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Freeman awards more than 700 diplomas at graduation ceremonies

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Now that’s what you call an opening act.

To accommodate its growing size, the A. B. Freeman School of Business moved its diploma ceremony to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this year, where it immediately followed the university’s spectacular unified commencement ceremony. For business graduates and their guests, the move enabled them to witness what was surely one of the most memorable graduation ceremonies in Tulane history. The Dalai Lama delivered Tulane’s commencement address this year to a rapturous response, and the ceremony also featured special musical performances from honorary degree recipients Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and 19th U.S. Poet Laureate, was also on hand to receive an honorary degree.

Elizabeth A. Freudmann was one of 108 MBA degree recipients who received their diplomas on Saturday at the Superdome. Photo by Cheryl Gerber.

With that exhilarating introduction, the Freeman School took to the stage and got down to business, with Dean Ira Solomon awarding 717 diplomas to new graduates of the A. B. Freeman School of Business. That number includes 82 Master of Accounting degrees, 108 Master of Business Administration degrees, 137 Master of Finance degrees, 14 Master of Global Management degrees, 39 Master of Management degrees, 29 Master of Management in Energy degrees, and one Doctor of Philosophy degree. The number also includes 307 Bachelor of Science in Management degrees conferred as part of the Tulane-Newcomb College undergraduate diploma ceremony.

Aaron P. Coulon (BSM ’13) received the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the undergraduate student with the highest cumulative GPA, and Clifford T. Harlan (MBA ’13) received the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the MBA graduate with the highest cumulative GPA. In addition, business graduates Nicole M. Munsey (MBA ’13), Lauren A. Nelson (MBA ’13) and Albin J. Soares (MBA ’13) received the Tulane 34 Award, which recognizes students from across the university for their academic achievements, student leadership and community service.

David A. Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council, spoke to graduates at the Freeman School’s diploma ceremony. Photo by Cheryl Gerber.

David A. Wilson, president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council, delivered the charge to graduates for the Freeman School. Wilson, a member of the Business School Council, encouraged graduates to use their earnings to make the world a better place, to maintain their sense of humor and to value the unique contributions of everyone they come in contact with. He closed with a reference to the oath young Athenians were asked to take more than 2,500 years ago – “We will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

“Your Tulane degree will open doors that you did not even know where there for you,” Wilson said. “Take the talent, the education and the opportunity that you have been given and make this world greater, better and more beautiful than it is today.”

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

 


Freeman’s 2012 graduate diploma ceremony spans traditions

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Freeman School’s 2012 graduate diploma ceremony was Ira Solomon’s first as dean of the business school, but in a number of ways the event harkened back to traditions of the past.

Dean Ira Solomon presided over the largest graduation ceremony in school history.

For the first time in three years, a band—the Po Boys Brass Band—was on hand to lead students into McAlister Auditorium at the beginning of the ceremony and out of the auditorium at its conclusion, lending an appropriately festive spirit to the proceedings.

For the first time in more than 10 years, the ceremony featured a distinguished guest speaker. Staley Motta (BBA ’67), chairman of Copa Holdings, the parent company of Panama’s Copa Airlines and Colombia’s Copa Colombia Airlines, delivered a humorous, heartfelt charge to the graduates.

And for the first time in more than 20 years, the ceremony featured the tradition known as “graduation bingo,” a game inaugurated by the late Irving LaValle, school marshal and professor of decision theory, in which students are given bingo cards featuring random words and phrases from the ceremony. The first student to get five words or phrases in a row—and shout “Bingo!” at the top of his or her lungs—wins a prize, which this year was a special second-line umbrella and the right to lead the graduating classes out of the auditorium.

Stanley Motta (BBA ’67), chairman of Copa Holdings, delivered this year’s charge to graduates.

Maggie Hopkins (MBA/MD ’12) won that honor, and she embraced the role with enthusiasm, leading a graduate second line out of the auditorium.

What was definitely not a return to the past was the size of the event. The Freeman School awarded diplomas to 857 graduates this year, the most in the school’s 95 year history of conferring business degrees.

