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Cohort, Schmohort – Why does it matter?

“Cohort” isn’t exactly a trending topic on Twitter… So, what exactly is a cohort, particularly as it relates to a graduate business degree program? And, why does it matter?
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A New Ally in Your (New Year’s) Quest for Wellness

Many New Year’s Resolutions are focused on wellness – often in a bloated response to our holiday festivities. The concept of wellness is becoming more and more pervasive in our culture. You may even be finding a new ally in your quest for wellness in an unexpected place – your office.
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Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza & Happy New Year!

The University of St. Thomas will be closed from December 21, 2013, until January 2, 2014, to allow our faculty, staff and students to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. On behalf of each of us at the Opus College of Business, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season.
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Career Link: Your Job Wishlist

The holidays provide great opportunity for self-reflection and time for goal setting, writes career coach Jessica Bauer. What would you ask for if you knew your boss could deliver it to us like a neatly wrapped Christmas package?
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Defying Labels – Pantene Philippines Ad Spurs Workplace Stereotype Conversation

An ad developed by the BBDO agency for Pantene Philippines has created quite a stir in the business community. Workplace stereotypes and institutional sexism are real issues. The debate surrounding Pantene’s ad has highlighted the challenges facing today’s women business leaders AND the individual biases (conscious and unconscious) affecting how we perceive them, writes Colleen Sauter. Watch the video, read the posts, and then ask yourself—Am I aware of gender topics in the workplace?
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Lemonade Stand Class Offers Fresh Squeezed Business Ideas

A child’s first way to make money is often learned in the front yard, selling Dixie cups of lemonade from a fold-up card table on a hot sunny day. They use this “lemonade stand” to make a little money and wind up getting some basic exposure to running a business. One University of St. Thomas class is moving the lemonade stand concept out of the front yard and into the real-world.
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Lurking or working?

Mike Porter wonders if every graduate business student aspire to hold the most senior roll in the firm.
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“NEW” Event Offers Networking at its Best

The Twin Cities Network of Executive Women's recent networking luncheon used several unique strategies to facilitate networking amongst the hundreds of attendees, writes Leslie Krona.
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The Scroll: It’s Time to Acclaim the Magical, Blessed Season of Christmas

Carol Bruess had all kinds of “research-based” ideas on subjects for a holiday Scroll: the importance of holiday rituals and traditions, the value of good old-fashioned storytelling and the need to take the “e” out of Christmas. But in the end, she settled for a simple wish for all of you.
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Depth of Field: Photo Services’ Best Photos of 2013

Historic steel being lowered to the ground. Lightning as it arcs above campus. St. Thomas presidents, past and present, walking together. We've picked these moments, and the others you see here, from the more than 5,000 we collected in 2013 as our best of the year.
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Career Link: The Art of the Cover Letter

Cover letters can serve many purposes, most importantly, to fully introduce the whole candidate to the recruiter. This document, while less important that the resume, will serve as your first impression to a recruiter.
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Entrepreneurship Grad Steers the Future of Marketing

Earlier this fall Direct Marketing News named Mason Thelen ’04 to its list of the country’s 40 most influential marketers under age 40. It’s pretty impressive, considering he switched out of his marketing major at St. Thomas. He credits that change as part of the reason he was able to start eight successful businesses before he turned 30.
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The Scroll: Food Fussies

Susan Alexander has never been more convinced than this semester that food matters in the day-to-day life of a college campus, whether it’s a lack of chocolate chip cookies or Mountain Dew or the kind of coffee that we brew. She offers her thoughts today in The Scroll.
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Are You Thankful for Your First “Real” Job Out of College?

Your first position, and most definitely the first few years after graduating from college will define where your career goes, writes guest blogger Tony Sorensen, CEO of Versique Executive Search and Consulting, and McKinley Consulting. Your career is similar to that of a major league baseball player. It’s not the company you work for that will shape your career…it’s YOU.
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Career Link: Two Ways to Really Stand Out in Your Job Interview

The internet offers many suggestions for how to prepare for an interview. Suggestions like practicing responses to typical questions and researching the company are certainly valuable. Here are a couple more recommendations that you don’t hear very often to help you stand out from the rest.
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St. Thomas Students Bank $48,000 in Scholarships at Fowler Business Competition

Jane Kramer, along with teammates Nana Yaa Dodi and Marine Melin, won the graduate competition for her concept Lou Lou Ingredients. The idea was born in Kramer’s kitchen, preparing gluten- and dairy-free snacks for her kids and their friends dealing with food allergies. She noticed grocery stores made similar products, but didn’t offer full meals. She plans to change that.
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The Scroll: Remembering Thanksgiving With The Bear

One of Dave Nimmer’s favorite Thanksgiving memories involves a holiday meal and friendship with The Bear, a newspaper buddy who had his share of health problems in his later years. Nimmer writes today in The Scroll how he came away from their time together with a greater understanding of how to be thankful for what you have in life.
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Fast Company’s Robert Safian Explains How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Change

2013 Opus Distinguished Speaker Robert Safian said that MBA programs should prepare students for the real world, and that the outcome of education should be learning how to learn. Sounds simple, writes Diana Cohen in this event recap, but this requires a robust curriculum and engaged faculty and students. It was a timely message to students, staff and faculty.
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Hundreds Participate in Fall Career Opportunity Fair

More than 300 undergraduate and graduate business students attended the Fall Career Opportunity Fair last week with 53 companies from a wide variety of industries participating. MBA, software engineering, masters of business communication, accountancy and a staggering number of junior and senior undergraduates from a wide variety of disciplines proudly displayed the UST brand.