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    • Poverty and Prosperity

      Evening UST MBA student, Mustafa Omar, says, “I look at poverty as an untapped asset, not a social liability,” and he would know. Mustafa Omar was born in war-torn Afghanistan to an academic family. His father was a nuclear physicist and oncologist, his mother an educator and school principle. Given this rich academic upbringing, it [...]

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    • UST to host lecture on economic development in China

      The Ping An School was formally established in 2006 to train employees of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd., which was established in 1988 in Shekou, Shenzhen. The group is the first insurance company in China to have a shareholding structure. Today it has developed into an integrated financial services conglomerate with insurance, [...]

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    • Fowler Business Concept Challenge energizes entrepreneurial spirit

      The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business is pleased to announce the second annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, with a top prize of a $10,000 scholarship. Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the competition will challenge students to develop a business concept [...]

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    • Evening New Student Orientation Satisfies Minds, Stomachs

      The Opus College of Business last week welcomed its incoming class of Evening UST MBA students with New Student Orientation.  All of the students had previously met one-on-one with their academic adviser to go over curriculum guidelines, program requirements, college and university resources but orientation is the official beginning of students new life as a [...]

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    • MBA Applicants: What's on your mind?

      An article posted on businessweek.com yesterday announced that, contrary to popular belief, salary increases are not the main motivator for students to apply to MBA programs.  While the desire to learn about how business affects society as well as create positive changes were cited as the main motivators to pursue graduate business education, the article [...]

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    • UST MBA programs visit Target Field

      On Tuesday night, students and staff from the Evening and Full-time UST MBA programs braved the chilly autumn winds to watch the Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Royals at Target Field.  The highlight may have been Jim Thome’s 452-foot home run to deep right field, but there were many other exciting events for our group. [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Like

      Our usual Jargon Genesis author, Shanna, is on vacation this week, so this week’s post comes by way of, TYWKIWDBI, a blog of Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently, that recently discovered the Oxford University Press blog, and found an essay on the history of the filler-word “like.” (Not necessarily the Facebook-style [...]

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    • The fair means more than just fun and food–think finance

      With the Minnesota State Fair wrapping up yesterday I’m sure many vendors and concession stand owners are happy to have some time off – in fact I’ve heard that some of them make so much money during the fair, they don’t need to work the rest of the year. (I’m accepting ideas for my own [...]

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    • Strategic %$&#@! Swearing

      Bob Sutton, Stanford University professor and author of The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t was recently interviewed on HBR’s Ideacast on “The Subtleties of Strategic Swearing.” He argued that using an occasional curse word can convey a “level of contempt unparalleled by non-taboo words”…there’s no way to convey [...]

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    • Agir dans l'intérêt du public la compréhension -or- Act in the interest of audience understanding

      Earlier this month I was in Montreal for a conference, where my total immersion French language and culture course from undergraduate school proved to be far too dusty to be of much use.  However, on entering one of the restaurants I frequented and greeting the host with “bon jour,” he immediately began rattling on at [...]

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    • NBMBAA Golf Classic supports Leaders of Tomorrow

      The National Black MBA Association – Twin Cities Chapter hosted its second annual “Leaders of Tomorrow Golf Classic” this week at Braemar Golf Course in Edina. The event brought together professionals from around the Twin Cities to “benefit the Leaders of Tomorrow programs and Omega Psi Phi’s Heritage Park students to continue building a robust [...]

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    • New MBA Students Begin a Lifetime of Learning

      The class of 2012 in the Full-time UST MBA program began their studies Monday. The first week of the program, orientation,  is called Launch–and for good reason: the incoming class was quickly launched into intense discussions and debates on business and ethics that will set the foundation for their 21 months in the program. This [...]

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    • Business journal ranks St. Thomas 9th ‘Best Place to Work’

      By: University of St. Thomas News Service; reposted from the Bulletin St. Thomas learned Thursday that it has been ranked No. 9 among large employers in a “Best Place to Work” survey conducted by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. The weekly newspaper unveiled its rankings at a Minneapolis Hilton luncheon to honor 55 companies and [...]

