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Ask the Consultant

UST Faculty regulary answer questions in the Star Tribune‘s Ask The Consultant column. Here’s a round-up of a few recent questions.
Solar Panels

A Passion for Alternative Energy That Crosses Borders

There is a great need for social entrepreneurship with the goal of developing economical and robust systems that provide fresh water and electricity. The engineering challenges are significant but surmountable. It simply takes will and funding.
Kristine Wammer

Kristine Wammer and Her Students Take on a Major Source of Environmental Pollutants

Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."
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Managing an Ethics Crisis

Any organization can find itself confronting a sudden ethical crisis.The key is being prepared. It isn’t whether, but when, an organization will experience a crisis.
Air Force Plane

Christopher Toner Asks, ‘Why?’

Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom, asking “why” in a serial and dogged fashion. Growing up in a household at once Catholic and academic I think I was groomed to ask “why” in such a way.
Ron Bennett

Dr. Ron Bennett Wins Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award

The annual Minnesota Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world.
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Cheers: UST Student Named Finalist in Entrepreneurship Contest

University of St. Thomas student, BreAnna Fisher, is one of six regional finalists who will compete in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Chicago. Fisher is the only student from Minnesota nominated for the 2012 competition.
Robert Vischer

Robert Vischer Named School of Law Dean

Robert Vischer, associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in the St. Thomas School of Law since 2005, will become the new dean of the school, effective Jan. 1. Vischer will succeed Neil Hamilton on Jan. 1, said Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer. Hamilton has served as interim dean since May, when dean Thomas Mengler left to become president of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Paul Schons

Dr. Paul Schons, St. Thomas Faculty Member for 45 Years, Dies

Dr. Paul Schons, a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and professor of German, died Sunday, Oct. 21, after being diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma earlier this year. Schons was the most senior faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences. He began teaching in 1967, five years after graduating from the College of St. Thomas.
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CEBC: Restoring Integrity to Our Financial System

What do we need to understand about failures in the private sector as well as in regulation of our complex financial system? What dynamic undercut stated commitments to ethics and corporate responsibility? The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) invites you to reflect on the lessons and insights on the banking and financial crisis gleaned by Joe Nocera, one of America’s leading business journalists and a regular columnist for the New York Times.
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Joint Class Discussions: Integrated Curriculum in Action

First year Full-time UST MBA students had an interesting joint class discussion this week. This class is a great example of the integrated nature of the Full-time UST MBA Program. Through case discussions where the different areas of the business are explored, our students are trained to consider all aspects of the business that has to be in sync for a company to maintain their competitive advantage.
Bruce Kramer

Kramer Announces Medical Leave as Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling

Dr. Bruce Kramer announced today that he is taking a leave of absence, effective immediately, as dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling in order to deal with his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Kramer told a luncheon meeting of CELC faculty, staff and advisory board members that he believes he no longer can work because of the progression of his ALS, which was diagnosed in December 2010.