Michael Sarafolean

Adjunct Faculty, Entrepreneurship

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Schulze Hall SCH 429
Minneapolis, MN 55403

B.A., Social Work and Business Administration, University of Minnesota
M.B.A., Venture Management, University of St. Thomas
M.S.W., Human Services Administration, University of Minnesota

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Michael Sarafolean is an owner and the managing partner of the Orion Corporation of Minnesota, a company providing residential services and supports to children and adults with disabilities. Established in 1987, the Orion Corporation has service locations in the Twin Cities and Grand Rapids, MN. Sarafolean has more than twenty-five years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities. He has been involved in many start-up ventures in areas ranging from desktop publishing to food service.

He holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and received his MBA from St. Thomas in 1998. In addition to being on the teaching staff at St. Thomas since 1999, he has taught graduate classes at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis.

A lifelong resident of Saint Paul, Sarafolean enjoys biking, gardening, and traveling. He is an above average cook, a terrible golfer, and father of two boys.

Fall 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
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J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses
Spring 2019 Courses
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CATH 401 - 02 Church&Culture:Soc Dim of Cath - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 55S 207
Description of course Church&Culture:Soc Dim of Cath : CRN: 22525
This course provides an investigation into the ways in which Catholicism is inherently social and ecclesial. Its specific focus is on the Christian engagement with the world. The course's framework will be taken from the analysis of society into three spheres of action (culture, politics, and economics) as described in Centesimus annus. We will examine the ways that Revelation, the sacramental life, and the teachings of the Church call Catholics to seek holiness and to witness to their faith in the world. Specific topics may include social and economic justice, politics and public policy, lay and religious apostolates, education, and marriage and family. Course materials may include resources from philosophy, theology, history, economics, and political science. This course will satisfy the third level Faith and Catholic Tradition core requirement. Prerequisite: CATH 101 and Junior standing
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ENTR 380 - 01 Entrepreneurship in Pract - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 FDC 102A
Description of course Entrepreneurship in Pract : CRN: 22068 4 Credit Hours
Students will integrate experiences from placements in entrepreneurial companies with required readings, class discussion, and class assignments related to their placement experience. Students will complete 100 hours of work in the placement. They will perform appropriate, significant and relevant tasks directly under the supervision of either the lead entrepreneur or a key member of the entrepreneurial team. In addition, students will meet regularly during the semester in a classroom setting to share their experiences and learn from classmates in other placements. Finally, the instructor will also hold regular one-on-one sessions with students to provide overall supervision for the placement experience and to assure that the student is integrating classroom learning with the placement experience. Prerequisites: ENTR 200 or ENTR 260, and junior standing
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • President and Managing Partner, Orion Corporation of MN, St. Paul (1988 - present)
  • President and Managing Partner, ETC Associates, Inc., St. Paul (1995 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2011 - present)
  • Full Time Limited Term Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - 2011)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2006 - 2009)
  • Full Time Limited Term Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - 2006)
  • Adjunct Instructor, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis (1997 - 2001)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1999 - 2001)

Professional Service
  • Church of St. Thomas More,
  • Cinemotion,
  • Entrepreneurs Organization,
  • St Thomas More Church Trustee,


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