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A Million Dollar Idea A $55 Idea

At the urging of one of his professors, Aaron Engler ’12 M.B.A., entered a restaurant ranking idea into the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. He won the graduate division competition in 2012.
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A Real Incarnate of a Horatio Alger Hero

With poverty comes fear, stress, and a shift of priorities. Poverty can shape who a person is and what a person can become. Recent graduate Vernon Rowland ’14 M.B.A. knows this firsthand, and is shaped by it. But he never allowed it to be an excuse.
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Fowler Business Challenge is for all Tommies

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is an entrepreneurial competition, but "it’s not just for students who study entrepreneurship. Many of the competition’s best ideas come from students across campus, who see a better way of doing something in their field of study,” says David Deeds.
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Creative Solutions to Tackle Youth Unemployment

"I was amazed to see what the power of bringing together young entrepreneurs—those who are in the trenches—could do to come up with the most of course creative solutions to tackle youth unemployment," said Solome Tibebu ’12.
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Take Note: Lessons from the Target Breach

As Target begins to emerge from crisis mode, yesterday the company named its new CEO. A recent graduate of UST’s Master of Business Communication (MBC) program working at Target shares her key takeaways from the retailer’s recent data breach.
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Alumna Represents U.S. at G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit

Solome Tibebu '12 has been selected to represent Minnesota among 700 global leaders and young entrepreneurs at the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Alliance Summit in Sydney, Australia. Summit participants agreed to push for action in eight areas to create growth small and medium enterprises and reduce youth unemployment.
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A More Reflective Leader in the Making

Although Kamaj Bailey traveled halfway across the United States to join the Full-time UST MBA program in fall 2012, her geographic relocation has been the least transformative aspect of her MBA experience.
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Four Alumni Honored as Stand-Out Women in Business

Each year, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal recognizes outstanding women in business for their leadership qualities, drive and commitment to serving the broader Twin Cities community. Among the 51 honorees were four alumni of the Opus College of Business’ graduate business programs.
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Career Link: Putting Entrepreneurial Ideas into Action

“There are no bad ideas,” or so the saying goes. But the real worth of an idea lies in the number of problems it can solve or ambiguities it can explain. The same applies to an entrepreneurial venture, writes Sean Higgins, '14 M.B.A.
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Profile: Abbey Pieper ’13 M.B.A.

For Abbey Pieper, a UST MBA was not just a degree, it was a toolbox. Now vice president at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake, she uses her MBA every day to stay relevant in the resort industry, specifically in terms of understanding how to approach and solve problems.
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CEO’s Perspective: 4 Attributes in Making a Hire

Mark Rauenhorst, former chairman and CEO of Opus Corporation, shared his insights on "making it count" in your professional and personal life at the Opus College of Business Class of 2014 graduate commencement ceremony.
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Eureka! Entrepreneur Innovations Honored

Two St. Thomas-affiliated organizations are amongst the inaugural class of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's Eureka! award winners. The awards recognize ground-breaking innovation at companies and nonprofits in the Twin Cities.
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Profile: Susan Beatty ’05 M.B.C.

When Susan Beatty started her first job at Piper Jaffray, she knew there was something she was missing. A UST MBC filled that void, supplying her with the confidence and skills to succeed as a communications professional in the business world.
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M.B.C. Profile: Christina Milanowski

Student by night, PR professional by day, Christina Milanowski, social media director and account supervisor at Macabee Public Relations, is working toward her M.B.C.
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Rashmi Kandwal’s MBA “Building Blocks”

Prior to joining the Full-time UST MBA program, Rashmi Kandwal spent many years studying and conducting research to earn her Ph.D. in health geographic information systems, focusing on HIV/AIDS in India.
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MN Cup: Statewide Recognition and Seed Funding

The Minnesota Cup is now open for applications. The statewide new venture competition, similar to St. Thomas’s Fowler Business Concept Challenge, will accept applications through May 9.
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Global Reach from a Minneapolis M.B.A.

Drew Kniffin ’09 M.B.A., and Chris Rupp ’06 M.B.A. talk about their time in the UST MBA and how it’s translated to the successes they've found working with international audiences.
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Schulze School Entrepreneurs In the News

The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is giving all students at St. Thomas inspiration during this first week of class. In just the last two weeks, here’s what’s being said in the local and national media about our entrepreneurs.
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A New Ally in Your (New Year’s) Quest for Wellness

Many New Year’s Resolutions are focused on wellness – often in a bloated response to our holiday festivities. The concept of wellness is becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. You may even be finding a new ally in your quest for wellness in an unexpected place – your office.
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“NEW” Event Offers Networking at its Best

The Twin Cities Network of Executive Women's recent networking luncheon used several unique strategies to facilitate networking amongst the hundreds of attendees, writes Leslie Krona.