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    • What is a Case Competition Worth?

      The ACG Cup is a case study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs across the country real-world experience and invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity. Each case study provides students with a unique opportunity to present valuation, capital markets and M&A strategic advice to a [...]

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    • What’s News . . . Or Not

      Dave Nimmer got around to comparing headlines the other day and concluded that St. Thomas, where talk is about mice in buildings, the demise of old couches and the towing of expensive cars, is in “very good shape” considering the gloom and doom elsewhere. Or it could be, he writes today in The Scroll, “that trouble and turmoil are relative.”

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    • 4 Trends in Corporate Responsibility

      By Ron James, Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) I recently joined a panel discussion at a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) conference on the subject of Corporate Strategy and Long Term Sustainability. The panel was facilitated by the head of Corporate Responsibility at Coca Cola joined by a board director from Newport Mining and Southern [...]

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    • These Seniors are What’s Right with Division III Athletics

      John Tauer is going to miss Carolyn Dienhart, Tommy Hannon, Ali Johnson, Peter Leslie, Haley Loesch and Sarah Smith after they graduate – and not just because they have played on championship St. Thomas basketball teams over the last four years. As Tauer writes today in The Scroll, he will miss these six seniors because of their teamwork, their character and the way they have inspired others on and off the court.

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    • Understand Your Own Attitude Toward Money

      By Daniel Vevang, University of St. Thomas Family Business Center Within business families, misunderstood attitudes towards wealth can directly affect ownership transfer and employment in the family business. The UST Family Business Center recently brought in five local family business advisers from a variety of professions to talk about how your money attitude can impact the personal, financial and [...]

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    • Corporate Responsibility…Beyond the Bottom Line

      By Ron James, Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) The financial services industry is facing major headwinds in the form of legislative and regulatory reforms, litigation, a slowly recovering economy and the need to rebuild consumer trust. Despite these headwinds, Wells Fargo has been redefining its responsibility beyond the bottom line. Jon Campbell, executive vice [...]

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    • For your Sweetheart: A Heart Shaped Pizza?

      Gourmet chocolates, a dozen red roses, or anything packaged in a small little jewelry box is what immediately comes to mind when I think of Valentine’s Day gifts.  But it seems a heart shaped pizza for your sweetheart may be this year’s popular gift item, according to CNNMoney.  “Sarches on Google for ‘heart-shaped pizzas’ have [...]

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    • The Anderson Airport

      Martha McCarthy isn’t suggesting that St. Thomas rename the Anderson Student Center, but the 2011 alumna sure finds a lot of similarities between the building and an airport. One difference: Our “hub,” she notes today in The Scroll, is “much prettier, and packed with purple pride.”

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      Meet Gloria Bazooband Toledo ’10 M.B.A.

      The Evening UST MBA has been the best professional decision I have ever made, writes Gloria Bazooband Toledo ’10 M.B.A. Businesses are looking for individuals with advanced knowledge and credentials, and I know I will receive the best education possible here, while still balancing my work and family life

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    • The myth of the value of diamonds

      Gearing up for Valentine’s day? Thinking of “popping the question” tomorrow? Here is some essential reading for anyone pondering the purchase of a diamond for a loved one. Excerpts from a superb article at The Atlantic reprinted here from TYWKIWDBI, a blog of ”Things You Wouldn’t Know If We Didn’t Blog Intermittently” on the manufactured valuation and marketing of [...]

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    • Shark Tank – VCs on TV!

      Let me set a scene for you: it’s Friday night. It’s been a long, hard week of work. The time has come to unwind, and what better way to do it than to pop up some popcorn, crack a beer, and settle in on the couch to watch some…desperate entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a [...]

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    • Ooh, Purple

      Purple is Susan Alexander’s favorite color, and she explains why today in The Scroll.

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    • Forget Balance—2 Suggestions for Managing Your Priorities

      Neither rain nor sleet nor snow* kept an audience of grad students from “The Balance Beam,” the first of a new series of workshops developed especially for OCB graduate students—working parents. More than anything as working parents, specifically working MBA parents, you need to know you are not alone in this triple role. We hope [...]

