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Registration for Summer and Fall Terms

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Registration for summer and fall terms begins tomorrow, April 1. If you are planning on taking off the fall term, please submit a Leave of Absence form, which you can find in BlackboardUST MBA, to your program adviser prior to the start of the fall term.

Graduation and Commencement Information

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Students graduating at the end of the spring or summer 2014 terms are required to fill out a graduation application. The online application collects critical details, including how you’d like your name to appear on your diploma and if you plan to participate in spring commencement ceremonies – so please fill it out as soon as possible!

Graduate business commencement ceremonies will be held May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Dean’s Reception for graduates will be held May 22 from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. in the Schulze Hall Atrium. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.  We encourage you to invite your manager, mentor, colleague or other guest whose support has been important to the completion of your degree. We hope to see you there!grad cap

Bring a Prospective Student to Lunch

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Do you get questions from colleagues, friends and family about your experience in the Evening UST MBA program? 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 this spring. Lunch is on us if you bring someone who has expressed interest in UST MBA programs.

  • Thursday, April 10, 12- 1:30 p.m. | Chianti Grill, 2050 N Snelling Avenue, Roseville
  • Thursday, April 24, 12- 1:30 p.m. | Redstone, 12109 Main St. North, Maple Grove
  • Thursday, May 8, 12- 1:30 p.m. | The Tavern Grill, 772 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury

Let us know you plan to attend and who you are bringing (it’s okay to bring more than one prospective student).

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

 

 

Electronic Commerce Scholarship 2014

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

The Electronic Commerce Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the MBA or GPS student in recognition of excellence in academics and leadership related to electronic commerce. Eligible students are those who are NOT already receiving full tuition reimbursement from their employer, or a full scholarship at UST. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 7, to Kathleen Hauser (kmhauser@stthomas.edu).

Please continue reading for additional scholarship criteria and application materials…

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Upcoming Events – Mark your calendar…

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

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

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-          Tuesday, April 1 – 3M Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunity

-          Thursday, April 3 – Return on Awareness: Leaders and Organizational Culture

-          Wednesday, April 9 – Career Skills: Positioning Statement/Elevator Pitch

-          Friday, April 11 – UST MBA Career Fair

-          Thursday, April 17 – Intersections in Leadership

-          Tuesday, April 22 – Mindfulness at Work: Organization Learning and Development

-          Thursday, April 24 – Business as an Agent for Social Change

-          Thursday, May 22 – Dean’s Reception for graduates

-          Saturday, May 24 – Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony

3M Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunity

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

If you’re interested in hearing about what is currently happening at 3M, and where they are going, please join us at our 3M Panel Discussion in Schulze Auditorium on Tuesday, April 1, from 5- 6 p.m. RSVP here.

The panel will be composed of representatives from a number of different areas within 3M. Continue reading for a list of participants…

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Return on Awareness: Leaders and Organizational Culture

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

New Faculty

Join us Thursday, April 3, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. in Opus Hall room 201, for Return on Awareness (ROA): Leaders and Organizational Culture. Dr. William Brendel, Ed.D., assistant professor of Organization Learning and Development at UST, will discuss mindfulness and awareness in the workplace, and how awareness affects the workplace and organizational settings.

The cost of admission is $10 for current students and $25 for the general public. Click here for more information and to register to attend.

Career Skills: Positioning Statement/Elevator Pitch

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

To stand out from the rest, you want people to clearly know what you have to offer and how you are going to help them. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll craft your distinctive brand, create a compelling 30” pitch (elevator speech), and develop a networking strategy to let the world (internal/external) know what you’ve got!

This event will take place on Wednesday, April 9, from 5- 5:50 p.m. in TMH 255. Registration is required.Elevator Pitch

UST MBA Career Fair, April 11

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Career FairAre you in the midst of a job or career transition? Thinking about making a move?  Then join us for the UST MBA Career Fair on Friday, April 11th from Noon to 3PM in the Terrence Murphy Hall Atrium.

