Archive for March, 2009

Freeman hosts IDEAcorps Challenge ’09

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Students from Stanford University work with Kyle Berner, center, founder of Feelgoodz.

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 consulting with the goal of helping the ventures grow quickly.

To learn more about the workshop, read Jacquetta White’s story in the New Orleans Time-Picayune.

Freeman ranked top 15 in finance

Thursday, March 26th, 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 ranked from one to 15.

For more information about the survey and the lists, visit

In the News: Elstrott addresses visiting graduate students

Monday, March 23rd, 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.

Freeman students named PMF finalists

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Presidential Management Fellows logoFreeman 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. and they are also qualified to access the PMF Projected Positions System, a database of upcoming job opening with federal agencies accessible only to PMF finalists.

Latin American Research Consortium meeting

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Latin American Research Consortium MeetingOn 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 for Burkenroad Reports for Latin America on March 25. Burkenroad Reports for Latin America features students from nine schools in Latin America preparing research reports on 20 small and medium enterprises in the region.

The Latin American Research Consortium was founded by Tulane in 1995 with the purpose of promoting scholarly research on Latin American markets and business institutions. Its purpose is to bring together scholars from around the world who are experts on Latin American business issues to share their research and knowledge related to these issues. For more information about the consortium or the meeting, e-mail John M. Trapani III, director of the Goldring Institute.

Opportunities with the CIA National Clandestine Service

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Central Intelligence Agency logo

Mindy Trittipo reports that Freeman students and alumni who missed last week’s CIA National Clandestine Service information session can still apply for positions. Applicants were requested to include the name of the presenter and the date and location of the information session in the online application’s Objective field. Students and alumni who missed the session can contact the CMC for that information. Trittipo notes that there are opportunities for both graduating students and alumni and freshman and sophomores. The NCS internship available to freshmen and sophomores is a paid internship in Washington D.C.  According to last week’s presenters, the  work will be very interesting and that many interns are able to go right in to the NCS training program.

For more information about these opportunities, contact Mindy Trittipo.

Cook featured in BusinessWeek

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Victor J. CookVictor 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,

Energy Futures announces job openings for alumni

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Luminant EnergyTXU EnergyOncor

Energy Future Holdings Corp., formerly TXU Corp., is a Dallas-based, privately held energy company with a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries. TXU Energy, Luminant and Oncor, EFH’s primary businesses, serve the high-growth Texas electricity market, which is one of world’s largest and among the nation’s most successful competitive markets. (more…)

Students take second place in portfolio competition

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Texas Investment Portfolio SymposiumFreeman 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 competition. For the competition, each team made a “pitch” to the panel of judges describing their investment philosophy and process.

New GBC officers elected

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Chonchol GuptaCongratulations 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 administration; Karthik Mahadevan, vice president of academic affairs; Shalin Patel, vice president of finance; Xinle (Richard) Gu, vice president of international; Long (Vincent) Do, GAPSA senator; Xavier Cabo, GAPSA senator; Ishaneka Williams, competition and conference committee chair; Cesar Solorzano, alumni affairs and career development chair; Shawn-Ann Mullen, community service chair; and Rachel Murray, vice president of social activities.

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