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    • Intersections Discussion Thursday features BBY chief ethics officer

      How does business theory influence business practice? What can higher education learn from the corporate world? Intersections will explore the impact that lessons learned in the trenches have on business education, as well as the corresponding impact of research on day-to-day operations. The Intersections series pairs a leading practitioner with a leading member of the Opus College of [...]

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    • Business Advice from Best Buy Founder Richard Schulze

      This post is by Lindsey Buhrmann, student in the Evening UST MBA program. It isn’t every day that a captain of industry offers his business advice, so when the St. Thomas alumni office hosted Richard Schulze, chairman and founder of Best Buy, for the First Friday speaker series, I jumped at the chance to attend. [...]

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    • A Good Relationship

      Carol Bruess loves good relationships, and you might expect that, given her personality and the research that she does. She sees all kinds of healthy relationships here at St. Thomas, built on attributes such as mutual affection, hard work and good old-fashioned communication, and she writes in The Scroll today that she hopes you will show up to see them on display Wednesday at the “Years of Service Celebration.”

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    • Superbowl flashback: Minnesota's halftime show doesn’t rock Metrodome

      Last weekend, I flew home from the Indianapolis International Airport. After narrowly passing my body scan, (fun fact: bling on your jeans pockets sets off the security warnings), I was accosted on every side by Super Bowl XLVI kiosks. It’s safe to say that Indianapolis was very excited for last weekend’s festivities. For 45 years, [...]

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    • “Them vs. Us”—8 Ways to Bridge the Gap

      Workplaces are one of the few places in society where we don’t get to choose who we associate with. With this in mind, understanding different backgrounds and viewpoints is important for being successful in business. Each person’s background defines their world, said Howard Ross. When we hear “diversity,” for many it brings up a “them v. [...]

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    • Tired of Buying Textbooks? Rent them!

      Everyone knows textbooks are expensive, but the St. Thomas Bookstore is trying to provide alternatives for students, including a new Rent-a-Book program that will save students a lot of money. Dave Nimmer writes about the program today in The Scroll.

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      Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      Perhaps Dr. Sailors’ most notable contribution to the OCB is his Applied Business Research class taught in the Full-time UST MBA program. In this class, students are required to complete extremely complex research projects for real clients.

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    • Faculty Profile: Dr. John Sailors

      At the beginning of Dr. John Sailors’ undergraduate studies, he had no intention of ever being called “Dr.” He began his studies at the University of Michigan in the college of liberal arts and was considering a degree in political science. But he felt that academia would be the inevitable future for him if he [...]

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    • Ask the consultant: What outsiders are important to business success?

      The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business invites you to participate in the Outside Consultant Q&A column, which appears weekly in the Star Tribune’s Monday Business Insider. Submit a question. This week’s question: What outsiders are the most important to business success (e.g., bankers, accountants, investors, board of advisers, mentors)? CAMI ZIMMER PRESIDENT, [...]

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    • Alert From the Department of Dog Advocacy

      Susan Alexander was all set to roll out a big political campaign on behalf of dogs at St. Thomas. Then she read the university’s Political Activity Policy and realized she would need to shelve her plans to champion the rights of canines that have come to trust her as their leader on campus. Read about her predicament today in The Scroll.

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    • Mann Meets Humanity in Davos – Huffington Post

      Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of ethics and business law here at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business published an article about the World Economic Forum in Davos on the Huffington Post Tuesday. As world leaders prepared for the World Economic Forum‘s annual fête in Davos, Switzerland in January, the event continued [...]

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    • How to Become Beyond Average

      In Graduate Business Career Services we have long been addressing the importance of differentiating, standing out, and making yourself desirable to prospective employers. As we continually invite professionals on campus to provide insight on hiring practices and share professional development tips, we repeatedly hear that today’s MBA and MBC students need to be educating themselves [...]

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