Baylor To Dedicate Financial Markets Center Jan. 12

Jan. 11, 2005

by Cynthia J. Jackson

The Southwest Securities Financial Markets Center at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business will allow graduate students and senior finance majors hands-on learning in the truest sense of the word as they manage one of the largest student-run portfolios in the nation - currently worth $6 million - from the new facility.

Baylor will officially dedicate this world-class investment facility at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Hankamer School of Business, located at the corner of Fifth Street and Speight Avenue on the Baylor campus.

Participating in the ceremony will be Baylor president, Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr.; Dr. Terry Maness, dean of the Hankamer School of Business; Dr. J.T. Rose, chair of the department of finance, insurance and real estate; Alan Roseman, a graduate student in accounting from Tyler; Susan Etheredge, managing director of the Center; and Dr. Bill Reichenstein, professor of investments. Also attending will be major donors Don and Ruth Buchholz and Philip M. Dorr.

The opening of the facility marks the beginning of a new era in the Finance program at the Hankamer School of Business: the Portfolio Practicum class, which started in 2001, will be taken to a new level with this state-of-the-art financial center. The Center is equipped with leading edge technology replicating the equipment found in the nation's top investment firms and financial institutions.

"This new facility, coupled with the Philip M. Dorr & Alumni Endowed Investment Fund, is a very mission-driven program," Dean Terry Maness said. "Our mission calls for us to engage students in active learning - this program really does that. You can read about it and you can write papers, but until you are actually managing real money and being held accountable for it - there's just no comparison."

For more information, contact Cynthia Jackson, director of marketing and communication in the Hankamer School of Business, at (254) 710-7628,

Looking for more news from Baylor University?