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ACU business students visit New York financial institutions

For immediate release
March 25, 2003

Students in the Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration's LEAD program saw first-hand the operations of the financial markets during a field trip to New York City during spring break.

The LEAD program is a business-oriented honors program designed to equip COBA students for leadership excellence during their academic careers.

"We designed the LEAD program to attract students who had high potential for service and leadership throughout the world. LEAD students do a variety of things in the four-year curriculum, one of those being a trip like this," said Dr. Rick Lytle, professor of management sciences and dean of the College of Business Administration.

During their stay, the students focused specifically on the Wall Street Financial District. They visited the Federal Reserve Bank, the New York Stock Exchange, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Morgan Stanley Asset Management and various other businesses in the New York area. During most of these visits, the students also heard lectures by corporate leaders and were allowed to go down onto the trading floor, something most people have not been allowed to do since Sept. 11.

"This trip provided the LEAD students with great exposure to Wall Street," Lytle said. "The heart of this trip was to build a better understanding of financial markets and world financial systems, because an understanding of world commerce is an integral part of being a responsible business leader."


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