Archive for May, 2010

NBC Nightly News: Energy Expert: ‘Industy had good safety record’

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

From NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, May 26, 2010:

Professor Eric Smith of Tulane University’s Energy Institute offers perspective on the oil spill crisis and the attempts to contain it. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

To see the video segment with Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, click the link below:

Financial Times: Programme with a ‘buy’ rating

Monday, May 24th, 2010

From Financial Times, May 24, 2010:

In Latin America, financial research on public companies can be difficult to find. Not only are many of the financial markets underdeveloped and thinly traded, there is a dearth of analysts in the region because most big investment banks do not bother to cover small, emerging market companies. But business schools there have set out to change this. A dozen schools have signed on to a programme in conjunction with Tulane’s Freeman School of Business where MBAs research, write and publish investment reports on small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region.

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Beta Gamma Sigma inducts newest members

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members on May 13, 2010. The 47 inductees, including students from the BSM, MACCT, MBA, MFIN, MGM, MMG, and PMBA programs, are the following: (more…)

Faculty awards from 2010 Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The following faculty awards were presented at the Freeman School’s 2010 Graduate Diploma Ceremony.

Irving H. Lavalle Research Award
Established in 1996, this award recognizes professors for excellence and advancement of the highest standards in research and for contributions to the faculty members’ academic fields of interest.

  • Michael Burke

James T. Murphy Teaching Excellence Award
Established in 1994, this award recognizes professors in the Bachelor of Science in Management and the Master of Business Administration Programs for excellence and advancement of the highest standards in teaching. Selection is based on student vote, course evaluations, and review by a committee of students and administrators.

  • Christopher McCusker


Student awards from 2010 Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The following student awards were presented at the Freeman School’s 2010 undergraduate and graduate-level diploma ceremonies.

BSM Scholastic Achievement Award
Established in 1997, the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award recognizes excellence in academics and is presented to the graduate of the BSM program with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

  • David Arango

Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award
Established in 1987 by Marta and Peter Bordeaux to recognize excellence in academics, this award is presented to the graduate of the Master of Business Administration program with the highest cumulative grade point average.

  • Karthik Mahadevan

Roger L. Cornelius Award
Established in 1967 by the Tulane School of Business in honor of Roger L. Cornelius, a 1961 West Point graduate and a 1965 MBA who died shortly after graduation, this award commemorates Mr. Cornelius’ dedication to the highest standards of business scholarship and leadership. This award is based on a vote by the MBA students, and it is presented to the graduating student in the Master of Business Administration program who best exemplifies these qualities.

  • Amy Marie Brumfield
  • James Matthew Dearmon


Commencement ceremony celebrates a return to normalcy

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This year’s Freeman School commencement ceremony was nothing special, and according to Dean Angelo DeNisi, that’s what made it special indeed.

Kelly Buck (BSM/MACCT '10) is all smiles after receiving her diploma as Sara Biller (MACCT '10), left, and Enrique Caballero (BSM/MACCT '10), right, look on.

In his introductory remarks at this year’s ceremony, DeNisi told graduates and their families that each of his first four commencements had been extraordinary for one reason or another.

His first commencement ceremony in 2006 was the first commencement after Hurricane Katrina, which gave the event a special meaning. The following year, DeNisi awarded diplomas to the graduating MBAs who made the courageous decision to return to Tulane and New Orleans after Katrina, again adding a special meaning to the celebration. DeNisi’s third commencement ceremony stood out for his awarding of an MBA to an 81-year-old man who had begun the program in 1953, making him one of the oldest people ever to earn an MBA from Tulane. And last year’s ceremony was special because it included the awarding of the first degrees in the Freeman School’s new Master of Global Management program.

“This year I thought, okay, we’ll have a normal graduation,” DeNisi said, “but I was wrong. Although we have no one special item to acknowledge, we celebrate the normalcy of an academic year in this, the fifth year following Katrina. More importantly, we honor you and your academic achievements. Each of us here today is proud indeed of your accomplishments, your dedication to your programs and your school, and your active participation in the revitalization and resurgence of this great city. So, yes, today is a very special day.”

