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February 2009

Student Life

J Term Trip to Berlin is an Amazing Experience for Students

In February, 2008, the MBA class of 2009 experienced Dr. Heino Beckmann for the first time in Finance 600. While our initial reaction was fear, we grew to adore Dr. Beckmann and appreciated his ability to command the classroom and make us think. This is why many of us rushed at the chance to learn from Dr. Beckmann once again, this time in Berlin, Germany. Eight Full-Time UST MBAs and nineteen Part-Timer UST MBAs were lucky enough to get in to the BUSN 714 class held in Berlin. According to Dr. Beckmann, after the first day he could no longer tell who was full-time and who was part-time. Our group bonded immediately, which added to the experience.

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Student Life

UST Women Participate in NAWMBA Case Competition

In October, 2008 five UST women represented St. Thomas in a national marketing case competition at the National Association of Women MBA’s national conference in Stamford, CT.
Eleana Johnson, Laura Kalies, Sophie Liu, Emily Peick and Anne Tonolli placed in the top nine out of 25 teams and beat out teams from many top schools, including Georgetown (last year’s winner). The overall winner of the competition was the University of Maryland.
This team is the first from UST to compete in a marketing competition at a national conference/job fair. Dean Puto said of the team, “this is a wonderful and significant achievement for you and for our MBA program; you and your team gave us extraordinarily great exposure and positioned us well for the future. Thank you and congratulations!”

Student Life

Congratulations Nitya Malik, Regional VP for NAWMBA

Congratulations to Nitya Malik, who was recently selected as a Regional Vice President for the National Association of Women MBAs!
NAWMBA Regional VPs of Membership and Chapter Development build bridges between the regional chapters, NAWMBA’s national organization, and corporate sponsors. They are responsible for managing local member databases, driving conferences attendance and working with the National Director to target potential schools in the region. Nitya applied for this position because of her passion for NAWMBA’s mission and for the opportunity to work with peers from other leading schools in the country.
Laura Kalies, president of the UST chapter of NAWMBA, says, “I am so impressed with Nitya’s proactive efforts. Her presence as a Regional VP will increase awareness about the UST MBA program and will bring improvements to NAWMBA as well. Please join me in congratulating Nitya on this important accomplishment!”


Life After B School: Courtney Clark

It has been six months since I graduated from the UST MBA Program and my career has taken an unexpected turn within that short time. In April I received and accepted a job offer with Miller Brewing Company in a regional sales office in Irvine, California, otherwise know as “The OC”. Immediately after graduation in May, I packed up my apartment in downtown Minneapolis and drove back to my home state of California to start my job as a Chain Sales Analyst in one of the most exciting CPG industries- the beer business. From the beginning, I loved the relaxed culture and perks that included professional sports tickets, special events, and daily happy hours. The conference room even had a keg that was always flowing!

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Upcoming Events

Second Annual 11th St. Hockey Cup!

The second annual UST B. School vs. Law School hockey game is coming up on Friday, February 27th!
Kye Samuleson, Brandt Uthus, Colin Mackenzie, Andrew Lau, John Kamman, Mike Joyce, Jonathan Crawford, Rob Bennett, Dan Hodgson, Jace Senske, Scott Buell, Joey Wertz and Mike Mulder will be representing the B. School on the ice. Let’s ALL be there to support them as they prepare to defeat the UST Law School for the second year in a row!
After the game there will be a party at the Lyon’s Pub downtown with food, drinks and a DJ. Join us for a night of good-natured competition and socializing with our neighbors across the skyway!
Hockey Game:
Friday, February 27th, 7:30pm
Parade Ice Garden (600 Kenwood Pkway, Minneapolis)
Social Event:
Lyon’s Pub (Downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin & S. 6th Street)

Upcoming Events

Bedrace for Bridging – Give back while having fun!

