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Students take second place in portfolio competition

March 12, 2009

Freeman students Brigham Hall, Jan Roessler, Saurav Srivastav, Dash Yagaan and Jamil Bhatti took second place honors in the Portfolio Manager's Finalist Competition of the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS), hosted by Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. The competition, which took place on Feb. 21, is open to students involved with student-managed investment portfolios at universities across the Southwest. Freeman students have run the Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund since 2002, but this was the first time that Freeman participated in the...

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New GBC officers elected

March 12, 2009

Congratulations to Chonchol Gupta (MBA '10), who was recently elected president of the Graduate Business Council for 2009-2010. Gupta graduated from University of California, Irvine with a BA in international studies and then earned a BS in civil engineering from West Virginia University. Prior to enrolling at the Freeman School, he was a graduate civil engineer with URS Corp. in Houston.

In addition to Chonchol, all of the candidates aligned with Chonchol's Coalition for a Better Business School were elected as GBC officers, including Stephanie Limberg, vice president of...

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GradeUs announces marketing program with Sonic

March 12, 2009

GradeUs, a mobile marketing firm founded by Freeman alums Greg Woolverton (BSM '85, MBA '89) and Rob Mouton (BSM '85, MBA/JD '89), recently completed a text-based mobile marketing program at 10 Sonic stores in southwestern Louisiana.

The campaign involved a customer satisfaction program which encouraged customers to grade their dining experience via text messaging and a "blast" marketing campaign which provided participating customers with coupons for free and discounted food also via text message. GradeUs provides mobile marketing and customer satisfaction solutions for...

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Biz Plan Competition announces second-round winners

March 11, 2009

After sifting through a record 85 applications, the organizers of the Tulane Business Plan Competition have announced the 20 second-round qualifiers who have been invited to submit full business plans. Those 20 teams-10 in the business innovation track and 10 in the social entrepreneurship track-are vying for the right to present their plans to a panel of judges during the live round of the competition on April 17. Each of the first-place teams will receive a cash prize of $20,000.

In the business innovation division, the second-round qualifiers are Good Fish Farms (Northwestern...

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Burkenroad Symposium puts eye on innovation

March 09, 2009

When Burkenroad Institute director Laura Cardinal selected the topic for this year's Burkenroad Symposium - Leadership and the Eye for Innovation - she knew it was a subject of interest to business students and executives. She just didn't realize how relevant it would become.

With the global economic crisis and the recent passage of the stimulus bill, technology and innovation have emerged as major themes in discussions of how best to expand the U.S. economy.

For the 16th annual Symposium on Business and Society, which took place on Friday, March 6, 2009, in Dixon Hall...

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Admissions update

March 06, 2009

The national economic news may be grim, but Bill Sandefer reports some cautiously optimistic news from graduate admissions. MBA applications are up 34 percent from last year. As of this week, Freeman has received 173 applications for admission to the full-time MBA program. Sandefer says the goal is to receive 400 MBA applications and ultimately to enroll a first-year class of 100.

McGowan scholar announced

January 28, 2009

Aisha Acres, a second-year MBA student, has been named as the 2008-2009 William G. McGowan Scholar. Acres was selected from among a highly competitive group of both undergraduate and graduate Freeman School students who submitted an application, essay and supporting credentials for consideration of this award. For the past two years, the Freeman School has had the distinction of being a recipient of a scholarship grant for business students made possible through the generosity of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. This scholarship is awarded each academic year to one student...

Globalizing the MBA

November 20, 2008

When Ian Furman started to research MBA programs, he targeted schools with strong international programs, especially in Latin America. In the end, he chose Freeman over larger schools, and his main reason was the Global MBA program.

"I didn't see any other school that offered the same breadth and experience," says Furman, who after graduation hopes to work for a multinational company doing business in Latin America. "The Global MBA is one of the major reasons I decided to apply to Tulane."

Since its launch last year, the Freeman School's Global MBA has quickly become one of...

Entergy Corp. donates $100,000 to Tulane Energy Institute

November 18, 2008

Entergy Corp. has awarded the Tulane Energy Institute a grant of $100,000. The gift, which Entergy officials presented at a reception in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Nov. 17, will fund energy research and course development within the institute, which spans the Freeman School and Tulane's School of Sciences and Engineering.

In 2003, Entergy helped establish the Tulane Energy Institute by becoming a founding sponsor. The New Orleans-based utility committed $1 million to the institute over five years to establish programs and initiate analysis on a broad range of energy-related...

Louisiana's oil future not so bleak

November 11, 2008

While drivers nationwide revel in lower gasoline prices, many in Louisiana are anxiously watching the cost of oil fall to its lowest levels in 18 months. In a state whose economy has for more than a half-century been closely linked to the petroleum industry, prosperity has been measured by the barrel, and some fear that as oil goes, so goes Louisiana.

Although Louisiana's economy depends heavily on the petroleum industry, faculty member Eric Smith believes the oil derricks will keep pumping through the economic crisis.

It's a fear that is largely unfounded, says Eric Smith...

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ConocoPhillips donates $25K to Energy Institute

October 28, 2008

At an Oct. 27 reception in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, ConocoPhillips presented a gift of $25,000 to the Tulane Energy Institute. The gift, one of the first in ConocoPhillips' Faculty Sponsorship Program, will support Joe LeBlanc, who teaches the Freeman School's energy trading courses.

Left to right, James McFarland, executive director of the Tulane Energy Institute; Geoff Parker, director of the institute; Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School; Frank Dodaro, manager of pricing processes at ConocoPhillips; Sherri B. Thomas, director of campus recruiting at ConocoPhillips; David...

HCA chief highlights Tulane Business Forum

October 20, 2008

The most innovative idea in the world isn't worth a nickel if you don't execute it properly.

That was the central message of Richard M. Bracken, president and COO of Hospital Corp. of America, the world's largest private operator of health care facilities, in his keynote luncheon address at the 29th annual Tulane Business Forum.

The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, took place on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. More than 700 local business leaders attended this year's event.

The theme of this year's...