MBA classes travel to Paris and Beijing

April 03, 2009

The Freeman School isn't unique in having its MBA students read cases about multinational firms and global strategies. What is unique is having those students---all those students---travel overseas to visit the companies described in the cases and present their strategic recommendations directly to senior managers.

On March 21, the Freeman School sent its entire first-year MBA class to Paris and its entire second-year MBA class to Beijing for a week of lectures, company visits, case presentations and cultural activities as part of the program's Global Leadership module. It...

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Freeman hosts IDEAcorps Challenge '09

March 30, 2009

Graduate students from some of the nation's top business schools and working professionals from Google and visited the Freeman School from March 21-28 to participate in the IDEAcorps Challenge '09.

The Challenge, a program of local entrepreneurial consulting firm the Idea Village, connects MBA students with New Orleans entrepreneurs in need of assistance. Six local businesses--Feelgoodz, Naked Pizza, Don Kelly Productions, Alternative Housing Support Corp., Sustainable Environmental Enterprises, and InSites(s)--benefited from an intensive week of business...

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Freeman ranked top 15 in finance

March 26, 2009

The Freeman School has been named one of the top 15 graduate business schools in finance by the Princeton Review. The ranking, based on a survey of MBA students, appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

The Princeton Review contacted 19,000 MBA students attending 296 business schools to compile its "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" in six core areas: finance, accounting, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The top 15 schools in each category according to the MBAs are listed alphabetically and are not...

In the News: Elstrott addresses visiting graduate students

March 23, 2009

John Elstrott, clinical professor of business and executive director of the Freeman School's Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, was among the guest speakers to address 50 visiting graduate business students. The students are in New Orleans for the 2009 IDEAcorps Challenge, a program of local consulting firm the Idea Village that links business students from across the nation with entrepreneurial ventures in New Orleans.

To see Elstrott's comments and learn more about the program, see Jaquetta White's article in the Times-Picayune.

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Freeman students named PMF finalists

March 13, 2009

Freeman students Brigham Hall and Derek Little have been named as finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The program, coordinated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was established in 1977 to attract outstanding candidates from a variety of academic disciplines to federal service.

More than 5,000 graduate students from across the nation applied for the 2009 fellows program, and 786 were ultimately chosen as PMF finalists. As finalists, Hall and Little have been invited to participate in the PMF Class of 2009 Finalists Job Fair in Washington D.C....

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Latin American Research Consortium meeting

March 12, 2009
On March 26-27, the Goldring Institute for International Business will host the 9th meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium. Approximately 30 deans from the top business schools in Latin America are expected to attend the dean's workshop session of the meeting and 20 to 30 scholars from Latin American business schools are expected participate in research workshops. Freeman PhD students will also use this forum to present their research. James McFarland will moderate the main program of the Latin America Dean's Workshop. In conjunction with the meeting, there will also be a workshop...
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Opportunities with the CIA National Clandestine Service

March 12, 2009

Mindy Trittipo reports that Freeman students and alumni who missed last week's CIA National Clandestine Service information session can still apply for positions. Applicants were requested to include the name of the presenter and the date and location of the information session in the online application's Objective field. Students and alumni who missed the session can contact the CMC for that information. Trittipo notes that there are opportunities for both graduating students and alumni and freshman and sophomores. The NCS internship available to freshmen and sophomores is a paid...

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Cook featured in BusinessWeek

March 12, 2009

Victor J. Cook, Freeman Professor of Doctoral Studies and Research and Senior Fellow at the Goldring Institute for International Business, recently contributed an opinion piece to BusinessWeek. The article, titled What GM Can Learn From IBM, suggests that GM can learn much from the example of IBM, which transformed itself from a product-driven company to a services-driven company under the visionary leadership of Louis Gerstner. To read more of Cook's articles on marketing and finance, visit his blog,

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Energy Futures announces job openings for alumni

March 12, 2009

Energy Future Holdings Corp., formerly TXU Corp., is a Dallas-based, privately held energy company with a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries. TXU Energy, Luminant and Oncor, EFH's primary businesses, serve the high-growth Texas electricity market, which is one of world's largest and among the nation's most successful competitive markets.

EFH currently has more than 100 openings for experienced-level candidates in the following areas:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Engineering
  • I.T.
  • Legal & Governmental Affairs
  • ...
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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...