2015 - 02 (Feb)

Welcome!

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

Like thousands of students before you, one of the things you have learned – or will soon learn – is that asking questions and learning to synthesize those answers into decisions is the hallmark of a graduate degree from the University of St. Thomas. You will discover that an often overlooked outcome of your degree may be its impact on helping you find your voice and giving you the confidence to express it.

This February, the Opus College of Business is launching a campaign to highlight our role as a forum where big questions can be asked and discussed among our students, faculty, staff and the business community. We invite you to take part in the conversations around topics relevant to you in your work and your personal life by visiting StThomas.edu/FindYourAnswer and providing your opinions and insights.

Have a great semester!

Reminder: If you are not planning on registering for the spring 2015 term, be sure to submit a Leave of Absence Request Form, which can be found in Blackboard.

Spring 2015 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, 2015
Last day to drop and receive 80% = February 22, 2015
Last day to drop and receive 60% = March 1, 2015
Last day to drop and receive 40% = March 8, 2015
Last day to drop and receive 20% = March 15, 2015
No refunds after March 15, 2015

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 11.

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2015 - 02 (Feb), Graduation Information

Graduation Applications and Commencement

grad capFor 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 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 22, 2015, 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 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. on the Saint Paul campus.

2015 - 02 (Feb), Study Abroad Information

Head to London in June & Globalize Your MBA

LondonSpring Term 2015

Program details for the spring 2015 Risk Leadership in a Global Context course in London (MGMT 753) are now available, and applications are being accepted.  Spaces still remain, so apply today!  The final application deadline is February 16, 2015.

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.

 

2015 - 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 this spring. Lunch is on us if you bring someone who has expressed interest in UST MBA programs.

  • Thursday, February 5, 12-1:30 p.m. | Redstone, 12501 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
  • Thursday, February 19, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Kincaid’s, 380 St. Peter St. #125, St. Paul
  • Thursday, March 5, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Campiello, 6411 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie
  • Thursday, March 26, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Tavern Grill, 772 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury
  • Thursday, April 9, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Redstone, 12109 Main St. North, Maple Grove
  • Thursday, April 23, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Chianti Grill, 2050 N Snelling Avenue, Roseville
  • Thursday, May 7, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Tavern Grill, 10950 Club West Parkway, Blaine
  • Thursday, June 18, 12 – 1:30 p.m. | Mission, 77 South 7th Street, Minneapolis

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

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

2015 - 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.

  • Wednesday, February 11 – Power Lunch: Sales and Marketing with Avinash Malshe
  • Thursday, February 19 – Career Insights: What Recruiters Want with Joe Reardon
  • Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24 – Career Skills: Strengths-Based Leadership – Leveraging your Assets
  • Friday, February 27 – Master’s Pub: Chuck Runyon, Anytime Fitness CEO
  • Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5 – Career Skills: Switching Careers with Confidence
  • Monday, March 23 – Thursday, March 26 – Happy Half Hour/E-Trax
  • Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14 – Career Skills: Influencing Styles – Getting Others on Your Side
  • Wednesday, April 15 – Power Lunch: Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29 – Career Skills: Being Proactive with Your Future
  • Wednesday, April 29 – Diversity Insights: Advertising with a D&I Purpose
  • Friday, May 22 – BGS Induction Ceremony
  • Friday, May 22 – Dean’s Reception for graduates
  • Saturday, May 23 – Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony
2015 - 02 (Feb), Events, Power Lunch

Power Lunch: Sales and Marketing with Avinash Malshe

Join us for our next Power Lunch: Helping Sales & Marketing Play Nice with Avinash Malshe, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing in the Opus College of Business. Malshe will discuss the relationship between sales and marketing, citing research and outcomes from his book, Improving Sales and Marketing Collaboration.

This Power Lunch will take place on Wednesday, February 11, from 11:45 a.m.  – 1 p.m. in TMH 252. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

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2015 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

Career Insights: What Recruiters Want, February 19

What Recruiters WantJoin us for the next Career Insights event: What Recruiters Want, featuring three top-level hiring professionals who will discuss the latest trends in hiring and recruiting.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m., and networking from 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for advanced registration, and $10 onsite registration. We hope to see you there!

2015 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

Career Skills: Strengths-Based Leadership – Leveraging your Assets

Business culture has so long encouraged us to focus on trying to fix ourselves that we often minimize or completely overlook our strengths.  Based on the popular StrengthsFinder tool and defined in Strengths-Based Leadership by Conchie and Rath, there are four domains of leadership strength. Find out how your top five themes sort into these domains and how to leverage these strengths to your advantage. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Strengths Based Leadership including a new leadership version of the StrengthsFinder assessment.

