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Kay Wimer

Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Master’s Pub with Rick Kupchella

 Friday, April 19, 4:30 p.m – Master’s Pub: And That’s the News

Rick Kupchella     Learn more /  Register soon! is a statewide news service that features an online news aggregator and a radio network recognized as the top radio newscast in the state of Minnesota – in all of its first three years of operation.

Sponsors of BringMeTheNews have included the biggest names in the state – Cargill, General Mills, Medtronic, Target, UnitedHealth, Mayo, Capella University and the state of Minnesota itself.

 Rick Kupchella, founder of BringMeTheNews, will discuss the company’s first three years, and his transition from Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor to entrepreneur.


Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Class of 2013 – Graduation Reception at the Minneapolis Club

 Dean Christopher Puto will host the annual Full Time UST MBA Reception to honor the accomplishments of the Class of 2013

The Minneapolis ClubMinneapolis_Club
Friday, May 24, 2013
5:00 -7:00pm

Faculty, staff and graduating students are invited to attend. RSVP at

We hope to see you and your family at this special event!

 The Minneapolis Club is located at
729 2nd St S
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Competitions, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

NSHMBA Case Competition


The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Business Case Competition is accepting applications for participants through April 26, 2013.

This unique event which gives high-potential MBA student teams from leading business schools the opportunity to compete for prizes and recognition at the annual NSHMBA Conference & Career Expo in San Antonio, TX on October 9-12.

Teams will be given a hypothetical business case for which they will develop business solutions for a current operational, marketing or financial challenge. Each student team will present their case before a panel of experienced business leaders from PepsiCo, sponsors of the event. Teams will be judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations, and the quality of their presentations.

Interested? Enter at Remember, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 26!


GA Applications for 2013-14

Graduate Assistantship Program 2013-2014

The graduate assistant program in the full-time UST MBA is designed to give 2nd year students a chance to learn and practice in their field of interest as well as to assist core and other faculty members with UST MBA and other professional projects.  The students selected as graduate assistants will be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA above 3.0), show a strong commitment to the full-time UST MBA program, and be able to serve as role models for incoming first year students.

 Advantages for students include:

  • experience developing peers by acting as a teaching assistant in the MBA core course (in the case of first year courses); this may involve grading, tutoring, and holding help sessions among other activities
  • experience working on consulting and research projects in the field of interest
  • a closer work relationship with a faculty member
  • potential mentoring by the faculty member

Ten assistantships are available for 2013-2014, and are valued at $4800 per academic year for a commitment of 10 hours per week.  In addition, there are additional positions with non-core faculty. Specific details for those positions are outlined below.

 To Apply:

Email the application which was sent to you in my email on March 7, your resume, and for each GA position in which you are interested, a separate short (1 page or less) statement of interest to Kay Wimer ( by April 5, 2013No late applications will be considered. Please feel free to discuss positions with faculty. Also, to optimize your chance of becoming a Graduate Assistant, you are encouraged to apply for more than one position.

List of Positions:

Core Course Graduate Assistantships:

Course                                                 Supervisor

Applied Business Research                   Professor Sailors                     

Applied Business Research                   Professor Sailors                     

Financial Accounting                             Professor Matson                    

Managerial Accounting                          Professor Terence Pitre                      

Economics                                             Professor Combs                     

Finance                                                 Professor Beckmann                

Marketing                                              Professor Malshe                     

Organizational Behavior                        Professor Rothausen-Vange                 

Operations Management                       Professor Mallick                     

Statistics                                                Professor Sanders


Additional Positions:

Center for Ethical Business Cultures       David Rodbourne

Center for Nonprofit Management            Ann Johnson

Health Policy and Politics                         Senator David Durenberger

Finance Department                                Professor Michael Sullivan

Norris Institute                                          Michael Moore

Veritas Institute                                        Naomi Sack


Requirements and Expectations:

 Core Course Graduate Assistants:

Graduate assistants are expected to act as positive role models for incoming full-time UST MBA first year students. As such, a graduate assistant is expected to be a strong UST MBA community member, committed to the vision and mission of the full-time UST MBA.

  • Graduate assistantships are funded for the entire academic year at ten hours per week. Some weeks you may work more than ten hours, some weeks you may not work at all. Your schedule will be flexible depending upon faculty needs and your other academic commitments.
  • Graduate assistant duties are as follows:
    1. Assist faculty with class preparation, classroom management, class materials, and other course-related responsibilities as assigned
    2. Act as course tutor and hold regular weekly tutoring hours during course semester
    3. Act as proctor for course make-up exams
    4. May assist faculty members with research in areas of special interest and other duties as agreed upon

 A Core Class GA’s first and most important priority is to serve the needs, and the students, of the core course to which they are assigned. Graduate Assistants in core courses that are heavily quantitative should expect to spend a significant amount of time tutoring first year students. 

