frankly, I got bored, and frustrated by it all.  I told myself I had time (which I did), but now, as I am looking for internships, and post-graduation opportunities, I’m kicking myself for not going to more networking style events.

    Now that I am constantly attending networking events, I am realizing that the same people show up to the events a solid 80% of the time.  Sure, the first time I went to a networking fair, I felt awkward as heck.  I mean, I always feel a little bit awkward in social situations.  That’s just who I am. What makes events easier though is the relationships that you build with your peers, and recruiters.    

    The relationships that you establish at networking socials goes far beyond surface level conversations, and a handshake.  It’s really about keeping in touch.  Sending that follow-up email, asking what seem like mundane questions.  You think that everyone follows all of those tips that you get from listening to presentations given by the placement center? No.  In reality, only a few people actually spend the time to send thoughtful emails, and letters, and they really do set you apart from the rest of the pack. 

    It’s those relationships that you foster that will help you in the future.  It may not get you the job directly, but put yourself in the shoes of any human resource coordinator.  If you were sitting in their seat, would you want to interview, and subsequently hire another name on a resume, or would you rather interview someone you already know?  Most would go with the person that they know because there is a level of comfort there.  I know that I would. 

    Ultimately, networking won’t guarantee you a job in the future.  You still need to have all the qualifications that the position asks for.  But one thing is for sure, networking can never hurt.    


    How to Stay Motivated for Spring Quarter

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 4/11/2014 04:33:22 PM

    The relatively good weather we’ve been having this week isn’t helping the fact that Spring Break is over and that summer is right around the corner. While many might already be in summer mode and others may have caught the oh-so-contagious Senioritis, there are still eight more weeks standing in your way.

    Even though you might want to spend all your time soaking up the sun, it’s important to stay on top of your school work. Here are a few tips to stay motivated and finish this quarter strong!

    1. Prioritize Assignments
    This is easier said than done! Do whatever helps you stay organized, whether it is a planner or to-do list. Plan ahead and don’t procrastinate because it will definitely help you in the long run. Who wants to worry about papers and assignments while relaxing at the park when you can relax with a clear mind?

    2. Reward Yourself
    After you finish a hard assignment, go ahead and give yourself a little reward. Having something to look forward to will motivate you to push through and finish everything. These rewards can range from sweet treats to watching one episode of your favorite TV show. Be careful not to cheat yourself and reward yourself early. It’ll take even longer to finish your assignment, and that’s not what you want.

    3. Find Alternative Study Places
    Are you longing for the sunlight? Change it up and take your studying to somewhere you can enjoy a little Vitamin D. It’s still possible to enjoy the sun and study as long as you find a spot where you’re not too distracted.

    4. Study With Other People
    Studying with others can help you understand the material better and can help you work more efficiently. It’s always fun to get a group together and spend a few hours studying at the library, but just make sure you actually study!

    5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
    You won’t get anything done with only a few hours of sleep. It’s important to get enough rest every night in order to focus completely in your work. Plan out your days in advanced so you don’t end up pulling an all nighter writing a paper or studying for a test.

    6. Work Out
    Working out not only helps reduce stress, but it’ll also help you get in shape for the summer! Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. Take some time to go on a run to help you relax, get fit, and enjoy the weather.

    7. Stay Positive
    Although it’s easy to get that “I don’t care, the year’s almost over” attitude, resist the urge to go down that road! Try your best in your classes so you know that in the end you gave it your all. Be optimistic and work hard! If you work as hard as you can, the more rewarding it will feel when you finally finish the quarter.

    Good luck this spring!

    Abbey Fajardo | NSM

    Big Brother is Watching: Social Media 101

    Posted by Nantaporn Carlson on 3/11/2014 02:17:44 PM

    Starting college is the ultimate social media ego boost; with every three people you meet on your floor, you're bound to get at least one new follower on Instagram or Twitter. And now that we're almost two quarters through this school year, I'm sure we've all increased our follower count by at least 50. But be forewarned - not everyone catching word of your username is a student. There is a major population of alumni and professionals that are only one click away from seeing your photos from this last weekend's beer pong tournament. Consider this your first glimpse into how powerful, and risky, social media can be.

    Winter quarter of my freshman year I landed an internship with our athletics department, a dream of mine prior to starting college. My supervisor was a graduate student, and being only 7 years my senior, became one of my newest Twitter followers. Not having previously thought to censor my tweets, and recently discovering a world of new vices, I recklessly posted about my most recent weekend experience (photos included). Two days later, I was called personally by our Athletic Director to meet with him. Naive as I was, I wasn't prepared for the verbal butt-kicking I received. Turns out he had found my Twitter account through my supervisor and was none too pleased with my choice of content. To save you all the embarrassment and shame I felt during that 30 minute meeting, I've paraphrased the conversation into the following bullet points:

    1. You represent the people you work for, no matter the caliber of your position.

    Even the lowly intern forced to be Rudy the Redhawk is a direct reflection of the director, and there is very leniency for those who compromise the credibility of the head honcho.

    2. Use the "Would my Mom be okay with me posting this" rule.

    If you happen to have a very relaxed mother, you can substitute your conservative grandmother for an indicator.

    3. Understand the scope of your actions.

    The next professional that sees your racy IG post could be the person that declines your inquiry for a letter of recommendation, use your first years of college to start changing your mindset to include the next 5 years, rather than the next weekend.

    I was fortunate enough to escape with just a warning, but it was enough for me to completely change the way I treated my social media. Please consider switching your profiles to private and thinking twice about posting photos from your weekend festivities. You never know who could be watching.


    Nanty Carlson | New Student Mentor

    10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Freshman Year

    Posted by Margaux Helm on 1/29/2014 09:39:01 PM

    As a senior, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my past four years here at Seattle University. Looking back, I wish someone had laid out all of the dos and don’ts of college life when I first started here. While this isn’t a comprehensive list, here are ten things that I’ve learned since I arrived at Seattle University in September 2010. Consider this one soon-to-be graduate’s guide to a happy and successful Albers experience! 

    1. Get involved. Whether that means planning Fall Ball as a member of SEAC, running for SGSU office, or pledging for Alpha Kappa Psi, go for it! You’ll feel more fulfilled, learn valuable skills, and make some great friends along the way.
    2. Use your resources. One of the great things about Albers and Seattle U is that you never have to go it alone. There are hundreds of people who can help you out; all you have to do is ask! The Albers Placement Center is hugely helpful at any stage of the job/internship hunt.
    3. Do your best. That goes for classes, internships, and part-time jobs. Just because making coffee doesn’t fulfill your lifelong dream of being an accountant doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give it 100%. You never know when you’ll need a reference or where you’ll find an opportunity!
    4. Just talk to people. “Networking” seems like such a scary word, especially when you haven’t had a job before. But all it takes is being unafraid to talk to people! Whether they’re your professors or professionals you find on LinkedIn, just set up a meeting and chat.
    5. Get started early (on everything). As the quarters go by, projects in your classes will get bigger and bigger, so make sure you stay ahead of the game. Start the internship search early too! If you’re unsure about your career path, internships can be a great way to figure it out.
    6. Study abroad. It can sometimes be tricky for business students to study abroad because of our course requirements …but I promise you, it’s worth it. As cheesy as it sounds, living in another country for a few months definitely changed my priorities and the way I see the world. I hope it can be the same for you.
    7. Get out more. We all live in a beautiful city, but somehow we get far too comfortable staying within five blocks of campus. Take a break from that finance homework, grab a free Orca card from the Campus Assistance Center, and go exploring!
    8. Learn how to say no. At some point during the next few years, you’ll probably want to do a million things at once – that internship, that club presidency, that extra class. As tough as it is to say no, you can’t always do it all. Choose what you’re most passionate about and your nerves will thank you later!
    9. Go beyond Albers. We are all very fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes outside of the business school. As passionate as you might be about marketing, take advantage of the new perspectives you encounter in your core classes. After all when else in your life will you be able to spend ten weeks learning about the history of zombies?   
    10. Don’t be so stressed. My past four years at Seattle University have been incredibly fun and rewarding. Don’t let your worries about classes or your future career ruin these days for you – enjoy them!
    Margaux | New Student Mentor 

    Winter Quarter Blues

    Posted by Austin Porter on 1/25/2014 06:07:40 PM

    With the winter season in full swing, there always seems to come a time of reflection that can often lead to second-guesses and detachment.

    The, at times, dreary Pacific Northwest weather can tend to throw all of us into a daze, given that we allow it to do so. With an unfamiliar, ever-changing experience like college, this weather-induced daze can often result in a period of reflection full of second-guesses and faux regrets. It's easy to let yourself begin to question whether you made the right decision to attend the college or university that you chose or whether attending college was the right decision at all.

    While most everyone goes through the aforementioned period of contemplation, it can become even more damaging when it's allowed to transform into a period of detachment. When you allow yourself to become detached, you begin to impact not only yourself, but also your friends, family, classmates, and all other parties that you interact with on a daily basis.

    Whether this time of detachment lasts a week, month, quarter, or year, it begins to wear you and your most critical relationships down. With these thoughts in mind, I'd like to share a quote from one of my favorite comedians, Louis C.K.  

    "You’ll be fine. You’re 25. Feeling unsure and lost is part of your path. Don’t avoid it. See what those feelings are showing you and use it. Take a breath. You’ll be okay. Even if you don’t feel okay all the time."

    While his quote addresses a 25-year-old, I believe it applies even more so to those of a younger age. College and your 20s in general are a time to be okay with uncertainty and embrace it head-on. It's OK to feel unsure sometimes. Like Louis C.K. said, see what your feelings are showing you and use them to move forward in the direction that makes you happy. Take a deep breath; try not to allow yourself to become detached from your friends and family, and turn this time of reflection into a positive step toward the path that makes you happy.


    Austin Porter | NSM

    Keeping the Proverbial Ball Rolling

    Posted by Gumpon Siriboon on 12/4/2013 11:46:45 AM


    Congratulations for making through your first quarter at Seattle University!  Now that you’re through the first one, we still have two to go.  Today I’m here to try and give some helpful tips to help maintain some of the momentum that you gained academically this quarter.

    Rule #1: Not getting a 4.0 isn’t backbreaking.  If you only take one thing away from this, choose this: Grades are important, but they’re not everything. 

    Ask any admission counselor or professor, and they’ll tell you that you’re here for a reason.  If you weren’t smart, you wouldn’t be here.  The first critical piece to recognize is that the ability is there, it has always been there, and it will continue to be there.  If you didn’t get a 4.0 your first quarter, that doesn’t mean that you’re not smart or that you’re not going to get hired down the road.  This isn't to say that grade don't matter, I’m not saying that you should tank the grades, but just realize that a B here, or even a C+ there isn’t going to kill you. 

    What I’ll offer you is this; you should always be trying to do your best.  A’s are hard to come by in college; it’s OK if you don’t have a 4.0.  What you should absolutely be doing is utilizing your resources, (you have a lot here), while striving to learn as much as you can.

    All right, I just read over that last paragraph and realized that it was pretty cheesy, but the point is still stands, so it’s going to stay right where it is.  Here’s a piece of actual advice: take some time to reflect on the things that went well, and not so well and write them down.  Be honest with yourself now, even if you got a 4.0, met the love of your life, made a million dollars, or what say you, there’s always things that can be improved. 

    We tend to stigmatize failure, but should we really be doing that?  When I think about all the ways that I’ve grown in the last few years, I’ve found that more often than not, it’s through failing.  In fact, I’ve royally screw something up and end up having epiphanies.  I cherish the times that I fail because I remember them and try to improve myself so that don’t happen again.  This is something that has helped me understand that I’m always growing, adapting, and that I’m nowhere near a finished product.  I highly encourage you all to try something similar.          

    Golden nugget #2: Don’t forget to take care of yourself.  When you’re done reflecting on your successes and failures.  Take some time to think about what balances you out.  What are the little things that just make your heart skip a little beat, and make you grin?  Make sure you have time in your days to pursue those activities and moments.  I know that things get stressful, I’ll be the first to admit that I easily get wrapped up by everything and forget that I’m a real person and I’m not just a robot that goes to class, meetings, and never stops working. 

    Self-care is an area of improvement for me for sure, (see I’m even trying to follow my advice).  It’s a process, but even if it means that you have to take a step back from all your activities just to take a breath, that’s a step forward.  All that we can really do is to take those little baby steps.  Change and progress are rarely monumental moments, it’s much more likely to be incremental and almost unidentifiable.  We figure out that change has occurred through that ever-important reflection time.

    Quick recap: Grades are important, but they’re not everything, Reflect on the things that have gone well and things that could have been done differently, and finally take care of yourself.  It’s a long school year, things will change along the way.  Always remember that there will always be someone right there with you, and in the words of Dory from Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming.”

