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    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/21/2010 11:30:17 AM

    Did you know that SU is part of the Jesuit MBA network nationwide?

    1996 a group of MBA directors and administrators from Jesuit and Jesuit-friendly universities decided to work together to promote the many benefits of Jesuit business education.  This consortium of 30 Jesuit and Jesuit-friendly schools includes some of the most revered names in business education.  The collective resources of these schools provide you with a unique competitive advantage.

    Benefits of Jesuit MBA Programs:

    • Portability of credits
    • International travel options
    • Powerful alumni connections
    • Career support
    • Curricula steeped in business ethics and social responsibility

    Last week, I interviewed Angela Bui who has found this program extremely helpful for her education here at Albers.  She was able to take advantage of this program and continue to pursuit academic excellence and develop professionalism at work.

    To learn more, please watch this quick video.

    Written by (Derek) Huiqiang Zhao, Email:   

    Special thanks to Angela Bui, Albers MBA, anticipating to graduate in June 2011.

     Jesuit MBA Network

    Ways to de-stress before finals!

    Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on 12/6/2010 01:37:22 PM

    As a graduate student, I think you all would agree with me that we have a lot of stress from work, family and school, especially before the finals.  Much of the stress brought on by final exam season can be avoided or lessened by fixing your schedule in a few simple ways. 

    First, we need to have a good diet.  A healthy diet such as eating more fruits, lean meat and whole grains can help you relieve stress.  If you want to do well on the final exams, maintaining a healthy body is very important. 

    Second, you have spent hours on studying; your eyes and brain are so tired.  If you force yourself to continue, you are not going to increase the productivity any further.  At this moment, why don’t you take some time to relax such as watching a movie or listening to some great music that you like?  Personally, I have found a new way to relax and have fun:  ice skating.  Last Friday, I decided to try ice skating with SU Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting Club) at Seattle Center.  It gave me the opportunity to have fun and network with other graduate students.  The last time I ice skated was ten years ago, so it took me half an hour to warm up.  However, I still fell down many times.  But I felt that I was much better on body weight management.  In addition, ice skating increased my self confidence because I felt I had overcome such a challenge and achieved some levels of proficiency. 

    So, fellow students, please do not wait, let us gear up and de-stress.

    Written by Derek Zhao, Email:   


    Lunches with Leaders: a freshly baked, delicious experience on campus.

    Posted by Natalia Varela Donado on 12/2/2010 11:09:15 AM

    By Natalia Varela Donado.

    The Leadership Development Program at Seattle University has come up with a new series event for this year: Lunches with Leaders. The periodically held meetings with leaders of our community welcome all campus students interested in sharing a free meal with them and getting first hand insights about their path to leadership. The aim of the experience is to provide us future community leaders with insights, advice, and lessons from those who have become leaders, who have lived throughout different situations and struggled to provide strong benefits that have been translated into improvements and benefits for society and their communities.

    Last month I had the opportunity to attend the first event of the Lunches with Leaders serieswith the participation of Josh Friedes, the Executive Director of the Equal Rights Washington (ERW) organization. ERW works to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Washington State residents.

    Here are some of the leadership lessons learned from Mr. Friedes’ experience:

    Education: his first steps as a leader in his community were taken back when he went to Law School at the University of Colorado.

    Heritage: given the nature of the cause he has fought for throughout time, he has had a history of struggles, setbacks and counteracts. These have not thrown back his strong will to achieve something great and make a difference. It has otherwise made him stronger and taught him lessons that have helped him come closer to where he is today.

    Activism: standing up for what you believe in means that you will get a few cons, but it pays off in the end. A leader is not one without followers. Engaging leaders have the ability to attract people and inspire them to work towards a cause.

    Communication and networking: talk and reach out. Once you do, you will find hoards of allies out there who are not only willing, but eager to help.

    Discernment and determination: a great leader must have the ability to identify the need for change and go forth with what needs to be done in order to steer all efforts back to the greater goal.

    Self-awareness: it is very important that as a leader one acknowledges and confronts one’s own biases and prejudices in life. This will not only make you a better person, but will also clear the path, and help you acquire the skills to adapt and succeed in highly changing and volatile contexts.

    Finally, a great leader must have the ability to identify and acknowledge the difference between happiness and fulfillment. Furthermore, identify what causes each one in your life and, as you do, work towards the attainment of both.

    Along with a delicious meal, these are some of the rewarding and refreshing lessons learned from this experience. Hopefully, we will have more fellow students with whom to share the upcoming ones.

    For more information about Lunches with Leaders, contact Sarah Swihart at