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The Engineer MBA – Q&A with John McCall

John McCall ’78 M.B.A. has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and went to work for 3M and later for Ecolab, as a chemical engineer, before coming to St. Thomas to pursue an M.B.A. He returned to St. Thomas in 2009 in his current role as associate dean and CFO, of the Opus College of Business. We sat down with McCall to learn more about why he decided to earn an M.B.A. and what the degree has done for him.
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Profile – Sarah Smith M.S.A. ’13

Hailing from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Sarah Smith '12 B.A., '13 M.S.A., had wanted to get out of the Midwest for several years. So, completing the Master of Science degree in Accountancy program at the Opus College of Business this summer and taking a job in Seattle, Smith is finally achieving her dream.
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Alumni Month Comes to a Close

The goal of OCB Alumni Month was to provide a broad selection of event offerings to appeal to our large and diverse alumni network.
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Why I Stay Involved as an Alumna

I had no idea there was a group with the mission of building and maintaining a connection to the 17,000 graduate business alumni.
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The Voice of the Graduate Business Alumni Community

The UST Graduate Business Alumni Board serves to foster a lifelong connection between the Opus College of Business and its graduate alumni by promoting and supporting networking, career enhancement, leadership and learning opportunities that are consistent with the Opus College of Business mission statement.
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Full-time MBA Profile: Sheng Lee Tomar

Sheng Lee Tomar, a Full-time UST MBA student set to graduate in 2014, has arrived where she is because of her “work hard, play hard” attitude, as well as her unfailing positivity in the face of continuous challenges.
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August Marks First-Ever OCB Alumni Month

As we look at our growing graduate business alumni network, which now numbers more than 17,000, we understand the importance of offering a wide range of events and opportunities to reach and engage this diverse audience. We want our alumni to continue to find value in all that the Opus College of Business has to offer.
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Learn the 12 Steps to Mastering Communication at Master’s Connection

Communication is a part of every aspect of business and comes in all forms including email, text and of course tweets of 140 characters or less. During our July Masters Connection, our speaker Molly K. Olson will share twelve steps to assist with effective communication and most likely give your career that extra boost.
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The Medical Device Tax: Brakes on an Economic Engine

In this era of complexity and global economic uncertainty, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could invent a whole new industry? A field where people spend their days working on ways to change the world, adding new jobs in America, become an engine of economic growth and be a net exporter of goods. If you could find such an industry wouldn’t it be an American treasure? And wouldn’t you assume it would be an industry where government created ways to support, invest in and accelerate its potential?
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“Be part of a noble service” says UST Commencement Speaker Randall Hogan

More than 250 students were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates “You're starting the next phase of your lives” and the two things you need to be successful are to “create your own future, and control your own destiny. Make sure you have a goal in mind, when opportunities present themselves, you will be bold enough to take them.”
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Celebrating Successes: UST MBA Classes of 2013, 2014

The UST MBA Class of 2013 has numerous successes to celebrate besides the end of long study sessions, classroom lectures and finals. Many of these graduates will embark on a new journey with organizations such as Deloitte, Thrivent Financial, Disney Corporation, and Ecolab Inc. Others have chosen to continue on the entrepreneurial path with start-ups and family businesses.
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Fulfilling the Entrepreneurial Dream

May is Small Business Month, and entrepreneurs everywhere face uphill battles with funding, the economy, hiring and affordability in the effort to get their businesses off the ground. The website NerdWallet sifted through the factors that matter to small business owners to determine which cities are the best for those hoping to start a business and Minneapolis made the national top 10.
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2013 Tommie Award Goes to Entrepreneurship and Finance Major

The Tommie Award recognizes a senior selected by students, faculty and staff who has displayed exceptional scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. This year’s recipient is Eyo O. Ekpo ’13, an entrepreneurship and finance major who has participated in a long list of extracurricular and service activities as well as two varsity sports.
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Profile: Kyle Dahl ’13 M.S.A.

For Kyle Dahl, graduating this summer from the 11-month Master of Science degree in Accountancy program at the Opus College of Business, the experience has been at times intense, but always full of opportunity.
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Minnesota Spice

Minnesota got itself some swagger. Almost as much as our “Minnesota nice” culture, the state's residents are known for being “Minnesota modest.” Arrogance doesn't fit with our Scandinavian roots; flashiness is impossible when there's a foot of snow beneath your stilettos.
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4 Steps for Self-Reinvention, with Cecily Sommers

Cecily Sommers, dancer, chiropractor, author, and professional futurist, spoke to a poised audience of over 50 University of St. Thomas alumni, students and staff members this week about the importance of finding your “fit.” Sommers career path has been anything but traditional, leaving several opportunities for self-reinvention.
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Pick a Horse

So what is so controversial in our society with having a husband that is the primary household manager, child-raiser, laundry-doer, and house cleaner? asks Emily Buchanan, '01 M.B.C., senior principal and chair of brand marketing and social engagement at Carmichael Lynch Spong.
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Alumna Profile: Beth McGuire M.B.C. ’07

For someone whose interests draw from various fields, the key to choosing a satisfying career involves finding a through-line that connects them all. For Beth McGuire ’07 M.B.C. the recurring theme of communication paved the way to her enrollment in the Opus College of Business’ MBC program and an evolving career at Target.
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UST MBAs Named to Business Journal’s 2013 40 Under 40

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on Thursday announced its 2013 40 under Forty honorees, a list that includes young business and community leaders from throughout the Twin Cities. The Opus College of Business has made its mark on the list.
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Meet Sarah Bernhardt ’09 M.B.A.

I have been able to meet hundreds of students who share similar goals but have very diverse backgrounds and work in various industries, writes Sarah Bernhardt ’09 M.B.A. Out of those connections, I have formed lifelong friendships and established future networking connections.
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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.