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    • UST MBA bloggers multiply in cyberspace

      As frequent Opus Magnum readers already know, we enjoy featuring blog posts from our staff, faculty, current students, and alumni, and we occasionally re-post articles and blogs that we believe will be of interest to our readers.  However, as the old adage goes, it’s best to get it straight from the horse’s mouth–and in that [...]

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    • Electric car charging stations energize the Twin Cities

      UST MBA alumna Jean Sweeney, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Operations at 3M, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press about the addition of an electric car charging station at 3M’s Maplewood headquarters.  For a company that has built its success on innovation for more than 100 years, it seems only fitting that it [...]

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    • Full-time UST MBA Student Association Elections: The Results Are In!

      The competition at the Student Association elections on Thursday, February 17 was fierce!  Breadsticks were flying, candidates were giving their platform speeches, and the experience as a whole was delightful.  Three candidates were in the running for Student Association President.  After a judicious tally of the votes, the results are in.  This year’s SA President is Mr. Brett [...]

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    • UST MBA team wins ACG Cup

      As mentioned in a blog post last week, two UST MBA teams reached the finals of the ACG Cup, a case competition sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth.  Last Thursday, February 10, one of the UST teams placed first in the final round of the competition.  First-year Full-time UST MBA students Brett Wong, Ted Long, [...]

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    • Considering an MBA? Join us for the UST MBA Forum!

      With a few weeks of winter still left ahead of us, it may seem like the fall 2011 semester lies far in the future.  However, now is the time to begin working on your application if you’d like to enroll in one of the Opus College of Business graduate programs this fall.  The UST MBA [...]

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    • The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care

      Next Monday, February 21, renowned journalist T.R. Reid will visit the University of St. Thomas to discuss his experiences covering health care and international issues. Reid has reported from three dozen countries on five continents, and in 2009, he published another book, The Healing of America, a national best-seller. This work will provide some of the [...]

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    • Executive MBA alumnus creates "Free Management Library"

      Today, most of us take Google and Wikipedia for granted when we want to find information.  Simply go to one of those websites, type in a search term, and voila–instant access to articles, news stories, and links to relevant websites about your topic of interest. However, in the dark days of the internet before graphical [...]

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    • A Milestone: 300 Posts

      This is Opus Magnum’s 300th post. It makes for as good of an anniversary as I can come up with–it is at least a significant milestone for us. Just over a year ago, I was assigned to start developing a blog for the Opus College of Business to look at business in the Twin Cities, [...]

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    • Paul Douglas – Weathering the Storm: Surviving the Internet Age

      UST Business graduate students and alumni are forecasting an interesting night later this month with nationally respected meteorologist Paul Douglas at the Master’s Pub on Friday, February 25. My goal is to share my love of weather and entrepreneurial zeal with organizations and corporations, showing how I turned my passion for meteorology into a string of successful, satisfying [...]

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    • St. Thomas senior, graduate become Winter Carnival royalty

      It may bes another cold morning, but as Minnesotans we’re proud of our weather as evidenced by the St. Paul Winter Carnival. As our campus news, Tommie Media reports: A St. Thomas senior and a 2008 graduate were part of the 2011 St. Paul Winter Carnival royal family. This year’s West Wind princess crown belongs to senior Bridget [...]

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    • Four Visions of the Minneapolis Riverfront

      Four competing design firms presented their visions in late January for how to improve a large portion of the Mississippi River corridor in Minneapolis north of downtown. The teams were asked to propose how the city can better connect neighborhoods to the river and build on the area’s history, culture, ecology and economic conditions. More [...]

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    • Making MBA Résumés Stand Out

      This post is by Sara Christenson, a first-year Full-time UST MBA student. Business students are expected to join case competitions and hold many leadership positions to increase the marketability of their résumés.  Employers are looking for more than the core classes when they hire an MBA–they want proven, driven leaders and people who can manage [...]

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    • Two UST MBA teams reach ACG Cup finals

      Last Thursday, February 3, five teams of students from the Full-time UST MBA program competed in the preliminary round of the ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) Cup.  This is a case competition in which students analyze financial data and market conditions to determine whether a company is offering a fair price for an acquisition target.  The [...]

