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Entrepreneur’s Story: Megan Tamte Founder of Hot Mama

Every entrepreneur has their own story about the adventure they began when launching a new venture. Megan Tamte, co-founder and CEO of the Hot Mama retail chain shared her story with a full house of graduate business students and alumni at a recent Master’s Pub event.
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Harvard and Stanford: Thank You for the Credibility

MBA programs have come under fire from many directions in recent times. Depending on the source, MBA students are alleged to be overly analytical “lone wolves” who do not work well in teams, lacking in the so-called soft skills that build interpersonal relationships, and willing to compromise on shady ethical principles to sustain profits and market dominance.
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Study Abroad Matters: An Alumnus Looks Back

"It’s increasingly important that business leaders are aware of other cultures and are able to understand and appreciate the differences; both in the way we communicate, and the way we do our jobs." Patrick Fogarty, an undergraduate alumnus form the University of St. Thomas, shares his main lessons from his study abroad class.
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Views of Election 2012 from Senator Durenberger: The Value of Democracy

Nothing was as devastating to representative government in the last four years as U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s pledge that his party would make President Obama a one-term president. The 2010 elections appeared to demonstrate the effectiveness of the tactic, but the elected and the Republican presidential primary showed Americans something different. Dividing America rhetorically served to divide us as family and as community. That’s just not who we are.
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The Scroll: Ten Things I ‘Hate’ About St. Thomas

Susan Alexander says one complaint she hears about The Scroll is that “it is too upbeat and pleased with everything purple.” In an effort to provide a little balance, she came up with a list of 10 things she doesn't care for at St. Thomas. You can read them today in The Scroll.
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International Perspective: Business Ethics

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures' recent Members Roundtable – An International Perspective on Business Ethics – featured a lively presentation from 3M’s Istanbul-based Ray Eby, director of compliance & business conduct for the company's western & central east European regions. Eby argued compliance risk can arise from a company’s strategic plan as well as from conflicts of interest.
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The Scroll: Being Present

A sentimental Lisa Weier is discovering the increasing importance of the need to be present to people here and now. She explains why today in The Scroll.
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MBA Student Profile: Ryan Cathcart

When Ryan Cathcart talked about his experience during the Full-time program, he kept it simple: “it’s been great so far. More than anything, I love the people here. The faculty and staff are great, but I especially love the relationships I’ve been able to build with my classmates and the tight community within the program.” He values close relationships—especially with his family.
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Cheers: UST Student Named Finalist in Entrepreneurship Contest

University of St. Thomas student, BreAnna Fisher, is one of six regional finalists who will compete in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Chicago. Fisher is the only student from Minnesota nominated for the 2012 competition.
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Happy Halloween: May the force not force you

Recently while teaching a class, technical difficulties developed with the audio in the room after I launched a YouTube video of the VW commercial with the kid dressed as Darth Vader. While fiddling with wires, I realized the class was still engaged in the video. The story in the images works even without the synchronous Star Wars music because of the many symbolic elements...
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The Weigh-In: On Being Open-Minded

Another election cycle is coming to end. After being in inundated with lawn signs, bumper stickers and advertising, is there any evidence that we truly can be open-minded about the choices we make?
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Commentary: Romney Can’t Buy Happiness

Maybe it's the fact that if you removed the 'R', "Romney" would be an anagram for "money". It seems as though he really believes that money can buy happiness.
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The Scroll: A Man’s Work Becomes ‘Stuff of the Soul’

Will Wallace attended St. Thomas more than a decade ago and never completed his degree, but Dave Nimmer couldn’t be prouder of the former gang member. Wallace took what he learned in his two years at St. Thomas, turned his life around and became “a mentor, father figure and spiritual confessor” to troubled young men, Nimmer writes today in The Scroll.
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Skyline Exhibits: Wins Outstanding Innovator Award

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) announced recently that Skyline Exhibits has won their coveted Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award. The OCI is the only global innovation award that recognizes companies for demonstrating sustained and quantifiable success in developing new products and services.
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Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures launched the landmark book chronicling the history of corporate responsibility in the United States. The launch of the book provides scholarly research into how American business, government and civic leaders over the last few hundred years have sought to answer the question, “for whom and what purpose does business exist?”
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The Scroll: Talk About the Llama

Jordan Zahrte likes to hear all “the chatter” around campus about politics these days. She wants to hear more, she writes today in The Scroll, and she hopes that students will continue to engage in rich conversations and walk away knowing more about other perspectives as well as their own.
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Depth of Field: A Gainey Gasp of Summer

As the weather turns cold and the skies darken, it's worth giving summer one last look. Fortunately Depth of Field has just the thing - photos from the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna.
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Fowler Business Concept Challenge: Coach app wins first place

Aaron Engler’ won first place on the graduate level of the fourth annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge, earning a $10k scholarship award for his business concept: "Coach app" Coach app's idea is to provide chain restaurants with a mobile business intelligence system that aggregates all the pertinent information they need to know to optimize their resurces.
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Evening MBA: I Feel Good About Pursuing This MBA

Not sure about what you've gotten yourself into with this MBA thing? You're not alone. KJ Brooke, a veteran of the southern California hospitality business and is in her last year of an MBA program, defends with intelligence and wit why she has made the right choice.
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The Scroll: First Homecoming as an Alumna

Krissy Schoenfelder, a 2009 alumna and Young Alumni communications chair, put on her reporter’s hat and interviewed a classmate back for her first Homecoming since graduation. You can read their Q-and-A in The Scroll.