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November 2009

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National Association of Women’s MBA Conference Update

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On October 29-31, 2009, fourteen women from the UST MBA program joined other MBA and professional women from across the country at Disneyland, California for the Annual 2009 NAWMBA Conference and Career Fair. The conference titled ‘Leadership: Today & Tomorrow’, included workshops, seminars and a national career fair. The event opened with a grand reception courtesy of Air Products and Chemicals on Thursday night. This was one of many opportunities to network with other successful women from leading business programs as well as corporate sponsors. Friday was a busy day for all participants as they attended several seminars that were thoughtfully put together. These seminars were designed to nurture personal and professional growth. In addition, topics such as “Dispelling Myths about Women in Aerospace” as well as “What is Takes to Reach a C-level Position as a Woman”, empowered participants and encouraged them to continue to persevere. Although there were many informative workshop topics for the remainder of the afternoon, students also attended the career fair. Fortune 500 companies such as Target, Wal-Mart, Eaton and many more were represented at the fair.
Saturday morning began with a National Student Leadership breakfast for chapter presidents and board members to interact with other NAWMBA school chapters to exchange ideas for organizing value-added events on campus. More workshop sessions were on the agenda for that day, a few popular ones included: ‘Perfecting your Leadership Skills’ and ‘Managing Managers’. Workshops such as, ‘Commanding Communication…Getting the Response you want’, provided firsthand learning experience as attendees became aware of key gender-based communication patterns and learned techniques to overcome such hurdles in the workplace.
In spite of the packed agenda, the women found time to have fun and network. Many participants made it to Disneyland Park to celebrate Halloween as well as to attend a Lead Reception sponsored by Wal-Mart and Rice University.
The UST MBA women enjoyed every aspect of this empowering experience and would like to thank the Deans, Faculty and Staff for their support.
Submitted by Nitya Malik

Career Services

Internship Opportunity

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Over the past 6 months, I have had the opportunity to intern at US Bank in its Small Business Management Segment. It has been a great experience and I have made some wonderful contacts.
One of them is the Twin Cities Regional Branch Manager, a former UST MBA graduate, who has taken me under her wing and single handedly introduced me to managers of various other business lines. I have sat in multiple meetings with CEO Richard Davis, and I work with a variety of people with MBA’s from U of MN and UST. Each person I work with has willingly introduced me to someone else, whether it be in investments (FAF Advisors), commercial banking, wealth management, or credit cards.
My manager recently approached me asking me if I knew anyone because the bank is looking for another student intern starting in January. If you are interested in the position and want to go into finance, please let me know and I can talk to you more about the role.
This internship is a great way to build experience. If you feel you are lacking experience, this position will help get your foot in the door at a very well known bank headquartered here in Minneapolis. For any of you concerned about landing a job after graduation, keep this opportunity in mind because chances are it will lead to a job.
Thanks,
Jill M. Schlangen

Student Life

Kiva Challange!

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Congratulations to the First Years, Section One, for winning the Kiva Challenge! Early in the semester we introduced the Kiva concept to students, faculty, and staff, and the contributions and support we’ve recieved surpassed all expectations. With international students from 21 different countries, our community is world-wide and Kiva operates in many of them. The First Year Students were introduced to the microfinancing concept during launch week, while the Second Year Students Peddled for Kiva! on the Peddle Pub shortly after. We all understand that microfinancing is one of the best ways to support entrepreneurs in the world wide community.
To date we have raised over $2000 and have made 70 loans to entrepreneurs. Thank you to all who have contributed and make sure to check back as your loan is repaid where you can withdraw funds or reloan.
Click here to see our team’s page.
Submitted by editor

Editorial

Message from Dean Woodson

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I wanted to share my pleasure and pride at the very positive responses I’ve been hearing regarding Friday’s tour at Great River Energy. I understand the tour went very well, from both a logistical and a learning content perspective, which was great to hear. But what really impressed me is the feedback I heard from my staff as well as our hosts at GRE about you, our student ambassadors:
“Your students look like young executives…they are as well dressed as our top leadership. In fact, today’s Friday, so they are better dressed than our top leadership.
“The questions your students asked were surprising in their depth and in their grasp of our business. They really did their homework…these are the kinds of questions I get from my colleagues.”
These were the observations of Gary Connett, Great River’ Energy’s Director of Environmental Services and Member Services. I understand that 62 first year students were in attendance, that every one of you were in appropriate, business professional attire, and that nearly everyone contributed a thoughtful question or observation during the Q&A.
You may not have realized it at the time but in addition to what you learn at these opportunities, these are also opportunities for you to teach the business community about the UST MBA, and what this brand stands for.
Thank you for your contribution to building our brand!
-b.
Bill Woodson

Student Life

Did You Know?

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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 Monday 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.
Discounts
Erbert and Gerbert’s, Quizons, 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. Quiznos, 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.
LIFE/WORK CENTER
1000 LaSalle Avenue, TMH 110
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (651) 962-4763
Email: lifework@stthomas.edu
Office Hours
M, W and Thu: 9—5:30
Tu: 9—6:30
F: 9—4:30
Submitted by editor