A team of undergraduate students from
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business reached the
highly competitive semifinal round of this year’s Federal
Reserve College FED Challenge on October 28.
Facing opponents from Hamilton
College, and Columbia, Cornell, Pace and Rutgers Universities,
the St. John’s team of Cristian Oancea, Christian D’aversa,
Stalin Rodriguez and Thomas Ziegelbauer
made their mark by employing a unique presentation concept.
“Our idea was to paint a comprehensive picture
of the state of the economy and what factors contributed to our
current situation. We used a talk show format which allowed us to
stand apart from the other participants who adhered to the standard
Federal Open Market Committee meeting approach,” explained Team
Captain Cristian Oancea. The presenting team was assisted by four
additional TCB students – Kamya Chandra, Patrick Diamitani, Deidre
Smith and Maja Derviskadic.
The months of preparation by the team and
their dedication were proudly recognized by their mentor and team
A. Joyce Furfero, Ph.D., Associate Professor of
Economics and Finance. “This team of talented young women and men
was, indeed, a special one,” said Dr. Furfero. “While previous
teams have come close, this is the first to have reached the
semifinals. I believe their ability to cite specific journal
articles and Fed speeches was critical to our success. Their
preparation was meticulous and their presentation extraordinary.
The University community should be extremely proud of the team’s
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