Spring 2022 Weekend Courses

The School of Business Administration is offering several in-person one-credit elective classes. If you are a full-time undergraduate student and have fewer than 18 credits, you can likely take one of these courses as part of your regular tuition. Classes are open to all majors.

To add these classes after the drop/add period, please call the Registrar’s Office at (509) 313-6592.

BUSN 267 01 Business Leadership
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.
Instructor: Brian Newberry, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
Feb. 26-27
9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sunday

BUSN 267 02 Professional Readiness
This course is designed with a focus on professional skill development to enter and succeed in the workforce. Emphasis is placed on communication (both verbal and written, as well as presentation skills), formal and non-formal dining etiquette, emotional intelligence development, networking, and feedback management.
Instructor: Erin Standley, Learning and Development Consultant
April 8-9

4-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

BUSN 267 03 Intro to Cryptocurrency
Learn how digital currency is rapidly integrating with, and replacing, traditional finance. This class goes far beyond Bitcoin. Concepts covered include blockchain technology, digital wallets, decentralized finance, and crypto security. You will also learn how cryptocurrency could be allocated to a traditional portfolio.
• Blockchain
• Bitcoin and Ethereum
• Exchanges
• Investment funds
• Decentralized Finance
• Wallets
• Security
Instructor: Steve Larsen, President, Columbia Advisory Partners
March 18-19

4-10 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday

BUSN 268 01 Discover and Land Your Dream Job in Marketing and Advertising
Find your dream job in marketing and advertising! This class exposes you to a variety of roles available in marketing and advertising, helps determine which ones are the best fit for you, and provides strategies and tactics to land the job itself. In this class we’ll show you how to write a resume that gets past the filters, create a marketing portfolio that gets noticed, and teach the networking essentials needed to get interviews as well as interview guidance to land the job itself. This course combines lectures, guest presentations and real-world work to put yourself in the best position possible to land your dream job in marketing & advertising.
Instructor: Ed Reese, founder of Sixth Man Marketing
April 22-23
4-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

BUSN 268 02 Equity and Storytelling
This course seeks to inform, engage, and improve individual and collective views of equity and equality through storytelling. Utilizing pop culture references such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, students will explore their own backstories and how those relate to present beliefs, reactions, and sense-making. From this lens, the class will explore reconstructing the ideas of equity and equality in approachable and relatable ways. Authentic leadership will be discussed as a way to understand how we can use our story to positively impact those around us and society at large.
Instructor: Stephanie Elie-Martin, leadership/business consultant, SE Consulting
Feb. 19-20
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

BUSN 268 03 Wellness Challenge
Challenge yourself to practice self-care in 2022 and beyond! You’ll learn fun, science-based techniques to help you relax, manage stress, and achieve greater overall well-being. Note: If there’s a Gonzaga basketball game, the schedule will be flexible to allow for a break.
Instructor: Cathy DeHart
March 25-27
4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday

BUSN 269 01 Economics of the Side Hustle
The goal of this course is to provide students an opportunity to explore their own small business idea, non-profit organization, or a hobby that you would like to turn into a small business venture. This class will cover the economics of the side hustle project by having you select and refine your own side hustle, determine the basic cost and financing of your business idea or organization, review different pricing strategies, and help determine a strategy to launch and maintain the project.
Instructor: John Lyons, senior resource policy analyst at Avista
Feb 18-20
4 – 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 3 p.m. Sunday

BUSN 269 02 (and 03) Applying Excel Skills to Real-life Business Scenarios
This course will cover the top practical Excel skills used every day in business, such as VLOOKUP, conditional formatting, pivot tables, subtotals/counts, concatenation, creating custom reports (+page setup for printing in professional format), merging data into Word/Outlook, searching for data in cells using formulas (IF/THEN concepts), merging data across workbooks, tailoring the look and feel, and general formula use and editing/customization. These hands-on lessons will include understanding the foundations of how Excel works so students can think about why/how formulas are written so they can easily re-use and make edits.
Instructor: Jenn Klein, assessment coordinator, Academic Technology Applications Support
Feb. 26-27
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
March 26-27
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

BUSN 269 04 Public Speaking
The purpose of this course is to teach students how to be more confident and effective with public speaking. In this course, the student will learn the basics in how to write a script and deliver a speech with confidence. This includes making eye contact, connecting with the audience, overcoming “speaking pauses,” learning a good pace and volume, and finishing strong. Tools learned will include writing a script as a guide, how to dress for the audience, speaking posture, controlling nervousness, the basics of lecterns and microphones, and what to do when something goes “wrong”.
Instructor: Julie Silbar, Service Delivery Quality Manager, Expedia Group, Inc.
April 22-24

4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday.

BUSN 270 01 Work Hacks
Few people start their careers in a leadership position. Many classes focus on how to lead or to manage, but fewer focus on working in organizations. This weekend intensive class will cover topics about working and surviving in an organization. Some of the topics that will be covered include: The joy of mistakes, Working with different age groups and levels of experience, Group projects, meetings and presentations, Office foraging for information, help and snacks, Gatekeepers and bureaucracy, Tips on when to listen and when to speak up, Taking and giving criticism, Understanding different work benefits, Working with people you don’t like, and Special projects, transfers and other opportunities
Instructor: John Lyons, senior resource policy analyst at Avista
March 18-20
4 – 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 3 p.m. Sunday

BUSN 270 02 Community Service & Leadership
This course will explore community leadership strategies and practice through the lens of place-based engagement and adaptive leadership. The course will introduce students to critical community engagement and leadership frameworks that inform Gonzaga’s commitment to place, spend time exploring our shared place of Northeast Spokane, and provide opportunities to learn from resident leaders who exemplify adaptive leadership in practice.
Instructor: Molly Ayers, senior director, Center for Community Engagement
Feb. 18-19
4-10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday


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