Dolan School Snapshots

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications on June 11, 2013

Dolan School sponsors mock business dinner

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Etiquette Dinner

The Dolan School continued its tradition of inviting students to attend a formal “Etiquette Diner” that will give them a competitive edge in the competitive business industry. Led by Ann Marie Sabath, president and founder of At Ease Inc., “Gaining That Competitive Edge Etiquette Dinner” puts students through the paces of a mock business dinner. Topics covered include: how to introduce two people whose names you cannot remember, how to display your confidence during a meal, what not to order, and the most commonly made table manner faux pas. This event is part of the Dolan School Professional Development Series, seeking to develop students’ career-readiness.


RISE 2013

Six members of the Dolan School of Business Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) attended the RISE 2013 conference, an internationally renowned investment conference. They attended with over 1,000 finance students from around the world at the University of Dayton on April 4 and 5. The SMIF students in attendance were Conlisk Scholar Brian Devenney (M.S. Finance) and finance majors of the Class of 2014, Allie Cavalea, Gina Hawley, Sarah Marcoux, Gary Stetz, and Michael Zappulla. On the first day of the conference, the students heard from two Federal Reserve Bank presidents and leaders in the finance industry and media on the world economy, markets, and the future of the finance profession. SMIFphoto2

 

The members of the Student Managed Investment Fund, under the guidance of Dr. John McDermott, manage approximately $230K of the University’s endowment. In 2012, the SMIF portfolio returned 17.42% after fees as compared to their benchmark, the MSCI All-Country World Index, which returned 16.80%. As members of SMIF, motivated students learn about and practice institutional portfolio management.

 

Institutional investor 2012-13

Two students from the Dolan School, John DeNave and Markus Buchem, not only competed in the Inaugural All-America Student Analyst Competition, sponsored by Institutional Investor Magazine, but placed as top performers. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduates students in finance to compete against each other to develop the best simulated stock portfolios. All action related to the competition, which ran from September 2012 through January 2013 was done online.

The new competition is a collaboration between Institutional Investor and Mark My Media, a Stamford, Connecticut based firm that built the software platform to track portfolios. Nearly 700 students from 34 U.S. colleges and universities participated. The rankings were compiled across seven industry sectors and one general category. The general category considered net benchmark outperformance, volatility, net exposure impact, gross exposure impact, long alpha and short alpha. The industry sectors included: Basic Materials, Capital Goods/Industrials, Consumer, Energy, Financial Institutions, Healthcare and Technology, and Media & Telecommunications.

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