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The Scroll: One Gone, One Gained

St. Thomas junior Rachel Murray didn’t think she would have anything in common with Cierra, a Cristo Rey High School student, when they began working together last fall as part of a St. Thomas class. But then Cierra stepped up and comforted Rachel as she dealt with the death of a friend, and Rachel’s impression of the teenager changed dramatically. Carol Bruess writes about their encounter today in The Scroll.
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For the Record: Passing the Torch

It was an honor to serve as the interim dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and it is an even greater honor to introduce the new dean, Robert Vischer.
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The Best and Worst of the 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Super Bowl Sunday has become more than just a day of (great) football and partying with family and friends. To businesses, it’s a $3.8 million investment in a 30-second spot and hoping that somehow the message will be delivered in the midst of the clutter. To consumers, it’s about which ad is the funniest or most memorable.
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14 Tips to Find Passion and Purpose in Your Work

For many, an occupation is just that, a job and a paycheck. The majority of the population will have to work 40+ years, for some even longer, before the possibility of retirement is an option. But for those who have found occupations that offer meaningful challenges, opportunities for growth and play up an individual’s passions, counting the days until a possible retirement seem far less important.
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The Scroll: Observations From the ‘Peanut Gallery’

Dave Nimmer has some suggestions – he calls them “obstreperous observations” – that he wants to share about what's going on at St. Thomas, and he hopes people take him seriously. Read about what’s on his mind today in The Scroll.
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Creating A Mindset for Change

An engaging group of more than 100 people heard Laura Goodrich’s presentation on “Creating A Mindset for Change” at the Master’s Connection last month. Goodrich touched on the elements of change within organizations as well as how we as individuals adapt to change.
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How an MBA Can Open New Doors

Having trouble opening new career doors? Consider the ways an MBA can help. The upcoming UST MBA Forum, featuring Kaplan, helps MBA candidates learn more about opportunities to open new doors in their careers and personal lives and take the first step in preparing for the GMAT.
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The Scroll: Myth or Fact?

(Mis)information drives Susan Alexander crazy, regardless of whether the issue is as global as the effectiveness of the gold standard or as local as whether St. Thomas has special programs to recruit and support veterans. She addresses those issues today in The Scroll and also offers a quiz!
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2013 Winter Carnival Queen of the Snows is UST MBA Alumna

Melissa Hoffbeck '10 M.B.A. was crowned the 2013 Aurora, Queen of the Snows of the St. Paul Winter Carnival last week. For Hoffbeck, 35, a senior financial analyst at Best Buy, the recognition was the realization of a longtime dream,
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How are “Fun” Companies Created: Google

Remember when Netscape, Buena Vista and Excite were our options for internet searches and we had to dial up to get to the internet? Then, we were introduced to the Yahoo yodeler and heard from a talking dolphin in the 2002 Superbowl ad touting the fact he learned to talk using Yahoo. Yahoo grew through acquisition, but much of that growth was in response to the more rapid growth of a company called Google.
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Consider Shadowing Someone in Your Career Exploration

The Graduate Business Career Services Department organized Shadow Day experiences with 40 professionals from General Mills, Target, UnitedHealth Group and many other local organizations. The Job Shadow experience provides MBA students an opportunity to interact as well as see the world of a leading professional.
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Top CPA Examination Performers Honored

As noted in the winter 2012-13 issue of the Board Report from the Minnesota Board of Accountancy, B.J. Dinter '11 UST M.B.A., of Eagan, Minnesota, was presented with the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the...
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Intersections Discussion Explores the Vikings Challenges and Opportunities in Brand Marketing

Did you know that during the NFL season the average football fan spends 12 hours a week interacting with NFL brands? That goes beyond just watching a game on Sunday, said Minnesota Vikings CMO Steve LaCroix at the Intersections in Brand Marketing event at the Opus College of Business last night. LaCroix was joined by associate professor of marketing John Sailors, Ph.D., for a wide ranging discussion of the marketing challenges and opportunities of the Minnesota Vikings
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Post-Election Reflections on Civility

One evening, I noticed a framed photo of the late Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic. He’s standing next to a painting depicting a Gospel writer with an angel whispering in his ear. Havel, with a sheepish grin, is cupping his ear as if to eavesdrop for a little “inspiration.”
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Full-time UST MBA Profile: Joelle Purvis-Allen Profile

As an entrepreneur, a seasoned marketing professional and a mother, Joelle Purvis-Allen has her plate full as a first-year Full-time UST MBA student. In the thick of final projects, papers and final exam preparations, she took a break over lunch to share her background and aspirations.
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Complicated Complicity

In the present day, there are those associated with the media who rationalize overtly questionable activities with “complicity.” Every public relations practitioner knows the driving force behind news headlines has less to do with news than it does attracting eyeballs, all too often at any cost.
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Observations from Across the Pond: UST London Business Semester Fall 2012

Undergraduate students in the Opus College of Business have the opportunity to study abroad during the fall semester on a UST sponsored study abroad trip called the London Business Semester. A group of about 50 students travel to London during their junior or senior year accompanied by two OCB faculty members each fall to not only learn a new perspective of business but also to learn a significant amount about themselves, methods of getting around in foreign countries and to quickly convert dollars to Pounds or Euros.
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Given up on your initial New Year’s Resolution? Start a new one.

Each year we resolve to spend more time with family, to exercise more, to stop and smell the roses and so on. Though these are all noble resolutions, one area that often gets left out is your resolutions for the year ahead in terms of your career. Even if you have already given up on your initial resolution, there is no time like the present to kickstart your career goals.
The hands of philosophy professor Thomas Sullivan are shown as he delivers a lecture during a class at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Ekern '02)

Depth of Field: Black and White World

The first "real" photos I took, with even a bit of photo knowledge in my head, were on T-Max 400 black and white film for The Aquin and The Aquinas yearbook. For the next three years black and white was all I shot as I learned how not to make a complete fool of myself with a camera.
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On Meaningful Work and the Good Life

Before my grandfather died, I said to him that someday I would write a book about our family. I’m not sure that the book on meaningful work that I recently began will turn out to be the book he was expecting, but I would like to think he would recognize its origins.
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A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
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Beware Email Impersonators

Social media gets maligned for infringements on privacy, but for all its transparency there are still mirrors among the glass walled maze that offer reflections that are not genuine.