Wells Fargo Campus Challenge

We at MindSumo just partnered with Wells Fargo on a campus analytics challenge!

MindSumo is a platform that provides real company projects for college students to help them develop professional skills and valuable experiences for resumes. We have worked with over 350 companies in the past and have over 300,000 students in our community.

This Wells Fargo challenge launches on September 1st, has a prize pool of $11,000 for the top 7 winners and the company also wishes to recruit students that send in the best ideas.

Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge- What can you build better with us?

I thought your students might really benefit from the exposure they get from this campus challenge by Wells Fargo. Would you forward this project to your students? You could also incorporate this project in your course curriculum .

Note that the data set for this challenge will be given once the challenge launches on September 1st. Students can register for it right away and will be notified once the challenge launches.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or would like any clarification. You could also pass on my email (isha@mindsumo.com) to students incase they have any questions about this project.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Thank you,

Isha Punjabi | University Relations | MindSumo Inc. | www.mindsumo.com

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Summer 2017 Groups at Hall Health – BeginningMindfulness Group; Mindfulness Follow-up;Procrastination/Perfectionism Group

Hall Health Mental Health

Summer Quarter Groups 2017

1. BeginningMindfulness Meditation Group: Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Begins on 6/28/2017. Mindfulness meditation is a practice that involves cultivating attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental manner. The benefits of mindfulness meditation have been widely studied and include alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing capacity for attention and concentration, improving self-esteem, enhancing resilience to stress. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Participants will be provided with materials, instruction and support for building and sustaining a meditation practice. To enroll contact the Mental Health Clinic at (206) 543-5030 option #4 and and ask for Karin Rogers to schedule a screening appointment.

2. Mindfulness Meditation Follow-up Groups: Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:00 pm., Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Ongoing. For those who are already familiar with mindfulness meditation and want to continue in an open, ongoing, weekly group. An 8-week commitment is recommended. Facilitated by Meghann Gerber, PsyD. (Wed & Thu) and Carey DeMartini (Fri). Contact Meghann at 206-543-5030 option #4.

3. Procrastination/Perfectionism Group:Two Sections – Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. and Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Ongoing. This is group for folks who struggle with procrastinating and being perfectionist. Learn how to be less anxious about being anxious, which includes seeing clearly that there is no need to avoid experiencing anxiety. Facilitator: Ricardo Hidalgo, LMHC. Info at: 206-543-5030, option #4 or via email at rhidalgo

Cost of all groups: $55 per session ($40 No Show Fee without 24 hour notice). Insurance may cover fees, please check with your insurance carrier.

Where: Mental Health Clinic, Hall Health Center, 3rd Floor.

Register, get information, or ask questions at 206-543-5030, option #4 for any and all groups.

Go to http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/support-groups/ for more information about our groups.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ricardo

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Graduate Programme in Economics | University of Barcelona

It is with much pleasure that I share with you the Graduate Programme in Economics at the University of Barcelona, the first university in Spain.

The Graduate Programme has achieved outstanding results in the teaching and research quality reviews. This programme comprises a two-year master’s degree and a research programme leading to the PhD in Economics. However, these two stages can be coursed separately if the student meets the entry requirements. We are currently selecting the best qualified students for the next edition of the Graduate Programme in Economics, starting next September.

I would also greatly appreciate if you could distribute the information regarding the Summer School 2017 “The Economics of Education: Analysing the Effects of Programmes and Policies” to those professionals/researchers in your organization that you think would be most interested.

More information about the Graduate Programme in Economics and the Summer School can also be found on the UB School of Economics webpage (http://www.ub.edu/school-economics).

Thank you in advance for your kind help and cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

Elisenda Paluzie

Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business

University of Barcelona.

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Sustainable Finance ESRM 321 summer quarter Term B

ESRM 321, Finance & Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective is an online course (except for a mandatory in-person exam on 8.17) that earns 5 credits, NW, and I&S. Below is overview info, and syllabus info is available on the ESRM 321 website at https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1145854.

Overview: Finance and Accounting. In ESRM 321, we explore two of the four primary business dimensions: finance and accounting (companion course ESRM 320 explores marketing and management). Finance refers to the flows and uses of money among individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and governments and associated processes, institutions, and markets. Accounting involves recording, classifying, summarizing, and interpreting business transactions to provide management and stakeholders with information about a company’s performance, liquidity, growth, value, etc. Sustainability. Refers to integrating environmental, social, and financial elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Integrating these three is called the triple bottom line. In business, the bottom line refers to net income or profits because it is the last (i.e., bottom) line in a company’s income statement; profits are essential because a business is unsustainable without them. Sustaining the planet over the long term depends not on one but all three bottom lines. We will explore the meaning and importance of sustainable business practices that respect and adhere to best environmental science methods and ethical social responsibility standards. The context for this exploration will be assessing data in corporate sustainability reports. Companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges are required by law to report financial performance, but no laws exist for reporting social responsibility and environmental performance. However, in response to stakeholders many corporations voluntarily issue annual sustainability reports that provide information on the company’s environmental and social responsibility practices and performance.

