Albers is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As of July 2014, less than five percent of the world’s business schools and less than one third of U.S. business schools have achieved business accreditation from AACSB.
Barb Yates is retiring after 41 years at Seattle U. Barb teaches economics and has been chair of
the Department of Economics since 1989.
She started at SU in 1970. She
has earned seven teaching awards at SU, including the SU Alumni Professor of
the Year Award in 2006. She has no doubt
taught thousands of students (quite successfully!) and as department chair
mentored and guided dozens of faculty.
What a run! She will be sorely
missed at SU.
We had a dinner for her last week, and it gave people a chance
to pay tribute to her many contributions to SU.
Bill Weis and Dave Tinius, who have been colleagues for most of her time
at SU, complained about her scooping up all the teaching awards. Fred Dekay spoke about the collegiality of
the Department of Economics (and for a long time, the Department of Economics
and Finance) under Barb’s leadership.
John Eshelman noted how Barb provided credibility and cover to the
Pacioli Society. If you are not familiar
with the secretive Pacioli Society, it was created by Dave and Bill to
facilitate the celebration of Luca Pacioli’s 400th birthday and was
instrumental in the sustainability of their study tours to Sansepolcro, Italy
(Pacioli’s birthplace). The Pacioli
Society has been the target of many rumors, none that can be repeated here.
Sean Klosterman, a former student of Barb’s, talked about
Barb as a servant-leader, and it certainly was a fitting observation. She truly has been serving students and
colleagues for over 40 years. Barb Yates
doesn’t seem to have an ego. She is
never looking for credit for anything she does.
She is very humble and unassuming.
Several in the audience noted that she was always upbeat – the glass is
always “half full rather than half empty” for Barb.
It is faculty and staff such as Barb Yates that have enabled
Seattle U. to carry out its mission of academic excellence. The rising reputation of the university is
the result of her hard work and long standing dedication to the mission of the
university, and others like her. Barb is
one of many faculty and staff who should not be taken for granted in terms of
what they contribute to “educating the whole person, to professional formation,
and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world.” It certainly has been a pleasure and an honor
to work with Barb Yates during my ten years at SU!
Dean Spam is something I send out every two weeks updating people on what is happening in Albers. I started sending it out within my first year as dean because I saw how faculty and staff were not able to keep up with the activities of their colleagues. In many cases the right hand did not seem to know what the left hand was doing!
At first I sent it only to faculty and staff. Then I started sending it to my advisory board. Then others in the school said I should send it to their advisory board, so at some point it started to go to all our advisory boards. I started sending to a few people on campus, such as people in PR, and pretty soon others on campus got wind of it and wanted to receive a copy (such as people in University Advancement). So, now there are a lot of people from on and off campus who receive Dean Spam and some of them even appear to read it!
I think it has been a useful tool for communicating, and there are several important characteristics of Dean Spam. First, the content is kept very simple and I don't tell people every little detail about something. If people want more information, they will ask. Too much information and they will stop reading. Second is to send it on a consistent schedule, which is basically every two weeks (although in the summer it is more likely to be every three weeks). I don't think it works well to send it out "every once in a while." Third, I keep it simple by just cutting and pasting from a Word document. No HTML or fancy graphics in this missive!
In it's early days, I would occasionally have people warn me that I needed to change the title, because "Dean Spam" would get snatched up by spam filters and my message would never get through. I resisted that because I liked the title "Dean Spam" since it was such an apt description and I could not think of something simliar. It turns out that Dean Spam did not get blocked very often, and when it did those folks could easily set their filter to correct the problem. That is, if they wanted to correct the problem!
When we first started discussing blogging, someone suggested I routinely post Dean Spam up on the blog. Below is the latest edition of Dean Spam, sent yesterday. It is a pretty typical edition. I'm not sure that I should routinely post Dean Spam to the blog. What do you think?? If I don't hear back, I will take that as an indication that it is not necessary! Also, if you would like to be added to the list of Dean Spam recipients, let me know and I will do that.
Congratulations to David Reid. His article “A Study of Chinese Street Vendors: How They Operate,” co-authored with Eugene Fram (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Chi Guotai (Dalian University of Technology), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Business.
SIFE Places in Top Ten Nationally
Our SIFE team placed ninth in the national contest that took place in Minneapolis last week. More than 360 team competed in the nationwide competition. The team also received Campbell Soup’s Lasting Hunger Relief Award, which is given for the project that best helps people break the cycle of poverty. Leo Simpson serves as faculty advisor for the group. They repeated their presentation today at noon in Pigott Auditorium so we could see how good they are!