The UST MBA Student Association is pleased to announce our participation in the Subway Bedrace for Bridging charity event on March 7, 2009.
Teams of four will create team costumes and race down Buck Hill on inflatable mattresses to raise money for Bridging, Inc. One hundred percent of registration fees and fundraising efforts benefit Bridging, a non-profit organization that extends community resources by distributing free beds, furniture and household goods to people in transition.
The Student Association will be able to cover *FOUR* teams entry fees – on a first come, first serve basis.
Your team’s task will be to gather pledges and of course, come up with a great costume.
In addition to having fun and helping the community and people in need, you can win prizes in a number of categories – examples include:
* Teams that raise more than $500 win a variety of prizes – from gift cards to a Twins tailgaiting party, depending on total amount raised.
** The team to raise the most money for Bridging will receive a trip for four from Delta.
*** The team with the best costume will also receive a trip for four from Delta.
More information about the event itself can be found on the Bedrace website.
If you are not able to participate, please consider pledging to this great cause.
Please contact <a href="”>Erin Liddy with questions, pledges, or to register your team

Admissions Updates

February Admissions Update

The Full-time Admissions office had a busy January. The admissions team was busy reviewing applications from the December 15 deadline and was pleased to see a 400% growth over last year’s pool. Our office also hosted a very successful information session with the help of the Princeton Review and continued to plan for additional events to be hosted throughout the spring.
February is packed with important events and dates for Full-time MBA admissions. On February 4, the MBA programs are hosting a Princeton Review GMAT and UST MBA Forum. Saturday, February 7 is the Full-time UST MBA Winter Open House, and the following Wednesday the UST MBA will be holding a Graduate Business School Panel at St. John’s University. In addition, our third application deadline on February 15 means lots of prospective students visiting campus for their admissions interviews. We appreciate the support of all of the students who have already agreed to help with one or more of these events and encourage you to contact DeAnn Kautzmann in TMH 100 if you would like to volunteer in the future. Also, please help us promote these events to anyone you know who may be considering an MBA.
The Full-time Admissions team welcomes everyone back for spring semester. We hope that you enjoyed your Holiday break and are excited to see you on campus!
Full-time MBA Admissions


Written Communications Coaching

The availability of individual communications coaching is a unique and invaluable service provided by the UST full-time MBA program. Karen DeYoung, UST’s new Written Communication professor, welcomes first and second year students to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions for writing. Coaching sessions can provide valuable assistance with grammar, editing, and writing style; the sessions are especially helpful for lengthy group papers and for student whose primary language is not English.
Take advantage of Professor DeYoung’s expertise! She can be reached at <a href="”>; coaching sessions are available weekdays by appointment.

Career Services

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA): Starting a MN Chapter

The national Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) is starting a Minnesota chapter. They are currently working with several corporate partners (UnitedHealth Group is the lead partner) to form the necessary boards, etc. If you are interested in becoming involved on any level, please contact Tzviatko Chiderov at <a href="”> or (612) 761-7416, or Ouraphone Siri-Outhay at <a href="”> or (952) 936-3875.

Upcoming Events

Multicultural Forum: March 3-4, 2009

“Diversity’s Challenge: Achieving True Inclusion” is the theme of the 21st annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity to be held at the St. Paul RiverCentre March 3 and 4, 2009. Co-hosted by the UST Opus College of Business and the Twin Cities chapter of the National Black MBA Association, the Forum is presented by General Mills along with support from more than 60 other companies and organizations.
As the globe continues to shrink and the economic woes continue to mount, the necessity to include diverse ideas and faces in all facets of business becomes an even greater business imperative. For 20 years, the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity has provided training, networking and inspiration to support that imperative. Anyone who manages, works with or markets to a diverse clientele (is anyone not included?) is encouraged to attend and learn. Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, Dr. Nat Irvin, a diversity and inclusion futurist from the University of Louisville, and Luke Visconti, partner and co-founder of DiversityInc, will deliver keynote presentations amidst the 60 workshops and 14 professional development institutes spread over the two days. A professional Career Fair and Resource Fair will also be offered on March 4.
For more information or to register, visit the Forum website at or contact the Forum Director, Steve Humerickhouse at (651) 962-4018.