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Trio of Finance Students Ring Bell at NYSE

Left to right: Christian Vardaman,
Madison Nixon and Daniel Wendt

BATON ROUGE – LSU Finance students Daniel Wendt, Madison Nixon and Christian Vardaman were three of 12 students chosen to help ring the New York Stock Exchange’s closing bell on Wednesday, July 22.

Wendt is from Denham Springs, Nixon is from Lake Charles and Vardaman is from New Orleans.

The trio were among a dozen winners of TD Ameritrade Institutional’s NextGen scholarship competition, which awards 12 $5,000 scholarships to deserving and talented students, a trip to New York City, a tour of the NYSE and the opportunity to ring the closing bell.

The Department of Finance is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Partner and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board-Registered Program that offers high quality curricula to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. The department boasts internationally renowned research faculty in several areas, including derivatives, asset management, banking and spatial econometrics. The department’s Securities Markets Analysis Research & Trading Lab boasts the Bloomberg Professional service, the platform used by more than 300,000 leading business and financial professionals worldwide to make informed business decisions, and an extensive library of financial data bases including the Wharton WRDS System. Additionally, the department encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6291.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business

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