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Freeman hosts 2010 Tulane Energy Trading Competition

October 18, 2010

Some of the world’s largest energy trading firms will be at the Freeman School of Business on Saturday, Oct. 23, to see the country’s best collegiate energy traders put their risk strategies to the test in what’s becoming one of the most ambitious and realistic university trading contests.

In just two years, the Tulane Energy Trading Competition has become one of the nation's premier trading events for both students and industry recruiters.

In just two years, the Tulane Energy Trading Competition has not only established itself as proving ground for students to test their...

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Taking care of business

October 13, 2010

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sami Khan (BSM '11) plans to make music his full-time job when he graduates in May, but that doesn’t mean the Freeman School senior is turning his back on business. Khan hopes to use the marketing skills he’s learned in business school to build the “Sami Khan” brand and land a recording contract with a major label.

Freeman School senior Sami Khan embarks on his first tour under his own name this month. Photo by Claire Barry.

This month, Khan takes a big step toward realizing that goal when he embarks on his first tour leading a band under his own...

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Tulane Business Forum looks at leveraging resources

October 11, 2010

The Receivables Exchange was founded to connect small- and mid-size businesses in need of working capital with investors, but according to president and co-founder Nicolas Perkin, the biggest innovation the New Orleans-based company brought to factoring wasn’t creating a transparent marketplace for buyers and sellers of commercial receivable. It was enabling buyers to apply the same risk-management principles to receivables that they apply to the rest of their portfolios.

Nicolas R. Perkin, co-founder and president of the Receivables Exchange, talked about the company's growth as...
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Business Forum looks at leveraging corporate resources

October 05, 2010

Freeman School assistant dean Peter Ricchiuti has seen Black Monday, the dot-com boom and bust, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the worldwide financial meltdown, yet he’s never seen anything quite like what’s happening in today’s credit markets.

Peter Ricchiuti, assistant dean at the Freeman School, will moderate a panel on alternative capital markets at this Friday's Tulane Business Forum.

“The country is awash with cash, but if you’re an individual or a small business, banks aren’t lending,” says Ricchiuti. “There’s plenty of money out there but not a lot of appetite for...

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CNBC's "Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer" comes to the Freeman School

September 28, 2010

CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” is coming to the Freeman School of Business on Oct. 19 to broadcast in front of a live audience as part of the show’s “Back to School Tour.”

Jim Cramer brings his CNBC show "Mad Money" to Dixon Hall on Tulane's uptown campus on Oct. 19. Freeman School students can pick up tickets to attend the show on Oct. 5 in the lobby of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

The show, which will broadcast from Dixon Hall on the Tulane campus, will air at 5 p.m. CDT on CNBC and re-air at 10 later that evening. Cramer and CNBC hope to fill the auditorium...

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A NYSE start for Freeman Days New York

September 28, 2010
From left to right, Alexandra Thurber, Mark Popovich, David Cusimano, Max Joseph, Daniel Crowley, Anthony Elia, Dennis Grosche, Peter Ricchiuti, Ioana Martian and Jacque Noel.

The always enthusiastic Peter Ricchiuti, clinical professor of finance and research director of the Burkenroad Reports program, led a group of Burkenroad Reports analysts and investment research managers on a tour of the New York Stock Exchange during Freeman Days New York, which took place Sept. 16-17 at locations around New York.

This year's Freeman Days was the biggest in the event's history, with 28...

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Competition to award $5K for best social entrepreneurship idea

September 24, 2010

Got an idea to improve life in New Orleans? Enter the 2010 PitchNOLA competition and you could win $5,000 to help make that idea a reality.

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association is a co-sponsor of PitchNOLA, which will award $5,000 to the best idea to effect positive social change in New Orleans.

PitchNOLA is an elevator-pitch competition for ventures designed to effect positive social or environmental change in New Orleans. Now in its second year, the competition gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience of...

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Recruiting goes virtual with Skype

September 23, 2010

With recruiter visits to college campuses down by an estimated 20 percent in the last year, business schools have had to get creative to connect students with employers, and that's just what Freeman's Career Management Center has done.

The Career Management Center used Skype to host a virtual information session for Spot Trading.

On Sept. 22, the CMC hosted its first virtual information session using Skype video conferencing software. Recruiters with Spot Trading, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago, used Skype to deliver a one-hour  session for about 30 students.

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Freeman ranked 13th nationally for entrepreneurship

September 21, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year, the Freeman School has been recognized as one of the top 50 schools in the country for entrepreneurship.

The Princeton Review in its latest survey of entrepreneurship programs ranks the Freeman School 13th on its list of the nation's top graduate programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which hit newsstands on Sept. 21. The ranking can be viewed online at

In 2010, the Tulane Business Plan Competition became the first competition in the country...

Honors students are on the case

August 09, 2010

It’s not that unusual for business students to read cases on companies like Google, General Electric and Time-Warner in their management classes. What is a little unusual is for the students themselves to write the cases.

Since last year, Freeman honors students have fulfilled their senior thesis requirement in a novel way: The students write Harvard Business School-style cases on companies or business issues—complete with teaching notes—and then present those cases to classmates.

“What we’re trying to do is identify our very best students—the ones who have the highest...

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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,...