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Spring 2020 Weekend Courses

Posted by: pepper | November 14, 2019 | No Comment |

Gonzaga’s School of Business offers one-credit weekend classes to all students each semester. These classes can often serve as general electives in a student’s pursuit of a degree. Registration is open to ALL MAJORS. The classes are listed on Zagweb.

BUSN.252.01 24693 Career Formation
Feb. 21, Friday, 4-10 p.m.
Feb. 22, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Brittany Leland, Associate Director, Career Education & Experiential Engagement in Career and Professional Development at Gonzaga.
What is the process for determining what you want to do with your life? Whether it is choosing a major or starting a career, students often struggle with narrowing down options and identifying what career paths might be good options for them. This course is designed to help students who are undecided about their major or career walk through the process of self-reflection and research. Students who complete this course will have a better understanding of the process and factors involved in making a career decision. Time will also be spent on understanding and utilizing tools that can be helpful in this process, such as LinkedIn, job search sites, and Gonzaga-specific resources.

BUSN.253.01 24694 Career Activation
April 3, Friday, 4-10 p.m.
April 4, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Brittany Leland, Associate Director, Career Education & Experiential Engagement in Career and Professional Development at Gonzaga.
This course is designed to help students understand and succeed in the job/internship search process and beyond! From finding job postings and tailoring resumes and cover letters, to interviewing both in-person and online, to negotiating that offer and succeeding in the workplace, students will learn how to prepare for a successful transition from college to career. Students will leave this course ready to continue their job search with tangible skills and resources that will help them stand out amongst other applicants and shine in their first professional positions.

BUSN.254.01 24692 Image & Reputation Management
Feb. 22, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 23, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Vigil,S A
Whether it’s personal or professional, everyone has an image. You have a self-image and others have an image of you. Over time, you develop a reputation. What does your image say about you? Whether through social media, personal interaction, or word of mouth, your image and reputation can determine whether you prosper. This course is designed to support you in your endeavors to build, maintain, and even repair your personal and professional image and reputation.

BUSN.255.01 24691 Effective Negotiations
Feb. 8, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 9, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bryan Blair, Sports Agent, Sports Consulting Northwest
This course aims to develop the learners leadership competencies, influence outcomes and achieve greater success moving forward. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution are two subjects you will be dealing with forever, it doesn’t matter which industry or walk of life you pursue. Your salary, problems in the workplace, selling goods for an employer, your kids bed time, there are an infinite number of ways you will utilize these skills.
The class material is drawn heavily from the Harvard Negotiation Project. The learner will develop these skills through real life examples and targeted role play. The learner will also explore the basics of conflict resolution that go hand in hand with negotiation.

BUSN.260.01 24851 Introduction to Non-Profits
March 21, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
March 22, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Jamie Borgan, Program Director at New Leaf Bakery Cafe
This class is the first in a three-class series on non-profit management. You can take one, two, or all three classes in the series.
This course serves as an introduction to the world of non-profit organizations. It includes background on the history, legal structure, and operation of non-profits, with hands-on practice in different elements of non-profits, including mission creation, strategic planning and understanding management and financial aspects of non-profits.

BUSN.262.01 24852 Non-Profit Management III
April 25, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 26, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Jamie Borgan, Program Director at New Leaf Bakery Cafe
This class is the third in a three-class series on non-profit management. This class will focus on social enterprise. Students can take one, two, or all three classes in the series.

BUSN.267.01 24695 Leadership
April 18, Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 19, Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Brian Newberry, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington Northern Idaho
Business leaders influence followers to use their skills and abilities to help achieve an organization’s mission. This course provides a case study of the art and science of leadership.

BUSN 268 CRN: 24883 Personal Financial Planning
April 17, Friday, 4-10 p.m.
April 18, Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Steve Larsen, President, Columbia Advisory Partners
Introduction to the fundamental principles of comprehensive personal financial planning. Class will include an analysis and evaluation of financial strategies, current topics in wealth management, and career options for financial planning.


