Archive for Kathy Lund Dean

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Seattle J-Term: first time is the charm for students

It’s taken me four trips to Seattle to see Mt. Rainier, but students got to see the monster peak on only Day 2 of their first time in Seattle!

Visiting with history: Bainbridge Island

We took advantage of a rare bluebird sky day in Seattle to take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island, the site of some of Seattle’s most important economic and social history. Bainbridge was a key in Washington State’s timber industry and Seattle would look very different today if Bainbridge’s lumber had not been so available […]

Seattle J-Term: Amazon’s creativity in retailing & standing out from the crowd, by Shelby Pankratz

    First thing in the morning we set off for Amazon headquarters. We met our Seattle site-host, Kari Petrasek ’93 downtown, before hopping on a street car which sent us directly north to Amazon’s Houdini building. After checking in and watching one Amazonian after another start their work day with their dog in tow […]

Seattle J-Term Gusties Connect course off and running

After so many months of planning, the Seattle J-Term course is here! “Needle in a Haystack: Innovation in Seattle” explores creativity and entrepreneurial thinking in a variety of organizations where Gusties either work or collaborate. Walking around the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood when we arrived offered proof of the passion for great local food and […]

Cultivating career relationships–Figuring out WYTYWTD

Understanding a career plan, and how to get there, is complicated, isn’t it? Starting to explore a career track and what jobs might be part of some career can be daunting. How do you figure out WYTYWTD? What does that even mean? Tonight on campus students from many majors joined Marshall Lichty ’99 for a […]

Nobel Conference 2016 is coming!

You may have noticed—people’s income levels vary wildly, and that gap is getting much, much wider. Income inequality as a newsworthy phenomenon has become a routine topic of discussion and is the cornerstone of Gustavus’s Nobel Conference 2016, “In Search of Economic Balance.” By any measure, the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are getting further […]

‘Tis the season.. for community-based learning project wrap ups

Nope—not presents or Christmas trees—but final presentations for the projects our Management students have been working on all semester. Gusties in Organizational Behavior clearly took their community partnerships seriously when they presented to their clients on Thursday, the City of St. Peter’s Administrator Todd Prafke and Finance Director Paula O’Connell. Students’ projects included revamping the […]

What’s behavioral economics? “Ask Ariely” and the Nobel reading group

In preparation for Nobel 2016, In Search of Economic Balance, students and faculty have formed reading groups to get familiar with each speaker’s work in a fun and relaxed environment. The Dan Ariely group has been studying his latest book, Irrationally Yours, which is a compilation of columns from his wildly popular Wall Street Journal […]

(Yet) Another NCAA chance for leadership and inclusion

Last weekend I had the extraordinary opportunity to deliver a TED Talk, at Gustavus’ TEDx Conference (kudos to David Newell and his team of students and volunteers, BTW) about some findings from a long-term research project examining workplace religious discrimination over the last 15 years. In analyzing 15 years of high-level court decisions in the […]

Everyday leadership & stepping out of comfort zones

The Vegas J-Term students are already amazing, and we have not even been here 24 hours. After an **early** shuttle to MSP and getting settled in our hotel — of course, after a cruise down Las Vegas Boulevard when we got our super sweet cruising minivan rental– the students rallied for an evening cocktail event […]