The SU Board of Trustees approved the new Health Leadership EMBA program on May 5th and we are recruiting the first class for Fall, 2011! For more information, you can go to http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/executiveeducation/HLEMBA/.
On May 13th, over 60 faculty and staff gathered for a school meeting. The meeting included reports on the Albers SU Youth Initiative Task Force, the Undergraduate Business Core Task Force, and IB Assurance of Learning.
Red Winged Leadership Award
The Red Winged Leadership Award Ceremony was held on May 12th in Campion Ballroom. The award process is led by students in the Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate Program, and recognizes social entrepreneurs for their business acumen, leadership, and social impact. First prize went to Chris Fontana of Global Visionaries. Global Visionaries empowers youth from diverse backgrounds to become leaders and global citizens through community engagement.
Business Plan Competition
The final round of the Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition took place on May 13th. More than $30,000 in prize money was distributed, with Feral Motion as the grand champion. The event featured a luncheon address by Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint and co-founder of Blue Nile. Over 150 volunteers were involved in the process as mentors and judges.
Microsoft Exec Speaks
Kurt DelBene, President of Microsoft’s Office Division, spoke as part of the Albers Executive Speaker Series on May 19th. His topic was, “Transforming the Microsoft Office Business for the Cloud,” with over 150 in attendance.
Albers Awards Ceremony
The Albers Awards Ceremony took place on May 13th in Pigott Auditorium. Over 100 friends and family gathered to recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding students. Bill Santucci received the Paul Volpe Award for the highest academic performance of an undergraduate student. Andrew Barfoot received the Jerry Viscione Award for the highest performing grad student. Ajla Aljik received the Spirit of Albers Award for the student who best embodies the values of Albers. Altogether, 23 awards were presented.
The Awards Ceremony was followed by the Beta Gamma Sigma Installation Ceremony. BGS is the academic honorary for AACSB accredited business schools. Thirty-one undergraduate and 62 graduate students were inducted into BGS. Tiffany Wadel received the $1,000 BGS scholarship and Carlos Mello-e-Souza received the BGS Professor of the Year award. Congratulations to all!
Volunteer Recognition Event
The Albers School Volunteer Recognition took place on Thursday, May 19th. The event recognizes advisory board members, mentors, and others who have supported our work over the last year.
Business Week Rankings
Although we were not included in the overall Business Week undergraduate business programs rankings for 2011 because an insufficient number of recruiters responded to the survey, we did receive some good scores in some of the program rankings. Highlights include #4 in the nation in sustainability, #7 in business ethics, #11 in quantitative methods, #12 in international business, and #15 in entrepreneurship. You can check out the rankings at: http://www.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/top_undergad_bschools_by_specialty.html?campaign_id=bschools_related
It seems these rankings don’t rely on the recruiters! :}
Nobel Prize Winner to Speak
Tun Channareth, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient and 2011 SU Honorary Degree Recipient, will be speaking as part of the Albers Executive Speaker Series on June 2nd. It will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. The title of his presentation will be, "Landmines: A Story from the Heart," For details and to sign the Petition for the US to join the Landmine Ban Treaty you can go to:http://webapps.seattleu.edu/albers/Events/LBTPetition.pdf
Have a good weekend!
Last Friday was a busy day in the Albers School. Hard to imagine, but we started with a school meeting at 10:00 AM! That may be unprecedented. At the meeting we covered Albers’ involvement in the Seattle University Youth Initiative, our process to review our undergraduate business core curriculum, our new Health Leadership EMBA program, and our assessment process for international business.
Then, starting at noon, we had the finals of the 13th annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition. It seems like it gets better and better every year. The competition started with a luncheon, with Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint and co-founder of Blue Nile as the featured speaker. He did such a fine job there was no need for me to provide an inspiring speech!
I had to leave by the time the presentations of the five final teams began, so I missed that and the announcing of the results at the awards ceremony, where $30,000 in prize money was awarded. Among other things, I had to be ready for the Albers Awards Ceremony at 4:00 PM. What can I say? It was a busy day for the Albers School. It's a shame so many of us had to be in two places at once, but that is what happens in the spring quarter when you are doing so many end of the year events.
Of course, the competition did not start last week, but back in the winter quarter with a call for entries, followed by the initial screening round. Judges reviewed 34 plans. This narrowed the competition to 20, who then competed in the Elevator Pitch and Trade Show competitions. You make it through that and you are in the finals. There were five teams in the finals. I’m told the judges had a very difficult time ranking the five finalists, but Feral Motion was the eventual winner.
