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A Good Sendoff

Don Shelby will retire next month after 32 years as an anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV, and recently was saluted with an appropriate "roast" sponsored by St. Thomas and its ThreeSixty journalism program. Dave Nimmer provides the highlights of the fun evening in The Scroll.
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Saved by Textbooks

Yung Jen Vang returned to class earlier this week and told students and her professors about the accident when she was hit by a truck in the intersection of Cretin and Summit avenues. As it turns out, Carol Bruess explains today in The Scroll, Yung was saved by textbooks in her backpack.

Ask an…Outside consultant

Q: I am starting an international trade association for green marketers. Once we're up and running and have sufficient members, there will be lots of reasons to join. But right now in the beginning stage, how do I show enough value to persuade people to join?
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Life After Grad School: Making it all go Swimmingly

The idea of lifelong learning used to be a bit abstract to me, but now I can’t imagine my life without it. As I ponder the list of things I want to do next, I am finding that the rigor of my MBA program has vastly expanded my view of what’s possible for me to accomplish.
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Alex Schulte: Teacher as Well as Student

Miles Trump has a lot of good professors at St. Thomas, but one of his best teachers has turned out to be sophomore Alex Schulte, who lost most of his vision in a traffic accident. Writes Miles today in The Scroll: “Alex has taught me to take a little bit more pride in the things I do each day and to be a little bit more courageous about the things I haven’t done.”
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Finding Stories in Data

I'm a big fan of well-done presentations, like many of those found at TED Talks, and I find that one characteristic of those presentations is good data.
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Tommie Spirit

Cecilia Petschel is still feeling that Tommie spirit on campus following last Saturday's stunning 27-26 overtime win over St. John's in football. "It is," she writes today in The Scroll, "a great victory to savor."
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Jargon Genesis: Play by ear

The phrase originally belonged to the music world, referring to musicians who played without music. Many of the world’s greatest performers, especially jazz musicians, played exclusively by ear and were not classically trained.
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Ban Smoking on Campus?

Dave Nimmer used to love to smoke cigarettes, but he finally kicked the habit after 25 years. His experiences – and those of his college roommate – convince him that it's time for St. Thomas to ban smoking on campus. He explains why today in The Scroll.
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Understanding and Appreciating a Vision … Four Years Later

Brady Narloch didn't pay much attention four years ago when Dean Christopher Puto spoke at a student government meeting about accreditation for the Opus College of Business. After all, Brady was a political science major. Four years later, he's a finance major, and he writes today in The Scroll about the importance of accreditation for St. Thomas' future.
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From Concept to Commerce: russell+hazel

Christine Plantan, Founder and creative director of russell+hazel engaged the University of St. Thomas’ graduate business community in a Master’s Pub business conversation, I’d like to call, “Bringing Binders to Business.”
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Understanding the Rankings

The recent U.S. News & World Report rankings got people talking again, and that's good, says Dr. Michael Cogan, director of institutional research and analysis. But as he writes today in The Scroll, we need to be careful not to let rankings drive our decision-making process and we should stick to the way we approach teaching and facilitate learning at St. Thomas. Our model works.

Student Profile: Annemarie Hansen

Evening UST MBA student Annemarie Hansen realized that “incorporating business practices into non-profit organization management is fundamental.”
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In Like Flynn

Susan Alexander has some tongue-in-cheek advice for Flynn Hall residents concerned with mice: Get an illegal cat. As Susan writes today in The Scroll, her neighbor's cat, Sophie, does a good job of keeping away both the mice and her dreams about 200-pound dancing rodents. Have a mouse story? Share it with us!
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Acts of Kindness

Cecilia Petschel was getting frustrated in her "Acts of Kindness" conversations around the family dinner table, and then she realized she had to model those deeds herself and share them with her children. "What about you?" she asks today in The Scroll. Have you shared your acts of kindness?
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Zen and the Art of…Business Communications?

Recently I got tired of pushing Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance around the coffee table and picked it up to read. Only a few pages in, I became distracted by two things that had everything and nothing to do with the quality of writing in the book.
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Reports of the death of the MBA have been greatly exaggerated

While certainly some of the people at the root of banking, real estate, and other financial scandals hold MBAs, many other MBA alumni have been working diligently to stabilize the markets, build sustainable businesses, and strike a balance between economic growth and protecting the environment.
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Leadership in Action

Sarah Gallenberg finds herself living out a definition of leadership that a professor recently shared with her: "Leadership is continuous ... Internally derived and outwardly manifested." She derives great satisfaction, she writes today in her first blog for The Scroll, in working with students who begin to live up to that definition in carrying out St. Thomas' mission.