Twelve companies will be attending, all of which have needs for both permanent positions and short-term project opportunities.  Here are examples of the companies attending:

 

  • Tennant
  • Pentair
  • G&K
  • Jacobs Marketing
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Donaldson
  • BringMeTheNews

 Please RSVP if you are planning on attending. Dress in business attire and bring your resume. For additional questions, feel free to contact Tom Colosimo in Graduate Business Career Services.

Intersections in Leadership, April 17

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Please join us for our next Intersections event on Thursday, April 17 from 5- 7 p.m. in Schulze Hall Auditorium. Intersections in Leadership will feature a conversation between Craig Herkert, former CEO, president and vice president of distribution and services for SUPERVALU, and Pat Hedberg, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair in the UST Management department.

A reception will take place from 5- 6 p.m., followed by the discussion and a question and answer session from 6- 7 p.m. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required.

Pat Hedberg

Craig Herkert

Mindfulness at Work: Organization Learning and Development, April 22

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Sponsored by the Department of Organizational Learning and Development in CELC, this event will introduce you to the practice of mind-body awareness, including a discussion on improving wellness and health at work. Participants will also be led through a meditation exercise and will discuss the role and impact of mindfulness as a leadership competency. This signature event includes two local experts in mindfulness practice and mind/body awareness: Matthew Sanford (Mind Body Solutions) and Mariann Johnson (senior instructor, Institute for Mindful Leadership).

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 6-8 p.m., in Opus Hall 201/202. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

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Business as an Agent for Social Change, April 24

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Veritas Institute

Please join the Veritas Institute for a two-part program of reflection and discussion on the topic of leveraging the corporate model to effect social change. Session one is entitled: Benefit Corporations and the Law, and session two is: Curing Poverty. Part of the Higher Calling Series from the Veritas Institute of the Opus College of Business, this event is presented with the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Habiger Institute for Catholic Leadership of the Center for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Click Here for more information or contact Naomi Sack via email Sack5317@stthomas.edu or by phone: 651-962-4293.

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21st Annual Stakeholder Dialogue, April 9

Published on: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Hedrick SmithThe 21st Annual Stakeholder Dialogue will be held on April 9 from 5- 7 p.m. in Schulze Hall Auditorium. Featured speaker Hedrick Smith will present: Who Stole the American Dream? An examination of wealth creation and wealth distribution. Smith will address the tension between the private sector, with its traditional role in wealth creation, and the public sector, with its traditional role in wealth distribution. Smith is the Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times Washington bureau chief, editor and reporter; and an Emmy award-winning producer and correspondent with PBS. Jennifer Ford Reedy, president of the Bush Foundation, and Robert G. Kennedy, professor and chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, will respond to Smith’s remarks. The dialogue will be moderated by Michelle Rovang Burke, director of the Veritas Institute at the Opus College of Business.

The program will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a question and answer session from 6:15- 7 p.m. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required.

 

Registration for Summer/Fall 2014, April 1-3

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Registration for summer and fall terms opens for Evening MBA students on April 1-3, depending on your seniority.  Watch your UST email for more information and resources, and expect notification of your specific registration date/time in mid-March.

Make sure to plan ahead! Contact your program advisor with any questions.

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Graduation Applications and Commencement

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Those of you completing your degree requirements at the end of the spring term 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!

The graduate business commencement ceremony will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 24, 2014, at 7 p.m.

The Dean’s Reception for graduates will be held May 22 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the Schulze Hall Atrium. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. We encourage you to invite your manager, mentor, colleague or other guest whose support has been important to the completion of your degree.

