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March 2009

Student Life

J Term in Hong Kong: A Great Cultural Experience

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Global Financial Services: Hong Kong, was a fantastic educational experience from a cultural perspective as well as a financial perspective. Three full time MBA students joined 25 part time MBA students in Hong Kong, China for a 10-day seminar course.
One of the nicest things about this experience was the wonderful accommodations. We stayed in a very nice, five star hotel in Mongkok, Hong Kong. This location was just minutes by rail or taxi from the International Commerce Center where we attended class each day. Our classroom was located in Morgan Stanley’s executive boardroom where in addition to engaging speakers, we had an incredible view of Hong Kong Harbor. The diverse array of speakers provided a rich amount of information about Asia’s emerging financial markets. Some of the best speakers were representatives from Asian hedge fund, private equity and banking industries.

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Student Life

2nd Annual 11th Street Hockey Cup

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Thanks to everyone who turned out for the 2nd annual JD vs. MBA hockey match! The event was a great success, bringing together students, faculty, friends, family and alumni from the UST MBA community. It was an incredibly close game, with the MBAs ahead through most of the game only to be shut down in the last minutes. The final score was 7-8, and the series is now tied 1-1.
While the MBAs may not have taken home the trophy this year, a good time was had by all. An enthusiastic crowd of over 40 MBA fans filled the stands at the Parade Stadium on February 27th, far outnumbering the law school fans. There was even a surprise visit from Dr. R and Dr. Arnold, who joined the MBA team on the bench and provided the team with energy and inspiration.

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Student Association

Congrats to the New Student Association!

On February 17th, 2009, first-year and second-year students voted to elect the officers for our 2009-2010 Student Association. Eleven first-year students made platform speeches, and each candidate fielded questions about his or her credentials and vision for the board. It was a close race!
We are pleased to announce our new Student Association officers for the 2009-2010 academic year:
President: Nick Sweere
VP of Communications: Colleen Jackson
VP of Ethics: Brian Slattery
VP of External Affairs: Brandt Uthus
VP of Finance: Jace Senske
VP of Internal Affairs: Laura Malwitz
Congratulations to the new Student Association! We look forward to great things from all of you!
Article submitted by Chris Cook

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Life After B School: David Haukaas

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I know exactly what a lot of you are going through right now. At this time last year I didn’t think I would find a job either. I had done an internship the previous year at Ameriprise Financial in their Alternative Investments Area, but Ameriprise was not hiring anyone. They stated that they wanted to hire me, but a company wide hiring freeze took my job offer and two Carlson MBAs offers off the table. For the six months after that point, I had been conducting informational interview after informational interview, making good connections, but their ability to hire was limited at best. I had good grades, solid experience, and good connections, but nothing seemed to be clicking for months. My fiancée Heather was a rock for us during that time. She kept encouraging me to keep going and things would eventually turn out. Then, after months of rejections, frustration and stress, it finally did.

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Student Life

International Students Get Valuable Advice From Professors

The International Student Club hosted three UST professors to discuss classroom participation, specifically as it relates to international students. Dr. Malshe, Dr. Beckmann, and Dr. Mallick gave insightful comments on how students can become better engaged in the classroom and shared personal insights from their university and corporate experiences. Some of the key themes the professors reiterated were as follows: anxieties are normal, but must be worked through, believe what you have to say is important, practice is key, take yourself lightly, and if you are to be a leader, you must learn to communicate in the classroom. The professors also gave some tips on how to become better classroom participants: read the materials beforehand and come prepared, work on English skills by reading academic journals and business magazines, summarize key points of the readings prior to class, and let go of any fear or ego issues.

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Editorial

Players Shift, but Twin Cities Still Best for Business

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Article from Yahoo Finance
by Russ Britt
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Minneapolis-St. Paul, far and away, remains where it’s at for business.
For the second year in a row, the Twin Cities region stayed at the top of MarketWatch’s list of best metro areas for business, based on results from a variety of sources. While a number of other players shifted around in the standings, and a couple fell out of the top 10, Minneapolis-St. Paul lost a little bit in the scoring. But the area still outdistanced its closest competitor, Boston, by more than 20 points.

