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Weekly Update – September 25, 2014

Published on: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

 Greetings Students,

This is the first of our UPDATE blogposts. Everything from your weekly updates, but in an easily accessible location. Info is color coded. Date items in black are for everyone. Second years – red. First years, green.

First off, a plea from your colleagues: Log off when you use a computer in the Commons! Just leaving it locks it to everyone but you. Causes trouble when other students look for a computer to use, and find many of them locked.

 Highlighted Events: (Note: This link takes you to the Google calendar, where you can see all of our upcoming events. Change it to a weekly view to get more details.

Google Calendar

Friday, September 26. 8:00am – 12:00pm. Leader Lab in SCH 120

1:00 – 4:00pm. GBCS Job Search Strategies in TMH 460

Monday, September 29, 1:30 – 4:45pm – Both sections of Financial Accounting will meet together

Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 – 1:15pm – Thrivent Job Info Session in TMH 301

Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 – 3:55pm – The first midterm in Financial Accounting

Thursday, October 2, 12:00 – 1:15pm – Henkel Job Info Session in TMH 301.

5:00 – 7:00pm – Open 4 Business at the Local

Friday, October 3, 8:00am – 12:00pm – Section 1 Communication Labs.

1:00 – 5:00pm – Section 2 Communication Labs.

3:00 – 6:30– Target Field Fulton Brewery Event

Have a great weekend!


Full Time UST MBA at the WorldQuest Quiz Competition

Published on: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

USTatMIC-3 For the 13th year in a row, the Minnesota International Center hosted the World Quest Quiz competition on Friday, November 1, 2013. About 300 people packed into the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Center and 36 teams competed, including General Mills, Target, Medtronic, Ecolab, etc.. All teams were tested on their global knowledge of geography, politics, and current world events. Eight students, Julio Acosta, Nigel Brown, Liseth Bucheli, Nana Kwapong, Pleasant Radford, Maurielle Storms, Lukasz Wlosiak and  Gabriela Trejo-Juarez dressed in purple to form the UST MBA team.

USTatMIC-2The team encountered tough questions like: “How many countries (that are independent commonwealths of the UK) have a union jack as part of their flags?” or “When was the last time a US presidential dinner cancelled?” Luckily, the team’s studying and global knowledge paid off. Out of 36 teams, UST placed 5th (tying with Geodesy Odyssey and Wells Fargo), just 2 points away from third prize. In fact, Liseth won a door prize gift certificate just for participating! After the results were in, many other participants noted and congratulated the UST team’s ranking. What a great way to start a weekend and show team spirit!

See more on the event, including our team, at

Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Tekne Awards- Industry Association Opportunities

Published on: Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Over 1000 business leaders will converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 6 to celebrate many notable players in Minnesota’s tech-based economy.  The 2013 Tekne Awards will recognize innovation and achievement from a set of 12 categories ranging from information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing, to Edtech, digital-learning and start ups, to name a few.  This year’s finalists include a Who’s Who of Minnesota companies including Ecolab (Advanced Manufacturing), Mayo Clinic (Healthcare Delivery), and Digital River (Mobile Technologies), as well as some up and comers like UpNet Technologies (Software) and Custom Control Systems (Start Up).

Why is any of this relevant to you, a UST MBA student?  Simply put- the Minnesota High Tech Association represents one of many examples of the rich programming and networking opportunities available to a next generation business leader through Minnesota’s wide and varied list of membership-based industry associations. The University of St. Thomas is a member of the Minnesota High Tech Association (and so are over 300 other companies).  One look at MHTA’s list of board members and you realize that MHTA is a real powerhouse in Minnesota. 

MHTA delivers a wide-range of programming including quarterly member-only networking events, the MHTA Spring Conference, Women Leading in Technology and the newly emerging Robotics Alley- an organization co-founded by Alan Bignall ’85, CEO of ReconRobotics.  To connect the dots further, Alan Bignall is the recipient of the 2011 University of St. Thomas Entrepreneurship of the Year Award and his company, ReconRobotics was awarded a Tekne award in 2012.

The Minnesota Tekne Awards gives us a reason to get to know our Minnesota businesses, their accomplishments and contributions, a whole lot better. While most of us are quiet familiar with the products and services of Minnesota’s Fortune 500 entities, how many of us can say that we have a clue about what ByteSpeed (Computer Hardware & Electronic Devices) or CogCubed (Healthcare Delivery) have to offer their customers?  

