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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 to run one of the top OBGYN clinics in the Twin Cities.
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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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For Part-Time MBAs, a Full-Size ROI

It is difficult to quantify ROI monetarily for part-time students, as nearly all students come into the program already employed (and some already making significant salaries), many switch jobs while in the program, and often graduates don't move positions until well after completing their degree.
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Do you slurp your soup?

Evening UST MBA alumna Elizabeth Craig has made a career out of helping people find new careers.
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Millions in sales–with no salespeople

With over $4 million in revenue last year and sales growth of 30% between 2009 and 2010, Evening UST MBA alumna Jenny Cai's company is an outstanding example of the power of positive word-of-mouth marketing.
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Entrepreneur Targets Children’s Medical Device Market

Evening UST MBA alumnus Brad Slaker, who pursued an elective track in entrepreneurship, combined his background in engineering with a passion for helping children in launching non-profit medical device company DesignWise Medical.
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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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Electric car charging stations energize the Twin Cities

UST MBA alumna Jean Sweeney, Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Operations at 3M, recently spoke with the Pioneer Press about the addition of an electric car charging station at 3M's Maplewood headquarters.
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UST MBA Alumnus’ FML (Free Management Library)

 Today, most of us take Google and Wikipedia for granted when we want to find information.  Simply go to one of those websites, type in a search term, and voila--instant access to articles, news stori...
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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?

How do leaders of global corporations ensure that all of these widely-dispersed parts work together effectively? MBA programs are increasingly tailoring their curricula to help students understand today's global business environment.
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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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What it Takes to Become CFO of the Year

Kim Nelson has only been a chief financial officer since 2007, when she joined SPS Commerce Inc. But she’s already achieved one thing few other CFOs have in that time: A successful initial public offering.
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Master’s Pub: “This is Twins Territory”

Patrick Klinger, vice president of marketing for the Minnesota Twins, and Charlie Callahan from Periscope, talked about the baseball team’s extremely successful “This is Twins Territory” advertising campaign at a recent Master’s Pub.
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Redefining Our Educational Journey

Like all things, the MBA program does eventually end; however, the learning doesn't have to, nor should it, really. Fortunately, our opportunities for life-long learning are quite endless these days.
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Fowler Challenge Awards more than $65,000 in Scholarships

Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the Fowler Business Concept Challenge asks students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business.