April 9, 2007
Twelve students in the UW-Eau Claire Student Investment Management (SIM) Program attended the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (R.I.S.E.) Forum, March 29 - March 31, 2007 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the United Nations Global Compact, brings students, faculty and investment leaders together in an interactive learning environment to discuss a range of investment issues. Last year’s conference drew 1500 participants representing 197 colleges and universities from 22 countries.
UW-Eau Claire students listened to keynote presentations by internationally renowned industry leaders, such as Paul S. Atkins, commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission; Dr. Myron Scholes, chairman, Platinum Grove Management and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Economics; and Knight Kiplinger, editor-in-chief, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “Hearing Dr. Scholes and Knight Kiplinger speak about the economy and market was very exciting,” said Liz Kaldun. “They are two important figures in the financial world and it was an honor to hear their thoughts.” Charlie Hofstrom agreed. “I really enjoyed all the speakers, but listening to Dr. Scholes was an especially unique experience after studying his research and applying his options-pricing model in numerous of our finance courses,” he said.
UW-Eau Claire SIM students also attended breakout sessions, panel discussions and workshops focusing on investment strategies, securities analysis and portfolio management, and career strategies. A favorite of the students was The Market, a panel discussion with top economists and investment professionals. “It was refreshing to hear that many of our portfolio management ideas and strategies are supported by the top professionals in the industry,” said Matt Kesanen.
The UW-Eau Claire Student Investment Management Program is a special program open to junior and senior business students. Students in the program actively manage the Clearwater Fund, a portfolio of equities and fixed income securities established by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in 2002 with a grant of $200,000.