Listening House Silent Auction

Last Sunday many of us facilitators helped work a silent auction in McNeely Hall to raise money and awareness for the Listening House. There were also many BUSN200 students that volunteered for the planning, prepping, and marketing of the event, as well as acting as hosts at the event itself. It seemed as though the students who volunteered genuinely enjoyed the time spent organizing, and definitely learned a lot of skills that will help them move forward as business proffessionals. It was also very exciting to see all the enthusiastic attendees bid on the amazing donated items that were up for auction!
The live auction was one of my favorite parts of the night. Guests would continuously bid in competition with each other, which made a good laugh for the rest of the crowd. The auction was a fun way to buy amazing items that were often bought for a much smaller amount than they would regularly be sold for, and the money raised for the Listening House made the spending much more rewarding.
I’m unsure of the exact dollar amount that was raised, but from the looks of it, the event was a great success!
Erin Smith- Facilitator

End of the Year

It has come to the end of the semester and sadly that means the end of another term for Business 200 as well.  Looking forward at the next few weeks it is important that anyone who expects to pass the class makes sure that they have all their journals in and have attended all of the classes (or makeup).  The Facilitators are hard at work trying to grade all of the posts and catalogue everything before turning all of the information over to Dr. Gorski.  Anyone who does not have all their journals turned in by Study Monday will not pass the class.  Please work with us and end the year on a good note.

Thank you,

Dylan Bakken

BUSN200 Facilitator


Mid-term Panels: Exposing Students to the Other Side of Business.

Every semester, Busn200 students are required to attend a mid-term panel. The Panel consists of three or four executive leaders from non-profits in the area. Guess executives discuss the business functions of non-profits and give students an insight on what it’s like to work in a non-profit.
For many of our students, Busn200 is the first course that discusses the role of non-profits in business. This panel allows students to explore the business functions that are essential to the successful management of non-profits. During the panel discussion, students get a chance to ask questions and better grasp careers in non-profits. Panelists even share insights on their lifestyle and how their non-profit career impacts their lifestyle.
Along with this class three, the Mid-term panel provides undergraduate business students at UST the opportunity to consider careers in non-profit organizations.
Regardless of whether students pursue a career in a non-profits or for-profit, they graduate with the knowledge that their options are far from limited.
Anisa Abdulkadir
Buns200 Coordinator

Finals Approaching

Having worked at BUSN200 for two semester now, I feel much more knowledgable about how classes will go and how to deal with students who refuse to turn journals in on time. However, I am never prepared nor will I ever be prepared for when final projects are presented. At the beginning of the semester, all my students are annoyed to have to volunteer 40 hours out of their lives to help the less fortunate, but at the end of the semester, after they’ve changed more people than they could fathom, they present a final project to me that always surprises me and makes me smile and sometimes cry. I am always blown away by what amazing volunteer work my students have accomplished and I can see in their eyes and through their presentations that they enjoyed every minute of giving back to the community. So good luck everyone on your final projects, I will have tissues ready!


Michelle Pakonen~Facilitator


Reflections about STLF

Over spring break I chose to go on a service trip with an on-campus organization, Students Today Leaders Forever. It was honestly the best decision I could have made. Many BUSN200 students choose to fulfill their requirement through these service trips, but I would recommend the trip to anyone!
During the week we stopped in a different city every day to do a different service project. As a group we made blankets for Project Linus; helped out at an automobile museum; picked up a lot of trash; passed out fliers for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society; and helped demo a house! The service projects were awesome and allowed everyone on the trip to use their strengths in different ways. For example, I helped a lot when we were making blankets because of my previous sewing experience. When we helped gut the house, other students had construction experience and really helped out there. It was great to see how everyone came together as a team to get things done! The service sites were so appreciative of our efforts, we are still hearing from them a week after the trip! 
The best part of the week was all of the people I got to know. St. Thomas typically has three buses from STLF go on service trips. My bus was unique this year in that it had half UST students and half Gustavus students. We really bonded as a team and got to become really good friends. I miss everyone from the trip so much! I had so much fun running around Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and DC with those guys.
If anyone is considering an STLF trip, I would wholeheartedly say that they should just go for it. As a senior, I went into the trip thinking that it was my last chance to do something like that, and I am glad I took that chance. I got to serve a variety of communities and people, and meet other like-minded students. I am so thankful for the experience I got to have and I wish I could go back!
Lauren Buchholz~Facilitator

What does this mean to you?


“To much who is given, much is expected” Luke 12:48
What does that mean to you?  Does it mean you SHOULD do something but maybe you aren’t feeling it right now?  Hey, you’ve got a lot on your plate..classes, maybe a job, maybe a sport.  You’ll do something..later when you have more time.
But seriously, the time is now. Trust me, I know how busy us college students can be.  Helping others can be the LAST thing we are thinking of doing because we feel we are in need of help!  We not only need to do something, we are CALLED to do unto others.  Not when things get easier, when we have more time.  It’s kind of like the popular analogy of having sand, rocks, water and pebbles to fit into a container.  How do you do it?  All of it cannot possibly fit in the jar.  But it can. If you put God first (He’s the rocks in the analogy) everything else fits in. Kind of amazing. 
So take a step back.  Make some time to put God first in all you do.  Everything else will fall into place.
Kasey Liebeg~Facilitator

