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      UST MBA Profile: Jeff Turrittin

      As a child, Jeff Turrittin watched his mother pour over the business section of the newspaper, calculating rates of return and predicting growth on various stocks. As a 10-year-old, he was “so enthralled” by what his mother had taught him that he requested—and recieved—stock for Christmas.

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    • The Boy who got Stock for Christmas

      Jeff Turrittin was admitted to the Evening UST MBA program for spring semester 2012. He was quickly identified as an outstanding candidate with excellent academic credentials, professional experience and a life story of perseverance through difficult circumstances. Growing up in Plymouth, Minnesota, in the 1990s, Jeff remembers biking to the local store and buying baseball [...]

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    • Join us Tonight for Networking with the MNAMA

      Networking—is certainly a buzzword in the business world, but in a tough economy it’s more important than ever. A recent survey of HR executives ranked networking as the most effective way to land a new job. Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or just want to expand your professional contacts, tonight’s Minnesota American Marketing Association’s [...]

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    • John Abraham Takes a Stand

      The feature story in the winter edition of the St. Thomas Magazine highlighted for me one more example of why I am proud to be a part of the University of St. Thomas community. Assistant professor of mechanical engineering John Abraham took up the global-warming torch and presented the scientific case against Christopher Mockton of Scotland, one [...]

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    • Marketing in Twins Territory (with @MNAMA)

      [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvfhmabHRv8[/youtube] Single game tickets for the Minnesota Twins went on sale this past weekend, and it looks like the Twins are on track to break the 3-million attendance level this year. From the Star Tribune: “We haven’t reached the heights of 2010 or 2011, but demand is still really good,” said Kevin Smith, the Twins’ [...]

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    • Minding the Gap: 4 Issues in Exposing and Managing Ethical Risks as a Multinational

      By Doug Jondle, Center for Ethical Business Cultures Research conducted by the CEBC reveals the existence of a gap in the perception of organizational business ethics between executives, managers and non-managerial employees in businesses from around the world. The data was collected through Kenexa’s WorkTrends™ survey representing more than 40,000 respondents from six countries (Brazil, [...]

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    • Please step to the next window

      There’s an adage that a happy customer will tell one person and an unhappy customer will tell… anywhere from four to 10, depending on who uses the adage. In the 21st century, this truism becomes even more powerful because an unhappy customer can tell literally thousands of people via a simple post – to a [...]

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    • Chocolate, Responsibility and Ethics

      By David Rodbourne, vice president of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures A post-Valentine’s Day presentation convinced 190+ business professionals and students there is more to chocolate than indulging in that wonderful burst of flavor. “Chocolate and Beyond” offered by the Center for Ethical Business Cultures, explored The Hershey Company’s efforts to meet challenges in [...]

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    • Are you the Smartest Guy in the Office?

      Think it pays to be the smartest person in the office?  Think again, says JobTrack.com. Author Joan Lloyd discusses the dismay/confusion a consistent over-achiever felt when passed up for a team leadership role.  The reason this “smartest guy in the room”  wasn’t the obvious choice?  He was too arrogant, not collaborative, and quick to dismiss others’ ideas.  [...]

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    • What is a Case Competition Worth?

      The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a [...]

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    • 4 Trends in Corporate Responsibility

      By Ron James, Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) I recently joined a panel discussion at a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) conference on the subject of Corporate Strategy and Long Term Sustainability. The panel was facilitated by the head of Corporate Responsibility at Coca Cola joined by a board director from Newport Mining and Southern [...]

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    • Understand Your Own Attitude Toward Money

      By Daniel Vevang, University of St. Thomas Family Business Center Within business families, misunderstood attitudes towards wealth can directly affect ownership transfer and employment in the family business. The UST Family Business Center recently brought in five local family business advisers from a variety of professions to talk about how your money attitude can impact the personal, financial and [...]

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    • Corporate Responsibility…Beyond the Bottom Line

      By Ron James, Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) The financial services industry is facing major headwinds in the form of legislative and regulatory reforms, litigation, a slowly recovering economy and the need to rebuild consumer trust. Despite these headwinds, Wells Fargo has been redefining its responsibility beyond the bottom line. Jon Campbell, executive vice [...]

