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The Scroll: Paying for College One Quarter at a Time

Jim Oberstar loved to tell stories about growing up on the Iron Range – and at the College of St. Thomas – and how they provided the foundation for an extraordinarily successful career in Congress. Doug Hennes reflects on those stories today in The Scroll and pays tribute to Oberstar, who died Saturday.
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Profile: Susan Beatty ’05 M.B.C.

When Susan Beatty started her first job at Piper Jaffray, she knew there was something she was missing. A UST MBC filled that void, supplying her with the confidence and skills to succeed as a communications professional in the business world.
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How Does Wacky Weather Impact Retailing?

Some weather events impact all retail categories, while others have different impacts on different retailers. There isn’t a part of your business that isn’t effected. The big question is: What do you do, how do you plan, and how do you adjust to each situation? Professor Dave Brennan and Creative Kid Stuff CEO Roberta Bonoff will take on the polar vortex at the Intersections in Consumer Behavior event, May 7.
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The Scroll: The Science of Relationships, Part II

Carol Bruess is back with more observations about the science of relationships as articulated in the work of legendary researcher John Gottman. Read The Scroll to see what both of them have to say about five more principles for making marriage work.
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Career Link: Five Ways to Derail a Promising Career

It seems almost unfair to learn to be successful in your career by benefitting from other people’s mistakes, writes Career Specialist LaBarre Spence. But you can learn from those who weren't able to overcome these five faults.
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Impact Investing: A Lifeblood to Nonprofits and other Social Good Organizations

Impact investing, making investments with the intention of generating both measurable social/environmental impact along with a financial return, is growing worldwide. The Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, Friday, May 2, is the only Minnesota one-day event bringing key national and statewide impact investing leaders together
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Globalization and Health Care

It will surprise almost no one to learn that the U.S. health care system faces a number of challenges, writes Peter Young, Ph.D. The two most vivid facts being that we spend one and a half times more on health care than any other country, while being far from the top in terms of broad performance measures.
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The Scroll: What Happens When You Unplug?

Kim Rueb recently “unplugged” herself – no television, no smartphone – for a week to see how it would change her life, and she was pleased with the results. She writes about her experience today in The Scroll.
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Small Business Survival in a Small Town

Mackenthun’s Meats & Deli in St. Bonifacius, population 2300, is a growing small business, with a relatively small local customer base to pull from, with help from the University of St. Thomas Small Business Development Center.
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Service with a smile request

Mike Porter wonders “If you wouldn't mind taking a few minutes to visit this site and provide an evaluation on your experience today.”
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The Scroll: Making a Class Come Alive

Dave Nimmer believes great teaching for undergraduates needs to be at or near the top of priorities for St. Thomas as it sets goals and defines standards. In The Scroll today, he writes about a sophomore’s experience in a January Term course taught by psychology professor John Buri.
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Changing of the Guard

Christopher Puto, Ph.D., who soon will conclude his 12-year span as dean of the Opus College of Business, discusses the change in leadership.
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M.B.C. Profile: Christina Milanowski

Student by night, PR professional by day, Christina Milanowski, social media director and account supervisor at Macabee Public Relations, is working toward her M.B.C.
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Career Link: One Key to Success – Soft Skills

Hard skills can get you hired, but soft skills (or lack thereof) get you fired, notes Career Specialist LaBarre Spence. “Soft skills 2.0” are intellectually easy to understand, yet difficult to find in potential employees.
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An Accountant’s Life in the “Busy Season”

With tax day little over one week away, we reached out to some of the students in the Master of Science Degree in Accountancy to talk about their recent internship experiences during the busiest time of the year for accountants.
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The Scroll: Art @ UST

Noted art critic Susan Alexander is back with more pointed opinions about St. Thomas campus artwork. Read her latest musings today in The Scroll.
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Rashmi Kandwal’s MBA “Building Blocks”

Prior to joining the Full-time UST MBA program, Rashmi Kandwal spent many years studying and conducting research to earn her Ph.D. in health geographic information systems, focusing on HIV/AIDS in India.
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A unique angle for interviewing: Be the Good Product!

To be successful in any job interview, you must see yourself as a unique product or brand, writes guest blogger Harry Nnoli. To ace an interview, you must see yourself as a unique product that helps the prospective employ solve problems and provides them enduring solutions.
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MN Cup: Statewide Recognition and Seed Funding

The Minnesota Cup is now open for applications. The statewide new venture competition, similar to St. Thomas’s Fowler Business Concept Challenge, will accept applications through May 9.