Archive for September, 2010

CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” comes to the Freeman School

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

CNBC’s “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” is coming to the Freeman School of Business on Oct. 19 to broadcast in front of a live audience as part of the show’s “Back to School Tour.”

Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer brings his CNBC show "Mad Money" to Dixon Hall on Tulane's uptown campus on Oct. 19. Freeman School students can pick up tickets to attend the show on Oct. 5 in the lobby of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

The show, which will broadcast from Dixon Hall on the Tulane campus, will air at 5 p.m. CDT on CNBC and re-air at 10 later that evening. Cramer and CNBC hope to fill the auditorium with an enthusiastic audience of business students, and to help achieve that goal they’ve reserved an allotment of tickets specifically for Freeman School students.

Tickets will be distributed to business students on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, Oct. 5, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the lobby of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. Tickets for the general student population will be distributed during the same time period on Wednesday, Oct. 6, on the main floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Students can also reserve tickets online at beginning Oct. 1.

To prepare for the show, “Mad Money” producers will ask students to do their best Hullabaloo on camera at the ticketing events. Students and all of “Cramerica” will then vote for their favorite cheer on The winner will kick off the Lightning Round during the show.

No strangers to giving out investment advice, Freeman students will get a chance to give Cramer their top stock picks on national television. Freeman was one of the first business schools to start a student-led and published securities research program, Burkenroad Reports. The program, which follows more than 40 small-cap companies in six Southern states, spawned a mutual fund that has outperformed 99 percent of U.S. mutual funds since its inception in 2001. Students are also actively managing more than $2 million in endowment funding through the Darwin Fenner Student Managed Fund and beating many Wall Street mutual fund managers in the process.

“We’re delighted to bring Jim Cramer and ‘Mad Money’ to Tulane,” says Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. “The Freeman School has long specialized in preparing students for careers in finance. Hosting ‘Mad Money’ at Tulane is a great opportunity to showcase programs like Burkenroad Reports and the Darwin Fenner fund before a national audience.”

Since 2006, the “Mad Money Back to School Tour” has been empowering students, and giving them the chance to experience the energy, passion and excitement of its popular host by being a part of the studio audience. Previously, “Mad Money” traveled to Georgia Tech’s School of Management, the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Harvard Law School, The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Columbia Business School Boston College, Georgetown University, The Darden School of Business at The University of Virginia, the Red McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Penn State University and the University of Iowa.

For a glimpse of the “Mad Money Back To School Tour” behind the scenes action, please go to: and view “Back to School: Extra Credit.”

A NYSE start for Freeman Days New York

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Burkenroad Analysts at NYSE

From left to right, Alexandra Thurber, Mark Popovich, David Cusimano, Max Joseph, Daniel Crowley, Anthony Elia, Dennis Grosche, Peter Ricchiuti, Ioana Martian and Jacque Noel.

The always enthusiastic Peter Ricchiuti, clinical professor of finance and research director of the Burkenroad Reports program, led a group of Burkenroad Reports analysts and investment research managers on a tour of the New York Stock Exchange during Freeman Days New York, which took place Sept. 16-17 at locations around New York.

This year’s Freeman Days was the biggest in the event’s history, with 28 companies, more than 150 students and nearly 150 alumni taking part in various sessions. Among the companies interviewing students, hosting site visits or delivering information sessions were Bergdorf Goodman, CBS, Bloomberg, Raymond James, BNP Paribas, Ernst & Young, Morgan Stanley, Google, Deutsche Bank, Macy’s, Citi, UBS, NFL, JP Morgan Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Freeman Days New York was the first of four Freeman Days events sponsored by the Career Management Center this year. Freeman Days Houston will take place Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Marriott Hotel West Loop; Freeman Days Washington D.C. will take place on Oct. 29 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center; and Freeman Days New Orleans will take place Feb. 10-11 at the Freeman School.

If you’re an employer or an alumnus and you’re interested in participating, visit for more information.

Competition to award $5K for best social entrepreneurship idea

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Got an idea to improve life in New Orleans? Enter the 2010 PitchNOLA competition and you could win $5,000 to help make that idea a reality.

TEA Members

The Tulane Entrepreneurs Association is a co-sponsor of PitchNOLA, which will award $5,000 to the best idea to effect positive social change in New Orleans.

PitchNOLA is an elevator-pitch competition for ventures designed to effect positive social or environmental change in New Orleans. Now in its second year, the competition gives local social entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience of more than 200 business professionals, social activists and community members. This year, a cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the entrepreneur or team of entrepreneurs with the most innovative idea, but all the participants will benefit from the opportunity to promote their ventures, get feedback on their presentations and make valuable connections with potential partners and investors.

The 2010 PitchNOLA competition will take place at on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s uptown campus. Individuals or teams interested in participating must submit a 500-word proposal online at no later than Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Anyone interested in attending PitchNOLA as an audience member can also reserve a seat by visiting

The best 10 to 15 proposals received by PitchNOLA will be invited to participate in the live competition at Tulane, and those individuals or teams will also receive coaching from Chris Schultz, founder of Voodoo Ventures and co-founder of LaunchPad, and Ralph Maurer, visiting assistant professor of management at Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.

“Over the past five years, we’ve seen a growing interest in solving societal problems through entrepreneurship,” says Andrea Chen of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), one of the event’s sponsors. “With PitchNOLA, we aim to bring creative, innovative minds together and connect them with supporters and resources in the community.”

Chris Williams, president of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, adds, “Through events like PitchNOLA, we think we can encourage the growth of innovative small businesses, and those businesses are key to keeping Tulane graduates and entrepreneurs in the New Orleans area.”

PitchNOLA is sponsored by Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane, and the Young Leadership Council.

For more information about the competition, visit

Recruiting goes virtual with Skype

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

With recruiter visits to college campuses down by an estimated 20 percent in the last year, business schools have had to get creative to connect students with employers, and that’s just what Freeman’s Career Management Center has done.

Spot Trading Skype Session

The Career Management Center used Skype to host a virtual information session for Spot Trading.

On Sept. 22, the CMC hosted its first virtual information session using Skype video conferencing software. Recruiters with Spot Trading, a proprietary trading firm based in Chicago, used Skype to deliver a one-hour  session for about 30 students.

“If recruiters can’t come to Freeman, we can bring Freeman to them,” says Kara Schonberg, corporate development marketing manager at the CMC. “It’s really exciting and hopefully we can duplicate this with other companies who can’t come to New Orleans but want to interview our students.”

The CMC has used video conferencing technology in the past, but this was the first time the center has used Skype, the leading voice-over-IP application, to present an information session for a group of students.

The session included a brief overview on the company followed by a Q&A session in which students could ask questions and interact with company representatives via webcam.

Schonberg says other firms have expressed interest in using Skype to reach students, so she’s hopeful that the success of Spot Trading’s virtual information session will encourage more recruiters to take advantage of the technology to connect with Freeman students.

Freeman ranked 13th nationally for entrepreneurship

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year, the Freeman School has been recognized as one of the top 50 schools in the country for entrepreneurship.

The Princeton Review in its latest survey of entrepreneurship programs ranks the Freeman School 13th on its list of the nation’s top graduate programs for entrepreneurs. The ranking appears in the October 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, which hit newsstands on Sept. 21. The ranking can be viewed online at (more…)

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