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MKTG 490 Promotion Project

Posted by: pepper | October 24, 2019 | No Comment |

MKTG 490 Promotion Project – MWF 3:10 to 4 p.m. – CRN 23425

Course Overview:
This is an experiential learning course in which you and your classmates become a marketing agency working for a real client. Over the course of your project you will plan and implement a promotional event and an associated advertising and public relations campaign designed to achieve your client’s objectives. In addition, you will manage a budget, conduct market research, make agency-style presentations to sell your ideas and communicate your outcomes to your client, and produce materials that document the implementation and results of your campaign. This course can help you improve your skills in marketing, HR, operations management, public relations, oral and written communication, event planning, time management, and teamwork. All students admitted to the course are expected to strive for excellence. This course requires substantial effort, but the rewards are great!

Who can take this course?
This course is open to business students of any concentration as well as non-business students (e.g., digital marketing, promotions, public relations, broadcasting, and communications majors).

Why should I consider this course?

  • It fulfills up to 3 Broadening/Experiential credits required for business majors or may be used to fulfill the 3 upper division elective credits for Marketing concentrations. It also may be used to fulfill 3 elective credits for the Promotion and Advertising minors.
  • Developing marketing strategies for today’s consumer marketplace is exciting and challenging. This course provides an opportunity for you to synthesize what you have learned in various courses. You will put your skills to work for a real client. You will have a chance to interact with business executives and see what it’s like to actually “do” marketing.
  • Prospective employers value teamwork, communication skills, a sophisticated understanding of your area of interest, and evidence of project completion. By the end of the term, you will have practical marketing experience and a finished project to talk about and take to job interviews.

How do I get permission to enroll?
Submit a hard copy of your current resume and cover letter to Connie Lipsker by Friday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. (You can drop these off with the business school administrative assistants.)

In the letter, please indicate the following:
1. Which project areas (project coordinator, promotions, advertising, public relations, market research, communications) are your first and second choices
2. Why those areas are particularly attractive to you
3. Any experience (work, volunteer) or qualifications (including coursework) you have in those areas

Course enrollment will be capped at 16 students per project; therefore, it is in your best interest to put together a solid resume and cover letter. You will be notified by Dec. 6 whether you have been accepted into the course so that adjustments to your spring schedule can be made, if necessary.

The primary purpose of the application process is to make sure that students have course preparation in order to benefit from and contribute to the course and its outcomes. I will be looking for students who have coursework and perhaps some work experience related to marketing research, advertising, promotions, personal selling, graphic design, digital marketing, public relations, and communications. If you plan to take any of these courses concurrently with the Promotion Project course, you should find many opportunities in the project to apply the concepts you are learning. The project work is demanding (but fun!), and the expectations regarding the quality of work are very high. Therefore, we will also be looking for students who have good academic records and who have demonstrated a commitment to hard work.

Project Areas: These areas represent the organizational structure that has generally been used in the past. It may be reconfigured to better suit this project, as needed.

  • Project Coordinator/Budget Director—overall team leader and liaison with instructor and client, oversees the budget and use of project funds (Note: the Project Coordinator is elected at the beginning of the semester. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are interested in this position.)
  • Market Research—oversees pre- and post-campaign research design, data collection, and analysis
  • Promotions—oversees all facets of any promotional event(s), including logistics and sponsorships
  • Advertising—oversees design and placement of advertising for the campaign, including social media
  • Public Relations—oversees media coverage and publicity, charity initiatives, prize donations, and correspondence
  • Communications—oversees the layout and content of the marketing proposal and recap presentations made to the client as well as producing written documents.

Reflections from past Promotion Project students:

  • “This project has given me the opportunity to learn what a classroom setting couldn’t offer me.”
  • “Seeing all of our hard work come together on the event day was so exhilarating. Despite a few mishaps, I was so proud that we had the strength and determination to pull off an extremely successful event.”
  • “Being in this agency has been an excellent opportunity to expand and fine-tune talents that have been four years in the making.”
  • “This is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life.”
  • “Through this project, I gained valuable experience, made new friends, and created life-long memories.”
  • “The Promotion Project was the best way to wrap up my college career. It gave me a chance to take all of the knowledge I had gained in the classroom and apply it in a practical setting.”

