Archive for January, 2010

Freeman ranked 61st in world in latest Financial Times survey

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Financial Times

In its latest ranking of global MBA programs, the Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School 61st in the world and 35th in the U.S. The ranking appears in the newspaper’s Jan. 25, 2010, issue.

Freeman was most recently ranked 80th in the world and 46th among U.S. programs in the 2008 Financial Times global MBA ranking, the last time Freeman was included in the survey.

The Financial Times ranks global MBA programs using a variety of criteria, including measures of alumni success and satisfaction, school reputation, institutional diversity, international experience, and research quality.

Of the 100 programs on the list, Freeman ranked 3rd in international experience, a weighted average of four criteria that measure international exposure during the MBA program.

To see the complete ranking, visit

Burkenroad Fund beats the market, again

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Burkenroad ReportsThe Burkenroad Fund has once again outperformed the market.

The mutual fund, which was inspired by the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports program and which invests in many of the companies followed by the program, finished 2009 with a return of 31.63 percent, beating both the S&P 500, which returned 26.47 percent, and the Russell 2000 Index, which returned 27.16 percent.

Since its inception in 2001, the Burkenroad Fund  has posted a return of 108.39 percent, placing it in the top 1 percent of all 4,348 funds. Over that same period, the Russell 2000 Index returned 42.42 percent and the S&P 500 returned 13.48 percent.

Burkenroad Reports is an equities analysis program established in 1993 to give students practical experience as research analysts while at the same time highlighting companies often overlooked by Wall Street. Today, the program has grown to include more than 140 student analysts covering 40 small- and mid-cap companies in six states.

The Burkenroad Fund (ticker symbol: HYBUX) was established on Dec. 31, 2001, and is managed by Hancock Horizon Investments, a department of Hancock Bank. The fund utilizes Burkenroad Reports as a primary source of research and analysis in its investment decision making. For more information about the fund, contact Hancock Investor Services at 888-346-6300 or visit Hancock Horizon Funds.

TEA kicks off 10th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition

Friday, January 8th, 2010

As the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) hits a 10-year milestone with its annual Business Plan Competition, the group is shaking things up by more than doubling the prize money and shifting focus to the virtues of “conscious capitalism.”

The deadline to apply for the 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition is Feb. 1.

The deadline to apply for the 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition is Feb. 1.

This year, the contest will award a top prize of $50,000 in startup capital to the group with the best idea for a business  that seeks to positively affect both its stakeholders and the society in which it operates. The idea could involve the principles of social entrepreneurship or “right livelihood,” which is based on the belief that one can do good for the world while doing well for oneself, says TEA President Matt Dearmon, a second-year graduate student at the Freeman School.


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