    Have a wonderful holiday season every.




    NSM Zac

    Dare to Believe

    Posted by Samantha Aw on 11/16/2013 02:51:36 PM

    One thing I would always tell my younger sibling who stresses about what he wants to do in life - dreaming is a free entity.

    There are not many things that are free in this world, but the ability to dream is. 
    So why not take the opportunity to dream, and dream BIG.

    Everyone at any point of their life would have gone through phases of trying to find out who they really are and 
    what they would want to be in a few years time. So do not worry, you are not alone. 
    College is a great place to start discovering your passions, your goals in life, and it is a great place for you to build a foundation. Being a senior and as I am preparing myself for the real world (after graduation), I have definitely gone through the whole cycle of being anxious and stressed out about my future career plans. I believe that this will be an ongoing process for many of us but I do find that the whole college experience has helped me paint a clearer picture of what I could see myself doing after graduating from here - and I am truly grateful to have wonderful advisers and peers whom have guided me throughout my years in SU. Therefore, if you do have questions or concerns, don't forget that we have warm and caring academic advisers whom you can always count on. Also, us student mentors are always more than happy to meet with you to guide and ease the transition process :) After all, it is very likely that we have gone through the same worries and concerns that you might have. 

    It is definitely intimidating and stressful to think about the future, but stress not, believe in yourself and have faith that things will fall into place accordingly. Work hard, but more importantly, work smart. There is no such thing as an overnight success and the word "success" is such a vague word as everyone have their own definition of the word. 

    One of my favorite quotes that I would constantly remind myself during times of doubt, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference in whatever you do."

    So whatever your dreams may be, go ahead and take that leap of faith. There is a difference when you see an individual who loves doing what they are doing and another who is doing it for the sake of the job. 

    Good luck for registration and for the second half of your quarter! 



    Samantha Aw, NSM

    It's Not Just Mid-Quarter, It's Registration Season!

    Posted by Kerstin Abbey Fajardo on 11/4/2013 03:43:09 PM
    When the middle of the quarter comes around, four things come to mind:
    1. Midterms are completed
    2. I find that I am finally in the swing of things
    3. I see that my schedule is about to be very busy, very soon
    4. It’s the middle of the quarter already?

    Oh, how time flies! I can’t believe that it is already the middle of the quarter and Winter Break is only a few weeks away. But before we can reach that well deserved break, we have to finish those group projects, essays, and pass those remaining tests, quizzes, and of course – finals. Now it’s time to use what was learned in the first half of the quarter and apply it to new assignments in the second half of the quarter.

    Though this point of the quarter marks the beginning of incredibly busy weeks before break, it is also my favorite. Why? It’s registration season! I don’t just mean registration week, but the advising period for registration as well. It might sound odd, but I really enjoy looking up classes I want to take for the following quarter and making back-up plans just in case I’m not able to register for my first-choice classes. I think registering for classes is enjoyable because unlike your first quarter as a freshman where your classes are automatically assigned, you have the ability to pick classes that actually interest you. As far as classes go, the new core includes a variety of classes that I’m sure students will find at least one section they are interested in. In the past few weeks I have been looking at the UCOR classes offered for next quarter and I admit, I’m a little jealous these weren’t options when I was taking core classes! However, as a junior it’s time for me to start taking classes that pertain to my major (along with a few business core classes), and I am beyond excited. I am definitely looking forward to exploring and learning more about both my marketing and management majors.

    Another part of the registration period that I enjoy is talking to my advisor to plan the classes I need to take next quarter, or even creating my four-year plan. Who doesn’t like having a guideline to follow of what classes to take for the next four years? It is honestly such a great help and I believe it really gives you an idea of how you can stay on track. Since I also work at the Albers Front Desk, I’m beginning to feel the registration buzz among students. Many are making appointments for these very reasons. I even came in for an appointment last week! With November already here, registration is just around the corner (starting on November 18th). Before it’s too late -- check your advising holds, meet with your academic advisor, meet with your NSM if you’re a freshman, and prepare the list of classes you want to take for next quarter. Being prepared is very helpful especially when the class you want only has a few spots left!

    So even though this midpoint might seem a little intimidating, just think – we only have a few weeks before the end of the quarter and Winter Break!

    Happy Registration Season to you all!

    - Abbey Fajardo, NSM


    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 11/4/2013 01:53:12 PM

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8th:  Last Day to Withdraw. 

    If you are considering dropping a course, please meet with your professor and your advisor to discuss your options.  The last day to drop a course is Friday, November 8th.  The Withdraw form requires the signature of your professor, so it is important that you start this process prior to Friday. 


    Freshman:  Don't forget to schedule your advising appointments (you will need to schedule two this quarter) with your New Student Mentor (NSM).  You will need to have met with your NSM twice this fall to have your advising hold lifted.

    Transfers:  If you are a first or second quarter transfer, you will need to meet with an advisor in a scheduled appointment to have your advising hold released. 


    If you currently have an Excel hold on your account, you will need to have passed the Excel Level I Certification prior to Registration Week (Begins November 18) to be able to register on your own.  You can check to see if you have an Excel hold on your account by checking your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS on SU online. 

    If you are a new transfer this fall, you have until the end of the fall quarter to complete this requirement.  You should not have the Excel hold on your account, but you should check your STUDENT RESTRICTIONS just to make sure you don't have anything that will prevent you from registering on time. 

    You can schedule a date to take the Excel Level I Certification by going to the Albers' webpage.  


    Thursday, November 7, 2013, Albers Executive Speaker Series, Phyllis Campbell, Vice Chairman of the Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase, "Leading in the Turbulent Financial Sector," Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

    Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

    Posted by Yeajin Park on 10/16/2013 10:35:16 PM

    There are two main phrases that have really stuck with me since I've been a student at Seattle University:

    1. "What you put into it is what you'll get out of it," and
    2. "Be comfortable with being uncomfortable."

    The first phrase has largely been motivational for me in terms of how I view my classes, extracurricular activities, and internships/ work. It's not a secret that the more heart and soul you put into the things you partake in, you will gain something incredible-- small or big-- out of them. It might be that you put in more hours studying for a difficult course you're taking-- and you end up not only with a good grade, but also genuine understanding/ knowledge of the course concepts. Or it might be that you put in extra time to attend all of a club's events and get to really know your fellow club members-- and you learn the value of teamwork and networking. The more I think about this phrase, the more I realize that I put dedication and hard work into my classes, club activities, and jobs not because I keep thinking, "Oh, I MUST gain something out of this," but because I actually genuinely want to give everything my all.

    Something I've struggled with more is the second phrase: Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Like many people, I like my comfort zone. It's cozy and warm. When I force myself to step out of it, I feel incredibly, well, uncomfortable. But if I always remain inside my comfort zone, I will remain stagnant, never growing, and never learning. If I don't step outside, I'll be preventing myself from experiencing new things that may be incredibly wonderful opportunities. 

    This is one of the best things about being a student in college: we're all here to learn. Nobody will ridicule you for trying something new no matter how awkward and nervous you yourself may feel. Honestly, for me, attending events such as the Career Fair hosted by the Albers Placement Center to meet with potential employers and to network is stepping out of my comfort zone because meeting new people isn't always the easiest for me. But the Business & Engineering Career Fair is next Tuesday, October 22, from 11 AM - 2 PM in the Campion Ballroom, and I'll definitely be there. Why? Because I'm going to start being comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

    So I urge you. If you are uncomfortable with being a follower, try to give others a chance to step up as a leader. If you're uncomfortable with speaking up in class, maybe make it a goal of yours to speak up at least once a class (or start with once a week!). I promise you that you have nothing to lose.

    Until next time,
    Jane Park, NSM

    The Advice Senior Me Would Give Freshman Me

    Posted by Yeajin Park on 10/16/2013 10:32:57 PM

    Freshman year I wouldn’t have known that senior me would be a business student.  Regardless, there are a few things I learned this summer that I’m working to get better at.     

    1. Think about your 35 year plan.  Someone asked me what my 35 year plan was this this summer and at first it seemed like an intimidating question, but after I thought about it I realized that it wasn’t.  I have dreams and places I want to be someday.  Personally, I hope to own a pet corgi at some point.  Everyone has things they want in life like a family, a certain career, a level of education.  Even bigger than that our Jesuit influences teach us to think about how we want to impact the world.

    2. Get good at fending for yourself.  There were a total of 1,800 other interns at the company I worked for this summer.  Getting asked to come back involves both doing a good job and knowing the right people.  You have to be stubborn enough about the value you bring and convince people that they need you back.      

    3. The informational interview is your best friend.You can learn more from talking to a real person for 20 minutes than you can from 2 hours on a company website.  Informational interviews are fantastic ways to build your network, get referred to job opportunities, and get perspective on a company.  The Albers Placement Center is a great resource for getting connected to people that work in companies or industries that you’re interested in. 

    When I’m structuring an informational interview, there are three types of questions I always ask.  First, I always ask someone about a specific project or program they worked on.  This can be hard to find, but this is where LinkedIn is very helpful.  I also always google the person just to see if they’ve written or been quoted in any articles.  The second thing I ask is about something I’ve heard from someone else about that particular job or industry.  Third, I ask about something I read about their company in the news and their opinion or involvement on the subject.  

    4. Be ambitious.  Use these four years to dream big.  Make sure you’re always taking steps to work towards what you ultimately want and do a good job at everything you can get your hands on.  It will take hard work to find something to do after college.  It will take even more hard work to find something that you want to do.  You’re in a great place to help you with those things.  Take advantage of that.  There are tons of resources in Albers like your NSM, the advisors, the Albers Placement Center, the wonderful professors we have here, and all the different business clubs.

    I wish you all the best in your fall quarter!

    -Molly Morrisey, NSM


    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 10/9/2013 08:53:22 AM

    Please take note of the upcoming events this week and in October!  


    Freshman:  ThisThursday, October 10th from 12:30-1:30 in Student Center 160 is your Fall Kickoff Event!  All freshman are required to come to this event.  You will have an opportunity to meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM), as well as, faculty and staff.  Clubs and organizations will also be represented at this event.  See you there! 

    The Center for Business Ethics at The Albers School of Business and Economics presents:

    The Vocation of the Business Leader~A Conference on Faith, Values, and Integrity in the Workplace  

    Friday October 11-Sunday October 13, 2013

    The conference is a great opportunity for students to learn about international supply chains, entrepreneurship, and business excellence based on three fundamental approaches to sustainability: human dignity, the common good, and environmental well-being.   

    Registration Is Free:

    The conference website is


    Business & Engineering Career Fair, Campion Ballroom: 

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013,  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    The Seattle University Business & Engineering Career Fair provides business and engineering students an opportunity to connect with company recruiters, to explore various job and internship options, and to build their professional network. The Business & Engineering Career Fair includes leading employers from the Greater Puget Sound business area.

    Albers Executive Speaker Series:   

    Thursday, October 24, 2013, Pigott Auditorium 5:30 pm

    Brad Tilden, President & CEO of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group and CEO of Horizon Air, "Success at 3.5% Market Share?" 

    Fall Quarter Fun!

    Posted by Taryn Loo on 10/1/2013 10:27:10 AM

    Welcome back to school! Are you looking forward to Fall Ball?! Did some of you miss out on all the awesomeness last year because the tickets sold out too quickly? Keep an eye out for tickets and buy them quickly before they run out! Fall Ball is one of the most popular school events! Don’t worry if you don’t happen to get a ticket because there are other excellent events hosted by Seattle University and Seattle University clubs! Throughout the school year there’s: 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!

    Do you want to get physically active and burn off the Freshman 15? 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, 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

    Attend an info session in the Educations Abroad Office

    Schedule an appointment with an education abroad advisor

    Research your options

    Apply to your program

    Complete all required pre-departure paperwork

    Important dates to keep in mind are Tuesday October 22nd and Tuesday January 14th! Visit the Albers Abroad Office in Pavillion 124 or the webpage at: You can also call them at 206.296.2226

    - NSM Taryn


    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 9/25/2013 10:51:26 AM

    Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2013-2014 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer.  You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700.  Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors.  Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference!  Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you!    


    Wed., September 25th :  9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Thursday, September 26th :  9:00 am-11:30 am & 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Tuesday, October 1st:  9:00 am-10:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:00 pm

    (Tuesday, October 1st is the last day to ADD/DROP classes)




    Dhorea Brown (  Accounting and Finance

    Kathleen Horenstein (  BAE, Economics, Bus. Economics, International Business, & Individualized Majors

    Shery Crater (  Management and Marketing

    Graduate Assistants:  Amy Clawson ( and Kali Odell ( who will be advising our Pre-Business students. 