Questions? Contact Connie Lipsker
lipsker@gonzaga.edu or 313-7042

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Discipline Leaders Fall 2019

Posted by: pepper | October 21, 2019 | No Comment |

If you are interested in discussing courses in a particular discipline or need help registering for classes in a particular discipline, consider contacting the discipline leader. Below is a list of discipline leaders with their email and office location. A list of office hours is available here.

Discipline Leader Office Email
Accounting Gary Weber 264 Weber@gonzaga.edu
Economics Ryan Herzog 250 herzogr@gonzaga.edu
Entrepreneurship Todd Finkle 227 finkle@gonzaga.edu
Finance Danielle Xu 247 xu@gonzaga.edu
Management Todd Finkle 227 finkle@gonzaga.edu
Marketing Lada Kurpis 226 kurpis@gonzaga.edu
MIS Tim Olsen GIF olsent@gonzaga.edu
Operations Mirjeta Beqiri 263 beqiri@gonzaga.edu
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Individualized Concentration

Posted by: pepper | October 20, 2019 | No Comment |

Students may design an interdisciplinary concentration of courses related to their individual goals and interests.* This concentration must include twelve credits of upper division courses approved by a faculty advisor.

To apply for an “Individualized Study” concentration, a student should do the following:

  1. Work with an advisor to identify 12-credits of coursework that will combine to create learning outcomes for the student.
  2. Write a definition of the topic of the concentration and provide an explanation of what the student will learn both broadly and specifically from the 12 credits of coursework. An example of this definition and explanation is provided below using the description of the marketing concentration from the 2019-2020 catalog.
  3. Email copy of No. 2 to the student’s advisor and copy the associate dean to create electronic copy. Advisor will also keep hard copy in the student’s advising file.
  4. Complete a Change of Major/Concentration Form indicating all majors and concentrations. Attach the description of the individualized study proposal from No. 2 with advisor’s signature. Get appropriate signatures on Change of Major/Concentration Form and take both to the Registrar’s Office in College Hall 229.
  5. Complete a substitution form for each class in the individualized study concentration. The substitution form will allow the 12 credits of courses taken to count toward the concentration.


Note that the concentration will be listed on the student’s transcript as “Individualized Study.” It will not list the name or topic of the concentration. Also, note that the other rules for concentrations apply to the individualized study concentration, including:

1. Only one course may be double-counted between two concentrations in all but the international business concentration, where no double counting is allowed.

2. A course taken to fulfill a concentration requirement may not be double-counted to satisfy a requirement in the Broadening, International, or Experiential area for the Business Administration major.


Description of Marketing Concentration

Marketing emphasizes satisfying needs and wants through the facilitation of the exchange process between and among organizations and customers. Marketing concepts and techniques apply to all types of organizations, whether they are for profit or non-profit and whether providing goods, services, experiences or ideas to their customers. An organization’s long-term success is determined by understanding customer preferences and perceptions as well as how they change. Marketing is also a critical link between organizations and their environment.

The topics studied include: gathering and interpreting market information, understanding customer decision processes and the influencers of these processes, target market decisions involving segmenting markets and positioning market offerings, marketing promotion and advertising, product design and modification, pricing, distribution of products, and effective managerial decision-making and planning.

Marketing is an essential, universal activity common to all individuals and organizations around the world, whether pursuing personal employment, seeking clients for an accounting firm, or in marketing supertankers or soap. Marketing knowledge and skills may lead to challenging and satisfying careers in nearly any field including such activities as sales and sales management, advertising and promotion management, retail management and buying, product development and management, public relations, industrial marketing, marketing research, and international marketing.


*This blog post is based on the 2019-2020 catalog. Future catalog may not have this provision.

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Spring 2020 Registration FAQs

Posted by: pepper | October 15, 2019 | No Comment |

Please visit your advisor to be cleared to register, review your mid-term grades, and talk about your future. A list of faculty office hours is available here. Tips from the Registrar are available here.

Frequently asked questions about registering for Spring 2020 courses include:

1. I want to get “signed in” to a closed section of a course. What should I do? Answer: Contact the instructor either via email or stop by their office hours. If you email, you could copy the discipline leader on the email.

