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Tulane University, CME Group and Energy Management Institute Launch Simulated Energy Trading Initiative

July 19, 2011

This fall, energy and trading professionals will be able to immerse themselves in the latest electronic trading tools and test their skills using the most realistic trading simulations available as three of the leading names in energy markets and education—Tulane University, CME Group and Energy Management Institute (EMI)—team up for a new series of professional training courses.

This fall, Tulane will partner with  CME Group, EMI, Thomson Reuters and Trading Technologies to offer a series of training courses for energy professionals in Chicago, Houston and New Orleans.


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New dean plans to connect with the community

July 07, 2011

Ira Solomon thinks business schools should do more to address societal issues, and the newly appointed dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business thinks Tulane University is just the place to take on that challenge.

Dean Ira Solomon thinks business schools should do more to address societal issues.

“The way in which Tulane has repositioned itself in terms of strong connections to the community is something that I find very interesting and intriguing,” says Solomon, who officially began his tenure as dean on July 1. “I like the strategic direction I see the campus going, and I...

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Financial Times ranks Master of Finance fourth in U.S.

June 20, 2011

In its new ranking of global master’s in finance programs, Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School’s Master of Finance program 26th in the world and fourth among programs in the U.S.

Freeman was ranked in the category of pre-experience programs, which refers to typically one-year programs targeted at new or recent graduates. The ranking appeared in Financial Times and on June 20.

“Being ranked among the top four programs in the country is a testament to the quality and relevance of our curriculum,” says Exxon Professor of Finance Venkat...

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Student award winners from 2011 commencement

May 20, 2011
Dean DeNisi with some of the award recipients from this year’s graduation ceremony. From left to right, Ruth Yomtoubian (MBA/MGM ’11), Ian Jones (MBA ’11), Claudio Galimberti (MFIN Houston’11), DeNisi, Chia Lee Neoh (MFIN New Orleans ’11), Ian Lindsay (MFIN Houston ’11), Christopher Williams (MBA ’11), Aminn Gabriel Thompson (MFIN New Orleans ’11) and Jennifer Urrego (MBA ’11).

The following student awards were announced at the Freeman School’s 2011 undergraduate and graduate-level diploma ceremonies.

BSM Scholastic Achievement Award

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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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DeNisi's final commencement a stark contrast to first

May 20, 2011

It doesn’t take much effort to see the contrast between Angelo DeNisi’s first commencement as dean of the Freeman School and his last.

Dean Angelo DeNisi with Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award winners Claudio Galimberti, Jennifer Urrego and Chia Neoh.

In 2006, when DeNisi presided over his first spring commencement, the effects of Hurricane Katrina were still all around. The Freeman School graduated just 447 students that year, and that number would drop to just over 400 in 2007 as Tulane and New Orleans continued to recover from the storm.

This year, DeNisi’s...

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MBA team one of three national finalists in Barnes & Noble marketing contest

May 17, 2011

When Barnes & Noble announced a nationwide marketing plan contest to help promote Nook Study, its new digital textbook reading software, a team of Tulane marketing students stepped up to the challenge, developing a set of tactics that earned them one of three finalist slots and a trip to New York to present their recommendations at Barnes & Noble headquarters.

The Tulane Bookstore promotes the new Nook Study digital textbook reader. A team of Tulane business students developed a marketing plan for Nook Study, becoming finalists in a national contest. Photo by Paula Burch-...
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McDonald’s exec describes chain’s revitalization

April 27, 2011

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t remember McDonald’s short-lived experiment with 55-cent Big Macs, but to Neil Golden, chief marketing officer of McDonald’s USA, the ill-fated 1997 promotion is a bitter reminder of everything that had gone wrong at the Golden Arches.

Neil Golden, chief marketing officer of McDonald's USA, discussed the company's recent revitalization as this year's R. W. Freeman Distinguished Lecturer.

The campaign started with a simple premise—to drive sales with 55-cent hamburgers and cheeseburgers—but two weeks before its launch,...

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Freeman 50 hosts reception honoring Class of 2011

April 27, 2011

On April 25, the Freeman 50, the business school’s young MBA alumni advisory board, hosted a champagne reception in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II in honor of the MBA class of 2011.

The Freeman 50 was founded in 2009 to help improve the Freeman School’s national stature and rankings by partnering with the school’s career management, development and alumni relations areas on various initiatives. At the reception, Freeman 50 members Wade Tornyos (MBA ’07) and Amy Brumfield (MBA ’10) discussed the history of the group and outlined its goals, which include keeping alumni involved with the...

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Beta Gamma Sigma inducts new members

April 19, 2011

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members on April 7, 2011. The inductees, including students from the MACCT, MBA, MFIN and PMBA programs, are as follows:

  • Rachel Baesler
  • Thomas Berres
  • Qi Cai
  • Jairo Andres Giraldo Galvis
  • William Johnson
  • Ruochen Lu
  • Hao Lu
  • Juan Molina
  • Matthew Mulhearn
  • Chia Neoh
  • Qiyuan Peng...
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Burkenroad conference attracts biggest crowd in history

April 18, 2011

It might not be obvious from the standing-room-only crowds, but investment professionals still regard the Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference, which took place on April 15 at the downtown Sheraton, as one of the industry’s best-kept secrets.

Peter Ricchiuti, center, with James Harp, left, and Todd Hornbeck of Hornbeck Offshore Services, says this year's conference attracted more retail investors than in recent years.

“It’s not as visited yet by a lot of institutional investors or analysts, so you have the opportunity to get a lot of face time with the company executives...

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Freeman School honors Entrepreneurs of the Year

April 13, 2011

The Freeman School honored Albert R. Lepage, chairman of Lepage Bakeries Inc., as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Phyllis E. Cassidy, executive director and founder of Good Work Network, as Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year at its annual Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala.

Albert Lepage, left, chairman of Lepage Bakeries, received the 2011 Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award from John Elstrott, executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship.

The ceremony, which also included the announcement of winners from...