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  • Enjoying Marketing 561: New Venture Marketing

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/25/2010 03:36:43 PM

    This quarter I registered for a marketing class called New Venture Marketing taught by Dr. Peter Raven.  Dr. Raven is director of International Business Programs at Seattle University. He has an industry background in Food Science and teaches international marketing and consulting courses. Dr. Raven was recognized with the President’s "E" Award for the Global Business EDGE program at Seattle University. 

    Like most of the upper level marketing classes, we are required to do several group projects and individual projects in MKTG 561.  During class, Peter actively incorporates marketing concepts with real business cases and his experiences.  In addition, Peter has a good sense of humor.  I think this is good for the students because they can relax and be more willing to participate in discussion.  In addition to class discussion, students need to analyze the current articles about new ventures from different sources including newspapers and business magazines.  More importantly, three of my classmates and I will develop a marketing plan for a local non-profit organization.  I think this is quite meaningful because we can apply what we learn in class and use the knowledge to help people in our community.  It is a win-win situation.

    It has been a lot of learning and fun. I highly recommend this class to anyone who is interested in knowing more about the role of marketing in entrepreneurial ventures, and the role of entrepreneurship in marketing efforts of all firms in such a rapidly changing business environment.  In fact, this class is one of the many electives that students have to choose from because it teaches you a lot of essential skills to be a successful entrepreneurial marketer.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    Looking for a place to relax, connect with people, and grab a bite before class? The McGoldrick Collegium is the place to be.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 10/21/2010 11:02:05 AM


    By Natalia Varela Donado.

    Our University has distinguished itself for doing a great job at building community. One of its ongoing commitments with faculty, students and staff is to continuously foster the appropriate settings to facilitate that. It is seen among its numerous spaces all over campus where people can come together, to share a meal, study, of just build on relationships.

    One of its highly acclaimed programs, both internally and externally and conducted by the Direction of Transfer and Commuter Students Services, is the Collegia Program. This program, which has been continuously growing since it first began a little over 14 years ago, facilitates the lives of hundreds of students who commute to school on a daily basis. It features five different spaces assigned to students across all academic programs, in a warm home-like environment where they can relax, study, sleep, eat, or just hang out while they are not in class. These are also the places where several friends have first met and life-long relationships have been formed.

    The McGoldrick Collegium, located in the Hunthausen Building, welcomes us Graduate students. If you have not yet been there, I encourage you to visit, and become a member.It is free and you will get to enjoy the space for the entire year. So if you’re still walking around campus before classes begin, trying to find a place to get ready, relax and meet interesting people, come to the McGoldrick, a welcoming “home away from home”.

    To find out more about the McGoldrick Collegium and the Collegia Program, please visit


    SU Graduate Programs Open House is coming!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/12/2010 10:36:57 AM

    Hello, dear prospective students.  Do you want to be more competitive in the job market?  Do you want to advance your career?  If your answer is “Yes”, you should come and explore our great  Graduate Programs Open House.

    What we offer?

    • Drop in anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 P.m.
    • Inquire about flexible class schedules designed for working professionals
    • Meet with representatives from each of our 32 graduate programs and the School of Law
    • Learn about campus services for graduate students, including financial options
    • Breakout sessions
    • Take a campus tour
    • Enjoy light refreshments

    When: Monday, October 25, 2010  (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM)

    Where:Student Center (First Floor)

    RSVP: RSVP recommended (RSVP by Email)

                Phone: 206-296-2072

               The public is welcome to attend this event.

    Campus map and driving directions:

    Looking forward to seeing you!

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   

    2010 Albers Mentor Program: Mentors and mentees work hand in hand for success!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/12/2010 09:53:35 AM

     2010 Mentor Program Kickoff

    Classroom setting for mentor program

    It is my third time participating in the mentor program.  From the first two partnerships with my mentors, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in different industries including in wireless and truck manufacturing.  The mentors have provided me career guidance and helped me build a wider network.  I feel fortunate to work with such high-level executives of different companies in the Puget Sound.

    This year, the Paccar lobby was packed once again because we had a great turn out.  There were hundreds of people including mentors and students.   They were actively and professionally discussing economic trends and job opportunities.  I have to say that Albers Placement Center has done a great job in providing such a friendly environment to exchange ideas and experiences for the mentors and mentees.   

    The first mentor I talked to was Rob Harris who is the President of Pacific Market International.  His company designs and produces food and beverage containers for global consumers.  It is very interesting that we visited his Shanghai office few weeks ago during the China Study Tour organized by Albers Business School.  In the conversation with Rob, he shared with me about his company’s goal and business strategies.  In fact, I was very interested in learning more about his company’s business model.  These things inspired and motivated me to select him as one of my potential mentors. 

    When I got home, the first thing I did was sending him a “Thank you” email.  This is so important because it will let the mentor know how passionate we are as an MBA student when opportunities come. 

