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Summers Off?

Many people ask me if I have my summers off. I think because I work in education, they imagine that I enjoy summers at the lake, sending my daughter to tennis camp and walking my dog to Minnehaha Falls to...
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China adds 15 companies to the Fortune Global 500

I'm in Asia this week, representing the UST MBA at The MBA Tour Roundtable workshops, events that enable MBA admissions representatives to meet with small groups of 6 to 10 prospective students.  Unlike a...
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Space Shuttle Ends: Minnesota Connections

Last Friday, Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit on NASA's last space shuttle voyage, marking the end of an era. Over three decades, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour flew...
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Jargon Genesis: Tip

Before you head out to lunch today, you may want to read this... If you’ve ever waited tables, chances are you’re a good tipper. At least, that’s the case with me. I remember those double shifts at the...
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The (MBA) road less taken: SMEs

Not all MBA students re seeking jobs with six-figure paychecks and corner offices. In fact, more MBA students are taking the time to think about what is important to them and seeking out fulfilling opportunities with “non-traditional” MBA employers
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Jargon Genesis: On Cloud Nine

My question is, why nine? Why not cloud two or forty-four or six hundred thirty-seven? It seems we’ll never know with certainty why “on cloud nine” was selected to refer to a very, very happy person, but...
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Outdoorsman by day, MBA student at night

Those of you who enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hunting, fishing, and camping may be familiar with Rob Drieslein, managing editor of Outdoor News, "the sportsman's online choice for news and information." ...
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Essential summer reading for new MBA students

Most applicants breathe a sigh of relief once they receive their long-awaited admission packets in the mail.  Your hard work has paid off--you're in!  It's definitely a good idea to take some time...
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Growing locally in the Twin Cities

Having worked in CSA (community-supported agriculture) for a summer, this type of garden holds a special place in my heart.  In 1999, I had the privilege of being part of CSA in St. Joseph, MN and was...
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Evening MBA student knows noodles…and negatives

Evening UST MBA students are experts at balancing work, life, and classes.  The vast majority of our students work full time, take one or two courses each semester, and make time for activities with friends...
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Shareholder dividends of a different kind: Produce

My wife came home last Thursday with a bag filled with fresh vegetables: arugula, lettuce, scallions, pac choi, pea shoots, radishes, rapini, spinach and turnips. Not from the grocery store or even the...
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It’s Time to Make a UST Difference

The weekend has arrived!  Tomorrow (Saturday, June 18) from approximately 3 - 10 p.m., UST graduate business programs will Rock the Garden.  But more importantly, we will all be making a difference in the...
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The tornado that created an iconic brand

Weather phenomena such as tornadoes don't often come up in business school discussions about strategy and branding.  But a tornado that hit Roseville 30 years ago this week indirectly led to the rise of one...
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Celebrating Flag Day

June 14.  What’s the significance of this day?  For me, it’s my mother’s birthday.  Aside from celebrating my mother’s birthday, every year on June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day.  Flag Day...
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Central Corridor: boon or bane for business?

As most Twin Cities residents know, construction for the long-discussed Central Corridor Light Rail project is now underway, with the line expected to be completed sometime in 2014.  While hopes are high that...
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Jargon Genesis: You’re Fired!

If thieves in our current criminal system think they’ve got it bad, they should do some research on the miners from Mendip, England several hundred years ago. In a publication entitled “6 Laws of Mendip...