TABA announces Tulane Business Forum program

June 25, 2010

Updated July 9, 2010

The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has announced the program for the 2010 Tulane Business Forum. With the theme "Leveraging Corporate Resources," this year's forum will focus on business leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the ability to leverage assets to strengthen their market positions and achieve goals.

  • "Health Reform: What Is It and What Does It Mean?" Charles N. Kahn III, President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington D.C.
  • "Distinguishing...

WSJ: Louisiana Rebound Gives Way to Dark Prospects

June 24, 2010

From the Wall Street Journal Online, June 23, 2010:

Economists and real estate brokers here say it is too early to gauge the long-term damage, but the early signs are worrisome. Leaking oil already has sapped tourism and fishing, and uncertainty lingers as the federal government appeals a court ruling blocking its six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling, which could cost more high-paying jobs.

"Things were really rocking" in Louisiana, said Peter Ricchiuti, a professor of finance at Tulane University and former assistant state treasurer. Insurance proceeds, federal disaster...

NPR: Examining the effects of drilling moratorium

June 22, 2010

From NPR's All Things Considered, June 21, 2010:

NPR's Michele Norris spoke with Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, about the drilling moratorium's potential impact on the Gulf Coast economy and what the government can do to improve safety on rigs drilling in deep water.

To listen to the entire segment, visit

Despite the spill, stock-picking professor sees winners as well as losers among small-cap energy firms in Gulf area

June 11, 2010

June 11, 2010

Contact: Ben Haimowitz

NEW ORLEANS - The likely effect of the Gulf oil spill on the future stock performance of energy companies in the region may be less dire than one might imagine, suggests a Tulane business professor who is a leading expert on the area's economy, particularly small-cap firms that he calls "stocks under rocks." While the six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling may play havoc with the prospects of many firms in the energy...

NPR: Oil, Fishing Industries Entwined In Miss. River Delta

June 03, 2010

From NPR's Morning Edition, June 3, 2010:

President Obama has clamped a six-month moratorium on new deep-water drilling. He says a pause is necessary to guard against another crushing environmental catastrophe. But Peter Ricchiuti, who teaches finance at Tulane, says deep-water oil is crucial.

"The last great oil province in the domestic United States is the deep water in the Gulf of Mexico," he says. "I mean, you can make major gas finds, you can hit smaller oil fields, but what we call elephant fields — the last of them are in the Gulf of Mexico."

To hear the entire... The U.S. Should Value Oil Companies

June 02, 2010

From, June 1, 2010:

In a commentary written for Forbes. com, Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, says oil companies need the U.S. less than the U.S. needs oil companies.

To read the entire commentary, visit

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Times-Picayune: BP faces the task of repairing its public image

June 01, 2010

From The Times-Picayune, May 30, 2010:

[Tulane marketing professor Mita Sujan] says BP may not be quite as motivated to follow Tylenol's example. "In cases like Tylenol and Toyota, people buy with their feet," she says. "But with BP, it's not a branded choice. People generally buy gasoline based on price, not on company. So I don't think there's a real financial motivation to accept responsibility."

To read the entire article, visit

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NBC Nightly News: Energy Expert: 'Industy had good safety record'

May 27, 2010

From NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, May 26, 2010:

Professor Eric Smith of Tulane University's Energy Institute offers perspective on the oil spill crisis and the attempts to contain it. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

To see the video segment with Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, click the link below:

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Financial Times: Programme with a 'buy' rating

May 24, 2010

From Financial Times, May 24, 2010:

In Latin America, financial research on public companies can be difficult to find. Not only are many of the financial markets underdeveloped and thinly traded, there is a dearth of analysts in the region because most big investment banks do not bother to cover small, emerging market companies. But business schools there have set out to change this. A dozen schools have signed on to a programme in conjunction with Tulane's Freeman School of Business where MBAs research, write and publish investment reports on small- and medium-sized...

Beta Gamma Sigma inducts newest members

May 19, 2010

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members on May 13, 2010. The 47 inductees, including students from the BSM, MACCT, MBA, MFIN, MGM, MMG, and PMBA programs, are the following:

  • Alexandra Bayet
  • Lina Belkin
  • Niki Blanco
  • Matthew Cain
  • Thomas Castagna
  • Moises Davidovits
  • Patrick Davis
  • Lindsay Dawson
  • James Matthew Dearmon
  • Meredith Denton...

Faculty awards from 2010 Commencement Ceremony

May 19, 2010

The following faculty awards were presented at the Freeman School’s 2010 Graduate Diploma Ceremony.

Irving H. Lavalle Research Award

Established in 1996, this award recognizes professors for excellence and advancement of the highest standards in research and for contributions to the faculty members' academic fields of interest.

  • Michael Burke
James T. Murphy Teaching Excellence Award

Established in 1994, this award recognizes professors in the Bachelor of Science in Management and the Master of Business Administration...

Student awards from 2010 Commencement Ceremony

May 19, 2010

The following student awards were presented at the Freeman School's 2010 undergraduate and graduate-level diploma ceremonies.

BSM Scholastic Achievement Award

Established in 1997, the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award recognizes excellence in academics and is presented to the graduate of the BSM program with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

  • David Arango
Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award

Established in 1987 by Marta and Peter Bordeaux to recognize excellence in academics, this award is...