MBA Quarterly Newsletter: Winter 2013

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Laura Williamson


What an exciting time here at City University of Seattle! With the roll out of the new MBA program, the implementation of an e-portfolio system (Folio180), strong enrollments worldwide, and our move to the new Seattle campus, we are positioned well to move into 2013!

Since our last newsletter, CU has signed a contract to offer the MBA program through a partnership with the Indian School of Business and Finance (ISBF) in New Delhi, India. The program will be delivered via an enhanced synchronous distance delivery system as well as BlackBoard.  Each course in the program will have required synchronous seminars. We are thrilled to bring together our new campus and emerging technologies, as well as students and educators in a way that engages and inspires us all!

In 2013, The MBA program also has a new advisory board. The board includes a current student (on a rotating basis – international and domestic), an MBA/BSBA alumni member, a business librarian, an internationally- based industry representative, a US-based industry representative, and an associate faculty member. The representatives serve to provide insight from their respective expertise and perspective, as well as oversight of the program content and process. The board representatives have graciously agreed to include an image and brief bio in the pages of this newsletter. Thank you!

I would like to thank the CU European partner sites for their generosity and hospitality. Tom Cary (the Associate Dean of the School of Management) and I were able to visit each site in the month of November and came away with a strong sense of commitment to the quality and integrity of our programs and process as well as an amazing feeling of camaraderie and connection between our faculty, students, and staff. Thank you again, we are very grateful!


SabrinaYour feedback as part of our academic program assessment process is essential to program im-provement and our accreditation with NWCCU.

The new Folio180 e-portfolio system has been de-signed to help with this process. Students will be uploading a series of their program assignments to Folio180 and sending you a link to validate their upload.

If you have any questions about Folio180, please contact your course manager or Sabrina Crawford at


MBA/BSBA Advisory Board Members

Eric Abhyankar


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Eric is an Adjunct Professor of finance and project management at the MBA programs at the University of Finance and Administration, Prague and University of Management, Slovakia (City University of Seattle). He was with UBS Financial Services in the United States previously. Eric has served in various financial execu-tive positions in IBM Global Services, DHL and AT&T in the US, Europe and Asia with broad multi-industry strategy consulting/project implementation experience and is on the Business Advisory board of multiple in-stitutions. He has multiple graduate degrees from University of South Carolina and George Washington Uni-versity. Eric is also an expert in distribution channels and financial markets regulation and provides manage-ment training and consulting for market entry and globalization of financial products.

Emily Hoffman


Emily Hoffman

Emily Hoffman is a recent CityU graduate and holds the alumni position on the board. She completed her MBA in Project Management in June 2012. Emily attained her Project Management Professional certification in 2010. She also holds a summa cum laude Bachelors of Arts in English, Language & Literature from Southern New Hampshire University. Emily is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, the Project Management Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Mrs. Hoffman is employed at Microsoft as a Staffing Program Manager. In addition to her daily work managing several company-wide HR programs, Emily is a key contributor in the annual Giving Campaign supporting the philanthropic ‘Cats of Microsoft’ group.  Though a native of St. Louis, Emily moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2006 and has made her home in Seattle. An avid traveler, Emily enjoys trekking abroad with her husband, Darren, as well as relaxing at home with their three cats.

Theresa Gehrig


Theresa Gherig

Theresa Gehrig has been a librarian at CityU for 16 years. She works providing reference and online instruction (synchronous and asynchronous, online, by voice or face to face) for all CityU programs (Education, Psychology and Business).  For the last 7 years, her keen interest in creating and embedding research instruction in CityU Business programs, specifically the MBA program has led her to refine her business research skills. In Spring 2011, Theresa took MBA 500 online for credit. This immersion deepened her insight, empathy and knowledge of the MBA students and their needs.

Theresa is gifted with patience and passion in supporting student and faculty development of information and digital literacy skills and she explores and uses online tools for this purpose.  Theresa received her Master of Library Science from Seattle’s University of Washington, and a Teachers Certificate of Secondary English from Steubenville, Ohio.

David Roberts


David Roberts

David Roberts has over 20 years of results-oriented and customer-focused Human Resources experience with a strategic business orientation.  His experience includes leading multifunctional teams to manage organizations through mergers, bankruptcy filings, union organizing drives and technology implementations.

David Roberts currently works for PACCAR Inc. overseeing Human Resources for their global IT department as well as expanding growth in India.  Prior to PACCAR Inc., David was Senior Director, Human Resources at Mohawk Industries. David’s prior experience includes Human Resources leadership positions at APAC Customer Services, Brown Forman, Warner-Lambert, and began during his 12 years with PepsiCo. David earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola University (B.A. – Business Administration) and his graduate degree from University of Michigan (M.B.A).

Mark Hoover


Mark HooverSenior Finance Professional with 20+ years’ experience in financial management, financial planning and analysis, budgets, accounting and forecasts.  Expertise in internal audit, credit and collections, financial reporting, modeling and acquisitions.  Built solid relationships with other department employees and senior management.  Leadership strengths in organizing and directing teams composed of cross functional personnel.

 David Schwartz


David Schwartz David Schwartz is a Sr. Director of Marketing for Visa, Inc. with responsibility over Visa’s Authorize.Net solution which provides payment management services to over 375,000 businesses. Prior to joining Authorize.Net in 2002, David held leadership roles in a number of startups in the ecommerce, human resources and online education fields. Prior to that, he spent a decade, in a variety of capacities, with Bloomindale’s in New York City and The Bon Marché in Seattle, both divisions of Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s.) David has a B.A. from the University of Washington (1988) and has completed ten of the MBA program courses.

City University MBA Teams Place in CAPSIM World’s Top 10!

MBA teams from City University of Seattle finished in the Top 10 out of 97 MBA teams who participated in the international CAPSIM Foundation simulation.

According to Carl Adams, Professor of MBA500—the Essentials of Business Management class, teams from City University achieved a great accomplishment: after running the business simulation for five years in terms of cumulative profit:

This is what the participated students Monika, Payal and Sandrine are sharing with us:

“The Essentials of Business Management class provided us not only with further understanding of business concepts but also with valuable hands-on decision making experience in R&D, marketing, production and finance. Indeed, working with Capsim Business Simulations provided us with the unique opportunity to test ourselves against students from other leading schools such as University of Washington, University of Texas, Drexel University and University of Illinois. We are looking forward to learn, do and explore more during our MBA program. We are glad to be the rising business talent of City University of Seattle and the School of Management!”


City University of Seattle (USA) MBA Program at Indian School of Business & Finance (ISBF)

ISBF is already a well-established Affiliate Centre of the University of London International Programs with academic direction from the London School of Economics offering prestigious Undergraduate degrees in Economics, Management & Business and also Diploma for Graduates.

With an unwavering drive towards quality excellence, a culture of collaboration and a commitment to students’ development, ISBF now offers a high-quality US MBA Degree in India, from an accredited US university.

ISBF offers a full-time MBA Degree program in partnership with the City University of Seattle, USA with specializations in finance, marketing & human resource management.

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 Internship Updates!

CityU has partnered with a number of small to large, local area businesses to offer internship opportunities.

The internships are typically one quarter long and are focused in the areas:

Christopher Ross

For more information, please contact Christopher Ross, the university’s VP of advancement at

Contact Information

Laura Williamson:

Tom Cary:

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Published January 25, 2013


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