Freeman News

July 29, 2008

America's energy policy took center stage at a special congressional debate hosted by the Freeman School's Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute, but despite the organizers' goal of fostering a constructive dialog between parties, the participants in large part stuck to familiar partisan scripts.

"America is addicted to oil, but instead of developing new energy sources, the Republicans are demanding more drilling," proclaimed Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich). "We can't drill our way out of high prices. We need to develop alternative energy sources beyond drilling to reduce energy prices and...

July 15, 2008

Four Freeman School alumni are among the outstanding young executives to make the latest DiversityMBA Magazine list of the Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders. The annual survey of minority executives was featured in the magazine's summer 2008 issue.

Earning the honor were Bryan Brown (MBA '93), partner with Porter & Hedges; Timothy W. Goodly (MBA '95), senior vice president for human resources at CNN Worldwide; Eric Lopez (MBA '99), vice president for key accounts and national Hispanic sales and marketing at National Life Group; and Vijay Parmar (MBA '88), founder,...

July 07, 2008

Innovators take note: If you're thinking of launching a revolutionary new product, plan a two-phased marketing strategy that first emphasizes the product's benefits and later focuses on the practical aspects of using it. That's the most effective means of getting consumers to buy a new product, according to a recent article co-authored by researchers at the Freeman School.

"Managing Consumer Uncertainty in the Adoption of New Products: Temporal Distance and Mental Simulations," by marketing professors Mita and Harish Sujan, assistant marketing professor Manish Kacker, and Raquel...

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May 19, 2008
Henry St. Paul became one of the oldest graduates to earn a Freeman School MBA when he graduated in 2008.

Henry St. Paul knew it would take time to earn enough credits to get a master of business administration degree when he started night classes at Tulane. He just never thought it would take 53 years.

On May 17, 2008, 53 years after starting the MBA program, Henry St. Paul crossed the stage in McAlister Auditorium along with 187 fellow graduates of the A. B. Freeman School of Business, finally receiving his master of business administration degree. At 81, St. Paul is one of...

April 28, 2008

With oil prices hovering around $120 a barrel, it doesn't take much imagination to guess what the hot ticket was at this year's Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference.

"Energy stocks were white hot," says Peter Ricchiuti, assistant dean and organizer of the event. "Everybody was interested in energy. There were some presentations where I couldn't even get into the room."

Energy companies, banks, offshore service providers, a chicken processor and a manufacturer of products for infants were among the 34 regional small- and mid-cap companies to participate in this year's...

April 21, 2008

The Freeman School has named two distinguished businessmen with close ties to New Orleans as this year's Tulane Entrepreneurs of the Year.

James J. Reiss Jr., a private investor and manager of Reiss Companies, was honored as the 2008 Tulane Most Distinguished Entrepreneur, and Allan Houston, former NBA player and founder of the Allan Houston Foundation, was honored as the 2008 Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

The awards were presented at the annual Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala on Friday, April 18, at the Westin New Orleans at Canal Place. The Freeman...

April 19, 2008

Can small loans up to $250 be enough to fight global poverty? A group of students from the Freeman School and University of Texas at Dallas are banking on it. They got an endorsement from peers and faculty Friday at the 8th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition.

The Audubon Global Opportunities Fund won a first place prize of $10,000 in the social entrepreneurship track for a plan to raise $30 million to invest in stable micro-finance intuitions across the globe. These institutions provide small loans and lines of credit to those living in poverty in the hopes of spurring...

April 17, 2008

A team representing Vanderbilt University took the top 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 4, 2008.

Emory University took second place and a prize of $3,000, and a team from Rice University won third place and a prize of $2,000.

In addition to the winning teams, the competition this year featured teams representing Tulane, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, Wake Forest University, and Washington University.

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March 11, 2008

In her introductory remarks at this year's Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, moderator Laura Cardinal said she hoped to present a "kaleidoscope" of perspectives on critical leadership, and that's just what the four speakers assembled for this year's program provided.

"Critical Moments in Leadership: Changing the Rules of the Game," the topic of the 15th annual symposium, examined the issue of critical leadership from perspectives including corporate governance, crisis management, government and personal values.

Holly J. Gregory, a partner at the law firm Weil,...

February 21, 2008

Sequent Energy Management hosted a reception in the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane's Uptown campus on Feb. 20 to announce the recipients of two scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in energy. Freeman students Michael Pearson (BSM '08) and Walker Weston (MFIN '08) each received a scholarship of $2,500 to further their pursuit of energy-related studies. In addition, Sequent awarded the Entergy-Tulane Energy Institute a gift of $25,000 to support research and programming. The awards were presented by Sequent President Doug Schantz.

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February 12, 2008

In January, 10 Freeman MBA students traveled to Bogota, Colombia, to spend a week studying global business with classmates from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

The students are among the first participants in the Global MBA, a new curriculum for MBA students interested in broadening their international experience and taking on leadership positions in the Americas. The program, a joint-venture of Tulane and three prestigious Latin American institutions, comprises six courses in six different countries and enables students to earn a Master of Global Management degree in addition to...

February 12, 2008

The Financial Times isn't the only prestigious publication to rank the Freeman School highly in recent months. The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Latin America’s AméricaEconomía and Expansion have each ranked Freeman among the best in recent surveys.

The rankings kicked off in August, when Latin American business magazine AméricaEconomía ranked Freeman 17th among U.S. business schools and 26th internationally on its list of the best global MBA programs for Latin...