News and Events

Misuk Receives Best Paper Award

Misuk Lee received a best paper award for her paper, “Investigating the Impact of Online Browsing Dynamics on Promotion Effectiveness,” presented at the 2018 4th International Conference on Information Management (ICIM2018), in Oxford, UK, May 25-27.

Business Plan Competition Winner Selected

Vita Inclinata Technologies was the winner of the Twentieth Harriet Stephenson Business Plan competition. The team includes SU law student Caleb Carr and Albers undergrad Brittany Bourcy. Arevo Health took second place [Ryan Fix (LEMBA student)], GrowZones was third [alumni Tim Sipiora (’16) and Mike Laveson (’17)], and No Fry Zone [Danielle Quint (LEMBA) and Michelle Draper (LEMBA)] was fourth. The finals took place on May 31st.

School Meeting

Albers faculty and staff gathered for a school meeting on June 1st. The highlights included a discussion of proposed changes to the MPAC program, faculty endorsement of joining the Responsible Research in Business and Management initiative, and update on undergraduate enrollment in the fall, and a report on the Guernsey Scholarship program.

Graduation Reception

The Albers Graduation Celebration took place on June 16th at 4:00 PM in the PACCAR Atrium. The event celebrates Albers students graduating from SU on June 17th. Students and their families joined Albers faculty and staff at the event.

Data Analytics Conference

Albers' Internal Audit Center hosted a Data Analytics Conference on the SU campus on June 13th. Nearly 100 professionals attended to hear speakers from Microsoft, Starbucks, Tableau, and SU cover a broad range of topics, ranging from creating a data analytics group in an internal audit department to analyzing unstructured data. Sarah Bee orchestrated the event.

Albers Staff and Faculty Recognized by SU

Sixteen Albers faculty and staff members were recognized for their service to Seattle University. David Carrithers was given Professor Emeritus status, recognizing his excellent work at SU since 1984. Faculty and staff recognized for the their years of service included – Bill Weis, 45 years; Ilona Legesse, 30 years; Greg Prussia, 25 years; Nadeje Alexandre, Carlos De Mello E Souza, Marilyn Gist, Bruce Koch, and Quan Le, 15 years; Joe Barnes, Bonnie Buchanan, Marc Cohen, Bob Hunsberger, James Lee, and John Merle, 10 years; and Taryn Coles, five years. That is a collective 240 years of service to SU and Albers! In his reflection speech, delivered by Fr. Sundborg, Bill Weis said, “I have enjoyed every minute of my 45 years and regret being overpaid and underworked!”

Albers Ethics Week

Albers Ethics Week took place the week of May 7-11, with some 67 professionals from over 50 business organizations scheduled to visit 90 classes. There were also several public events – including, “Retrospective Insights on the Role of Ethics in Financial Crises,” with Bonnie Buchanan and Michael McMillan, Director of Ethics and Professional Standards for the CFA Institute speaking, and Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at the Harvard Business School, spoke on, “The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in a World of Risk and Return.” AEW is organized by Jeffery Smith through the Center for Business Ethics.

BECU CEO Joins Speaker Series

Benson Porter, CEO of BECU, the fourth largest credit union in the US and largest Washington based financial institution, visited the Albers Executive Speaker Series on May 22nd. The title of his presentation was, “Leading beyond the Balance Sheet.” Porter is an alum of the SU law school.

Albers Volunteers Recognized

The annual Albers Volunteer Recognition Ceremony took place on May 22nd. Mentors and advisory board members were recognized, with special presentations to mentors serving five, ten, 15, and 20 years. Twelve mentors received a five-year award, five received a ten-year award, three received a 15-year award, and Mark Pinkowski, President of Sight Response, received a 20-year award! The Albers Placement Center organizes this event.

Albers Awards Ceremony

The Albers Awards Ceremony took place on May 18th, and recognized Albers students for their academic, leadership, and service excellence. Twenty-nine student awards were presented. Senior Polo Mehrotra received the Spirit of Albers Award. Thu Trinh received the Paul A. Volpe Award for the highest four-year academic performance for a graduating senior. MSF student May Zaw received the Jerry A. Viscione Award for the highest academic performance of a graduating graduate student.

