The Madison Investment Fund is presenting their 2010 results with faculty and students on Tuesday, March 29th, at 6:30 PM in Room 106. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. Attire: casual.
Are you a Finance or Quantitative Finance major who is graduating either May of Summer 2011? Sign up to attend the Job Search session to be held Tuesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM, in 208 Showker. Be sure to bring your resume (in Word format) and a list of companies that you have applied to so far. You must be registered with Recruit-a-Duke prior to this session. Because of limited space in the lab, you must register in advance by clicking here.
Are you still looking for an internship? Sign up for the Internship Search Session, which will also be March 22nd in 208 Showker, but will be held at 7PM and again at 8PM. You must be registered with Recruit-a-Duke in advance, and you must bring your resume in Word format and the list of companies you have applied to so far. Because of limited space in the lab, you must register in advance by clicking here.
Join us Monday, March 21st, 6:30PM in Room 106 ZSH for a panel discussion of the economics and financial impact of the uprisings in the Arab World and the earthquake/tsunami event in Japan. Panelists: Hui He, Jason Fink, Barkley Rosser, and Elias Semaan. Sponsored by the JMU chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Join us for a presentation and discussion of the plagiarism, Copyright law, and related issues, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 6:30PM, Room 107. Presentors: David Parker, Arthur Hamilton and Pamela Peterson Drake.
Join us for a panel session that includes Claiborne Johnston (Morgan Stanley Real Estate IB), Howard Jenkins (Federal Captial Partners), Scott Jenkins (The Carlyle Group), and Adam Armiger (CW Capital Asset Management) on Wednesday, February 23rd, at 6:30PM in Room 105 ZSH. Sponsored by the Madison Investment Fund and the Department of Finance and Business Law. All students welcome. Attire: casual.
Come and discuss career opportunities with recruiters on Tuesday, February 22nd, at the Festival. Check with Career & Academic Planning for a list of recruiters who will be attending. All students welcome. Attire: Professional
The Madison Investment Fund presents Social Networking, February 1, 7PM in Room 107. The purpose of this session is to teach students how to use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and other types of social media to achieve their networking goals. The presentation is open to all majors and students. Attire is casual.
William May, of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, will be discussing financial risk management and risk management careers on Monday, January 31st, at 6:30 PM. All students are welcome, and risk management professionals will be attending this event. A GARP chapter meeting will follow the presentation. Sponsored by GARP. Attire: casual
The members of the Madison Investment Fund student organization is organizing and presenting a session on networking Tuesday, January 25th, at 7PM in Room 107 ZSH. The session, entitled Networking 101: From Casting a Net to Leveraging Your Resources, will help students develop skills for effective networking. Both electronic and face-to-face networking will be addressed in the session.
Finance and Business Law faculty will present information about resumes for students interested in a career in the finance field on Tuesday, January 18th, at 6:30PM in Room 107 ZSH. Bring copies of your resume to be critqued by faculty members. Sponsored by the Department of Finance and Business Law. Attire: casual
Robert McLean, of the CFA Institute, will be making a presentation on Tuesday, January 11th, at 6:30 PM in Room 107. Information about CFA scholarships will also be available. All students are welcome. Sponsored by the Madison Investment Fund. Attire: casual
Seven representatives from the Madison Investment Fund are attending the annual RISE conference in Dayton, Ohio. The RISE Conference is the premier conference and competition for student managed investment funds. Good luck, MIF!
Pat Langan, Stan Petrenko, Brooke Beal, Jack Kilgallen and Dan McBride
Wall Street 101 with Goldman Sachs
Thursday, November 11th
Goldman Sachs returns again this year to help students learn more about Wall Street and how the firm operates. The presentation will be in the evening, 6:30 PM in Room 106.
Learn the secrets of successful and effective networking. Tuesday, October 5th, 7PM in 106 ZSH. Sponsored by the Madison Investment Fund. All students welcome. Attire: casual
Student Chapter of the Global Association of Risk Professionals
Interested in joining the JMU student chapter of GARP? Come join us for our organizational meeting on Tuesday, October 5th, at 6:30PM in 106 ZSH. Advisor: Pamela Drake Attire: casual
Fall 2010 Career Fair
The Fall 2010 Career Fair will be Monday, October 4, 2010, from Noon - 4PM in the Festival Ballroom. Recruiters will be representing employers with full-time and internship opportunities. Come prepared with your resume. Attire: Business.