2. How do I declare my major/concentration or change my major/concentration?

3. I need an experiential course. Which Spring 2020 classes will fulfill that requirement?

4. How do I know which classes I need?

5. How do I change advisors?

6. What are the internship options?

7. I want to study abroad. How can I get courses at another university approved to count for my Gonzaga courses?

8. I plan to take classes at another university this summer. How can I make sure those classes will transfer back to Gonzaga?

9. I am a senior and plan to take business ethics. I thought I had to take BUSN 480 and BUSN 485, but I only see BUSN 480. Answer: BUSN 480 (2 credits) and BUSN 485 (1 credit) have been combined into BUSN 480 (3 credits).

10. Can I take any section of BUSN 480 that I want? Answer: The 10 a.m. section is restricted to Finance concentrations. All other sections are open to registration for all seniors.

11. When is my registration window? Answer: You can find this information under the Registration tab on Zagweb.

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Spring 2020: BUSN 480 designations

Posted by: pepper | October 15, 2019 | No Comment |

In the Spring 2020, one section of BUSN 480 will be designated for finance students. Students are encouraged to sign up for the sections with their designations. Other students should sign up for any of the open sections.

20861 Senior Seminar Business Ethics 09:00am-09:50am MWF All majors and concentrations
20920 Senior Seminar Business Ethics 10:00am-10:50am MWF Finance concentrations
20921 Senior Seminar Business Ethics 11:00am-11:50am MWF All majors and concentrations
20922 Senior Seminar Business Ethics 01:50pm-03:05pm TR All majors and concentrations
21738 Senior Seminar Business Ethics 06:00pm-08:30pm W All majors and concentrations
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Spring 2020 Experiential Classes

Posted by: pepper | October 15, 2019 | No Comment |

Do you need to take an experiential course to complete your degree requirement? Experiential courses are those that give you hands-on experience with the curriculum. Here is a list of Spring 2020 courses that will count toward your experiential requirement (if you have one):

1. Internships. For details on how to get an internship and get credit for it, click here.

2. BUSN 470 Multidisciplinary Action Projects: There are two sections of this course offered in the spring:

Section 1: This section is team-taught by Dean Ken Anderson and two others. Students work in small teams to tackle projects for actual clients. The class has several projects each semester.

Section 2: This section is taught by Dr. Stevens. It will work on a project for the Inland Northwest Farmers Market Association. Student teams will work with members of the organization, farmers, customers, and other key partners to pilot projects that are important to the growth and diversity of our famers markets throughout the region.

3. ACCT 471 Forensic Accounting Lab: This course is also called the “Justice for Fraud Victims Project.” It is a joint program with members of the community (law enforcement, prosecutors, and local certified fraud examiners) to investigate real cases of suspected fraud that are referred by local law enforcement. Enrollment is by application only. For information, contact Dr. Weber at weber@gonzaga.edu.

4. BFIN 429 A, B, C: This class on portfolio management runs across three semesters (one credit per semester) and typically begins in the spring of a students’ junior year. year. Registration by instructor permission. Contact Dr. Barnes at barnes@gonzaga.edu.

5. BUSN.494 Small Business Consulting: This class requires an application process. Contact Dr. Todd Finkle at finklet2000@yahoo.com for details.

6. MKTG 490 Promotion Project. More information on this class and how to apply is available here.

How do you know if you need an experiential class?

If you have one concentration, you need to take 1. an experiential or international class and 2. a broadening class
If you have two or more concentrations, you need to take 1. an experiential or international class but you do not need 2. a broadening class (because your second concentration provides that).

If you have an accounting major and no concentration, you do not need to take a broadening, experiential, or international course beyond what is required in the accounting curriculum.

If you have an accounting major and one or more concentrations, you need to take 1. an experiential or international class but you do not need 2. a broadening class (because your accounting major provides that).

If you have a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (and no other concentrations), you need to take 1. an international class and 2. a broadening class.

If you have an International Business concentration, you need to take either a Broadening, Experiential or 200-level of higher language course.