BGS Installation

Twenty-eight Albers undergrad and grad students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma on May 18th. BGS is the academic honor society for business schools accredited by AACSB. Dean Peterson was named by BGS students as the Professor of the Year. David Carrithers presided for the last time as BGS faculty advisor. He is passing on this role to April Atwood. A big thank you to David for his excellent leadership of our BGS chapter!

Albers Wardrobe

On May 15th the Albers Wardrobe project collected clothing and accessories from 30 donors to help our students dress professionally. The clothing will be distributed to Albers students this fall. Last fall, forty students received clothing. The Wardrobe is organized by the Albers Placement Center Undergraduate Student Advisory Board and overseen by Megan Spaulding.

Bosanko Lecture

This year’s Howard J. Bosanko Professorship Lecture took place on May 23rd and was delivered by Dr. John Schindler, Associate Director, Division of Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Board. His topic was, “The Drivers and Depth of Financial Innovation: FinTech and Artificial Intelligence.” The lecture was organized by Bonnie Buchanan, current holder of the Bosanko Professorship.

Albers Senior Awarded Fulbright

Albers senior economics student Joe Millward has been awarded a Fulbright US Student Program Grant. Next year he will do research with the Public Health Founding of India to assess the impact of chronic disease on economic welfare in North Bengal. This is a continuation of work Joe did in the International Development Internship Program, which is headed up by Meena Rishi. When he returns to the US, Joe plans to study public health at Johns Hopkins.

BCA CEO Joins Speaker Series Kevin McAllister, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines, spoke in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on April 19th. The title of his presentation was, “Perspectives on Boeing and Lessons in Leadership,” and nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, and alumni were in attendance.

Speaker Series Filled up for 2018-19

Three former Boeing CEO’s – Alan Mulally, Frank Shrontz, and Ray Conner – will come together to discuss the importance of leadership and culture in a panel discussion set for October 11th. It will be the kickoff event for the Albers Executive Speaker Series for 2018-19.

Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry, will participate on November 1st. It will be in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Margaret Meister, CEO of Symetra, will join the speaker series on April 9th, 2019. Meister was formerly Symetra’s CFO and replaced Tom Marra, who is a previous participant in the series. Symetra is a life insurance, annuities, and employee benefits company now wholly owned by Symetra is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company.

François Locoh-Donou, President and CEO of F5 Networks, will participate in the speaker series on May 21st, 2019. Locoh-Donou succeeded John McAdam, a previous participant in the series. Locoh-Donou is originally from Togo, and prior to F5 was COO of Ciena Corporation. F5 is a cloud and data security provider.

Previously announced were Rick and David Cantu, co-founders of Redapt, on January 15th, 2019 and Orlando Ashford, President of Holland America Line, on February 19th, 2019.

Two Albers Students Receive SU Awards

Albers finance major, Pa Ousman Jobe, was selected to receive a Distinguished Graduating Student award from Seattle University. Misato Muraoka, an IB and Business Analytics major, received the SU Mission Award for Diversity. They received their awards at the annual Red Night Out Celebration and Awards event Thursday, May 17, in Campion Ballroom.

IEC Hosts YSEALI Fellows

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center is once again hosting Professional Fellows from the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), a US State Department-funded professional development exchange program for the best and brightest community leaders from the ASEAN region. Hang Dinh is from the Vietnam Angel Investor Network in Hanoi, which facilitates angel investment between individual investors and startups in Vietnam. Grigory Martishin is a lecturer at the Plekhanov State University of Economics, delivering courses to young entrepreneurs as a part of the Captains of Russia program.

US News Grad Program Rankings

The US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings for 2019 were released, and Albers' PMBA program is ranked 42nd. This places Albers second in the Northwest and eighth on the West Coast. Albers' LEMBA program is now ranked 11th nationally, up from 12th last year. This puts Albers first in the Northwest and third on the West Coast. Albers' MPAC program is ranked 15th, placing us second in the Northwest and eighth on the West Coast.