Finance Career Night
The Finance Career Night is an opportunity for students to learn about careers in Finance: Tuesday, September 28th, 7-8:30 PM, Room 106 ZSH. A panel of alumni will discuss their careers and career paths, with plenty of time for Q&A. Attire: Business casual
Financial Reform Panel
Tuesday, September 21st
Learn about the new Financial Reform Bill and the implications for the financial industry Tuesday, September 21st, 7-8:30 PM, Room 105 ZSH. Finance and Business Law faculty will explain the bill-- what it includes and what it does not include. Attire: Casual
Nissem Nicholas Taleb
Friday, September 17th
The author of the Black Swan, Nissem Nicholas Taleb, will be addressing students and faculty on Friday, September 17th, at 3:30PM in the Grafton-Stovall auditorium.
Meet the Firms Night
The Meet the Firms event is an opportunity to meet recruiters who are focused on recruiting Accounting, CIS, and Finance majors. The event is 6-8PM, Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Festival. Bring your resume to share with recruiters. Attire: Business.
Finance Internship Panel
Hear from students who had internships during summer 2010 on Tuesday, September 14th, 6:30 PM, Room 106 ZSH. [A MIF Information Session will follow at 7:45PM] Attire: casual.
Finance Resume Night
Finance and Quantitative Finance majors: Come prepared to have your resume reviewed by Finance and Business Law faculty members. Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 6:30-8PM [Room TBA]. Bring a few copies of your resume, and we'll bring the red pens. Attire: Casual.
August 31, 2010
Learn how to locate internships and job opportunities in finance using Recruit-a-Duke, Tuesday, August 31st, 6:30-7:30 PM, 106 ZSH. We strongly recommend that students register with Recruit-a-Duke before attending this session. Attire: Casual
Wayne JAckson and Don Rainey, members of the CoB's Executive Advisory Council, will be discussion venture capital, Thursday, April 8th, at 5:30 PM in Room 107. All students welcome. Attire: casual.
Pamela Peterson Drake will be discussing the major penny-stock scandals and scoundrels, along with an update regarding what those involved in these scandals are doing now. Tuesday, March 30th, 7PM in Room 107 ZSH. Discussion will be followed by the movie Boiler Room. Sponsored by the Financial Management Association. All students welcome. Attire: casual.
Ms. Pamela Ware, Assistant Treasurer of Noblis, Inc., will be sharing her experiences in managing an investmetn fund with students on Wednesday, March 24th, at 7PM in Room 107 ZSH. Sponsored by the Madison Investment Fund and the Department of Finance and Business Law. All students welcome. Attire: casual.
Are you a Finance or a Quantitative Finance major who is still looking for a job or an internship? We will have a job seeking session, so be prepared to apply for jobs. Bring your resume on a flash drive, plus a list of companies to whom you've already applied and/or have interviewed with. Room 208 ZSH. Internships: 6:30; Full-time opportunities: 7:30 PM. Reservations required. Contact Pam Drake email@example.com.
Come learn about Finance careers from recent graduations who are in the field of finance: Tuesday, January 26th, 7-8:30 PM, Room 107 ZSH. Attire: Business casual.
Bring your resume to be reviewed by finance and business law faculty members: Tuesday, January 19th, 7-8:30 PM, Room 107 ZSH. Attire: Casual.
If you are graduating in May 2010, you may apply for the June 2010 CFA Level I scholarship. Submit your resume and a completed form to Pamela Drake, 335 ZSH. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance and intented career path. We will notify scholarship recipents by January 17, 2010. For more information, check out the information at CFA Institute web site.
2009-10 CFA Investment Research Challenge Team
Five panelists provided insights into careers in finance, sharing their experiences with students:
Robert F. Bruner, Dean of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, made a presentation on the financial crisis to students and faculty, comparing the current financial crisis to the Panic of 1907.
Kevin Langlais, Vice President, Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking, Goldman Sachs [JMU 2000] made a presentation on Goldman Sachs at 7PM, on Thursday, November 12th.
Recent JMU Alumni were on hand to discuss their experiences looking for a job and on the job:
Meet the Firms Night is an opportunity for Accounting, Finance, and other majors to look at job opportunities at accounting, consulting, and financial service firms, as well as government agencies.
Interns from Summer 2009 internships talked about securing an internship and their internship experiences. Student interns on this panel:
Sponsored by the Madison Investment Fund.
Finance and Business Law faculty provided students with a presentation on resumes in finance, and provided one-on-one assistance in improving students' resumes.
Three of our seniors were recognized May 8, 2009, as outstanding seniors:
2009 Outstanding Senior in Finance
2009 Outstanding Senior in Quantitative Finance
2009 Outstanding Senior in Economics
Bruce Bracco (Freddie Mac), Brooks Marshall and Scott Lowe presented personal finance information for graduating seniors at 7PM in Room 107 ZSH. Sponsored by the Financial Management Association.
