• Opus College of Business

    • The Business of Golf: Lessons Learned at UST

      As I look over the list of 50+ attendees for the Third Annual Full-time UST MBA Student & Alumni Golf outing this weekend, it reminds me of an article I read online from Inc. Business Lessons Learned on the Golf Course. The article states that golf “remains one of the greatest ways to build and maintain solid business [...]

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    • An ignominious distinction: MN tops racial disparity in unemployment

      In data released last week, the jobless rate for African Americans in the Twin Cities is reportedly at 24% compared to just 6% for Caucasians. While I have not yet seen figures for other communities of color, it is likely this disparity extends to them as well. This places us at the top of all [...]

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    • Going Back to School – the View from an Evening MBA Scholar

      This post is by Evening UST MBA student Carl Swanson who runs an arts and culture blog, CakeIn15 and can also be found on Twitter at @catiyas. As it has been several years since undergrad and as I don’t yet have kids, the annual Back-to-School season has been more of a reminder to get the grill used a [...]

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    • Ask the Ethics Officer

      Dear Ethics Officer: I have classmates who share their notes and work on practice exams together.  I sometimes use these materials to study for exams but I don’t feel comfortable sharing my own notes with others.  Is this fair?  Am I ‘cheating’? Signed, Fair Practice

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    • Erik the Bike Man at Master's Pub: Friday, Sept. 23

      Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Erik Saltvold, Founder and CEO of Erik’s Bike Shop. Master’s Pub Friday, September 23, 2011 4:30 – 6:30 pm Opus Hall, Room 201 Minneapolis campus Come network with Opus College of Business students and alumni. Pizza, beer/wine, and soft drinks will be [...]

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    • Regarding a Defense of the Scholarly Life

      In an op-ed piece, Bill Maxwell of the St. Petersburg Times writes in defense of the scholarly life. The gist of his thoughts are that as colleges and universities experience greater and greater financial pressure, they are being driven to act like and produce more like businesses rather than true educational institutions. To me this [...]

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    • Free Preparation Session for National MBA Conferences, This Weekend

      The National Society for Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA) Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter is hosting a preparation workshop for the NSHMBA National Conference this fall.  Whether or not you are planning on attending the conference or the National Black MBA Association conference, you will find this workshop informational and beneficial for your career search process. The workshop will be hosted by UST  on Saturday, September [...]

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    • Fowler Business Concept Challenge 2011 underway with informational session today

      The third annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, which awarded more than $65,000 in scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of St. Thomas in 2010, is underway with the first of several informational sessions on the UST Minneapolis campus being held today. The Fowler Business Concept Challenge, in association with the Schulze School of [...]

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    • Don’t Be a Lazy Job-Seeker

      This post is by Maggie Tomas, a Career Specialist in UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office. The Wall Street Journal recently featured an interesting article, No Market for a Lazy Job Seeker. The author makes valid points stating the heavy job competition due to the current unemployment rate has made it more and more difficult to “post [...]

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    • Commemorating 9/11 on Campus and in the Community

      At the University of St. Thomas, the victims of the tragedies of 9/11 were remembered and honored during a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Many on campus and in the community were directly affected by the attacks. Tom Burnett, Jr., a Minnesota native, helped divert his plane and [...]

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    • BizTube: Know the Marketplace

      [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSjCNPgbtQ8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]All I Needed to Know about Business I Learned from YouTube Let’s say you are a large Japanese car company. You know you have the superior product. Your worldwide reputation for quality and longevity are unmatched. Your mileage is better than your competitors. You focused on what the market wanted, investing early into “green(er)” technology [...]

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    • Changing the World, One Pair of Jeans at a Time

      Back-to-school season is upon us and although it’s an exciting time, it’s not so easy on the wallet.  Back-to-school means shopping for a whole new wardrobe and school supplies for your children.  In spirit of the back-to-school season, Cotton has been promoting their From Blue to Green® program.  The From Blue to Green  program encourages [...]

