Archive for May, 2011

Student award winners from 2011 commencement

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Dean DeNisi with some of the award recipients from this year’s graduation ceremony. From left to right, Ruth Yomtoubian (MBA/MGM ’11), Ian Jones (MBA ’11), Claudio Galimberti (MFIN Houston’11), DeNisi, Chia Lee Neoh (MFIN New Orleans ’11), Ian Lindsay (MFIN Houston ’11), Christopher Williams (MBA ’11), Aminn Gabriel Thompson (MFIN New Orleans ’11) and Jennifer Urrego (MBA ’11).

The following student awards were announced at the Freeman School’s 2011 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.

  • Jonathan Raizon

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.

  • Hakima Taoufiq

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.

  • Patricio Esteban Campuzano Arteta

Evelyn and William Burkenroad Award
This award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the graduating class in honor of Evelyn and William Burkenroad. The recipient is chosen by the senior class on the basis of scholarship, integrity, amiability, and contributions to the professional, social, and academic quality of the business program.

  • Daniel Harris Crowley

Wall Street Journal Award
Developed by The Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award Program in 1948, this award honors a student from the BSM program whose academic performance in the area of finance is considered exceptional.

  • Chen Sun

Dean’s Service Award
Established in 1991, this award recognizes those graduating students who, in the opinion of the administrative staff and dean, have added dimension to the school through outstanding contributions of time and effort.

  • Patricio Esteban Campuzano Arteta
  • Ian Simeon Jones
  • Ian Andrew Lindsay
  • Aminn Gabriel Adedayo Thompson
  • Jennifer Williams Urrego
  • Christopher James Williams
  • Ruth Elya Yomtoubian

Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award
Established to recognize outstanding graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Management, the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Finance programs, this award is presented to students who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes and, in the opinion of the dean, the associate dean, department heads, and the officers of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, have displayed exceptional intellectual ability, leadership, self-motivation and a sense of responsibility to peers, the school and the community.

  • Steven Houg (BSM)
  • Claudio Galimberti (MFIN)
  • Chia Lee Neoh (MFIN)
  • Jennifer Williams Urrego (MBA)

TABA Community Service Award
Established in 1993 by the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship and conducted in partnership with the Tulane Association of Business Alumni, this award recognizes those graduates who, under the auspices of the institute and mentored by TABA members, have completed at least 25 hours of pro bono service with a disadvantaged business or a not-for-profit organization in the New Orleans area.

Bachelor of Science in Management:

  • Caitlin Banford
  • Nicole Hershey
  • Steven Houg
  • Joy Moglia
  • Jonathan Raizon
  • William Stoudt
  • Chen Sun
  • Kimberly Wald

Master of Accounting:

  • Elizabeth Marie McCoy
  • Patrick Edgar Townsend

Master of Business Administration:

  • Jamin Patrick Butler
  • Patricio Esteban Campuzano Arteta
  • Arnab Dasgupta
  • Stephen Anthony Feazell
  • Sarah Elizabeth Gaddis
  • Rachael Beth Kansas
  • Tainy Lossine Kone
  • Catherine St. John LaCorte
  • Noah-Jason Farmer Lewis
  • John Nicholas Moustoukas
  • John Thomas Rassier Jr.
  • Francisco Jose Robert Asenjo
  • Jennifer Williams Urrego
  • Christopher James Williams
  • Ruth Elya Yomtoubian
  • Sofia Carolina Zárate Morales

Master of Finance:

  • William Hunter Johnson
  • Aminn Gabriel Adedayo Thompson

Tulane 34 Award
Nominated by the administrators of the undergraduate and professional schools and given annually, the Tulane 34 award recognizes outstanding Tulane students for their academic achievements, student leadership and community service, underscoring the significance and breadth of citizenship and public service woven into academic life at Tulane.

  • Ian Michael Furman
  • Amanda Lee Diamond

Faculty award winners from 2011 commencement

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The following faculty awards were presented at the Freeman School’s 2011 graduate and undergraduate diploma ceremonies.

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.

  • Sheri Tice, Finance

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.

  • Venkat Subramaniam, Finance

Outstanding Young Researcher Award
This award was established to recognize outstanding research by junior faculty members.

  • Cynthia Devers, Management

Erich Sternberg Award
Established in 1987 by the Erich Sternberg family, this award is given to a member of the Freeman School faculty in recognition of current contributions to that faculty member’s academic field of interest.

  • Michael Burke, Management

The Howard W. Wissner Award
Presented each year to outstanding faculty members to recognize excellence in teaching, this award was established in honor of Howard W. Wissner, an exceptional professor who won the admiration and respect of all those with whom he came into contact with.

  • Myke Yest, Undergraduate Courses
  • Deen Kemsley, Graduate Courses

Houston Master of Finance Outstanding Teacher Award

  • Paul Spindt, Finance

Teacher Honor Roll: Undergraduate Courses
Required Courses

  • Scott Schneider (Fall 2010)
  • Kelly Grant (Spring 2011)

Elective Courses

  • Christine Smith (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)

Teacher Honor Roll: Graduate Courses

6000-Level Courses

  • Mauricio Gonzalez (Fall 2010)
  • Beauregard Parent (Spring 2011)

7000-Level Courses

  • Deen Kemsley (Fall 2010)
  • Sheri Tice (Spring 2011)


DeNisi’s final commencement a stark contrast to first

Friday, May 20th, 2011

It doesn’t take much effort to see the contrast between Angelo DeNisi’s first commencement as dean of the Freeman School and his last.

