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NAAMBA TC Professional Development Event at UST


Please join NAAMBA Twin Cities and the University of St. Thomas for a professional development event focusing on managing your career: Moving from an individual contributor to a first-line manager.This event will help prepare individual contributors to be a manager and how first-line managers can be effective in their roles…. Event Agenda:
5:00-6:00 pm: Networking
6:00-6:40 pm: Keynote Presentation with Q&A
6:50-7:30 pm: Panel
7:30-8:00 pm: Closing/Networking

Bob Barnett from MDA Leadership will be the featured keynote speaker for this event. Mr. Barnett will speak to the following topics: traits of leaders, skills of leaders, transition to leading and how people develop.

Clubs, Student Association, Student Life, Upcoming Events

Dress Down for FirstBook – April 4


Dress Down for FirstBook! 

April 4th has been designated as Dress Down Day for FirstBook.  A donation of $5 or more to FirstBook allows you to wear JEANS on April 4th.   Donations accepted by Nate Kalkwarf, Kay Wimer or Deb Basarich and you will receive a FirstBook token to acknowledge your gift.  You must donate in order to wear jeans.  The money directly supports children in our community and every dollar helps.  Thank you!

Academics, Student Association, Student Life, Upcoming Events



The Class of 2013 kicked-off their class gift campaign this morning with an initial gift of $1000 from one of the students!  What a great way to start!  The theme of this year’s campaign is “Put St. Thomas On The Map”.  Funds will be used to support study abroad or global opportunities to allow students to make sure UST has a global presence.  Any current student or alumna may contribute to the Class Gift at any time.  Students can make a one-time donation or extend their giving by making a 3- year pledge.  The goal this year is 100% participation.  You can do it, Class of 2013!! 

Here is a link to make a gift online:  

Also, students and their spouses can take advantage of employe matching gift programs.  This is an awesome way to double or sometimes even triple your gift.  If you have questions about whether your company matches gifts, you can contact your HR department, or you can look it up online: 


Academics, Student Association, Student Life, Upcoming Events


March 18calendar

  • 3:30pm FirstBook at  Anne Sullivan

March 20

  • 8am How Are The Children, Part VI, UST Law School Atrium

March 21


  • Classes not in session
  • UST Offices closed on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1
  • Classes resume Tuesday, April 2

April 9 – 11 Multicultural Forum – Our Time To Lead

Clubs, Student Association, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

International Club Pot Luck

AebelskiverSwedish meatballs? Lefse? Aebelskiver? But which one should I make for the International Club’s Pot Luck lunch on November 1? This is probably one of my favorite student club events of the year. We all have a favorite dish that was prepared at family dinners when we were kids and now students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to recreate those dishes and share them with each other. There are foods I have never tried before and some that show up each year. But one thing is for sure – it will be a great time! I recall from years back the sticky rice, the szechuan chicken, the music from Turkey and the slide show of great places around the world. It truly is an event that allows students a break from the rigors of class to a world of culinary delights in our own MBA Commons. Our International Business Club officers, Summer Schneider (President) and Eric Sharma (Communications) are busy collecting information on what dishes will arrive next week. If you haven’t signed up to bring something, contact them now! You really don’t want to miss out on this event!! Which reminds me…I still need to decide what to bring.  Any requests?

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Ask The Ethics Officer – Group Assignments

Dear Ethics Officer,

I have a group member who does not ‘pull their weight’, yet their name ends up on all group assignments.  I want to learn to address this situation without conflict, so I know how to deal with it in the ‘real world’.  Where should I draw the line between understanding that there might be other things happening in their life that affect their group participation, and confronting them and learning how to hold others accountable for their share of the work?

Sincerely, Pulling all of the weight

Dear Pulling all of the weight,

Teams can accomplish tasks that individuals alone cannot, which is why teams are used at school and work.  Unfortunately, teams can also be very dysfunctional.  Things happen in individuals’ lives that sometimes take them away from doing their best work in the team setting; however, they have an obligation to the team and the work that you are doing together.  One way to handle this situation is to discuss expectations before you start working together.  Standards for a team need to be set immediately so that everyone understands the informal contract that they are under.  This ‘contract’ defines the amount of work that is fair to each person and no one person should get more or less of the work. Once expectations aren’t met, you should have an open conversation that focuses on the work, not the individual.  Reference the standards that you originally set and explain to them that you expect them to complete the work that was originally agreed upon. 

Often in teams in the ‘real world’ you will not have any position power over a person, so discussing standards before beginning a project will help to keep your team on track.  This discussion will hopefully help avoid any issues but it will also help to make the conversation easier if someone is not performing to expectations.  This situation is difficult and may get emotional but the key is to manage the emotions so that the problem is resolved and the relationships on the team are strengthened. Where possible, keep the conversation fact- and problem-based.  If you find yourself in the difficult situation where the other person does not respond positively to a frank conversation about performance, allow yourself to accept the situation and move on.  That might mean managing the project without this person or a conversation with “the boss” or in this case, the professor.  Complaining about the situation or seeking vengeance will only have a negative impact on you.  It is also okay to choose to not work on a team with that person again. 

Good luck!

Your Chief Ethics Officer   

How many of you have been involved with a project (in school or work) in which an individual did not pull his or her weight?  Did you confront or ignore it?  Did your school experiences help you to deal with the issue at work? Comment below – we’d love to hear your input!

Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is the viewpoint of the author, not necessarily the viewpoint of the University of St. Thomas.  All situations can be viewed differently, and the above response is one viewpoint to consider, but does not represent the only viewpoint.