    • We have a new check-in process for appointments and walk-ins.  There is a laptop located at the front desk.  Prior to seeing an advisor you will need to complete the survey questions on the laptop.  This process is the same for both walk-ins and scheduled appointments.  If you are seeing us during our walk-in hours, you will also need to sign the Sign-In Sheet to keep the order of students accurate.  
    • The university has officially and successfully transitioned to the new Core requirements.  If you are taking a course that you believe is fulfilling a Core requirement and it doesn’t have the UCOR prefix, please come see us! 
    • Kathleen Horenstein has joined our advising team!  Kathleen has been with us since the summer and has been advising students since June.  She comes to us after spending the last two years as a Graduate Assistant Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences.  She will be advising BAE, Business Economics, and International Business & Individualized Majors.  She will also be working with students in regards to education abroad experiences.  Welcome Kathleen!   
    • We also have two new Graduate Assistants:  Kali Odell & Amy Clawson.  They will be advising our Pre-Business students and will begin seeing students soon!  



     Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar.  Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.

    September 25

    Classes Begin

    October 1 

    Last day to add/drop or change grading option for classes.

    October 1 

    Last day to apply for graduation:  Winter 2014

    October 3 

    Mass of the Holy Spirit (classes between 10am-1pm cancelled)

    Oct. 28-Nov. 15 

    Advising Period

    November 1 

    Last day to apply for graduation: Spring 2014

    November 8 

    Last day to withdraw from classes

    November 11

    Veteran’s Day:  No classes

    November 18 

    Registration begins:  Winter 2013

    November 27-30 

    Thanksgiving Break:  No Classes

    December 7 

    Last Class Day

    December 9-13 

    Final Exam Week

    Dec. 15-Jan. 5 

    Winter Break


    Individual appointments

    Either in person or by phone - may be scheduled by calling (206) 296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318. Appointments are each 30 minutes. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule. During registration periods, advisors are in high demand. Avoid the rush and schedule your appointment in advance.

    Walk-in advising

    Available during registration periods and the first week of the quarter during scheduled times.  We will also have regular walk-in hours during the quarter (see below). Walk-in Advising is on a first-come, first-served basis and is reserved for students with quick questions.

    FALL QUARTER WALK-IN HOURS: (starting October 2nd) 

    Monday:  9:00 am-11:00 am

    Wednesday:  11:00 am-1:00 pm

     Thursday:  12:30 pm-2:30 pm

    E-mail advising

    Available via two methods:
    1. You may contact an advisor at
    2. You may contact your advisor directly.

    Have a great first week of classes, we would love to hear about your summer and we look forward to working with you throughout the year!


    Graduation Thoughts~Leanna Robb

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 6/7/2013 01:21:58 PM

    As I look forward towards graduation, I feel like I am going through the five stages of death. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but attending and graduating college are a really big deal. I have taken forty-nine classes, completed four internships, and created lasting relationships with peers and professors, and finally, after months of biting my nails, emailing, interviewing, and worrying, secured my very first full-time, adult job. I am just now entering the realm of acceptance, and the journey here is worth talking about.


    Until spring quarter of your senior year, you will be in denial. It just won’t register that college is ending. Two hour classes broken up by lunches with friends, having Friday’s perpetually free, and month long winter breaks are all fleeting aspects of a college lifestyle.

    I don’t know that it is the worst thing to be in this stage as long as you’re making the most of it. Don’t catch yourself thinking “Oh, I’ll just do that next time,” because pretty soon there won’t be a next time. Go to class - pretty soon you won’t have a class to go to. Go the extra mile in your group projects - pretty soon you might be working with one of your teammates in the real world. Listen to your professors - they’ve been out there in the real world and they know what it’s like. Make the most of the first stage of graduation.


    I would equate this stage to the time I told my father, at the mature age of four-and-a-half that I didn’t want to grow up and wanted to be a kid forever. I stamped my foot. I cried. I yelled.

    I would like to think I had a more civil reaction to this stage this time around, but I still felt those same emotions rising up. It isn’t fair that I only get four years of this glorious world called college. It isn’t fair that I’m going to have to start paying my own bills next month. But it’s just life. Everyone else is doing it.


    I actually considered adding a minor so that I could stay an extra quarter, but that’s about as close to bargaining as I got. I got pretty desperate trying to think of a way to perpetuate college, but it has to end. That’s why it’s such as special experience.


    This stage has been the hardest for me. The goodbyes, the farewell dinners, and the realization that everyone is leaving and my whole life is about to change, drastically, has been too much at times.

    Seattle University has an incredible community, and I felt like graduation would have me walk through a door that would shut behind me leaving that community behind. I felt an increasing amount of regret questioning whether or not I truly made the most of my time at Seattle University. 

    Don’t put yourself in this position. Call that friend you haven’t seen in a month. Go to the recommended lecture your professor talked about in class. Sit next to someone new in class and get to know them. You never know when opportunity might strike or suddenly disappear.


    And here I am. I am so excited for the next stage of my life. It’s exhilarating, terrifying, and bittersweet all at once. I know that I have the Seattle University and Albers support system to fall back on and that the relationships I made will last me a lifetime. I may not be a student anymore, but I am proud and excited to become an Alumni and join a new community in Seattle University.

    Congratulations, Class of 2013. We did it.

    Leanna H. Robb
    Core Honors - Seattle University
    Marketing Major (Senior) - Albers School of Business and Economics
    Digital Design Major - College of Arts and Sciences
    New Student Mentor - Albers School of Business and Economics
    Graphic Designer - Seattle University Student Activities


    Final Thoughts~Amanda Luna

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 6/7/2013 01:13:13 PM

    As I look back on my college years the first feelings that emerge are both happiness and thankfulness. It is a blessing to be able to engage in higher education, and in my opinion the best opportunity of my life, thus far, to receive a degree from Seattle University. Throughout my time here I have grown as a student and an individual into an honest, reflective, and passionate young adult who is ready to tackle life as a working professional, and hopefully leave a lasting impression on the people I am able to contact in this world.

    It is strange to think back to move-in day in September of 2009. Am I still the same Amanda? I would say yes. But am I a better Amanda? Most definitely! Throughout my time at Seattle U I have been able to be involved as a student-athlete and a student-leader and both of these experiences have helped me to mature, and grow into the young adult that sits here now reflecting on her college career.

    As a student-athlete I have been able to represent Seattle University as a member of the track and field team, I and have learned so much more than how to heave a hammer 46 meters. I became a good teammate, I became accountable, and I developed the skills to tackle difficult tasks head on. I am thankful to our coaching staff for helping me to do this and for their commitment to our team. As a New Student Mentor in Albers I have truly developed as a leader. I have been given the opportunity to practice my leadership skills, through trial and error, with a dedicated and passionate group of supervisors. There are not enough kind words I could say about our graduate assistants, Therese Credle and Megan Fillipi, and our supervisor Dhorea Brown. All of them work to keep us updated so that we can remain good mentors, but also educate us as young professionals so that we are prepared to be leaders out in the “real world.” To them I owe sincere gratitude.

    My extracurricular activities aided a lot in my development, but as a student I have had amazing experience and have had professors who have helped me grow as a young professional. Albers, overall, has an amazing group of professors, and especially in my respective major, accounting. I respect each and every accounting professor who I have taken courses with. I remember them all. Niranjan Chipalkatti sparked my love of accounting, and each professor thereafter has kept the flame alive. I am so grateful to Chips, Sarah Bee, Marinilka Kimbro, John Merle, Jim Schneidmiller, Dave Tinius, and Vidya Awasthi. I name them all because they deserve recognition, even if it is simply in the blog of one of the many 2013 graduates. All of these professors have displayed their love and passion for the field that we as students aspire to be a part of. I have continually been challenged, but always motivated, tested, but fairly rewarded. I appreciate the openness that all of these professors have given us. I have learned the ins and outs of debits and credits, rules and regulation, and the intricacies of the financial statements. Most importantly, though, I have learned to work hard and recognize just how much I am capable of.

    As if I haven’t said it enough, I am just so thankful for EVERYTHING Seattle University had given me. In closing, I think I will end with my personal mission statement. This is something we were required to make for our Management 489 class. This is one of the capstone courses in Albers, so it makes sense in this class I would be asked to define my personal mission and who I want to be. My personal mission statement is:

    I am a person who is dedicated to honesty and goodness, and have used this as motivation to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge that will have an impact on others’ lives. I am always ready to give my all to whatever I choose to do and with whomever I cross paths. I will never falter in my dedication to my commitments as a businesswoman, and one day as a wife and mother. I am confident that I can do it all, and am ready to learn and experience this world with a smile and a positive attitude each and every day.

    And with that it is goodbye. I will never forget my time here and all who have touched my life. I also hope I have had an impact on some people so that they will never forget me. Thank you, thank you, and thank you times a bazillion Albers School of Business and Economics and Albers University! Toodles!

    Amanda Luna
    Accounting Major (Senior) | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
    New Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
    Track and Field Athlete | Hammer Throw


    Thanks for a Great Year!!!

    Posted by Russell Aivazian on 6/4/2013 01:53:59 PM

    11 Days, 19 Hours, and 52 Minutes.

    It is hard to believe that my last four years here at SU is down to the final two weeks. My experience at SU has been full of excitement, love, fun, and the occasional dance party. As the end approaches, I have been especially focusing on these experiences and trying to properly say “see you later” before I leave to begin my new job in Chicago. 

    As a final blog post, I would like to thank all of those people both in Albers and in the SU community who pushed and challenged me throughout the past four years.  Yesterday, I was talking to my English 110 professor, Dr. Hawley, about the maturing I have done in Seattle, especially in the classroom.  Especially as an Albers student, I was challenged to stretch my understanding of concepts of material and not be “ok” with just finding the right answer.  The Albers school has such great resources in its professors and staff, and I have been so blessed to be at this university and share in its mission of “educating leaders for a just and humane world.”

    The last four years have been incredible and it is because of the connections I made within the business school, that I have become a more mature and focused person.  This experience would not have been successful without all of the support this school shows its students.

    As a parting word: don’t be afraid to know your professors, don’t be afraid to take risks, and don’t be afraid to speak up and your experience will be so much better.

    Very Best,

    Russell Aivazian—NSM

    Albers Award Recipients

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 5/22/2013 08:59:34 AM

    Please join us in congratulating all of the Albers Awards Recipients, who were recognized at the Albers Awards Ceremony on May 10th, 2013. 


    Spirit of Albers Award:  Christopher Clem

    Albers Undergraduate Service Award:  Jonas Harris


    Scholarship Key Award ALPHA KAPPA PSI:  Saara Janmohamed

    Impact Award ASCEND:  Eva Mei

    Outstanding Leader Award BETA ALPHA PSI:  Michael Watson

    Leadership Award INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLUB:  Taryn Kane

    Leadership Award GLOBAL BUSINESS CLUB:  Samantha Aw

    Leadership Award MARKETING CLUB:  Lin Wilson

    Club Leadership Award ENACTUS:  Jonas Harris

    Leadership Award BUSINESS ETHICS CLUB:  William Adams


    Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN:  Loc Cao

    Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORE:  Quinn Annand

    Woodrow R. Clevinger Award OUTSTANDING JUNIOR:  Mitchell Chinn

    Paul A. Volpe Award OUTSTANDING SENIOR:  Kalison Shilvock

    Academic Achievement Award OUTSTANDING TRANSFER:  Ha V. Nguyen




    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 5/17/2013 09:27:34 AM

    Summer Registration has begun!  Fall registration starts next week on May 20th.  Please make sure you check your SU online account for your registration appointment and check your student restrictions to make sure you have no barriers to registering.  ALL students should check their STUDENT RESTRICTIONS to make sure the do not have an Advising Hold.  ALL students (even seniors) had a hold placed on their account to make sure you meet with an advisor to discuss the new Core requirements.  We have had walk-ins all quarter to try to accomodate all of the students.  Walk-in hours will be slightly different the week of May 20th. 


    MONDAY:  9:00 am-11:30 am

    TUESDAY-THURSDAY:  9:00 am -11:30 am & 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

    Please understand that the advisors have been working hard to meet with all of the students this quarter and we have done the best we can to accomodate you.  We are expecting busier than normal walk-ins, so please be patient with us as we try to see everyone.  If you have a registration appointment after the walk-in hours listed, please check with an advisor to see if we can work with you. 



    There have been a few courses that have had their pre-fix changed.  They are the same courses, just different pre-fix:

    MGMT 280 has been changed to BCOM 280

    MGMT 320 has been changed to INBU 320

    MGMT 486 has been changed to INBU 486

    Core requirements are now listed under UCOR, please see an advisor to discuss specific courses you should be searching for.


