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December 2009

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Livestrong at the Reindeer Bash!

The University of St. Thomas Full-time MBA Program is partnering with the LIVESTRONG Army-Twin Cities to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). Every year the University of St. Thomas’s Full-time MBA Student Association hosts a holiday party in which the students hold a charity raffle. This year, on December 4th, 100% of the raffle proceeds will benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG). The Student Association chose this organization because I have been very active with the organization after my father was diagnosed with colon cancer twice under the age of 50.
This year, on LIVESTRONG Day (October 2nd), members of the UST Full-time MBA community walked the skyways handing out information on cancer, LIVESTRONG and the newly formed LIVESTRONG Army-Twin Cities. As you can see by the photo, we had plenty of fun and were productive (over 400 flyers were distributed)!
Below is a brief description of the mission of LIVESTRONG:
At the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we inspire and empower people affected by cancer.
We believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything.
We provide the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms.
We take aim at the gaps between what is known and what is done to prevent suffering and death due to cancer.
We unite people to fight cancer and pursue an agenda focused on:
• Prevention
• Access to screening and care
• Improvement of the quality of life for cancer survivors
• Investment in research
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Austin, Texas.
Please visit for more information.
Submitted by Jessica Eidem

Student Life

Net Impact National Conference

Net Impact held its National Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The two day event in November brought sustainability minded professionals from around the globe to engage in conversations about corporate social responsibility. Over 2600 people attended the conference including three members of the Full-Time MBA program, Michelle Maas, Matt Olsen, and Chris Weirens. Minneapolis was well represented by three chapters: Carlson School of Management, Opus College of Business, and the Minneapolis Professional Chapter.
The conference was kicked off by Key Note Speaker Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE. The closing speakers included the CEO of Honest Tea, the founder of Vermont Bread Company (which make the private label bread of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods), and a founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
The conference was divided into 5 different tracks covering corporate impact, design, green technology, International perspective, and investing. There were several sessions offered in each track with most sessions consisting of a moderated panel. Discussions were lively and engaging; and covered every aspect of business from design, marketing, leadership, and finance.
There were also two receptions hosted that allowed participants to network and engage with like minded individuals. The closing reception was done as a local Farmer’s Market serving up local sustainable food.
Next year’s conference will be held at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. We hope more students are able to attend next year which provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other MBA students and professionals to challenge each other to find ways to improve the world through business.
Submitted by Michelle Maas