Aticles of the week:


6th Annual Brooks Weekend Student Competition -
A Case Study in Business and Corporate Finance

  • Date: Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7, 2015
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday (with team presentations to follow); free lunch served each day
  • Place: Drake University, CBPA (Aliber, Various Rooms on 1st Floor)
  • Eligibility: This competition is open to all Drake CBPA undergraduates, although FIN 101 is strongly recommended as a prerequisite
  • Prizes:
    • $300 per person in the team winning 1st place
    • $250 per person in the team winning 2nd place
    • $200 per person in the team winning 3rd place
    • At least $500 more will be allocated to 'special' awards
  • Judging:
    • will be performed by 3 faculty from the Finance Department (Jimmy Senteza, Inchul Suh, and Toby White)
    • will be based on a brief written report and an oral presentation (along with supporting attachments from Excel)
  • Rules: To apply, you must submit electronically at a team of either 3 or 4 members by Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Note: You are allowed to form your own teams, but if you want to participate and do not have a team, send an e-mail to Prof. White at and we will assign you to a team.

The Principal/Drake University Scholarship

One premier $8,000 scholarship and three $4,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year along with a chance to have a summer or fall internship with Principal Financial Group.

  • Requirements:
    1. Major in Accounting, IS, International Business, Economics, Business Studies, Marketing, Communications, Management and/or Finance
    2. Minimum GPA of 3.0
    3. Sphomore status by 2015
    4. U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency and full-time student status required
  • Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 6. Application forms can be picked up in the Career Center, Aliber 201.

Spring 2015 Speaker Series

March 5: Panel Discussion, “Doing Business Across Cultures”
Panelists: Claudia Schabel, Matthew Mitchell, Kavilash Chawla, Barbara McKenzie, Renee Schaaf
Location: Aliber 101
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Matthew Mitchell, Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy at Drake, is an author, consultant, executive editor of the journal International Business: Research, Teaching, and Practice, and the chair of the largest national chapter of the Academy of International Business.

Kavilash Chawla is an international finance and strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive deployment of mission and values driven capital in growth markets, with regional expertise in the MENA region. Chawla’s sector expertise include Islamic finance, impact investing, SME development, and social entrepreneurship.

Barb McKenzie, Senior Executive Director - COO & Boutique Operations at Principal Global Investors, LLC, is responsible for three boutiques: Principal Global Equities, Edge Asset Management and Morley Financial Services, Inc. In addition, she is responsible for the development and efficient operation of business processes to facilitate the growth of the firm globally.

Renee V. Schaaf, Vice President - Strategic Planning and Business Development for Principal International, is responsible for advancement of PI member companies’ strategic planning and business development, including product, marketing, distribution and customer experience.

Claudia Schabel, a Brazil native, is a Diversity Consultant with DuPont Pioneer providing services and employee engagement process support while developing and maintaining strong working relationships with business managers. She also designs and implements diversity strategies that impact attraction and retention of talent.

March 25: Willy Mafuta
Topic: Religion, Race and Identity: The Role of the Churches in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Willy Mafuta was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received an undergraduate degree in theology from the L’Universite Protestante du Congo as well as from the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He earned a Masters degree in Theology and Biblical Studies at Wheaton College in Chicago, IL and a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Iowa. Willy holds a doctorate degree in Theology and Ethics (Th.D) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa and he is in the process of completing his Ph.D in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada In addition, Willy was a visiting scholar at the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and has taught classes in theology, Global Systems and Religion and Politics. He also holds a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

April 3: Sonia Nazario
Topic: Enrique's Journey and America's Children Immigration Dilemma
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
(12:30pm lecture will be in English; there will also be a Spanish language discussion of her book La travesia de Enrique in Meredith 229, 2:00pm-2:30pm)

Sonia Nazario has spent more than 20 years reporting and writing about large social issues in the U.S.--hunger, drug addiction, and immigration. Her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S., entitled Enrique’s Journey / La travesía de Enrique, won more than a dozen awards, among them the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the National Assn. of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence. In her book, Nazario provides a provocative look at one of the most vulnerable populations amongst us: children who come to the US illegally and alone.

April 8: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Samir Koirala, MBBS, MSc
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Koirala is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) Division of ADPER and Environmental Health, Bureau of Family Health, HPCDP Iowa Department of Public Health. He will provide a keynote address on the Ebola crisis and his experience working on this problem in West Africa.

