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Kay Wimer

Academics, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Update – October 2, 2014

Headline news!

Net Impact Conference Registration

Net Impact

Conference – November 6-8, 2014

Last day to register for 15% off the registration fee is tomorrow, Friday, October 3!

Net Impact Info

Elective Fest

Join us in the FT MBA Commons on Thursday, October 9 at noon to talk to your FT MBA professors, Opus College of Business department chairs, and faculty who are teaching elective classes in J-term and Fall semesters. We will have updated Elective Track info, as well as the hottest news on Topics Courses, and how to plan the rest of your MBA coursework. Sandwiches, cookies and chips will be provided, and there will be plenty for everyone! Come have lunch and get your academics organized.

Clubs, Competitions, Uncategorized

Update – October 2, 2014

Events and Competitions:

Net Impact Twins Stadium Tour followed by fun at Fulton Brewery – Friday, October 3

Target FieldTarget Field Fulton Brewery Event






First Book Reading – Wednesday, October 8

Join Joe Ostlund and volunteer to share a love of reading with the students at Anne Sullivan Anishinabe Academy.  Contact Joe at to volunteer.

 Fowler Business Concept Challenge

Fowler Business Concept Challenge Information

2013 Winning Team Member Nana Yaa Dodi

2013 Winning Team Member Nana Yaa Dodi

Career Services, Uncategorized

Update – October 2, 2014

Upcoming Job Info Sessions and On Campus Interviews:


Job Info Session – Monday, October 6th from Noon-1:00pm in TMH 301.
A representative will be on-campus talking about careers in their financial advising areas. A light lunch will be served.
See the Company Website.


Job Info Session – Tuesday, October 7th from 4:45pm to 6:15pm.
Presentation about their upcoming summer 2015 internships in Marketing and Finance will take place in Thornton Auditorium with a Reception outside the auditorium area
immediately following the presentation. Food and beverages will be served. Open to sponsoring.
Company Website.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 On Campus Interviews – Thursday, October 9
Interviews are by appointment. Contact Tom Colosimo for details.  Company Website.                   

September 25 2014, Student Life, Weekly Updates

Weekly Update – September 25, 2014

 Greetings Students,

This is the first of our UPDATE blogposts. Everything from your weekly updates, but in an easily accessible location. Info is color coded. Date items in black are for everyone. Second years – red. First years, green.

First off, a plea from your colleagues: Log off when you use a computer in the Commons! Just leaving it locks it to everyone but you. Causes trouble when other students look for a computer to use, and find many of them locked.

 Highlighted Events: (Note: This link takes you to the Google calendar, where you can see all of our upcoming events. Change it to a weekly view to get more details.

Google Calendar

Friday, September 26. 8:00am – 12:00pm. Leader Lab in SCH 120

1:00 – 4:00pm. GBCS Job Search Strategies in TMH 460

Monday, September 29, 1:30 – 4:45pm – Both sections of Financial Accounting will meet together

Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 – 1:15pm – Thrivent Job Info Session in TMH 301

Wednesday, October 1, 1:30 – 3:55pm – The first midterm in Financial Accounting

Thursday, October 2, 12:00 – 1:15pm – Henkel Job Info Session in TMH 301.

5:00 – 7:00pm – Open 4 Business at the Local

Friday, October 3, 8:00am – 12:00pm – Section 1 Communication Labs.

1:00 – 5:00pm – Section 2 Communication Labs.

3:00 – 6:30– Target Field Fulton Brewery Event

Have a great weekend!


Competitions, Uncategorized

Full Time UST MBA at the WorldQuest Quiz Competition

USTatMIC-3 For the 13th year in a row, the Minnesota International Center hosted the World Quest Quiz competition on Friday, November 1, 2013. About 300 people packed into the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Center and 36 teams competed, including General Mills, Target, Medtronic, Ecolab, etc.. All teams were tested on their global knowledge of geography, politics, and current world events. Eight students, Julio Acosta, Nigel Brown, Liseth Bucheli, Nana Kwapong, Pleasant Radford, Maurielle Storms, Lukasz Wlosiak and  Gabriela Trejo-Juarez dressed in purple to form the UST MBA team.

USTatMIC-2The team encountered tough questions like: “How many countries (that are independent commonwealths of the UK) have a union jack as part of their flags?” or “When was the last time a US presidential dinner cancelled?” Luckily, the team’s studying and global knowledge paid off. Out of 36 teams, UST placed 5th (tying with Geodesy Odyssey and Wells Fargo), just 2 points away from third prize. In fact, Liseth won a door prize gift certificate just for participating! After the results were in, many other participants noted and congratulated the UST team’s ranking. What a great way to start a weekend and show team spirit!

See more on the event, including our team, at


Cooking up a Team

The upcoming International Club Potluck next Tuesday, September 24, has got me thinking about recipes. What should I bring as my contribution? I love brownies, so I think that may be it.

A good brownie is like a good team. It’s composed of several ingredients, and none is more important than the others.

First, cocoa. By itself it is very bitter. You certainly wouldn’t want to eat it alone.

Next, sugar. Not too much – think of the calories – not too little or you won’t balance cocoa’s bitterness.

Then there’s the eggs. Whipped high so the brownies rise.

Butter. Without it you’d be making some kind of chocolate omelet.

And finally, flour. It gives substance to your brownies.

