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Student's coffee venture gives back and pays forward

Kate Novotny launched Buena Vida Coffee in the fall of 2010 with a lofty three-part goal: create a Marquette-based, student-run business that would generate economic opportunity for coffee-growing communities in Honduras; provide a hands-on entrepreneurial learning experience for Marquette students; and maintain ongoing financial support for Sister Maria Rosa and the Sociedad Amigos de los Niños orphanage in Honduras.

Novotny, who is currently a Marquette Business student in the Graduate School of Management and a 2010 graduate of Marquette's Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is moving her venture forward, mission in mind. With a growing portfolio of customers, she was able to travel to Honduras and personally present $2,000 to Sister Maria Rosa.

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Marketing professor publishes fifth book on marketing ethics

Gene Laczniak, chair and professor of marketing, has published Ethics in Marketing: International Cases and Perspectives with long-time collaborator Patrick E. Murphy, a former College of Business Administration faculty member and current Notre Dame professor. According to Laczniak, he and Murphy are among only a few academics who have examined questionable marketing practices on a sustained basis.

Marquette student honored for top accounting exam score

Ling Tuo, a graduate accounting student in Marquette University’s Graduate School of Management, will be honored by the local chapter of the IMA, a leading association of accountants and finance professionals, for earning the top score among other chapter members on the Certified Management Accounting exam.




Abdur Chowdhury, chair and professor of economics, was interviewed by National Public Radio's national bureau about Wisconsin's labor economy in view of President Obama's recent visit to Milwaukee-based Master Lock. Chowdhury wrote a related opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the state's "skills gap."

Interview aired on NPR nationwide at 8 a.m., Feb. 15, 2012

Mark Eppli, professor of finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate, predicted continued stagnation in home sales in Wisconsin in 2012.

David Clark, professor of economics, says there is a "pent-up demand" of people wanting to buy homes.



Finance professor honored for study on ‘co-CEO’ phenomenon

Marks fifth best paper award for college over the past year

Matteo Arena, assistant professor of finance, has been honored with a Best Paper Award from The Financial Review for his study, “It Takes Two: The Incidence and Effectiveness of Co-CEOs.” The study, published in summer of 2011, examined the phenomenon of co-CEOs within publicly traded firms.




Alumnus’ start-up getting noticed: FastCompany lauds Zaarly

In early 2011, 1999 alumnus Eric Koester founded Zaarly, an online proximity-based marketplace. Since then, the company has raised millions and HP’s Meg Whitman joined the company’s board. Now, FastCompany has named Zaarly one of the world's top 10 most innovative internet companies.