April 8: Panel on Careers/Masters in (Global) Public Health
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: TBA

April 10-11: 2nd Annual Nelson Institute Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs
Sponsor: Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs at Drake

Faculty/Student registration at:

Friday, April 10 (Meredith 106)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Citizen Diplomacy Group Exercise
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Dinner Social with International Appetizers
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Keynote Address (open to public) by John Owen, University of Virginia (

Saturday, April 11 (Medbury Lounge)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 1:15 p.m. Student panels
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Sit down/buffet lunch

Luncheon Speaker: Iowa Representative Zachary Nunn served as the Director of Cybersecurity Policy on the National Security Council, White House, where he helped author two Presidential Policy Directives on cyber response options for the US Government. A career intelligence officer, Nunn stood-up the Director on National Intelligence's Counter-Intelligence Office for Cyber.

April 15: Kivanc Ulusoy
Topic: Turkey's foreign policy, Middle East, energy discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, and/or the Cyprus issue
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Kivanc Ulusoy is an associate professor of political science at Istanbul University. He was previously a Fulbright Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, and a Fellow at the Madrid Diplomatic School. His areas of research include regime change and democratization, Turkish politics and Turkey-EU relations, and Spanish politics.

April 28: Guoguang Wu
Topic: Chinese politics
Location: Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Guoguang Wu is a Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Victoria. He received his BA from Peking University, MA from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, MA, and PhD from Princeton University. Before joining the University of Victoria in 2004, Wu was an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he taught for eight years. Dr. Wu's research interests cover institutional change, political economy, globalization, elite politics, media and politics, and foreign policy and regional security, with empirical references to China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He is author, co-author, and editor of 21 books in English or Chinese. Originally from China, Wu once worked as an editorialist for the People's Daily in Beijing, and participated in political reform of China in the 1980s in the capacity of a policy advisor and speechwriter to the national leadership.


  • Position: Investment Analyst - Department: Portfolio Management - Minneapolis Investment Center
  • Description: The Investment Analyst is an entry level position supporting the Trading Group, with expectation for advancement. Parametric is a Seattle-based investment management firm focused on the delivery of rules-based, risk-controlled investment strategies, including alpha-seeking equity, alternative and options strategies, as well as implementation services including customized equity, traditional overlay and centralized portfolio management. Parametric is a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance with investment centers in Seattle, WA, Minneapolis, MN and Westport, CT. Parametric is a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp., one of the world's most dynamic global asset management companies.
  • Location: 3600 Minnesota Drive, Suite 325, Edina, MN 55435
  • Primary Responsibilities:
    • Produce daily investment management reports used by portfolio managers to trade existing accounts.
    • Coordinate with custodial banks to receive accurate account information.
    • Maintain and update multiple proprietary databases.
    • Identify ways to improve efficiency, client satisfaction, and risk control.
    • Aid research projects as requested by portfolio managers and clients.
    • Create client performance summaries.
    • Assist in performance reviews with clients.
    • Extensive ongoing account audit responsibility.
    • Communicate accurately and clearly with clients and related parties.
    • Undertake professional development such as the CFA program.
    • Additional responsibilities will be assigned based upon analyst skill set and firm needs.
  • Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Must possess a strong desire to work in investment management.
    • This is an entry level position and prior investment experience is not required.
    • Strong computer, mathematical and analytical skills are required.
    • Must be a self-starter with excellent quantitative and communication skills.
  • If you plan on pursuing the CFA and has a high G.P.A., send your résumé to or submit it online via the link:
  • For more information about the company, visit or contact Connor Lem, Investment Analyst, at or Ph. 952-767-9300.
  • Posted: Jan. 20, 2015

Spring 2015 On-Campus Recruiting Schedule

Interview Date
Résumé Deadline
Feb. 6
Jan. 29
Summer Financial Analyst Program - Equipment Finance
Feb. 10
Feb. 1
Stores Exective Intern
Feb. 13
Stop by booth at Feb. 12 Career Fair
Quantitative Analyst
Feb. 13
Feb. 6
Various Positions
Feb. 13
Stop by for office hours with recruiter in Aliber 201 on Feb. 13
Assoc. Regional Sales Manager
Feb. 13
Stop by booth at Feb. 12 Career Fair
Systems Engineer
Feb. 24
Feb. 17
Core and Risk Assurance Internships and Full-Time Positions / Elevate Leadership Program
Mar. 4
Feb. 26
Entry Level Business/Finance Manager
Mar. 4
Feb. 26
Audit and Tax Internships, Full-Time Positions, Summer Leadership Program
Mar. 9
Feb. 25
Marketing & Advertising Sales Representative
Mar. 11
Mar. 6



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