In late September, St. Thomas and United Health Group sent a group of full-time MBA students to Chicago to represent the university in the 2009 Invitational LMU/ECOA Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition. As the nation’s oldest and most recognized business ethics competition, teaming up with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association’s (ECOA) annual conference allowed the students an unparalleled platform in which to perform.
The team had an opportunity to present an analysis of a past case on student credit card marketing practices in context of the passage of relevant recent legislation. The students built upon a rare opportunity that they had to recognize that a majority of the new law was comprised of recommendations that the UST team had made months earlier.
The judged competition is comprised of a 30-minute group presentation of the case and a solution in light of business, legal and ethical analyses, a 10-minute presentation strictly on the ethical portion of the analysis and a 90-second synopsis of the case, its implications and a generalized recommendation. Kate Grudkovska, Erin Liddy, Grant Seipkes and Brian Slattery secured the following four awards:
• Highest Overall Score in their 30-minute presentation from last April at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
• Highest Overall Score in their 30-minute presentation in Chicago.
• Highest Score for the Ethical Analysis portion of their 30-minute presentation in Chicago.
• Runner-up for their 10-minute presentation in the final round in Chicago.
The team’s presentations, oratory style and the UST brand were received very positively by ECOA members and attendees. The competition provided a chance to raise awareness about St. Thomas’ full-time MBA program, network with executives in the field of business ethics and build friendships with other teams.
Submitted by Brian Slattery
What do you say when someone asks you “What is special about the full-time UST MBA program?”
· Created to address gaps in MBA education in leadership, ethics, and communications skills while matching or exceeding the focus on analysis and technical skills and knowledge, though specialized programming – leader development, written & verbal communications labs, 3 cr. ethics course, Links/ABR projects, state-of-the-art business simulation 1st and 4th semesters.
· Student selection is focused on interpersonal skills, clear personal goals, values/ethics, and diversity as well as aptitude for technical skills
· Faculty ensures that coursework includes both theory and practice
· Analytical skills, business acumen, and functional knowledge are honed in the same way as top 50 MBA schools but St. Thomas differentiates itself in many ways; the above examples are some of the stronger suits
· St. Thomas has the largest ethics department in the U.S. (based on total ethics faculty).
· UST faculty (and staff) come from the best schools in the country (Harvard, Georgetown, Michigan, Purdue, Duke, Ohio State, etc.) to teach at UST because of the UST community, the balance between theory and application, and opportunity to develop professional relationships with students, and the emphasis on ethics. The feeling within the academic community is that there is “something special” going on here.
· Faculty culture focuses on teamwork and integration between courses, including integrated labs, cases, and simulations.
Submitted by John Hutchinson
The Full-time UST MBA admissions team has begun recruiting the Class of 2012. So far this fall, the team has visited numerous colleges and universities in the Midwest, including Carleton, Macalester, Gustavus, St. Olaf, St. John’s, St. Ben’s, Concordia College-Moorhead, and several University of Wisconsin campuses. We also attended the World MBA Tour fair in Chicago, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) annual conference in New Orleans, and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) annual conference here in Minneapolis. Assistant Director of Admissions Sandra Forsyth traveled to South America with the World MBA Tour in September, and Director of Admissions Dustin Cornwell will travel to Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, China for World MBA Tour fairs in November. The admissions team is looking forward to welcoming a talented and diverse group of new Full-time MBA students in fall 2010!
Clark Gregor joined the Full-time UST MBA team on October 19 as an Assistant Director of Admissions. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in Public Communications and Political Science from American University in Washington, DC, as well as an MBA from Fordham University in New York.
Clark grew up in Wayzata and is excited to be back in the Twin Cities. After graduating from college, Clark worked at the Library of Congress as an Editorial Consultant before joining the Office of Media Relations at American University. While there, he planned public relations campaigns for the university and served as a public relations officer, handling media requests and representing the university at press conferences. He then worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications at Fordham University, where he was responsible for managing online and print marketing projects for various departments throughout the university. Clark developed strategic marketing plans for the undergraduate admissions department, as well as managed direct mail, online, e-mail, and print advertising programs at Fordham. We are excited to have him join our team.
Submitted by Admissions
The College of Business is pleased to be offering the MBA mentor program this fall/spring to the class of 2010. It’s a great opportunity for you to connect with and learn from an experienced and knowledgeable advisor/coach. Typically, a mentor can help you keep perspective, develop insights, and make more informed career plans and choices plus make key contacts. Your mentor will be assigned to you based on your feedback regarding the position(s) and industry(s) you are interested in learning about.
We believe the time commitment to be a very worthwhile investment for you. We are recommending you would plan to meet with your mentor approximately four times between November and April for about an hour each time. You will be provided with information about how such a mentor/mentee relationship might work and typical topics of conversation. Topics of discussion might be industry trends, typical challenges in that job type, navigating organization politics, recommendations for career paths, and how to effectively network in the industry.
If you are interested and have not already communicated with LaBarre Spence in the Graduate Business Career Office, get in touch with him and let him know the industry(s) and types of jobs which interest you.
Submitted by Career Services
Student Life Update
Wondering what’s going on? To find out access the UST Calender, found on Blackboard. Your clubs will send invites through Outlook. Social activities will be delivered via Evite. Please RSVP to these requests. Every Thursday you will receive the Weekly Update which highlights all UST MBA activities, and unless otherwise noted you are invited to all! Facebook is the best medium to stay in touch with students, remember birthdays, and connect for social networking activities. Each class has a dedicated page under “UST MBA Class of 20XX” so sign up today!
Your Student Commons will be your home away from home this year, please treat it with respect. As we lack janitorial service in the kitchen area, you are responsible for wiping down spills and messes. Cleaning supplies are in the cabinets. The refridgerator is cleaned and emptied every Thursday starting at 1 pm. All perishable food items will be discarded.
Erbert and Gerbert’s, Salad Creations, and Dancing Ganesha all 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. Salad Creations, located in the skyway next to Target, offers a 10% discount with your student id.
The YMCA, located in LaSalle Plaza, offers a discounted rate for students, simply bring your most recent tax forms for your personalized monthly rate.
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.
1000 LaSalle Avenue, TMH 110
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (651) 962-4763
M, W and Thu: 9—5:30
Submitted by editor