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March 2013

Competitions, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

NSHMBA Case Competition

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The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Business Case Competition is accepting applications for participants through April 26, 2013.

This unique event which gives high-potential MBA student teams from leading business schools the opportunity to compete for prizes and recognition at the annual NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo in San Antonio, TX on October 9-12.

Teams will be given a hypothetical business case for which they will develop business solutions for a current operational, marketing or financial challenge. Each student team will present their case before a panel of experienced business leaders from PepsiCo, sponsors of the event. Teams will be judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations, and the quality of their presentations.

Interested? Enter at www.nshmba.org/PepsiCoCaseStudy. Remember, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 26!

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GA Applications for 2013-14

Graduate Assistantship Program 2013-2014

The graduate assistant program in the full-time UST MBA is designed to give 2nd year students a chance to learn and practice in their field of interest as well as to assist core and other faculty members with UST MBA and other professional projects.  The students selected as graduate assistants will be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA above 3.0), show a strong commitment to the full-time UST MBA program, and be able to serve as role models for incoming first year students.

 Advantages for students include:

  • experience developing peers by acting as a teaching assistant in the MBA core course (in the case of first year courses); this may involve grading, tutoring, and holding help sessions among other activities
  • experience working on consulting and research projects in the field of interest
  • a closer work relationship with a faculty member
  • potential mentoring by the faculty member

Ten assistantships are available for 2013-2014, and are valued at $4800 per academic year for a commitment of 10 hours per week.  In addition, there are additional positions with non-core faculty. Specific details for those positions are outlined below.

 To Apply:

Email the application which was sent to you in my email on March 7, your resume, and for each GA position in which you are interested, a separate short (1 page or less) statement of interest to Kay Wimer (mkwimer@stthomas.edu) by April 5, 2013No late applications will be considered. Please feel free to discuss positions with faculty. Also, to optimize your chance of becoming a Graduate Assistant, you are encouraged to apply for more than one position.

List of Positions:

Core Course Graduate Assistantships:

Course                                                 Supervisor

Applied Business Research                   Professor Sailors                     

Applied Business Research                   Professor Sailors                     

Financial Accounting                             Professor Matson                    

Managerial Accounting                          Professor Terence Pitre                      

Economics                                             Professor Combs                     

Finance                                                 Professor Beckmann                

Marketing                                              Professor Malshe                     

Organizational Behavior                        Professor Rothausen-Vange                 

Operations Management                       Professor Mallick                     

Statistics                                                Professor Sanders

 

Additional Positions:

Center for Ethical Business Cultures       David Rodbourne

Center for Nonprofit Management            Ann Johnson

Health Policy and Politics                         Senator David Durenberger

Finance Department                                Professor Michael Sullivan

Norris Institute                                          Michael Moore

Veritas Institute                                        Naomi Sack

 

Requirements and Expectations:

 Core Course Graduate Assistants:

Graduate assistants are expected to act as positive role models for incoming full-time UST MBA first year students. As such, a graduate assistant is expected to be a strong UST MBA community member, committed to the vision and mission of the full-time UST MBA.

  • Graduate assistantships are funded for the entire academic year at ten hours per week. Some weeks you may work more than ten hours, some weeks you may not work at all. Your schedule will be flexible depending upon faculty needs and your other academic commitments.
  • Graduate assistant duties are as follows:
    1. Assist faculty with class preparation, classroom management, class materials, and other course-related responsibilities as assigned
    2. Act as course tutor and hold regular weekly tutoring hours during course semester
    3. Act as proctor for course make-up exams
    4. May assist faculty members with research in areas of special interest and other duties as agreed upon

 A Core Class GA’s first and most important priority is to serve the needs, and the students, of the core course to which they are assigned. Graduate Assistants in core courses that are heavily quantitative should expect to spend a significant amount of time tutoring first year students. 

Additional Position Descriptions:

  •  Center for Ethical Business Cultures – Mr. David Rodbourne

Founded in 1978, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization within the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Serving at the intersection between thought and practice leadership, the Center provides public programs; engages in research; builds and delivers governance and leadership development programs and services; and brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of ethics.

