September Highlights and Deadlines


Welcome to September’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 Events and Deadlines:

  • Monday, September 1st: Fall classes start (Monday-only classes meet on September 1st)
  • Monday, September 1st: Federal Labor Day, Gonzaga University is OPEN
  • Monday, September 8th – Thursday, September 11th: Pizza Socials before evening classes
  • Wednesday, September 10th: Last day to add classes (10-week classes)
  • Thursday, September 11th, 1-4 PM, Cataldo Hall: Accounting Career Fair
  • Friday, September 12th: Last day to drop classes (10-week classes)
  • Wednesday, September 17th: Mass of the Holy Spirit at 11:15 AM (11 AM and 12:00 PM classes cancelled)
  • Thursday, September 18th: The Pigott Lecture
  • Friday, September 26th: Gonzaga observed Labor Day holiday (University is closed)
  • Click here to see the Academic Calendar

Community & Business Events:

All Graduate Students:

Course Evaluations
As a reminder, 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 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 pre-requisites and determined that you are required to take one or more 500 level pre-requisites, you will now 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 summer and fall courses that count toward that requirement:

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

Join us for pizza before your night class! September 8th – 11th

Please join us for a pre-class pizza social during the second week of classes! The Graduate School of Business will host pizza socials for all evening classes the week of September 8th. Join us in the faculty lounge for a quick bite to eat before your class. Meet or re-connect with other MBA & MAcc students in addition to School of Business Administration faculty.

DATES: Monday, September 8th; Tuesday, September 9th; Wednesday, September 10th; Thursday, September 11th
TIME: 5:15 – 5:45 PM each night (participating professors will start class late to accommodate these events. Please confirm with your professor regarding class start times).
LOCATION: Jepson 239 (Faculty Lounge)

No need to RSVP, please join us to kick off another great semester!

Farewell, Kristen

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After spending two wonderful years with Gonzaga’s Graduate School of Business, I have accepted a new job and will be leaving my role here at GU. My new journey is not too far from campus – I’ll be starting as the Marketing Coordinator with Lee & Hayes, an intellectual property and patent law firm headquartered in downtown Spokane. I am excited for my new adventure but like any transition, it’s very bittersweet. My last day at Gonzaga is Monday, September 1st.

I love Gonzaga and always will – remember, we are all “Zags for Life!” The faculty, staff, and students here are truly wonderful to come to work with every day. I know I have worked with many of you – MBA & MAcc students – as you began your journey with Gonzaga. It has been such a privilege working with you, seeing you in classes, and watching some of you graduate!  I am taking MBA classes this fall so will likely still see many of you around campus. Be sure to keep in touch with me on LinkedIN or via email.

All the best,

The Pigott Entrepreneurship Lecture 2014



DATE: Thursday, September 18th
TIME: Reception at 5:30 PM, lecture and Q&A at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Wolff Auditorium
RSVP: Please RSVP online

Join the School of Business Administration for an engaging conversation with Kevin Daniels (’79), President, Nitze-Stagen & Co., Inc. and Daniels Real Estate LLC. and Gonzaga University Regent and Mike Powe, Sr. Research Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. Daniels will be talking about how he incorporates sustainability and preservation into communities through creative entrepreneurship. Some examples that his company  has been involved in include the restoration of the Starbuck’s Center, Union Station, Stadium Place, Fifth & Columbia, Frye Art Museum, and Merrill Place. Dr. Powe is speaking on recent research he led for the National Trust for Historic Preservation that showed the value that older, smaller buildings play in making great neighborhoods and supporting robust local economies. He will also talk about some other recent work from the Preservation Green Lab (the R&D arm of the National Trust), including studies tying preservation to climate change mitigation and strategic planning efforts to encourage creative building reuse in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. You can read more about his research at

The entrepreneurship lecture is made possible through a permanent endowment established by the Pigott family to educate the next generation of global leaders.

MBA Leadership Change


We are excited to announce changes to our Graduate School of Business leadership! Effective July 1, Dr. Christopher Stevens has been appointment MBA Programs Director.  In his new role, Dr. Stevens will oversee the traditional MBA, the MBA in Healthcare Management, and the MBA in American Indian Entrepreneurship programs.  Dr. Stevens previously directed Gonzaga’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.  Dr. Stevens replaces Dr. Gary Weber, who stepped down to focus full-time on his role as Director of the Master of Accountancy program. In their new roles, Dr. Weber and Dr. Stevens will co-lead the Graduate School of Business and oversee their respective programs.

Beyond the existing MBA Programs, Dr. Stevens will be looking at opportunities to spread the reach of Gonzaga’s graduate business education through new programs:

  • Certificate programs that offer comprehensive coverage of key business areas
  • Continuing education programs that provide a focused look at emerging issues important to business professionals
  • Programs tailored to the specific needs of our corporate partners
  • Opportunities to partner with current and potential joint degree programs (such as our long-standing partnership with the Gonzaga School of Law)

Please help us welcome these fantastic professors to their new roles in the GSB!

“699″ Electives, Special Run Dates, Registration Note

Fall 699 Elective Courses

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.

 Advising Note – 699 Courses

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

Fall Orientation: MBUS/MAcc 600, August 28th

All new students are required to enroll in and attend MBUS 600 or MAcc 600 (depending on their program) prior to enrolling in their first semester of classes. Fall orientation will be held Thursday, August 28th, 2014 in Jepson Center Lobby and Wolff Auditorium from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dinner will be provided, and students will receive pertinent information regarding academic honesty, professional standards, career resources, and networking as well as provide you with an opportunity to meet with other students in Gonzaga’s MBA and MAcc programs. You will also have the opportunity to obtain your GU email account, parking permit, textbooks, and participate in a short campus tour if you arrive at 2:30 p.m. The required portion will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Wolff Auditorum in the Jepson Center.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Patty Hallinan.

MBA Core Classes & New “Block” Scheduling

Effective Fall 2014, the Graduate School of Business is pleased to implement “block” scheduling. Core classes will now 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