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It’s Time to Make a UST Difference

The weekend has arrived!  Tomorrow (Saturday, June 18) from approximately 3 – 10 p.m., UST graduate business programs will Rock the Garden.  But more importantly, we will all be making a difference in the lives of countless individuals.

Many of our students, alumni, and other friends have already contributed to what could potentially be a $15,000 donation to Kiva, Feed My Starving Children, and FirstBook.  If you’ve forgotten the details, take a look at our previous post.  

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Current Full-time UST MBA student and ticket-winner Nick Ertz stated, “I will make a #USTdifference by continuing to help grow the UST MBA chapter of First Book through fundraising and volunteer efforts.”

Nicole Schminski emailed to report, “I will make a difference by using my experiences from my four month stay in the Dominican Republic to change how the world understands privilege and respect.”

So the question we’re asking each of you is where will you make a difference?  Let us know this Saturday – stop by the UST booth at Rock the Garden and help us change the world!

Ethics, Local business, Newsroom, OCB Alumni, social media, Student Life

Where Will You Make a #USTdifference?


The Opus College of Business community makes a difference in the world by being a business school that emphasizes ethics as much as it does balance sheets, a college that knows business is about more than profit.

Now is your chance to share that difference with others–and win a pair of tickets to the sold-out concert of the summer, Rock the Garden.

Send us your answer to the question, “Where will you make a difference?” Your answers will be featured at the Opus College of Business tent at the 2011 Rock the Garden concert on Saturday, June 18, on our website and in our social media. In addition, the college will donate $1 to one of three nonprofit organizations (Kiva, FirstBook or Feed My Starving Children) for each answer we receive (up to $15,000).

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Local business, Media, Newsroom

What do a business school and a rock concert have in common?

On a rainy morning like this, it is an opportune time to look forward to sunnier days, and we’re hoping for just that in just over a week at Rock the Garden 2010. Hosted by the Walker Art Center and The Current radio station, the event is dedicated to enlivening the culture of the Twin Cities.

The University of St. Thomas has been an active supporter of Twin Cities arts, culture and entrepreneurial endeavors since its founding in 1885.

“We are delighted to participate in Rock the Garden, primarily because it allows us to make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant culture of the Twin Cities community,” says dean Christopher Puto, Ph.D. “One hallmark of a good business – or a good business school – is its commitment to the communities and societies in which it operates. This event gives us a unique opportunity to honor this commitment.”

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Rocking the Garden is Definitely Business

Last week I stopped by Brit’s Pub in Downtown Minneapolis to listen to the live announcement of the band line-up for Rock the Garden 2010—UST’s Opus College of Business is a supporting sponsor. I’m not the most up-to-date with today’s trendy bands, but the line up looks great:

rtg_2010_bannerThis summer’s first and best outdoor music festival gets a kick-start with local phenoms Retribution Gospel Choir – the scorching side-project of Low’s Alan Sparhawk – who champion the “rock” in Rock the Garden in slash-and-burn style. Next up are Grammy Award winners and viral video sensations OK Go, whose high-octane performances and rollicking new record are brimming with irresistible hooks, vintage Prince, and noisy nuance. The party continues with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Brooklyn collective revered globally for live shows that blaze through gospel, soul, and funk-think R&B revue in a revival tent.

MGMT takes the stage next, mining the pop canon of the past five decades to come up with glittering sounds, game-changing grooves, and cosmic-pop hooks. They perform their new release, Congratulations, for a dazzling-yet irreverent art-rock finale that runs the gamut from futuristic to funky, grand to glam, epic to positively euphoric.

Interestingly at the same time on Planet Money, an NPR podcast, Damian Kulash, the lead singer of OK Go, talked about the radically changing face of the music business. Continue Reading