College Factual Ranks Albers in Top 50

College Factual ranks Albers undergraduate business program #45 in the nation out of 700+ business schools. That places Albers second in the Northwest for undergrad programs.

Claus and Matt Awarded SU Summer Fellowships

Matt Isaac and Claus Portner have received Summer Faculty Fellowships from the university for 2018. Matt’s project is, “Is Top 10 Better than Top 10%? How Different Rank Claim Formats Influence Preference.”  Claus will be working on “Urban Fertility Transitions Across Regions.”

Albers Summer Research Grants

Five Albers faculty members have been awarded Albers Summer Research Grants for 2018:

  • Cathy Cao - “Corporate Tax Rate and Firm Investment Behavior”
  • Dean Diavatopolous - “Models Behaving Badly: A Cautionary Tale about Stochastic Volatility”
  • Katya Emm - “Corporate Risk Exposures, Disclosure and Derivatives Use: A Longitudinal Analysis”
  • Eunice Rhee - “Level of Strategic Focus and Stock Market Reaction: A Case of Failed M&A Attempts”
  • Meena Rishi - “Green ODA and Climate Change: Do Institutions Matter?”

College of Distinction

Albers has been recognized as a College of Distinction for 2017-18, along with SU’s programs in education, engineering, and nursing.  According to Colleges of Distinction, it recognizes outstanding “teaching-centered colleges that we believe provide the elements crucial for student development and an effective undergraduate education.”

Albers Student is Washington Excel Champ

Senior management major Katie Toyoshima has been named the state of Washington’s Microsoft Office Specialist Champion and selected to compete in Certiport’s 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, June 13-15, 2018. The designation was earned in the process of completing the Albers Excel requirement for undergraduate students.

Albers Ranked by Poets and Quants

The Albers undergraduate business program is ranked #75 in the 2017 Poets and Quants undergraduate business programs ranking. Albers was one of only two schools ranked in the Northwest and the top private university in the Northwest. Albers also ranked number three across Jesuit universities, an impressive standing given the many excellent Jesuit business programs. Poets and Quants is an on-line portal focused on all issues related to business education. This is the first time Albers has appeared in the ranking. Read more at Poets and Quants website.

LEMBA Ranked Twentieth

Albers' Leadership EMBA is ranked #20 in the nation according to College Choice in its 2017 ranking of the nation’s best EMBA programs. Albers is the top program in the Northwest and #4 on the West Coast. You can read more at:

MSBA Ranked Twelfth in the Nation

Albers' MS in Business Analytics program was ranked twelfth in the nation in the 2018 Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs. More information can be found at

Accounting Ranked in Top 25

Albers' undergraduate accounting program is ranked #25 in the nation according to College Choice in its 2017 ranking of the nation’s best accounting programs. Albers is the top private school in the Northwest, #4 among Jesuit schools, and #6 on the West Coast. You can read more at

US News and World Report Rankings

The US News and World Report undergraduate rankings ranked Albers 128th this year among undergraduate business programs (tied with 23 other schools including Xavier, Washington and Lee, and Butler). Our undergraduate finance program is tied for 15th nationally with Fairfield. This makes Albers the highest ranking program in the Northwest (UW is tied for 24th). Our undergraduate accounting program is tied for 19th nationally with Santa Clara and UNC Chapel Hill. This makes us second in the Northwest (UW is ranked 13th). This is the eighth year in a row that Albers' accounting and finance programs have appeared in the Top 25.

SU to Host 2018 IAJBS/CJBE Joint Meeting

The Albers School will host the 2018 joint meeting of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE). This will take place July 22-25, 2018 on the SU campus. IAJBS is a group serving Jesuit business school administrators from around the world. CJBE supports faculty teaching in Jesuit business schools, historically focusing on the US. Both groups hold annual meetings and periodically come together for a joint meeting, which will be the case in 2018.This is the 20th anniversary of CJBE, which had its first meeting at SU in 1998.