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Good Design is Good (Fun)

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal.
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Ask the Consultant

UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.
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The Best and Worst of the 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Super Bowl Sunday has become more than just a day of (great) football and partying with family and friends. To businesses, it’s a $3.8 million investment in a 30-second spot and hoping that somehow the message will be delivered in the midst of the clutter. To consumers, it’s about which ad is the funniest or most memorable.
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14 Tips to Find Passion and Purpose in Your Work

For many, an occupation is just that, a job and a paycheck. The majority of the population will have to work 40+ years, for some even longer, before the possibility of retirement is an option. But for those who have found occupations that offer meaningful challenges, opportunities for growth and play up an individual’s passions, counting the days until a possible retirement seem far less important.
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Creating A Mindset for Change

An engaging group of more than 100 people heard Laura Goodrich’s presentation on “Creating A Mindset for Change” at the Master’s Connection last month. Goodrich touched on the elements of change within organizations as well as how we as individuals adapt to change.
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How an MBA Can Open New Doors

Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring Kaplan, helps MBA candidates learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives and take the first step in preparing for the GMAT.
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2013 Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows is UST MBA Alumna

Melissa Hoffbeck '10 M.B.A. was crowned the 2013 Aurora, Queen of the Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival last week. For Hoffbeck, 35, a senior financial analyst at Best Buy, the recognition was the realization of a longtime dream,
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How are “Fun” Companies Created: Google

Remember when Netscape, Buena Vista and Excite were our options for internet searches and we had to dial up to get to the internet? Then, we were introduced to the Yahoo yodeler and heard from a talking dolphin in the 2002 Superbowl ad touting the fact he learned to talk using Yahoo. Yahoo grew through acquisition, but much of that growth was in response to the more rapid growth of a company called Google.
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Consider Shadowing Someone in Your Career Exploration

The Graduate Business Career Services Department organized Shadow Day experiences with 40 professionals from General Mills, Target, UnitedHealth Group and many other local organizations. The Job Shadow experience provides MBA students an opportunity to interact as well as see the world of a leading professional.
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Top CPA Examination Performers Honored

As noted in the winter 2012-13 issue of the Board Report from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, B.J. Dinter '11 UST M.B.A., of Eagan, Minnesota, was presented with the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the...
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Intersections Discussion Explores the Vikings Challenges and Opportunities in Brand Marketing

Did you know that during the NFL season the average football fan spends 12 hours a week interacting with NFL brands? That goes beyond just watching a game on Sunday, said Minnesota Vikings CMO Steve LaCroix at the Intersections in Brand Marketing event at the Opus College of Business last night. LaCroix was joined by associate professor of marketing John Sailors, Ph.D., for a wide ranging discussion of the marketing challenges and opportunities of the Minnesota Vikings
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Full-time UST MBA Profile: Joelle Purvis-Allen Profile

As an entrepreneur, a seasoned marketing professional and a mother, Joelle Purvis-Allen has her plate full as a first-year Full-time UST MBA student. In the thick of final projects, papers and final exam preparations, she took a break over lunch to share her background and aspirations.
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Complicated Complicity

In the present day, there are those associated with the media who rationalize overtly questionable activities with “complicity.” Every public relations practitioner knows the driving force behind news headlines has less to do with news than it does attracting eyeballs, all too often at any cost.
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Observations from Across the Pond: UST London Business Semester Fall 2012

Undergraduate students in the Opus College of Business have the opportunity to study abroad during the fall semester on a UST sponsored study abroad trip called the London Business Semester. A group of about 50 students travel to London during their junior or senior year accompanied by two OCB faculty members each fall to not only learn a new perspective of business but also to learn a significant amount about themselves, methods of getting around in foreign countries and to quickly convert dollars to Pounds or Euros.
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Given up on your initial New Year’s Resolution? Start a new one.

Each year we resolve to spend more time with family, to exercise more, to stop and smell the roses and so on. Though these are all noble resolutions, one area that often gets left out is your resolutions for the year ahead in terms of your career. Even if you have already given up on your initial resolution, there is no time like the present to kickstart your career goals.
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Beware Email Impersonators

Social media gets maligned for infringements on privacy, but for all its transparency there are still mirrors among the glass walled maze that offer reflections that are not genuine.
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UST MBC student Dave Dougherty announces album release

Looking for a super-local gift idea this season? Maybe you can find a something from the artist sitting next to you in class. UST MBC student Dave Dougherty’s follow-up to his first album, Sometimes, All Time, is here.
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Accounting Students Get Beyond the Textbooks with River Valley Riders

A team of three St. Thomas accounting students, Diana Matveychuk, Erin Moore, and Robert Polacek recently completed a project to assist a local nonprofit organization with an accounting project. Benefits include improvement of balance, increase of core strength, development of self-confidence and improvement of social skills.
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The Making of a Walmart Shopper

Sue Warner describes how Walmart is a good partner for her community in Brooklyn Center. It’s helping stabilize the local economy, create much-needed jobs, and help redevelop even more retail in the overall Shingle Creek Crossing project.
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What exactly is a social entrepreneur?

What exactly is a social entrepreneur? To Dr. Mark Spriggs, director of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship isn’t narrowly defined. The social challenges and problems we face today are complex, and won’t be solved by one approach.
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St. Thomas Class Project Warms Heads and Hearts

Check out Gail Rosenblum’s column in the Star Tribune describing some very thoughtful and enterprising students in our ENTR 200 “Foundations of Entrepreneurship” course. The student project, "Love Your Melon" fits our mission of using business knowledge and skills to help make our world a better place.
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Managing an Ethics Crisis

Any organization can find itself confronting a sudden ethical crisis.The key is being prepared. It isn’t whether, but when, an organization will experience a crisis.
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Nominate an Organization for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award

Over the past 13 years, the Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA) has recognized 38 Minnesota-based businesses, ranging in size from less than 10 employees to more than 150,000, that have exemplified and promoted ethical conduct for the benefit of the workplace, the marketplace, the environment and the community.