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Elstrott honored with dedication of elementary school in India

April 03, 2012

John Elstrott’s name has been synonymous with entrepreneurship education at the Freeman School for more than 25 years. Now, thanks to a California-based company, Elstrott’s name is synonymous with education in rural India as well.

John Elstrott, top right, with students at the school named in his honor in Rajasthan, India.

In December, Traditional Medicinals honored Elstrott with the dedication of the Dr. John B. Elstrott Elementary School in Dayakaur, Rajasthan, India. The school, located approximately 120 miles from Jodhpur in the Thar Desert, is one of three built in India by...

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Burkenroad mutual fund celebrates 10-year anniversary

March 11, 2012

The mutual fund based in part on the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports investment research program recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a pair of prestigious honors.

Peter Ricchiuti says the performance of the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund has been phenomenal.

Morningstar awarded the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund a coveted five-star overall rating, and Lipper ranked the fund as the second-best performer out of 303 funds in the small-cap core category over the last 10 years.

“It’s just a phenomenal story,” says Peter Ricchiuti,...

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Freeman professor to be honored at the White House

March 06, 2012

Sherif A. Ebrahim, adjunct professor of management, strategy and entrepreneurship, will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, March 7, as an entrepreneurial mentor and “Champion of Change.” Ebrahim is one of 11 individuals from across the nation being recognized for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training.

Sherif A. Ebrahim

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each year, a different sector is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to...

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Study shows 'downsizing' options beat calorie warnings in convincing diners to eat less

February 08, 2012

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to new research by a Freeman School professor in this month’s Health Affairs.

A new study by the Freeman School's Janet Schwartz shows that "downsizing" is more effective than calorie labeling at getting consumers to make healthy choices.

The study, by Janet Schwartz, assistant professor of marketing, found that when servers asked customers whether they’d like to...

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Researcher says CEO severance provisions impair stock performance

November 22, 2011

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Nov. 21, 2011

Contact: Ben Haimowitz
212-233-6170
HHaimowitz@aol.com

New Orleans – When it was reported recently that Eugene Isenberg was stepping down as CEO of Nabors Industries Ltd. with a $100-million severance-style cash payout, the expressions of outrage the award provoked recalled the response to such notorious severances as the $210 million bestowed on Robert Nardelli by Home Depot or the $140 million paid to Michael Ovitz by Disney.

As in those two earlier deals, the Nabors...

Faculty award winners from 2011 commencement

May 20, 2011

The following faculty awards were presented at the Freeman School’s 2011 graduate and undergraduate diploma ceremonies.

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.

  • Sheri Tice, Finance

James T. Murphy Teaching Excellence Award

Established in 1994, this award recognizes professors in the Bachelor of Science in...

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CEOs' zeal for acquisitions flags when their own money is at stake, Freeman researcher says

August 02, 2010

Corporate-acquisition activity has been in the doldrums, and the finger of blame has tended to be pointed at investors. In the prevailing view, CEOs are typically empire builders, willing and able to buy, but shareholders have lately lacked the requisite "animal spirits," a contrast said to have been vividly on display recently in the collapse of Prudential's bid to buy AIA.

New research by Cynthia Devers suggests that CEOs are more likely to exercise stock options and sell company stock following acquisitions.

But now new research led by the Freeman School's Cynthia Devers...

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Freeman adds six new faculty members

July 25, 2010

The Freeman School has appointed six new tenure-track faculty members for the 2010-11 academic year.

Cynthia E. Devers

Cynthia E. Devers joins the Freeman School as an associate professor of management. Devers received her PhD in business administration from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and her MBA from Northwood University. Her research draws on behavioral decision and social psychological perspectives to explore how formal and informal governance mechanisms influence individual and group risk perceptions and behaviors,...

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

June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010

Contact: Ben Haimowitz
212-233-6170
HHaimowitz@aol.com

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...

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...

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Burkenroad Conference spotlights recovery

May 04, 2010
At last year’s Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference, 33 of the 34 companies that presented posted negative returns for the preceding 12 months. This year, 28 of 33 companies posted positive returns, including top performer Stone Energy, which generated a total return of 337.89 percent for the year.
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Ricchiuti in T-P on McMoRan Blackbeard prospect

June 18, 2009

Peter Ricchiuti is quoted again in today's Times-Picayune on McMoRan Exploration Co.'s groundbreaking Blackbeard drilling project. The mega-deep well, located just off the mouth of the Mississippi River, could end up producing the equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil. Ricchiuti says the closely watched project has the potential to be a game changer for the industry.

Ricchiuti is research director of Burkenroad Reports, the Freeman School's acclaimed equities analysis program.