This session will take place on both Monday, February 23, and Tuesday, February 24, in TMH 301. Registration is required.      

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2015 - 02 (Feb), Events, Master's Pub

Master’s Pub, February 27 – Chuck Runyon of Anytime Fitness

Chuck RunyonPlease join us for our next Master’s Pub, featuring Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness, on Friday, February 27, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Social time will begin at 4:30 p.m. and Chuck 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. Watch your UST email for more info and how to register.

2015 - 02 (Feb), Career Services, Events

Career Skills: Switching Careers with Confidence

Are you interested in transitioning into a new position outside of your current career track? Making the jump to your dream job can be challenging but worth the effort (you may need to take a side trip to get there). The session will cover what you need to do to build your comfort and confidence with the new path and help the recruiter or hiring manager see you as a great candidate.

Join us for this session on Wednesday, March 4, or Thursday, March 5. Register here.

 

Switching Careers

 

2015 - 02 (Feb)

2015 Julie Hays Teaching Award Call for Nominations

Nominations for the sixth annual Julie Hays Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty committed to teaching and learning, 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.

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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.

Details are available on the Opus College of Business website. If you have any questions, please contact the Julie Hays Award Committee at HaysAward@stthomas.edu. The deadline to nominate is March 3, 2015, and you can click here to submit a nomination.

2015 - 02 (Feb), Events, Family Business Center

The Right Education for your Family Business’s Next Generation, March 6

Identifying future skills gaps in a business isn’t easy. Pairing them with strengths and weaknesses of your children can be downright hard. Family businesses must work with members of their next generation to find the appropriate education and training to support the family and business long into the future.

Join us on Friday, March 6, to learn from successful family businesses how to determine gaps in the business’s future knowledge base, align the next generation’s interests with those gaps, and how to make the next generation of the business more successful.

This event is free for St. Thomas students, alumni and their business families. Click here for more information and to register. Call 651-962-4560 with any questions.

2015 - 02 (Feb), Get Involved

Sign Up Now for the UST Graduate Business Mentorship Program

This school year, the existing mentorship program is expanding to include students and alumni of all graduate business degree programs. There are already well over 100 alumni interested in mentoring a current student. These alumni represent a broad spectrum of industries, titles and organizations.

If you have not yet signed up and are interested in being paired with an alumni mentor, please complete this short survey to provide the necessary information needed to match you based on your interests and career aspirations. As students opt in, they will get paired ASAP with an alumni mentor when identified.

Thanks to all those who have already signed up to be part of the graduate business mentorship program. Please contact Amanda Wagner at (651) 962-4253 or amhwagner@stthomas.edu with any questions or concerns.

2015 - 02 (Feb), Get Involved, Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Stu Clark Investment Competition through U of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba is hosting a competition very similar to our own Fowler Business Concept Challenge called the Stu Clark Investment Competition. Preliminary submissions are due Friday, February 13. The competition is held March 27-28, in Winnipeg. 16 teams will make the semifinal competition and be guaranteed at least a $1,000 cash prize (Canadian). Student teams will compete for over $50,000 in prizes, including $20,000 for first place.

Funding is available to support interested student teams in their travel. Please email schulzeschool@stthomas.edu if you are interested in learning more. 

2015 - 01 (Jan), Registration Information

Registration News

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday break! If you have not yet registered for spring term 2015, please do so right away. Spring term courses begin the week of February 2, and schedules can be found in Class Finder.

If you are planning to take a Leave of Absence during spring term, please contact your adviser.

2015 - 01 (Jan), Graduation Information

Graduation Applications and Commencement

grad capFor 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 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 22, 2015, 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 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. on the Saint Paul campus.

2015 - 01 (Jan), Events, NSO

New Student Orientation

Welcome to our new incoming spring 2015 students! If you have not done so already, make sure to RSVP for New Student Orientation. NSO will be held on Wednesday, January 28, from 4:45 – 8 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2015 - 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) 9 a.m.- 10 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.

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

2015 - 01 (Jan), Events

Diversity Insights Business Breakfast, January 21

Shawn JudgePlease join us for the next session of our Diversity Insights Breakfast Series, taking place on Wednesday, January 21, at 8 a.m. in TMH 252. The topic is: What Are You Afraid Of?, which will focus on identifying your fears, and how they affect and/or inhibit risk taking in business. Our featured speakers are Shawn Judge, founder and president of the Speaker’s Edge, which provides public speaking training; and Tonya Hampton, Ed.d., a strategic HR leader with more than 20 years of experience.

The cost is $45 per person, but students should email ocbevents@stthomas.edu for a registration discount. Registration is required.