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December 2008

Editorial

An International Thanksgiving Celebration

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for great food and great company. Our very own Kate Herzog and the International Students Club make it possible for all students to enjoy the holiday with friends, even those who aren’t able to make a trip home.
For the second year in a row, Kate’s family shared their home and amazing food with UST MBA students and staff for the holiday. More than 20 MBAs stopped by!
Several students brought dishes from their home country. Kate’s family friend Michele (who studied culinary arts in San Francisco) also helped create some traditional Thanksgiving dishes with inspired twists. And just to be sure there was no shortage of amazing food as the celebration wound down, Kate’s husband Phil brought out his incredible homemade cheesecake.
The evening ended with four intense rounds of Catchphrase and quick game of Pass the Pigs. It was a special holiday for all of us. As Kate told me when we were leaving, “Not everyone has a home or a family here. But everyone should spend the holidays with friends and good food.” I am grateful to have had the chance to spend Thanksgiving with such great company in such an inviting home. But I am especially grateful to Kate Herzog for being so giving of her cooking, her home, and her holiday spirit.
Click the link below to see more photos.
Article and photos submitted by Chris Cook

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Editorial

Life After B School: Ryan Tranby

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As I’m writing this, it is almost finals time and I realize just how nice it is to no longer have to study for finals; how it’s refreshing to have weekends and nights to myself rather than class or group projects. I have also realized how spoiled I was to be able to sleep in during the week, only have 3-4 hours of class a day, or go out on a random Tuesday night—almost makes me miss school a little…almost.
I found my job through a friend of mine from undergrad. He referred me to a Human Resources person at Deloitte and I got an interview for an internship from that referral. I interned at Deloitte during the summer of 2007 and accepted a full-time job offer upon completion of my internship. I found it truly was who I knew that helped get me a job.

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Student Association

A Note about the Upcoming Student Association Elections

As our Fall 2008 semester winds down, I would like to encourage our first-year class to start thinking seriously about Student Association elections. They will be held on Tuesday, February 17. The new officers will be transitioned into their roles at an SA leadership retreat on Saturday, February 28, and they will officially take office beginning Monday, March 2.
Holding a position on the Student Association is a great opportunity to serve your classmates and be part of developing a young program. SA affords you many opportunities to get involved and truly make a difference.

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Student Life

NAWMBA Luncheon: This Brand is Your Brand

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When we mention Tiger Woods, Martha Swart, and Donald Trump, what are the characteristics that differentiate them from others? The answer is, their personal brand. On November 5th, 2008 the NAWMBA-UST Chapter hosted a luncheon on this topic, featuring Sarah Wuest from Best Buy.

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Editorial

UST Celebrates the Holidays

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The annual full-time UST MBA holiday celebration was held on December 5th at Pracna on Main. Two hundred UST students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends enjoyed a great night of food, entertainment, and dancing. The photo booth was a big hit, as were the variety of musical performances by students and professors. “I’ve watched this celebration grow over the years,” said Dean Puto. “And this has been the best one yet.” The evening also kicked of the UST MBA Toys for Tots drive, and party guests generously filled the donation bin with toys for underprivileged children.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make this event a success! Special thanks go out to Professor Combs, Laura Malwitz, John Lee, Miles Levy, Mike Austin, John Kamman and Chris Cook for providing entertainment, and to Eleana Johnson for organizing a great party!
Click below for more holiday party photos. Pictures from the photo booth can be found at www.thetravelingphotobooth.com, event code H5N6C

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Admissions Updates

Admissions Update

Along with December arrives the second admissions application deadline on December 15 and the first round of acceptance letters. We continue to be pleased with an increased academic profile and significant growth in the applicant pool for fall 2009.
Earlier this month, Dean Puto shared his vision of the program at an information session and with several prospective students. Despite a Marketing final due the next day, Bola Adediran and Brandt Uthus also participated by lending their insight and expertise. Admissions recognize that December is an extremely busy time for students and we sincerely appreciate your continued support of our recruiting efforts.
The admissions office is also taking advantage of outreach opportunities. In mid December the Full-time UST MBA office will lead an MBA presentation to the Young Professional Network of the Minneapolis Urban League. This presentation follows a successful event with the Washington DC Urban League Young Professional Network earlier this fall. If you are involved with any organizations that might benefit from learning more about getting an MBA, please contact the admissions office.
The Full-time UST MBA Admissions team wishes you all safe and Happy Holidays and best wishes on your finals.
Full-time UST MBA Admissions

Career Services

Career Services Update

Many of you are firing up your job search over the holidays and J-Term. Graduate Business Career Services wants you to know that we’ll be in our offices and ready to help you during this period. We will also be hosting workshops on January 28th to help you with interviewing and networking, so be sure to make plans to be back in town and ready for a great lineup of speakers and the opportunity to develop your interpersonal skills.
When: Wednesday, Jan 28
Where: University of St. Thomas
Why: To help you flawlessly execute your job search!

Student Life

Snow Emergency Information

Will a winter storm cancel classes? Dial 651-962-SNOW to find out
When the snow starts piling up and driving becomes treacherous, one of the first things that students, staff and faculty start to wonder is whether the university will declare a snow emergency and cancel classes.
Last fall, UST added an easy-to-remember phone number to the various methods it uses to announce snow-emergency information. Students, staff and faculty members can dial (651) 962-SNOW (on campus, dial 2-SNOW) to find out if the university will close due to severe winter-weather conditions.

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Editorial

Diversity: Beyond Recruiting

The following article on workplace diversity and UST’s Multicultural Forum was featured in the November issue of Twin Cities Business Magazine:
How to recruit and retain a diverse work force has long been the central theme of the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity, the annual conference co-hosted by the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Since the forum’s inception, sessions and seminars have largely focused on ways to find and keep employees of various races, genders, cultures, or sexual orientations as a means of advancing diversity in the workplace.

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Student Life

Did you know?

Timberwolves College Night
Every Wednesday home game is Student Discount Night! The promotion includes half-price tickets ($10) and $1 hot dogs. The first 100 students to redeem their tickets get upgraded to seats on the lower level. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Timberwolves website.
Academic Calendar
Wondering about dates for Spring Break and Graduation? Check out the full-time MBA Academic Calendar.
Restaurant discounts
Erbert and Gerbert’s and Dancing Ganesha both offer discounts for UST students! Erbert and Gerbert’s is located on the skyway level of the LaSalle Plaza near the YMCA and offers a 10% discount with your student ID. Dancing Ganesha is located at 11th and Harmon and offers a 20% discount on food.
Discounted Movie Tickets
The Life/Work Center has discounted movie tickets for the AMC, Carmike, Mann and Regal theaters. Please stop by the Life/Work Center in TMH 110 to purchase tickets.
LIFE/WORK CENTER
1000 LaSalle Avenue, TMH 110
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (651) 962-4763
Email: <a href="”>lifework@stthomas.edu
Fall Office Hours
M, W and Thu: 9—5:30
Tu: 9—6:30
F: 9—4:30