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Student Life

Inaugural CEBC Ethics Case Competition

On Saturday, February 28th, the UST Full-Time MBA program hosted the inaugural Ethics Case Competition, sponsored by The Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) and UnitedHealth Group. Four teams presented a 20-minute analysis of the business, legal, and ethical issues surrounding the practice of marketing credit cards to college students. Teams were evaluated on their ability to analyze the complex business case, uncover the ethical issues and develop solutions.
For the students involved, the competition provided an opportunity to engage and learn from Twin Cities business executives and faculty ethics experts, who were eager to share their own experiences and offer additional viewpoints and possible solutions. The competition also provided judges with the opportunity to learn more about the UST MBA program and connect with its outstanding students.
Many thanks go out to the judging panel, which included Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno, Vice President and Business Conduct Officer at Medtronic; Kathleen Edmond, Ethics Officer at Best Buy; Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas; Jeanne Hickey, Vice President of Ethics and Integrity at UnitedHealth Group; Ron James, President and CEO of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures; Eric Olsen, Vice President and General Counsel at Great River Energy; and Jack Radke, Chief Ethics Officer at UnitedHealth Group.
The winning team members were: Rob Bennett, Kate Grudkovska and Matt Wach. In addition, judges selected two additional students, Erin Liddy and Brian Slattery, to join the winning team and represent the University of St. Thomas at the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition later this spring in Los Angeles.
Article submitted by Erin Liddy

Admissions Updates

March Admissions Update

The Full-time UST MBA admissions office continues to see an increase in interest in the program. The number of highly qualified applicants continues to grow, as does the number of highly qualified students who have committed to attend in fall 2009. By mid-March, Admissions will be sending out our third round of admissions notification to the students who applied under the February 15th deadline. Our newly confirmed students consistently site that their contact with current students was extremely influential in their decision to attend UST. We are looking forward to your continued support to call, email, dine and communicate your experiences to this newly admitted group of students who will be making final decisions about UST by April!
In addition to working with applicants, the admissions office continues to plan for more MBA outreach events taking place on several undergraduate campuses and has started the initial planning for Admitted Student Day in May. If you believe that your undergraduate alma mater or a professional organization that you are connected with could benefit from a presentation focused on the value of an MBA, please let the admissions office know.
If you haven’t already done so, please explore the newly-created University of St. Thomas Full-time MBA Program site. Thanks to Scott Buell for creating this group. Once more content and discussions have been added, admissions will be promoting this site to accepted and prospective students as a resource to learn more about the program. Suggestions pertaining to content or opportunities for this site are welcome.
Thanks to all of you who have connected with a prospective student this past month through an interview, phone call, email or lunch visit. Your support of our admissions efforts is critical to the success of recruiting a great class. Best wishes with mid terms and enjoy your spring break!
Full-time UST MBA Admissions

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Resume Best Practices: A Survey

A survey of HR managers and recruiters on resumes and related issues
Article from www.career-magic.com, submitted by Christy Dammen
As the moderator of an HR / Recruiter Panel Discussion at the 1999 Professional Association of Resume Writers’ convention, I learned that professional resume consultants, just like job seekers have plenty of questions than ever when it comes to the “receiving end” of our finely crafted job search documents.
As a follow-up to this informative discussion, I decided to survey yet another panel of experts. In November of 1999, I e-mailed a group of 40 hiring officials with ten key questions. Respondents included recruiters and private HR consultants, as well as HR managers representing the financial industry, the computer/engineering/technical recruiting fields, a regional public utilities provider, a major marketing firm, and a mountain ski resort.
Important Disclaimer ~ please note: hiring an employee is a highly complex human event with a great deal of variability from one case to the next. What works for one individual, corporate culture, industry, and geographic location may not work for another. The opinions offered by this small sample of hiring officials are not meant to represent the “one right way” of doing things. Instead, think of this survey as a learning tool, and continue to ask questions throughout each job search you conduct to gauge the effectiveness of various techniques.

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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
Office Hours
M, W and Thu: 9—5:30
Tu: 9—6:30
F: 9—4:30