October Highlights and Deadlines


Welcome to October’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.

Upcoming GU Events and Deadlines:

  • Tuesday, October 7 | 7:00pm | Wolff Auditorium
    Social Entrepreneurship: What is it; what does it mean for Gonzaga?
    Dr. Chris Stevens (Part of the Opus Prize Nights series)
  • Wednesday, October 15 | 5:30-7pm | Jepson 211
    MAcc Information Meeting
  • Friday, October 17 | 12-1pm | Jepson 109
    MAcc Information Meeting for GU 3/2 students
  • Friday, October 17 | 4:30-6:30pm | Saranac Public House
    MBA Fall Networking Event
  • Monday, October 20 | Founder’s Day | No Class
    University is closed
  • Friday, October 24 | 3-5pm| Wolff Auditorium
    Careers in Finance: A day in the life

Community & Business Events:

All Graduate Students:
Course Evaluations
Please remember to fill out course evaluations on Zagweb during the last two weeks of MBA & MAcc classes. Course 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 hallinan@gonzaga.edu 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.

500 Level MBA & MAcc Courses: If your advisor has evaluated your prerequisites and determined that you are required to take one or more 500 level prerequisites, you should be able to register for them on your own in most cases.  You should also be able to register for the 600 level course they are a pre-requisite to in the following term.
For example, if you are required to take MBUS 501 Stats Review in Summer 1, you can register for MBUS 613 Quant & Stats Analysis in Summer 2 without getting an error.

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

MBUS 652 International Management 2 credits – Tues/Thur 9:25-10:40 – 9/1-11/7
MBUS 699 Sustainable Global Development 1 credit – Tues 5:30-8 – 11/10-12/19
MBUS 699 Defending a Global Brand 1 credit – Mon 5:30-8 – 11/10-12/19

MBA and MAcc Information Meetings

We have set the dates for our fall MBA and MAcc information meetings. As a current graduate student, we’re hoping you can help spread the word and encourage any interested friends or colleagues to attend. They can RSVP at gonzaga.edu/infomtg.
If you’d like a promotional flyer sent to you, please email mba@gonzaga.edu or macc@gonzaga.edu. Our office greatly appreciates your support and any referrals for our program!
Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Information Meetings:
Wednesday, October 15
5:30 – 7 PM | Gonzaga’s Jepson Center Room 211
Friday, October 17
12 – 1 PM | Gonzaga’s Jepson Center Room 109
This meeting is for Gonzaga 3/2 students
MBA Information Meetings:
Meetings held from 5:30 – 7 PM at Gonzaga’s Jepson Center Faculty Lounge
Tuesday, November 11th 
Wednesday, November 12th 

Opus Prize Events


Gonzaga University is honored to host the 2014 Opus Prize!

In addition to the Opus Prize Award Ceremony on October 16 (get free tickets here), there are numerous on-campus events inspired by the humanitarian award.
Visit gonzaga.edu/beinspired/opus-prize for more information.

Opus Night Events | Tuesdays at 7pm in Wolff Auditorium
Social Entrepreneurship: What Is It, What Does It Mean For Gonzaga?
Chris Stevens (MBA Programs Director!) | October 7, 2014

What is a Concerned Zag To Do? Lessons Learned and Potential Work Around the Faith That Does Justice 
Todd Dunfield/Richard Menard | October 28, 2014

How to Make a Living AND Change the World
Francis Chau/Aaron Danowski | November 4, 2014

Opus Week Events
Restorative Justice Symposium
Monday, October 13, 2014:

  • An informational and skill building workshop on alternative conflict resolution for our communities. (CLE Available)
  • Time: 12:00pm—4:30pm
    Location: Gonzaga University School of Law, Barbieri Courtroom
  • Featuring a Keynote address by Justice Janine Geske
    Retired Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice & Restorative Justice Leader

Community Panel Discussion with Finalists

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: Gonzaga’s campus in the Globe Room

Interfaith Service

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 pm
    Location: Gonzaga’s campus in the University Chapel in College Hall

Gonzaga Careers in Finance

Careers in Finance

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 3:00 – 5:00pm | Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium

Join us for an informational lecture by several Seattle area financial service professionals and Gonzaga alums as they present on how to land a job in Finance.  Find out what firms are looking for in a candidate, the best way to network, and key tips on putting together the best resume.


