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Opus Distinguished Speakers Matalin and Carville discuss politics with civility

Noted political commentators Mary Matalin and James Carville spoke to an overflow crowd at the Opus College of Business on Wednesday, November 28, as the latest in the college’s distinguished speaker series. Their announced topic was civility, and they broached the subject both directly and through a sort of “leadership by example” as they civilly laid out their drastically opposed views of the American political landscape in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election.
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Integrating PBJ’s Into Your Job Search

Three square meals a day can aid your job search in countless ways including energy, and motivation, but that isn’t the career staple we were referring to. MSPBJ, better known as the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal is a leading reference in today’s economy, specializing in the industry news, trends, professionals and companies of the Twin Cities.
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3 Executives Share What They Look For When Hiring

The Opus College of Business recently hosted a panel of top executives who discussed themes PwC’s Annual Global CEO Survey. The executives shared a great deal of advice on succeeding in the ever-changing job market.
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Facebook – The New Job Board?

Last week Facebook announced its newest endeavor, recruiting. The Social Jobs Partnership application was released, aggregating over 1.7 million openings from Work4 Labs, BranchOut, Jobvite, DirectEmployers and Monster.com. This implementation allows the job search to be taken one step further by allowing users to apply directly through Facebook and instantly share the jobs to their social network.
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Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! In lieu of our own post for today, here are a few Thanksgiving and business related articles.
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From Fool’s Gold to Financial Integrity

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) hosted a group of speakers and panelists to reflect on the lessons and insights on the banking and financial crisis. In the eyes of Joe Nocera, a weekly op-ed columnist for The New York Times, the 2008 financial crisis was not about a failure of ethics, but a failure of incentives to align with broader social goals.
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Six Characteristics of the Immigrant Perspective on Business

In a global world the lessons immigrants have to offer can be the difference between success or failure in business, Glenn Llopis, founder of the Center for Hispanic Leadership, spoke to a group of corporate and nonprofit participants about the six characteristics of the immigrant perspective.
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From Feeling Guilty to Finding a Way to Help: The Creation of Kiva

Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first peer to peer micro lending website, joined the UST Symposium of Social Entrepreneurship to talk about creating an entrepreneurial life. Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, one person at a time. Talking with current and aspiring social entrepreneurs at the symposium, Jackley shared the story of how her entrepreneurial life has unfolded.
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Entrepreneur’s Story: Megan Tamte Founder of Hot Mama

Every entrepreneur has their own story about the adventure they began when launching a new venture. Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of the Hot Mama retail chain shared her story with a full house of graduate business students and alumni at a recent Master’s Pub event.
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Study Abroad Matters: An Alumnus Looks Back

"It’s increasingly important that business leaders are aware of other cultures and are able to understand and appreciate the differences; both in the way we communicate, and the way we do our jobs." Patrick Fogarty, an undergraduate alumnus form the University of St. Thomas, shares his main lessons from his study abroad class.
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Views of Election 2012 from Senator Durenberger: The Value of Democracy

Nothing was as devastating to representative government in the last four years as U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s pledge that his party would make President Obama a one-term president. The 2010 elections appeared to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tactic, but the elected and the Republican presidential primary showed Americans something different. Dividing America rhetorically served to divide us as family and as community. That’s just not who we are.
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International Perspective: Business Ethics

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures' recent Members Roundtable – An International Perspective on Business Ethics – featured a lively presentation from 3M’s Istanbul-based Ray Eby, director of compliance & business conduct for the company's western & central east European regions. Eby argued compliance risk can arise from a company’s strategic plan as well as from conflicts of interest.
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MBA Student Profile: Ryan Cathcart

When Ryan Cathcart talked about his experience during the Full-time program, he kept it simple: “it’s been great so far. More than anything, I love the people here. The faculty and staff are great, but I especially love the relationships I’ve been able to build with my classmates and the tight community within the program.” He values close relationships—especially with his family.
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Cheers: UST Student Named Finalist in Entrepreneurship Contest

University of St. Thomas student, BreAnna Fisher, is one of six regional finalists who will compete in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Chicago. Fisher is the only student from Minnesota nominated for the 2012 competition.
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Happy Halloween: May the force not force you

Recently while teaching a class, technical difficulties developed with the audio in the room after I launched a YouTube video of the VW commercial with the kid dressed as Darth Vader. While fiddling with wires, I realized the class was still engaged in the video. The story in the images works even without the synchronous Star Wars music because of the many symbolic elements...
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Skyline Exhibits: Wins Outstanding Innovator Award

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announced recently that Skyline Exhibits has won their coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. The OCI is the only global innovation award that recognizes companies for demonstrating sustained and quantifiable success in developing new products and services.
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Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures launched the landmark book chronicling the history of corporate responsibility in the United States. The launch of the book provides scholarly research into how American business, government and civic leaders over the last few hundred years have sought to answer the question, “for whom and what purpose does business exist?”
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Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Coach app wins first place

Aaron Engler’ won first place on the graduate level of the fourth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, earning a $10k scholarship award for his business concept: "Coach app" Coach app's idea is to provide chain restaurants with a mobile business intelligence system that aggregates all the pertinent information they need to know to optimize their resurces.
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Evening MBA: I Feel Good About Pursuing This MBA

Not sure about what you've gotten yourself into with this MBA thing? You're not alone. KJ Brooke, a veteran of the southern California hospitality business and is in her last year of an MBA program, defends with intelligence and wit why she has made the right choice.