2016 - 02 (Feb), Course Information, Policies and Procedures

Welcome!

Welcome to all new and returning students. We hope you have a wonderful spring term!

Reminder: If you are not planning on registering for the spring 2016 term, be sure to submit a Leave of Absence Request form, which can be found in the Student Services section of Blackboard.

Spring 2016 drop dates (this can also be found in the Student Services section of Blackboard):

Refund Schedule: Last day to drop and receive 100% = February 15, 2016

Last day to drop and receive 80% = February 22, 2016

Last day to drop and receive 60% = February 29, 2016

Last day to drop and receive 40% = March 7, 2016

Last day to drop and receive 20% = March 14, 2016

No refunds after March 14, 2016

You must drop your class before the second to last class meets to avoid receiving an “F.” Example: Monday classes must be dropped before May 9.

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2016 - 02 (Feb)

University of St. Thomas Rolls Out New Branding: “All For the Common Good.”

On February 2, the University of St. Thomas unveiled its new brand. We hope you were part of the kick-off celebration, either in person or via the live stream.

When people hear the word “brand,” they often translate this to mean that an organization or company had their logo redesigned or chose a new color palette. But this initiative is so much more than that for our university. Our new tagline, “All for the common good,” encapsulates everything we do and believe in, including hard work, human dignity and the transformative power of purple. Our brand not only speaks to our rich history and reflects who we are today, but also clarifies our mission to be at the forefront of institutions that act as agents of change.

Learn more about how members of our community think, act and work to move the world forward on our new website dedicated to stories of common good. If you didn’t already receive a shirt, stop by TMH 100 to snag your swag the next time you’re on campus for class. And don’t forget to let us know how you’re working for the common good in whatever you do.

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2016 - 02 (Feb), Events, Graduation Information

Graduation Applications and Commencement

For those of you completing your degree requirements at the end of J-term or spring term, you are required to fill out a graduation application. If you have 6 or less credits remaining after the end of the spring term, and will finish up in summer, you are eligible to walk in the spring commencement and should also fill out a graduation application at this time. The application contains information about participation in commencement and what name you would like on your diploma, along with important details for graduation and commencement, so please fill it out as soon as possible!

If you are graduating this spring or summer, there will be a Dean’s Reception to celebrate the completion (or near completion) of your degree on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the Minneapolis campus in the Schulze Hall Atrium.

The graduate business commencement ceremony will be held on May 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. on the Saint Paul campus.grad cap

2016 - 02 (Feb), Course Information, Study Abroad Information

Head to Scandinavia in May & Globalize Your MBA

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Summer Term 2016

Program details for the summer 2016 Global Risk Leadership course in Scandinavia (MGMT 753) are now available, and applications are being accepted. Only a few spaces still remain, so apply today! The final application deadline is February 16, 2016.

If you are interested in joining the MGMT 753 course, visit the program page to learn more and apply online. Contact Professor Young with any questions.

2016 - 02 (Feb), Events, Graduation Information

2016 Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony Speaker Announced: Penny Wheeler, M.D., president and CEO of Allina Health

We are pleased to announce that Penny Wheeler, M.D., president and CEO of Allina Health, has been named speaker at the spring 2016 Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Wheeler became the president and CEO of Allina Health in 2015. She had served as chief clinical officer since 2006 and president since 2013. Wheeler sets the overall strategic direction for Allina Health, focusing on ensuring that the organization delivers exceptional care and supports the health and well-being of all those served. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Wheeler served patients at Women’s Health Consultants in Minneapolis.

Wheeler has championed many initiatives within Allina Health designed to enhance the quality, experience and affordability of care. Under her leadership, Allina Health has sharpened its focus on serving those who have not always been well-served by the health care system, including individuals with disabilities through the creation of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; those with mental illness and addiction issues through significant investments in Allina Health’s mental health capabilities; and those at the end of life through innovative approaches which allow patients in late life to focus on what matters most. In addition, Wheeler led the creation of Allina Health’s clinical service line model which helps ensure patients across a wide range of specialties receive the right care at the right place at the right time.

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2016 - 02 (Feb), Get Involved

Bring a Prospective MBA Student to Lunch!

Do you get questions from colleagues, friends and family about your graduate school experience? Give them the opportunity to talk with admissions staff and other current students to learn more about the program at an upcoming MBA Lunch event.

We’ve made reservations throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Lunch is on us if you bring someone who has expressed interest in St. Thomas MBA programs.

Upcoming MBA Lunch Dates and Locations

Thursday, February 18, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Rojo Mexican Grill, 1602 West End Blvd, St. Louis Park

Thursday, March 3, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | St. Paul Grill, 350 Market Street, St. Paul

Thursday, March 24, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | CRAVE, 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Thursday, April 14, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | BLVD Kitchen and Bar, 11544 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka

RSVP here. (It’s O.K. to bring more than one prospective student).

