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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ring my bell

That ringing noise you heard yesterday at 4:00 p.m.? Blame Goizueta Business School.

Goizueta remotely rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, September 2. It was the first time that the bell had ever been rung on a university campus--or in the state of Georgia. And as you can tell by the number of people packed into the Jenkins Courtyard (and on the McIntyre Veranda, just beyond), the ringing made quite a racket.

The event was a big deal around the world. In addition to being streamed live on several news websites, the ringing led the 11:00 p.m. BBC News report in Europe. Closer to home, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution covered the bell-ringing as well as the panel discussion that preceded it.

An elite panel of experts, including Duncan Niederauer 85MBA, CEO of NYSE Euronext, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Goizueta Dean Larry Benveniste, explored "Where Do We Go From Here?: Leaders Discuss Lessons of the Global Financial Crisis and the Road Ahead."

At times yesterday, Goizueta's corner of campus resembled a big, albeit well-dressed, street party. And with the groundbreaking activities going on, the celebration was appropriate.

Nothing wrong with tooting your own horn ... or ringing your own bell ...


-- Eric Rangus, director of communications, EAA

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