    I hope each student could find a mentor they want to learn from.  It is important to professionally follow up with the mentors to build long-term relationships because mentorship is not just a one year commitment. 

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:  

    I’m in Graduate school. Now, how do I manage to find time for everything I need to get done? Here are some tips.

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/8/2010 01:58:53 PM

    The Quarter has begun at Albers along with the Fall season in the Pacific Northwest, leaves falling, temperatures dropping and the Emerald City starts to shine with the rainy days so typical of the season.

    Some of us are returning students at Albers, entering our second year in the program. Others are fresh starters, beginning their first classes of the program. We are all loaded with great energy and enthusiasm for the new school year. We also have so many things in our minds and schedule, we need to sort among school, work, and of course, the demands and activities of our personal lives. This, contrary to common belief, can be very challenging. Here are a few tips I hope will be very helpful when managing a very busy schedule:

    • For full-time workers, the reasonable academic load that is recommended to take per quarter is 6 credits, which amounts to two classes.
    • If this is your first quarter at Albers, try a moderate-low academic load, just to figure out how you truly feel and are able to handle with classes, assignments, projects, exams when combined with the rest of your responsibilities and commitments. That way you will have a better idea of the amount of time you need to dedicate to each class and might be able to increase or decrease the academic load for the subsequent quarters.
    • Try to make and maintain an organized schedule of what your week looks like. Include in that schedule not only working and class hours, but also time to dedicate to your hobbies or exercising, or whatever activity you enjoy to relieve stress. Also keep in mind that each course requires an average of 4-5 hours of work in addition to class meetings.
    • Try to be realistic when making a schedule. Organize each day according to the priority assigned to the activities to be accomplished. Read more and find useful time management material on  
    • Look for help! Ask a mentor, academic advisor, or fellow student about classes, academic loads, demands, or any other doubt you may have.
    • Professors will give the class program and schedule including exams, papers, and projects dates. Try to mark them down on your schedule and plan ahead so you don’t struggle to get them all done in one week prior to the deadline. Keep in mind that most exams and final projects across courses are due towards the same dates.
    • Try to read in advance to class. It makes the learning process much more efficient and contributes to you getting the best out of it. Besides, when exams and or papers come, you will know the material already and it will be easier to study.
    • Finally, enjoy your classes, have fun with your learning process, and try to get the most out of this incredible experience!

    To read more about time management, please check the following links or

    Written by Natalia Varela Donado.


    Plan Ahead for Success

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 10/4/2010 01:03:31 PM

    Can you imagine that Fall Quarter has started?  Albers Business School has a busy schedule because there are some many great events coming up for the students.  Undergraduates and graduates, please make time to attend all of them because you will find them so useful for your academic study and professional career.

    1: Dodd-Frank Financial Reform - Risks and Opportunities for Legal, Financial and Business Professionals

    This is an excellent opportunity to gain insights about our current and future economic situation and financial position.  This panel of distinguished professors in law, finance and economics will discuss these opportunities and risks with an eye toward helping professionals more consistently succeed in the new institutional setting that Dodd-Frank is creating.

    Featuring Panelists:

    Dr. Bonnie Buchanan—Assistant Professor of Finance, Albers

    Dr. Dino Falaschetti—Thomas F. Gleed Endowed Chair, Albers

    Dr. Jonathan Karpoff—Professor of Finance, University of Washington

    Dr. Brian Kelly—Assistant Professor of Economics, Albers

    Russell Powell, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University

    Sponsor: Thomas F. Gleed Chair, Albers School of Business and Economics

    When: Thursday, October 07, 2010  (3 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Where: Pigott Building  (Pigott Auditorium)

    2: Albers Business Career Fair

    The annual Albers Business Career Fair is around the corner.  No matter you have a job or not, attending the fair can give you a better idea of how the job market is doing.  It is a great platform for you to sell your skills to the recruiters. The fair will include leading employers from the Greater Puget Sound business area.


    Albers Placement Center


    Wednesday, October 20, 2010  (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)


    Campion Residence Hall
    (Campion Ballroom)

    3: Albers Executive Speaker Series

    You will get a chance to meet with so many leaders domestically and internationally when you study at Albers.  I want to say the best way to improve is to learn from the leaders and understand why they fail and why they succeed.

    Upcoming Speakers

    Andrew Doman
    CEO, Russell Investments
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Tod Leiweke
    Former CEO, VSE, Seahawks, FGI, & Sounders FC
    Thursday, November 4, 2010
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Jim Albaugh
    Executive VP, The Boeing Co.
    President & CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Thursday, January 20, 2011
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Craig Jelinick
    President and COO, Costco Wholesale
    Monday, February 14,  2011
    Pigott Auditorium, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    RSVP is recommended for the Business Career Fair but that the others are free and open to the public.

    Looking forward to seeing all of you!

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email: