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Jargon Genesis: Pomp and Circumstance

With commencement ceremonies for the university taking place last weekend, it got us thinking about the genesis of some of the traditions that take place at graduations around the world. Many of you had the...
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Where One Road Ends, Another Begins

Tomorrow is my graduation day at the University of St. Thomas! Congratulations to my fellow MBA graduates. We did it! What an amazing three years it has been. When I started this journey back in 2008, I...
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Lynn Casey honored for Career Achievement

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's 14th Annual Women in Business Awards publication was released late last week.  Lynn Casey, CEO and Chairwoman of public relations firm Padilla Speer Beardsley...
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UST MBA alumna leads top Twin Cities clinic

Not many of our MBA graduates can say they once dreamed of being a Rockette.  While Health Care UST MBA alumna Donna Block never achieved that particular dream, her medical degree and MBA have enabled her...
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Insights on Instigating an IPO

Minneapolis-based SPS Commerce’s services take advantage of the new breed of software, often referred to as “cloud computing” or “Software-as-a-Service,” that connects global trading partners. Some of the lessons that Master's Pub speaker Kim Nelson learned during the IPO process involved four "Ps" - preparation, people, perspective and process.
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Do you slurp your soup?

Many people pursue an MBA degree to help them find a new career.  Evening UST MBA alumna Elizabeth Craig has made a career out of helping people find new careers. Author of the award-winning Don't Slurp...
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Millions in sales–with no salespeople

Evening UST MBA alumna Jenny Cai may have completed her studies at UST a decade ago, but she clearly remembers her marketing and finance lessons well.  She and her husband founded DoTradeShow.com, a...
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Power Networking – Call or Be Called

A large and engaging audience of nearly 70 UST MBA students, alumni and corporate visitors took part in the March 16 meeting of the Master’s Connection. Our featured presenter, Ron Wacks, spoke on the topic...
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Meet Carl Patow ’08 M.B.A.

I believe it's critically important for leaders to constantly refresh their knowledge of leadership, emerging concepts in management and changes in the environment of health care. The St. Thomas MBA program was a great fit for me as a leader of an organization in an evolving health care marketplace.
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Health Care UST MBA Alumnus Receives Courage to Lead Award

Carl Patow, M.D., M.P.H., '08 M.B.A., F.A.C.S., vice president and executive director of HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education, has been honored with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
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Perspectives from half a world away…

Full-time UST MBA student Trevor Mulvey, pictured at right, told me upon returning from his trip to Asia that it was an amazing learning experience that he felt all MBA students should be required to take part in.
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The Context of “New and Improved”

As a product of the UST Evening MBA (’97), I would be disappointed – and on my way out the door – if the critical elements of my graduate business education were missing in order for OCB to wave the AACSB banner.
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MBA supplies: calculator, textbooks…passport?

It's no surprise to Opus Magnum readers that commerce is truly global today.  Large international conglomerates choose locations for their operations based on factors such as cost, availability of efficient...
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MBA: The first step to a career in…politics?

While the nation's elected officials come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds, law degrees are the most common type of advanced degree held by American politicians.  Our current...
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Why You Should Get Your MBA

I don’t think you have to get your MBA to be successful, writes guest blogger Craig Pladson. And, no, I don’t think it makes sense for everyone to get their MBA. The most important thing is to get your MBA for the right reasons. Here are three compelling reasons for you to get your MBA.
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Taking a look at the "mommy penalty" for women MBA's

The New York Times recently posted an article discussing the “mommy penalty” faced by professional women in today’s workforce.  Women MBA's may wish to pay special attention to this study: “The study...