The Beta Gamma Sigma Induction ceremony will be held May 23 on the St. Paul campus. Graduating students eligible to join BGS will be notified in March.grad cap

Happy Half Hour/E-Trax, March 17-20

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Networking is one of the most important keys to success for Opus College of Business students. Join the Student Services team and Robert Half International Management Group for Happy Half Hour, held in the TMH Atrium from 7-8 p.m. each evening March 17-20, to mingle and have a snack and a beverage during your usual class break time.  MBA program advisors will also be on hand to discuss elective options and specializations (e-trax), and to answer any registration questions as we approach registration week.

While you are meeting your peers, learn more about how Robert Half can be of service to you. Consistently ranked number one in their industry in Fortune magazine’s list of “America’s Most Admired Companies,” Robert Half International helps businesses grow by providing the talented and skilled people they need to succeed. Their goal in partnering with St. Thomas is to provide students with world-class resources whether your company is adding staff or you are exploring your next role yourself. Robert Half specializes in permanent, temporary and project placement in the areas of accounting, finance, IT, administrative, legal, marketing, and human resources.

Robert Half

Bring a Prospective Student to Lunch

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Do you get questions from colleagues, friends and family about your experience in the Evening UST MBA program? 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 this spring. Lunch is on us if you bring someone who has expressed interest in UST MBA programs.

  • Thursday, March 13, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Kincaid’s, 380 St. Peter St. #125, St. Paul
  • Thursday, March 27, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Campiello, 6411 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie
  • Thursday, April 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Chianti Grill, 2050 N Snelling Avenue, Roseville
  • Thursday, April 24, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Redstone, 12109 Main St. North, Maple Grove
  • Thursday, May 8, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | The Tavern Grill, 772 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury

Let us know you plan to attend and who you are bringing (it’s O.K. to bring more than one prospective student).

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

2015 OCB Graduate Study Abroad Programs

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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We are pleased to announce the short-term study abroad programs planned for the next academic year:

  • J-term 2015: 
    • Global Financial Services (FINC752) in Hong Kong & China
    • Marketing in an Emerging Market (MKTG714) in Brazil & Argentina
  • Spring term 2015: 
    • Risk Management in a Global Context (MGMT753) in London

Watch your UST email for announcements when more information.

2014 Julie Hays Teaching Award Nominations

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

img_HaysJulieNominations for the fifth annual Julie Hays Teaching Award are now being accepted. Introduced in 2009, this annual award was created to recognize faculty members who exemplify an ongoing commitment to teaching and learning. The award honors Dr. Julie Hays, a member of the Operations and Supply Chain Management Department, who died suddenly in 2007.

Faculty, students and alumni may nominate a faculty member in the Opus College of Business who they feel best meets the award criteria:

  • Active engagement with students.
  • Ability to stretch and challenge students.
  • Concern for the student as a whole person.
  • Creative approaches to teaching or the development of effective teaching materials.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for teaching

Additional details are available on the Opus College of Business website and any questions can be directed to the Julie Hays Award Committee at HaysAward@stthomas.edu. Nominations may be submitted here and the deadline for nominations is March 10, 2014.

Aristotle Fund now accepting applications – deadline is March 28

Published on: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Aristotle-LogoThe University of St. Thomas offers a unique elective opportunity for finance-focused UST MBA candidates. The Aristotle Fund is a student-managed investment fund, and the unique learning vehicle for the UST MBA elective course FINC 717: Investment Fund Management.

It provides finance-focused St. Thomas full-time and evening MBA candidates with an exceptional hands-on experience – managing a $4.7 million investment fund.  FINC 717 is a 12-month commitment, and fulfills six elective credits in your degree plan.

Please note it is a very competitive selection process. No more than 14 students will be selected to participate each year. Required prerequisite courses for the Aristotle Fund include FINC600 (Financial Management) and FINC 703 (Investments).  FINC705 (Financial Statement Analysis) is also highly recommended.  For information about applying for this unique opportunity, please visit the Aristotle Fund prospective student page.

The application deadline is March 28, 2014.  Qualified students will be contacted to schedule an interview on April 9 or 10. Students selected will be notified the week of April 16.