Ask yourself- is there a UST grad connected to one these organizations or someone else you should make time to get to know? Who knows-perhaps one of this year’s Tekne finalists will find themselves on your short list of hopeful future employers!

I plan to share more information on Minnesota’s industry-association offerings in the weeks ahead and ways you can get involved, make connections, and stand out as you work to advance yourself in the marketplace.  Go for it. Get out there. blank

Colleen Sauter

Cooking up a Team

Published on: Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The upcoming International Club Potluck next Tuesday, September 24, has got me thinking about recipes. What should I bring as my contribution? I love brownies, so I think that may be it.

A good brownie is like a good team. It’s composed of several ingredients, and none is more important than the others.

First, cocoa. By itself it is very bitter. You certainly wouldn’t want to eat it alone.

Next, sugar. Not too much – think of the calories – not too little or you won’t balance cocoa’s bitterness.

Then there’s the eggs. Whipped high so the brownies rise.

Butter. Without it you’d be making some kind of chocolate omelet.

And finally, flour. It gives substance to your brownies.

A set of ingredients, each very different than the other. Each absolutely essential to create a pan of brownies.  Of course teams aren’t brownies, but each team is composed of various members, each of whom brings something special. In the case of the brownies, you might think cocoa was the most important item, but without sugar, your brownie certainly wouldn’t taste very good. Without eggs, you’d have something lying flat in the pan. Without butter, without flour, it simply wouldn’t work!

Look around at the people in your team. Like the brownies, it would be hard to do without any of the ingredients.

Enjoy getting to know each other. Together you will create something you could never make alone.

Student Association Welcomes Class of 2015

Published on: Monday, September 16th, 2013

On behalf of the UST MBA Student Association, it is with great pleasure I welcome the incoming class of 2015. The Opus College of Business is happy to have you aboard for a fun, challenging educational journey.

New to the MBA program is the Student Association blog, an outlet for second-year students to impart their knowledge onto incoming first-years, and voice their opinions on some of the major experiences you will encounter in the upcoming nine months. In conjunction with the administration, faculty and Student Life, Student Association wants to help you fully embrace your transition from backpack to briefcase.

We understand each of you comes from a unique background. And some of our experiences may not match exactly what you will feel, but we hope our blog will give you a look into what your classmates may be feeling, give you advice on how to overcome challenges, and give you tips on how to make your MBA experience a rousing success.

You were chosen for this program because administration sees the potential in you. They can see the tools you have to offer. They want you to succeed, and will do everything in their power to help you do so. The same can be said about your fellow classmates – those from which you’ll find lifelong friends who will help you achieve success along the way.

With that, SA warmly welcomes you to the UST community and sincerely looks forward to learning about what makes you, well, you.

Launch Presentation on Revealing Conscience

Published on: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Here is Professor Goodpaster’s PowerPoint presentation on Revealing Conscience in Problem Solving. Scroll down to:


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Friday Presentations

This will be of value for your Friday presentations.

Critical Thinking Launch Assignment

Published on: Monday, August 26th, 2013

Dean Puto has assigned the following for his Critical Thinking session on Thursday, August 29th at 8:30 a.m.:

Leaders are supposed to be critical thinkers who carefully analyze their situation, create and evaluate actionable alternatives, choose and implement the “best” course of action, and learn from the results.  You will spend the next 21 months acquiring “critical thinking skills,” but many experts debate even the definition of critical thinking, let alone the actual process of how to do it. The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the concept, to help you “think” about what “critical thinking” might look and feel like, and to let you try some critical thinking in a particular context. Rest assured, in our 45 minutes together on Thursday morning, you will not magically become expert critical thinkers, but you should begin to have an appreciation for the concept and be receptive to the many opportunities you will have over the next 21 months to more fully develop your critical thinking skills.

1. Read the three‐page article headed “Why Critical Thinking.” Don’t memorize it. Just read it and see if it makes any sense to you. If elements of it raise questions in your mind, mark those
points, and we will see if we can expand on them in this session.

2. Read the short case entitled: “Techtronics Limited.” Please note that the timing of the case is set in 1995, when many of you were probably in grade school. Most of you have one or more HDTV sets in your home or apartment. At some level, you are probably an expert on the topic of modern video imaging. So, don’t try to solve their problem and “answer” the case. History has already done that. Rather, imagine that you were a business professional at the time of the case, and all you know about the technology is what is in the case. What are the kinds of questions would you be asking and where would you go to get the information you needed to answer them so that you could then make a well‐reasoned recommendation to Mr. Leeds, the company president?

