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MBA Short Term Abroad Programs Moving to New Format

Building on the success of the STA courses, OCB has broadened the number of international learning opportunities available to MBA students enabling students to better look ahead to, and plan for, future international learning opportunities.
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What is Expected of the 21st Century Leader?

The fifth annual Learners to Leaders Summit will welcome and celebrate the accomplishments of some of the area’s best young talent from under-represented communities, the best and brightest of college seniors from fine colleges and universities from around the region.
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The Business Legacy of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about race – business and government ever since have rightly focused on systems and practices to answer his call. But, writes Steve Humerickhouse, he anticipated a greater, deeper vision found in the second half of the quote … “by the content of their character.”
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Career Link: Turn any Setback Into Success

When you encounter a career setback, writes Career Coach Jess Bauer, don’t let it define you, let it spur you to action. What can you learn about yourself from what happened? What changes could you make that might make a difference in the future?
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Did you get that? Oh yah, you betcha.

For the professional communicator, there isn't the luxury of assuming everyone receiving a message is “like me” writes MBC Program Director Dr. Mike Porter. So what does that mean to the creator of the message?
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Cohort, Schmohort – Why does it matter?

“Cohort” isn’t exactly a trending topic on Twitter… So, what exactly is a cohort, particularly as it relates to a graduate business degree program? And, why does it matter?
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A New Ally in Your (New Year’s) Quest for Wellness

Many New Year’s Resolutions are focused on wellness – often in a bloated response to our holiday festivities. The concept of wellness is becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. You may even be finding a new ally in your quest for wellness in an unexpected place – your office.
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Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza & Happy New Year!

The University of St. Thomas will be closed from December 21, 2013, until January 2, 2014, to allow our faculty, staff and students to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. On behalf of each of us at the Opus College of Business, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
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Career Link: Your Job Wishlist

The holidays provide great opportunity for self-reflection and time for goal setting, writes career coach Jessica Bauer. What would you ask for if you knew your boss could deliver it to us like a neatly wrapped Christmas package?
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Defying Labels – Pantene Philippines Ad Spurs Workplace Stereotype Conversation

An ad developed by the BBDO agency for Pantene Philippines has created quite a stir in the business community. Workplace stereotypes and institutional sexism are real issues. The debate surrounding Pantene’s ad has highlighted the challenges facing today’s women business leaders AND the individual biases (conscious and unconscious) affecting how we perceive them, writes Colleen Sauter. Watch the video, read the posts, and then ask yourself—Am I aware of gender topics in the workplace?
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Lemonade Stand Class Offers Fresh Squeezed Business Ideas

A child’s first way to make money is often learned in the front yard, selling Dixie cups of lemonade from a fold-up card table on a hot sunny day. They use this “lemonade stand” to make a little money and wind up getting some basic exposure to running a business. One University of St. Thomas class is moving the lemonade stand concept out of the front yard and into the real-world.
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Lurking or working?

Mike Porter wonders if every graduate business student aspire to hold the most senior roll in the firm.
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“NEW” Event Offers Networking at its Best

The Twin Cities Network of Executive Women's recent networking luncheon used several unique strategies to facilitate networking amongst the hundreds of attendees, writes Leslie Krona.
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Diversity-related, training events and reading groups at UST

There have been a number of groups meeting around campus this academic year to examine and talk about diversity and explore ways that UST faculty, staff and students can increase their facility in being ambassadors for inclusion. Several activities are planned for the remainder of the year, writes professor Ann Johnson.
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Career Link: The Art of the Cover Letter

Cover letters can serve many purposes, most importantly, to fully introduce the whole candidate to the recruiter. This document, while less important that the resume, will serve as your first impression to a recruiter.
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Entrepreneurship Grad Steers the Future of Marketing

Earlier this fall Direct Marketing News named Mason Thelen ’04 to its list of the country’s 40 most influential marketers under age 40. It’s pretty impressive, considering he switched out of his marketing major at St. Thomas. He credits that change as part of the reason he was able to start eight successful businesses before he turned 30.
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Are You Thankful for Your First “Real” Job Out of College?

Your first position, and most definitely the first few years after graduating from college will define where your career goes, writes guest blogger Tony Sorensen, CEO of Versique Executive Search and Consulting, and McKinley Consulting. Your career is similar to that of a major league baseball player. It’s not the company you work for that will shape your career…it’s YOU.
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Career Link: Two Ways to Really Stand Out in Your Job Interview

The internet offers many suggestions for how to prepare for an interview. Suggestions like practicing responses to typical questions and researching the company are certainly valuable. Here are a couple more recommendations that you don’t hear very often to help you stand out from the rest.
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St. Thomas Students Bank $48,000 in Scholarships at Fowler Business Competition

Jane Kramer, along with teammates Nana Yaa Dodi and Marine Melin, won the graduate competition for her concept Lou Lou Ingredients. The idea was born in Kramer’s kitchen, preparing gluten- and dairy-free snacks for her kids and their friends dealing with food allergies. She noticed grocery stores made similar products, but didn’t offer full meals. She plans to change that.
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Fast Company’s Robert Safian Explains How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Change

2013 Opus Distinguished Speaker Robert Safian said that MBA programs should prepare students for the real world, and that the outcome of education should be learning how to learn. Sounds simple, writes Diana Cohen in this event recap, but this requires a robust curriculum and engaged faculty and students. It was a timely message to students, staff and faculty.