The University of St. Thomas

Thomas Engrav; LBS 2008 – has submitted his response to the video quiz and added some pictures

Attached are two pictures; both are from when I decided to take a Saturday in late November, with our semester winding down, and make the trek over to Greenwich. I didn’t think anybody from our group had been over there yet, and Professor Rexeison kept telling us to make it over there at some point, so I went over by myself. Took the DLR line to get over there, which I hadn’t used yet that fall. The National Maritime Museum was over there, so I wanted to check that out; fascinating museum. I then made the trek through the park that was there, and because it was cold out, not many people were there; this made it pretty quiet. The sun was setting, which really upped the beauty of the surroundings. Once I got to the top of the hill, I checked out the Royal Observatory for a bit, but then just sat down and peered out over the city; amazing view. Up until this point I had had the most amazing couple of months in my life; I was pretty much on a high the moment we landed in London in September. I had seen so many things I wanted to see, hung out with a lot of new friends, and just had a great time. And then seeing this amazing view of Canary Wharf to the center, and London city to the left, with the sun reflecting off all the buildings, really gave me a sense of satisfaction, in deciding to do this London Business Semester. Don’t really remember how long I sat there, but I remember taking it in for a good while. I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening exploring Greenwich, and then took the underground back to my house that night. London was a fantastic city to explore, and I hope one day soon I can return.  

Published on: Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

How many pictures from the London Business Semester can you identify?

There are 101 images in this five minute video prepared by Richard Rexeisen, Professor of Marketing, how many can you identify?

Prizes will be awarded for (1) the most correct answers and (2) the best story about a picture or pictures from current and past LBS participants.  Email your entry to Jon Seltzer.

Published on: Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Meet the Co-Directors / Faculty for the London Business Semester 2013

During Fall Semester 2013, Professors Michaelson and Seltzer will be teaching Business Ethics (BETH 301) and Principles of Marketing (MKTG 300,) respectively, and serving as co-directors of the London Business Semester. They have also filmed a series of videos in which they discuss aspects of the London Business Semester 2013. Start with the video introduction.


After earning a Ph.D. in philosophical aesthetics and ethics, Christopher Michaelson defied philosophical and practical logic to launch a business advisory career in strategy and risk in New York with PwC. A few years later, he began his academic career while leaving a foot in practice. For most of the past 10 years, he has combined academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and the University of St. Thomas with part-time business practice and community service. His business clients have included major multinational corporations, along with government and non-governmental organizations and multilateral financial institutions. He has addressed business and academic audiences from Dalian, China to Davos, Switzerland and serves as the Secretary General for the International Society for Business Ethics and Economics. In London, he will teach business ethics, examining global issues and tensions, cultural perspectives on corporate responsibility and the influence of developing markets in the global economy. He is excited to explore these issues with LBS students experiencing these ideas and practices first-hand, to coordinate and co-direct the London Business Semester with Prof. Seltzer, and to be joined in London by his wife and three children, currently ages 11, 8 and 4.

Christopher Michaelson
Ethics & Business Law
TMH 443
(651) 962-4349

Studying in London for six months was a significant part of Jon Seltzer’s undergraduate education. Spending time living, studying and experiencing life in a “world city” provided a perspective and experiences that could not be replicated in the classroom. After graduation, Professor Seltzer entered the Peace Corps and then business school before returning to the Twin Cites as manager and then director of corporate planning at SUPERVALU. He worked at SUPERVALU for seventeen years, leaving as corporate vice-president for government Affairs to start his own consulting practice in the food, retail and distribution industries. Consulting projects included supply chain projects in Egypt, expert testimony, competitive analysis and strategy projects in Montenegro as the country entered the EU and companies prepared to face new price-driven competitors.

Joining the marketing department in 2008, Professor Seltzer regularly teaches International Marketing, Marketing Channels & Distributions Systems and Interactive Marketing.  Additionally he teaches in the Aquinas Program – Feeding the World – with a member of the Biology Department. In London he will be teaching Principles of Marketing with special emphasis on the differences between marketing in the U.S. and the U.K. and coordinating material with Professor Michaelson – how issues such as sustainability, revenue recognition and promotions have an ethical as well as implications for marketing decisions. He will be in London with his wife and hopefully their two adult children will be able to schedule a visit.

Jon Seltzer
MCH 316

Published on: Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

London Business Semester 2013 Blog

The London Business Semester Blog is designed to be another avenue for potential future students to learn about the program and for current and former students and faculty to continue to share their experiences.

Next: London Business Semester courses integrate into business curriculum.

Published on: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

London Business Semester courses integrate into business curriculum

The London Business Semester courses have been selected to be an integrated part of a student’s UST experience. Required core courses in marketing and business ethics will be taught by the co-directors. Additional courses meeting a student’s fine arts and communications requirements are presented by resident British faculty. Students are encouraged to complete their Business 200 requirement while in London.

Next: Foreign and familiar, student life in London.

Published on: Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Foreign and Familiar, Student Life in London

Living in a major world city, students will soon master London’s mass transit system as they explore one of the most famous cities in the world.  Students in the London Business Semester live with British families – home stay – providing additional insight into the city and its people.  Students will form lasting ties with the cohort of students with whom they will share exploration of a major world city.

Next: The London Business Semester as part of Global Business Education.

Published on: Saturday, October 13th, 2012

The London Business Semester as part of Global Business Education

The LBS is a significant part of the Opus College of Business’ efforts to enrich the undergraduate experience by establishing an ongoing program for students in the fall of their junior year to experience together with classmates and permanent UST faculty life in a major world city.  As juniors participating students are far enough along in their UST careers to build on the courses they have already taken and at the same time can come back to campus with ample time to pursue new areas of interest that they were exposed to while in London.

Next: the student experience.

Published on: Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Student Experience

How much time does it take to see London? How much time do you have? Around every corner in London you will see something new. Historic sites, the museums, group excursions and free time make for the best way to see and experience London.

Next: sustainability.

Published on: Friday, October 12th, 2012


Professors Michaelson and Seltzer both will be integrating sustainability into their courses. Joint class presentations and assignments will include the different expectations of British and American consumers, supply chain operations and integrity, and measurement and reporting.

Next: next steps.

Published on: Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Next Steps

Students and their families who may be interested in the London Business Semester should regularly visit the blog and review the material on the Study Abroad website.

Published on: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012