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    • CEBC Announces Best Paper Competitions

      To promote and recognize research in corporate responsibility, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) at the Universit of St. Thomas has launched two best paper competitions – both titled the CEBC Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility. The award includes $500 and a certificate of recognition. The awards were created in honor of [...]

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    • Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Business Issues at UST

      The Opus College of Business hosted the three major party candidates for Minnesota governor—Representative Tom Emmer (R), former Senator Mark Dayton (D), and Mr. Tom Horner (I)—for a debate Tuesday moderated by Dean Christopher Puto. The candidates outlined their strategies for job creation, economic growth and energy issues. The discussion, sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Across the Board

      “Management is making cuts ‘across the board’ to balance the budget next year.” Isn’t that an unpleasant phrase to hear at a company meeting? We all know that “across the board” means inclusive of all categories or classes, with no exception. But where did it come from? You gamblers might know!

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    • The Talented Woman behind “House of Talents”

      Has answering the telephone ever changed your life?  For entrepreneur and Full-time UST MBA alumna Kate Herzog, it did!   Kate had recently visited the University of St. Thomas’ Full-time MBA website and had requested to learn more about the program.  Having worked at Target Corporation for nearly a decade, Kate was contemplating putting her career [...]

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    • Dean Christopher Puto to moderate gubernatorial panel tomorrow

      Election Day may still be 10 weeks away, but the candidates aspiring to become Minnesota’s next governor already have their campaigns well under way.  In these difficult economic times, business concerns are at the forefront of voters’ minds.  Wondering how each of the candidates plans to address the economic issues facing Minnesota?  Dr. Christopher Puto, Dean of the [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Actionable

      In the last Jargon Genesis, we learned that business people shamelessly stole “benchmark” from surveyors. The time before, it was the poor circus folks that originated the “bandwagon,” which we stole. Before that, we borrowed a phrase from a mass murderer, “drinking the Kool-Aid.” This week we turn to the world of law to see what [...]

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    • College of Business alumnus named to "2010 Entrepreneurs of the Year" list

      Joe Keeley, a 2003 alumnus of the undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the College of Business, was recently named to Twin Cities Business magazine’s 2010 Entrepreneurs of the Year list.  Keeley is no stranger to business accolades.  Over the past few years, he has been selected for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal‘s “40 under 40″ list of top local [...]

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    • The outsourcing forecast: Becoming cloudy

      For the past 20 years, outsourcing has reshaped the world’s economy.  Most manufacturing operations have shifted to developing countries, while technology service providers have thrived in countries such as India that have well-educated workforces but lower labor costs than in North America and western Europe. In an article entitled The End of Outsourcing (As We Know It), Arjun Sethi and Olivier [...]

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    • St. Thomas creates Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame

      As chronicled in detail by a wide variety of news media, the real estate industry has suffered through a difficult period in recent years.  However, there are many examples of successful real estate professionals in the local area who have led innovative projects and maintained high ethical standards despite the challenges inherent in real estate.  Last [...]

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    • Top Women in Finance: Call for Nominations

      Finance & Commerce, Minnesota’s only “independent daily newspaper dedicated to business reporting,” is accepting nominations for its Top Women in Finance award until August 23.  While female enrollment in MBA programs has increased over the past several years, women are still a distinct minority in finance-related fields.  A recent article in Harvard Magazine cited a University [...]

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    • “Hey” is for horses

      Working in admissions gives me the opportunity to have frequent contact with interested parties and applicants to the Full-time MBA program.  Recently, I’ve noticed a shift in tone when it comes to email messages from those with questions.  Overall, there seems to be a lax feeling with many emails to the point that I’ve received notes [...]

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    • Jargon Genesis: Benchmark

      Have you ever benchmarked your product against competitors to determine your place in the market? Have you stopped to think where “benchmark” came from? Well, you have surveyors to thank for this week’s business jargon! The Online Etymology Dictionary states that the literal use of “benchmark” dates back to 1838, and the figurative use from [...]

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