• Commentary

    • “I’m Beginning to Think a Lot ‘Bout Christmas . . .”

      Father Dennis Dease hasn’t even carved his turkey or made his dressing and he’s already thinking about Christmas. That’s good news, because the president has an early present for you this year: the promise of two extra paid holidays – Dec. 23 and 28 – to create a whole week off. Read the details today in The Scroll.

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    • What Are the Short- and Long-Run Impacts of Raising the U.S. Debt Limit?

      With the Deficit Super Committee’s deadline to engineer $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade, approaching this week, we thought it fitting to share some related faculty research on the impacts of raising the U.S. Debt Limit, featured in the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine. There are three primary short-term impacts of [...]

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    • The A Team

      From the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine Looking out the window of her 20th-floor office toward the North Loop neighborhood, Margaret Murphy ’02 M.B.A., the president and chief operating officer of brand connection agency OLSON, eagerly points out the Ford Center next to Target Field. In early 2012, the top five floors of the [...]

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    • Prayers and Vigilance Necessary in Wake of Penn State Tragedy

      Everyone has been stunned by the events that have occurred this month at Penn State University. In the aftermath of that tragedy, Father Dennis Dease, president of St. Thomas, writes today in The Scroll of the need for prayers for the victims and vigilance to ensure such events never occur here.

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    • Five(+) Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur

      With the experience of creating two distinct product lines and eventually selling these brands to S.C. Johnson, Monica Nassif, founder of Caldrea and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day shared her steps to starting a successful business at a recent UST Master’s Pub event. To be a successful entrepreneur, you must: 1. Know yourself well. Working with [...]

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    • $50,000 bonus after five years with your company

      What would you think if someone told you you’d receive a $50,000 bonus if you stayed in your job for five years?  My guess is that most people would think, “it’s too good to be true” or “you’ve got to be crazy.” Many people think Dan Schneider, founder and CEO of SIB Development and Consulting, [...]

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    • Solving the World's Problems Through Social Entrepreneurship

      Social enterprise applies established business practices to address poverty, hunger and human rights issues From the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine, by Ryan Skoog ’10 M.B.A. It’s not often that a marketing management term paper leads to an expedition across Death Valley in the heat of summer. But this was my plan from the [...]

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    • Academic Ambience

      Carol Bruess was surprised, and pleasantly so, on a recent fall-break Friday when she ran across two students buried in their studies in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. What she also saw also intrigued and inspired her: They were studying by candle. It turns out that’s against the rules, she writes today in The Scroll, but she still found their ingenuity “one more reason I adore the college campus – especially ours.”

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    • Trendspotting: A Business Major Is Not the Easy Way Out

      St. Thomas business students work hard, care for others and enter the workforce with a strong, valued liberal arts education From the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine, by Georgia Fisher In the past six months, news reports have cited that the undergraduate business major is considered a “default” degree – an “easy” degree where [...]

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    • Minnesota: The Rankings Don't Lie

      This post comes from the Fall 2011 edition of B. Magazine, and is by Grace Hertel ’11 It’s time for Minnesota to dust off its trophy case. In the past 10 years, the nation has realized what we at the Opus College of Business have known all along – that Minnesota is a great place [...]

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    • Challenge Yourself . . .

      Martha McCarthy was psyched. The business alumna was attending the Fowler Business Challenge last month as an observer, having been a participant twice as a student, and was wowed by two of the teams pitching business proposals. They gave her a whole new sense of what is meant by the St. Thomas tagline, “Challenge Yourself, Change Our World,” she writes today in The Scroll.

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    • “Fall Back” and Fall Asleep

      Autumn has come and gone, but many of us in the Midwest (with the above average temperatures) continue to fool ourselves that it’s just late summer or the early part of fall.  Winter is still months away!  I think not.  Winter is right around the corner and turning back the clocks not only marks the [...]

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    • The Business of Trust: Better Business Bureau

      Q & A with Dana Badgerow Interview conducted and edited by Lisa Guyott in the Fall 2011 Edition of B. Magazine. From a vigilance committee to secret shoppers, the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota explains how the organization has evolved during its first 100 years. How did [...]

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    • Downs: Americans must be more Realistic for Economic Recovery

      This post, from the Real Estate Matters Blog, is by Caryn Brooks, a student in the Master of Science in Real Estate program at the University of St. Thomas. Tony Downs’ reputation precedes him. Having authored An Economic Theory of Democracy at age 27, 23 books and over 500 articles, and being an active economist [...]

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    • Scholarships More Important Than Ever

      Dave Nimmer is glad he doesn’t have to pay for a college education these days. He knows it’s expensive, but he’s doing something to make a difference: He contributes to a scholarship fund as part of the Opening Doors capital campaign. You could, too, he writes today in The Scroll.

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    • Pomeroy Brings Political Perspective to UST Health Care Conference

      As the final speaker at the 2011 UST Executive Conference on the Future of Health Care, former Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) provided a pragmatic, hard-headed assessment of the current state and likely destinations of legislative health care reform. With the Affordable Health Care for America Act working its way through the court system and curtailment [...]

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    • Is It Time for You to Change?

      Caitlin Herby asks the question today in The Scroll because there was a time in her life when she decided she needed to change. She went from a lifestyle of making friends as an undergraduate student “solely to survive,” she writes, to getting involved in campus and participating in leadership opportunities that helped her to discover “where I fit in.” Is it time for you to change?

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    • Finding the Fit

      We in admissions enjoy sifting through our applications, noting why each applicant has interest in an MBA, how they foresee themselves utilizing it, and what specifically brought them to apply to the University of St. Thomas.  To be honest, one of my favorite parts of my job is reading the essays submitted, where these reasons [...]

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    • Where Mission and Market Intersect for the Common Good

      By Katherine Kirchner, a student in the Full-time UST MBA Program [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPK35JoSHtM[/youtube] What is my way of causing change? How will I make an impact in society and leave this world a better place? These are some of the questions that I had when I began the full-time UST MBA program. The UST Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, held [...]

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    • The high price of loyalty

      Have you heard about the approaching “Bank Transfer Day” — on which “thousands are signing up to leave large banks in favor of credit unions on or before Saturday, November 5″? It’s no easy task to just change your bank account, especially if you’ve got automatic payments and direct deposit. I’m not sure how many will [...]

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    • Rethinking your Weaknesses

      This post comes from the “CareerLink” blog by the Graduate Business Career Services office in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. The idea of doubling your strengths by transforming the way you look at your weaknesses sounds good in theory but is it practical or realistic? A recent article [...]

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    • Campus Scenes

      Follow the Sun

      While I was aware of life and commerce outside of “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” I didn’t need to operate in a global environment on a daily basis, until now.

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    • Peter Young: the 3M Endowed Chair in International Business

      “There is a real insistence [at UST] that all theories and ideas be translated into meaningful applications, and I think this reflects our distinct competitive advantage as a business school.” – Peter Young If you have ever been so excited for school to start year after year that you believe September 1 should be New [...]

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    • Every Day is the Last Day in The Grill

      Gayle Lamb has worked as Dining Services cash operations manager for 26 years and spends a lot of time in The Grill. As she prepares to close its doors in less than three months and move to the new Anderson Student Center in January, she reflects today in The Scroll on the history of what she calls “a great community gathering space.”

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    • QS World MBA Tour visits Minneapolis on Friday

      For more than a decade, the QS World MBA Tour has organized MBA fairs in major cities on every inhabited continent in the world.  While New York, London, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires have long been part of the tour, this is the first year that the World MBA Tour has come to Minneapolis. On Friday, [...]

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