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Office Hours Fall 2019

Posted by: pepper | September 6, 2019 | No Comment |

This is a list of office hours in the SBA

Name Location and Phone Office Hours GU Email
Ken Anderson JP 233B ext 3418 By appointment anderson@gonzaga.edu
Monica Banyi JP 214 ext 3435 T 10-12; TW 1:30-2:30  banyi@gonzaga.edu
Bud Barnes JP 223 ext 6114 TR 2:15-3:30 barnes@gonzaga.edu
Gerhard Barone JP 245 ext 7032 TW 1-3 barone@gonzaga.edu
John Beck JP 235 ext 3429 MWF 11-11:30; TR 1:30-3:30 beck@gonzaga.edu
Randy Bennett JP 230 ext 3411 MWF 3-4; T 3:30-4:30 bennett@gonzaga.edu
Mirjeta Beqiri JP 263 ext 3443 MW 1:30-3  beqiri@gonzaga.edu
Scott Bozman JP 225 ext 3409 TR 8-9; T 2-4  bozman@gonzaga.edu
Andrew Brajcich JP 256 ext 7053 MW 10-12  brajcich@gonzaga.edu
Rebecca Bull Schaefer JP 213 ext 3422 W 9:30-12; 1:30-3  bullschaefer@gonzaga.edu
Jason Chen JP 259 ext 3421 TR 4:30-6; W 4-5 chen@gonzaga.edu
Ta-Tao Chuang JP 257 ext 3431 M 3:30-4:30; TR 3:15-4:45  chuang@gonzaga.edu
John Correia JP 224 ext 5698 MW 1-2:30; F 1-2  correia@gonzagag.edu
Cathy DeHart JP 215 ext 3448 M 1:10-2:10; TW 1:30-2:30; R 1:50-2:50  dehart@gonzaga.edu
David Elloy JP 229 ext 3434 MW 11-1 elloy@gonzaga.edu
Todd Finkle JP 227 ext 7048 MT 5-6; 8:30-9:30 pm  finkle@gonzaga.edu
Don Hackney JP 240 ext 7043 TWR 1:30-3 hackney@gonzaga.edu
Scott Hedin JP 232 ext 3437 MWF 10-12  hedin@gonzaga.edu
Jim Helgeson JP 268 ext 3413 MW 3:15-5:15  helgeson@gonzaga.edu
Kevin Henrickson JP 253 ext 3408 MW 9:30 – 11:30  henrickson@gonzaga.edu
Ryan Herzog JP 250 ext 7054 TR 9:30-11:30   herzogr@gonzaga.edu
Jane  Hession JP 011 ext 3425 MTWThF 9-12; 1-5  
Matt Hoag JP 254 ext 7035 W 10-12; TR 1:30-2:30  hoag@gonzaga.edu
Erica Johnson JP 249 ext 7026 W 10-12; TR 12:30-1:30  johnsone@gonzaga.edu
Sara Kern JP 231 ext 7031 TR 1-1:45; W 12:30-3  kern@gonzaga.edu
Marybeth Kuester JP 011 ext 7027 By appointment  
Lada Kurpis JP 226 ext 7033 TR 8:30-10:30; T 2-3  kurpis@gonzaga.edu
Jillian LaBelle JP 217 ext 3416 M 1:30-3; T 9:30-10:45; R 1:45-3 labellej@gonzaga.edu
Dan Law JP 252 ext 3426 M 11-12; 1-3; W 11-12  law@gonzaga.edu
Adriane Leithauser JP 205 ext 3419 M 1-2:30; TR 11-12:30  leithauser@gonzaga.edu
Connie Lipsker JP 241 ext 7042 MW 4:15-5:15; T 3-5  lipsker@gonzaga.edu
Peggy Sue Loroz JP 236 ext 3433 TR 9:30-10:30; MW 10:30-11:30 loroz@gonzaga.edu
Casey McNellis JC 212 ext 7304 MW 11-12; 1-2:30  mcnellis@gonzaga.edu
Matt McPherson JP 220 ext 7034 TR 1-3 mcpherson@gonzaga.edu
Justin Morscheck JP 208 ext 7052 MWF 10:30-11:30; M 2:30-3:30  morscheck@gonzaga.edu
Tim Olsen JP 204 ext 3417 Gonzaga in Florence in Fall  olsent@gonzaga.edu
Vivek Patil JP 228 ext 7046 MW 9-11  patil@gonzaga.edu
Molly Pepper JP 267 ext 3432 W 10-12; R 2-4  pepper@gonzaga.edu
Chris Stevens JP 248 ext 3414 TR 12:30-2:30  stevensc@gonzaga.edu
Brian Steverson JP 218 ext 3415 TR 1-3 steverson@gonzaga.edu
Dan Stewart JP 242C ext 3406 By appointment stewartd@gonzaga.edu
Masha Tackett JP 207 ext 3410 M 10-12; W 1:30-3:30   tackettm@gonzaga.edu
Ashish Thatte JP 207 ext 3410 Sabbatical Fall 2019 thatte@gonzaga.edu
Annie Voy JP 206 ext 7028 T 12:10-2:30; R 12:10-2  voy@gonzaga.edu
Danielle Xu JP 247 ext 7098 TR 1:40-3:40   xu@gonzaga.edu
Yelin Zhang JP 246 ext 7030 TR 9:50-10:50; 3:05-4:05 zhangy2@gonzaga.edu
Gary Weber JP 264 ext 3427 M 10:30-12; T 4-5:30; W 2-3  weber@gonzaga.edu
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MKTG 489 Content Production