CEBC is currently seeking candidates for an graduate assistant position that reports to the Center’s Vice President. The graduate assistant will be responsible for producing brief written profiles of how recipients of the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards (MBEA) create and sustain an ethical business culture. The MBEA annually recognizes a large, medium and small business for its achievements in creating an ethical culture. Profiles will be based both on written materials submitted to the Awards but more importantly on interviews to be conducted by the graduate assistant with the business leaders from each firm. At the discretion of CEBC, other firms might be selected for profiles.

The qualified candidate will have: excellent communication skills; strong research, writing, and analytical skills; the ability to work independently to meet deadlines and goals; and, strong organizational and project management skills.           

This position is for 10 hours per week, $15/hour. Current GA: Joseph Grodahl Biever.

 

  • Center for Nonprofit Management – Ann Johnson
    • Combine your skills in research, analysis and entrepreneurship to work with the Center Director and Senior Fellow in a highly spirited, purposeful and dynamic Center environment.  Work is comprised of specific case study and survey development focused in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship and intrapraneurship.
    • Through the assistantship during fall and winter semesters, you will have opportunity to engage with and learn from faculty and field changemakers about the business and evolution of social change models in Minnesota and throughout the country.

 The Center acts as a catalyst and connector to support students, practitioners, and faculty to research, innovate and deliver academic and nonacademic programs and resources.

10 hours per week, $15 hour 

Current GA: Yue Feng

 

  •  Health, Policy and Politics Research Associate – Senator David Durenberger

Dave Durenberger served three terms in the United States Senate and earned a reputation as a national health policy reform expert.  Since his retirement in 1995 he has been a Senior Health Policy Fellow teaching at the Opus College of Business and created its National Institute of Health Policy.  He is involved in national policy committees and commissions, is a sought after speaker on the subject, and publishes a popular national commentary on public policy, politics, and health care.

 He seeks to add dimension to his education and communications efforts at the University by securing the part-time assistance of a graduate level student with an interest in public policy with experience or interest in health care and its related businesses.

An assistant is required to do basic and interview research on topics which Durenberger is developing, and provide analysis and recommendations for articulated positions.  The assistant must have good writing skills so as to communicate complex ideas, language and concepts in understandable and persuasive style.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to work up to ten hours per week, and will be paid $15.00 per hour during the 2013-14 school year. Current GA: Kevin Griffith.

 

  •  Finance Department – Dr. Michael Sullivan

Graduate assistant to assist with research. 15 hours per week for fall 2013 and spring 2014, $15/hr. Must be skilled at Microsoft Office and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must have the ability to do online research in academic journals.

Start date September 3, 2013.

GAs for 2012-13: Lissette Prendes Moreno and Kirk Williams.

 

  • William C. Norris Institute, Opus College of Business – Mr. Mike Moore

Interested in learning how new technologies are developed and commercialized?

The Norris Institute, a seed capital technology investment program of the Opus College of Business, is seeking a second-year (as of September 2013) Graduate Assistant to assist the director in reviewing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence on the best prospects. The GA also will serve as the liaison between the Norris Institute director and the leaders of the New Ventures Club, whose members hear presentations from investors and technology entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to participate in due diligence projects if interested. 

The applicant should be a second-year full-time MBA candidate with an interest in new technologies, private equity finance, and/or entrepreneurship. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the Norris Institute director, Mike Moore, under a flexible schedule requiring approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour, during the 2013-14 academic year. 

For more information, contact: Mike Moore, 651-962-4346. Current GA: Jay Rajaratnam

           

  • Veritas Institute MBA Graduate Assistant – Naomi Slack

Who:  The Veritas Institute will hire one full-time MBA student per semester to serve as a Graduate Assistant for the department.

What:  A graduate assistantship with the Veritas Institute that will allow a student to apply his/her analysis/research skills, marketing/development skills, or a combination of the two, to real-world scenarios.

When:  Beginning at the start of the fall 2013 semester

Why:  An opportunity for MBA students to gain experience developing client deliverables and related marketing projects.  The Veritas Institute’s clients include: Ascension Health, St. Marys Mayo, Trinity Health, Alexian Brothers Health System, Avera Health, and other organizations.

Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week

Compensation:  $15/hour

Duration:  One semester to two semesters, based upon mutual agreement.  (To begin at the start of the fall 2013 semester)

Recurrent position?: Yes, this is recurrent on an annual/biannual basis.

