Christopher Michaelson

On Meaningful Work and the Good Life

Before my grandfather died, I said to him that someday I would write a book about our family. I’m not sure that the book on meaningful work that I recently began will turn out to be the book he was expecting, but I would like to think he would recognize its origins.
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USASBE Recognizes UST Entrepreneurship Course

In Foundations of Entrepreneurship, designed by Dr. Alec Johnson and Dr. Jay Ebben, students learn the concepts of opportunity scanning and opportunity recognition; conduct a self-assessment to help them better understand their personal values and aspirations to help guide their entrepreneurial career; and are exposed to the variety of types of entrepreneurial ventures.
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A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
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Beware Email Impersonators

Social media gets maligned for infringements on privacy, but for all its transparency there are still mirrors among the glass walled maze that offer reflections that are not genuine.
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UST MBC student Dave Dougherty announces album release

Looking for a super-local gift idea this season? Maybe you can find a something from the artist sitting next to you in class. UST MBC student Dave Dougherty’s follow-up to his first album, Sometimes, All Time, is here.
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Accounting Students Get Beyond the Textbooks with River Valley Riders

A team of three St. Thomas accounting students, Diana Matveychuk, Erin Moore, and Robert Polacek recently completed a project to assist a local nonprofit organization with an accounting project. Benefits include improvement of balance, increase of core strength, development of self-confidence and improvement of social skills.
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The Making of a Walmart Shopper

Sue Warner describes how Walmart is a good partner for her community in Brooklyn Center. It’s helping stabilize the local economy, create much-needed jobs, and help redevelop even more retail in the overall Shingle Creek Crossing project.
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What exactly is a social entrepreneur?

What exactly is a social entrepreneur? To Dr. Mark Spriggs, director of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship isn’t narrowly defined. The social challenges and problems we face today are complex, and won’t be solved by one approach.
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The Weigh-In: Beyond Grief at Sandy Hook

After the killing of so many children and their teachers, our human journey is at a crossroads where our intentions – beautiful and transcendent, compassionate and caring, loving and forgiving, intelligent and thoughtful – continue to retreat in confusion and horror from the enormous evil we can and will inflict upon one another. For Bruce Kramer, Sandy Hook is personal.
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St. Thomas Class Project Warms Heads and Hearts

Check out Gail Rosenblum’s column in the Star Tribune describing some very thoughtful and enterprising students in our ENTR 200 “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course. The student project, "Love Your Melon" fits our mission of using business knowledge and skills to help make our world a better place.
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Kristine Wammer and Her Students Take on a Major Source of Environmental Pollutants

Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."
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Managing an Ethics Crisis

Any organization can find itself confronting a sudden ethical crisis.The key is being prepared. It isn’t whether, but when, an organization will experience a crisis.
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Nominate an Organization for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award

Over the past 13 years, the Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA) has recognized 38 Minnesota-based businesses, ranging in size from less than 10 employees to more than 150,000, that have exemplified and promoted ethical conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community.
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Junior Jane de Lambert and Her ‘Rockin” Geology Research

Jane de Lambert researched the geologic history of the Lovell Wash area of the Upper Horse Spring Formation in the Lake Mead region of Nevada last spring and presented her findings in October at the Geological Society of America's national conference in North Carolina. She is among the first to research this remote formation in southern Nevada.
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Vision and Opportunity: Fall Speakers

The integration of law and the Catholic intellectual tradition was the vision of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, president and chancellor of the University of St. Thomas for more than 35 years. In his book, A Catholic University, Vision and Opportunities, he emphasized the importance of teaching religious and ethical values in classrooms and in public forums as necessary for a healthy society and effective leadership.
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Alumni Reflections: The Catholic Studies Leadership Intern Program

Directed by Father Michael Keating, the Leadership Intern program seeks to equip and train future Catholic leaders through seminars, hands-on leadership experience, interaction with civic and Church leaders, and intensive formation using a unique methodology that integrates academics, practical experience and philosophy.