Posted by: pepper | August 27, 2019 | No Comment |

Please note an awesome new course offering for Fall that will be taught by Aaron Sanchez, ’02. This course has a MKTG 310 pre-req and requires an application to register, as outlined below. The first class is FRIDAY, AUG. 30.

MKTG 489 Content Production

Learn how to produce professional-quality digital content. In this course, you’ll learn the production process from an advertising industry veteran, giving you an up close look at how agencies and production companies take an idea and turn it into a live product. Specifically, you’ll make a series of audio podcasts about Gonzaga alumni and their careers and lives after leaving GU. (Course Prereq: MKTG 310)

Schedule: The in-person portion of this course takes place over three weekends. Attendance at these sessions is required.

Session 1 (Friday, Aug 30, Saturday, Aug 31)

Friday: 4pm – 7pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Session 2 (Friday, Sept 27, Saturday, Sept 28)

Friday: 4pm – 7pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Session 3 (Friday, Nov 22, Saturday, Nov 23)

Friday: 4pm – 7pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Does this course meet any requirements?

This course will fulfill the 3 upper division elective credits for Marketing concentrations. It also may be used to fulfill 3 elective credits for the Promotion minor or the Digital Marketing minor. This course also meets the experiential requirement for business majors or the broadening requirement for single-concentration business students who aren’t in marketing.

Why should I consider this course?

  • If you are interested in advertising agencies, this course will help you understand what happens when an idea goes from being an idea to a final product. The production process that applies to podcasts also applies to film, social media, and print productions.
  • In this class, you’ll learn how to structure a narrative and tell a story from beginning to end in a creative way. You’ll learn how music, editing, and sound design can shape a story.
  • We’ll study industry-leading podcasts, learning what makes them so popular. You don’t need to be a fan of podcasts, and you may not be one after the course. But, you’ll learn more about the sector of media that’s growing faster than any other.
  • Students in this course will get to meet about 45 different GU grads and learn how they built their careers after leaving school. The insights students will gain from the alumni will help them on their own career paths.
  • Students will leave the class with three professional-quality productions and an ad campaign that they can put on their resume and possibly their portfolio sites to show to prospective employers.
  • One of the most important modern marketing skills that professionals say students should master is content marketing. (See this infographic for one such example: https://online.maryville.edu/blog/11-modern-marketing-skills-for-business-innovators-to-master/.)

How can I register for this course?

If you are interested in registering for this course, you must submit your resume via email to the course instructor at aaron.sanchez@gmail.com. Your resume should display relevant coursework, volunteering, or jobs that have prepared you for this course. Previous work in production is not a requirement.

Any questions about the course may be directed to Aaron at aaron.sanchez@gmail.com.

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Out-of-Town One-Credit Classes Fall 2019

Posted by: pepper | April 28, 2019 | No Comment |

Gonzaga’s School of Business offers one-credit classes to all students each semester. The classes described below involve travel out of town and come with an additional fee. Scholarships are available.

