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Freeman ranked top 15 in finance

March 26, 2009

The Freeman School has been named one of the top 15 graduate business schools in finance by the Princeton Review. The ranking, based on a survey of MBA students, appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

The Princeton Review contacted 19,000 MBA students attending 296 business schools to compile its "Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools" in six core areas: finance, accounting, general management, global management, marketing and operations. The top 15 schools in each category according to the MBAs are listed alphabetically and are not...

In the News: Elstrott addresses visiting graduate students

March 23, 2009

John Elstrott, clinical professor of business and executive director of the Freeman School's Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, was among the guest speakers to address 50 visiting graduate business students. The students are in New Orleans for the 2009 IDEAcorps Challenge, a program of local consulting firm the Idea Village that links business students from across the nation with entrepreneurial ventures in New Orleans.

To see Elstrott's comments and learn more about the program, see Jaquetta White's article in the Times-Picayune.

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Freeman students named PMF finalists

March 13, 2009

Freeman students Brigham Hall and Derek Little have been named as finalists in the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. The program, coordinated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was established in 1977 to attract outstanding candidates from a variety of academic disciplines to federal service.

More than 5,000 graduate students from across the nation applied for the 2009 fellows program, and 786 were ultimately chosen as PMF finalists. As finalists, Hall and Little have been invited to participate in the PMF Class of 2009 Finalists Job Fair in Washington D.C....

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Latin American Research Consortium meeting

March 12, 2009
On March 26-27, the Goldring Institute for International Business will host the 9th meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium. Approximately 30 deans from the top business schools in Latin America are expected to attend the dean's workshop session of the meeting and 20 to 30 scholars from Latin American business schools are expected participate in research workshops. Freeman PhD students will also use this forum to present their research. James McFarland will moderate the main program of the Latin America Dean's Workshop. In conjunction with the meeting, there will also be a workshop...
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Cook featured in BusinessWeek

March 12, 2009

Victor J. Cook, Freeman Professor of Doctoral Studies and Research and Senior Fellow at the Goldring Institute for International Business, recently contributed an opinion piece to BusinessWeek. The article, titled What GM Can Learn From IBM, suggests that GM can learn much from the example of IBM, which transformed itself from a product-driven company to a services-driven company under the visionary leadership of Louis Gerstner. To read more of Cook's articles on marketing and finance, visit his blog,

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Students take second place in portfolio competition

March 12, 2009

Freeman students Brigham Hall, Jan Roessler, Saurav Srivastav, Dash Yagaan and Jamil Bhatti took second place honors in the Portfolio Manager's Finalist Competition of the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium (TIPS), hosted by Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. The competition, which took place on Feb. 21, is open to students involved with student-managed investment portfolios at universities across the Southwest. Freeman students have run the Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund since 2002, but this was the first time that Freeman participated in the...

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New GBC officers elected

March 12, 2009

Congratulations to Chonchol Gupta (MBA '10), who was recently elected president of the Graduate Business Council for 2009-2010. Gupta graduated from University of California, Irvine with a BA in international studies and then earned a BS in civil engineering from West Virginia University. Prior to enrolling at the Freeman School, he was a graduate civil engineer with URS Corp. in Houston.

In addition to Chonchol, all of the candidates aligned with Chonchol's Coalition for a Better Business School were elected as GBC officers, including Stephanie Limberg, vice president of...

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Biz Plan Competition announces second-round winners

March 11, 2009

After sifting through a record 85 applications, the organizers of the Tulane Business Plan Competition have announced the 20 second-round qualifiers who have been invited to submit full business plans. Those 20 teams-10 in the business innovation track and 10 in the social entrepreneurship track-are vying for the right to present their plans to a panel of judges during the live round of the competition on April 17. Each of the first-place teams will receive a cash prize of $20,000.

In the business innovation division, the second-round qualifiers are Good Fish Farms (Northwestern...

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Burkenroad Symposium puts eye on innovation

March 09, 2009

When Burkenroad Institute director Laura Cardinal selected the topic for this year's Burkenroad Symposium - Leadership and the Eye for Innovation - she knew it was a subject of interest to business students and executives. She just didn't realize how relevant it would become.

With the global economic crisis and the recent passage of the stimulus bill, technology and innovation have emerged as major themes in discussions of how best to expand the U.S. economy.

For the 16th annual Symposium on Business and Society, which took place on Friday, March 6, 2009, in Dixon Hall...

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Admissions update

March 06, 2009

The national economic news may be grim, but Bill Sandefer reports some cautiously optimistic news from graduate admissions. MBA applications are up 34 percent from last year. As of this week, Freeman has received 173 applications for admission to the full-time MBA program. Sandefer says the goal is to receive 400 MBA applications and ultimately to enroll a first-year class of 100.

McGowan scholar announced

January 28, 2009

Aisha Acres, a second-year MBA student, has been named as the 2008-2009 William G. McGowan Scholar. Acres was selected from among a highly competitive group of both undergraduate and graduate Freeman School students who submitted an application, essay and supporting credentials for consideration of this award. For the past two years, the Freeman School has had the distinction of being a recipient of a scholarship grant for business students made possible through the generosity of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Inc. This scholarship is awarded each academic year to one student...

Globalizing the MBA

November 20, 2008

When Ian Furman started to research MBA programs, he targeted schools with strong international programs, especially in Latin America. In the end, he chose Freeman over larger schools, and his main reason was the Global MBA program.

"I didn't see any other school that offered the same breadth and experience," says Furman, who after graduation hopes to work for a multinational company doing business in Latin America. "The Global MBA is one of the major reasons I decided to apply to Tulane."

Since its launch last year, the Freeman School's Global MBA has quickly become one of...