Potential Projects/Duties:

To assist with analysis/research functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Analyze data from client engagements and support the development of reports and presentations to clients
  • Create a BEAM bibliography of supporting articles; contribute updates to a CIM bibliography of supporting articles
  • Conduct research on ISO 26000 applications
  • Conduct research for product line development: children’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician networks, Catholic business schools
  • Produce training manuals for CIM facilitators and support people, respectively

To assist with marketing/development activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Draft copy for newsletters and annual reports
  • Assist with event publicity work
  • Design the promotional display for the Veritas Institute’s panel board, to be used at external events, as well as select internal events
  • Assist with video production (for example, a CIM orientation video)
  • Conduct website development work

Current GA: Dan Kolar

Career Services, Student Life, Upcoming Events

Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity April 9-11, 2013

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The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity’s 25th annual conference will be held April 9-11, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

As part of the conference, there will be a Career Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 9am – 4pm.  The career fair is open to the public and is free.  The event is focused on professionals, college graduates and veterans.

Cargill, 3M, Medtronic, Allina, Mayo Clinic, Target, US Bank and General Mills are among the 45+ companies registered to attend the event.  The full list of current companies can be found here:   http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/fair/career-exhibitors.html 

All Full-time UST MBA students are invited to attend.  Interesed candidates can register online to post their resumes for review by companies prior to the fair.  For more career information and the link to post your resume, click here:  http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/fair/career-candidates.html 

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In preparation for the career fair, Graduate Business Career Services is hosting Career Fair Strategies session

Career Fair Strategies – Making a Big Impression in a Short Time

If you haven’t been to a career fair before, it is a unique situation where you have a very short time to make a big impression!  What will you say when the recruiter looks you in the eye and says “how can I help you?”  It’s really all about how you can help them, of course.  We’ll cover what recruiters are looking for, what they may ask and how you can respond confidently and clearly.  You’ll also learn about logistical and preparation strategies to enable you to manage the many opportunities to share your story that only a career fair can offer.

 Daytime sessions

  • Wednesday, 4/3              12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255
  • Thursday, 4/4                    12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to LaBarre Spence, Career Coach  at spen0377@stthomas.edu and note the session you plan to attend.

 

Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Student Life Update (March 18-April 2)

Registration for Summer and Fall 2013 – Monday – March 18th at 9am

UST MBA_redClass of 2014: You can begin registering at 9am on Monday, March 18.   Go to Murphy Online to register.

WHAT CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE?:

Elective Tracks: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/degrees/ustmba/fulltimemba/currentstudents/academics/elective-tracks.html

Elective Schedule: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/degrees/ustmba/pdf/Elective_Schedule.pdf  

Class Finder: http://www.stthomas.edu/classes     Change the term to Fall 2013 and click on Business, College of to find our courses.

WHAT ARE MY CORE CLASSES?:

You should be taking three electives next semester along with your core class – Ethics, and your Ethics Lab. Ethics is taught Tues/Thurs mornings beginning at either 8:30 or 10:15am. We will not be assigning you to teams, so if you need to be in one of the sections for any reason, please let us know. We will do our best to honor your request.

TAKING A SUMMER CLASS?:

Also, please send us an email if you register for a summer class. We need to document that in your records.

STUDYING ABROAD?:

Additionally, the  MBA Study Abroad Programs have been determined for the next academic year.  I encourage you to carefully plan your summer and fall 2013 registrations to ensure you are eligible and have met the pre-requisites if you hope to participate in these terrific global immersion opportunities.

 J-term 2014

  • MKTG 714: India – Marketing in a Mega-Market
  • FINC 752: Global Financial Services – Hong Kong & China

 Spring 2014

  • BLAW615: Business, Law & Ethics in the European Union

 Initial program descriptions and dates are posted at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustmba/studyabroad/ .  More information and application resources will be posted in April.  Watch for an email announcement when they are available.

Academics, Student Association, Student Life, Upcoming Events

CLASS OF 2013 CLASS GIFT KICK-OFF

 world-mapPUT ST. THOMAS ON THE MAP!