Additional Position Descriptions:

  •  Center for Ethical Business Cultures – Mr. David Rodbourne

Founded in 1978, the Center for Ethical Business Cultures (CEBC) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization within the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business. Serving at the intersection between thought and practice leadership, the Center provides public programs; engages in research; builds and delivers governance and leadership development programs and services; and brings together leading academic and business practitioners in the field of ethics.

CEBC is currently seeking candidates for an graduate assistant position that reports to the Center’s Vice President. The graduate assistant will be responsible for producing brief written profiles of how recipients of the Minnesota Business Ethics Awards (MBEA) create and sustain an ethical business culture. The MBEA annually recognizes a large, medium and small business for its achievements in creating an ethical culture. Profiles will be based both on written materials submitted to the Awards but more importantly on interviews to be conducted by the graduate assistant with the business leaders from each firm. At the discretion of CEBC, other firms might be selected for profiles.

The qualified candidate will have: excellent communication skills; strong research, writing, and analytical skills; the ability to work independently to meet deadlines and goals; and, strong organizational and project management skills.           

This position is for 10 hours per week, $15/hour. Current GA: Joseph Grodahl Biever.


  • Center for Nonprofit Management – Ann Johnson
    • Combine your skills in research, analysis and entrepreneurship to work with the Center Director and Senior Fellow in a highly spirited, purposeful and dynamic Center environment.  Work is comprised of specific case study and survey development focused in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship and intrapraneurship.
    • Through the assistantship during fall and winter semesters, you will have opportunity to engage with and learn from faculty and field changemakers about the business and evolution of social change models in Minnesota and throughout the country.

 The Center acts as a catalyst and connector to support students, practitioners, and faculty to research, innovate and deliver academic and nonacademic programs and resources.

10 hours per week, $15 hour 

Current GA: Yue Feng


  •  Health, Policy and Politics Research Associate – Senator David Durenberger

Dave Durenberger served three terms in the United States Senate and earned a reputation as a national health policy reform expert.  Since his retirement in 1995 he has been a Senior Health Policy Fellow teaching at the Opus College of Business and created its National Institute of Health Policy.  He is involved in national policy committees and commissions, is a sought after speaker on the subject, and publishes a popular national commentary on public policy, politics, and health care.

 He seeks to add dimension to his education and communications efforts at the University by securing the part-time assistance of a graduate level student with an interest in public policy with experience or interest in health care and its related businesses.

An assistant is required to do basic and interview research on topics which Durenberger is developing, and provide analysis and recommendations for articulated positions.  The assistant must have good writing skills so as to communicate complex ideas, language and concepts in understandable and persuasive style.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to work up to ten hours per week, and will be paid $15.00 per hour during the 2013-14 school year. Current GA: Kevin Griffith.


  •  Finance Department – Dr. Michael Sullivan

Graduate assistant to assist with research. 15 hours per week for fall 2013 and spring 2014, $15/hr. Must be skilled at Microsoft Office and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must have the ability to do online research in academic journals.

Start date September 3, 2013.

GAs for 2012-13: Lissette Prendes Moreno and Kirk Williams.


  • William C. Norris Institute, Opus College of Business – Mr. Mike Moore

Interested in learning how new technologies are developed and commercialized?

The Norris Institute, a seed capital technology investment program of the Opus College of Business, is seeking a second-year (as of September 2013) Graduate Assistant to assist the director in reviewing investment opportunities and conducting due diligence on the best prospects. The GA also will serve as the liaison between the Norris Institute director and the leaders of the New Ventures Club, whose members hear presentations from investors and technology entrepreneurs and have the opportunity to participate in due diligence projects if interested. 

The applicant should be a second-year full-time MBA candidate with an interest in new technologies, private equity finance, and/or entrepreneurship. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of the Norris Institute director, Mike Moore, under a flexible schedule requiring approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour, during the 2013-14 academic year. 

For more information, contact: Mike Moore, 651-962-4346. Current GA: Jay Rajaratnam


  • Veritas Institute MBA Graduate Assistant – Naomi Slack

Who:  The Veritas Institute will hire one full-time MBA student per semester to serve as a Graduate Assistant for the department.

What:  A graduate assistantship with the Veritas Institute that will allow a student to apply his/her analysis/research skills, marketing/development skills, or a combination of the two, to real-world scenarios.

When:  Beginning at the start of the fall 2013 semester

Why:  An opportunity for MBA students to gain experience developing client deliverables and related marketing projects.  The Veritas Institute’s clients include: Ascension Health, St. Marys Mayo, Trinity Health, Alexian Brothers Health System, Avera Health, and other organizations.

