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Albers Receives $2.3 million Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Albers School has received an estate gift establishing the Mary Agnes and Raymond Guernsey Endowed Scholarship Fund. The amount of the gift is more than $2.3 million, making it the third largest gift ever received by the Albers School. We anticipate using the scholarship funding to improve the diversity of our undergraduate programs and to assist enrolled undergraduate students with significant financial need.

Mary Agnes Guernsey passed away in September, 2015. Her husband, Ray, preceded her in death in 2006, and worked for PACCAR for most of his career. Mary Agnes was born in Seattle and was a life-long Seattle resident, active in Ballard’s St. Alphonsus parish. Although Mary Agnes’ will designated that the scholarship fund at the Albers School be named for her husband, it seemed only fitting to honor both Mary Agnes and Ray for this generous gift in support of Albers students with financial need.

Internal Audit Program an IIA Center of Excellence

Albers' Internal Audit Program has been designated a Center of Excellence by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) within their Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) Program. We are the eighth school worldwide to achieve this designation, and the only school on the West Coast. Albers is the fifth school in the US to achieve this distinction (the others are LSU, University of Houston, UT-Dallas, and Kennesaw State) and the first Jesuit University. For more on the IIA program, visit the IIA website.

Sarah Receives BAP President’s Award

Sarah Bee received the 2017 Beta Alpha Psi President’s Award at BAP’s annual meeting last week in Anaheim, CA. The award is presented annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the organization at the national level. No doubt, the award recognizes Sarah’ long tenure as a BAP faculty advisor, her efforts to organize national and regional conferences, and her leadership of BAP’s Community Service Day, among other things! In 2016, Sarah received a Faculty Advisor Award from BAP.

Belgian Trip

An entourage of Albers faculty journeyed to Namur, Belgium and the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools 23rd World Forum from July 16-18. Albers faculty delivered five papers at the event, which brought together 130 faculty members from 19 different countries, 5 different continents, and 50 different universities and institutes. The 24th World Forum will take place at Seattle University, July 22-25, 2018.

New Staff Member

Melissa Minato will be joining Albers in the Albers Placement Center as Student Career Advisor/Recruitment Coordinator. Melissa previously worked at the Pacific Science Center where she was their Recruiting Manager. Melissa is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Marketing and minor in Sociology. After completing her degree, she spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Matt’s Research Featured in New York Times

Matt Isaac’s article on consumer trust appearing in the Journal of Consumer Research, “Beyond Skepticism: Can Accessing Persuasion Knowledge Bolster Credibility?” was featured in a New York Times article appearing on July 30th. You can read the article at the New York Times website.

Best Paper Award

Gabe Saucedo and Sarah Bee received Best Paper Honors at the 2017 Global Business Research Conference in Cork, Ireland for their paper, “Accounting Conversations: A Case Study in Auditor Communications.” The conference was hosted by the University College Cork, July 26-28, 2017.

BGS Honors Chapter

Albers' Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Chapter has been designated an Honors chapter for the 2016-2017 academic year. According to BGS, “this status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.” BGS is the academic honorary for AACSB accredited business schools. David Carrithers serves as faculty advisor.

Matt on Debt Consolidation

Matt Isaac shared some of his research findings on consumer debt consolidation in a widely distributed AP story on that topic. It appeared in such outlets as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the NY Daily News, but you can read the local version on the Seattle Times website.

Seattle Income Tax

Susan Weihrich was interviewed by KIRO TV on June 16th about the difficulties of implementing a city income tax. You can see the interview on the KIRO website. The story was then repeated on July 10th, closer to the council vote to approve.

SU Low Income Tax Prep

Speaking of taxes, Albers students, faculty, and alumni, participating in the United Way of King County Low Income Tax Prep program (formerly VITA), assisted 726 clients to complete their 2017 federal tax return. In the process, they secured $854,368 in tax refunds and $284,789 in earned income credits for low income households. This was the 42nd year Albers has participated in the program.

BECU CEO to Visit Speaker Series

Benson Porter will be participating in the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018. It will take place in Pigott Auditorium from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Porter is CEO of BECU, and will be one of the few SU alumni to speak in the series. With more than 1 million members and over $16 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. It is also the largest Washington based financial institution of any kind, larger than any bank headquartered here.

Employer Breakfast

The Albers Placement Center hosted its annual Employer Breakfast on June 22nd. Over 25 recruiters attended the event to share best practices and learn more about the services of the APC.