    Albers Awards Reception ~ Advising Period Information

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 5/2/2013 11:32:07 AM


    Students: Don't forget to RSVP for the Albers Award Reception, by Friday, May 3rd!

    Albers Graduate and Undergraduate Programs cordially invite you to attend the annual Albers Awards Reception on Friday, May 10, 2013.  It will be in Pigott Auditorium from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.  Please RSVP (including number of guests) by May 3rd, 2013.  Call 206-296-5700 or email


    Midterms may be upon you, or you may have just been through them, but summer and fall should also be on your mind right now!  It is ADVISING PERIOD!  This means you should be scheduling an appointment with your advisor to discuss your long term plan and courses for the fall and/or summer quarter.  The 2013-14 schedule of courses is now live on SU online, so you can begin planning for next quarter.  A few reminders:


    You must schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss your long term plan or develop a long term plan.  Your advising hold will not be lifted unless you meet with an advisor in an appointment.  Our walk-in hours are not appropriate times to discuss this and get your hold released.

    You should be studying for and scheduling your date to complete the EXCEL LEVEL I CERTIFICATION.  This requirement is to be fulfilled by the time you have completed 45 credits.  Information regarding the certification can be found on the Albers website


    If this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University, you must meet with an advisor in an appointment to go over your long term plan and discuss courses for the summer or fall quarter.  You will not be able to register until this hold is released. 

    If you have not passed the EXCEL LEVEL I CERTIFICATION and this is your second (or more) quarter at Seattle University, you should have a registration hold on your account.  If you have the Excel hold on your account and you have not passed the certification by the time summer and/or fall registration begin you will need to see an advisor to register.  This could delay your registration.  Please make sure that you are checking your student restrictions leading up to Registration Period and before you see an advisor.


    Reminder:  All students should have received a hold on their account for the new Core Requirements. We have several walk-in hours for you to discuss this with an advisor.  This is the only hold we will release during walk-ins.  If you have an advising hold because you are a freshman, transfer student or have a hold regarding probation, you will need to schedule an appointment.  If you are unsure if you have this hold, you can check your restrictions on SU online. 

    Tips and Tricks on How to Beat Spring-itis

    Posted by Priyal Zaveri on 4/25/2013 02:47:34 PM

    Are you feeling the need to always be outside? Do you have the desire to skip class? Are you just waiting for Summer to arrive? If your answer is "yes" to at least one of these questions, you might have caught "Spring-itis".

    But, do not worry! You are not alone. Many Seattle University students, including Albers undergraduates, come across "Spring-itis" during this sunny time of year. The key to overcome it is to follow a few simple tips and tricks to keep yourself motivated:

    • Study outside! You can go to the Union Green, the greenspace outside the Lemiux Library, or the Quad to do homework, read, and study. This will allow you to multitask and balance being in the sun and studying for your midterms and finals. Don't forget to bring sunglasses and wear lots of sunscreen!
    • Take a break. When you are really stressed out or distracted by the great weather outside, make sure to understand that you are allowed to take a break between studying, class, and more studying. Do not overwhelm yourself with all your commitments, and take a 5- or 15-minute break! Go have get a snack or take a walk down the lower mall. This will help you stay focused and stop you from procrastinating. 
    • Always go to class! The quarter only consists of 10 weeks, and it is difficult to catch up after falling behind. Stay focused, and take notes that you can access and understand later for the midterms and finals. Your professors are here for you, and want you to succeed. Keep those professional relationships growing! Going to class will benefit you in the near future and far future.
    • Look for opportunities. There are many part-time job postings and internship opportunities available on the Seattle University Redhawk Network, and the Albers Placement Center is always ready to help you with career advising. By keeping an eye out for these opportunities, you will keep active in the professional world. Your motivation will grow, and "Spring-itis" will tend to fade away.
    • Balance the fun. We all know that there are a lot, and, I mean, A LOT, of fun times waiting for you to experience. Remember that you are still a student at Albers School of Business and Economics, and there are many ways to experience fun as an Albers student as well. Explore the Leadership Development Center, Executive Speakers Events, and other Albers clubs to get involved and further integrated in Albers.

    Once you try out these tips and tricks, remind yourself of what keeps you motivated. Call your family and friends, make future plans for summer, or energize yourself with a fruit smoothie while sitting on the Union Green!

    Then, the "Spring-itis" will disappear, and you will be prepared for what is to come. You have already made it this far into Spring quarter. Finish strong, while still enjoying the outdoors and beautiful weather!



    Priyal Zaveri, New Student Mentor



      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 4/23/2013 03:56:05 PM

      Advising Period starts next week!  It's hard to believe it is already time to start talking about summer and fall registration, but in just a few weeks it will be time to register for courses. 

      ADVISING PERIOD:  April 29-May 16

      Schedule your appointments early, our schedules fill up quickly.  Freshman & Transfer Students (Winter & Spring Quarter Transfers) are required to schedule an appointment with their Academic Advisor.  Registration Appointments will be emailed and available to view on SU online Friday, April 26th. The fall quarter schedule will be available to view on SU online starting Monday, April 29th.

      NEW CORE HOLDS:  The Registrar's office has made the change on your program evaluations to reflect the new Core requirements.  All Albers students have had a hold placed on their account so that they meet with an Advisor to discuss how the new Core requirements will affect you.  For many this will be minimal impact, so we have walk-in hours to try to meet with sophomores, juniors & seniors (see hours below).  Freshmen & Transfers (Both Winter & Spring Quarter Transfers) are required to meet with an advisor in an appointment, not during walk-ins.  Please note, walk-in hours are for quick questions and to go over the new Core requirements.  Long term planning, Education Abroad questions, major exploration, probation/academic warning, or other issues that are more in depth and will take longer than 10 minutes should be addressed in an appointment, not during walk-in hours.

      If you have not seen an advisor and you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to register for summer or fall quarter.  There are many walk-in hour opportunities or you can schedule an appointment. 


      DAILY:  11:30 am-1:30 pm

      Additional Walk-In hours with our Graduate Assistant Academic Advisors:

      Monday:  9:30 am-11:30 am & 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

      Tuesday:  9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

      Thursday:  9:00 am-10:00 am & 1:30 pm-4:00 pm

      Friday:  10:00 am-11:30 am


      The sun is shining, so it is the perfect time to get summer on your mind!  If you are planning to take summer courses please check out the resources below:

      Summer Registration starts on May 16th.  You can search the schedule of courses for summer course offerings on SU online or check out the SU Student Course Guide on the Summer Programs website.  The most up-to-date version of what will be offered will be on SU online.

      If you are planning to take a summer course at a different institution and transfer it back to SU, please make sure you complete the Transfer Verification Form that can be found on the Registrar's website or you can get a copy at the Albers Front Desk in Pigott 318.  This form is required to be completed prior to taking the course.  You should also meet with an advisor to discuss what courses would be appropriate to take at another institution. 

      Undergraduate students (not already receiving financial aid) will receive a 25% reduction in tuition for summer courses at SU.

      Enjoy the sunshine and we hope to see you in our offices soon!

      Albers Undergraduate Advising Team



      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 4/11/2013 12:12:52 PM

      The spring quarter is in full swing!  Please see below for some important information regarding dates and upcoming events!


      All Albers students have a BUE advising hold on their account so that you meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss how the new Core Requirements will affect you.  Many of you have already met with an advisor regarding the new Core Requirements.  We are working to release those holds.  We have added walk-in advising (see below) to the spring quarter in order to meet with all of our students.  For many of you the transition to the new Core will have very minimal impact, however, you will still need to meet with an advisor.  The Core hold will prevent you from registering for the summer quarter and/or the fall quarter.  As we get closer to summer and fall reqistration (May 16/May 20) our calendars will get booked and our walk-ins will become busier.  Please plan ahead and meet with us early! 


      Freshman, this is likely the quarter that you will take the Excel Level I Certification Exam.  There are dates available, you can sign up by going to the Albers webpage in Undergraduate Resources.

      Transfers, remember this requirements is to be completed by the end of your first quarter.  If you are a fall quarter or winter quarter transfer and you still haven't passed the Exam, this should be a priority for you.  You will continue to have registration issues until you pass this.  Spring quarter transfers, this is a requirment for you to complete by the end of this quarter. 


      Daily Walk-In Hours11:30 am-1:30 pm

      Additional Walk-In Hours/Same Day Appointments:

      Monday:  10:00 am-11:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

      Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

      Thursday:  9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

      Friday:  10:00 am-11:30 am


      Business Ethics Week:  Monday - Friday, April 15 - 19, 2013,  Keynote speaker, Sheri Flies, Costco. To speak to a class, contact John Dienhart, Director of the Center for Business Ethics, at

      Boeing Career Day
      Friday, April 19, 2013
      Boeing Everett Location
      Space is limited and registration is required.  Reserve your ticket by April 15 at the Albers Placement Center in Pigott 331 (first come, first served).  For more information, click here

      The Freshman to Professional Event: Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Mandatory for all freshmen.  Learn tips and tricks about networking and put these skills to use interacting with recent alumni in a relaxed setting with FREE FOOD!

      Albers Industry Forum: Business Careers in Technology 
      April 23, 2013
      Pigott 102
      A conversation with Industry Leaders about how to leverage your MBA in the Tech Sector.  Click here for more info.  RSVP to

      Albers Executive Speaker Series: Tuesday, April 30, 2013,  Spencer Rascoff, CEO of, "Lessons in Entrepreneurship," Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.


      Last Day to Withdraw:  May 10

      Advising Period:  April 29-May 16

      Summer Quarter Registration Begins:  May 16

      Fall Quarter Registration Begins:  May 20



      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 3/19/2013 03:24:45 PM


      An additional section of MKTG 350 has been added on Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:45 pm-5:50 pm and will be taught by Professor Chauncey Burke.  There is still a lot of space available in the course so you should be able to add this course on your own as long as you do not have any restrictions.


      Dr. Teresa Ling will be teaching a section of ECON 260 this summer during the intersession.  You should be able to view this on the schedule of courses through SU online.


      Seattle University will be transitioning to new Core Curriculum effective this summer; the transition will begin in April.  Program Evaluations will reflect the new Core Requirements starting April 24th.  There will be a Student Information Session on April 15th  at 3:45 in Pigott Auditorium. 

      All Albers students will have a hold placed on their account the second week of classes in the spring quarter.  This hold is to ensure that students speak with an Academic Advisor regarding how the new Core will affect them.  Some of you have already met with us to discuss this.  If we have met with you, we will remove your hold the second week of classes.  Please check your account after the third week of the quarter; if you have met with an advisor regarding the new Core and your hold hasn't been removed, please contact the advisor you met with to have them resolve this.  During the spring quarter we will be holding walk-in hours (see below) dedicated to meeting with sophomores, juniors and seniors regarding the new Core.  Freshman, you will need to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor to go over long term planning and the new core.  Freshman holds will not be released during our walk-in hours.  You can schedule an appointment by calling 206-296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318


      11:30 am-1:30 pm  DAILY  

      Additional Walk-in Hours provided by Megan Fillipi and Therese Credle on:

      Monday:  10:00 am-11:30 am & 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

      Tuesday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

      Thursday: 9:00 am-10:00 am & 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

      Friday: 10:00 am-11:30 am

      Being Ready for the Unexpected

      Posted by Barbara Hauke on 3/5/2013 04:59:23 PM

      As many Seattle U undergraduates are on the brink of becoming Alumni, the scramble to find a job among these students is becoming more and more prevalent. Many of these near graduates are attending events, interviews and discussions related to business careers hoping to land a position they are interested in or become more familiar with a specific industry. Some of these scenarios can be much more serious than others, which instinctively requires them to take more means of preparation prior to the event.

      However, I think it is always crucial to be prepared for the unknown, regardless the seriousness of what you think the event is going to be like. Always be prepared to introduce yourself to someone or form a connection that could ultimately turn out to be something unexpected! A simple conversation could mean a job, internship or even a coffee with that executive or recruiter that you are just dying to get in touch with. The following are a few simple things to keep in mind when preparing for that next business inspired event:

      Arrive early: This will allow you to be at the event before things get too crowded. This will increase your likelihood of a one-on-one interaction with recruiters, executives, etc.

      Get accustomed: Take a moment to look around the room and feel comfortable with your surroundings.

      Representation: Remember that you represent everything that you are associated with. For example, as an Albers student, I represent both Seattle University and the Albers School of Business whether I am on or off campus. Display the excellence and professionalism that SU has constantly taught you. Make sure you are courteous and deliver your statements and questions with the receiver in mind.