Vincent Do (MBA '10), kneeling, strikes a pose for photographers. Behind him, left to right, are fellow MBA grads Andi Rahmawan, Pavan Rupanguntla, Hasan Eryilmaz, Waron Sanguanwongwan, Mei-Yu Chen, Carolina Rojas and Cesar Solorzano.

This year marked Tulane’s 93rd year of conferring business degrees. At the May 15th ceremony in McAlister Auditorium, Dean DeNisi presented diplomas to more than 400 men and women from five continents, including 70 Master of Accounting graduates, 151 Master of Business Administration graduates, 131 Master of Finance graduates, 22 Master of Global Management graduates, 37 Master of Management graduates and two Doctor of Philosophy graduates.

Earlier in the day, 227 students received their Bachelor of Science in Management diplomas at the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony in the Louisiana Superdome, which honors graduates of Tulane’s five undergraduate schools.

Chonchol Gupta (MBA ’10, MGM ’10), outgoing president of the Freeman School’s Graduate Business Council, delivered the charge to graduates. David Arango received the BSM Award for Scholastic Achievement, which recognizes the graduating BSM student with the highest cumulative grade point average, and Karthik Mahadevan earned the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduating MBA student with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Freeman School Dean Angelo DeNisi, Tulane board member John Koerner and Associate Dean Peggy Babin, left to right, watch from their seats on stage as Chonchol Gupta delivers the charge to graduates.

In addition, five Freeman School graduates—John Baber, Jeffrey Good, Corrie Gurucharri, Kendall Plain and Adam Salup—received the Tulane 34 Award, which is presented each year to 34 Tulane graduates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, student leadership and community service throughout their collegiate careers.

“I wish you the best in all your academic, professional, and personal endeavors,” DeNisi said at the ceremony’s conclusion. “We look forward to following your careers and watching you contribute to building a better world.”

To see additional photos from this year’s commencement ceremony, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.

Callais family honored as 2010 Outstanding Family Enterprise

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

May 6, 2010

Contact: Rosalind Butler

NEW ORLEANS–The Callais family, whose businesses include marine transportation, banking and waste management services, has been named the 2010 Outstanding Family Enterprise by the Tulane University Family Business Center. The award was presented at the Family Business Center’s annual Wealth Management Seminar, which took place at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place on May 5. Accepting the award on behalf of the family were Gloria Callais and sons Michael and Corey.

Left to right, Corey Callais, Gloria Callais and Michael Callais accepted the 2010 Outstanding Family Enterprise Award for the Callais family.

“The Tulane Family Business Center is delighted to honor the Callais family, who embody the very best of family business practices and values,” said John Elstrott, director of the Tulane Family Business Center. “The Callais family is recognized throughout Southeast Louisiana for civic leadership, charitable giving and community service, but even more importantly, they have demonstrated unwavering faith and an unyielding commitment to family. In 2008, the family suffered the tragic loss of two members, Paul A. Callais (MBA ’93) and Peter W. Callais (BSM ’86). I don’t know many family businesses that could have handled such a terrible tragedy with the grace and strength the Callais family has shown.”


Burkenroad Conference spotlights recovery

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

What a difference a year makes.

At last year’s Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference, 33 of the 34 companies that participated posted negative returns for the preceding 12 months. This year, 28 of 33 companies posted positive returns, including top performer Stone Energy, which returned a spectacular 337.89 percent for the year.

Peter Ricchiuti, left, with Cyberonics CFO Greg Browne, said investors are starting to bid up stocks in anticipation of a sustained economic recovery.

“The market is up 83 percent in the last 13 months, which is the best 13 months in history,” says Peter Ricchiuti, research director of Burkenroad Reports and organizer of the annual conference. “I think the people in attendance were looking back at last year and the bargains that had been presented and kicking themselves for not buying them.”

The conference, which took place on April 23 at the New Orleans Sheraton, was established to serve as an annual showcase for the small- and mid-cap companies followed by the student analysts of Freeman’s Burkenroad Reports equities research program, but in its 14-year history it’s also become a barometer of the regional economy.

Ricchiuti says the central message of this year’s conference was that—despite what you might hear on Fox News—the nation’s economy is rebounding in a really big way.


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