Freeman News

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Saying goodbye to the Katrina Class

May 20, 2009

The 2009 commencement ceremonies marked an historic end and a bright beginning for 769 newly minted alumni of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

At the undergraduate level, this year's commencement was notable for the graduation of the so-called Katrina Class, the students who made the decision to return to New Orleans and Tulane after Hurricane Katrina forced the cancellation of what would have been their first semester in college. More than 250 undergraduate business majors were among the graduating students treated to an extraordinary unified ceremony at the Louisiana...

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Analyst recommendations have little effect, researcher says

May 18, 2009

In a new paper to be published in Journal of Accounting and Economics, Robert S. Hansen, Francis Martin Chair in Business and professor of finance and economics,  suggests that analysts' recommendations have little effect on stock prices. The study, co-authored with Oya Altinkiliç of the University of Pittsburgh, found that when an analyst changes a recommendation on a stock, the share price moves on average  just 0.03 percent, far less than...

Students try to beat the S&P 500

May 15, 2009

Associated Press business writer Alan Sayre sat in on the final class of the semester for the Darwin S. Fenner Student Managed Fund and wrote this article about the course, in which students manage a $1 million endowment fund with the goal of outperforming the S&P 500. Since Associate Professor of Finance Sheri Tice took over the program in 2002, students have consistently managed to achieve that goal.

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New alumni group hopes to improve ranking

May 15, 2009

A new alumni group hopes to improve the Freeman School's national ranking by reaching out to recent graduates.

The Freeman 50 is the brainchild of Edward Crawford (MBA '08, MGM '09), who says he was inspired to start the group after seeing the success that other schools had had with initiatives such as class agent programs.

"We have alumni who love Freeman and want to come back to New Orleans all the time, but they're not connected to the school," says Crawford. "I started talking to some recent alumni and people at the school about how to fix that, and the idea just grew...

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Ricchiuti featured on "Good Morning America"

May 07, 2009

Assistant Dean Peter Ricchiuti was interviewed by ABC News for a  Good Morning America segment on May 7 that examined the Gulf Coast's surprisingly strong economy. Ricchiuti is research director of Burkenroad Reports, which follows 38 small- and mid-cap companies across the Southeast.

Click here to watch Ricchiuti's segment.

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U.S. News ranks Freeman among the best

April 23, 2009

In the latest edition of its America's Best Graduate Schools guidebook, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Freeman School 48th on the list of the best business schools in America. Highlights of the ranking survey appear in the May 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report.

"U.S. News is a major benchmark of MBA programs in the United States," says Bill Sandefer, director of graduate admissions. "With more than 400 programs vying for a place on the list, Tulane should be proud of the recognition. For the Freeman School, the variety and...

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Top-tier schools compete in Finance Case Competition

April 22, 2009

A team of students from Rice University took first place and the grand prize of $5,000 at this year's Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition took place at the Freeman School on April 17.

A team representing Vanderbilt took second place and a prize of $3,000, and a team from Emory took third place and a prize of $2,000.

Other schools participating in this year's competition were University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Tulane.

The case chosen for this year's competition focused on a geological...

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Tears for Life wins big in biz plan competition

April 21, 2009

Tears for Life, a company developing a technology to screen women for breast cancer using proteins found in tears, and KAIEN, a company that plans to leverage the unique talents of people with high-functioning autism to provide software testing services for the Japanese auto industry, were the big winners at the 2009 Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The competition, an annual presentation of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, took place at the Freeman School on April 17.

Tears for Life earned the grand prize in the business innovation division while KAIEN won the...

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Business Plan Competition this Friday, April 17

April 14, 2009

Technology that transforms coal into fuel that burns as clean as natural gas, a non-invasive test for breast cancer that uses tears instead of blood and a new dental device to better spot early tooth decay are some of the innovations behind student-led business plans competing in the 9th Annual Tulane Entrepreneurs Association Business Plan Competition this week.

Three teams will compete in each business track - general business and social entrepreneurship - for two top prizes of $20,000 in startup capital. The competition, which is designed to showcase student-led business...

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Global Leadership Trip Photos

April 03, 2009
MBA students visited the Great Wall during their Global Leadership trip to Beijing.

MBA classes travel to Paris and Beijing

April 03, 2009

The Freeman School isn't unique in having its MBA students read cases about multinational firms and global strategies. What is unique is having those students---all those students---travel overseas to visit the companies described in the cases and present their strategic recommendations directly to senior managers.

On March 21, the Freeman School sent its entire first-year MBA class to Paris and its entire second-year MBA class to Beijing for a week of lectures, company visits, case presentations and cultural activities as part of the program's Global Leadership module. It...

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Freeman hosts IDEAcorps Challenge '09

March 30, 2009

Graduate students from some of the nation's top business schools and working professionals from Google and visited the Freeman School from March 21-28 to participate in the IDEAcorps Challenge '09.

The Challenge, a program of local entrepreneurial consulting firm the Idea Village, connects MBA students with New Orleans entrepreneurs in need of assistance. Six local businesses--Feelgoodz, Naked Pizza, Don Kelly Productions, Alternative Housing Support Corp., Sustainable Environmental Enterprises, and InSites(s)--benefited from an intensive week of business...