      Dress for success: This might sound cliché, but it is true. People definitely judge you based off of their first impressions. Don’t let your dress be what puts you behind your competition. Wear clothes that are fit for the event. You want to make sure you don’t stand out by being overdressed or more importantly, underdressed.

      Introductions: Like my dad always said, “Stand up straight, look them in the eyes, and give them a firm hand-shake.” This is so important! You will become memorable to an employer if you introduce yourself properly and clearly state your name.

      Research and Prioritize: If you are attending a networking event or internship fair where there are many businesses represented, be sure to do your research. Go online and search companies that will be in attendance and see if they fit your requirements for a workplace. Once you have done the research, compile a list of companies that you must converse with before you leave the event. Set these goals for yourself and keep to them!

      --Rob Heer (New Student Mentor)

      New Student Mentor Application Process to Begin Next Week!

      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 2/27/2013 10:48:59 AM

      How would you like an opportunity to make a difference in the educational experience of freshman business students at Seattle University? The Albers School is recruiting business and economics majors, who will be junior or senior standing by fall quarter 2013, to serve as New Student Mentors (NSM's). We are looking for responsible students who have good communication skills, leadership potential, and are interested in advising and mentoring freshman students. 

      This rewarding and exciting leadership position looks great on your resume! We have several positions available.  New Student Mentors currently earn $9.45 per hour and work five hours a week, fall through spring quarters. We do require that NSM's have three quarters of course work completed at SU by the end of spring quarter 2013 and carry a minimum of 3.0 cumulative and 3.0 Business GPA.

       If you are interested, please pick up an application and reference form in Pigott 318 starting March 4, 2013 and return it by April 3, 2013.    Questions can be directed to Dhorea Brown at

      Read about Taryn Loo's experience as a New Student Mentor.  Taryn is a junior Management major with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.     

      Being a New Student Mentor means so much more to me than just being a scheduling mentor to freshman and transfer students. It means being open, approachable, friendly, kind, understanding, compassionate, enthusiastic, and professional all at the same time. My experience thus far has been amazing, getting to know all my mentees on a personal level, talking on the phone with them through the stress of registration and trying to make it as smooth as possible, being timely with e-mails, making sure each student knows that he/she has a direction and goal to work towards, and letting them know that their ideas truly matter and that each individual is very important to composing the Albers School of Business and Economics.  

      Through this experience so far I’ve learned how to better manage my time throughout the day. I thought I possessed good time management skills already, but after having seventeen mentees to take care of, school full-time, and extra curricular activities I’ve learned that time is so precious and it is easy to get flustered when so many things hit you at once. I now live by my planner; it has my whole schedule written out and is my checklist to assure me that I have done everything necessary to prepare for what’s ahead.  

      It is such an amazing feeling to know that you have helped a student solve a rough problem that almost every student faces. The Albers School of Business and Economics is the only undergraduate school that offers student mentors to their new business students. It is such a helpful process because registration can be so hectic, but having an NSM can help to ease that anxiety. It is also very helpful in making new students feel more at ease talking to peers about their college experience, advisors are so awesome don’t get me wrong, but it’s more of an equal field and a bit of a more comfortable environment talking through a problem or difficulty with someone going through the same experience as you at the same time. Being an NSM has been such a rewarding experience and it truly makes my day meeting with my mentees and personally getting to know them on a deeper level. Friendships are established and communication is open for many years to come! I couldn’t have dreamt of a better college job than being an NSM!  


      NSM Taryn  



      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 2/13/2013 03:44:29 PM

      We hope this week has been good to you and you are all making it through your midterms without too much stress! A couple of reminders for you as Registration will begin next week for spring quarter. 

      FRESHMAN:  You MUST meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM) to release your advising hold.  If you do not meet with them, you will not be able to register for spring courses. 

      TRANSFER STUDENTS: If this is your first or second quarter at Seattle University, you must meet with an advisor to release your advising hold.  Our schedules are full for the rest of the week, but we have two Graduate Assistants who have limited hours available on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Please call the front desk at 206-296-5700 or stop by Pigott 318 to schedule an appointment. We will not lift these advising holds during our Registration walk-ins, so you will need to meet with someone prior to Registration.  


      TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30 pm-3:30 pm

      FRIDAY: 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 12:30 pm-4:00 pm

      *These walk-in hours are for quick questions regarding registration questions and adjusting your schedule.  We WILL NOT be able to add you into a closed class during this week.  You will need to fill out a closed class form at the front desk-Pigott 318.  


      If there is a business class that is full at the time you can register you have to fill out a closed class form.  The advisors will evaluate those forms the following week and add students as we are able to.  Please do not come to walk-in hours to ask us to get you into a course.  You will need to follow the process.  

      If you have a CORE course that is full, you can either come to our walk-in hours or visit Core Solutions to resolve the issue.  

      If you are trying to get into a MATH course, you will need to visit the Math Department to be put on a wait list.  (Albers does not keep wait lists for courses)

      Please check your student restrictions all the way up to your registration appointment to ensure your ability to schedule courses on time.  Courses fill up quickly, so it is important for you to resolve all holds prior to registration. 

      If you are unsure of when you can register, you can find your REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT by logging onto SU online.  There is a link under Registration for your Registration Appointment.  

      Students who have a hold in reference to the EXCEL Certification will need to come to walk-in hours during Registration Week for help registering for the spring quarter.

      Students should expect our walk-in hours to be especially busy this quarter, please plan accordingly and be patient as you may have to wait to see an advisor.   

      We would like to send our congratulations to Suzanne Jayne-Jensen on the birth of her son February 4th.  Both are happy and healthy! 











      Gear Up Provides Insight

      Posted by Jordan Ollee on 2/8/2013 05:07:49 PM

      The Freshman Gear Up Event held Thursday, February 7 had a record of 80 freshmen in attendance. Thank you to Russell Aivazian and Molly Morrisey for a great event, insightful information, and delicious sliders. All those who attended heard from three remarkable faculty members who teach 200 level undergraduate classes: Dr. Dean Peterson (ECON 271), Dr. Bryan Ruppert (MGMT 280), and Dr. Valentina Zamora (ACCT 230/1).

      All three professors brought up important facts that will help freshman as you begin business core classes and continue your education at Albers.


      1. Visit During Office Hours. It is not enough to sit in the back of the room and take notes.Engage during class and visit your professors during their office hours; not only are you taking advantage of the resources given to you, but creating a connection that will benefit you in the future when you need recommendations or advice.


      1. Your Personality and Point of View Add to Your Success. Your personality and point of view are assets; they allow you to be successful and grow. Albers business foundation courses provide undergraduates with a view into the different business fields; take advantage of this opportunity and engage fully in each class to discover what major and field inspire you. At the end of the day, you will be more successful when you are passionate about the topics you are studying.


      1. Common Practice Is Not Best Practice. Common practice does not necessarily mean that the regular way is the best way, whether you are writing an email or driving a car. Take action and do not accept common practice as your best practice. Taking Business Communications with Dr. Ruppert will teach you all about the best practice for communicating effectively in business world.


      There are unlimited resources that will only make a positive impact on your experience. Actively seek out faculty, classes, and resources that will help you better engage and find passion in your education. I am thankful for the faculty, staff, and students who have helped and encouraged me throughout my four years at Seattle University.


        -  Jordan Ollée, NSM


      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 2/5/2013 08:54:57 AM

      Yesterday was the start to Advising Period for spring registration!  It is hard to believe it is time to start thinking about spring quarter, but we are already several weeks into the quarter!  Below are some reminders, so please make sure you read below as there is important information. 

      ADVISING PERIOD:  February 4-February 15.  

      • Advising Period is a time for you to meet with your advisor to go over your long term plan, as well as, look at course options for the spring quarter.  Our calendars are already filling up, so please try to schedule early!
      • TRANSFER STUDENTS:  You are required to meet with your advisor for the first two quarters you are at Seattle University.  Fall and winter quarter transfers must meet with an advisor to release your advising hold.  We will not release this hold during registration, so please schedule your appointment now! 
      • FRESHMAN:  You must meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM) this quarter to release your winter advising hold.  Even if you have met with your academic advisor, you will still need to meet with your NSM! 
      • You should be receiving an email with your Registration Appointment soon; if you miss this email you can always find your Registration Appointment on SU online.  


      • TRANSFER STUDENTS:  Fall quarter Transfer students must have completed their Excel Certification.  If you have not passed the certification, your registration date will be delayed.  You need to make sure you have scheduled a test date prior to registration.  


      There are lots of events going on this week, make sure you are a part of them! 

      Freshman:  Thursday, February 7th is the Gear-Up Event.  This is a mandatory event for all freshmen.  Join us in Pigott 103 from 12:25-1:25 pm to learn about what to expect from your sophomore year.  Lunch is provided.  RSVP with your NSM

      Thursday, February 7thInternship Fair in Campion Ballroom from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  See a list of attending organizations in the Redhawk Network:

      Thursday, February 7thExecutive Speaker Series:  John McAdam, President, CEO & Director of F5 Networks, “From Surviving to Thriving:  The F5 Story, “  Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 pm.



      The Importance of a Relationship

      Posted by Russell Aivazian on 2/1/2013 09:28:50 PM
      The Importance of a Relationship  

      Throughout the last year, I have been faced with the daunting task of applying for graduate school.  As the deadlines crept closer, I began to identify those professors and professionals who could write me a recommendation, highlighting my skills and achievements inside and outside the classroom.  As I narrowed down the list, I knew I had a problem:  I hadn't made a "real" connection with a professor after their class had concluded.  Because most grad programs require faculty recommendations in order to profile your work inside the classroom, I knew I had to identify those professors who I connected with the most. 

      In my opinion, my greatest joy of being a business student is the amazing professors we have at the business school.  The most important thing about being a professional is making sure you keep positive connections at every turn.  Professors in the Albers school care about their students and serve as wonderful resources for job opportunities as well as mentors, no matter what field you choose.  Throughout my grad school search, I learned some important lessons about maintaining a relationship with your professor:


      1. Stay connected after you complete your class. Even though your class may be over, the connection is definitely not.  Most professors keep extensive records on your performance and are interesting people outside of the classroom.  My suggestion is to start a connection with your professor during their class and continue meeting with them throughout the academic year.  Stop by their office hours, exchange emails and articles, and seek help at any stage of your career development.
      2. Get to know your faculty mentor.  Every sophomore and above business student is assigned a faculty mentor in their field of study in order to maintain a connection with a business professional.  Profs and pizza is a great way to connect with your mentor and see some of your long lost business school friends.
      3. Send a "thank you" note to a professor who you felt was exemplary. You would send a note for someone who sends you a gift; why not give one to your professor?  It will definitely get that relationship going and will make your scholarship memorable.


      I was blessed to have such accommodating and relatable professors who took interest in my development.  Follow these simple tips and you will take the most advantage of your relationship with your professor…you never know when you will need them!


      -Russell Aivazian, NSM


      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 1/22/2013 11:14:47 AM

      In addition to a professional Albers Academic Advisor, all Albers sophomores, juniors, and seniors are assigned a Faculty Mentor in their major. The annual Profs & Pizza Event serves as a fun and social opportunity to meet with Faculty Mentors, but students are also encouraged to meet individually with their Faculty Mentor throughout their time at SU.

      Join us to kick off the 2013 Faculty Mentor Program with PROFS & PIZZA on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 12:25-1:25 in Student Center 160.  RSVP at Pigott 318, call 206.296.5700 or email

      More information can be found on the Albers website dedicated to Faculty Mentors.  Information on who your faculty mentor is, what to expect from your faculty mentor and what your faculty mentor should expect from you is on this webpage.  We look forward to seeing you on January 31st, please make sure that you RSVP to this event! 


      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 1/15/2013 09:15:20 AM

      There are a lot of upcoming events in January!  Make sure you stay connected and utilize the resources that are available to you!  See below for upcoming Albers, Albers Placement Center and Marketing Club events.


      Albers Education Abroad Information Session

      Tuesday, January 15th

      12:30pm-1:30 pm

      Pigott 105

      Executive Speaker Series-Steve Davis, President & CEO of PATH, "Innovation for Social Good,"  

       Tuesday, January 15th

      5:30 pm

      Pigott Auditorium


      Albers Workshop: Networking Success
      Thursday, January 17, 2013
      Pigott 101
      A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking.  Click here for more info.  RSVP to  

       Albers Workshop: Networking Success
      Thursday, January 17, 2013
      Pigott 101
      A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking.  Click here for more info.  RSVP to  

       Albers Workshop: Networking Success
      Thursday, January 17, 2013
      Pigott 101
      A panel conversation to help increase your confidence and competence with networking.  Click here for more info.  RSVP to

      Internship Fair
      Thursday, February 7, 2013
      Campion Ballroom
      Many employers and organizations will be in attendance to provide information on internship opportunities. Open to all students campus-wide.  More info coming soon.


