Dave Conrad discusses management in Post Bulletin

PostBulletinDave Conrad, assistant director of the Augsburg College MBA program in Rochester, is a featured columnist for the Post-Bulletin. In his most recent column, Conrad answered a reader’s question regarding overly attentive managers. Read “Good managers get out of the way” on the Post-Bulletin website.

 

$10 million gift to Augsburg College will launch new academic building

Gift from 1965 Augsburg College alumnus is largest in College’s history

BOR 05_06_11.inddAugsburg College is honored to announce that it has received an unrestricted $10 million philanthropic gift from a 1965 alumnus.

The donor’s generous contribution will support a new academic building that will house a number of the College’s academic programs including biology, business, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, psychology, and religion.

“This tremendous gift will make possible our continued commitment to academic excellence, to the hands-on learning that is one of the hallmarks of the College, and to the continued best-use of our 23-acre campus,” said Augsburg College President Paul C. Pribbenow. “Augsburg is a 143-year-old anchor institution in the heart of Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. This gift puts Augsburg on the path of being a college for the 21st century, and one that continues to deliver academic excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies.” Continue reading

Three Travelers EDGE scholars to intern in summer

travelers_internsThree Travelers EDGE scholars from Augsburg—Simon Tekle, Ger Lao, and Dustina Granlund—will be completing internships at in the Travelers IT department this summer.

Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), seeks to increase the pipeline of underrepresented students to college, help them to graduate, and build awareness of careers in the insurance and financial services industry. This year was Augsburg’s second year as the recipient of a Travelers EDGE grant.

Travelers EDGE scholars are graduates of a high school in the St. Paul Public School District and full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Day program at Augsburg. Continue reading

Augsburg MBA goes to Chile

chile_mbaIn April, 20 Augsburg MBA students led by Professors Magda Paleczny-Zapp and Steven Zitnick embarked on a 9-day international experience to Santiago, Chile. The purpose of the trip was to expose the students to the thriving business climate of Chile and to allow students an opportunity to understand the culture and environment of a South American country that has built a stable, just, and democratic society after nearly 30 years of unrest. Continue reading

Exploring Mexico's economy up close

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Augsburg students (starting second to left) Kaity Berg, Grady Christopherson, Kyle Soderberg and Hannah Carlson atop the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan.

The first International Business semester study abroad program of the Center for Global Education (CGE) is well underway in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The five Augsburg students in the program have been using Mexico as a case study to explore the global economy in their business course and have participated in many educational excursions to deepen their coursework learning.

From visiting the stock market and US Embassy in Mexico City to staying with local families and touring a five-star hotel in rural Amatlán, these Auggies are finding that the hands-on experiences offered by the program are a huge benefit. Continue reading

A global perspective on business

stantonLast week Augsburg Regent Dr. Marshall Stanton shared lessons from his career with Augsburg’s graduate students and staff. Stanton, currently vice president for clinical research and reimbursement with Medtronic, has worked for the company since 1998 and spent two years in Japan managing Medtronic’s CRDM unit. His presentation was the first in the 2009-10 Executive Speaker Series.

Stanton gave an overview of Medtronic’s products, business model, and corporate priorities. Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, has 38,000 employees in 120 countries. Stanton said although Medtronic has people and offices around the world, it is “evolving” as a global company. “Just because you have employees in 120 countries doesn’t mean you’re a global company,” Stanton said. Continue reading

Studying business in Mexico

abroad_fairToday the world is a small place. The population continues to grow while perceptions of distances and differences are minimized by faster and smarter ways for the world’s citizens to connect. That reality means we are confronted daily with the effects our actions can have on people not just across the table but also across the globe.

As students prepare to live and work in this world, study abroad presents more than a simple opportunity to visit another country. Studying abroad gives students hands-on experiences with other peoples and cultures. It helps students expand their worldview and challenges their perceptions about policies, cultures, and ways of life. And it offers a life-changing experience that can prepare students to be ethical, informed leaders in their neighborhoods, in their careers, and in the world. Continue reading

Is etiquette still important in business?

etiquetteThe Center for Service, Work & learning (CSWL) and Augsburg’s Student Business Organization (ABO) sponsored a Business Etiquette dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  The event was held to educate Augsburg students about the do’s and don’ts of certain business etiquette rules needed for any business lunch or dinner.

This was the first year that this event was held on the Augsburg campus.  The event was held in the Marshall Room on the main level of the Christensen Center. Some 23 students with business backgrounds gained knowledge in appropriate business etiquette.  Darcy Matz, a business etiquette teacher for 17 years, led the event in a 2-hour discussion and dinner dealing with proper dinner etiquette.  Matz stressed the importance of how essential proper etiquette is and how improper business etiquette can be costly to your image.  Continue reading