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From the Dean

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Earlier this summer, I celebrated my one-year anniversary as dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, and what an incredible year it has been. We’ve hosted prestigious speakers and presented terrific events. We’ve signed agreements with partner institutions to bring outstanding new students to the Freeman School. And our programs have continued to enjoy positive and even top recognitions from leading national and international publications.

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Freeman tops the nation in MBA employment

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The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University is the top school in the nation for MBA placement according to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of business schools. The MBA placement data were published in March as part of U.S. News & World Report’s annual feature on America’s best graduate schools.

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Cystic Fibrosis Is Special Cause for Freeman Student

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Coby Kramer-Golinkoff (BSM ’13) isn’t your typical college student. In addition to handling his course load in business management and international development, the Freeman School junior is fundrais- ing for the fight against cystic fibrosis. He hopes to save the life of someone very dear to him: his sister.

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Freeman partners with Chinese universities to expand master’s programs

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The Freeman School is partnering with two universities in China to establish new dual education master’s programs for Chinese students. This summer, the Freeman School will begin admitting students from Xiamen University in Xiamen, China, to Freeman’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs. The offering will lead to a graduate certificate from Xiamen and a master’s degree from Tulane.

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KPMG Chief Optimistic About U.S. Economy

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John Veihmeyer, chairman and CEO of the global accounting firm KPMG, has some advice for anyone interested in knowing what’s really going on in the world. “Don’t believe anything you hear on CNBC or MSNBC,” Veihmeyer told students at the Freeman School. “All you do if you watch those programs is get really depressed about the state of the world.”

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A Bicycle Built for Business

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Rob Lynch (MBA ’12) didn’t just start a new business in New Orleans. He helped start a new industry. Lynch is the founder of Bike Taxi Unlimited, which last year became one of three companies awarded the right to begin operating pedicabs in New Orleans.

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Plan to turn algae into oil wins prize at business plan competition

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A Freeman School-based venture with a plan to turn algae into crude oil was one of the big winners at the 2012 Tulane Business Plan Competition. ReactWell, developer of a patent-pending technology that uses underground geothermal reactors to convert biomass into synthetic crude oil, earned the top prize at the second annual Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge.

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Greenbaum and Altman Honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year

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The Freeman School honored Jerry M. Greenbaum (BBA ’62) as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Jay Altman as Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2012 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Award Gala, which took place in April at the Audubon Tea Room.

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Elstrott Honored with Dedication of Elementary School in India

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John Elstrott’s name has been synonymous with entrepreneurship education at the Freeman School for more than 25 years. Now, thanks to a California-based company, Elstrott’s name is synonymous with education in rural India as well.

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Burkenroad Symposium tackles ethics of social media

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If there was an overriding theme at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium, “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media,” panelist David Vinjamuri summed it up best. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” said Vinjamuri, founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and “Brand Truth” columnist for Forbes magazine. “There are many things that are perfectly legal and not at all ethical.”

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