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Business school mourns legendary accounting teacher

July 24, 2014

During Beau Parent’s accounting lectures at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, he would pause, look around his class and say in a booming voice, “Make sense? Make sense?” But the news of Parent’s sudden death just doesn’t make sense to the thousands of students who learned accounting from the legendary Tulane University instructor.

“Beau Parent helped everyone understand accounting and get through that class,” one of his colleagues said. (Photo by Sabree Hill)

When word began to spread that the 73-year-old Parent died on Sunday (July 20), calls of concern from former students...

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Hannan appointed editor of leading accounting journal

June 13, 2014

Professor of Accounting R. Lynn Hannan has been named to a three-year term as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

Professor of Accounting R. Lynn Hannan was recently appointed to a three-year term as an editor of Contemporary Accounting Research.

The appointment, which began May 1, is a prestigious one. Published since 1984 by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, CAR is recognized as one of the top five journals in accounting and one of the top 50 in business.

“It’s a great honor to serve as an editor of Contemporary...

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Can “Smart Mail” help solve USPS woes?

June 04, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service has lost $20 billion in the last two years as it struggles to adapt to a fast changing, increasingly digital business environment. Could the agency help right itself by taking a page from its online competitors? The Freeman School’s Geoff Parker thinks so.

Geoff Parker recently co-authored a paper for the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General that recommended adding a digital information layer to advertising mail to help it better compete with online advertising.

Parker, professor of management science and a nationally regarded expert in platform...

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Hoang selected as recipient of FSG Teaching Award

May 13, 2014

Assistant Professor of Accounting Kris Hoang has been named the 2014 recipient of the Freeman Student Government (FSG) Teaching Award. The award, previously known as the Howard W. Wissner Award for Undergraduate Teaching, is presented annually by the FSG Executive Board in recognition of professors in the Bachelor of Science in Management program who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the education of students.

Kris Hoang

All faculty members who taught a for-credit course in the preceding academic year are eligible to be nominated for the award. From those nominations,...

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New book shares the lessons of Burkenroad Reports

January 14, 2014

As director of the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports program, Peter Ricchiuti has spent more than 20 years highlighting the small, profitable companies that often fly under the radar of Wall Street. Now, Ricchiuti has collected some of the lessons he’s learned over the years in a new book.

Stocks Under Rocks shares some of the lessons of the Freeman School's Burkenroad Reports program.

Stocks Under Rocks: How to Uncover Overlooked, Profitable Market Opportunities (FT Press), co-written with New Orleans Advocate features editor Annette Sisco, is a funny, informative...

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Groome and Tice receive inaugural Teaching Awards

October 25, 2013

A legal studies instructor who sends her students into New Orleans courtrooms to help improve the city’s criminal justice system and a finance professor whose students are actively managing more than $3 million in Tulane University endowment funds are the first recipients of a new award that recognizes the best in teaching at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Sanda Groome Sheri Tice

Sanda Groome, professor of practice in business and legal studies, received the first Teaching Excellence Award for Undergraduate Education, while Sheri Tice, professor of finance, received the...

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Freeman welcomes five to faculty for 2013-14

September 17, 2013

Dean Ira Solomon is pleased to announce that the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University has added five new full-time professors to its faculty for the 2013-14 academic year.

R. Lynn Hannan

R. Lynn Hannan, professor of accounting, comes to the Freeman School from Georgia State University, where she served as professor and director of the accounting PhD program. Hannan’s research focuses on how organizations can improve outcomes via the design of their accounting information and incentive systems. She has published numerous articles in prestigious...

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Bankrate: Survey: Many Still Ask, 'What is Obamacare?'

September 11, 2013

From Bankrate, Sept. 11, 2013

Bankrate’s Jay MacDonald spoke to Assistant Professor of Marketing Janet Schwartz, an expert on the consumer experience of health care, for her reaction to a new survey on Obamacare.

Schwartz believes some of the bewilderment with the health care law stems from America’s employer-based health care system, which allows most people to avoid understanding the basics of health insurance.

“Purchasing health care turns out to be one of our biggest expenses, and yet it is very intangible,” Schwartz says. “If you purchase homeowners or car or life...

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Burkenroad Conference enjoys record attendance

May 01, 2013

This year’s Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference attracted a record crowd of 750 people, but event organizer Peter Ricchiuti says he didn’t need to see an attendance roster to realize they’d broken a record.

This year’s Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference attracted a record attendance.

“We knew it was bigger than we expected because we ran out of cookies,” laughs Ricchiuti, professor of practice at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business and research director of the acclaimed equities analysis program.

Now in its 17th year, the conference, which took...

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N.O. Entrepreneur Week highlights Tulane’s role in startup scene

March 21, 2013

The fifth annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week shined a spotlight on the city’s fast-growing startup scene this week, but the head of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at Tulane University told attendees that the event is also a testament to the important role Tulane plays in the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ralph Maurer, executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, moderated a panel highlighting’ entrepreneurship programs across the university at the fifth annual New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. (Photo by Ryan Rivet)

“If you look at...

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Strategic planning nears the goal line

March 18, 2013

What should the A. B. Freeman School of Business look like in five years?

That was the central question posed to a large, diverse group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers in September 2012. Now, seven months later, the group—known collectively as the Strategic Planning Leadership Team—is preparing to release its findings to the entire Freeman community.

Since last September, a large, diverse group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers has been working to develop a new strategic plan for the Freeman School.

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon...

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PwC awards $10K to develop MFIN accounting courses

March 08, 2013

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services firm, has awarded the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University a $10,000 grant to develop new accounting courses in the Master of Finance program.

Clif Brown, left, and Paul Spindt are members of the Accounting Curriculum Study Group, which has received a $10,000 grant from PwC to develop new accounting courses in the MFIN program.

The grant was awarded through the PwC INQuires program, which funds applied research projects contributing to the practice of auditing and tax.

The Freeman School’s...