November Highlights

GZA_7164_4053173513_oWelcome to November’s MBA & MAcc newsletter. Included, you will find information about several upcoming events, as well as important administrative deadlines and updates.

Please be sure to read through the newsletter carefully to make sure you get all of the information regarding upcoming events and important announcements.

Important Deadlines:

  • Saturday, November 1
    Last day to apply for May 2015 graduation without additional fees
    -CLICK HERE- for more information
  • Tuesday, November 4
    MBA & MAcc Spring 2015 registration opens
  • Tuesday, November 11
    Tues, Wed, & Thur trailer courses begin
  • Monday, November 17
    Monday trailer courses begin
  • November 26 – 28
    Thanksgiving Holiday – No Classes
  • Monday, December 1
    Graduate Assistant Application Due
    International Scholarship Due
    Forms can be picked up in the GSB office or accessed on our website -HERE-

Gonzaga Events:

Spokane Business Events:

Spokane Community Events:

  • Friday, November 14 | 6 pm | Spokane Convention Center
    Epicurean Delight, benefiting the Blood Center Foundation and the Inland Northwest Blood Center
  • Nov 21 – Nov 23 | Spokane County Fair & Expo Center
    Custer’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
  • Thanksgiving (Thur, Nov 27) | 9am | Manito Park
    Turkey Trot – No entry fee, food or cash donation for Second Harvest Food Bank encouraged


Course Evaluations:

Please remember to fill out course evaluations on Zagweb during the last two weeks of MBA & MAcc classes. 10-week course evaluations are NOW open! These evaluations provide important feedback to the program and faculty about the curriculum. If course evaluations are not available, be sure to inform your professor and/or Adriane Leithauser.

Have You Moved or Changed Email Accounts?
Please email us at with your updated contact information (email address, address, employment information). Please note that all current students are expected to check their Zagmail accounts; however, we are able to update your preferred secondary email address.

Orientation – MBUS/MACC 600
All new students are required to enroll in and attend MBUS 600 or MAcc 600 (depending on their programs) prior to enrolling in their first semester of classes. Spring orientation will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Jepson 120 from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dinner will be provided, and students will receive pertinent information regarding academic honesty, professional standards, career resources, and networking. This is also a great opportunity to meet other students, faculty, and staff in Gonzaga’s MBA and MAcc programs.

If you arrive at 2:30, you will be able to take a short campus tour and obtain your GU student ID card, parking permit, and textbooks. The required portion will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Jepson 120 (Gonzaga undergraduates are not require to attend until 4:00 pm). If you have questions or concerns, please contact Patty Hallinan.

MBA Students:
International Issues Elective Requirement
Please remember that you are required to have 2 credits of elective coursework with an international focus. Here are the courses that count toward that requirement this fall:

MBUS 636 International Ethics 1-credit – Mon 5:30 – 8
MBUS 699 Sustainable Global Development 1 credit – Wed 5:30-8

New LinkedIn University Page


The Graduate School of Business has a new LinkedIn University page! This is a great resource for connecting with other current students and alums while learning about the industries and companies where our graduates work.

We need your help to ensure this page reflects the successes of our students. Many of your profiles indicate you’re earning your MBA or MAcc degrees through “Gonzaga University – School of Business Administration.” Please change them to “Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business.”

Bolstering our LinkedIn presence is key in cultivating a strong identity for employers and future students. Join us in enhancing the prestige of Gonzaga’s Graduate Business Programs and connecting with our vibrant alumni community.

MBA Information Sessions

We’ve had two suMBAInfoSession_Fall2014ccessful MAcc information meetings this fall – Now for the MBA sessions!

As current graduate students, we’re hoping you can help spread the word and encourage any interested friends or colleagues to attend. They can RSVP at

If you’d like a promotional flyer sent to you, please email Our office greatly appreciates your support and any referrals for our program!

Exit Interviews

Are you an MBA or MAcc student graduating in December? First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! Second, don’t forget to schedule your Exit Interview.

The Graduate School of Business is committed to the ongoing improvement of our programs. One of the most important ways we measure the vibrancy of our curriculum is to ask soon to be graduates to reflect on their experiences here.

To that end, we conduct Mandatory Exit Interviews, asking you to consider how well our program responds to the needs of our students. Your confidential responses are a vital component of our annual accreditation reports.

Adriane Leithauser will be conductingexit_sign these Exit Interviews in person and over the phone during the months of November and December.

Please provide Adriane with a few days and times to schedule your Exit Interview. You may reach her at
509-313-3419 or


Alternative Business Forum

Gonzaga University School of Business Administration presents:
Doin’ Good! A Forum on Business Models with a Social Commitment

doingoodMonday, November 17 |JepsonCenter Wolff Auditorium
4 – 5:30 pm Lecture and Q&A | 5:30 pm Reception

Learn about organizations that put business skills to “good use.” Hear about innovative organizational models and new approaches to solving old problems. You may get an entirely new perspective about the possibilities for your future.