The Class of 2013 kicked-off their class gift campaign this morning with an initial gift of $1000 from one of the students!  What a great way to start!  The theme of this year’s campaign is “Put St. Thomas On The Map”.  Funds will be used to support study abroad or global opportunities to allow students to make sure UST has a global presence.  Any current student or alumna may contribute to the Class Gift at any time.  Students can make a one-time donation or extend their giving by making a 3- year pledge.  The goal this year is 100% participation.  You can do it, Class of 2013!! 

Here is a link to make a gift online:  www.stthomas.edu/MBAclassgift  

Also, students and their spouses can take advantage of employe matching gift programs.  This is an awesome way to double or sometimes even triple your gift.  If you have questions about whether your company matches gifts, you can contact your HR department, or you can look it up online: http://www.stthomas.edu/development/matchinggifts/default.html 

 

Academics, Student Association, Student Life, Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

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  • 3:30pm FirstBook at  Anne Sullivan

March 20

  • 8am How Are The Children, Part VI, UST Law School Atrium

March 21

March 25 – April 1 SPRING BREAK & EASTER BREAK

  • Classes not in session
  • UST Offices closed on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1
  • Classes resume Tuesday, April 2

April 9 – 11 Multicultural Forum – Our Time To Lead  http://www.stthomas.edu/mcf/

Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Registration for Summer and Fall 2013

UST MBA_redClass of 2014: Registration for Fall (and Summer) is coming up fast. You can begin registering at 9am on Monday, March 18. 

If you have questions/need advice/want our opinion, please come up and talk to Deb or Kay. Remember, you have one day to register before you are competing for class space with the Evening MBA students, whose registration starts March 19. To prepare, take a look at the following websites:

Elective Tracks: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/degrees/ustmba/fulltimemba/currentstudents/academics/elective-tracks.html

Elective Schedule: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/degrees/ustmba/pdf/Elective_Schedule.pdf  

Class Finder: http://www.stthomas.edu/classes/     Change the term to Fall 2013 and click on Business, College of to find our courses.

You should be taking three electives next semester along with your core class – Ethics, and your Ethics Lab. Ethics is taught Tues/Thurs mornings beginning at either 8:30 or 10:15am. We will not be assigning you to teams, so if you need to be in one of the sections for any reason, please let us know. We will do our best to honor your request.

Also, please send us an email if you register for a summer class. We need to document that in your records.

Additionally, the  MBA Study Abroad Programs have been determined for the next academic year.  I encourage you to carefully plan your summer and fall 2013 registrations to ensure you are eligible and have met the pre-requisites if you hope to participate in these terrific global immersion opportunities.

 J-term 2014

  • MKTG 714: India – Marketing in a Mega-Market
  • FINC 752: Global Financial Services – Hong Kong & China

 Spring 2014

  • BLAW615: Business, Law & Ethics in the European Union

 Initial program descriptions and dates are posted at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustmba/studyabroad/ .  More information and application resources will be posted in April.  Watch for an email announcement when they are available.

 

Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

STUDY ABROAD 2014

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Study Abroad programS for next year have been approved and the details are outlined below:

  • MKTG714 – Marketing in a Mega-Market (J-term)
    • Location: Mumbai, India
    • Instructors: Professors Avinash Malshe & Lisa Abendroth
  • FINC752 – Global Financial Services (J-term)
    • Locations: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei
    • Instructor: Professor Michael Sullivan
  • BLAW615 – Business, Law & Ethics in the European Union (Spring term)
    • Locations: Belgium, Germany, & Luxembourg
    • Instructors: Professors Susan Marsnik & Dawn Elm

Watch your UST email for announcements when more details are made available on the UST MBA study abroad webpage

Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Graduation and Commencement Information

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Students graduating at the end of the spring or summer 2013 terms are required to fill out a graduation application. The online application collects critical details, including how you’d like your name to appear on your diploma, where to mail your diploma once printed, and if you plan to participate in spring commencement ceremonies – so please fill it out as soon as possible!

 

Graduate business commencement ceremonies will be held May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Center on the St. Paul campus.

The Dean’s Reception for Full-time MBA graduates and their families will be held Friday, May 24 starting at 5pm at the Minneapolis Club.  Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.

The Beta Gamma Sigma Induction ceremony will be held May 24 at 1 p.m. in the OEC Auditorium on the St. Paul campus. Graduating students eligible to join BGS will be notified the week of April 1.