Turn in:
NOTHING. That’s right, just read and think, and then bring your brain and those thoughts to the session on Thursday morning.
Note: Since you will be working in groups on your Launch Project, it is fine for you to discuss the article, the case, and your thoughts among your teammates and other classmates as time and circumstances permit. You won’t be “graded,” but I will most likely call on individual students to share their thoughts and ideas. So, be sure that you have some!

Class of 2015: Launch Schedule

Published on: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013



         Class of 2015 Launch Schedule
         August 26 – 30
         See details below for daily schedule and dress code



Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast Schulze (SCH) Atrium
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome from Dean Puto and Tiffany Cork SCH 120
9:20 – 9:40 Faculty/staff introductions SCH 120
9:40 – 9:45 Team discovery SCH 120
9:45 – 10:15 Break, get to know each other in teams and prepare to introduce each other SCH 120
10:15 – 11:15 New student introductions SCH 120
11:15 – 12:45 Lunch with MBA Student Association MOH 201
12:45 - 1:30 Introduction to Case Method - Professor Malshe SCH 127 
1:30 -   1:45 Break  
1:45 – 2:00 Classroom Capture – Dean Puto SCH127
2:00 -  5:00 Branding Mini-Cases – Dean Puto and Professors James, Malshe, and Goodpaster SCH 127
9:00 pm Email “Purpose of Business” assignment to Professor French (  

Dress code: business casual 

8:30 – 9:15 am Ethical Leadership in the UST MBA SCH 120
9:15 – 11:15 Purpose of Business – Professors James, Goodpaster and French SCH 120
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch with Professor Ron James MOH 201
12:45 – 1:45 Launch week team project introduction – Professors Arnold and Malshe SCH 120
1:45 – 2:15 Introduction to library resources – Andrea Koeppe and Scott Oldman SCH 127
2:15 -end of day Project work time with your team  

Dress code: business professional

9:00 – 11:00 Project work time Student commons
9:15  – 11:15 Photos for Student Directory (Teams will be assigned times) SCH 120
11:00 – 11:15 SOS: Student Life – Kay Wimer SCH 120
11:15 – 12:00 Mission, Vision, Credo: Building Our Brand – Dean Woodson SCH 120
12:00 – 2:30 Lunch and introduction to Career Services TMH 252
2:30 – 2:45  Break  
2:45 – 3:45 Industry Panel: Corporate Finance
Industry Panel: Consulting
SCH 315
SCH 316
3:45 – 4:00 Break   
4:00 – 5:00 Industry Panel: Financial Services
Industry Panel: The Marketing Mix
  SCH 315
  SCH 316
5:00 – 7:15 OPTIONAL EVENT
Managing Up: A Dynamic Career Roundtable with Professor Pat Hedberg, Ph.D
5:00 – 6:00 Reception
6:00 – 7:15 Career Roundtable
RSVP required:  
MOH 201

Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:15 Critical thinking session – Dean Puto SCH 127
9:15 – 9:30 Break  
9:30 – 11:30 Sharpening Your Professional Edge – Ms. Tricia Cook SCH 120
11:30 – 1:00 Etiquette lunch – Ms. Tricia Cook TMH 252
1:00 – 4:00 Leadership Lab 2.0 – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120

“Presentation Day” – dress code is business professional 

8:30 – 12:30 Project Presentations:
15 minute presentations, 5 minute Q & A
 SCH 120
8:30 – 10:10   8:30     Germany       Team 1.1
 8:55     Peru              Team 1.2
 9:20     South Africa   Team 1.3
 9:45     Saudi Arabia   Team 1.4
 10:10   Russia            Team 1.5
SCH 120
10:15 – 10:35 Break  
10:35 – 12:30   Continue Project Presentations
  10:50   Hungary        Team 2.1
  11:15   New Zealand  Team 2.2
  11:40   Kenya           Team 2.3
  12:05   Venezuela      Team 2.4
  12:30   Finland          Team 2.5
SCH 120
1:00 – 2:30 Lunch, champagne toast and closing remarks MOH 201

Special dates to note for the first week of class:

