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Freeman hosts 14th annual Finance Case Competition

March 23, 2010

MBA students from Freeman and seven other top-ranked business schools competed for $10,000 in cash prizes at the 14th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition.

This year's competition, which took place on March 19 in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, featured teams from Tulane, Emory, Rice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University and Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt took first place and the grand prize of $5,000 in the competition, Emory earned second-place honors and a prize of $3...

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Record attendance highlights Freeman Days New Orleans

March 19, 2010

This year’s Freeman Days New Orleans recruiting and networking event broke records for both corporate participation and alumni involvement.

More than 60 alumni attended this year's Freeman Days New Orleans Networking Reception.

Freeman Days kicked off on Thursday, March 11, with the annual alumni networking reception. More than 150 people attended this year’s event, which gives students the opportunity to mix and mingle with both alumni and corporate recruiters. That number included more than 60 alumni, an all-time high for the reception.

On Friday, a record 31...

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Energy summit aims to spur mutidisciplinary research

March 16, 2010

Since 2008, the Freeman School and the School of Science & Engineering have been collaborating on research into the production and utilization of next generation fuels for clean power, including butanol from sugar cane waste products, but according to Geoff Parker, more research is needed.

Geoff Parker, director of the Tulane Energy Institute, hopes the inaugural Tulane Energy Day will help promote collaboration among researchers.

“A lot of times when we apply for grants or funding, we have some pieces of the puzzle, but we might have to scramble to identify all capabilities...

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Freeman mourns the death of Douglas Schantz

March 12, 2010

Douglas N. Schantz, president of Sequent Energy Management, died tragically in New Orleans on March 5 after apparently falling accidentally into the Mississippi River.

Schantz, who served on the board of the Tulane Energy Institute, had been in New Orleans to present a gift of $25,000 to the institute as well as award two scholarships to Freeman students seeking careers in the energy industry.

Douglas N. Schantz, right, presented James McFarland with a gift of $25,000 for the Tulane Energy Institute at a reception in the Lavin-Bernick Center on March 4.

Schantz, a Tulane...

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Freeman wins KeyBank Minority MBA Case Competition

March 11, 2010

A team of Freeman School MBA students won first place in the 2010 KeyBank Foundation Minority MBA Case Competition.

The competition, sponsored by KeyBank and coordinated by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, took place on Feb. 27 at KeyBank’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland.

From left to right, KeyBank’s Margot Copeland, Juan Molina (MBA ’11), Luiz Barros (MBA ’11), Mario Coronel (MBA ’11), KeyBank’s Bob DeAngelis and Olcan Moncayo (MBA ’11).

Freeman students Luiz Barros, Mario Coronel, Juan Molina and Olcan Moncayo earned the top prize of $6,000 for...

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Students participate in real-time power trading simulation

March 03, 2010

With the threat of recent massive power blackouts ever present, a small group of Freeman School MBA and MFIN candidates are reliving the nightmare of a darkened landscape, not as students but as the next operators of the Smart Grid.

Students in the course Introduction to Electricity Markets assume the roles of electricity producers, traders, dispatchers and analysts.

The course Introduction to Electricity Markets, taught by adjunct professor Gregory Thurnher, engages students in the challenges faced by power traders, electric utility analyst, independent power producers and...

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Burkenroad Symposium explores emerging technologies

March 01, 2010

From rooftop solar panels to tissue-engineered human organs, many of the innovations we take for granted today became reality through the combined efforts of scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

For the 17th Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, "The Quest for Fool's Gold: The Risks and Rewards of Emerging Technologies," three nationally respected experts in the areas of nanotechnology, alternative energy and regenerative medicine offered their thoughts on what it takes to bring cutting-edge technologies to market.

The symposium, an annual...

Tulane Business Plan Competition announces first round winners

February 22, 2010

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association has announced the 21 semifinalists who will advance to the second round of the Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The semifinalists were selected from among 93 applications submitted to this year's competition. Nations represented in this year's pool of entries include Canada, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We are proud to have received a record number of applications from around the world for this year's competition," said Matt Dearmon, president of the...

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Symposium highlights emerging technologies

February 19, 2010

Research shows that just a tiny percentage of technological innovations cross over to mainstream success, but that doesn't stop entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, corporations, investors and governments from pumping millions of dollars into emerging technologies in an effort to discover the next big thing.

The 17th Annual Burkenroad Symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center's Kendall Cram Lecture Hall.

"You see these bandwagons where we chase hot new technologies, but which ones will be viable, how they'll be commercialized and when...

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Freeman ranked 61st in world in latest Financial Times survey

January 25, 2010

In its latest ranking of global MBA programs, the Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School 61st in the world and 35th in the U.S. The ranking appears in the newspaper's Jan. 25, 2010, issue.

Freeman was most recently ranked 80th in the world and 46th among U.S. programs in the 2008 Financial Times global MBA ranking, the last time Freeman was included in the survey.

The Financial Times ranks global MBA programs using a variety of criteria, including measures of alumni success and satisfaction, school reputation, institutional diversity,...

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Burkenroad Fund beats the market, again

January 20, 2010

The Burkenroad Fund has once again outperformed the market.

The mutual fund, which was inspired by the Freeman School's Burkenroad Reports program and which invests in many of the companies followed by the program, finished 2009 with a return of 31.63 percent, beating both the S&P 500, which returned 26.47 percent, and the Russell 2000 Index, which returned 27.16 percent.

Since its inception in 2001, the Burkenroad Fund  has posted a return of 108.39 percent, placing it in the top 1 percent of all 4,348 funds. Over that same period, the Russell 2000 Index returned 42....

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TEA kicks off 10th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition

January 08, 2010

As the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) hits a 10-year milestone with its annual Business Plan Competition, the group is shaking things up by more than doubling the prize money and shifting focus to the virtues of "conscious capitalism."

The deadline to apply for the 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition is Feb. 1.

This year, the contest will award a top prize of $50,000 in startup capital to the group with the best idea for a business  that seeks to positively affect both its stakeholders and the society in which it operates. The idea could involve the principles of social...