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  • Brian Dillon
  • | Business

Arden Hills, MN | 2013

Why SMU? Great location plus small size equals a bigger college experience and better friendships! My favorite class? Entrepreneurship. We actually got to design and market a product. My best experiences thus far? Winning the elevator pitch competition. My S.O.U.L. mission trip. And trying every single intramural sport!

What Brian Dillon is up to now

Research Papers

February 10, 2012

This semester I am writing two large research papers for my classes. In advanced accounting, I am supposed to write about a current issue in business. The topic I chose was the insider trading rules for members of Congress. Ever since 60 minutes aired a story about this last fall, Congress has been under a … More >

Elevator Pitch Competition

February 10, 2012

Today was the second semester Elevator Pitch Competition. This is a competition where each student is given 60-90 seconds to convince an investor to invest in their business idea. The students present this one minute speech to a panel of judges that includes the business faculty and can include others from the Saint Mary’s community. … More >

Frozen River Film Festival

January 29, 2012

This week, for my Modern Movies class, I attended the Frozen River Film Festival. Each year this film festival takes place on the campuses of Saint Mary’s and Winona State. The films that I saw were presented in a large lecture hall at Saint Mary’s, and it was more crowded than I have ever seen … More >

2nd Semester

January 18, 2012

Yesterday marked the beginning of the second semester of the year, which is also the last semester of my college career. It was great to come back to school and hear about my friends’ adventures over break, and one of the first things I noticed when I came back was how far the construction has … More >

Christmas Break

December 28, 2011

This past week all students received their grades for the semester. It turned out that finals went well for me! It’s great to have another semester completed and to be able to enjoy winter break. Winter break this year is from December 21st to January 15th, and I think it’s the perfect amount of time. … More >


December 15, 2011

The end of the semester is finally here, and all of the students are getting ready for finals this weekend. Finals at Saint Mary’s are completed in four days. The last day of class was Wednesday, and today is called study day. This is a day between school and finals where many study groups are … More >

Case competition results are in…

December 14, 2011

After a week and a half of preparation and hard work, we gave our presentation last Friday. There were 7 judges. Some were business faculty, business office employees, and there was even one judge from Kraft! That was intimidating to hear at first because our case was all about the production of cheese. I was … More >

Handball Champs!

December 9, 2011

Last night my intramural teams went 1 for 2 in pursuit of league championships. To start the night off, my team had the dodge ball championship. We all played hard, but we lost the best of five series 3-1. After a quick break we were back at it playing in the handball championship. The game … More >

Case competition

December 4, 2011

The strategic management case competition is finally here. This is the week that my group and I basically spend every minute trying to come up with the best way to advise a company on which strategic goals to pursue in improving their current situation. There are 10 groups that are competing against each other with … More >

Fastenal Tour

December 1, 2011

The accounting club is one of the groups here on campus. They do various activities throughout the year including having guest speakers. Last year one of the speakers was from the Minnesota society of Certified Public Accountants to inform accounting students about how to earn their CPA in Minnesota. This week I have the opportunity … More >

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