Finance majors to take part in world's largest student investment conference

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
March 20, 2008

Indiana State University’s College of Business will be well-represented at the world’s largest student investment conference, March 27-29 in Dayton, Ohio. Eight ISU finance majors - all members of the university’s Student Investment Club - will join more than 17,000 participants representing 218 colleges and universities from 58 countries at the eighth annual Redefining Investment Strategy Education Forum.

The three-day forum includes keynote speakers, workshops, specialized breakout sessions and career strategies forums. Keynote speakers will include presentations on the economy, markets, Federal Reserve perspective, corporate governance and responsibility, and leadership. Specialized breakout sessions will cover topics such as fixed income, hedge funds, international markets, and risk management.

“The RISE VIII Forum is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to learn from and network with leading executives and Wall Street experts,” Rebecca Shorter, director of career development at the Gongaware Center in ISU’s College of Business, said. “The interactive learning environment allows students to excel and foster an interest in Financial Services, specifically in the capital markets and asset management areas,”

A forum on career strategies will offer an excellent opportunity for students to better understand and explore careers in the area of capital markets and asset management, Shorter said.

“In addition to the variety of speakers, workshops, and breakout sessions, students will have an opportunity to network with industry professionals during a networking reception. Students will also have an opportunity to become a part of history when the NASDAQ remote closing bell ceremony takes place on Thursday during the forum. R.I.S.E VIII will be a fun, exciting, and educational experience for all students involved,” she said.

Indiana State students attending the event include seniors Mansour Alturki and Hani Singer, both of Terre Haute. Alturki is vice president of the Student Investment Club while Singer is president-elect of the club, which manages two portfolios valued at approximately $450,000.

“We are looking forward to gaining experience and knowledge from all the different experts at the conference. With such financially turbulent times upon us, this is a great opportunity to be able to obtain advice from the best experts in the field,” Alturki said.

“What we learn at the conference will be brought back and used by the Investment Club to manage our portfolios. I believe the knowledge we gain from the RISE conference will reflect positively on our investment strategy here at ISU and will result in better portfolio performance overall,” he said.

"I hope to meet some of the keynote speakers and get to know how they base their decisions and what they think is important for someone to make it in the investment industry. It's just the kind of thing that you cannot learn from textbooks," Singer said.

Other members of the ISU delegation are sophomore Tony Askins of Shelbyville, Ill.; sophomore Jeremy Firster of Elizabeth; freshman Alyse Houghton of Plymouth; freshman Charles Kays of Columbus; senior Imane Lahlou of Casablanca, Morocco; and sophomore Nathan Lloyd of North Liberty.

The financial services program at Indiana State has been recognized by the university as one of two Programs of National Distinction as part of an initiative funded in part by the Lilly Endowment to strengthen selected academic programs.

The Redefining Investment Strategy Education Forum is co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the United Nations Global Compact.

Photo: Investors: Some members of Indiana State University's Student Investment Club pose with their faculty adviser in the College of Business' new Financial Trading Room. From left to right are: Jeremy Firster, Tony Askins, Bobbie Jackson, Mansour Alturki, Becky Milner,Hani Singer and Tarek Zaher, professor of finance. Firster, Askins, Singer, Alturki and Zaher will attend the Redefining Investment Strategy Education Forum at the University of Dayton March 27-29. ISU/Kara Berchem

Contact: Tarek Zaher, professor of finance and faculty adviser to the Student Investment Club, College of Business, Indiana State University, 812-237-2093 or tzaher@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu