Archive for the ‘Announcements’ Category
Monday, October 25th, 2010
In its latest survey of executive MBA programs at the world’s leading business schools, Financial Times has ranked the Freeman School’s EMBA program 75th in the world and 35th among U.S. business schools. The ranking appeared in the newspaper and on FT.com on Oct. 25.
Financial Times bases its ranking on measures of alumni success, program diversity and quality of faculty. Graduates of Freeman’s EMBA program reported an average salary of $159,592 three years after completing the program, and graduates experienced a 45 percent increase in average salary compared with levels prior to entering the program. Freeman’s executive MBA program also earned relatively high marks for both international course experience, which refers to the percentage of classroom teaching hours that are carried out outside the country in which the business school is situated, and aims achieved rank, which refers to the extent to which alumni fulfilled their most important goals or reasons for doing an EMBA.
To see the full executive MBA ranking online, visit FT.com. To learn more about the Freeman School’s EMBA program, visit www.emba.tulane.edu.
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 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 MadMoney.CNBC.com 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 MadMoney.CNBC.com. 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: http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=682231179&play=1 and view “Back to School: Extra Credit.”
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.
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 www.seno-nola.org no later than Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. Anyone interested in attending PitchNOLA as an audience member can also reserve a seat by visiting www.seno-nola.org.
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 http://www.seno-nola.org.
Friday, June 25th, 2010
Updated July 9, 2010
The Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) has announced the program for the 2010 Tulane Business Forum. With the theme “Leveraging Corporate Resources,” this year’s forum will focus on business leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the ability to leverage assets to strengthen their market positions and achieve goals.
- “Health Reform: What Is It and What Does It Mean?”
Charles N. Kahn III, President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals, Washington D.C.
- “Distinguishing Your Company in What Could Be a Commodity Business”
Dean E. Taylor, Chairman, President and CEO, Tidewater Inc., New Orleans
- “Thriving in the Post-Recession, Post-Mass Media Age (aka Now!)”
Robbie Vitrano, Agency Founder and Chairman, Trumpet, New Orleans
John Winsor, CEO, Victors & Spoils, Boulder, Colo.
- Alternative Capital Markets Panel Discussion
J. Marshall Page, Partner, Jones Walker, New Orleans
Nicolas R. Perkin, Co-Founder and President, the Receivables Exchange, New Orleans
Christopher J. Perry, President, Americas Sales & Service, Markets Division, Thomson Reuters, New York
Moderator: Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Professor of Finance, Freeman School of Business, New Orleans
Celebrating its 31st year, the Tulane Business Forum is the premier business conference in the Gulf South, with an annual attendance of more than 750 business leaders from across the region. The forum is TABA’s primary fundraising vehicle and provides essential support for Freeman School programs including the TABA Community Service Program, the Tulane Business Plan Competition, Freeman Days networking events, and the annual Rock ‘N’ Bowl Party welcoming incoming graduate students.
The 2010 Tulane Business Forum will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, at the New Orleans Sheraton (please note the change in venue). Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the first speaker at 8:30 a.m. By attending the forum, CPAs can earn five Continuing Professional Education credits and PEs can earn five Professional Development Hour credits.
For more information about this year’s program and to register online, visit TulaneBusinessForum.com.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
The developer of an orthopedic implant to help patients with osteoporosis undergo spinal surgery, a social enterprise to provide clean, affordable off-grid lighting to rural poor in the developing world, and the maker of a line of small wind turbines designed to make wind power cost competitive with electricity generated from non-renewable resources have been selected as the three finalists in this year’s Tulane Business Plan Competition.
The 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition will take place at the Freeman School on Friday, April 16.
On Friday, April 16, teams representing those ventures—Cortical Concepts (Johns Hopkins University), Nuru Light (University of California, Berkeley) and Winduction (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)—will travel to New Orleans to pitch their plans to a panel of seven judges with a cash prize of $50,000 on the line. The three finalists were selected from among 93 applications submitted to this year’s competition, an all-time high.
“Orthopedic implants, clean, affordable lighting for the developing world, and cost-competitive wind power may not seem to have much in common, but each of these ventures demonstrated to our judges the potential to meet critical societal needs with innovative, sustainable solutions,” said Matt Dearmon, president of the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association. “After carefully evaluating all the entries submitted to this year’s competition, we feel confident these three exceptional ventures represent the best of the best.”
While the competition in recent years has offered two tracks—one dedicated to traditional business entrepreneurship and another to social entrepreneurship—this year’s competition does away with that distinction in favor of a new focus on the principles of conscious capitalism. In order to be considered, each venture had to demonstrate not only market potential but also the ability to positively affect all stakeholders and the society in which it operates. The Tulane Business Plan Competition is the first competition to incorporate principles of conscious capitalism into its requirements.
The 2010 Tulane Business Plan Competition will take place in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, with the winner to be announced later that evening at the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala at the Westin Canal Place Hotel. The competition is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a seat in the audience, please visit https://nykotai.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-tulane-business-plan-competition/
For more information about this year’s competition, please visit TulaneBusinessPlanCompetition.com.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Since 2008, the Freeman School and the School of Science & Engineering have been collaborating on research into the production and utilization of next generation fuels for clean power, including butanol from sugar cane waste products, but according to Geoff Parker, more research is needed.
Geoff Parker, director of the Tulane Energy Institute, hopes the inaugural Tulane Energy Day will help promote collaboration among researchers.
“A lot of times when we apply for grants or funding, we have some pieces of the puzzle, but we might have to scramble to identify all capabilities we need,” says Parker, associate professor of economic sciences and director of the Tulane Energy Institute. “Many of the challenges are really multidisciplinary now and require coordination across units.”
Promoting coordination across units is the goal of this Friday’s Tulane Energy Day. Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and organized by Parker and Doug Meffert, deputy director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research, the one-day summit represents the first attempt to bring together researchers interested in energy from across the university. Faculty members from chemical and biomedical engineering, economics, business, environmental studies, public health, law and other disciplines will make brief presentations about their current research.
“This is one way to prepare to take advantage of some of the multidisciplinary opportunities that have been coming up as part of the stimulus funding,” Parker says. “It’s really about knowing what Tulane’s capabilities are.”
Much of Tulane’s recent energy research has been coordinated through the Clean Power and Energy Research Consortium, a collaboration between Tulane and five other universities in Louisiana established to addresses critical scientific, engineering and economic issues associated with power and energy generation. Given the complexity of the subject, Parker says a multidisciplinary approach makes sense.
“There are economic issues, there are scientific issues, there are cultural issues,” Parker says. “In order to make progress, you really need a multidisciplinary approach to understand the problems and then help fashion improvements.”
For more information about Tulane Energy Day and to see the complete schedule, visit http://www.freeman.tulane.edu/energy/energyday.php.
Friday, February 19th, 2010
Research shows that just a tiny percentage of technological innovations cross over to mainstream success, but that doesn’t stop entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, corporations, investors and governments from pumping millions of dollars into emerging technologies in an effort to discover the next big thing.
The 17th Annual Burkenroad Symposium will take place Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center's Kendall Cram Lecture Hall.
“You see these bandwagons where we chase hot new technologies, but which ones will be viable, how they’ll be commercialized and when they’ll become mainstream is anyone’s guess,” says Laura B. Cardinal, Exxon Professor of Strategy at the A. B. Freeman School of Business and director of the Burkenroad Institute. “There are huge rewards but also significant risks, and lots of money gets spent in pursuit of the quest.”
For the 17th Annual Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society, Cardinal turns the spotlight on three emerging technologies with the potential to transform life in the 21st century. “The Quest for Fool’s Gold: The Risks and Rewards of Emerging Technologies” will feature panelists David L. Carroll, director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University; Stephen R. Connors, director of the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Thomas B. Clarkson, director of planning and business development at Wake Forest University’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine.
“Regenerative medicine is very hot, but we’ve just scratched the surfaced,” Cardinal says. “Nano is in everything now. It’s in medicine, it’s in solar, it’s in Kraft food packaging. People have no idea how pervasive it has become. It’s touching all kinds of products in our lives. And then we’ve have this whole quest for sustainable energy, whether it’s solar, wind, geothermal, ethanol or something else. These are people’s quests and everyone is working on this stuff anticipating the next big thing.”
Cardinal says the panelists, whose backgrounds span science, academia and entrepreneurship, will discuss what it will take to commercialize their respective technologies as well as take them mainstream. She says she hopes the symposium will attract entrepreneurs looking for new ideas as well researchers from local science, engineering and medical schools.
The Burkenroad Symposium will take place at on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 505-865-5837 or e-mail Prof. Cardinal at firstname.lastname@example.org.