John Allison IV, Chairman of BB&T, made a presentation entitled "Principled Leadership" at 5PM on April 14th, in 2301HHS.
Barkley Rosser, Lou Betancourt and Pamela Drake provided an economic update at 7PM in Room 107 ZSH. This update included the current state of the economy, the bailout situation (including AIG), and the proposed fix for the "legacy" (a.k.a. toxic) assets.
Bob Hill, a Financial Advisor, Principal and District Advisor, with First Comment Financial Services made a presentation to the Financial Management Association on personal financial planning: Tuesday, March 31st, in Room 107 ZSH. All students are welcome to attend.
Members of the Madison Investment Fund (MIF), along with the adviser, Elias Semaan, attended RISE, a Global Student Investment Forum, at the University of Dayton, March 26-28. MIF presented their 2008 fund results, in competition with funds at other universities. MIF members attending the RISE conference were:
The Spring Career Fair was held Monday, March 23rd, from Noon until 4 PM in the Festival Ballroom.
Gene Donnelly, of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, will be making a presentation to students and facutly at 7:45 PM in Room G5 ZSH. All students are welcome.
The team representing James Madison University in the 2008-09 Challenge:
Advisors: Pamela Peterson Drake and Brooks Marshall
Mentor: Brett Wilkinson [Senior Manager, Primatics Financial, LLC]
A panel of recent graduates discussed job searches and job opportunities. Sponsored by the Financial Management Association. Panelists:
On January 20, 2009, Professor Pamela Drake discussed Ponzi schemes, starting with Charles Ponzi, and relating Ponzi's scheme to that of Bernard Madoff. She addressed the following questions:
In November, 2008, Thornton Lurie (Vice-President, Investment Banking) and Tim Craighead (Managing Director) discussed the different dimensions of investment banking and the role of Goldman Sachs in the investment community.
Pamela Peterson Drake was the 2008-09 Distinguished Speaker for the College of Business at Morgan State University, and made presentations to both the faculty and the doctoral students about developing research from the current economic crisis.
[Pictured: Phyllis Keys, Pamela Peterson Drake and Shannon Finney]
On Ocrtober 28th, a panel of three faculty members provided insights in to the current economics issues. The panelists were:
The JMU CFA Investmetn Research Team (Joe Bove, Alyna Galli, Steven Hu and Justin Quaglia) participated in the interview of Norfolk-Southern Corporation CFO James A. Squires at the University of Richmond. This interview is part of the investment research conducted by teams partitipating in the CFA Investment Research Challenge. Professors Brooks Marshall and Pamela Drake accompanied the team to this event.
[Pictured: Alyna Galli, Steven Hu, Justin quaglia and Joe Bove]
Several of our finance and quantitative finance students volunteered their time to talk to other students about their internship experiences:
Alumni from many companies returned to talk to JMU students about opportunities at their companies. Firms represented included Accenture, CarMax, BearingPoint, BB&T, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Pictured here are JMU Alumni Keith Henderson (JMU'08) and Christopher Johnson (JMU '04):
We thank our panelists who participated in the Finance Career night, September 9th:
Four of our graduating seniors who took Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam in June 2008 passed. Congratulations to Aaron Graham, Matt Kattler, Eric Laidlow and Nicholas Ramm.
Daphyne Thomas, Scott Lowe and Pamela Drake participated in the Summer 2008 CyberCity camp. Daphyne Thomas is a co-coordinator of the program, Scott Lowe taught video-creation to the attending teachers, and Pamela Drake instructed campers on Web Page creation.
The Complete CFO Handbook: From Accounting to Accountability, by Frank J. Fabozzi, Pamela Peterson Drake and Ralph Polimeni, has been published by John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-0-470-09925-1]. In this book, the authors address the changing role of the corporate CFO, from the traditional accounting function to the current role that involves the corporate strategy and accountability to investors and regulators.
Topics covered include the implicaitons of Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, capital structure, structured financing, strategy, risk management, financial analysis, performance measurement, transfer pricing, costing, budgeting, and capital budgeting.
In October 2007, several faculty members attended the annual meeting of the FMA, an international association of fiannce academics and practitioners.
Congratulations to Elias Semaan and Daphayne Thomas, who have been recognized for their efforts at the recent College of Business luncheon. Elias Semaan, assistant professor in finance, received the Dr. Otto G. Brenner Memorial Award in recognition for his teaching excellence. Daphayne Thomas, professor of business law, received the Community Service Award, along with faculty members Harry Reif and Tom Dillon, in recognition of their work with the CyberCity summer program.