The competition is a great example of how we rely on volunteers from the Seattle business community to educate our students. Steve Brilling, our Entrepreneurship Center director, estimates there were some 160 volunteers in the process. Wow!!
The business plan competition is a great learning experience for the students who participate, especially those who make it deep into the competition. And increasingly, we see that these business plans become viable businesses. Mobata, Vera Fitness, and Girlie Girl Wine are all examples.
Congratulations to Steve, Kim Eshelman, administrative assistant for the center, and all the other folks involved in making the competition a success!
At the Albers Awards Ceremony we get to recognize our most outstanding students for their accomplishments at SU. Twenty-three different awards are distributed to students. Some of the more notable awards are the Paul Volpe Award (highest undergraduate academic performance), the Spirit of Albers Award (the student who best exemplifies the Albers mission to develop ethical and socially responsible leaders), and the Jerry Viscione Award (highest graduate student academic performance). Congratulations to Ajla Aljic, Bill Santucci, and Andrew Barfoot respectively for receiving these awards! Bill’s award is particularly impressive, since he has received the top academic award four years in a row. He will also be receiving the President’s Award at graduation, which is the top award for all undergraduate students at SU.
The ceremony is followed by a reception for parents and friends. Then, at 5:30 PM, we were supposed to start the Beta Gamma Sigma installation ceremony. However, the award ceremony was a bit behind schedule, so we started closer to 6:00 PM.
BGS is the academic honorary for business students. Those inducted are our strongest students, which makes for another inspirational event. Fred DeKay always does a terrific job of organizing our BGS ceremony, but Fred is on a leave of absence this quarter, so he persuaded Madhu Rao and Hildegard Hendrickson to fill in. Hildegard is a legendary emeritus faculty member in our school, who retired in 1996. It’s always good to see her at the BGS ceremony. We inducted 31 undergraduate and 62 graduate students into BGS! The BGS Professor of the Year award went to Carlos Mello-e-Souza. That is quite an honor, Carlos! It’s coming from our most demanding students!
My day was not done after the BGS ceremony, however. My final stop was at a fundraiser for The Roots Project, which is a NGO focusing on improving the economic status of women in South Sudan. I am planning to meet later this week with the founder, Anyieth D’Awol, to see if there are ways for Albers to collaborate with her organization. [Anyieth is the daughter-in-law of Frank McKulka, who is on the advisory board of our soon to be launched Center for Business Ethics.]
The Red Winged Leadership Award ceremony took place last night. The award is given to social entrepreneurs who are inspirational in terms of business acumen, social impact, and leadership. The award is managed entirely by our students in the Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate program.
This is the second year of the program. When the students in last year’s GLFC group conceived and developed the program, I encouraged them to make it a sustainable enterprise that future students help carry forward, either subsequent GLFC groups or some other group of students. This year’s event definitely had sustainability all over it! There were more than 400 people in attendance last night! This could become one of SU’s proudest traditions! What is especially compelling about this event is how it aligns so closely with the mission of the university.
This program is such a great example of what students can accomplish when you put them in charge! I think they are an untapped resource for us! How do we use our imaginations to unleash their creative energies?! This is one example. What is the next??
At ast night’s ceremonies, three social entrepreneurs were recognized -- Chris Fontana from Global Visionaries, Shana Greene from Village Volunteers, and Danna Johnston from the Danna K. Johnston Foundation. Each is an impressive and inspiring leader who has created very impressive programs that provide important support to underserved groups. They are all winners! Each deserved a prize and each received one, but the top prize went to Chris Fontana!
I told the students in my Econ 271 class they could earn extra credit by attending the ceremony and writing an essay on which of the three finalists they found to be the most inspiring. I am looking forward to reading those essays!
The event included some excellent videos on each of the finalists. We need to get them up on our U-Tube site so people can see them! In the meantime, I encourage you to learn more about the work of the finalists by checking their websites:
Each year the event should get better and better, and this continuous improvement should become part of the tradition. One of the important changes this year was moving the venue to Campion Ballroom. The ballroom looks a lot better these days with its new lighting and decorating. It was sorely needed and the improvements represent the best spending done on campus in the ten years I have been here! The new venue allowed for a reception that did not take place last year.
Kudos to the students involved in the GLFC this year and to the two faculty who guided them, Rubina Mahsud and Jennifer Marrone!