      Speaker and Lunch with Danny Piecora  

        Thursday, January 24th in Pigott 103 from 12:20am-1:20pm 

      Bringing the Concept of Business Ownernship Closer to your Home and come and hear from local business owner Danny Piecora owner of Piecora's Pizza: The original New York Pizza on Capital Hill. Piecoras Pizza will be provided!

      Check out the Facebook Event Page link.

      Boeing Tour in their newest plant in Everett!  

      Friday, February 8th from 12am-4pm 

      Lunch provided 

      RSVP to Elyse Graf @  

       The Greatest Movie Ever Sold  

       Tuesday, February 26th from 5pm-7pm 

      Location TBD 

      Come watch Morgan Spurlock's documentary purely paid through advertisements! Check out the trailer, take a study break, and come join us for a fun social where treats are included! 

      Marketing Club Project: Campus Ministry Brand Identity. 

      Interested in getting some hands-on experience? Get a better understanding about target market, marketing research, survey distribution, and brand identity by working towards finding out what the Campus Ministry perception is on Seattle University. Learn how to get involved by emailing Alex Walz @

      For updates and to stay connected to the Marketing Club, check out their Facebook Page: 





      Welcome Back to Winter Quarter!

      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 1/8/2013 09:00:11 AM

      Welcome Back!  We hope that you had a great winter break and that you are well rested and ready for the winter quarter! It is so great to have all the students back and we look forward to seeing you and working with you this winter.

      The first week of classes is in full swing.  Advisors will hold walk-in hours on Monday, Tuesday and Friday during the first week of classes (see below).   Walk-ins are for quick questions and adjusting your winter schedule.  Long term planning and questions that will take longer than a few minutes are reserved for appointments.  We do have appointments available this week on Wednesday and Thursday.  Stop by Pigott 318 or call 206-296-5700 to schedule an appointment with your advisor. 


      Tuesday, January 8:  9:00 am-11:30 am & 12:00 pm-3:30 pm

      Friday, January 11:  9:00 am-11:30 am & 12:00 pm-3:30 pm


      We hope you are excited about the winter quarter and look forward to seeing you all soon!  Check out the important dates below!


      January 7   Winter Quarter Classes Begin
      January 13   Last day to REGISTER, ADD/DROP, or CHANGE GRADING OPTION
      January 19   Martin Luther King Jr. Day-No Classes
      February 1   Deadline to apply for Graduation - Summer and Fall 2013
      February 15   Last day to WITHDRAW from a class or classes
      February 4-15   ADVISING PERIOD
      February 18   President's Day-No Classes
      March 18   Last Day of Classes
      March 19-23   Finals Week
      March 24-31   Spring Break


      The Home Stretch!

      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 12/5/2012 09:46:32 AM

      You've made it to the end of the quarter and hopefully at this point you can see the finish line!  I'm sure some of you are feeling a little overwhelmed with studying and preparing for your finals.  Make sure that you are still taking care of yourself!  Try to get sleep, eat well, and exercise.  These things will all help keep your brain sharp for those finals! 

      It's been a great quarter and has gone by very quickly!  We all hope you enjoy your winter break and come back ready for the winter quarter.  A couple of reminders for the upcoming quarter:

      Classes begin on January 7th. 

      Seattle University will be closed December 24th-January 1st. 

      Enjoy your break and we will see you in January (if not before)! 


      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 11/27/2012 10:02:52 AM


      The Albers school of Business and Economics offers several majors under the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree.  One of those majors is Management.  Below is some information about the Management major that you may not know.  Please contact Greg Prussia ( for more specific information about the Management major or Shery Crater (, the Management major advisor, to talk more about how this major can fit into your academic plan. 

      The Management major offers exposed to the primary areas of management through a combination of required and elective courses.  Majors can also specialize in one of the following areas: 

      LEADERSHIP- learn how to effectively and purposefully influence others-individually and in teams-to generate positive changes for the greater good. 

      Suggested Courses:  MGMT 471 Adventure Based Leadership (required for all MGMT majors) &  MGMT 383 Organizational Behavior, MGMT 491 Managing Work Teams (These are all MGMT electives)

      HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (HRM)- enhance your knowledge of how organizations attract, develop, and retain high performing employees in order to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

      Suggested Courses:  MGMT 383 Human Resource Management (required for all MGMT majors) & MGMT 477  Managing Diversity (MGMT elective)

      INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT-get prepared for today's global workforce through learning how to leverage differences and maximize working relationships across cultures.

      Suggested Courses:  MGMT 486 International Management & MGMT 491 Special Topics:  China (both MGMT electives)

      ENTREPRENEURSHIP- learn how to generate and develop your ideas for owning, evaluating, and operating your own business. 

      Suggested Courses:  MGMT 379 Entrepreneurship Essentials & MGMT 479 Business Plan Development (both MGMT electives)

      Please also note that the above represent suggested courses sequences only (flexibility is a strength of the major and various combinations of courses can be suggested to suit your interests and needs).

      Management majors often take careers in human resource management, general consulting, industrial production management, health services management, and arts and entertainment management just to name a few.  Recent graduates have been placed in the following positions/companies:

      Senior Consultant-Hitatchi Consulting; Network Operations Manager-Microsoft; General Analyst-The Boeing Company; Junior Compliance Analyst-F5 Networks; Development Associate-New Futures; & Consultant-Advaiya

      The Finals Fever

      Posted by Russell Aivazian on 11/26/2012 03:17:12 PM

      Are you nervous about the week before finals? Anxious about finals week itself? Ready for Winter break? If your answer is "yes" to all these questions, you might have caught the "Finals Fever".

      But, do not worry! You are not alone. Many Albers undergraduates come across the "Finals Fever" in the last two weeks of the quarter. The key to overcome it is to follow a few simple tips and tricks:

      1. Manage your time. You can use a weekly planner, make "to-do" lists, and set up micro-goals to make sure you are on track. This will keep you from being overwhelmed, and stop you from procrastinating. You can also create a rewards-system for yourself, in which you can reward yourself with a "5-minute YouTube video break" or "15-minute walk" after completing a task.
      2. Take a break. Whether you have a paper due the next morning or a group presentation due in one week, you need a break! Go have a meal with your friends, socialize about non-academic topics, and enjoy yourself to relieve your stress and worry.
      3. Stay healthy. Sleep well, eat well, and exercise. Make sure you get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night, so that you are able to function in your last few classes and your finals. In addition, try having a salad or sandwich, instead of the usual hamburger and fries at Cherry Street Market, and hit the treadmill at the Recreation Center. Eating healthy and exercising will help you stay energized!
      4. Study with a buddy. When stressed, stick with the best! Grab a study buddy to help you stay focused and motivated throughout your studying process. Both of you can benefit from reviewing together, quizzing each other, and helping one another when stuck.
      5. Use your campus resources. The Lemieux Library, the McGoldrick Learning Commons (2nd floor library), and professors' office hours are all very important campus resources that you should utilize and benefit from.

      Once completing these tips and tricks, remind yourself of what keeps you motivated. If it's your family, give them a call. If it's an off-campus adventure, go try a new coffee place to study at. If it's a friend, make them your study buddy.

      Then, the "Finals Fever" will disappear, and you will be prepared for what is to come. You have already made it this far into Fall quarter. Finish strong!


      Priyal Zaveri, New Student Mentor

      Count Your Blessings

      Posted by Yeajin Park on 11/19/2012 01:57:59 PM

      With Thanksgiving Break this week, my mindset has mainly focused on how greatly needed this break is, not on why we have Thanksgiving off. Therefore, I’ve realized that maybe I should begin a list of things I am grateful for.

      To start, I am thankful for my family. Without the love and support I receive from them, I would not be here in Seattle today. My morals and beliefs all stem from what I’ve learned from them, and I am eternally grateful for my family.

      I am thankful for my professors, Albers, Seattle University, and everything related to school. It’s truly incredible how much I’ve learned and grown since I first came to Seattle in September 2010. Of course, there were some classes that I enjoyed more than others.  Even in the classes that I didn’t like as much, however, I learned to think a little differently and become a little wiser. In addition, without the help and support from Albers resources such as the Albers Placement Center in helping hone my resume or from my professors in writing me recommendation letters, I would never have had the confidence to apply for jobs like my current NSM position. I am so grateful to attend a university that cares about its students.

      I am thankful for friends. Without them, being at school would be so much bleaker. One of my favorite quotes is: “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust. It couldn’t have been said more perfectly. My friends make my heart swell with love, and I don’t know what I’d do without them.

      Finally, I am thankful for my health. I’ve been incredibly fortunate in never having to go to the Student Health Center because I’ve never been too sick (*knock on wood*). However, if you happen to be sick, don’t hesitate to visit the office! And if you’d rather prevent rather than treat, flu shots are available there for $15.

      Of course, the list could go on and on, but I thought I’d just share a couple with our blog readers. I am grateful that you took the time to read this! Have a safe, relaxing, wonderful, and food-filled Thanksgiving Break!

      - Jane Park, New Student Mentor

      Your Registration Checklist

      Posted by Molly Morrisey on 11/15/2012 11:01:46 AM

      It's that time of the quarter again: registration time.  You prepare for it by researching your class options, meeting with your advisor, and making schedules and back up schedules.  Here are a few steps to take to ensure a successful registration: 

      1. Make sure you have no holds.  You can have holds for various reasons such as having an overdue library book, an unpaid account balance, or being a new student and not having met with your advisor.  Holds will prevent you from registering so it's important to get whatever hold you have lifted as soon as possible. 
      2. Make up a few possible class schedules.  Whether you do this with an advisor or on your own, it is important to prepare for a few possible outcomes going into registration.  Keep an eye on the number of spots available in your preferred classes on SU online and make back-up schedules accordingly.  You'll want to have at least three or four back-up plans, especially if classes you're trying to get into have five or less spots left. 
      3. Be ready for your registration time.  Since registration is a race, you want to be ready to register at your assigned time.  You should be logged on to SU Online ten minutes before your time just in case you run into any internet connection problems.  Usually, professors will understand if you have class during you registration time and need to step out for a minute to register.
      4. It's okay if you don't get your first choices.  Don't feel alone if you have a difficult registration experience; it happens to everyone.  If you don't get in to a class you need, you can always go to the Core Solution Center to get into a core class and Albers Walk-In Advising to get into an Albers class.  Although it is ideal to get into all of the classes with the times and professors you prefer, what's most important is that you get into classes that are required for you to take. 

      Good luck with the registration process!

      -Molly Morrisey, New Student Mentor

      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!


      WITHDRAW DEADLINE: November 2


      ADVISING PERIOD: October 29-November 12

      REGISTRATION BEGINS: November 13

      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.   

      DID YOU KNOW?  

      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! 

      WALK IN HOURS:  

      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


      Posted by Liz Wick on 9/28/2012 02:23:11 PM

      Advisors are a great resource for students! It is easy to get bogged down in policies and procedures and to get overwhelmed with which classes to take and when. Advisors are here to help guide you through the policies and to help you create a long term plan and reach your goals. Advisors expect to see you each quarter and enjoy hearing from you about how the quarter is going.

      Advising Period will be here before you know it (October 29-November 12) and the advisors calendars will fill up quickly. Make sure you schedule your appointment with you advisor early, don’t wait till your registration appointment to meet with them. You can find your assigned advisor on your Program Evaluation on SU online and by looking at our website to see the list of advisors by major. Also on that page are some of our guidelines for how to schedule an appointment and ways to meet with your advisor. You can find your Registration Appointment about two weeks before Registration starts (November 13) by logging into your SU Online account and clicking on “Registration Appointments”. You should also clear any holds or restrictions you have prior to your Registration Appointment to ensure you can register on time. Holds can also be found by logging onto your SU online account and clicking on "Student Restrictions."

      FRESHMAN you are required to meet with your New Student Mentor (NSM) in the fall quarter and TRANSFER students you are required to meet with your assigned advisor during the fall quarter to do long term planning.

      Before you meet with your advisor you should check this page out to know what to expect and how to prepare for your appointment.

      A FEW NOTES:

      Advising Period is October 29-November 12. During this time you should be meeting with your advisor (or freshman, your NSM) to discuss courses for the winter quarter and start or revise your long term plan.

      Registration Period begins November 13.Check SU online for your Registration Appointment and clear all restrictions.

      Last day to withdraw from a class for fall quarter is November 2.

      To schedule an appointment you can call 206-296-5700 or stop by the front desk in Pigott 318.We do not schedule appointments over email.  

      There is walk-in advising on Wednesday and Thursdays with our Graduate Assistant Advisors from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm.  Check in at the front desk in Pigott 318.