Questions? Contact the admissions team at ocbgradadmissions@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-8800.

2016 - 02 (Feb), Events

Save the Dates!

We have a number of great events planned for the spring term. See more detailed information about the February events below.

  • Tuesday, February 9 – GBCS Company Info Session: Coloplast
  • Wednesday, February 17 – Closing the Gap on Disparity in the Twin Cities
  • Thursday, February 18 – Kathy Rogers, CFO of U.S. Bank
  • Friday, February 19 – Master’s Pub: The Business of Digital DIY
  • Tuesday, February 23 or Wednesday, February 24 – GBCS Knowledge Session: Leveraging Your Grad Degree
  • Wednesday, March 2 or Thursday, March 3 – GBCS Knowledge Session: Networking
  • Saturday, March 12 – GBCS Knowledge Session: Negotiations
  • Tuesday, March 29 Thursday, March 31 – The Workplace Forum
  • Wednesday, March 30 – Executive Case Study: Building a MN Brand
  • Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7 – Happy Half Hour/E-Trax
  • Tuesday, April 12 – GBCS Company Info Session: UnitedHealth Group
  • Wednesday, April 13 – GBCS Career Insights
  • Monday, April 18 – GBCS Function Focus Panel: Business Analytics
  • Friday, April 22 – Master’s Pub
  • Monday, April 25 or Tuesday, April 26 – GBCS Knowledge Session: Social Styles
  • Friday, May 20 – BGS Induction Ceremony
  • Friday, May 20 – Dean’s Reception for Graduates
  • Saturday, May 21 – Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony
2016 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

Graduate Business Career Services Company Info Session: Coloplast, February 9

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Join us on Tuesday, February 9, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in TMH 401 for our company info session featuring Coloplast.

Coloplast is a $2.5B global medical products company with over 10,000 employees. Recognized at #33 on Forbes Most Innovative company ranking, it develops products and services that make life easier for people with personal and private medical conditions. Their business includes ostomy care, urology and continence care, and wound and skin care. Coloplast creates solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. Come and learn from company leaders and recruiters about Coloplast, its mission, its people and career opportunities for you.

Register for the event here.

 

 

2016 - 02 (Feb), Events

Kathy Rogers, CFO of U.S. Bank, February 18

Kathy Rogers US BankKathy Rogers, current CFO and vice chairman of U.S. Bank, will speak to both graduate and undergraduate business students on Thursday, February 18, from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the Schulze Hall Auditorium. Rogers will be sharing her career path during her 28-year tenure at U.S. Bank, the important qualities needed to be an effective leader in the workplace and her perspective on the current economic environment. This is a rare and incredible opportunity to hear from a top executive of the fifth largest bank in the United States. All students are encouraged to attend.

For more information and to register, please contact Chad Grossmann, president, St. Thomas Undergraduate Financial Management Association

2016 - 02 (Feb), Events, Master's Pub

Master’s Pub, February 19 – The Business of Digital DIY

How much time do you spend online each day? Do you enjoy sharing what’s new and interesting with your network? What if you could make a living through social media, doing something you love and sharing it with the world? Good news… you can! Join us to learn how our panelists turned a passion into a job, all in the name of social media. Login now.

Please join us for our next Master’s Pub, featuring Bruno Bornsztein, founder of Curbly.com, and Ahmed El Shourbagy and Ashley Paguyo El Shourbagy, founders of DogsofInstagram, on Friday, February 19, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in MOH 201.

Social time will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the speakers will present at 5:15 p.m. There will be additional time for pizza, wine, beer and soda after the question and answer session! Each student is welcome to bring a guest and registration is required.

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2016 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

GBCS Knowledge Session: Is Your Graduate Business Degree a Ticket to Success?, February 23 or 24

You know your graduate business degree is helping you to think and act in a new way on the job. You see business challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and understand how different parts of your organization work together (or not) to get things done. So how do you sell the significance of your graduate business experience?  How do you differentiate yourself from the next person? You’ll learn how to present and promote your unique combination of enhanced skills, greater knowledge, and future potential.

Register for the February 23 session or for the February 24 session here. Both events are from 5 – 5:50 p.m. in TMH 460.

2016 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

GBCS Knowledge Session: Yes, It Really Is Who You Know, March 2 or 3

Some call it an art, some call it a science, others just want to avoid it. Armstrong Williams says “Networking is an essential part of building wealth.”  What is this thing called networking and why is it so important to your career and professional development?   Find out the why, how, and practical approaches for building and maintaining a network that works for you and your success.

Register for the March 2 session or for the March 3 session here. Both events are from 5 – 5:50 p.m. in TMH 460.

