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Are LinkedIn Recommendations and Endorsements Worthwhile?

LinkedIn provides you with a very visible and free way to grow your personal brand. Both the endorsement and recommendation features allow you to take your brand to a higher level, says Chris Ohlendorf, chief talent officer and one of the founders of Versique and McKinley Consulting.
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The Scroll: St. Thomas Unplugged

Strong, candid conversation filled a brown-bag luncheon discussion about online learning Monday on the Minneapolis campus. Intrepid correspondent Susan Alexander was there to report for The Scroll.
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Minnesota’s Nice

Recently, Gallup released the results of a 2012 survey that named Minnesota one of the best places to live in 20 years. Lisa Guyott explores what it is that makes Minnesota so nice.
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Ask Michael Scott: In the World of Business, an MBA Matters

The UST MBA Forum is a great one-stop-shop event where you can get an all-encompassing preview of UST MBA program offerings, as well as the student and classroom experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a sample UST MBA class, attend a short information session with admissions team members from the part- and full-time MBA programs, ask current UST MBA students about their experience in and outside of the classroom, and participate in a Kaplan GMAT Preparation course.
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What Can I Do About Larry?

Larry is a bad student. He habitually doesn’t do his homework, is constantly disruptive in class and swears at me in Korean.
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It Really Is Rocket Science—Mike Nesnidal, Ph.D., Evening UST MBA Student

As someone who studied microelectromechanical systems and diode lasers in graduate school, took a company public with godfather of telecom startups Milton Chang and now works full-time while running his own company creating solar cells under contract with NASA, Mike Nesnidal is not your typical business school candidate.
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Unexpected Joy in the Slums of Kenya

Jessica Smith '07 recently traveled to one of the largest slums in Africa where she found a resiliently faithful culture that relies upon God to provide the very basic essentials.
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The Value Proposition

In looking for a post-MBA career, students cited professional advancement, opportunity to learn and be challenged as well as sharing the same values rated much higher than a competitive salary. How do you find a company that shares your values?
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Clients, connections and creativity

A big part of doing great work is making meaningful connections, says guest blogger Glenn Karwoski. Connecting with your clients, whether internal or external, to make certain you're asking the right questions and solving the right problem/challenge.
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The Scroll: This is Not a Lost Generation

Aquinas yearbook adviser Kim Rueb was discouraged when she began to watch a video titled “Lost Generation” because it paints a bleak picture on what people 18-30 expect their lives to be like at 50. But the video’s ultimate message, Rueb writes today in The Scroll, is that young people – including St. Thomas students – want to make the world a better place.
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Light, Love and Grace

My grandmother lived alone when I was growing up, and my mother used to send me over to spend weekends with her. I could not have asked for a better role model and mentor.
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The Engineer MBA – Q&A with John McCall

John McCall ’78 M.B.A. has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and went to work for 3M and later for Ecolab, as a chemical engineer, before coming to St. Thomas to pursue an M.B.A. He returned to St. Thomas in 2009 in his current role as associate dean and CFO, of the Opus College of Business. We sat down with McCall to learn more about why he decided to earn an M.B.A. and what the degree has done for him.
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Six Ethical Ideals for PR

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) designates September as ethics month and Mike Porter, APR, Director of the Master of Business Communication Program here at the University of St. Thomas has written a post for the Minnesota PRSA blog on the topic.
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From Bio to Business and Theory to Practice

The classrooms in Schulze Hall at the Opus College of Business, where Full-time UST MBA  students spend countless hours each week learning, collaborating, analyzing, and problem solving, are outfitted with...
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Against Calling on Government to Shape Souls

Promoting statecraft as soulcraft delivers us into the great temptation of idolatry. Whenever anyone proposes empowering government through the force of law to enjoin the right way to think or to shape the right way to feel, we should be nervous.
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UST MBA Team Excels in NBMBAA Chrysler Case Competition

The NBMBAA/Chrysler Case Competition is one of the world’s most exciting business case challenges. Each year, a new case is written and judged by Chrysler executives and staff, and $50,000 in prize money for the top three teams is on the line. This year the UST MBA team was one of just six teams to advance from the field of 30.
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Internship Over, Now What?

The skills you gain in an internship can be be what sets you apart from the rest in applying for a post-MBA job. In order to capitalize on that though there is a lot to do during the school year.