      Falling Back into School

      Posted by Russell Aivazian on 9/27/2012 02:27:56 PM

      It is week two of Fall Quarter and summer seems SO FAR AWAY already!  Between classes, catching up with friends, and establishing a new routine, it has been difficult to make that transition from relaxing in the pool at my parent's house. 

      This summer was unlike any other I have had.  Usually, they are filled with long weeks of working at Starbucks (I have been a barista for five years now, YIKES) and finding the occasional time to catch up with old friends and with the parents.  However, this summer was unlike any other! On one hand, I did not hold my position at Starbucks this summer, so I spent some much needed time for R & R and maybe even slept in until noon (most days).  On the other, I spent this summer learning more about myself, my family, and my future career path.

      The summer started out with the redemption of our family Christmas present to go on a cruise of the Baltic Sea.  We sailed to so many awesome places that I never dreamed I would ever visit: Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.  I spent ten jam-packed days eating delicious food, touring some of the most interesting places (like the place where Rasputin was murdered), and getting some quality family time.  Even though the world seems to be more connected because of Skype, Facebook, and text messaging it was still nice to get away from it all and connect more with my awesome family members. 

      The next adventure was definitely being able to make time to rekindle friendships that have been lost in this crazy transition to college.  Most importantly, I spent time with my friends doing things that we often did in high school.  Eating FroYo, staying up until 4am watching movies, and (of course) cheering on our favorite soccer team: Real Salt Lake, were just a few things we did to enjoy the incredibly hot Salt Lake City evenings. 

      Amongst all of this fun and excitement, I hopped on a plane to head on down to Anaheim, California to attend STARS College at Chapman University.  STARS College is a conference for aspiring student affairs students who want to work in university housing sponsored by ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers-International).  55 students from around the nation all gathered for three days to learn about graduate school, development opportunities, and (of course) to make some lasting friendships.  Most of the students who attended worked as Resident Assistants (RAs) much like I do here on Seattle U's campus.  Needless to say, socializing and friend-making came naturally to us in only three days.  Going to this conference gave me the opportunity to expand my network outside of the SU community.  I met students, faculty, and staff from institutions around the country (and internationally) and connected with them about their journey into the student affairs profession.  I always thought that networking would be super scary, but I felt prepared and ready based on the opportunities that present themselves here in Albers.  Oh….I also went to Disneyland!

      Then I made it back here! I came back to the hustle and bustle of college life, balancing two student leader positions, a job, and a full course load feeling even more refreshed than I have ever been.  I originally felt that not having a summer job would put me over the edge in the boredom department, but I took that opportunity of extra free time to focus on my personal and professional wellness


      -Russell (

      Upcoming Events~Stay Connected

      Posted by Liz Wick on 9/25/2012 10:55:22 AM

      We, as advisors, often talk to students about ways that they can enhance their education and develop not only as a student, but as a person.  It is so important for students to learn outside the classroom, as well as, in the classroom and it helps you feel connected to Seattle University.  There are many clubs and organizations in Albers for students to get involved with and develop leadership and networking skills.  Another good way to expand your network and learn from people in the business industry is the Albers Executive Speaker Series.  The Albers Placement Center is a great resource for students to learn about careers, networking experience and participate in mock interviews.  They have a lot of events and workshops this fall to prepare and connect you to the business world.  It's easy to let the quarter pass by, but we really encourage you to take some time and get involved with a club or attend one of the events highlighted below!



      Oct. 18

      Mark Vadon, Co-Founder
      & Chairman of Blue Nile

      5:30 pm
      Nov. 19

      Tom Marra, President &
      CEO of  Symetra Financial

      5:30 pm



      September 28Albers Mentor FairPACCAR Atrium6:00 pm
       (Mentor Fair is for SR Undergrad Albers students only) 
      October 5Resume ReviewsAlbers Placement Center30 min. slots
       October 18Business and Engineering
      Career Fair
      Campion Ballroom12-2 pm
      October 23Mock Interviews with EmployersAlbers Placement Center30 min. slots
      November 15Careers in MarketingPigott 10212:30-1:30 pm
      November 15Sales NightPACCAR Atrium 6-9pm

      Fall is also recruiting season for many companies and will take place with on campus interviews in October and November.  Below are some opportunities for information sessions with topics ranging from how to succeed in a case interview to an overview of the consulting industry.  Please see the Albers Placement Center website to get more information on the fall recruiting season and these sessions.


      October 4 West Monroe Partners "Case Interview Workshop"Pigott 100        12:25 pm-1:25 pm
      October 9BoeingPigott 10012:25 pm-1:25 pm
      October 11Hitachi Consulting "Careers in Consulting"Pigott 10012:25 pm-1:25 pm
      October 25AmazonPigott 10012:25 pm-1:25 pm


      Below are some updates from a few of the clubs that Albers offer.  We will continue to post announcements from clubs as the quarter continues.


      The Albers Club extends the opportunity to undergraduate students to gain experience managing a portfolio and increase their knowledge of fincancial markets and institutions.  Meetings will be held weekly on Tuesdayevenings from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm in Pigott 416, Puget Power Room.  If you have are interested or have any questions please contact one of the following:

      President:  Adam
      Vice President:  KyonSu
      Secretary:  Lake Taylor  
      Treasurer:  Eric
      Portfolio Manager:  Michael Cardinal   



      There will be an informational meeting Thursday, September 27th in Pigott 200 at 8:30 pm for anyone who is interested in hearing more about MoneyThink volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions please contact one of the

      Co-President:  Emily Ursino        
      Co-President:  Megan  



      The Marketing Club aims to go one step beyone teh classroom in terms of providing interactive trips and tours, hosting professional speakers, and assisting in networking events.  Membership for all is free and the club is open to anyone who is interested to come learn!

      The Marketing Club will be at the "Street Fair" on Wednesday, September 26th from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  Come by the table to say hi, find out what's coming up next and play for a chance to win a prize or two!

      Fall Quarter Meetings:   

      October 25            Pigott 416            12:20 pm-1:25 pm
      November 15Pigott 10212:30 pm-1:30 pm

      Please contact President Lin Wilson ( with any questions.  To get the scoop on upcoming Marketing Club activities check out the Marketing Club Blog and find them on facebook by clicking the icon below! 




      The technology sector is a growing industry in all businesses, small and large.  Staying up-to-date with the latest technology and having an experience with systems gives you a leading advantage in the job market.  Come learn about information Systems in a variety of different fields.  Get technical, hands on experience, with fun and exciting projects like web designing, systems, etc.; excellent for resume boosters! Mingle and network with professionals in the IS field and other students to talk about the importance of technology in all sectors.  Have a fun time with individuals of similar interests over food, snacks, and drinks.  No prior experience needed and ALL majors are welcome.  More information about events, meeting times and announcements will come out in the next few weeks.  For more information or interest in joining, please send an email to Kyle Bonnell (

      Welcome Back Students! Message from the Advisors

      Posted by Sheryn Crater on 9/18/2012 08:58:43 AM

      Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2012-2013 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer.  You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700.  Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors.  Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference!  Also, we will be posting important information on this blog each week, so keep coming back to see what's coming up!  Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you! 


      September 17               12:30 pm-2:00 pm

      September 18               1:00 pm-3:00 pm

      September 19               1:00 pm-3:00 pm

      September 20               9:30 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

      September 25               1:30 pm-3:30 pm


      Dhorea Brown (                       Accounting and Finance
      Suzanne Jayne-Jensen (     Economics, Business Economics, International Business, Individualized Majors, and Pre-Business
      Shery Crater ( Management, Marketing, and Information Systems


      We also have two Graduate Assistants, Megan Fillipi ( and Therese Credle (, who will hold regular drop-in hours.  Therese will have drop-in hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm and Megan will have drop-in hours on Thursdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm.  Any student can see either one of our Graduate Assistants.    


      Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar.  Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.


      September 19                                     Classes Begin
      September 25    Last day to add, drop or change grading option for classes    
      September 27Mass of the Holy Spirit (Classes between 10 am and 1 pm canceled.    
      October 1    Last day to apply for graduation:  WINTER 2013
      October 29-November 12    Advising Period
      November 1    Last day to apply for graduation:  SPRING 2013    
      November 2Last day to withdraw from classes
      November 12    Veteran's Day:  NO CLASSES
      November 13    Registration Begins for WINTER 2013
      November 21-24    Thanksgiving Break
      December 3    Last Class Day
      December 4-8Final Exam Week
      December 9-January 6Winter Break
      December 25-January 1        Administrative Offices Closed



      Individual appointments

      Either in person or by phone - may be scheduled by calling (206) 296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318. Appointments are each 30 minutes. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule. During registration periods, advisors are in high demand. Avoid the rush and schedule your appointment in advance.

      Walk-in advising

      Available during registration periods and the first week of the quarter during scheduled times. Walk-in Advising is on a first-come, first-served basis and is reserved for students with quick questions.

      E-mail advising

      Available via two methods:
      1. You may contact an advisor at
      2. You may contact your advisor directly.

      Have a great first week of classes, we would love to hear about your summer and we look forward to working with you throughout the year!



      Posted by Liz Wick on 9/10/2012 12:53:21 PM

      Welcome Back! We are so happy to have you back on campus and are excited for the 2012-2013 academic year to start. We hope you are just as excited for the new opportunities that await you this year. Advisors are here to help you with your transition, whether that transition is from high school to college, another college or university to Seattle University, or just making that transition back into school from a great summer break. We hope to see you at least once during the fall quarter to discuss your winter quarter classes, but also hope you will come see us if you have any other questions or to let us know how the quarter is going! During the first week of classes advisors will hold walk-in hours if you have concerns about your current schedule, would like to discuss dropping or adding a course, or have an issue that can't wait. We also have limited appointments during the first week of classes for issues that may take a little longer. You can schedule appointments by stopping by Pigott 318 or calling the front desk at 206-296-5700. Below you will find some important information regarding walk-in hours during fall drop/add period, important dates throughout the quarter and how you can get in touch with the advisors. Make sure you look through all the information and keep it for reference! Welcome back again and we all look forward to working with you!



      September 1712:30 pm-2:00 pm
      September 181:00 pm-3:00 pm
      September 191:00 pm-3:00 pm
      September 209:30 am-11:00 am & 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
      September 251:30 pm-3:30 pm


      Dhorea Brown ( and Finance
      Suzanne Jayne-Jensen (, Economics, Business Economics, International Business, Individualized Majors, and Pre-Business
      Shery Crater (, Marketing and Information Systems


      We also have two Graduate Assistants, Megan Fillipi ( and Therese Credle (, who will hold regular walk-in hours. Therese will have walk-in hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm and Megan will have walk-in hours on Thursdays from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm. Any student can see either one of our Graduate Assistants.


      Below are a few important dates, mark these in your calendar. Please click here to view a more comprehensive Academic Calendar, the Final Exam calendar and an Important Dates Calendar.


      September 19

      Classes Begin

      September 25

      Last day to add/drop or change grading option for classes.

      September 27

      Mass of the Holy Spirit (classes between 10am-1pm cancelled)

      October 1

      Last day to apply for graduation: Winter 2013

      October 29-November 12

      Advising Period

      November 1

      Last day to apply for graduation: Spring 2013

      November 2

      Last day to withdraw from classes

      November 12

      Veteran’s Day: No classes

      November 13

      Registration begins: Winter 2013

      November 21-24

      Thanksgiving Break: No Classes

      December 3

      Last Class Day

      December 4-8

      Final Exam Week

      December 9-January 6

      Winter Break

      December 12

      Grades due by noon; posted on SU online by 6pm

      December 25-January 1

      Administrative offices closed



      Individual appointments

      Either in person or by phone - may be scheduled by calling (206) 296-5700 or stopping by Pigott 318. Appointments are each 30 minutes. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please call to cancel or reschedule. During registration periods, advisors are in high demand. Avoid the rush and schedule your appointment in advance.

      Walk-in advising

      Available during registration periods and the first week of the quarter during scheduled times. Walk-in Advising is on a first-come, first-served basis and is reserved for students with quick questions.

      E-mail advising

      Available via two methods:
      1. You may contact an advisor at
      2. You may contact your advisor directly.

      Have a great first week of classes, we would love to hear about your summer and we look forward to working with you throughout the year!