 

2016 - 02 (Feb), Events

Executive Case Study: Building a Minnesota Brand, March 30

Kieran FolliardPlease join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in the Schulze Hall Auditorium, for this interactive case study discussion highlighting today’s business issues and how they apply across various industries. The program format simulates executive-style learning at the Opus College of Business.

This event will focus on exploring the impact of Minnesota entrepreneur Kieran Folliard, who founded four pubs – The Kieran’s, The Local, The Liffey and Cooper – before launching his 2 Gingers Irish whiskey in 2011. His latest venture is the Food Building.

In the second half of the session, a panel of leading Twin Cities executives will discuss the implication of Folliard’s business strategy to retail, health care and other industry sectors.

This is a free event, though advance registration is required. To help you fully engage in the discussion, the case study will be emailed to you in advance of the event.

2016 - 02 (Feb), Course Information, Study Abroad Information

Study in Brazil through the International Leadership Program

Through CELC, the International Leadership Program is offering a unique opportunity to learn about the culture, education and health care systems of Brazil through Leadership in International Context (EDLD 869).

Students will travel to Brazil on July 5 and return July 18. Applications are currently being accepted until March 16, 2016. There will be five in-class sessions, prior to departure, on June 14, 16, 21, 23 and 28. If you have questions about the course, please contact Professor Jean-Pierre Bongila at jpbongila@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-4799.

 

2016 - 02 (Feb), Get Involved

Join the Power of the Tommie Business Network

The Tommie network is impressive and far-reaching and one of many reasons that individuals consider and select the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business for their graduate business education.

In today’s marketplace, networking is key to opportunity and promotion. At the Opus College of Business, we want to better facilitate networking amongst our graduate business students and alumni.

Welcome to UST Biznet, the networking platform for graduate business students and alumni. UST Biznet enables you to:

  • Reconnect: Find and reminisce with classmates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.
  • Give back: Introduce, employ and be a mentor to our graduating students.
  • Expand: Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.
  • Get ahead: Advance your career through inside connections working in top companies and access to exclusive opportunities.

Signing up is quick and easy using your LinkedIn or Facebook profile. And as with any network, it’s only as valuable as the people in it.

 

 

2016 - 01 (Jan), Graduation Information

Graduation Applications and Commencement

For those of you completing your degree requirements at the end of J-term or spring term, you are required to fill out a graduation application. The application contains information about participation in commencement and the name you would like on your diploma, along with important details for graduation and commencement, so please fill it out as soon as possible!

If you are graduating this spring or summer, there will be a Dean’s Reception to celebrate the completion (or near completion) of your degree on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the Minneapolis campus in the Schulze Hall Atrium.

The graduate business commencement ceremony will be held on May 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. on the Saint Paul campus.grad cap

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New Student Orientation

Welcome to our new incoming spring 2016 students! If you have not done so already, make sure to RSVP for New Student Orientation. NSO will be held on Tuesday, January 26, from 4:45 – 8 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2016 - 01 (Jan)

J-term Food for Thought Hours

The UST Food Service offerings are scaled down during J-term as the student and staff traffic is substantially lower. The Food for Thought hours of operation for January:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday: Closed

Some downtown restaurants are closed on the weekends; some remain open. Nearby quick-service dining options that we’ve checked are open on Saturday include:

  • Lunds (1201 Hennepin Ave.) 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Chipotle (1040 Nicollet Mall, 1st level of Target Corp Tower, across from WCCO) 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Qdoba (Retek Building on Nicollet Mall on way to Target) Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Davanni’s (1242 Hennepin Ave) 10 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • Macy’s Marketplace (Basement of Macy’s Building @ 700 Nicollet Mall) 8 a.m.- 11 p.m.
  • Cosi (IDS Center on Nicollet Mall, First Floor) 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
  •   Panera Bread (809 Nicollet Mall, street level across from US Bank Tower) 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Target Store “Food Avenue” (Retek Building on Nicollet Mall) 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  •   Starbucks (1101 La Salle Ave. Next to The Doubletree Hotel) Hours: 7 am – 10 pm
  • Erbert & Gerbert’s (La Salle Plaza Building on the way to Macy’s @ 800 La Salle Ave) Hours: 8 am – 10 pm

 

(Note: Some of these places offer a discount if you show your UST student ID card…be sure to ask!)

2016 - 01 (Jan), Get Involved

St. Thomas Business Plan Competition

Win up to $20,000 cash in the St. Thomas Business Plan Competition!

This inaugural competition has tracks for both undergraduate and graduate students, with the top in each division winning $10,000 cash. An additional $5,000 will be awarded to the best overall pitch and best written submission. Initial submissions are due January 15 and final pitches will take place on February 12.

Don’t have experience creating a business plan? No problem. The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship is supplying all entrants with a free LivePlan account, a user-friendly, business plan creation website. Email schulzeschool@stthomas.edu for account access.

Click here for more information!