Stephanie Ryan,
 Sr. Associate, Community Development,
B-Corporations & B-Lab
Jason Henning,
 Vice President, Investor & Donor Relations,
Global Partnerships
Jason Clark, 
 President and CEO, Second Harvest
Ellen Maccarone, President of the Board of Directors, Main Market
Co-Op, Spokane, and Philosophy Professor, Gonzaga University

Admission is free, but space is limited. Please - RSVP HERE -

Spring MBUS 699s – Descriptions and Registration Note

Spring 699 Elective Courses

Advising Note

If you wish to register for multiple 699 courses, you will receive an error on Zagweb. Email your advisor with the below list of information to complete registration.

1. Your name
2. Student ID
3. Description of the error/what you would like to register for
4. CRN of the course or courses you would like to add

Sustainable Global Development (1 credit)

Dr. Henrickson
The world has changed dramatically during the last century, both technologically and socially. We have seen dramatic increases in average lifespan in many countries, the growth of multinational businesses, the depletion of national and natural resources, and the tremendous advances in technology and production capacity in many countries. We are also witnessing the emergence of a “Green” economy and the development of new career paths for students and professionals alike who are ready to engage and participate in the “Green” revolution as business professionals, civic leaders, and educators in what is currently, and promises to remain for the indefinite future, the fastest growing sector in our economy. This course will introduce students to the core concepts, principles and practices of sustainable development (SD). It examines the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of SD by focusing on changing patterns of consumption, production, the distribution of resources, and the measurement of sustainability across borders. This course includes an international focus and examines the impact of globalization, the role of the private sector, and NGOs.

Technological Foundation of Data Science (1 credit)

Dr. Chuang
As data explosively accumulates, the need for extracting insight from data is urgently increasing. As such, plenty of data analysis technologies have been developed. The purpose of the course is to teach students the concepts of computational analysis essential to data analysis through introduction to select technologies (Python and R). This is a technology-driven course. The focus of the course will be on the characteristics of select technologies. Using the select technologies as a vehicle, the instructor aims to achieve the following: (a) students will learn fundamental concepts of programming, (b) students will learn “a generic process” of acquiring data in the Internet, and (c) students will be able to use basic functions of select technologies to acquire and analyze data available in the Internet. It is the instructor’s desire that after taking this class, students will not only have basic capability of acquiring and analyzing ubiquitous data, but also develop an interest in the rapidly growing field of data science.

Specifically, the course plans tentatively to cover the following topics:

  • Concepts of computer programming:
    • Variables and data types
    • Control constructs: Sequence, repetition and condition
    • Functions
    • Data structure: array
  • Select functions in the following technologies:
    • Python
    • R
  • Data acquisition and analysis
    • File structure: CSV, HTML, XML and JSON
    • Data conversion
    • Data analysis

Image & Reputation Management

Stephanie Vigil
Note: Class meets 8 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 18

“It takes many good deeds to build a reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin

Whether it’s personal, or professional everyone has an image. We have a self-image and an image of what others have of us. Over time we develop a reputation. What does yours say about yo, and/or your business? Whether through social media, personal interaction, or word of mouth your image and reputation can determine whether you prosper or not. This course is designed to support you in your endeavors to build,  maintain, and even repair your personal and professional image and reputation.  Major topics will include: self-assessment, redemption, creating and maintaining an image and reputation that will benefit you as an individual and professional. You will be given the tools of success from guest speakers, including famous sports figures, politicians, and members of the media who have either gained notoriety, fallen from grace, or redeemed themselves by repairing and improving their image and reputation.

MBA Core Classes “Block” Scheduling

Effective Fall 2014, the Graduate School of Business is pleased to implement “block” scheduling. Core classes will be arranged into groups or “blocks.” Each block of classes will be offered on a specific day and will rotate each fall and spring semester. One class in each block will be offered during the daytime, which means we will have one daytime class per day, Monday – Thursday. The only time a class may  not be offered is if a professor is on sabbatical or teaching abroad.

We hope that this new scheduling model will help students effectively plan ahead and help answer the question of when classes will be offered.  See below for the Fall and Spring schedules to see how the block scheduling model works. If you have any questions about this new model, be sure to contact your advisor.

Block scheudling fall and spring

Are you on the Graduate Student List Serve?

MBA and MAcc students – be sure you are staying up to date! You should be on a University-wide list serve for graduate students. If you are on this list serve, you should be receiving a daily email from the University called “MorningMail,” as well as other important emails for graduate students that go to the “ALL-GRAD” list serve. If for some reason you are not receiving these updates, please email Adriane Leithauser with your name and student ID number. She can get you added to the list!

CLEP and Proficiency Exam Information

We have a strict prerequisite policy: students MUST complete the CLEP or proficiency exam for each 600 level course prior to registering. However, if you are enrolled in a 500 level pre-req, you will be able to enroll concurrently in the 600 level course it is a pre-req for.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows you to test out of subjects by demonstrating proficiency on CLEP exams. Students study independently, and then schedule their exam either through Gonzaga or through another testing center. If you do not pass a CLEP exam, you must wait three months* to re-take it.

Proficiency exams may only be attempted once.

For additional information and to schedule an exam, please visit: CLEP and Proficiency Testing Center

*Note: CLEP revised their retest policy as of Friday, October 17th. The new policy allows for exams to be repeated after a three-month waiting period. Please note that the policy change is not retroactive; so, candidates who  tested prior to October 17, 2014 must still wait six months before retaking the same exam.