At the graduate diploma ceremony, Dean Solomon presented diplomas to 63 Master of Accounting degree recipients, 279 Master of Business Administration degree recipients, 85 Master of Finance degree recipients, 35 Master of Global Management degree recipients, 85 Master of Management degree recipients, seven Master of Risk Management degree recipients, and 10 Doctor of Philosophy degree recipients.

Earlier in the afternoon, at the Newcomb-Tulane College Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony at the Superdome, Dean Solomon awarded diplomas to 343 Bachelor of Science in Management degree recipients.

Graduation bingo winner Maggie Hopkins (MBA/JD ’12) led a graduate second line out of the auditorium at the end of the ceremony.

Arielle K. Drucker (BSM ’12) received the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Management program with the highest cumulative grade point average. Robert W. Lynch (MBA’12) received the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduate of the Master of Business Administration program with the highest cumulative grade point average.

“This year’s graduates, like those who came before and those who will come after, have completed rigorous, state-of-the-art courses of study,” Dean Solomon said in his remarks to graduates, their families and guest. “This year’s graduates have been challenged to make a positive impact on society using their knowledge and skills learned and honed here at Freeman. I have no doubt that they will be successful, making all of us proud to recognize them over the coming years as members of the Freeman and Tulane families.”

To see more photos from the 2012 Graduate Diploma Ceremony, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page.


2012 Student Award Winners

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Dean Ira Solomon presented the following student awards at the Freeman School’s 2012 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.

  • Arielle K. Drucker

 

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.

  • Robert Warren Lynch

 

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.

  • Richard John Gray Jr.

 

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.

  • Stephen G. Denis

 

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.

  • Dylan P. LeCorgne (BSM)
  • Shiv Thukral (MBA)
  • Richard John Gray Jr. (MBA)
  • Lindsey Ann Varney (MBA)
  • Wendy Viviana Salas Villalobos (MBA)

 

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.

  • Christine M. Ouder (BSM)
  • Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Matviienko (MFIN – New Orleans)
  • Felix Chit-Ming Tse (MFIN – Houston)
  • Megan Renee Peck (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:

  • Myles Hill

Master of Accounting:

  • Zoë Louise Manzy-Coates

Master of Business Administration:

  • Douglas Royster Alexander
  • Anthony Jim Bodin
  • Thomas Matthew Connor
  • Alyssa Davidian
  • Amy Louise Dye
  • Eric Egan Gallagher
  • Meghan Helen Greeley
  • Seth Arden Hamstead
  • Maggie Louisa Hopkins
  • William Laird
  • David Jonathan Marsh
  • Clifford Strauss Mintz
  • Megan Renee Peck
  • Simone Emilia Reggie
  • Emily LaRene Roberts
  • Courtney Baine Robinson
  • Jeffrey Bradford Rohr
  • Joshua Dion Rupert
  • Kimberly Lynn Thompson
  • Lindsey Ann Varney


2012 Faculty Award Winners

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Dean Ira Solomon presented the following faculty awards at the Freeman School’s 2012 graduate diploma ceremony.

 

Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award
Established in 2012, this award recognizes professors in undergraduate and graduate business programs for excellence and advancement of the highest standards for teaching.

  • Eric Hamerman (Undergraduate Courses)
  • Russell P. Robins (Graduate Courses)

 

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.

  • Carmen Weigelt

 

James T. Murphy Teaching Excellence Award
Established in 1994 in recognition of Professor Murphy’s more than 30 years of service to Tulane’s business school, this award recognizes professors who exhibit the highest standards of instructional improvement and development and who help students beyond the formal role of teacher.

  • Michael T. Yest

 

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

  • Jaideep Shenoy

 

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.

  • Geoffrey G. Parker

 

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.

  • Ekundayo Shittu, Undergraduate Courses
  • William A. Reese Jr., Graduate Courses

 


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.

 


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.


Saying goodbye to the Katrina Class

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Freeman School Commencement 2009

The 2009 commencement ceremonies marked an historic end and a bright beginning for 769 newly minted alumni of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

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