Course Goals: ESRM 321 has two goals: to provide a context for 1) learning business concepts AND 2) hands on experience assessing corporate sustainability performance. The learning objectives below in bold are achieved through listening to the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook while the learning objectives underlined below are achieved through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information.

Learning Objectives (at the end of this course, students should be able to do the following).

  • Explain finance, accounting, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability concepts
  • Summarize what money is, counterfeiting deterrence, and financial institutions
  • Explain the functions of the U.S. Federal Reserve System and its monetary policy tools
  • Describe stock markets, investing strategies, and socially responsible investing
  • Analyze financial statements (e.g., balance sheets, income statements)
  • Define corporate financial management
  • Describe Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting
  • Assess GRI economic and environment indicators to measure actual sustainability performance
  • Analyze real world sustainability performance using data in corporate sustainability reports
  • Summarize and interpret sustainability performance data

Dorothy Paun, PhD, MBA
University of Washington
396 Bloedel Hall, Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195

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Sustainable Marketing ESRM 320 summer quarter Term A

ESRM 320, Marketing and Management From a Sustainability Perspective is an online course (except for a mandatory in-person exam on 7.18) that offers 5 credits, NW, and I&S. Below is overview info, and details are on the website at https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1145862

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In ESRM 320, we explore two of the four primary business dimensions: marketing and human resource management. Marketing refers to promoting, pricing, and distributing new and existing products and services that are aimed at satisfying consumers’ wants, needs, and objectives. Human resource management refers to developing, managing, and motivating human capital and resources.

Sustainability refers to integrating environmental, social, and financial elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Integrating these three is called the triple bottom line. In business, the bottom line refers to net income or profits because it is the last (i.e., bottom) line in a company’s income statement; profits are essential because a business is unsustainable without them. Sustaining the planet over the long term depends not on one but all three bottom lines. We will explore the meaning and importance of sustainable business practices that respect and adhere to best environmental science methods and ethical social responsibility standards. The context for this exploration will be assessing data in corporate sustainability reports. Companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges are required by law to report financial performance, but no laws exist for reporting social responsibility and environmental performance. However, in response to stakeholders many corporations voluntarily issue annual sustainability reports that provide information on the company’s environmental and social responsibility practices and performance.

Course Goals. ESRM 320 has two goals, which are to provide a context for 1) learning business concepts (through watching the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook) AND 2) hands on experience assessing corporate sustainability performance (through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information). The business learning objectives below in bold are achieved through listening to the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook (both of which are covered on the exams that comprise about 55% of the course grade) while the sustainability learning objectives underlined below are achieved through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information and the associated SPA quizzes and SPI paper (45% of the course grade). Exams do not cover SPA, and the SPA quizzes do not cover business concepts. Note that SPA and SPI are described in detail throughout this syllabus.

Learning Objectives (at the end of this course, students should be able to do the following).

  • Explain marketing, human resources, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability concepts
  • Summarize how a market orientation and commitment to sustainability can enhance customer and employee satisfaction
  • Describe how consumer markets are segmented, targeted, and products positioned to satisfy individual, government, and business consumers’ wants and needs
  • Compare techniques for creating value-added products, services, and ideas; valuing environmental and social externalities and managing traditional pricing; developing distribution strategies and “greening” the supply chain; and creating and implementing promotion campaigns
  • Define managerial and leadership styles and theories of motivation, persuasion, and influence
  • Summarize the human resource process of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, motivating, and evaluating employees
  • Describe Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting
  • Assess GRI human rights, labor practices, product responsibility, and society indicators to measure actual sustainability performance
  • Analyze real world sustainability performance using data in corporate sustainability reports
  • Summarize and interpret sustainability performance data

Dorothy Paun, PhD, MBA
University of Washington
396 Bloedel Hall, Box 352100
Seattle, WA 98195

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Spring Quarter 2017 Groups at Hall Health – BeginningMindfulness Group; Mindfulness Follow-up;International Student Support Group; Procrastination/Perfectionism Group; Mindfulness for Anxiety Group; Relationship and Life skills group

Hall Health Mental Health

Spring Quarter Groups 2017

1. BeginningMindfulness Meditation Group: Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Begins on 4/5/2017. Mindfulness meditation is a practice that involves cultivating attention to the present moment in a nonjudgmental manner. The benefits of mindfulness meditation have been widely studied and include alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing capacity for attention and concentration, improving self-esteem, enhancing resilience to stress. No prior knowledge or experience is required. Participants will be provided with materials, instruction and support for building and sustaining a meditation practice. To enroll contact the Mental Health Clinic at (206) 543-5030 option #4 and and ask for Karin Rogers to schedule a screening appointment.