      Advice to Incoming Freshmen

      Posted by Molly Morrisey on 7/31/2012 09:36:13 AM
      In the spirit of the 1,000 new students that were on campus two weeks ago attending Summer in Seattle sessions, I came up with five pieces of advice I would go back and give the freshman year Molly Morrisey if I could.    
      1. Get good grades your freshman year. Class-wise, it will be your easiest year of college. You’ll thank yourself when you get into your higher level classes and have something to cushion your GPA.
      2. Stay on top of your classes. Smart kids fail classes, I’ve seen it. Be aware of the grades you get on assignments so that when you get a bad grade you can improve your understanding before you are tested again.  Don’t let yourself get halfway through the quarter without knowing what your overall grade is in a class.   
      3. Find a mentor or just an older person who has done it before.  Your OAs, RAs, NSMs, and advisors are all there to help make your academic and personal transition to college as smooth as possible.  The most important thing is that this older person is someone who knows you well, is able to answer your questions, and can let you know about opportunities and resources that may be helpful to you in your personal and career goals.  
      4. Don’t latch on to a group of friends right away.  Most people will do this.  Spend your first few months of college meeting as many people as possible before deciding which people you want to spend your time with.  It is easier to do this than to choose first and realize later that the group of friends you’ve been spending so much time with isn’t right for you. 
      5. Find something that fulfills you.  Never again will you have the time and resources available to you that you have right now all in one place.  If you intend to graduate and pursue a job or graduate school, then these four years are the most free time you will have in the predictable future.  Use that free time.  Through college and through all of life, there will be many ups and downs and I have found it most comforting through all of those times to have something that grounds me.  I keep up something that I love as a constant to support me during my happiest times and uplift me during my most challenging times.  The Jesuits give special emphasis to the education of the whole person and, true to this mission, SU provides students with many opportunities to continue their education outside the classroom.  Some of my most enriching times in college have been because of such experiences.  As a result, I hope that you take some time during these next four years to find something besides your classes that you truly love. 

      Best wishes in your search and in navigating through freshman year,

      Molly Morrisey, Business Economics and Humanities Major

      Summer Plans(1)

      Posted by Barbara Hauke on 5/30/2012 04:58:27 PM

       Last October, I applied for a summer internship at Boeing and was accepted later that month. By the middle of Fall Quarter, I already knew my plans for the next year. Now, as Spring Quarter comes to a close, it seems almost unreal that in just a few weeks I’ll actually be walking into the Renton offices and starting my job for the next three months.

      I’m extremely excited for what Boeing has in store for me. The managers have been taking classes to learn how to optimize their intern’s experience, and this year all of the interns will have desks on the same floor. It will be fun to meet other business students from around the country who have come here to work. I also haven’t met my manager yet, so I’m looking forward to introducing myself, finding out his role in Boeing’s marketing and communications, and getting my first assignment.

      Although I’m sure working at Boeing will be both challenging and rewarding, I also have to take summer classes at night. I’m working on completing a degree in Digital Design in addition to studying Marketing at Albers, and the added work load has kept me extremely busy. Hopefully I will still have some time to relax and rejuvenate myself for senior year!

      Leanna Robb NSM

      Tie One On For Success

      Posted by Russell Aivazian on 5/29/2012 03:49:03 PM

      First of all, Happy last week of School!

      I am going to start this blog post with a disclaimer, yes I will be talking about wearing a tie, but the message is really about doing (in this case wearing) something you  may not normally be comfortable with in order to feel more secure, and subsequently grow as a business professional.

      With my disclaimer I might have given away the whole point of the blog entry, but I will continue anyway.  It is time to start wearing a tie, and that means a dress shirt too.  There are a few things that go along with this ‘tie wearing.’

      The first is, it isn’t good enough to just own a tie, one must wear the tie, more often than not.  I’ll just say at least once a quarter (start out easy).  

      The next step, and don’t skip this one, learn how to tie the knot yourself.  Many, especially those with roommates, tend to rely on others to make sure that simple piece of clothing that makes all the business formal difference is correctly knotted and displayed.  If you are going to own a tie then you must learn how to use it. 

      Step three is a more challenging notion: know the importance of what it means to wear a tie.  Many first time (or first few times) tie wearers might describe a tie as a fancy looking noose that isn’t getting the job done.  Fancy looking?  Yes. Getting the job done? No, wrong job.  A tie is a symbol of formality, thus, when worn properly, you are formal.  Formal means that you are showing respect to those who you might be interviewing with, but it also means that you are commanding a certain amount as well.  A tie says: I have a skill –tying a specific knot-and it says I spent some time on this outfit which means I care about how I am presenting myself right now.

      Step four is probably the easiest to master: Wear a tie often.  Once you have one, or a few (I suggest a simple black or extremely dark slate/gray to get started) then you wear them.  At first you’ll be uncomfortable, but then you’ll move on to possibly thinking that you are overdressed (assuming you aren’t just wearing the tie for an interview or a presentation in class), but then you will move into the territory of confidence and ease. 

      Think about it this way: If you don’t ever wear a tie, except when you are going to do some sort of presentation, or interview, or other nerve racking experience, putting on that tie is going to remind you of what is ahead.  However, if you wear ties often, and feel confident in them, you can get up in front of whoever your audience may be, and present with that same degree of confidence that you have built through this association with the fancy knot around your neck.

      This may all be a glorified, step-by-step guide to “practice makes perfect,” but if it works, then use it. 

      Now go forth, build that confidence that is going to eventually make you a star in the business world.

      Cameron, NSM


      Summer Plans

      Posted by Alejandra Mena on 5/28/2012 11:24:03 PM

      The only topic of conversation these days is the fact that school is ending in two weeks (some are even graduating!), but what should you do this summer?

      • An internship is always a good idea. It gives you exposure to a possible career when you graduate and a paycheck. You really can't beat that.
      • Working at your normal part-time job and getting cash that way is also a great thing to do in the summer.
      • Working on taking required tests, like the CPA, Excel Certification, etc. is also a good thing to do over the summer, because you have a lot more time to really focus on it.

      But, most of all, I suggest you enjoy some time off and read books you are interested in and enjoy the weather, so by the time fall hits, you are ready for school to start.

      This summer I will be studying for the CPA and GMAT, enjoying a trip to Mexico, and looking for a job. Exciting :)


      -NSM, Alex Mena



      The Final Countdown

      Posted by Amanda Luna on 5/23/2012 11:58:43 AM

      I don't know about how other students feel, I can assume it's the same, but the last three weeks of school are always the most exciting. It is exciting:

      1) Because the school year is ending

      2) Because the school year is ending, and

      3) Because summer is coming!!!

      This is not to be taken as summer being a time to totally relax and do nothing. Summer is a time to delve into what you are actually really interested and start making career moves. I'm talking internships!!! Summer gives us free time away from classes to commit to different endeavours and test out different career paths we see ourselves taking. I am soooooo incredibly excited for my summer internship with the accounting firm KPMG this summer! This internship gives me a chance to earn money and valuable work experience, and ultimately decide if public accounting is what I want to do.

      So yes, I am excited to get out of classes! But I am even more excited to put my energy into something career oriented and get a taste of the corporate world.


      -Amanda Luna, NSM

      Dear Freshman: Advice From a Senior

      Posted by Aimee Martinez on 5/22/2012 10:10:49 AM

      So you’ve found yourself in a group project. You may be thinking: ‘Why do teachers do this to students? It’s really unfair to make us work together and be graded for it! …that’s so not how the real world works.’

      Hate to break it to you, but in a business career, you usually have to collaborate with your colleagues.  Group projects are a way to simulate a work place problem and give you a chance to develop your teamwork skills. It may be a tough few weeks (especially if you have some slackers in your group), but remember you are refining your communication skills, time management ability, etc. that will make you successful later on in life.  Plus, Albers loves group project so one is in your future.  

      So here are some tips for getting through a group project:

      1. Take a deep breath. Usually group projects seem overwhelming/ a TON of work when you first get the prompt. Remember you are going to have a team to help you get it all done. You are not alone.
      2. Define roles within your group. This helps make sure things get done and tends to make people act more responsibly because they know what they are supposed to do. This could also just be allocating tasks or making someone a contact person.
      3. Create a timeline and goals!! Your teachers might do this for you in many projects, but if not, go ahead and figure out when you want everything to be done at the beginning of the project. Set goals so that you have something to strive toward!
      4. Communication is soooo valuable! When you are having trouble finishing your part or help thinking of ideas, talk to your team! Respond to emails from your project! If you have a member who is being a free rider, talk to him/her. They might be unaware they are not contributing.

      These are just a few tips. There are many other ways to successfully navigate your way through a group project. Group projects always seem daunting, but the best way to get through it is to be positive and try to work as a team!

      -Aimee, NSM


      Navigating Your Way Through Course Titles

      Posted by Russell Aivazian on 5/18/2012 11:20:06 AM

      E-Commerce and Information Systems, Operations, Quantitative Methods and Applications.  

      As Spring Quarter draws to a close, course registration is on EVERY business students' mind.  Whether you are studying abroad or staying her in Seattle, the biggest (and sometimes most existential) question is: What courses should I take?  [Insert Rebecca Black Lyrics Here].  As a person who really wants to know what I am getting myself into when I register for a course, the course titles listed above often give me little hope for my future learning in a class.  However, I am here to tell you: GIVE EVERY COURSE A CHANCE!!!

      Being in business school means expanding your horizons and taking risks on courses that will give you a leg up in the business world.  I can tell you that even though I dreaded the first day of all of the classes listed above, the professors at Albers are invested in creating curriculum that is interesting, engaging, and can be applied to a broad range of business disciplines. 

      Essentially, my message is this: DON'T JUDGE A COURSE BY ITS TITLE!!!

      In order to navigate your way through these courses, I urge you to consider the following steps:

      1. Prepare for registration early! You will not be able to use this advice in a short amount of time.
      2. Check for the professors' syllabus online.  Albers has placed all of the syllabi for all of their courses in one easy location on the Albers Website
      3. Talk with your friends; they are your most valuable asset.  The business school has A LOT of group projects (which are all really intentional and interesting) and you will be more successful if you know at least one person in your class. 
      4. Email the professor who teaches the course, they may be able to give you a little insight into the class and how to best prepare for the material ahead.

      This is not just unique to the business school, and it is important to make connections with your peers, professors, and professional advisors (see what I did there) so that you can tailor your Seattle U experience to your interests and future career aspirations.

      Until next time,

      Russell Aivazian, New Student Mentor (NSM)

      Junior Business Management Major with Entrepreneurship and Finance | Albers School of Business and Economics

      School Coming to a Close

      Posted by Alejandra Mena on 5/17/2012 05:36:52 PM

      This week was registration week for the upcoming Fall Quarter of the 2012-2013 year. Freshmen business students were required to meet with their professional advisors this quarter instead of a mandatory meeting with us (the NSMs). This meeting consisted of planning out classes for the student's next three years at Albers. This is a great opportunity to discuss future plans about studying abroad, internships for credit, or having to meet a certain number of credits. Something I would like to emphasize to the freshmen is that these plans are TENTATIVE and change often, as do your personal plans throughout the years. There were quarters in my undergraduate career that I would go in to see my professional advisor twice a quarter. You never know what will occur and how it will affect your plans, therefore, going to update this plan at least once a year is highly suggested.

      Also, there is only a few weeks left in the quarter, this includes finals. It is definitely crunch time and I would like to wish the mentees good luck as they take on the last quarter of their freshmen year!


      -NSM, Alex Mena 

      The End of Advising

      Posted by Barbara Hauke on 2/17/2012 01:30:02 PM

      Advising week is always both an excting time and a busy time for the Albers New Student Mentors. We LOVE it because it is when we get to catch up and check in with all our mentees. Regardless if it is required or not we all love hearing about how our mentees have been and what has changed in their life, and we are ever hopful that they enjoy meeting with us just as much. I would personally like to thank all my mentees (you know who you are) for getting in  contact, coming to events, and scheduling appointments. It only makes my job that much easier, and don't worry, I have heard positive things from  the other mentors about their mentees as well.

      Our only hope is that we help you with taking all that is required while maintaining a resonable schedule. This is the last quarter our mentees are required to meet with us, and it is sooooo sad. I personally hope that I have helped them academically, of course, but also that I have been an influencial part of the first mile in their great SU experience.


      NSM, Amanda Luna


      Student Take-Out: Albers Information on the Go

      Posted by Barbara Hauke on 2/9/2012 12:49:15 PM

      Welcome to the New Student Mentors Blog

      The New Student Mentor (NSM) Program is a paid leadership program in the Albers School of Business and Economics. It consists of a selected group of eight junior and senior Business students who provide academic advising and mentoring to first-year Business students, as well as host quarterly events to keep the freshmen connected to the Business School. New Student Mentors serve as role models and work closely to assist the freshmen advisees in their transition to college so that the “first year experience” is a good one. Many of the New Student Mentors are in this position now because of the positive experience they had with their New Student Mentors when they were freshmen in the Albers School. The New Student Mentors represent what an Albers student is to both the internal and external community.