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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...

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Students meet the "Oracle of Omaha"

October 20, 2008
Peter Ricchiuti led a group of 27 Freeman School students to Omaha on Oct. 17 to meet with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett shared his thoughts on the future of Wall Street, the upcoming presidential election and what he looks for

in an investment with a group of 27 Freeman School students during a two-hour question-and-answer session at the headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The students traveled to Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 17 to meet Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., tour two of his companies, and enjoy lunch...

Tulane Business Forum preview

September 26, 2008

Richard M. Bracken, president and COO of HCA, the world's largest private operator of health care facilities, highlights a wide-ranging lineup of speakers scheduled to present at the 29th annual Tulane Business Forum.

This year's forum, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, focuses on the theme of innovation, a topic that forum co-chair Keith Crawford says is relevant to all businesses regardless of size or industry.

"Innovation can be found in some unlikely places," says Crawford, a management consultant and chief financial officer...

Entrepreneurship program ranked among nation's best

September 09, 2008

For the third straight year, Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review have named Freeman one of the nation's top business schools for entrepreneurs.

The Freeman School was ranked 17th on this year's list of the Top 25 Graduate Programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October issue of Entrepreneur.

"This ranking reflects our commitment to providing students with the practical skills, real-world experience and inspiration to fulfill their aspirations to start and build companies that make the world a better place," said John Elstrott, clinical professor of...