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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,...

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Diversity MBA Magazine names five alums to “Top 100 Under 50”

July 09, 2010

Diversity MBA Magazine has selected five alumni of the Freeman School for inclusion on its 2010 list of the “Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders.” The list recognizes exceptional minority and multicultural executives—including African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, foreign nationals and women—who have achieved success in highly competitive corporate, government or entrepreneurial environments.

This year’s Freeman alumni honorees are:

  • Shellond D. Chester (MBA ’00), assistant dean for finance, School of Liberal Arts...
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Freeman ranked 35th in the world by AméricaEconomía

July 08, 2010

In its latest ranking of global MBA programs, leading Latin American business magazine AméricaEconomía has ranked the Freeman School 35th internationally and 22nd among U.S. business schools. The ranking appears in the magazine's June 2010 issue.

Programs like the Global MBA—which brings together MBA students from Tulane and prestigious universities in Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela—have helped to elevate the Freeman School's reputation in Latin America.

According to Bill Sandefer, director of graduate admissions and financial aid, the Freeman School's strong ...

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Commencement ceremony celebrates a return to normalcy

May 19, 2010

This year’s Freeman School commencement ceremony was nothing special, and according to Dean Angelo DeNisi, that’s what made it special indeed.

Kelly Buck (BSM/MACCT '10) is all smiles after receiving her diploma as Sara Biller (MACCT '10), left, and Enrique Caballero (BSM/MACCT '10), right, look on.

In his introductory remarks at this year’s ceremony, DeNisi told graduates and their families that each of his first four commencements had been extraordinary for one reason or another.

His first commencement ceremony in 2006 was the first commencement after...

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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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Business Plan Competition winners have a bright idea

April 20, 2010
Poverty and lack of access to safe, affordable lighting are two of the biggest challenges facing populations in the developing world. A startup company hopes to solve both of those problems with an innovative new product, and now, with the help of Tulane, it's a little closer to achieving that goal.