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    • For your Sweetheart: A Heart Shaped Pizza?

      Gourmet chocolates, a dozen red roses, or anything packaged in a small little jewelry box is what immediately comes to mind when I think of Valentine’s Day gifts.  But it seems a heart shaped pizza for your sweetheart may be this year’s popular gift item, according to CNNMoney.  “Sarches on Google for ‘heart-shaped pizzas’ have [...]

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      Meet Gloria Bazooband Toledo ’10 M.B.A.

      The Evening UST MBA has been the best professional decision I have ever made, writes Gloria Bazooband Toledo ’10 M.B.A. Businesses are looking for individuals with advanced knowledge and credentials, and I know I will receive the best education possible here, while still balancing my work and family life

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    • The myth of the value of diamonds

      Gearing up for Valentine’s day? Thinking of “popping the question” tomorrow? Here is some essential reading for anyone pondering the purchase of a diamond for a loved one. Excerpts from a superb article at The Atlantic reprinted here from TYWKIWDBI, a blog of ”Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently” on the manufactured valuation and marketing of [...]

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    • Shark Tank – VCs on TV!

      Let me set a scene for you: it’s Friday night. It’s been a long, hard week of work. The time has come to unwind, and what better way to do it than to pop up some popcorn, crack a beer, and settle in on the couch to watch some…desperate entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a [...]

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    • Forget Balance—2 Suggestions for Managing Your Priorities

      Neither rain nor sleet nor snow* kept an audience of grad students from “The Balance Beam,” the first of a new series of workshops developed especially for OCB graduate students—working parents. More than anything as working parents, specifically working MBA parents, you need to know you are not alone in this triple role. We hope [...]

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    • Intersections Discussion Thursday features BBY chief ethics officer

      How does business theory influence business practice? What can higher education learn from the corporate world? Intersections will explore the impact that lessons learned in the trenches have on business education, as well as the corresponding impact of research on day-to-day operations. The Intersections series pairs a leading practitioner with a leading member of the Opus College of [...]

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    • Business Advice from Best Buy Founder Richard Schulze

      This post is by Lindsey Buhrmann, student in the Evening UST MBA program. It isn’t every day that a captain of industry offers his business advice, so when the St. Thomas alumni office hosted Richard Schulze, chairman and founder of Best Buy, for the First Friday speaker series, I jumped at the chance to attend. [...]

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    • Superbowl flashback: Minnesota's halftime show doesn’t rock Metrodome

      Last weekend, I flew home from the Indianapolis International Airport. After narrowly passing my body scan, (fun fact: bling on your jeans pockets sets off the security warnings), I was accosted on every side by Super Bowl XLVI kiosks. It’s safe to say that Indianapolis was very excited for last weekend’s festivities. For 45 years, [...]

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    • “Them vs. Us”—8 Ways to Bridge the Gap

      Workplaces are one of the few places in society where we don’t get to choose who we associate with. With this in mind, understanding different backgrounds and viewpoints is important for being successful in business. Each person’s background defines their world, said Howard Ross. When we hear “diversity,” for many it brings up a “them v. [...]

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      Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      Perhaps Dr. Sailors’ most notable contribution to the OCB is his Applied Business Research class taught in the Full-time UST MBA program. In this class, students are required to complete extremely complex research projects for real clients.

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    • Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      At the beginning of Dr. John Sailors’ undergraduate studies, he had no intention of ever being called “Dr.” He began his studies at the University of Michigan in the college of liberal arts and was considering a degree in political science. But he felt that academia would be the inevitable future for him if he [...]

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    • Ask the consultant: What outsiders are important to business success?

      The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business invites you to participate in the Outside Consultant Q&A column, which appears weekly in the Star Tribune’s Monday Business Insider. Submit a question. This week’s question: What outsiders are the most important to business success (e.g., bankers, accountants, investors, board of advisers, mentors)? CAMI ZIMMER PRESIDENT, [...]

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