In addition to her MBA, Larissa Rodriguez has nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience at private firms, publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies and a major non-profit. She never saw herself as an entrepreneur -- until an unexpected social need presented itself.
The Third Annual Full-time MBA Student and Alumni golf outing recently took place at Theodore Wirth Golf Course. Fifty students and alumni competed for the top honors but there was no match for the ’07 grads.
A team of three University of St. Thomas Full-time MBA students placed first in the graduate division at the national Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition in September. Team members Annelise Larson, Dan Jackson and Kristian Olson presented “Micro-Finance and Ethical Advice to Interested Parties” for the win.
With less than a year to go, I’m counting the months until I can have my weeknights and weekends back. Besides the light at the end of the tunnel, there’s another bright spot to being more than halfway through my MBA – taking electives.
Some say the development one’s mindset is as important in the MBA program as developing an advanced business acumen, writes Evening UST MBA student Lindsey Buhrmann. Between an economics course this summer and an ethics class this semester I have be viewing everything from TV news reports to store specials in a completely different way.
Think about the amount of data a company like Google has about you: what you’ve searched for, who you’ve emailed, your birthday, address, etc. Now consider the ethics of what a company can do with all that data – or more importantly what they should do.
In the Opus College of Business "we do have a required business ethics course in all of our programs, and we supplement our ethical focus with integration of the emphasis on ethics and values as the whole proposition across all the courses in our curricula."
In data released last week, the jobless rate for African Americans in the Twin Cities is reportedly at 24% compared to just 6% for Caucasians. This places us at the top of all regions in the US for racial disparity in unemployment figures.
Starting school at the graduate level is obviously a world apart from the undergrad experience; for myself and for most of the incoming Evening MBA program students, we are not moving to new cities and campuses or setting up in dorm rooms.
I have classmates who share their notes and work on practice exams together. I sometimes use these materials to study for exams but I don’t feel comfortable sharing my own notes with others. Is this fair? Am I ‘cheating’?
As the economy continues to founder and we face mounting pressures to do more with less and act more like a business, we will do well to keep in mind our true purpose as members of an academic institution. We must not lose sight of our higher calling.
The Fowler Business Concept Challenge asks students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable high-growth business. The teams that submit the winning business concept in each of two divisions (undergraduate and graduate) receive $10,000 University of St. Thomas scholarships.