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    Graduate Reunion Party tonight in City Park
Graduate Alumni ReunionTonight (Friday, May 4), the Freeman School is hosting a multiyear graduate classes reunion at Parkview Terrace in City Park honoring the milestone graduation years of ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02 and ’07. The party starts at 7 p.m.—just around the time Jazz Fest ends—and Parkview Terrace is just a short walk (or an even shorter taxi ride) from the Fair Grounds. More than 150 alumni have RSVP’ed to attend, so if you’re celebrating a milestone graduation anniversary this year, don’t be left out! For more info or to RSVP, contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or

Freeman No. 1 in the nation for MBA placement
U.S. News Best Business SchoolsMove over Harvard. The Freeman School is the nation’s top business school for MBA placement, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of business schools. In 2011, 98.1 percent of the full-time MBA class were employed three months after graduation. That percentage was the best of the 135 business schools that reported employment data to U.S. News and had at least 20 graduates seeking jobs. The ranking was published in March as part of U.S. News’ annual report on America’s best graduate schools. To learn more, read the U.S. News “Short List” column 10 Business Schools that Lead to Jobs.

JPMorgan Chase chief voices strong optimism
Jamie DimonBig banks have gotten a lot of criticism in recent years—some of it deserved, says Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank. But in an appearance at the Freeman School in April, Dimon said he draws the line when critics try to paint all banks as part of the problem. “There were a lot of banks who, through thick and thin, stood tall and did the right thing,” Dimon said. “We lent $2 billion to California when no one would. A billion and a half to Illinois when no one would. There are hospitals, schools, cities and states that are here because JPMorgan did it.” The outspoken executive, called “America’s least-hated banker” by The New York Times, discussed the role of banks, the role of corporate America and the nation’s economic future before an audience of students, faculty and invited guests in the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall.

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Freeman hosts 16th Finance Case Competition
Finance Case CompetitionStudent teams from Tulane University and six other schools put their valuation and financial analysis skills to the test at the 16th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of the Freeman School, took place on Friday, April 20, in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. In addition to Tulane, this year’s event featured teams from Emory, Rice, University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis and University of Texas at Dallas.


Plan to turn algae into oil wins biz plan prize
Tulane Business Plan CompetitionA Freeman School-based venture with a plan to turn algae into crude oil was one of the big winners at this year’s Tulane Business Plan Competition. ReactWell, developer of a patent-pending technology that uses underground geothermal reactors to convert biomass into synthetic crude oil, earned the top prize at the second annual Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge. The challenge, sponsored by real estate development firm the Domain Cos. and presented in conjunction with the Tulane Business Plan Competition, awards $20,000 in seed capital each year to a high-impact early-stage venture based in New Orleans.


Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala
Dean Ira SolomonOn April 13, Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon presided over the 2012 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala. The ceremony, which took place at the Audubon Tea Room, honored Jerry Greenbaum (BBA ’62) as Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Jay Altman as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The gala also featured the announcement of winners from the Tulane Business Plan Competition and the Domain Cos. New Orleans Entrepreneur Challange, which took place earlier that day. To see photos from the gala, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr page

Submit your news to Freeman Class Notes
ClassNotesThe summer issue of Freeman Magazine is in production, so now is the time to send us your latest news for Class Notes. Everybody loves to know what their classmates are up to, and Class Notes is a great way to share your latest personal and professional achievements with them. Submitting a class note is as easy as clicking a mouse. Just visit the Freeman magazine website and select the link Submit a Class Note. There’s a convenient online form, and you can also upload a high-resolution jpg image from your desktop to accompany your note. Don’t be a lurker! Let your Freeman friends know where y’at!
Reception to honor Mary Rose ONeill
Mary Rose O'NeillIf you’ve ever visited the Career Management Center, chances are you’ve gotten to know—and more likely become friends with—Mary Rose O’Neill, who has been helping business school students make connections and find jobs for almost 20 years. On May 30, Mary Rose officially retires from Tulane University. Please join us at a party to celebrate her retirement on Friday, June 1, at the Alumni House. For more info or to RSVP, contact Leonard Williams at
Upcoming Events at the Freeman School

May 4
Graduate Alumni Reunion Party. Parkview Terrace at City Park Casino, New Orleans City Park, 7 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, visit or contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or

May 19
Freeman School Graduate Diploma Ceremony. McAlister Auditorium, Tulane University, 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Freeman School’s commencement site or contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or

May 31
Executive and Professional MBA Information Session. Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, 3rd Floor, 6 p.m. For more information, visit

June 21
Tulane Houston Information Session. 1700 West Loop South, Houston. For more information, visit

To see more upcoming events, please visit the Freeman School Calendar.


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