The Ripple Effect

As spring break is approaching, many of you will be adding on extra hours at your service sites, and some of you will even conquer your entire requirement of community service hours this next week. The STLF and Vision Spring Break trips among other options are great ways to fulfill the 40 hour requirement of BUSN200. These trips go across the country and impact many different people and organizations.
Even if you aren’t going across the country with your service site, you are making a huge difference to a wide assortment of people. This just goes to show how big the “ripple effect” that each of you can have is. Think about what you have done at your service site – who have you made an impact on? You might think it is just the few students you have been tutoring or the elderly woman that you visit with while volunteering at a nursing home. But, take a second to look further into your service. Chances are your impact is even greater than you thought.
Say you are volunteering with an after school program in which you tutor about 4 kids whenever you put in a few hours. So, yes, you are making a large impact on the lives of each of these students. Behind the scenes, there are so many people benefitted by this act. Consider the parents of these children – you’re saving them time and effort that they can spend doing other activities with or for their children. The teachers of these students are also greatly benefitted, as their students are more knowledgeable. You’re helping the classmates of these students as well, because once these students you’re working with understand the assignments, they’ll be able to help the other students out. Even the other family members of these four students are benefiting from your effort.
Now take a second to look at your service. Who is benefitting from your “ripple effect”? Just one act can have a significant impact on so many people. For those of you about to take part on any of the spring break volunteering trips, keep this thought in mind as you complete your service. How many people are you personally having a positive impact on? Your impact can be far greater than even you can imagine. 
Thank you,
Hayley- Facilitator 

Be Open Minded

There is a lot that can be learned from BUSN200. Both about yourself, and your community. When going into service, I hope that wherever anybody decides to do so they participate with an open mind. There is always a learning opportunity. Every single person you meet has an untold story with a different perspective, a new idea, or a motivating lesson. Don’t write a person or an organization off just because they’re small or disheveled. They have a world unknown to you, experiences that are completely different, and thoughts that you never would have thought of. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about their lives and situations. Don’t be afraid to branch out. As a BUSN200 student, working through service is a chance for you to rub shoulders with people that aren’t all that similar to you. Learn from these people by being empathetic. Think about what you would do in their shoes. It’s an interesting world out there, and when you have the chance to explore it, dive deep!


Braeden Stamas~ Facilitator


Different Perspective

BUSN200 has different reputations from students, advisors, facilitators, and other staff that sometime seem to cloud the true meaning and purpose of the course. I’m lucky enough to have two perspectives of the program, not only am I a facilitator, but I am also a business student who has yet to take the class.
Before I was hired as a facilitator I had heard of BUSN200, but my view was definitely negative. I got my information straight from fellow business students, and all I knew was that I had to complete 40 service hours in one semester and I wouldn’t even receive a grade (to me this was a negative thing because I believed it could have been an easy “A” to boost my GPA). Several questions ran through my head: “Why is this a requirement for only business students? How will this make me a better business professional? Isn’t ethics class enough? How will I have time? I don’t have a car… how will I get to the site?” It wasn’t because I didn’t want to volunteer, I have always enjoyed, and even been passionate about helping my community in any way. It was just that I wasn’t sure it would be possible, and the fact that I was being forced to do the service made me feel even more uncomfortable.
I know that many, if not all other business students have had many of these same thoughts. I know this not only because I understand the perspective as a fellow student, but because they have expressed these opinions during class, sent in through emails, over the phone, etc. I believe that having students facilitate the course allows for easier conversation on the topic of “why do we have to do this?”, and through conversation students can become more comfortable with this requirement.
To start the conversation, I would like to share the unique perspective I have gained as a facilitator.
I often have to explain over and over that the point of BUSN200 is not to “become a better person”, as people will try to use this exact statement as a learning objective. The statement isn’t a bad one, of course we hope that everyone will aim for constant self-improvement, the statement is just too vague. If I had to pick one simple statement to sum up the “point” of BUSN200 it would be: “to become a better business professional”. This statement can be used for any business course, and again it is vague, but it is more specific than to be a better person. It addresses the reason this requirement is addressed solely to business students, and with a better look at the course material, students begin to see that the knowledge they gain from course discussion is indeed useful as a business man or woman.
At BUSN200 we do our best to help business students become better professionals. We do this by facilitating conversations about non-profits and for-profits and their roles in the community, and by encouraging students to create their own objectives that will help them succeed after graduation.
I often describe the course as a “learn it yourself” course, because even though there are some pieces that are taught while in class, the majority of what a student will learn is taught to them through experience. I believe this is the biggest reason students are “forced” to come up with a site where they will complete forty service hours. It really is meant to be an opportunity; students can choose a site that will encourage their professional skills and success through experience while gaining an understanding of the importance of keeping a healthy community.
These are of course only my own personal observations as a student and facilitator, I’m sure Barbara and my fellow facilitators would have much to add, but like I said, I just wanted to start the conversation.
Erin Smith~Facilitator

BUSN200-ST. Thomas

One of the primary lessons to be gained through Business 200 is the impact that it has with the community around Saint Thomas.  Saint Thomas is well known throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota in general as being a great school that instills a sense of leadership and morality within its students but Business 200 also allows students to actually show the community the skills that they pick up at Saint Thomas.  Whether it is an internship at Finnegans or doing the accounting for a local nonprofit this program presents the opportunity for students to give back to those surrounding Saint Thomas in a way that is beneficial to the non-profits involved, the community, and themselves.   While many students may just see this program as another time commitment needed for graduation, I see it as a gateway to take the blessings we receive at this institution and share them with others.  No matter what the service is, we are given the ability to help better the lives of human beings and in doing so we have the chance to grow ourselves.

Dylan Bakken~BUSN 200 Facilitator