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Shark Tank – Find the Value Proposition to Find Success

Last week many fans of the popular TV series Shark Tank saw the presentation of a not-so-new concept by a woman named Jessica. Jeska Shoes specializes in the development and design of women’s shoes with interchangeable heels and other accessories. She offered a 30% stake for $70,000 equity in her company but she ended up giving away 70% of the company for that same amount to Daymond John.
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Snow Day?

My daughter is not a fan of “snow days," she got up, put on winter gear and said “Let’s go, Mom!” Snow days? They can wait.
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The Scroll: Rats on a Wheel

Susan Alexander has run across an interesting study about the effect of exercise on rat intelligence, and she suggests today in The Scroll that the results that be useful to us humans, too.
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Witness to History: A Purple Papal Pilgrimage

St. Thomas Catholic Studies students and St. John Vianney seminarians studying at the Bernardi campus in Rome had aisle seats as Benedict XVI took one final drive through St. Peter's Square in his Popemobile. Newsroom editor Kate Metzger recalls the morning she spent with them and 300,000 others in front of St. Peter's Basilica.
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Health Care UST MBA Profile: Wade Blomgren

What does it take to be a leader in health care? For Wade Blomgren, regional business manager at Roche Diagnostics, the answer lies in the ability to collaborate across all facets of the healthcare system.
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Depth of Field Icons: Harry Truman

St. Thomas President Father Vincent Flynn (left) greets U.S. President Harry Truman (center) and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey on Summit Avenue as Truman and Humphrey travel from Minneapolis to St. Paul's Hotel Lowry on Nov. 3, 1949.
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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.
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The Scroll: Google vs. UST

Susan Alexander was intrigued when she read that Google had been named Fortune magazine’s best place to work in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Just what kind of amenities does Google offer? She checked them out and offers a report – and her analysis of how St. Thomas stacks up – today in The Scroll.
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Would you like context with that?

On February 14, I was taken aback while watching the press conference announcing the new president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan. Not by anything she or the other participants said or did, but by a question from a reporter. He asked: “How will your role as wife and mother influence, if at all, your presidency?
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Bad Habits = Bad Employee

Forbes lists the top 14 habits employees have that could end up costing any employee his or her job. While nail biting, gum chewing and knuckle cracking are annoying, they aren’t necessarily pink slip worth. Read through the list below to see if you need to make some changes to any traits you may have inherited over the years that could lead to your demis
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Is Email Undermining Your Image?

"How do you sign your business emails? Some keep it simple: name and contact info. That's short and sweet enough. And then there are the more expressive types who include favorite URLs, famous quotes, and emoticons. How you conclude your email can affect how you're perceived," said Barbara Bogaev.
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Educating the Whole Lawyer

I firmly believe that St. Thomas fosters the professional formation of each student to internalize a deep sense of responsibility for others better than any other law school in the country, and our success on this front is one reason why I am excited to serve as your new dean.
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The Scroll: It’s Take a Tommie to Lunch Time!

When Diane Kulseth graduated from St. Thomas in 2011, she decided not to get over-involved with activities for a year. Then she saw the Take a Tommie to Lunch invitation and couldn’t resist, having been mentored by an alumna during her senior year. Diane writes about that experience today in The Scroll in hopes that you – students and alumni alike – will sign up for the program by March 5.
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Government Works

“Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan spoke these toxic words at his presidential inauguration in January 1981. It is probable that no more destructive...
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Meet Braydon Andrews ’11 M.B.A.

One of the most amazing experiences in my Evening UST MBA was a J-term study abroad trip to London, U.K., writes Braydon Andrews '11 M.B.A. The course was Risk Management in Global Firms, and we enjoyed being taught by a different instructor each day.
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The Scroll: Hail to the Seniors!

Over the last four years, Dr. John Tauer has had the pleasure of coaching five outstanding student-athletes who will be honored Wednesday at “Senior Night” when the men’s basketball team takes on St. Olaf in Schoenecker Arena. In The Scroll today, Tauer reflects on the special character of these men, who have contributed to a 98-15 record and four consecutive MIAC championships.
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Good Design is Good (Fun)

Graduate business students and alumni are invited to attend Master’s Pub with presenter Medora Danz, vice president of Blu Dot brand. Danz will discuss the company’s mission to bring good design for the masses, and the unique and pragmatic methods used to reach this goal.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, celebrated a Mass Feb. 12, 1984 in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Depth of Field: Cardinal Ratzinger on Campus

Before he became Pope Benedict XVI, he was known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger -- and he visited St. Thomas in 1984 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of St. John Vianney Seminary.
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Ask the Consultant

UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.