Guest speakers include:
Jamie Boyd, JD
Managing Director – Cascadia Capital (GU ’00)
Ben Freeburg
Investments Director – Summit Capital (GU ’01 / Notre Dame MBA)
Tim Henderson, CFA
Vice President and Investment Specialist – JP Morgan Private Bank (GU ’00)
Colin Kelly, CFA
Portfolio Manager – Signia Capital Management (GU ’04)
Kyle McCoy, CFA
Vice President – Goldman Sachs (GU ’01 / Cornell MBA)
John O’Dore
Managing Director – Meridian Capital
Jeff Wilson, CFA
Scharf Investments
Stanford Wyatt, CFA
Equity Research Analyst - Archon Capital (GU ’02)

Questions? Please Contact:

AJ Hawk
Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator

Extreme Allergy Alert!

We have learned that a student who has classes in the Jepson Center has an EXTREMELY SERIOUS ALLERGY to peanuts.

Exposure will apparently be life threatening and is very likely to lead to hospitalization.

Please avoid having peanuts or peanut derivatives anywhere in the Jepson Center. If you see peanuts or peanut derivatives in Jepson, please notify faculty or staff.

Thank you for your help with this serious issue.

“699” Electives, Special Run Dates, Registration Note

Fall 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

Data Visualization (3 credits: full 15 weeks)

The amount of data available in business and social settings has increased and this has led to an emphasis on data-driven decision making. In this context, data visualizations are useful for exploring data and for uncovering relationships between variables in the data. They are also critical in the communication of results of data analyses efforts. In this course, students will learn how to acquire, clean, and manipulate data for creating effective data visualizations. The focus, however, will be on the creation of visual displays of data to understand and explore them and to communicate research findings. It will address the cognitive bases of effective visualizations and introduce students to a set of static and interactive visualization tools within the open-source R environment. These include the grammar of graphics plotting system, googleVis, and JavaScript based rCharts. Designing web-based interactive graphics using the shiny-server environment will be covered.

SocialBiz (2 credits – If you took SocialBiz for 1-credit last fall, you should not register for this course)

A radical shift in our culture has taken place in the last few years as a result of the explosive growth of Social Media. From a business perspective, as our consumers practices change, this means that there is an impact to: marketing methodology, how we generate sales leads, customer support interactions, consumer expectations and engagement, corporate transparency, managing brand image, and more. This course will examine the impact of Social Media on business and engage with local experts through interactive learning.

Adaptive & Servant Leadership (1 credit, note special dates: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7; Zagweb incorrectly lists it as a 10-week course)

The leadership decisions we make are often rooted in deeply held assumptions and values. Adaptive Leadership encourages you to evaluate and challenge these assumptions and how they impact your ability and effectiveness in exercising leadership. We will explore and discuss the relationship between authority and leadership, the dynamics between the individual and organization, exercising influence, and how to lead through uncertain change. This course will also explore the dangers involved in exercising leadership.

Business Modeling with Spreadsheets (1 credit)

This course is designed to develop skills in translating business decision problems into mathematical models and selecting appropriate mathematical techniques to solve them. Students will learn to formulate, solve, and interpret practical decision-making and planning models using spreadsheets.

Defending a Global Brand (1 credit)

Emerging and established firms increasingly compete in globalized markets, where they must balance the competitive strengths of the organizations and their brands across a variety of markets. New ventures must learn not only how to create their own identity, but to balance it against pressures from markets all around the world. In this course, we will analyze the challenges ventures have faced in taking their products and their brand identity global. By examining how these firms have succeeded and failed in the face of global pressure we will provide prescriptions for a competitive product and branding strategy that will allow new ventures to thrive in the global marketplace.

Entrepreneurship and Media (1 credit)

Is your message making sense to others? Times have changed and so has the way we communicate effectively. This course is designed to give you the latest tools to work with media to better your message. You will learn how to utilize media for your message, as well as sharpen your communication skills for business and personal advancement. We will examine both the mindset of these dueling, sometimes complimentary discipline behaviors, and explore the application of today’s models & tools to assist in your own maturation process both personally and professionally. Additionally, we will engage in an in-depth examination of entrepreneurship as a set of disciplined processes, discussing the realities of running a business or organization. To achieve this we will study both the practicality and the mindset of the entrepreneur and explore the application of traditional business tools and technical analysis, with a special emphasis on media relations. A critical function of this course is for you to analyze, synthesize, and apply theory to your personal experience in the marketplace.

Sustainable Global Development (1 credit)

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.

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 six 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