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October 2010


UST MBA Students Join Hands For Community Impact!

Many students from the class of 2010 volunteered this summer at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan.

Net Impact story 1Feed My Starving Children (FMSC is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to feeding starving children.  Their approach is simple: Volunteers hand-pack meals formulated by Minnesota food scientists specifically for starving children.  FMSC ships their meals to approximately 70 countries and last year they provided over 96 million meals.

Over the summer we had 6 different opportunities to volunteer with this organization and we accumulated more than 50 volunteer hours.

Net Impact story 2This fall there will be 3 more opportunities to volunteer with FMSC in Eagan. The event dates are: October 14th, November 11th, and December 2nd.Each event is on Thursday at 8:00 – 9:30pm. If you are interested in joining the fun please contact Paula Wirtz, volunteer coordinator for Net Impact, 

 Net Impact story 7Jeremiah Program – Cook for Kids

This past summer we also worked with another great organization called the Jeremiah Program ( We participated in their Cook for Kids program, which required us to create a menu, purchase the necessary food items and then prepare the meal. Our meals served 30 Net Impact story 3mothers and 15 kids. We were well received by the families and rewarded with beautiful smiles from the children. The mothers in this program are fighting their circumstances and going back to school so that they can give their children a fair chance at life.

Smile Flash Mob

Net Impact story 4On October 6thwe had the first event of the fall semester.  It was a Flash Mob at IDS Center organized to benefit the Smile Network International.  According to Wikipedia, “a flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and pointless act for a brief time, then disperse.”  Sara Speiker (Class of 2011) worked as an intern Net Impact story 5for the Smile Network this summer.  Sara helped make this fun event available to us at UST.  We were asked to wear a black suit with a white shirt and the organizers provided us with gorilla masks and red ties.  This stunt was to help draw attention to a book, It’s a Jungle in There, launched that day.  All the proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Smile Network International.


First Book

First Book will be conducting 6 readings this semester.  Based on the success of our first fundraiser and a couple of gracious long-term donations, the First Book UST Net Impact story 6MBA board decided to work with 3 schools this year.  Each school with which First Book is building a relationship is a member of the YMCA Beacon’s after school program.  The schools are: Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, Anne Sullivan Communications Center, and Sheridan Elementary School.  Over the course of the 2010/2011 school year, our organization will be providing children with 2000 brand-new books.  Join us for the first reading of the semester on October 11th.  Contact Paula Wirtz,


 Article Written By: Paula Wirtz

Student Life, Upcoming Events

First Book – Volunteer Opportunity on October 25

First-Book_logoWhat:  First Book Reading
When:  Monday, October 25 from 2:20-3:10 p.m.
Where:  Nellie Stone Johnson Community School; 807 27th Avenue North
Are you ready to read? It is time to start planning for our seocnd First Book reading. We are looking for 12-15 volunteers to read at this school. Please RSVP to this event by October 22.

If you are new to First Book please check out our web site.

Career Services

Mentor Program for 2nd Year’s

The 2010 full-time second year MBA mentor is in its third year having grown from 15 mentors/mentees to 36.  The program is designed to help the student learn from an experienced partner in the industry and functional area they are most interested in.  A mentor can help a student to keep perspective, develop insights, and make better career plans and choices. It runs the duration of two semesters.  Mutual expectations and benefits are defined by the student and mentor at the outset of the relationship and the student is tasked with driving the relationship.  Besides “giving back”, the mentors learn about how to most effectively share their insights as well as gain the perspectives of future leaders.


Industries represented range from medical products to real estate to insurance and consumer packaged goods.  Mentors are part of organizations including Target, Wells Fargo, Thomson Reuters, SuperValue, 3M, Medtronic, Ryan Companies, McGladrey and Pullen, Piper Jaffrey, International Dairy Queen, and Polaris Industries.  Entrepreneurial firms and consultancies are also represented.


Participant comments…


I had the chance to visit his company last week, get a plant tour, and meet with a financial analyst there. That was really beneficial–just to get exposure to another company, industry, and hear practically what this person does on a day-to-day basis. I think the mentor program was a great idea, and I think it’s gone very well so far. Thanks!  2010 Graduate


The experience has been great so far.  He has given me great advice on job searching.  He has also helped me find job openings, write cover letters, and has even put in a couple recommendations for me.  2010 Graduate

Article written by: LaBarre Spence, Career Coach, Career Services

Academics, Competitions, Student Life

2010-11 Mayo Innovation Scholars

Please join me in congratulating the Mayo Innovation Scholar Program participants for 2010-11. The program is a partnership between Mayo Medical Ventures, Medtronic Foundation, and the Minnesota Private Colleges Counsel. It was developed by John Meslow, retired divisional president at Medtronic.

The Mayo Scholars Program combines undergraduate science and business students with MBA student project leaders to research feasibility and market potential of medical inventions. The Full Time MBA students who have been chosen to lead undergraduate student teams are:

  • Adrian Bauer
  • Noble Duncanson
  • Sean Elder
  • Rebecca Renier
  • Jeff Snegosky

We want to thank all the students who applied to the program. The high caliber of this year’s applicants made the decision making process very difficult.

Again, congratulations to this year’s Mayo Scholars!


2nd Annual Golf Scramble

University of St. Thomas Fulltime MBA Student Association and the Graduate Business Alumni Association hosted the 2nd Annual Golf Scramble on September 11th at TheordoreWirth Golf Course in Minneapolis.  It was a beautiful sunny Saturday full of hole competitions, golf cart maneuvers, and reconnecting students and alumni.  After a well played 18 holes of golf, it was a foursome from the graduating class of 2007 who came out victorious.  With a 9 under par score Ben Roselle ’07, Nate Johnson ’07, Allison Burchill’07, and Cameron Zuege ’07 became the official 2010 Golf Scramble Champions!  Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all who participated – it was a great day! The Student Association and Graduate Business Alumni Association look forward to continuing the golf scramble for years to come!
– Article written by: Karine Korman