April Highlights

Spring visitors at Lake Arthur (Photo by Gonzaga University)

 Welcome to the April MBA & MAcc Newsletter

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

Important Dates:

Spring & Summer Graduates (MAcc & MBA): Exit InterviewsCLICK HERE to schedule your mandatory interview with Adriane Leithauser.

Spokane Business Events:

Career development and networking trek in San Francisco. (Photo by Gonzaga University)


Registration: Course descriptions for Fall Elective Trailers – CLICK FOR INFO

MBA Students:
Change in dates for two summer classes (should be updated on ZagWeb soon) –
-Team Building Intensive will run 5/29, 5/30, and 5/31 (to avoid Memorial Day weekend)
-Business Planning will move to 6/13

MBUS 699 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. CRN of the course or courses you would like to add
  4. Course number AND section (e.g. MBUS 699 701)

Summer MBUS 699 Course Descriptions

Business Planning
Summer 1 – Saturday intensive class, June 13
This course will focus on the elements of analysis in creating a quality business plan.  Over the course of a day, we will examine the various dimensions of a competitive business plan (among them industry, environment, demand, production, finances, contingency, and implementation) and the key qualities of a feasible idea to innovation strategy. The course will culminate in the development of an interactive business plan.

Real Estate Investments
Summer 1 – Online
This course introduces students to a variety of concepts useful for real estate consumers, investors, and professionals. Students will apply the fundamental concepts of financial analysis to evaluate home ownership interests, market valuations, and investment properties. Students will leave this course armed with spreadsheet based financial tools, designed for real estate investment analysis.

Core HR Issues for All Managers
Summer – Online
Core Issues in HR examines concerns central to managing people in organizations. Several topics reflect enduring struggles such as getting a place on the organization’s strategic team and aligning HR practices with organizational mission, culture, and business objectives. Other topics are rapidly changing and demand more time from managers than ever before such as work-life balance, generational conflict in the workplace, managing presenteeism (i.e., Internet surfing among employees), and telework. This course is designed to give non-HR professionals useful insight into the HR function and tools to leverage HR knowledge in their own workplaces and careers. The course also provides HR professionals with an opportunity to engage with research on challenging topics they encounter every day.

Course Evaluations:
Please fill out course evaluations on Zagweb during the last two weeks of MBA & MAcc classes. 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?
Email Iveth Canales at canalesi@jepson.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.

Professor Brajcich Named “Top 40 Under 40″

nerdwallet.com - The best professors do more than teach. They leave impressions on our lives that change the way we think, work and view the world around us. These 40 professors are doing just that, demonstrating the difference between good and great. Chosen based on nominations from their students, alumni and faculty colleagues, these women and men — not that much older than their students — are inspiring the young adults of today to be the world leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.
Andrew Brajcich awardThis year, MAcc Professor;Andrew Brajcich J.D., LL.M., CPA was named to the list by nerdwallet – READ MORE HERE

Mandatory Exit Interviews

Are you an MBA or MAcc student graduating in Spring or Summer? 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.exit_sign

Adriane Leithauser will be conducting these Exit Interviews between March 24th and May1st. You can expect your interview to take 25-45 minutes.

Please schedule via the following link (VERIFY YOUR LOGIN IS SET TO PACIFIC TIME): http://bit.ly/Exit2015


Registration: Course descriptions for Fall Elective Trailers

This fall, we will introduce a new system for elective courses.  In years past, the number of electives and the nights they were offered varied widely.  Some electives were taught every semester, while others that we on the books were rarely and/or inconsistently offered.  To simplify that process, we have eliminated more than 50 standing electives in favor of a series of disciplinary “bucket” courses.  Each of the eleven core classes taught per semester (and any two-credit foundational courses for concentrations) will be followed by a five-week trailer in that area or a related field.  The new bucket courses will all have the title of “Current Issues” attached to their name, and each will have a number.

The new system runs as follows:

New Bucket       New Title                                            Core Course
MBUS 680           Issues in Operations                       MBUS 625
MBUS 681           Issues in Information Systems        MBUS 626
MBUS 682           Issues in Managerial Accounting     MBUS 628
MBUS 683           Issues in Ethics                               MBUS 614
MBUS 684           Issues in Marketing                          MBUS 627
MBUS 685           Issues in Financial Reporting          MBUS 629
MBUS 686           Issues in Management                    MBUS 612
MBUS 687           Issues in Entrepreneurship             MBUS 623
MBUS 688           Issues in Economics                      MBUS 610
MBUS 689           Issues in Finance                            MBUS 624
MBUS 690           International Issues                         MBUS 616
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Gonzaga MBA Rises to 81st Rank in U.S.

Simage.axdPOKANE, Wash. – U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga University’s Master of Business Administration program the 81st best part-time MBA program in the nation – an increase from its No. 85 ranking last year. Gonzaga’s part-time MBA program is one of three in the state of Washington to achieve the book’s top-100 ranking – and is the only part-time MBA program in Eastern Washington to be nationally ranked.

This marks the sixth consecutive year the program has earned a top-100 ranking from the publication. The rankings, released today, are in U.S. News’ 2016 edition of the book “Best Graduate Schools.” View the list online. Continue reading

2015 Aram Lecture on Ethics


What is the Role and Responsibility of a For-Profit Public Company?

A keynote address with: Scott Maw
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Starbucks Coffee Company

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium

Reception – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Q&A – 6:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to public
Click here to RSVP today!

*Light appetizers and drinks will be served during reception