2. Mindfulness Meditation Follow-up Groups: Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1:00 pm., Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Ongoing. For those who are already familiar with mindfulness meditation and want to continue in an open, ongoing, weekly group. An 8-week commitment is recommended. Facilitated by Meghann Gerber, PsyD. (Wed & Thu) and Carey DeMartini (Fri). Contact Meghann at 206-543-5030 option #4.

3. Procrastination/Perfectionism Group:Two Sections – Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. and Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Ongoing. This is group for folks who struggle with procrastinating and being perfectionist. Learn how to be less anxious about being anxious, which includes seeing clearly that there is no need to avoid experiencing anxiety. Facilitator: Ricardo Hidalgo, LMHC. Info at: 206-543-5030, option #4 or via email at rhidalgo

4. A Mindful Approach to Anxiety: Tuesdays 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Begins on 4/11/2017. Explore common signs of anxiety and learn how to approach the anxiety in your life and situations you tend to avoid. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact facilitators Chia-Wen Moon at chiawen or Carey DeMartini at careyd4

5. Relationship and Life Skills Group: Thursdays 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Begins on 4/13/2017. Explore common signs of anxiety and learn how to approach the anxiety in your life and situations you tend to avoid. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact facilitators Chia-Wen Moon at chiawen or Min Lee Booth at minlb16

Cost of all groups: $55 per session ($40 No Show Fee without 24 hour notice). Insurance may cover fees, please check with your insurance carrier.

Where: Mental Health Clinic, Hall Health Center, 3rd Floor.

Register, get information, or ask questions at 206-543-5030, option #4 for any and all groups.

Go to http://depts.washington.edu/hhpccweb/support-groups/ for more information about our groups.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ricardo

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Online SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS COURSE FOR NON-BUSINESS MAJORS (spring quarter)

ESRM 320, Marketing and Management From a Sustainability Perspective

Overview.

In ESRM 320, we explore two of the four primary business dimensions: marketing and human resource management (* companion course ESRM 321 explores finance and accounting). Marketing refers to promoting, pricing, and distributing new and existing products and services that are aimed at satisfying consumers’ wants, needs, and objectives. Human resource management refers to developing, managing, and motivating human capital and resources.

Sustainability refers to integrating environmental, social, and financial elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Integrating these three is called the triple bottom line. In business, the bottom line refers to net income or profits because it is the last (i.e., bottom) line in a company’s income statement; profits are essential because a business is unsustainable without them. Sustaining the planet over the long term depends not on one but all three bottom lines. We will explore the meaning and importance of sustainable business practices that respect and adhere to best environmental science methods and ethical social responsibility standards. The context for this exploration will be assessing data in corporate sustainability reports. Companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges are required by law to report financial performance, but no laws exist for reporting social responsibility and environmental performance. However, in response to stakeholders many corporations voluntarily issue annual sustainability reports that provide information on the company’s environmental and social responsibility practices and performance.

Course Goals. ESRM 320 has two goals, which are to provide a context for 1) learning business concepts (through watching the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook) AND 2) hands on experience assessing corporate sustainability performance (through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information). The business learning objectives below in bold are achieved through listening to the recorded business lectures and reading the Nickels textbook (both of which are covered on the exams that comprise about 55% of the course grade) while the sustainability learning objectives underlined below are achieved through assessing GRI indicators using sustainability report information and the associated SPA quizzes and SPI paper (45% of the course grade). Exams do not cover SPA, and the SPA quizzes do not cover business concepts. Note that SPA and SPI are described in detail throughout this syllabus.

Learning Objectives (at the end of this course, students should be able to do the following):

  • Explain marketing, human resources, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability concepts
  • Summarize how a market orientation and commitment to sustainability can enhance customer and employee satisfaction
  • Describe how consumer markets are segmented, targeted, and products positioned to satisfy individual, government, and business consumers’ wants and needs
  • Compare techniques for creating value-added products, services, and ideas; valuing environmental and social externalities and managing traditional pricing; developing distribution strategies and “greening” the supply chain; and creating and implementing promotion campaigns
  • Define managerial and leadership styles and theories of motivation, persuasion, and influence
  • Summarize the human resource process of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, motivating, and evaluating employees
  • Describe Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting
  • Assess GRI human rights, labor practices, product responsibility, and society indicators to measure actual sustainability performance
  • Analyze real world sustainability performance using data in corporate sustainability reports
  • Summarize and interpret sustainability performance data

* Companion course ESRM 321 (Finance & Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective) is offered summer and winter quarters. ESRM 320 (Marketing and Management From a Sustainability Perspective) is offered fall, summer, and spring quarters.

Dorothy Paun, PhD, MBA
University of Washington
College of the Environment

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