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Going Out on a High Note

The Opus College of Business prides itself on the quality of its faculty. In keeping with this pride, two awards are presented annually to recognize faculty achievement.

The Julie Hays Teaching Award is given to an OCB faculty member for exemplary achievement in the classroom in the previous academic year. More than 30 faculty were nominated for the hays award this year, a sign of the passion our faculty have for teaching and engaging with their students.

Awarded since 2010, the Hays Award was presented today to Dr. Heino Beckmann. Beckmann announced earlier in the day his plans to retire after  28 years teaching in St Thomas’ Finance Department.

11-093 MSA viewbook portraits“As someone who views himself as a coach and mentor rather than a professor, Professor Beckmann pushes students intellectually, morally, and philosophically,” one student wrote.  “One of the most interesting people I have ever met, he draws on his past experiences to not only teach us the subject, but to teach us how to become the best people we can be.” Continue Reading

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Nominate a Professor for the Julie Hays Teaching Award – Deadline Today

Hays, JulieNominations are due today for the Opus College of Business Julie Hays Teaching Award.

“UST is a teaching university where faculty research is also valued.  Julie Hays exemplified the values we share as scholar-teachers,” says Dean Christopher Puto. Dr. Hays was a member of St. Thomas’ Decision Sciences Department (now Operations and Supply Chain Management) and was vice chair of the Opus College of Business faculty. She died suddenly on November 11, 2007. “This award is designed to recognize the high caliber of teaching embodied in our commitment to students.”

Nominees for the Julie Hays Teaching Award should demonstrate exceptional dedication as well as extraordinary skills and success at enhancing students’ ability to think critically, act wisely and advance the common good by educating students and working professionals to become effective, ethical business leaders and to be constructive contributors to society. Continue Reading

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Two of “the most talented professors at UST” Honored with Achievement Awards

The Opus College of Business prides itself on the quality of its faculty. In keeping with this pride, two awards are presented annually to recognize faculty achievement.

The Julie Hays Teaching Award is given to an OCB faculty member for exemplary achievement in the classroom in the previous academic year. Awarded since 2010, the Hays Award was presented to James Shovein this month.

James Shovein“Professor Shovein is among the most talented professors at the University of St. Thomas,” wrote one nominating student. “He has a knack for bringing core concepts and real world experience together. His classes are not only enjoyable to attend but also make learning seem natural and easy while continually challenging and expecting the most out of students.”

The Susan E. Heckler Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding faculty achievement in research. The Heckler Award was given for the first time in May 2012 to Dr. Avinash Malshe.

Avinash Malshe“His work stood out among a strong pool of candidates for its ability to contribute to both the academic discussions and provide real guidance to managers struggling with a difficult problems, such as designing and managing the interface between sales and marketing, another nominator wrote. “He exemplifies what we were hoping to honor with the Susan Heckler Award for Research Excellence”

Congratulations to these accomplished members of our faculty!

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2011 Julie Hays Teaching Award call for Nominations

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Dr. Julie Hays

Award recognizes faculty committed to teaching and learning

Nominations for the second annual Julie Hays Teaching Award are now being accepted. Introduced in 2009, this annual award was created to recognize faculty members who exemplify an ongoing commitment to teaching and learning. The award honors Dr. Julie Hays, a member of the Decision Sciences Department who died suddenly in 2007.

Faculty, students and alumni may nominate a faculty member in the Opus College of Business who they feel best meets the award criteria: Continue Reading

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Dr. Jay Ebben Wins 2010 Hays Award

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The Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas has announced that Dr. Jay Ebben is the first winner of the newly instituted Julie Hays Teaching Award. Dr. Ebben, who has taught at St. Thomas since 2002, is an associate professor within the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship in the Opus College of Business.

In a letter nominating Dr. Ebben, a former student wrote, “Both in and out of the classroom, there is a genuine ‘student first’ mentality with Jay that fosters academic and professional growth to the highest degree.” The letter cited Dr. Ebben’s ability to make complex material understandable to students in the classroom as well as his willingness to work many hours outside of class to help students develop their own entrepreneurial ideas and further their entrepreneurial plans.

Learn more about Dr. Ebben and the Hays Award. »