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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...

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Medical device company earns top prize at Tulane Business Plan Competition

April 12, 2011

For more than 250,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, lumpectomy surgery offers a less disfiguring, less traumatic alternative to mastectomy, but breast-conserving procedures have traditionally been less effective than mastectomies due to the difficulty of precisely excising and analyzing the cancer tissue.

Pathostat, a startup company based at the University of Arizona, hopes to change that with a new medical device technology that makes the analysis of tumors faster and more accurate, and for that innovation, the company earned the grand prize of $50,000 at this...

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Freeman team wins 2011 NAWMBA Case Competition

April 11, 2011

A team of Freeman School MBAs won first place and a prize of $5,000 at the National Association of Women MBAs Strategy Case Competition. The final round of the contest took place on March 23 in Newark, N.J., at the corporate headquarters of PSEG, which sponsored this year’s competition.

Caroline Dorsa, left, executive vice president and CFO of PSEG, awards the grand prize of $5,000 to Freeman School MBAs Sofia Zarate, Hakima Taoufiq, Dana Omar Mahmoud and Catherine LaCorte.

In winning the national competition, the Freeman School MBAs—Catherine LaCorte, Dana Omar Mahmoud,  Hakima...

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Freeman team takes top honors in Finance Case Competition

April 04, 2011

A team featuring Freeman MBA students Vivek Sharma, Jason Costa, Arnab Dasgupta and Anthony Elia won first place and a grand prize of $5,000 at the 15th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. This year’s competition took place at the Freeman School on April 1, 2011.

In addition to Tulane, the competition featured teams from Rice, Texas Christian University, University of South Carolina, University of Texas at Dallas, Vanderbilt and Washington University.

Freeman MBA students Jason Costa, Anthony Elia, Vivek Sharma and Arnab Dasgupta, left to right, won...
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Ira Solomon named new dean of Freeman School

March 23, 2011

Ira Solomon, the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. The appointment is effective June 1.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Ira Solomon has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Tulane President Scott Cowen made the announcement on Monday, March 21, culminating a nine-month national search led by Professor of Finance Sheri Tice and Tulane Provost Michael...

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Freeman jumps in latest U.S. News & World Report ranking

March 17, 2011

In its latest survey of America’s best business schools, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Freeman School 40th on its list of the best graduate schools of business.

The ranking, which was published March 15 on, represents a jump of 13 spots over the Freeman School’s previous ranking—the second-biggest increase of any school on this year’s list—and is Freeman’s highest ranking in U.S. News & World Report since 2002.

This latest rating comes on the heels of several other strong showings in recent surveys. For the first time in...

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Bloomberg economist to discuss economic recovery

March 03, 2011

Richard Yamarone, senior economist with Bloomberg Brief: Economics, will discuss the current state of the economy in a special lecture at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

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Yamarone’s presentation, “What Indicators to Watch for Signs of Economic Recovery,” will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in Room 2110 of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Tulane's uptown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Yamarone is an economist who has more than two decades of experience and focuses on monetary and fiscal...

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Crisis experts tout importance of ethical leadership

February 24, 2011

Having a well-defined code of ethics may not prevent every crisis, but according to one of the speakers at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, it helps prevent those crises that do occur from becoming worse.

This year's Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society emphasized the importance of ethical leadership during times of crisis.

“Ethical leadership is one of the ways of keeping problems problems before they become catastrophes,” said Gael O’Brien, principal of the consulting firm Strategic Opportunities Group and a columnist for Business Ethics...