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Class of 2015 – Required Summer Pre-course Assignments

Below are the current pre-course assignments. 

*Please note that other assignments may be added at the discretion of our professors.  It is your responsibility to check the blackboard site and read the syllabus for each class carefully to note any additional required readings or assignments that professors may have posted.

1. MGMT Communications Lab Pre-course assignment (Due at 9:00 p.m. first day of Launch – Monday, 8/26)

Read the article “What’s a Business For?” by Charles Handy

Read the article “The Social Responsibility of a Business is to Increase its Profits” by Milton Friedman

Complete a written assignment (Instructions can be found here).  DUE THE FIRST DAY OF LAUNCH BY 9:00 P.M.

2. BEC 600 Pre-course assignment (due 9/4):

Contact Prof. Combs if you have any questions about the course or this assignment:

Register for the Aplia Electronic Course:

1. Connect to: //
2. If you already have an account, sign in. Go to your My Courses page, and click the Enroll in a New Course button.
If you don’t have an account, click the Create a New Account button, and choose Student Account.
3. Enter your Course Key when prompted: RLMT-VNS5-FEMA. Continue to follow the on-screen instructions to access your course.

Payment Online: After registering, you can buy access to Aplia from the Aplia website (you can pay anytime within three weeks after registering)

For more information on registering for Aplia, please visit

1. On-line Pre-test (due 9/4)

  • Complete the Introductory Practice Problem Set first
    Complete the Interactive Tool Tutorial second
  • Take the Pretest third – if you scored 90% or above, that completes your pre-course Aplia work. 
  • If your score is lower than 90%:
    Complete relevant sections in the Math and Graphs Tutorial to improve your skills in your weaker areas.
    Complete the Posttest.  If you still score lower than 90%, consult Prof. Combs to discuss

If you are completing the online MBA Math course this summer, the Aplia Math and Graphs Tutorial may help you.

2.  Reading and Case assignment for the first day of class (9/4)

  • Textbook (Brickley, Smith, Zimmerman) Chapters 1 and 3 (no appendices)
  • Case:  Read Société Générale case at end of Chapter 1 in textbook.  Be prepared to discuss all questions. 
  • Aplia:  Complete Aplia practice problems due 9/4.  Be prepared to discuss.

3.  Read the course syllabus

4.  If you are able, go to the Minnesota State Fair!  We will discuss the competitive soft drink market outside the fairgrounds as well as the monopolistic sweet corn market inside the fair.

Admissions Updates

Class of 2015: Summer Action Items

Parking and Bus Passes (permits go on sale August 12th):
Students interested in registering for a Commuter Minneapolis (CM) parking permit, or Metro Transit College Pass (C-pass) must register their intent by vising the parking Services online registration form available through Murphy Online.  You will be able to sign up starting Monday,  August 12th.

Additional information can be found at or by calling 651-962-4100 (Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm)

Books and Pre-Assignments:

Refer to the website and the “Notes from the Commons” post for more information on summer assignments.  More assignments may be added as we receive them from your professors.

Health Insurance:
All Full-time, degree seeking students need to demonstrate health insurance before starting classes in fall semester. Visit our website to begin the verification process for the 2013-2014 academic year.

For those purchasing the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan during the annual enrollment period, coverage will be effective starting August 15, 2013.  Additional information can be found  on the Health Services website:

Other Items
Complete MBAmath (if assigned to you)
Summer meeting with Career Services and Student Life
Purchase Books
Complete all Pre-Assignments

Remember that Launch Week starts on Monday, August 26th!  A schedule of Launch Week events will be sent out next week.

Please direct any questions on these requirements to:


Admissions Updates, Career Services, Upcoming Events

Land O’ Lakes “Building Our Future” event

On behalf of the Land O’ Lakes Amigos ERG and the Mpls/St. Paul NSHMBA “National Society of Hispanic MBAs” chapter, we invite you to our professional
development event themed “Building Our Future”.

Try out Land O’ Lakes branded food products and learn from their executives while networking for fun!

Date: Thursday, July 18th 2013

5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.

