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The Scroll: A Sense of Potential and Possibility

May is a month ripe with possibilities, and it always evokes “a sense of celebration” for Dr. Salina Renninger, director of training in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. The arrival of spring brings “a sense of potential and possibility,” she writes today in The Scroll, whether it be the trees becoming full with leaves or our graduates celebrating their accomplishments and embarking on a successful path beyond St. Thomas.
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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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From the Dean: Calculating the Return on Investment: Part 1

As a dean, I often hear talk about the “return on investment” from a college education, especially for students majoring in the liberal arts. As an economist, I do not have a particular problem with this concept, so long as the returns on education are measured broadly and completely enough.
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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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The Scroll: The Rainbow Experience

Have you ever had a “Rainbow Experience”? Susan Alexander writes today in The Scroll about three (so far …) she has had this month. The first two were not that all enjoyable but, arm in sling and with encouragement from her friends, the self-described "klutz" has learned to grin and bear it, and it won’t be long before she is typing with both hands.
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Depth of Field: Kites

Lance Ramm flies a kite on the John P. Monahan Plaza as part of an event celebrating St. Thomas' wind power initiatives and Earth Week April 25.
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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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Active Service

Perhaps the most motivating members of our student body are the military veterans who have chosen to earn their degrees after they complete active duty. Whether they choose to begin or continue an undergraduate business degree or pursue an M.B.A. or other graduate business degree, these individuals bring a wealth of experience, deeply held convictions and a great sense of responsibility to their studies.
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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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To Share or Not to Share

According to Facebook’s website, its mission is “to make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.” But is this really true?
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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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The Scroll: The Pros and Cons of Online Learning and MOOCs

Massive, open online courses (MOOCs) are creating a stir in higher education, and for good reason, says Dave Nimmer. But as advantageous as they may seem on the surface, he still prefers “the lively, interactive nature of a well-taught class” on campus, he writes today in The Scroll – a richness “not always available from a 24-by-20 inch screen, a dozen icons and a blinking cursor.”
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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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The Scroll: Walking to Work

Susan Alexander believes she gets her best ideas – as well a jump-start on her daily tasks – when she walks to work, and she also picks up empty cans and bottles along the way. “My synapses are firing!” she declares. You can read how she pulls all of this off in The Scroll.
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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.
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Employment Outlook: U.S. Employers Report Steady Hiring Pace

As of December of 2012, Minnesota's unemployment rate was at 5.2 percent, more than 2 percent lower than the national average, and that of most countries. Minnesota's unemployment rate is nearly half of what it was in 2009. This is a positive sign the economy is on the mend, but companies are still treading with caution.
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The Weigh-In: March Madness at Rutgers

The videos showing former Rutgers head men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and emotionally abusing his players were outrageous and disgusting, in large part because they run so counter to the messages we hope our student-athletes learn from intercollegiate athletics.