Jonathan Godbey, Daniel Bise, Paul Meierdierck, and William Tabir, candidates for the CFA charter, passed the Level I exam in June, 2007. Jonathan Godbey is an assistant professor in finance at James Madison University, and Daniel, Paul and William are recent JMU graduates. Daniel Bise has joined the Private Equity Partners division of BlackRock, Paul Meirdierck is with LaSalle Investment Management, and William Tabir is employed with Fannie Mae.
The CFA charter is awarded to candidates who sequentially pass the Level I, II and III examinations, and meet the ethical and professional responsibilities of a CFA charterholder. For more information about the CFA Program, visit the CFA Institute online.
Congratulations to Jonathan, Daniel, Paul and William, and happy studying (and good luck) for the Level II and Level III examinations.
Jeff Evans, part-time instructor in Finance, and his brother made a successful presentation to the Chrysler Group Executive Committee (EC) at the third Venture Capital Initiative Innovation Day in Auburn Hills held on April 30, 2007. Jeff is from Chrysler's Mid-Atlantic Business Center and his brother Ryan Evans is from Chrysler's Great Lakes Business Center. They presented a subscription-based leasing plan that would retain more customers and sell more vehicles while offering customers good value. EC members were intrigued by the idea and wanted a more in-depth analysis of the potential risks and benefits. Jeff and Ryan were 1 of 3 presenting groups out of 318 submissions.
Congratulations to the following finance award recipients:
Outstanding Student in Finance: Andrew K. Lucas
Outstanding Student in Quantitative Finance: Anne K. Stilwell
Joseph T. Kosnik Scholarship: Stephen G. Stover
Shelly Wheeler Financial Engineering Scholarship: Benjamin P. Young
Philip H. Maxwell Scholarship: Christopher W. Mather
China's Capital Markets, a book co-edited by assistant professor of finance Dr. Wilson Liu, was published in May, 2007 by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., an international academic publisher in economics, management, law, environment, public and social policy.
The book presents research on China's fast-changing stock and bond markets, futures and over-the-counter markets, regulatory issues, and the development and roles of financial institutions such as brokerage firms, banks and insurance companies. Also addressed are the recent performance of equity markets, the emergence of small and medium enterprises, and the state banks' bids to be listed in overseas stock exchanges.
It is a timely academic work as China's accession agreements to the World Trade Organization promised to open up the financial sector to foreign competition by the end of 2006, affording a wealth of opportunities for domestic and international investors.
In just two years as a faculty member in the College of Business, Dr. Elias Semaan, an assistant professor of finance, has made a positive impression on his students. Recently, they selected him as the Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in the College of Business.
The award is important because it gives students the opportunity to honor a teacher who has had a significant impact on their education, says Professor Joyce Guthrie, associate dean of student services. "It's from the student body saying, ‘Wow, we think this individual is really good,'" she says.
Comments from students indicate that Semaan is not only knowledgeable about the subject matter, but that he also cares about each student. He is known for encouraging students to succeed in the classroom, as well as helping them to find internship and other professional growth opportunities. In casting his vote for Semaan, one student wrote, "[Dr. Semaan] refuses to let any student fail. He knows each and every student's weaknesses and wants to help them.
The College of Business is proud to recognize two of its graduating seniors, Michael Albert and Ken Hart, as the co-valedictorians of the James Madison University graduating class of 2006.
Both Michael and Ken are graduating with perfect 4.0 GPA's and will be receiving the Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance at this year's commencement. It is unusual to have co-valedictorians and probably unprecedented to have the co-valedictorians from the same major. Although both are double majors they will be graduating with the Quantitative Finance students.
Ken, a native of Pittsburg, is a double major in Quantitative Finance and Economics with a Mathematics minor. He is also a member and sector manager of the Madison Investment Fund (MIF) and was a member of the MIF team that won the International/National title at the R.I.S.E. competition for the best student managed value fund. This year he received the outstanding senior in Economics Award and shared the outstanding senior in Quantitative Finance Award with Michael. Upon graduation Ken will be joining the asset backed securitization division of Bank of America.
Michael, a native of Harrisonburg, is also a double major. In addition to Quantitative Finance he also majored in Mathematics and completed a minor in Physics. This year Michael received the J. Emmert Ikenberry Mathematics Prize and the Mathematics Research Award and shared the outstanding senior in Quantitative Finance Award with Ken. Michael intends to take a year for traveling and exploring other activities before entering a Ph.D program in the fall of 2007.