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The Scroll: Ten Things I ‘Hate’ About Sabbatical

Carol Bruess is on a sabbatical this academic year, and the change of schedule has thrown her for such a loop that she has documented 10 things that she “hates” about her sabbatical. You can read about them in The Scroll.
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How a Psychology Major Changed his Career with an MBA

For Quinten McGruder ’04, ’07 M.A., ’11 M.B.A., the goal of the UST MBA program is to prepare students to make business decisions, familiarize them with the vocabulary of the field and help them feel more comfortable in any kind of business environment – a goal that for him, the program has met. “You’re not going to leave knowing everything, but I think at least what it’s going to do is help you to either find someone who will know the answer or know which questions to ask in any given situation.”
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Up to the Challenge (The Fowler Business Concept Challenge)

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge provides scholarships to students with great business plans for their startups. While the Fowler Business Concept Challenge is named in honor of its first benefactor, Fowler is not the only successful entrepreneur to give to the challenge. Each year, graduate and undergraduate students’ business plans are presented to a panel of judges who are established business professionals.
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The Scroll: Life Over 65 Can be Fulfilling and Fragile

The Selim Center for Learning in Later Years had its 40th anniversary celebration earlier this month, and Dave Nimmer was present to hear the encouraging words of former WCCO-TV anchor Don Shelby. Mo Selim, the center’s founder, became ill during the event but is resting comfortably at home these days. Nimmer writes about the evening in The Scroll.
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Improv: A Career Gold Mine

The rules of improvisation seem simple enough for a comedian, but their value heightens in the professional world.
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Corporate Messaging in Every Cookie

Even in the most granular product marketing message, there are elements that should be considered regarding how that message connects back to the image and brand positioning of the corporation.
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Voldemort vs. Health Care

What does Voldemort (gasp!), have to do with health care? At the 14th annual Physician Leadership Symposium Dr. Don Berwick defined 11 unspeakable monsters impacting our health care system.
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The Scroll: Feeling Good About the Inauguration

Dave Nimmer was impressed last week by the inauguration ceremony for St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan, finding it “crisp and clean, purposeful and passionate, reverent and respectful.” And, as he writes today in The Scroll, Nimmer is equally impressed by the new president and her “attitude, background, candor, determination and focus.”
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3 Paths to Make It As An Entrepreneur

It is easy to become an entrepreneur but it is tougher to be successful, says contributor Howard Pines. Clients and customers want value and to avoid risk. They may like you, but if you don’t provide something better, they will stick with the competitor who does.
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Beyond the Classroom: an MBA Career Checklist

The goal for many MBA students is not only to advance their education, but to propel their career. Whether you're simply seeking a wider knowledge base, or to transfer into a new occupation, here are three steps that serve as an essential addition to your rigorous UST business course work.
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Cultivating Creativity: Start by Un-learning

Most of us have encountered a problem that would be solved by a creative ideas. New and innovative ideas are being put into practice from breakthrough medical devices to services that make our lives easier. How can you be more creative and be the person coming up with the good ideas?
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Depth of Field: Bridge Work

More than 12,000 pounds of debris from the 35W bridge collapse has arrived on campus. The remnants will serve as a reminder to those who aspire to engineer a better future for all of us.
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Job Search Reality Check – 5 Tips for Success

The job search is a difficult and frustrating endeavor. It takes time, dedication and an ability to withstand rejection. Done correctly, and with the right expectations, it can lead to great success that includes new challenges as well as an enhanced skill set and professional network.
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The Scroll: Fountain Dashing

Senior Lisa Weier once questioned the value of the fountain on John P. Monahan Plaza. But after spending last semester studying in Rome, she writes today in The Scroll, she has an appreciation for how the fountain helps to unite the campus.
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How to End the Shutdown – Commentary from Senator Durenberger

It would be a serious mistake for the President to negotiate a delay of or changes in the law under the national economic crisis conditions Republicans have created, says Senator David Durenberger in a NIHP commentary. Cut a deal on the FY 2014 budget and the debt ceiling in exchange for the President's commitment to engage over the next eight months on entitlement, tax, and health policy reform.
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Are LinkedIn Recommendations and Endorsements Worthwhile?

LinkedIn provides you with a very visible and free way to grow your personal brand. Both the endorsement and recommendation features allow you to take your brand to a higher level, says Chris Ohlendorf, chief talent officer and one of the founders of Versique and McKinley Consulting.
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The Scroll: St. Thomas Unplugged

Strong, candid conversation filled a brown-bag luncheon discussion about online learning Monday on the Minneapolis campus. Intrepid correspondent Susan Alexander was there to report for The Scroll.
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Minnesota’s Nice

Recently, Gallup released the results of a 2012 survey that named Minnesota one of the best places to live in 20 years. Lisa Guyott explores what it is that makes Minnesota so nice.
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Ask Michael Scott: In the World of Business, an MBA Matters

The UST MBA Forum is a great one-stop-shop event where you can get an all-encompassing preview of UST MBA program offerings, as well as the student and classroom experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a sample UST MBA class, attend a short information session with admissions team members from the part- and full-time MBA programs, ask current UST MBA students about their experience in and outside of the classroom, and participate in a Kaplan GMAT Preparation course.
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What Can I Do About Larry?

Larry is a bad student. He habitually doesn’t do his homework, is constantly disruptive in class and swears at me in Korean.