A set of ingredients, each very different than the other. Each absolutely essential to create a pan of brownies.  Of course teams aren’t brownies, but each team is composed of various members, each of whom brings something special. In the case of the brownies, you might think cocoa was the most important item, but without sugar, your brownie certainly wouldn’t taste very good. Without eggs, you’d have something lying flat in the pan. Without butter, without flour, it simply wouldn’t work!

Look around at the people in your team. Like the brownies, it would be hard to do without any of the ingredients.

Enjoy getting to know each other. Together you will create something you could never make alone.


Critical Thinking Launch Assignment

Dean Puto has assigned the following for his Critical Thinking session on Thursday, August 29th at 8:30 a.m.:

Leaders are supposed to be critical thinkers who carefully analyze their situation, create and evaluate actionable alternatives, choose and implement the “best” course of action, and learn from the results.  You will spend the next 21 months acquiring “critical thinking skills,” but many experts debate even the definition of critical thinking, let alone the actual process of how to do it. The purpose of this session is to introduce you to the concept, to help you “think” about what “critical thinking” might look and feel like, and to let you try some critical thinking in a particular context. Rest assured, in our 45 minutes together on Thursday morning, you will not magically become expert critical thinkers, but you should begin to have an appreciation for the concept and be receptive to the many opportunities you will have over the next 21 months to more fully develop your critical thinking skills.

1. Read the three‐page article headed “Why Critical Thinking.” Don’t memorize it. Just read it and see if it makes any sense to you. If elements of it raise questions in your mind, mark those
points, and we will see if we can expand on them in this session.

2. Read the short case entitled: “Techtronics Limited.” Please note that the timing of the case is set in 1995, when many of you were probably in grade school. Most of you have one or more HDTV sets in your home or apartment. At some level, you are probably an expert on the topic of modern video imaging. So, don’t try to solve their problem and “answer” the case. History has already done that. Rather, imagine that you were a business professional at the time of the case, and all you know about the technology is what is in the case. What are the kinds of questions would you be asking and where would you go to get the information you needed to answer them so that you could then make a well‐reasoned recommendation to Mr. Leeds, the company president?

Turn in:
NOTHING. That’s right, just read and think, and then bring your brain and those thoughts to the session on Thursday morning.
Note: Since you will be working in groups on your Launch Project, it is fine for you to discuss the article, the case, and your thoughts among your teammates and other classmates as time and circumstances permit. You won’t be “graded,” but I will most likely call on individual students to share their thoughts and ideas. So, be sure that you have some!


Conferences and Case Competitions

Conferences and Case Competitions are valuable experiences for Full Time MBA students. UST MBAs have attended a variety of events in the past, and our students are encouraged to seek out new opportunities.

Student participation in these events is encouraged by the UST MBA Student Association, which provides funding. Here is a list of some upcoming conferences and case competitions, and guidelines on seeking reimbursement for associated expenses:

Conference/Case Competition – 2013-14 Location Dates
National Black MBA Association Conference & Case Competition Houston, TX September 10-14, 2013
NAAMBA Conference & Case Competition New York, NY September 19-21, 2013
MBA Women International Conference & Career Fair Boston,  MA October 3-5, 2013
National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference San Antonio, TX October 10-12, 2013
Net Impact Conference San Jose,  CA October 24-26, 2013
ACG Cup – Case Competition UST Round UST January 30, 2014
ACG Cup – District Round UST or Carlson February 6, 2014
CEBC Ethics Case Competition – UST Round UST March 7, 2014
International Business Ethics Case Competition Tucson, AZ May 7-9, 2014 (tent.)

 Reimbursements for Conferences and Case Competitions:

  • First Year MBA students must consult Student Life before signing up for conferences. Email  Kay Wimer.
  • You may only be reimbursed for your own needs. You may not pay for anything for anyone else and have it considered for reimbursement.
  • You must have ORIGINAL receipts
  • For food receipts – you must have both the itemized receipt showing what food was ordered and the credit card receipt. Remember, UST does not reimburse alcoholic beverages.
  • For airfare – be sure the receipt shows your credit card charge, including your name and all info on the flight.
  • We require using the conference registration charge as one of the expenses. If you register for an event, but do not attend, you will be responsible for all charges.  UST will not reimburse you for anything if you do not attend. 
  • Membership fee: Many conference registration fees are based on membership. We will reimburse the membership fee when it lowers the registration charge.
  • Hotel rooms – If you are sharing rooms, have the hotel divide the room charge among all those who are in the room. Each person must have their own receipt. We are unable to divide hotel room receipts.
  • Please be aware that Accounts Payable requires a credit card statement or a bank statement (for check card purchases) showing the transactions for which you are requesting reimbursement.   Please print or email a copy of the statement with your reimbursement request form and cross off any charges not associated with your reimbursement request. 
  • Funding must be approved by the Student Association Conference & Case Fund Committee. Please see the Guidelines.
  • UST only reimburses reasonable expenses. Taxi fare – yes. Car rental – no. If you are unsure whether something will be reimbursed, ask us first! 

Questions?  Contact  Kay Wimer.


Wondering What’s Going On?

The new technology in the Opus College of Business buildings is wonderful. We now have monitors that show us the events for the day. But have you ever seen an event, and wished you had known about it earlier?

Where do you go to find out? The Opus College of Business Website, adding in /events:! Looking at it this morning I found a list that begins today and ends in February 2014. Most events are hotlinked to more information or the registration page.

Now I’m completely in the know, and you can be too!