Time commitment: 10-15 hours/week

Compensation:  $15/hour

Duration:  One semester to two semesters, based upon mutual agreement.  (To begin at the start of the fall 2013 semester)

Recurrent position?: Yes, this is recurrent on an annual/biannual basis.

Potential Projects/Duties:

To assist with analysis/research functions, including, but not limited to:

  • Analyze data from client engagements and support the development of reports and presentations to clients
  • Create a BEAM bibliography of supporting articles; contribute updates to a CIM bibliography of supporting articles
  • Conduct research on ISO 26000 applications
  • Conduct research for product line development: children’s hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician networks, Catholic business schools
  • Produce training manuals for CIM facilitators and support people, respectively

To assist with marketing/development activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Draft copy for newsletters and annual reports
  • Assist with event publicity work
  • Design the promotional display for the Veritas Institute’s panel board, to be used at external events, as well as select internal events
  • Assist with video production (for example, a CIM orientation video)
  • Conduct website development work

Current GA: Dan Kolar

Clubs, Student Life, Upcoming Events

First Book reading – Volunteers needed next week

We need your help! We are trying to recruit as many students as we can for this reading but if any faculty and staff can come, that would be greatly appreciated. The 1st years have a presentation in Ops and a debate in Acct so we can’t miss our classes next Tuesday afternoon. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

First-Book_logoWhat: First Book Reading

When: Wednesday, May 10th from 3:30-4:30

Where: Nellie Stone Johnson,
807 27th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411-1401

Please let Kate Kirchner know if you are able to attend!

Career Services, Upcoming Events

Multicultural Forum and Job Fair — March 22-24

The 2011 Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity will be held on March 22-24, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Produced in partnership with the Twin Cities Chapter of the National Black MBA, the Forum expects to attract over 1,000 attendees. Keynote speakers include Joyce Dubensky, Executive vice president and CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Andrés Tapia, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) and Richard Davis, Chairman, president and CEO, U.S. Bancorp.

Learn more about the 2011 Multicultural Forum.
Info on how to sign up at no charge will be sent soon.


Ethics Case Competition — March 4

The Center for Ethical Business Cultures’ Ethics Case Competition will be held on Friday, March 4, beginning at 8:30am. The winning team from this competition will be going to the national contest in Washington State this fall. To be part of the team that hopefully adds another beautiful trophy to our wall of fame sign your group up with Bill Grau by Monday, February 7.


New Spring Elective: Family Business Strategy


Reasons to take the class

Plan to join the family business. You will learn strategies to promote your family business career.

Want to help the family business.  You will work on a project designed to help the business.


Mary Schmid Daugherty, CFA, PhD—Finance professor, family business owner and board member, co-author for next edition of Family Business by Poza, and speaker on financial issues in family business in the UST Family Business Center and elsewhere.

Ritch L. Sorenson, PhD—Opus Chair in Family Business, Director of Family Business Center, former business owner, Associate Editor for Family Business Review, and sponsor of annual Conference on Family Business at the University of St. Thomas.


Finance 600 and a business in the family to use as the basis for course projects.

Course Purpose:

This course provides students with the analytical tools and decision-making models to strategically evaluate a closely held/private company.  Students will analyze the economic opportunities and competitive environment in the context of a specific business sector.  Topics will include analyzing financial statements, capital structures, governance structures, sources of capital, liquidity options and valuation.

The purpose of this course is for students to apply analytical tools and decision-making models to assess the performance of their own family’s business, when possible.  The student will determine how the family and business governance structures, patient capital and strategically driven financial metrics can add value to a family enterprise. The intent is to allow the student to learn and apply various best practices to their own family business.

Family members are encouraged to participate with their student in this course.  All family members who participate will be expected to purchase texts read course materials and work closely with the student to complete the assignments outlined in the syllabus.

Final Project Options for Your Family Business

  • Strategic Plan
  • Business Valuation
  • Business Growth Plan


Ritch Sorenson for more information: 651-742-2173


ACG Cup Team Sign up

Interested in participating in the ACG Cup competition in February? Sign your team up no later than January 18. Info on the case will be available to the teams on January 20. The first round of the competition will be on February 3.

ACG recommends 3-4 people per team although up to five people are allowed. Please send me your team list with the following info:

  • Participants’ Names
  • Participants’ Emails
  • Participants’ Phone numbers

If you do not have a team, but still wish to participate, send me your name, email and phone. We will try to match you with others interested in forming a team.

This is a great opportunity to network with people from the premier banking institutions in the twin cities. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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!