College of Distinction

Albers is one of four schools at Seattle University recognized by Colleges of Distinction as having first rate programs and recognized professional accreditations in their field. Also included in the 2017-18 ranking are engineering, nursing, and education.

Summer Business Institute

Thirty-five sophomores and juniors from 19 different Puget Sound area high schools participated in the 15th Annual Summer Business Institute June 24-29. SBI takes place on the SU campus and seeks to inspire under-represented students to pursue a college education. Barb Hauke and Albers alum Duron Jones manage the program.

New Undergrad Academic Advisor

Tasha Jugas has joined Albers as an academic advisor for our undergraduate programs. Tasha comes to us with ten years of advising experience at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a Master degree in Communications from the university, and is an entrepreneur with her own jewelry business.

Amelia to Represent IEC in Vietnam

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) has been selected as an outbound participant in the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program, a US Department of State initiative. IEC staff member Amelia Marckworth will travel to Vietnam for two and a half weeks in August to visit YSEALI Professional Fellow Quan Nguyen, who was hosted by the IEC for the month of May. Amelia and Quan’s project aims to invigorate the local Vietnamese coffee industry by providing best practices for both business development and agriculture, as well as promote cultural and economic relationships between Seattle and Dalat, Vietnam.

Boeing CEO to Speak

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO, Kevin McAllister, is scheduled for the Albers Executive Speaker Series on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Pigott Auditorium. McAllister will join a distinguished list of prior BCA CEOs who have participated in the series – Alan Mulally, Scott Carson, Jim Albaugh, and Ray Conner.

Speaker Series to Host Diversity Panel

The Albers Executive Speaker Series will feature a panel discussion exploring corporate diversity and inclusion efforts. On January 10th, 2018, Latasha Gillespie, Global Diversity and Inclusion Director at, Denise Merle, SVP of Human Resources and Investor Relations at Weyerhaeuser, and Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alaska Airlines, will be featured. It will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 PM in Pigott Auditorium.

Seattle University Recognized by AACSB International for Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Education

The Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge uncovers cutting-edge practices at the forefront of entrepreneurship in business education

SEATTLE, April 27, 2017 — Today AACSB International (AACSB), the world’s largest global education network, recognized Seattle University for its commitment to creating and incubating cutting-edge business innovations and fostering entrepreneurship in the next generation of business leaders.

Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics is one of 35 business schools around the globe to earn this distinction.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Receives $500,000 Grant from JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase Provides $500,000 Grant to Seattle U Resource Program for Growth of Central Area Businesses

SEATTLE– Seattle University has received a three-year $500,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to implement a new program that offers tailored business training and development services to neighborhood businesses in Seattle’s Central Area – the Resource Amplification & Management Program (RAMP). The grant is part of JPMorgan Chase’s “Small Business Forward” program, which recently announced the $75 million initiative to accelerate the growth of minority-, women-, and veteran-owned small businesses. Read more...

US News Ranks LEMBA 12th, MPAC 14th

The 2018 US News and World Report Graduate Program rankings rank Albers' Professional MBA tied for 75th among 360 PT MBA programs, putting us second in the Northwest. The MPAC program is ranked as tied for 14th in the nation, placing Albers number four on the West Coast, tops in the Northwest, and #1 among Jesuit universities. The LEMBA program is ranked as tied for 12th in the nation, placing Albers number three on the West Coast, #1 in the Northwest, and tied for #1 among Jesuit universities.

SU to Host 2018 IAJBS/CJBE Joint Meeting

The Albers School will host the 2018 joint meeting of the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS) and Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (CJBE). This will take place July 22-25, 2018 on the SU campus. IAJBS is a group serving Jesuit business school administrators from around the world. CJBE supports faculty teaching in Jesuit business schools, historically focusing on the US. Both groups hold annual meetings and periodically come together for a joint meeting, which will be the case in 2018.This is the 20th anniversary of CJBE, which had its first meeting at SU in 1998.

Albers Ranked Highly by US News

The 2017 US News and World Report graduate school rankings have been released, and the Albers School is mentioned prominently. Our PMBA program is ranked 59th, making it the top ranked private school program in the Northwest. Our LEMBA program is ranked 12th in the nation, making it tops in the northwest, and our MPAC program is ranked 16th, tied for best in the Northwest.