At the Lone Oak Market, we worked with owner Tony Donatell to identify ways to make his business more efficient and cost-effective. The group focused on improving two aspects of Tony’s business: sustainability and business process. Two of the team members brought their experience from this past summer serving as Business Analyst Interns at Target in Minneapolis, MN and I brought a different perspective from working as a procurement intern with Nestle in St. Louis, MO. The experiences we had at our reflective internships this past summer and what we learned in a quality management class we all took together last semester we definitely brought some good experience to the project but, boy did we learn a lot. We definitely made plenty of mistakes along the way but as a group we remained resilient and most importantly were determined to improve business for Tony and the staff, whom we got to know quite well.
This project was not only a SIFE project but we were also working on getting our Green Belt Certification. Earning a Six Sigma Green Belt , is first level of formal certification in Six Sigma Methodology. Professor and department chair Dr. John Olson taught the quality class that we all took last semester and was the one, who supervised us through the certification process and also created the opportunity for certification. Regular customers will notice speedier service at the deli, better signage, more accessible pop machines and condiments, and new brighter energy efficient lighting. According to Tony(Owner of Lone Oak ), “The students have been great. I’ve always wanted to make upgrades like this since I bought the Lone Oak Market two years ago but I’ve never been able to find the time and the resources. The SIFE team inspired me not only to make changes now, but I also have plans for more changes in the future.”
If you did not notice yet or are still sleeping it snowed last night. It was not the nice flurries we all enjoy it was the wet heavy snow. I was hoping to relive last year’s winter with the snow days we had but I was in no such luck to have a snow day today. I brushed off my car drove cautiously to campus and then made the walk from the parking ramp to class. I walked through puddles that seem to be as long and as deep as the Lake of the Woods and sat through class with soaking shoes and socks. I did begin to realize that I love St. Thomas but could do without the Minnesota winters.
” Be Merciful to me, O God, be Merciful to me, for my soul confides in you.”]]>
After studying abroad for just a month it really changed how I viewed the world and also how much I began to appreciate soccer. There are horrible conflicts going on all over the world: on the Ivory Coast, in northern Ireland and in the Middle East. It seems like no one has the solution to get all of these sides to get together and to talk out their issues. We fear that which we do not know or understand and one idea that seems to be gaining popluarity is getting to know about others through common interests, such as sports, to reduce that fear. Soccer in the United states is not as big as it is in Europe, but is growing. Soccer (or Futbol) translates to almost every language and is followed and adored in almost every country all around the world.
Didier Drogba plays for Chelsea FC in the Barclays Premier Cup league. He is a great player and, because of the way futbol is set up, he also gets to play for the Ivory Coast during the World Cup. The way soccer is starting to represent social change and political shifts is huge. You have seen this in Spain and in the Ivory coast and you see people regardless of creed, race, or socioeconomic class rally behind their favorite sports teams. If even for just one Sunday or one match, there seems to be unity and peace amongst those that have fought against each other all week.
As I began to adjust the past few weeks of life back in St. Paul, I realized how diverse St. Thomas truly is. I mean there have always been a mix of students on campus but I began to appreciate the diversity on campus much more after walking the streets of London. It got me thinking about how soccer could change the world. We have seen soccer and the World Cup and the Olympics stir conversations surrounding social change, and even movies such as Invicitus have been made about how sports can be used to start political conversations. There are even groups like this in Brazil and Argentina that are using their love for soccer to bring people together. Kickstarting social change through a love of soccer.
St. Thomas is trying its hand at spreading the love of futbol and a few students are trying to put together a UST Futbol Club called UST FC (very Creative I know). UST Futbol Club Page! St. Thomas prides itself of teaching its students the things they need to be ethical, moral business leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and engineers. They are teaching us to challenge ourselves and change our world. Learning how to bridge socioeconomic or racial gaps through common interests is a skill and I am excited to say this club could help do this. Here at UST we have over 135 different clubs and organizations on campus. To start your own club all you need is 10 friends a faculty advisor and a club constitution. Starting a club or joining a club is a great way to get involved, meet new people, and learn about leadership. With a strong academic skill set, conversations and appreciation for liberal arts, St. Thomas is trying to have you “write the future” as seen by this Nike ad below.]]>
Hello everyone. I apologize for not blogging for over a month I was busy eating tea and biscuits and touring London and Ireland and ran out of time to sit down and write a blog. I am back in the states now and ready to blog! Here at St. Thomas we have a great schedule in which we have four months for fall semester and then four months for spring semester. Then you have the month of January off. We call this term J- Term. You can take a class at St. Thomas, you can go home and work, you can do a research project or service project or you can go abroad. This J Term I decided to go abroad. I took a communication and journalism course called Gender, Race, Class and Mass Media in London.
Today was “study Thursday” this was the first year St. Thomas had a study Thursday. We always have one day of studying before finals and it traditionally has been “study Monday”. This year due to the change in our final schedules we are actually having the first day of finals tomorrow on the 16th! It has been a tradition for as long as I have been here at St. Thomas that St. Thomas Activities and Recreation ( STAR) and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) sponsor a finals feed on the study day. We always have warm apple cider, cookies some free give aways and of course sandwiches!!
It is always great to do this one last event for the semester. It is pretty easy we just have to set up the tables and cut the sub. Hundreds of students came by this evening to refuel eat some food and head back to the library. The week before finals is always a stressful one and we all seem to have our diets fail. This is always a nice event to see a ton of your friends and classmates and make sure at least they eat one good meal today. It was a bit nostalgic for me and for many other students. This will be our last “finals feed” at the grill in Murray Herrick. Next “finals feed” will be in the new ANDERSON STUDENT CENTER! Woop Woop!
It has been a crazy few weeks we have been prepping for final tests, papers and presentations. The executive board members on USG have also been trying to go through and clean out our offices and to pack for the big move to the Anderson Student Center. It is so exciting to think in just a few short weeks we will all be in the Anderson Student Center! Stay tuned for pictures from the new office and the new student center in January.