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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.                   

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.


Student Association Welcomes Class of 2015

On behalf of the UST MBA Student Association, it is with great pleasure I welcome the incoming class of 2015. The Opus College of Business is happy to have you aboard for a fun, challenging educational journey.

New to the MBA program is the Student Association blog, an outlet for second-year students to impart their knowledge onto incoming first-years, and voice their opinions on some of the major experiences you will encounter in the upcoming nine months. In conjunction with the administration, faculty and Student Life, Student Association wants to help you fully embrace your transition from backpack to briefcase.

We understand each of you comes from a unique background. And some of our experiences may not match exactly what you will feel, but we hope our blog will give you a look into what your classmates may be feeling, give you advice on how to overcome challenges, and give you tips on how to make your MBA experience a rousing success.

You were chosen for this program because administration sees the potential in you. They can see the tools you have to offer. They want you to succeed, and will do everything in their power to help you do so. The same can be said about your fellow classmates – those from which you’ll find lifelong friends who will help you achieve success along the way.

With that, SA warmly welcomes you to the UST community and sincerely looks forward to learning about what makes you, well, you.


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!


Class of 2015: Launch Schedule



         Class of 2015 Launch Schedule
         August 26 – 30
         See details below for daily schedule and dress code



Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast Schulze (SCH) Atrium
9:00 – 9:20 Welcome from Dean Puto and Tiffany Cork SCH 120
9:20 – 9:40 Faculty/staff introductions SCH 120
9:40 – 9:45 Team discovery SCH 120
9:45 – 10:15 Break, get to know each other in teams and prepare to introduce each other SCH 120
10:15 – 11:15 New student introductions SCH 120
11:15 – 12:45 Lunch with MBA Student Association MOH 201
12:45 – 1:30 Introduction to Case Method – Professor Malshe SCH 127 
1:30 –   1:45 Break  
1:45 – 2:00 Classroom Capture – Dean Puto SCH127
2:00 –  5:00 Branding Mini-Cases – Dean Puto and Professors James, Malshe, and Goodpaster SCH 127
9:00 pm Email “Purpose of Business” assignment to Professor French (  

Dress code: business casual 

8:30 – 9:15 am Ethical Leadership in the UST MBA SCH 120
9:15 – 11:15 Purpose of Business – Professors James, Goodpaster and French SCH 120
11:20 – 12:30 Lunch with Professor Ron James MOH 201
12:45 – 1:45 Launch week team project introduction – Professors Arnold and Malshe SCH 120
1:45 – 2:15 Introduction to library resources – Andrea Koeppe and Scott Oldman SCH 127
2:15 -end of day Project work time with your team  

Dress code: business professional

9:00 – 11:00 Project work time Student commons
9:15  – 11:15 Photos for Student Directory (Teams will be assigned times) SCH 120
11:00 – 11:15 SOS: Student Life – Kay Wimer SCH 120
11:15 – 12:00 Mission, Vision, Credo: Building Our Brand – Dean Woodson SCH 120
12:00 – 2:30 Lunch and introduction to Career Services TMH 252
2:30 – 2:45  Break  
2:45 – 3:45 Industry Panel: Corporate Finance
Industry Panel: Consulting
SCH 315
SCH 316
3:45 – 4:00 Break   
4:00 – 5:00 Industry Panel: Financial Services
Industry Panel: The Marketing Mix
  SCH 315
  SCH 316
5:00 – 7:15 OPTIONAL EVENT
Managing Up: A Dynamic Career Roundtable with Professor Pat Hedberg, Ph.D
5:00 – 6:00 Reception
6:00 – 7:15 Career Roundtable
RSVP required:  
MOH 201

Dress code: business casual

8:30 – 9:15 Critical thinking session – Dean Puto SCH 127
9:15 – 9:30 Break  
9:30 – 11:30 Sharpening Your Professional Edge – Ms. Tricia Cook SCH 120
11:30 – 1:00 Etiquette lunch – Ms. Tricia Cook TMH 252
1:00 – 4:00 Leadership Lab 2.0 – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120

“Presentation Day” – dress code is business professional 

8:30 – 12:30 Project Presentations:
15 minute presentations, 5 minute Q & A
 SCH 120
8:30 – 10:10   8:30     Germany       Team 1.1
 8:55     Peru              Team 1.2
 9:20     South Africa   Team 1.3
 9:45     Saudi Arabia   Team 1.4
 10:10   Russia            Team 1.5
SCH 120
10:15 – 10:35 Break  
10:35 – 12:30   Continue Project Presentations
  10:50   Hungary        Team 2.1
  11:15   New Zealand  Team 2.2
  11:40   Kenya           Team 2.3
  12:05   Venezuela      Team 2.4
  12:30   Finland          Team 2.5
SCH 120
1:00 – 2:30 Lunch, champagne toast and closing remarks MOH 201

Special dates to note for the first week of class:

8:00 – 12:00 Leadership Lab – Professor Tuzcu SCH 120
1:30 – 4:30 Career Services –  Standing Out from the Rest: Your Brand, Your Pitch and Networking TMH350


First Day of Regular Semester Classes


10:00 – 12:00 FT MBA International students ONLY – OISS Orientation – Margaret McKibbin and Samba Dieng SCH 302
12:00 – 1:00 Career Services luncheon: Making a Big Impression in a Short Time – Career Fair Success Strategies  MOH 201
 1:30 – 4:45   Regularly scheduled classes in the afternoon:
  Management of Org Behavior and Statistics


8:00 – 5:00 Communication Labs – See the Commons Whiteboard for specific times TMH 353/354
Academics, Student Life, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events

Class of 2014: Re-Launch Schedule

           Class of 2014 Re-Launch
           Thursday, September 5, 2013
           12:00 – 6:30 PM
           Dress Code: Business Professional

Please note: the Ethics Core Class sessions meet in the morning

Time Activity Location
12:00 – 12:40 Career Services Luncheon – Making a Big Impression in a Short Time: Career Fair Success Strategies. Optional
MOH 201
12:45-1:00 Welcome From Dean Puto SCH 421 
1:00-1:30 Mayo Innovation Scholars Program
Mr. Steve Vuolo & Assistant Dean Bill Woodson
SCH 421 
1:30-2:15 Leadership Lab 3 Overview
Professor Tuzcu
SCH 421 
2:15-2:30 Student Life Updates (10 min)
Kay Wimer

  • Key Dates
  • Labs and the Friday Schedule
  • Graduation info – applying etc.
SCH 421
2:30 – 2:45 Student Association
SA officers
Student Association programs and updates
SCH 421 
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Career Services / Recruiter Panel
Includes recruiters from Target, UnitedHealth Group, Health Partners,
G & K and Cummins
MOH 201 
4:30 – 6:30 Open 4 Business – Welcome back second year students, introduce first year students, and network with alumni. Optional The Local