DOUBTING WHETHER YOU COULD MAKE IT THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL? “When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.” – Creighton Abrams I’m here to tell you, “You can do it!” On our cohort’s recent study abroad trip to India and China we met with a social entrepreneur in Bengaluru.  Collin Timms spoke passionately about

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Technically Speaking


Throughout the year, we have a responsibility to develop our professionalism. There are aspects to our learning experience that are self-instigated, one of them being technical skills. Think Excel, Tableau, and SQL. If you have experience already, you’re very lucky. We use these programs often and unfortunately, many of us with non-business backgrounds don’t come

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Blue 42..Set…Hike!

We’ve been in session for two weeks already, and I cannot believe how fast time is flying. By now, we are all hitting the ground running, keeping ourselves busy with this quarter’s main project and weekly deliverables. Our advisors say this is the toughest quarter in the program because of the content, but also the

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Chindia 2015


For 21 days, the cohort journeyed across five cities in China and India. Beijing held the notorious night market, including delicacies like scorpion on a stick and tarantulas. Hong Kong seemed like the ritziest place that existed on the hemisphere. New Delhi was the stop where we visited the majestic Taj Mahal. Bengaluru housed some

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Student Spotlight: John Rogers

Name: John Rogers Hometown: Various places though most recently Yakima, WA. Undergraduate degree: Geography, BA Central Washington University Interests: “Lean-forward” films, books, and conversations. Really anything that provokes thought and good discussion. I particularly enjoy Coen Brothers films and books regarding cultural and environmental history and geography. Some favorite titles include Guns, Germs, and Steel

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Student Spotlight: Annie Thomas

Name: Annie Eileen Thomas Hometown: Lake Stevens, Washington Undergraduate degree: Double Major in Psychology & Sociology Interests: Women’s Issues Snowboarding Soccer, tennis Economic empowerment through microfinance in developing countries Sustainability in big business (energy efficiency, carbon footprint, etc) Leadership Development Social and Economic Equality Friends & Family FOOD Music Reading Why MAM-SSM: I chose MASSM

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Student Spotlight: Taylor Pirnke

Name: Taylor Blaine Pirnke Hometown: Mill Creek, WA Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Business Management at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) Interests: Traveling Abroad – Studied in Spain and Morocco last year while at Linfield. Understanding new cultures and religions is fascinating Playing Golf – I was a captain of the Golf Team at Linfield. I love

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Food For Thought

I am a foodie. Sure I need basic sustenance to stay alive, but I enjoy the nuances of gastronomy and the thrill of tasting something new. Near our building, there is a food truck called Curbside that likely collects most of its annual revenue from SPU students. Curbside offers Vietnamese-themed entrees such as pho and

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Industry Analysis: Module II


The MAM-SSM program was designed with employers in mind.  The development of the program began with asking business professionals what they wanted to see in graduates with business degrees.  One of their answers was this: we want to hire women and men who have a better understanding of business as a system; we want employees

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Study Tour: Bullitt Center

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Here’s something that will make you appreciate the Emerald City: we have a living building. I’m not talking about personification here. I’m referring to Seattle’s Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world. To make a simple distinction between living vs. non-living buildings, imagine getting a check from your city with a dollar amount that

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