From the School of Business, Government, and Economics

South Lake Union
Ross Stewart, Dean

From the Dean

Have you ever bought a used car with a 100,000-mile warranty? At Flow Companies, Inc., such a warranty is standard. You don’t have to haggle over your price, and all dealership information is available to the public.
If everyone did business this way — to the advantage of all parties — more people would flourish as God desires.
We told the story of Flow Companies in Driving Trust, a film produced by Seattle Pacific University for our first MOOC (massive open online course), called Faith & Co.: Business on Purpose.
In the School of Business, Government, and Economics, we’re no strangers to combining faith and business. Our faculty members have researched, written, and taught on the subject for over 20 years. So it’s only natural that our first MOOC affirms the role of business as a conduit of God’s grace in the world. The course includes 13 videos highlighting business leaders who glorify God with their work, and excellent instruction by Dr. Kenman Wong.
If you want to be challenged and affirmed in your vocation, I hope you sign up for our next course in late September!

Warm regards,
Ross Stewart, Dean
School of Business, Government, and Economics
Faith & Co. Premiere

Films, free course inspire viewers

Thirteen short films made for SPU’s first official MOOC premiered recently on a 40-foot outdoor screen in Austin, Texas. The films follow business leaders who live out their faith through their vocations. View the films and sign up for the next MOOC.
Rolin Moe

How innovative is innovative pedagogy?

Rolin Moe, director of SPU’s Institute for Academic Innovation, explains what makes SPU’s Faith & Co.: Business on Purpose course so different, and why it matters to today’s learners.
Kristi Drake

Alumni: Where are they now?

Discover how three outstanding SPU alumni are making a difference in the world. Alan Turanski ’99 is a beekeeper and president of GloryBee. Kristi Drake ’83 is co-owner of Le Panier Bakery in Pike Place Market, and was recently appointed chair of SBGE’s Executive Advisory Board. Tim Hanstad ’85 is co-founder and senior advisor of Landesa, a Seattle-based nonprofit, and also served as SBGE’s social entrepreneur in residence.
Abigail Jensen

SBGE Fulbrighter headed to Jordan

Abigail Jensen is one of three Global Development majors chosen for a Fulbright award this year. She speaks five languages, lived in China, and has volunteered with refugees. Now she’s headed to Amman, Jordan, as an English teaching assistant. Follow her global trek.

Stumbergs receive Integrity in Business Award

SPU presented Eric and Keri Stumberg with the first Frank Haas Integrity in Business Award during the Seattle premiere of Faith & Co.: Business on Purpose. Learn what was behind that special recognition.
The Solairo Project

Farming, solar power at Social Venture Plan Competition

The $5,000 grand prize at this year’s Social Venture Plan Competition went to a team that developed a process to help Indian farmers turn unused rice stubble into bioethanol and fertilizer.
Nancy Lurker

Visited campus this spring

Recent special speakers included Nancy Lurker ’80 (a veteran in the biopharmaceutical industry and SPU alumna), Atefeh Riazi (United Nations chief information technology officer), and Joseph Whinney (founder and former CEO of Theo Chocolate).
Seattle Pacific University

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