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    March 7, 2012            
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    Freeman Update returns
alumniFreeman Update is back with a double issue’s worth of B-school news and info. Since our last issue, we’ve launched new programs, hosted events and survived another Mardi Gras, and now we’re gearing up for a busy spring with the Tulane Business Plan Competition, the Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference and our multiyear Graduate Alumni Reunion. In the meantime, if you’ve got any suggestions for ways to improve Freeman Update or any of our communications and outreach efforts, please let us know! Your feedback is always welcomed and appreciated.

KPMG pledges $150K to establish professorship
John VeihmeyerDuring a speaking engagement at the Freeman School on Feb. 13, KPMG Chairman and CEO John Veihmeyer announced plans to establish the KPMG LLP Professorship in Accounting. KPMG partners, retired partners and employees, supported by matching gifts from the KPMG Foundation, together have pledged $150,000 over five years to support the teaching and research of an outstanding accounting professor.


Dean Solomon featured in AACSB newsletter
Ira SolomonFreeman School Dean Ira Solomon was featured in the February issue of eNEWSLINE, AACSB International’s monthly newsletter. AACSB, the global accrediting organization for collegiate schools of business, invited Dean Solomon to share his thoughts on the importance of social responsibility and public service in business education. You can read Dean Solomon’s article, Doing Well by Doing Good: Public Service in Business Education, at the AACSB website.
Freeman professor honored at the White House
sherif_ebrahim2Sherif A. Ebrahim, adjunct professor of management, strategy and entrepreneurship, was honored at the White House on Wednesday, March 7, as an entrepreneurial mentor and “Champion of Change.” Ebrahim was one of 11 individuals from across the nation being recognized for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training. To read the full news release announcing the honor, visit the Freeman School news page.
Research shows downsizing beats calorie info
Janet SchwartzStudies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants simply to ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to a new study by a Freeman School researcher in this month’s Health Affairs. The study, by Janet Schwartz, assistant professor of marketing, found that when servers asked customers whether they’d like to “downsize” starchy side dishes at a Chinese fast-food restaurant, as many as a third gladly cut back – saving an average 200 calories each meal.

Freeman team tops in valuation competition
Wall St. Training CompetitionFour Freeman School Master of Finance students beat out teams from more than 25 universities to take home the top honors at the inaugural Wall St. Training Valuation Competition. The contest, sponsored by Wall St. Training, a provider of training programs for finance professionals, took place in New York on Feb. 3. In winning the competition, the Freeman School team — Bo Yuan (MFIN ’12), Bohua Liu (MFIN ’12), Feifan Qiang (MFIN ’12) and Luo Xue (MFIN ’12) — edged out finalists from Princeton, Rutgers and the University of San Francisco to earn a $1,000 cash prize.


Symposium explores ethics of social media
Burkenroad SymposiumIf there was an overriding theme at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium, “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media,” panelist David Vinjamuri summed it up best. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” said Vinjamuri, founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and “Brand Truth” columnist for Forbes magazine. “There are many things that are perfectly legal and not at all ethical.” Vinjamuri was one of three national experts who took on the topic of ethics and social media for this year’s Burkenroad Symposium on Business and Society.


Freeman visits Atlanta on March 21
Ira SolomonPeter RicchiutiPlease join Dean Ira Solomon along with Peter Ricchiuti, William B. Burkenroad Jr. Clinical Professor, for an evening with Freeman to discuss the future of business education. This special alumni event will take place from 6:30 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shauna Mauk at 504-314-7335 or
Submit your news to Freeman’s Class Notes
ClassNotesIf you’re like most people, the first section you turn to in Freeman magazine is Class Notes. Everybody likes to know what their friends and classmates are up to, and Class Notes is a great way to share your latest personal and professional achievements with them. Now, submitting a class note is as easy as clicking a mouse. Just visit the Freeman magazine website and click on 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!
PhD seeks alumni for work environment survey
watercoolerA Freemen School PhD student is conducting a study on work environment perceptions and employee relationships in the workplace, and she invites alumni to take part. The survey should take approximately 10 –15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous and therefore strictly confidential. All she asks is that you read the directions carefully and be as honest as possible. To participate in the survey, please click on the link: If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the researcher, Shanna R. Daniels, at

Freeman School Graduate Reunion
The date of this year’s Freeman Graduate Reunion is fast approaching, so if you’d like to attend, don’t forget to make your reservations. We scheduled this year’s reunion to coincide with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, so now you’ve got twice the reason to make the trip back to New Orleans and the Freeman School. The reunion honors MBA, MACCT and MFIN grads from the milestone classes of ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02 and ’07. The reunion will take place on the evening of Friday, May 4, in Parkview Terrace at City Park (second floor of the Casino building), just a short walk or taxi ride from the Fair Grounds. It’s the perfect way to end your Jazz Fest Friday. For more info about the reunion, visit or find us on Facebook. For questions or to RSVP, contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or

Upcoming Events at the Freeman School

March 9
Tulane Family Business Forum. Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. For more information, contact Rosalind Butler at or 504-862-8482.

March 15
Tulane Entrepreneurship Showcase and Networking Happy Hour. New Orleans BioInnovation Center, 1441 Canal St., 5 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or

March 15
Executive and Professional MBA Information Session. Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, 3rd Floor, 6 p.m. For more information, visit

March 21
Atlanta Alumni Event: An Evening with Dean Ira Solomon and Peter Ricchiuti, research director of Burkenroad Reports. Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 6:30 – 9 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shauna Mauk at 504-314-7335 or

March 21  23
Latin American Research Consortium Conference. Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. For more information, contact Janice Hughes at 504-865-5362 or

April 4
Miami Alumni Event: An Evening with Dean Ira Solomon and Peter Ricchiuti, research director of Burkenroad Reports. Home of Adam and Cheryl Goldstein (BSM ’84), 4321 Santa Maria St., Coral Gables, Fla., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shauna Mauk at 504-314-7335 or

April 13
Tulane Business Plan Competition and Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge. Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. For more information, visit

April 13
Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala. Audubon Tea Room, 6-10 p.m. For more information, contact Lina Alfieri Stern at 504-865-5455 or

April 20
Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

April 27
Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference. The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact Marie Daigle at 504-862-8496 or

May 4
Graduate Alumni Reunion Party. Parkview Terrace at City Park Casino, New Orleans City Park, 7 p.m. For more information, 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

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


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