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    • UST MBA Students Win MN ACG Cup Case Competition

      A record-setting 1,636 MBA students from 125 business schools participated in ACG Cup competitions over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. The ACG Cup is an M&A case-study competition offered by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). $213,850 in scholarships and awards were given to competition winners by 26 ACG chapters throughout the United [...]

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    • Five Essential MBA Career Sites

      This post is by Maggie Tomas, a Career Specialist in UST’s Graduate Business Career Services office. You’ve all heard the statistic that 60-90% of jobs are not found on the Internet and instead come from your network of family, friends and colleagues. How, then, can the Internet be used as a career search tool? It’s [...]

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    • The Corn-on-the-cob King of the Minnesota State Fair

      A highlight for many Minnesota State Fair-lovers is the announcement of new food vendors each summer.  A battle of sorts is waged every year as new products are promoted and tested, with a limited amount of accepted applicants.  With 576 vendors in line for a spot at the fair, only about five or six rookies [...]

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    • Starting your MBA? Read this first.

      It is September…already and many people are gearing up to go back to school. Our Full-time UST MBA students have been on campus since Monday for Launch Week. Evening UST MBA students had orientation Tuesday evening. With so many people starting their MBAs we came across this post, Starting your MBA? Read this first, by Alex Taussig, [...]

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    • UST's own "math genius"

      When Dr. Sanjeev Bordoloi was a young boy, he was often called a “math genius” by his classmates. That may sound flattering to a group of adults, but coming from his classmates, that wasn’t necessarily a compliment, where disco dancers were more popular than geeks. It is by happy coincidence that Dr. Bordoloi shares the [...]

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    • Is your writing sending the right message?

      From Scientific American‘s Mind Matters Blog: Are there hidden messages in your emails? Yes, and in everything you write or say, according to James Pennebaker, chair of the department of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Pennebaker has been a leader in the computer analysis of texts for their psychological content. And in [...]

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    • Sustainable by design

      This post by Kate Metzger comes from The Bulletin and is a great example of what UST is doing to become a more environmentally sustainable campus. In 2008, Father Dennis Dease signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment along with hundreds of college and university presidents from across the country; and in doing [...]

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    • St. Paul's Pearson Candy Company Sold

      I don’t know if you heard the news this week but a private equity firm in Connecticut, “said Monday that it has acquired St. Paul-based Pearson Candy Co., the 101-year-old manufacturer of Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll, Mint Patties, Bun bars and Nut Goodie bars.” The new owner plans to keep the St. Paul plant operating in [...]

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    • Student Profile: Dustin Sayre, Project Development Specialist

      A specialist in the development of senior housing communities with Senior Housing Partners, a division of Presbyterian Homes, Dustin is on his way to completing the MSRE degree this December and continuing to excel in the development business. What is your education and professional experience? After I graduated from Northwestern College, I began a housing [...]

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    • The Great Minnesota Get-Together! St. Thomas Style

      The Minnesota State Fair starts tomorrow and for us that will mark 11 years since St. Thomas first hosted a booth at the fair.  UST volunteers welcome visitors and answer questions about St. Thomas.  Passers-by range from prospective and current students, parents, alumni—and some people stop by just for the free purple bags. After all, you’ll need [...]

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    • When the ROI isn’t about dollars earned, but lives saved

      By Lindsey Buhrmann, a student in the Evening MBA program. Last year Opus Magnum featured posts by Larissa Rodriguez, a healthcare marketing executive in her final year of the Evening MBA program. Between working full-time and completing her remaining course requirements, Larissa spent her last months as a student tackling another goal in her life: [...]

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    • One thing you don't want to hear from a VP

      Bottom line: top management and executive type jobs are all about delegating and managing. If these two things are not in place, hopefully the CEO is able to spot this and do something about it.

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    • How Rude!

      Not long ago I connected with Jim Lukaszewski on LinkedIn.  Within an hour I received a LinkedIn request from someone on his network list – whom I had never met.  Collector! More recently I got an “add” request from someone whose LinkedIn introduction said, “LANCE (XXXXX), has indicated you are a Friend.”  Not true.  I [...]

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