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The Engineer MBA – Q&A with John McCall

John McCall ’78 M.B.A. has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and went to work for 3M and later for Ecolab, as a chemical engineer, before coming to St. Thomas to pursue an M.B.A. He returned to St. Thomas in 2009 in his current role as associate dean and CFO, of the Opus College of Business. We sat down with McCall to learn more about why he decided to earn an M.B.A. and what the degree has done for him.
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Six Ethical Ideals for PR

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) designates September as ethics month and Mike Porter, APR, Director of the Master of Business Communication Program here at the University of St. Thomas has written a post for the Minnesota PRSA blog on the topic.
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From Bio to Business and Theory to Practice

The classrooms in Schulze Hall at the Opus College of Business, where Full-time UST MBA  students spend countless hours each week learning, collaborating, analyzing, and problem solving, are outfitted with...
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Against Calling on Government to Shape Souls

Promoting statecraft as soulcraft delivers us into the great temptation of idolatry. Whenever anyone proposes empowering government through the force of law to enjoin the right way to think or to shape the right way to feel, we should be nervous.
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UST MBA Team Excels in NBMBAA Chrysler Case Competition

The NBMBAA/Chrysler Case Competition is one of the world’s most exciting business case challenges. Each year, a new case is written and judged by Chrysler executives and staff, and $50,000 in prize money for the top three teams is on the line. This year the UST MBA team was one of just six teams to advance from the field of 30.
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Internship Over, Now What?

The skills you gain in an internship can be be what sets you apart from the rest in applying for a post-MBA job. In order to capitalize on that though there is a lot to do during the school year.
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The Scroll: Showing Up . . . and Following Up

As she has looked around at full rooms since the beginning of the academic year, Susan Alexander has been pleased. People showed up in droves for the Academic Convocation and a brown-bag lunch sponsored by President Julie Sullivan – ample proof that there is a lot of life at St. Thomas these days, Alexander writes in The Scroll.
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From the Dean: Can a Smaller Law School be a Better Law School?

Our nation’s shrinking law schools are causing wide-spread angst in deans’ offices around the country, and indeed there are economic implications to this trend that must be managed carefully. But at least for St. Thomas, the new market reality opens up promising opportunities for our law school and our mission by making it easier to educate the whole person.
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The Scroll: It’s Time for Seniors to ‘Bring It Home’

Dave Nimmer has a lot of hopes for seniors such as Lindsay Goodwin, a communications and journalism major, but above all is this: He wants them to leave St. Thomas next May “with a sense of passion.” In the meantime, he writes today in The Scroll, he hopes they enjoy their final year here and take time to hear the Christmas concert, enjoy the wit and wisdom of a professor and just sit on the library steps as the campus comes awake.
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Hindsight is 20/20: 5 Things to Do While Completing a Graduate Degree

With eight years of UST classes under her belt, Susie Eckstein '03 B.A., '09 M.B.A. feels this is a good time to reflect on what she would do differently if she could hop in a time machine. If you are starting a graduate program this fall or thinking about it in the near future, take some of her lessons and have an ever better graduate degree experience than she did.
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Profile – Sarah Smith M.S.A. ’13

Hailing from Grand Forks, North Dakota, Sarah Smith '12 B.A., '13 M.S.A., had wanted to get out of the Midwest for several years. So, completing the Master of Science degree in Accountancy program at the Opus College of Business this summer and taking a job in Seattle, Smith is finally achieving her dream.
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Career Link: The Culture Match

If you want to enjoy your career, and all the steps along the way, it’s important to have similar values as the company you work for, writes Tony Sorenson, CEO of Versique Executive Search and Consulting.
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Point/Counterpoint: Safeguarding IP Rights

A case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court focused on intellectual property rights. In Bowman v. Monsanto Co., the Court addressed the question of whether a farmer who buys patented seeds may reproduce them through planting and harvesting without the patent holder’s permission. The Court decided in favor of Monsanto. But was this, and other cases of intellectual property protection, best for the common good? Here, a law professor and a lawyer alumnus debate the question.
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Alumni Month Comes to a Close

The goal of OCB Alumni Month was to provide a broad selection of event offerings to appeal to our large and diverse alumni network.
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The Scroll: Just Breathe, Darn It

That’s what Carol Bruess was told during a summer workshop, and she found it difficult to do that – and nothing else – for a full minute. In fact, she just about lost it at 43.5 seconds. But she held on, and today in The Scroll she advises how meditation and mindfulness make us better at almost everything we do. So slow down – and just breathe!
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T-shirts and Tattoos

I’m proud to hold a couple of degrees from UST and own a fair number of items emblazoned with its name and logos. However, the limit of my brand loyalty falls short of a purple shield tattoo.
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Why I Stay Involved as an Alumna

I had no idea there was a group with the mission of building and maintaining a connection to the 17,000 graduate business alumni.
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How to Make Meetings Successful

Even people with excellent planning skills don’t always prepare for meetings and are surprised by the results. Columnist Howard Pines says that how you handle meetings may have a big effect on your career.
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The Voice of the Graduate Business Alumni Community

The UST Graduate Business Alumni Board serves to foster a lifelong connection between the Opus College of Business and its graduate alumni by promoting and supporting networking, career enhancement, leadership and learning opportunities that are consistent with the Opus College of Business mission statement.