The Opus College of Business recently hosted an event bringing together students, alumni and others in the community to share in a classroom experience. Led by John McVea, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship and program director for the Executive UST MBA program, the attendees worked their way through a case study on Trader Joe’s and heard from panelists on the relevance of disruptive innovation to the health care industry.

Attendees were challenged by questions about ROI and profit margin, encouraging them to revisit topics and key decision-making metrics that may not be part of their everyday life outside the classroom. Prospective students and members of the community got a taste of the learning environment inside a UST classroom, as well as the value of dynamic and engaging discussion about theory.

Christine Munsie ’99 M.B.A., noted, “The session was very interesting and well facilitated. It really demonstrated the value of lifelong learning that St. Thomas provides to past present and future prospective students.”

A similar case study and panel discussion is being planned on the topic of innovation for June. Stay tuned for more details.

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Clark Gregor has more than a decade of business marketing, communication and public relations experience, primarily in higher education, with shorter stints in corporate public relations and the federal government. At the University of St. Thomas he manages communications at the Opus College of Business and edits the university blog for graduate business programs, Opus Magnum along with other marketing efforts.

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