Land O’ Lakes
4001 Lexington Ave
Arden Hills, MN, 55126

Register Here:


Admissions Updates, Career Services, Upcoming Events

Target All Twin Cities Event





Join us for a summer event while you connect with professionals and Target Team Members. The evening will include discussion surrounding “How to Build Your Brand Using Social Media.” Please bring your mobile device as we will provide the opportunity to make live updates!

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Target Plaza Commons
Street: 1011 Nicollet Mall
City: Minneapolis, MN 55403
Appetizers and beverages will be provided

*Please bring your ID. Must be 21 to attend*

5:30: Begin Registration/Networking
6:00: Presentation from Target (How to Build Your Brand Using Social Media)
6:15: Working Session/Networking

This event is co-sponsored by National Black MBA Association, National Association of Asian MBA, National Society of Black Engineers, National Society of Hispanic MBA, Management Leadership for Tomorrow and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.

Admissions Updates, Student Life

2YL (Second Year Launch)

Welcome back second-year students. We’re looking forward to your arrival back on campus on Tuesday, September 6. Re-launch will be from 1 – 4:30 p.m. The complete schedule is below. Attire: Ball Game Casual (Jeans with UST MBA or Twins shirt)

Time Event Where
Sign in Atrium
1:00 p.m. Welcome and program updates Dustin Cornwell SCH127
1:15 Mayo Innovation Scholar Program Steve Vuolo & Bill Woodson SCH127
1:45 Student Life Deb Basarich & Kay Wimer

  • Role of Student Life
  • Registration and other key dates
  • Labs and the Friday Schedule
  • Case Competitions
  • Website updates
  • Updating the Marquee (TV)
  • Graduation info – applying etc.
2:15 Break w/ snacks Atrium
2:30 Career Services Linda Sloan & GBCS team
What students did over the summer
3:30 Alumni Presentation Jeff Kaczrowski SCH127
3:45 Student Association SA officers

  • New Student Association programs
  • Class Gift (?)
4:15 Welcome from Dean Puto SCH127
4:30 Leave to go to Happy Hour Bullfrog Pub
7:00 Twins Game Target Field
Admissions Updates

Update from Admissions

New Admitted Students Website
The Office of Admissions has just launched a new website for newly admitted students. Details are available on the curriculum of the UST MBA, student life, the Twin Cities, and more. Plenty of the information and resources available will be useful to current students as well. We encourage you to check it out at Use your UST ID and password to log in. Please share any comments or suggestions with the admissions staff at
Read and Share our Blog:
If you haven’t visisted it recetly, check out Opus Magnum, the award winning UST MBA blog. We have a new post daily on topics related to the Twin Cities business climate, college events, student life and admissions. We encourage you to follow the blog’s RSS feed and to share it with your friends and colleagues outside of UST. The Opus College of Business was honored with the Promotional Excellence Award from the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals at their annual conference on April 23 for our work on the blog and in social media. Follow @USTbusiness on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook! Be on the lookout for upcoming contests too–last week we gave a away a cooler full of skittles via Twitter, and soon we’ll be giving away free tickets to Rock the Garden 2010.
Article submitted by Clark Gregor

Admissions Updates

Save the date: Admitted Student Day

Please mark your calendar for Admitted Student Day on Saturday, May 8. This day is the most important on-campus event that the admissions office hosts all year. The day provides an opportunity for accepted and confirmed students to interact with their potential classmates, faculty, staff, alumni and current students while getting a better sense of what it means to be a UST MBA.
Part of the day involves a resource fair at which the admissions offices asks for representatives from the student clubs and student association to staff tables and field questions. In addition, we will be asking students to help with breakout sessions and everyone is invited to attend the Dean’s Reception which wraps up the day. Please contact the admissions office if you are interested in helping with this event.
Submitted by Clark Gregor