These classes can often serve as general electives in a student’s pursuit of a degree. Registration is open to ALL MAJORS. The classes are listed on Zagweb.

Sunday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 13 (with travel to Seattle on Thursday Sept. 12)

Friday, Sept. 20 (with travel to Seattle on Thursday Sept. 19)

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
Sunday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 22 (all travel to and from Pullman is on Friday)

Details on each class are below.


  • These classes meet on Fridays. This may prevent you from registering on Zagweb because of the overlap with other classes you are taking. To register, call the Registrar’s office at 313-6592.
  • Participation in the class is not an automatic excused absence from your Friday classes. Be sure to discuss your involvement in the class with your Friday instructors. You will be provided a letter that confirms your participation in the course.


BUSN 259 Value Chain Analysis at Microsoft

This course has a $150 fee. Scholarships are available.

What’s your area of expertise? How will you apply it when you reach the workforce? Organizations will need your subject-matter expertise, but also will require you to span boundaries between departments. Gone are the days of staying in your comfort zone. Today’s workers need to understand how the whole organization works and be willing to step up to new challenges.

To address the skills needed to have a boundary-spanning career, a one-credit skills class is being offered at Microsoft.  Students in this class will roam the 88 acres of the Microsoft campus with the Chief Technology Officer himself: Gonzaga business school alum Stuart McKee. Also joining us will be Max McKee, recent graduate from Gonzaga in Computer Science and new hire at Microsoft, who will share his experiences as a recent graduate making the leap into full-time work at Microsoft. Stuart’s grandfather and Max’s great grandfather Archie Sherar also graduated from Gonzaga – in 1933.

Students will learn about the need for boundary spanning skills, image management, and how the various operations of a business work together to create value. McKee invites you to open your mind to the latest and greatest innovations in the world of technology.   This is an unscripted tour inside one of the most recognizable companies in the world – from finance to product engineering to facilities management – we will discuss it all. Topics and discussions will range from the inner workings of the business world to the newest technology that is not on the market yet. Course content and facilitation will help you develop skills to thrive in a large in a large organization where spanning boundaries between departments and combining expertise is the norm.

Buses will leave Spokane at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. We will be staying at a hotel near Microsoft. We will spend Friday at Microsoft and return to Spokane around midnight.

Dr. Molly Pepper and Dr. Mary Heitkemper

BUSN 270 Project Management at Boeing

This course has a $150 fee. Scholarships are available.

This includes a trip to Boeing in Renton, WA. This one credit hour course provides students an introduction to how The Boeing Company executes and manages aerospace projects through an immersive visit to their production facility near Seattle, WA.  Students will be provided a one-of-a-kind opportunity to view commercial aircraft being assembled on a production line before they take to the sky.  In addition, students will receive a brief introduction of skills necessary to manage a wide range of projects at The Boeing Company including: project planning, task scheduling, and project reporting.

Also included will be a hands-on experience with implementation of a project and a cross-talk with Boeing employees designed to give students a chance to learn from a company filled with inquisitive, energetic, enterprising and talented people.

Open to all Majors, however will be especially beneficial to those students who are in Business (Finance, Management Information Systems or Operations and Supply Chain Management) or Engineering degree paths.

Class meets from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 13. Buses will leave Spokane at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. We will be staying at a hotel near Boeing. We will spend Friday at Boeing and return to Spokane around midnight.

Instructors: Dr. Mirjeta Beqiri and Dr. Danielle Xu


BUSN 269 Strategic Simplicity at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

This class has a $50 fee. Scholarships are available.

This class includes a trip to Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories headquarters in Pullman, Washington. SEL produces digital relays and systems to protect power grids, prevent blackouts, and make electrical power safer, more reliable, and more economical. SEL will provide students with a tour of the facility in Pullman, including research and development information. Students will have the opportunity to hold roundtable discussions with SEL executives to provide feedback on problems of culture, manufacturing, and financial analysis. Students will travel to Pullman on Friday, Nov. 22 to tour the organization, attend lunch with company leaders, and discuss issues with SEL employees.

There will be a preview class from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 to prepare for the excursion. The bus will leave for Pullman around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Instructors: Dr. JD Morscheck and Dr. Molly Pepper

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