Dean Angelo DeNisi with Tulane Association of Business Alumni Award winners Claudio Galimberti, Jennifer Urrego and Chia Neoh.

In 2006, when DeNisi presided over his first spring commencement, the effects of Hurricane Katrina were still all around. The Freeman School graduated just 447 students that year, and that number would drop to just over 400 in 2007 as Tulane and New Orleans continued to recover from the storm.

This year, DeNisi’s last as dean of the business school, Freeman awarded diplomas to more than 800 students, including graduates of two new programs—the Master of Global Management and the Master of Risk Management—that DeNisi himself helped launch. At the same time, Freeman’s national rankings are higher than they were five years ago across the board. As DeNisi noted in his introductory remarks, for the first time in history both the MBA program and the undergraduate program are ranked in the top 50 by the two leading ranking publications, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

“Yes, these have been truly momentous years for the Freeman School, for Tulane and for New Orleans,” DeNisi said. “When the Saints won the Super Bowl, the city announced to the world that we were back and better than ever.

Senior Associate Dean John Trapani leads the procession from Goldring/Woldenberg Hall to McAlister Auditorium.

“I am happy today to be turning over the Freeman School to our next dean in as good shape as I found it,” he wryly added, “maybe even a little better.”

At the Freeman graduate-level ceremony, which took place on May 13 in McAlister Auditorium, DeNisi presented diplomas to 52 Master of Accounting graduates (including 38 joint BSM/MACCTs), 274 Master of Business Administration graduates, 120 Master of Finance graduates, 38 Master of Global Management graduates, 31 Master of Management graduates, nine Master of Risk Management graduates and nine Doctor of Philosophy graduates.

A day earlier, 321 Bachelor of Science in Management graduates received their diplomas at the Newcomb-Tulane College Undergraduate Ceremony, which took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center immediately following Tulane’s Unified Commencement Ceremony.

2011 Commencement

From left to right, graduates J. J. Rassier (MBA '11, MGM '11), Chris Williams (MBA '11), Vivek Sharma (MBA '11) and Mario Coronel (MBA '11).

Ian Jones (MBA ’11), president of the Graduate Business Council during the 2010-2011 academic year, delivered this year’s charge to graduates at the Freeman ceremony. Jonathan Raizon (BSM ’11) received the BSM Award for Scholastic Achievement, which recognizes the BSM graduate with the highest cumulative grade point average, and Hakima Taoufiq (MBA ’11) received the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the MBA graduate with the highest cumulative grade point average. In addition, Amanda Diamond (BSM ’11) and Ian Furman (MBA/JD ’11) 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.

At the conclusion of this year’s ceremony, Associate Dean Peggy Babin presented DeNisi with a plaque recognizing his service to the Freeman School. The plaque read, “To Angelo DeNisi, dean, 2005-2011, Freeman School of Business, in appreciation of his efforts on behalf of the school during historically significant times, reaching goals that surpassed expectations, and facing each challenge with aplomb.”

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


MBA team one of three national finalists in Barnes & Noble marketing contest

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

When Barnes & Noble announced a nationwide marketing plan contest to help promote Nook Study, its new digital textbook reading software, a team of Tulane marketing students stepped up to the challenge, developing a set of tactics that earned them one of three finalist slots and a trip to New York to present their recommendations at Barnes & Noble headquarters.

Nook Study

The Tulane Bookstore promotes the new Nook Study digital textbook reader. A team of Tulane business students developed a marketing plan for Nook Study, becoming finalists in a national contest. Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano.

The plan was one of several client-based projects to come out of adjunct professor of marketing Kim Davis’ Marketing Planning and Implementation class, in which MBA students act as consultants and develop and implement targeted marketing plans for clients.

Working with businesses, the students combine market research and field research with a dash of creativity to come up with innovative and customized plans.

“We started by interviewing professors and students to understand the existing perceptions, needs and wants in the academic community for this software,” says Tom Connor, a member of the Nook Study team. Others on the student team that traveled to New York to make the presentation in late April included John Padavan, Will Marshall, Bill Laird and Dare Mangus-Lawson.

“We included around 20 individual recommendations [in our proposal],” says Connor. “The big idea was to change B&N’s marketing from a rational base to an emotional one … using scholarships and giveaways, cause marketing, on-campus events and even the creation of useful mobile apps.”

“Marketing planning begins with gaining a deep understanding of a client’s business,” says Davis. “It’s about identifying the different internal and external factors, understanding what’s happening with their business and choosing the right goals and strategies.”

For Davis, this mixture of old and new techniques is crucial to marketing to today’s savvy consumers.

To learn more about Nook Study and the Nook Study Marketing Plan Contest, visit

—Cody Wild Big Worries for Small Caps

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

From, May 2, 2011:

With so much hand-wringing going on, MarketBeat dropped a line to Peter Ricchiuti, a professor at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business who has been tracking and trading small-cap companies for the past two decades. Are even some of small-cap’s biggest long-term boosters starting to get a bit hot under the collar? Uh, yes.

“I don’t know if it can continue,” Ricchiuti says, ticking off a list of worries. “The gap between pricing on large- and small-caps is, historically, very high. Another negative is that small caps tend to outperform large caps in the early stages of a recovery, and we’re starting to get some traction in the economy. That doesn’t bode well either.”

To read the entire article, visit

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