Admissions Updates

New UST Blog and Admissions Update

Visit the new UST MBA blog
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! The staff of the Full-time and Evening UST MBA programs has launched a new blog about the great work going on in our community. The blog’s name, Opus Magnum, comes from Latin for “great work” or “masterpiece.” We felt the title was fitting too, since we are in UST’s Opus College of Business. The blog provides advice from the admissions team, insights from students and career services staff, details about events on campus from the student life staff, as well as general discussions about local business and education trends. Through Opus Magnum, we aim to deliver to our readers a little of what makes the UST MBA special and unique among its peers. Please share with us your comments on the blog and ideas for future posts.
UST MBA Forum to be held February 24
Later next month we will be hosting The UST MBA Forum with Princeton Review. This will be a major recruiting event, which includes:
* Q&A Session hosted by Full-time and Evening UST MBA programs
* Free sample GMAT preparation class presented by the Princeton Review, a leader in test preparation
* Representatives from all St. Thomas Opus College of Business graduate degree programs
Any current students interested in attending and representing the Full-time UST MBA from a student perspective should contact the Admissions office. Our next application deadline is February 15 which 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 meet with prospective students and encourage you to contact DeAnn Kautzmann in TMH 100 if you would like to volunteer in the future.
Submitted by Clark Gregor

Admissions Updates

Admissions Update!

The Full-time UST MBA admissions team has begun recruiting the Class of 2012. So far this fall, the team has visited numerous colleges and universities in the Midwest, including Carleton, Macalester, Gustavus, St. Olaf, St. John’s, St. Ben’s, Concordia College-Moorhead, and several University of Wisconsin campuses. We also attended the World MBA Tour fair in Chicago, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) annual conference in New Orleans, and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) annual conference here in Minneapolis. Assistant Director of Admissions Sandra Forsyth traveled to South America with the World MBA Tour in September, and Director of Admissions Dustin Cornwell will travel to Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, China for World MBA Tour fairs in November. The admissions team is looking forward to welcoming a talented and diverse group of new Full-time MBA students in fall 2010!
Clark Gregor joined the Full-time UST MBA team on October 19 as an Assistant Director of Admissions. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in Public Communications and Political Science from American University in Washington, DC, as well as an MBA from Fordham University in New York.
Clark grew up in Wayzata and is excited to be back in the Twin Cities. After graduating from college, Clark worked at the Library of Congress as an Editorial Consultant before joining the Office of Media Relations at American University. While there, he planned public relations campaigns for the university and served as a public relations officer, handling media requests and representing the university at press conferences. He then worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications at Fordham University, where he was responsible for managing online and print marketing projects for various departments throughout the university. Clark developed strategic marketing plans for the undergraduate admissions department, as well as managed direct mail, online, e-mail, and print advertising programs at Fordham. We are excited to have him join our team.
Submitted by Admissions

Admissions Updates

Admissions Update

The Admissions Team would like to welcome students to campus for the Fall 2009 school year! We are extremely excited to have the class of 2011 join the UST MBA community, and we would also like to welcome back the class of 2010!
Interested in learning more about your classmates? Explore the profiles of the classes of 2010 and 2011:
Class of 2011:
Total class size: 78
Average age: 27
Average GMAT: Average of top 10%= 720, average of top 25%= 670
Average years of work experience: 3 years
Male/female ratio: 63% male, 37% female
International students: 18% Int’l students, 26% students of International background
Countries represented: Brazil, Burundi, China, India, Kenya, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela.
A few interesting items: The class of 2011 contains one set of newlyweds, many sports and travel enthusiasts, and several accomplished equestrians. One student went to high school in Switzerland; another paid for his college education by selling sweet corn. Students have worked as fashion designers, wine makers, pilots, nutritionists, and police officers. The class includes four military veterans and three JD/MBAs.
Class of 2010:
Total class size: 69
Average age: 26
Average GMAT: Average of top 10%= 680, average of top 25%= 650
Average years of work experience: 3 years
Male/female ratio: 65% male, 35% female
International students: 19% Int’l students, 31% students of International background
Countries represented: China, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Ghana, Germany, Bulgaria, Canada and Nigeria.
A few interesting items: The class of 2010 contains two sets of siblings, a student who biked across the US as a fundraiser, students who have worked as choreographers, interpreters, teachers, worked on Wall Street, or run their own successful business—including an online business with 10 employees and a travel agency specializing in trips to Eastern Europe. Several students can speak 3 languages, and four students are parents.
Submitted by Anne Tonolli