8:00 – 12:00 Leadership Lab – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120
1:30 – 4:30 Career Services –  Standing Out from the Rest: Your Brand, Your Pitch and Networking TMH350


First Day of Regular Semester Classes


10:00 – 12:00 FT MBA International students ONLY – OISS Orientation – Margaret McKibbin and Samba Dieng SCH 302
12:00 – 1:00 Career Services luncheon: Making a Big Impression in a Short Time – Career Fair Success Strategies  MOH 201
 1:30 – 4:45   Regularly scheduled classes in the afternoon:
  Management of Org Behavior and Statistics


8:00 – 5:00 Communication Labs – See the Commons Whiteboard for specific times TMH 353/354

Class of 2014: Re-Launch Schedule

Published on: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

           Class of 2014 Re-Launch
           Thursday, September 5, 2013
           12:00 – 6:30 PM
           Dress Code: Business Professional

Please note: the Ethics Core Class sessions meet in the morning

Time Activity Location
12:00 – 12:40 Career Services Luncheon - Making a Big Impression in a Short Time: Career Fair Success Strategies. Optional
MOH 201
12:45-1:00 Welcome From Dean Puto SCH 421 
1:00-1:30 Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Mr. Steve Vuolo & Assistant Dean Bill Woodson
SCH 421 
1:30-2:15 Leadership Lab 3 Overview
Professor Tuzcu
SCH 421 
2:15-2:30 Student Life Updates (10 min)
Kay Wimer

  • Key Dates
  • Labs and the Friday Schedule
  • Graduation info – applying etc.
SCH 421
2:30 – 2:45 Student Association
SA officers
Student Association programs and updates
SCH 421 
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Career Services / Recruiter Panel
Includes recruiters from Target, UnitedHealth Group, Health Partners,
G & K and Cummins
MOH 201 
4:30 – 6:30 Open 4 Business – Welcome back second year students, introduce first year students, and network with alumni. Optional The Local



Class of 2015 – Required Summer Pre-course Assignments

Published on: Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Below are the current pre-course assignments. 

*Please note that other assignments may be added at the discretion of our professors.  It is your responsibility to check the blackboard site and read the syllabus for each class carefully to note any additional required readings or assignments that professors may have posted.

1. MGMT Communications Lab Pre-course assignment (Due at 9:00 p.m. first day of Launch – Monday, 8/26)

Read the article “What’s a Business For?” by Charles Handy

Read the article “The Social Responsibility of a Business is to Increase its Profits” by Milton Friedman

Complete a written assignment (Instructions can be found here).  DUE THE FIRST DAY OF LAUNCH BY 9:00 P.M.

2. BEC 600 Pre-course assignment (due 9/4):

Contact Prof. Combs if you have any questions about the course or this assignment:

Register for the Aplia Electronic Course:

1. Connect to: //
2. If you already have an account, sign in. Go to your My Courses page, and click the Enroll in a New Course button.
If you don’t have an account, click the Create a New Account button, and choose Student Account.
3. Enter your Course Key when prompted: RLMT-VNS5-FEMA. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to access your course.

Payment Online: After registering, you can buy access to Aplia from the Aplia website (you can pay anytime within three weeks after registering)

For more information on registering for Aplia, please visit

1. On-line Pre-test (due 9/4)

  • Complete the Introductory Practice Problem Set first
    Complete the Interactive Tool Tutorial second
  • Take the Pretest third – if you scored 90% or above, that completes your pre-course Aplia work. 
  • If your score is lower than 90%:
    Complete relevant sections in the Math and Graphs Tutorial to improve your skills in your weaker areas.
    Complete the Posttest.  If you still score lower than 90%, consult Prof. Combs to discuss

If you are completing the online MBA Math course this summer, the Aplia Math and Graphs Tutorial may help you.

2.  Reading and Case assignment for the first day of class (9/4)

  • Textbook (Brickley, Smith, Zimmerman) Chapters 1 and 3 (no appendices)
  • Case:  Read Société Générale case at end of Chapter 1 in textbook.  Be prepared to discuss all questions. 
  • Aplia:  Complete Aplia practice problems due 9/4.  Be prepared to discuss.

3.  Read the course syllabus

4.  If you are able, go to the Minnesota State Fair!  We will discuss the competitive soft drink market outside the fairgrounds as well as the monopolistic sweet corn market inside the fair.