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“Be part of a noble service” says UST Commencement Speaker Randall Hogan

More than 250 students were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates “You're starting the next phase of your lives” and the two things you need to be successful are to “create your own future, and control your own destiny. Make sure you have a goal in mind, when opportunities present themselves, you will be bold enough to take them.”
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How to Manage a Workforce with Many Identities

In the early days of diversity, the work focused on race and gender. Then it broadened and became more complex. Laws change, attitudes are continually evolving and the newest generation in the workforce does not want to be put in a box of one race, ethnicity or group.
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The End of One Unique Year of Work-Study

For the past few years the Opus College of Business has had the opportunity, and blessing, to participate in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Hire4Ed program. Corporations and not-for-profit institutions underwrite up to half of students’ tuition costs in exchange for work-study.
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Celebrating Successes: UST MBA Classes of 2013, 2014

The UST MBA Class of 2013 has numerous successes to celebrate besides the end of long study sessions, classroom lectures and finals. Many of these graduates will embark on a new journey with organizations such as Deloitte, Thrivent Financial, Disney Corporation, and Ecolab Inc. Others have chosen to continue on the entrepreneurial path with start-ups and family businesses.
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Fulfilling the Entrepreneurial Dream

May is Small Business Month, and entrepreneurs everywhere face uphill battles with funding, the economy, hiring and affordability in the effort to get their businesses off the ground. The website NerdWallet sifted through the factors that matter to small business owners to determine which cities are the best for those hoping to start a business and Minneapolis made the national top 10.
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Is Overhead the best KPI for Nonprofits?

Recently, on the Twin Cities blog, Leadership and Community, Janine Fugate shared some thoughts on how we look at nonprofit business. She mentioned a TEDTalk by Dan Pallotta, "The way we think about charity is dead wrong." We asked Ann Johnson, director of UST's Center for Nonprofit Management to share her thoughts on the topic.
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Career Link: Achieving Expectations

Having expectations is important, having a shared expectation is key. Successful relationships, prosperous businesses and customer satisfaction are all built on shared expectations.
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Minnesota’s Most Ethical Companies

Minnesota business and professional leaders will come together tomorrow to honor finalists and recipients for the 14th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA).
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2013 Tommie Award Goes to Entrepreneurship and Finance Major

The Tommie Award recognizes a senior selected by students, faculty and staff who has displayed exceptional scholarship, leadership and campus involvement. This year’s recipient is Eyo O. Ekpo ’13, an entrepreneurship and finance major who has participated in a long list of extracurricular and service activities as well as two varsity sports.
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Going Out on a High Note

The Julie Hays Teaching Award is given to an OCB faculty member for exemplary achievement in the classroom in the previous academic year. More than 30 faculty were nominated for the hays award this year, a sign of the passion our faculty have for teaching and engaging with their students.
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Hire4Ed, “A School that Works”

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Hire4Ed, Work-Study Program, calls itself "A School that Works." The Hire4Ed work-study program underwrites almost half the cost of education and exposes the student to a corporate work environment and the positive influences of the supervising professionals.
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Leadership in Action: Moving up the Career Ladder

How does one successfully navigate the process of moving from an individual contributor or team member to a first-time manager and leader? Which leadership characteristics and competencies promote positive and authentic leadership and which practices or attitudes can detract from an individual’s leadership potential? Moreover, how does one learn or develop leadership capabilities?
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How the Mall of America $ees Green by Being Green

In April, Earth Day was recognized around the country. Having the Mall of America, one of the world’s largest and well-known shopping centers, in our backyard provides an interesting glance at how such a complex operation can find profit in what once was a cost center: recycling.
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Living the Map – 50 Jobs in 50 States

Obtaining the title, “the most rejected person in the world,” doesn’t come easy. USA Today granted Daniel Seddiqui this honor after failing 40+ job interviews and sending out 18,000 emails looking for volunteer positions. While obtaining one job proved far too difficult, Seddiqui opted for a loftier goal, to work 50 jobs in 50 states in the course of a year.
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Profile: Kyle Dahl ’13 M.S.A.

For Kyle Dahl, graduating this summer from the 11-month Master of Science degree in Accountancy program at the Opus College of Business, the experience has been at times intense, but always full of opportunity.
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Highlights of the 2013 Multicultural Forum

The Forum celebrated its 25th anniversary, culminating with a name change to The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. This new moniker reflects societal changes and a refocusing of the Forum’s agenda. Inclusion leads to engagement, innovation, productivity, and employee retention. Does your workplace value these variables?
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3 tips for MBA Admissions “Etiquette”

While there are many factors that contribute to students not gaining acceptance into the business school of their choice, there are few items that often get overlooked by many prospective students.
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Tangled: The Web of Social Media

The fast pace of today’s society demands instantaneous information, recognition, and responses. As social media options continue to multiply, and as webs of connections continue to expand, users should begin to contemplate their contribution to the mystic land of social media as well as the contributions made to their own network.
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Write ‘em up!

There’s a policy adage that proclaims the world is run by those who show up. In a social media influenced world, it is becoming more about those who “write it up,” regardless of the truth.
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Minnesota Spice

Minnesota got itself some swagger. Almost as much as our “Minnesota nice” culture, the state's residents are known for being “Minnesota modest.” Arrogance doesn't fit with our Scandinavian roots; flashiness is impossible when there's a foot of snow beneath your stilettos.
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4 Steps for Self-Reinvention, with Cecily Sommers

Cecily Sommers, dancer, chiropractor, author, and professional futurist, spoke to a poised audience of over 50 University of St. Thomas alumni, students and staff members this week about the importance of finding your “fit.” Sommers career path has been anything but traditional, leaving several opportunities for self-reinvention.
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5 Tips to Prepare for an Interview – Inside the Black Box

Applying to business school can be a time consuming process. Many prospective students wonder about the “black box” of the admissions evaluation process, which often not only includes taking the GMAT, writing essays, and completing various application requirements, but an interview with admissions team members as well.
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What do the best corporate blogs do well?

“Is corporate blogging dead?” I hope we all know the answer to that question. And yeah, I was having a little fun with the title. But, the fact remains that 28 percent of Fortune 500 companies have a public blog. Not a bad number. Especially considering we’re talking about the biggest of the big. What about the thousands of other blogs from midsized and small businesses out there? No doubt, those numbers are fairly large.