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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.


The Twin Cities Business Peer Network 5th Anniversary






A note about the Twin Cities Business Network:

We are a local and national group of professional individuals connecting with others across industries, companies, and experience.
We strive to provide the best opportunities to meet others that are also looking to connect and grow professionally.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, July 18th

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Carlson School of Management

For more information on the event, please visit:

The attendee list is included in the registration link for your review.


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!

Student Life, Uncategorized

The Winter That Won’t End…

 Close-up of IciclesA reminder for everyone about the Universities snow emergency/policies and procedures:

  • Will a winter storm cancel classes? Dial (651) 962-SNOW or (651) 962-7669, to find out…(this is the first place they will update)
  • The decision to close the university will be made by 6 a.m., if at all possible…if worsening conditions warrant the cancellation of evening classes and activities, that decision also will be announced by 3 p.m.  The university will also typically send out emails, texts (if you are subscribed to the system), and post it on the UST homepage,
  • More information:

 As of 9:15 a.m. today, Thursday April 11, the university is in normal operations. 

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.


Career Services, Student Life, Uncategorized

Web Cams available for UST Students

hd-pro-webcam-c920-feature-image[1]The Full-time UST MBA program has received funding from the Beverage Funds to purchase web cameras for the commons.  The cameras provide “Full HD 1080p video calls on Skype for the sharpest video-calling experience”.   Students interested in using these cameras for skype interviews, ABR meetings, interview stream or other activities can check them out from either Deb or Kay in TMH100.  There is also one available in the Career Services Office.

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

Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity – April 9-11.




The Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity’s 25th annual conference will be held April 9-11, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

As part of the conference, there will be a Career Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 9am – 4pm.  The career fair is open to the public and is free.  The event is focused on professionals, college graduates and veterans.

Cargill, 3M, Medtronic, Allina, Mayo Clinic, Target, US Bank and General Mills are among the 45+ companies registered to attend the event.  The full list of current companies can be found here: 

All Full-time UST MBA students are invited to attend.  Interesed candidates can register online to post their resumes for review by companies prior to the fair.  For more career information and the link to post your resume, click here: 

Career Fair


In preparation for the career fair, Graduate Business Career Services is hosting Career Fair Strategies session

Career Fair Strategies – Making a Big Impression in a Short Time

If you haven’t been to a career fair before, it is a unique situation where you have a very short time to make a big impression!  What will you say when the recruiter looks you in the eye and says “how can I help you?”  It’s really all about how you can help them, of course.  We’ll cover what recruiters are looking for, what they may ask and how you can respond confidently and clearly.  You’ll also learn about logistical and preparation strategies to enable you to manage the many opportunities to share your story that only a career fair can offer.

 Daytime sessions

  • Wednesday, 4/3              12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255
  • Thursday, 4/4                    12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to LaBarre Spence, Career Coach  at and note the session you plan to attend.


Master’s Pub – April 19th featuring Rick Kupchella

Rick Kupchella 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.


Register now!

Event Details

Friday, April 19, 4:30 PM
University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Opus Hall, Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55403


4:30 p.m.: Social time
5:15 p.m.: Presentation
5:45 p.m.: Q&A
6:00 p.m.: Social time

 Join fellow graduate business classmates and alumni for business conversations. Free beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza will be available.

Current Opus College of Business graduate students and alumni attending the event are encouraged to bring colleagues or friends considering a graduate business degree to experience the unique St. Thomas atmosphere and community.

About the Speaker

Before moving into the world of business, Rick Kupchella spent more than two decades as an Emmy Award-winning TV news anchor and investigative reporter in the Twin Cities. In the last three years, he has moved into the world of business, launching two independent startups in the Twin Cities. Kupchella has also served as president of the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and has worked on campaigns to advance journalism at the state capital and Supreme Court.