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High-tech facilities’ educational role
Initiatives prepare students to hit the workforce running

By Carol Sorgen, Contributing Writer

Students at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business have the opportunity to learn first-hand about financial markets in the school’s Student Experiential Learning Lab (SELL), a technology-packed room that provides access to the Bloomberg Professional, S&P Capital IQ and Morningstar Direct platform for research.

“These are the databases they will find in the workplace,” says Frank P. D’Souza, Ph.D., finance department chair and associate professor of finance, who explains that today’s employers are looking for graduates who have both theoretical and applied knowledge when they enter the workforce.

“Using the equipment and information available in the SELL, students learn to research and execute value-based decisions and engage in meaningful research relevant to local, national, and global businesses and communities,” D’Souza says.

The SELL is also a major enhancement in supporting teaching, research and service-learning components at the Sellinger School and Loyola. From a teaching standpoint, the SELL incorporates the latest trading and investment technologies so that faculty members have the best tools available for developing the students’ practical knowledge and awareness of financial markets.

With faculty guidance and advice from a board of finance industry executives, select students also use the SELL’s resources to manage a real portion of the university’s endowment portfolio (Sellinger Applied Portfolio). They report their results each semester to the Finance Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees.

“Because this is a university fund, the students are very careful about their investment decisions and prepare their recommendations – and often dissenting opinions – with much thought,” says D’Souza.

Caroline Coulter, a May graduate of Loyola, who majored in business administration with a concentration in finance, will return to her hometown in Boston to begin her financial career with Wellington Management in their Portfolio Services group on the Securities Valuation team.

“The Sellinger Applied Portfolio course exceeded my expectations in every single way,” says Coulter. “Every finance course I had taken in the past was  brought to life through the SAP course, and being able to apply so much of what I had learned in a very real way.

“My experiences in this course have given me a level of experience and depth of understanding that brought me to the career path that I chose for after graduation,” Coulter continues. “The level of responsibility given to my class has helped me in job interviews, other finance and business courses, and my confidence that I chose the right subject to study.”

Coulter believes that her studies at Loyola have given her a leg up in her chosen field. “Having looked at stocks and portfolio balances and investing strategies in a similar way that aportfolio manager would has given me a really...

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