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 (fren0137@stthomas.edu)  

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: http://www.stthomas.edu/business/alumni/events/2013-08-28_managing-up.html  
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
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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



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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:  klcombs@stthomas.edu

Register for the Aplia Electronic Course:

1. Connect to: //www.aplia.com/
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 http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/aplia.html.

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 http://www.mnstatefair.org/!  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 http://www.stthomas.edu/parking/ 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:  http://www.stthomas.edu/studenthealth/Insurance/default.html

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: ustmba@stthomas.edu



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: http://thetcbpn5thanniversary.eventbrite.com/#

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

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: http://www.nshmba.org/event/landolakes


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.


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.

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