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    • Cookies Right Here, Right Now

      While visiting family in North Dakota, my seven year old niece approached me asking if I’d like to purchase Girl Scout cookies.  My sister-in-law was quick to point out that the ordering system had changed.  While describing the changes, she seemed a tad stressed with the new protocol.  She explained that gone are the order forms [...]

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    • Project HMC – an MBA Student's Journey to Uganda

      Two Full-time UST MBA students recently returned from a J-term Study Abroad trip to Uganda. Not your typical MBA study abroad experience, we wanted to share with Opus Magnum readers some of the experience, from their Project HMC blog. Why, exactly, we are going to Africa (a question we have been asked many-a-times), started this way. [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Throw in the Towel

      “If we don’t get any traction with our sales in Asia this year, we’ll have to throw in the towel.” Ever wondered about that phrase? You who are fans of boxing might be well versed in its etymology. Back in the day, whatever day that was, boxers would return to their corner after having their [...]

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    • The Context of “New and Improved”

      A few weeks ago, the Opus College of Business received recognition of its excellence in delivering management education to undergraduate and graduate students.  I choose the word “recognition” carefully, because this is not an award for reaching this achievement, but acknowledgement of what has been going on for a long time.  The AACSB seal on [...]

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    • School is starting!

      Lindsey Buhrmann, the author of this post, will begin her classes in the Evening UST MBA tonight. School is starting and I’m thrilled! I have been busy with homework and preparing for classes for the past several months. A 700-page marketing textbook has accompanied me to lunch most days. A huge sheet of paper covers [...]

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    • Thoughts on Orientation: The Juice Will Be Worth the Squeeze

      Lindsey Buhrmann, the author of this post, will begin her classes in the Evening UST MBA next week. Just as I was about to walk into the Opus College of Business to begin new student orientation on Tuesday evening, I received a text message from my cousin in Chicago who is working fulltime while pursing [...]

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    • "Stackable Knowledge Units"–the next MBA innovation

      In a blog post last July, I let you know about a contest sponsored by the Graduate Management Admission Council called the Ideas to Innovation Challenge.  Last week, after reviewing more than 650 entries, the GMAC panel announced its top 20 selections, as reported by Bloomberg Businessweek. The winning proposal, submitted by Alice Stewart of North Carolina [...]

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    • Business (Surprisingly) Loves Regulation, but do Consumers?

      Bloomberg Businessweek just introduced “Bloomberg Government,” a section of the magazine/site that focuses on the impact of government action or inaction on business. The first article in this new section is entitled “The Regulator: Why Business Loves Rules (Really).” Curious, I read on. The overall claim of the article is that some of the nation’s [...]

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    • All Aboard! Express Bus vs. Commuter Rail

      Metro pass in hand, I board the Ramsey Star Express.  As a commuter living in the northwest suburbs, I have access to riding the Ramsey Star Express (the bus) or the Northstar Commuter Rail (the train).  My choice–the bus.  But why?  Before I go into why, let’s learn more about both options… The Ramsey Star Express, operated [...]

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    • Q&A on Managing a Partner in Business and in Life

      Teresa J. Rothausen-Vange, Ph.D., professor of management at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, with primary responsibility as Leader Development Professor in the full-time UST MBA program recently took to the the Star Tribune’s Business Q&A Column to answer the question: I am in a small Web design and development company, [...]

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    • Riding the Waves of a Sea Change

      This post was written by Evening UST MBA student Larissa Rodriguez, a full-time marketing and communications executive. Two weeks from Monday I begin my last semester (ever!) as an MBA grad student. This final milestone has filled me with endless excitement, a very strong sense of purpose and a whole lot of gratitude. It also has me [...]

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    • MBA supplies: calculator, textbooks…passport?

      It’s no surprise to Opus Magnum readers that commerce is truly global today.  Large international conglomerates choose locations for their operations based on factors such as cost, availability of efficient transportation, and the educational level and language skills of local residents.  One firm may have its headquarters in the United States, engineering and design offices in Europe, manufacturing operations in [...]

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