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K-State Center for Risk Management Education and Research Announces Student Fellows
November 11, 2013 - The Kansas State University Center for Risk Management Education and Research has announced its second class of student fellows.
The center seeks to enhance the understanding of economic risks inherent in our global society through world-class experiential education and research.The 17 students selected for this class include:
- Logan Britton, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Communications and Journalism - Bartlett, Kan.
- Kurtis Clawson, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy – Satanta, Kan.
- Kassie Curran, Food Science, Agricultural Economics – Farlington, Kan.
- William Damme-Longinaker, Agricultural Economics – Randolph, Iowa
- Joseph Dasenbrock, Economics, Psychology – Cimarron, Kan.
- Ethan Dhuyvetter, Marketing – Manhattan, Kan.
- Thomas Einck, Finance – Marion, S.D.
- MaryLynn Griebel, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Stockton, Kan.
- Jonathan Higgins, Finance, Accounting – Lenexa, Kan.
- Shelby Hill, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science and Industry, and earning a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics – Satanta, Kan.
- Gerald Mashange, Finance and Economics – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
- Mario Ortez, Agribusiness, and earning a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Nicaragua
- Laura Rogers, bachelor’s in and earning a master’s degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering – Clyde, Kan.
- Nathan Stinson, Agricultural Economics – Allen, Kan.
- Jason Troendle, Agricultural Economics – St. Charles, Minn.
- Lacey Ward, Agribusiness, and earning a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Superior, Neb.
- Nicholas Wineinger, Agribusiness – Lincoln, Kan.
“We had a phenomenal slate of immensely talented and diverse applicants and the selection process was difficult,” said Ted Schroeder, director of the center and professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. “A lot of things happen with the center including guest lectures, industry visits, student research projects, and tremendous interest from industry leaders in this program. New contacts between industry and the center occur almost daily.”
By providing students and business professionals with the information and tools necessary to identify, quantify and manage risk, the center complements K-State's strategic plan. Additionally, the center supports the greater university mission of advancing the well-being of the state of Kansas, the U.S. and the international community.
Training students to manage a world of risk
September 11, 2013 - Risk is a factor in any industry, and a new program is preparing Kansas State University graduates to manage that. The Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) began with funding gifts from two corporations – Innovative Livestock Services and The Gavilon Group.
“The thought process was that this is good for the students because there will be lots of job offers out there,” said Lee Borck, chairman of Innovative Livestock Services. “But it’s good for K-State because it’s one of the top institutions where employers can come to find students who have been schooled in risk management.”
Each fall, CRMER welcomes qualified applicants at junior level or above from agriculture, engineering or business administration programs on campus. Upon acceptance, fellows learn risk management through hands-on research and education, internships, travel and discussion with business and industry leaders.
The center, led by Ted Schroeder, analyzes everything from market risk to reputation risk to product quality and safety risk. By investing in risk management information technology, the center gives students in-depth experience with risk management platforms being used in industry.
“When they enter industry they have a rich and broad background in the complex area of risk management,” Schroeder said. In an increasingly diverse and complex risk-prone world, CRMER is “the right program at the right time,” said Ed Prosser, vice president of agricultural trading for The Gavilon Group.
“What companies need to plan for and protect themselves against today didn’t exist five or 10 years ago or weren’t as magnified as they are now,” Prosser said. “K-State has taken risk management studies to a new level—graduates will be highly sought after for their applied learning in risk management and research.”
Center for Risk Management Education and Research seeking Student Fellowship applications
September 4, 2013 – Ted Schroeder, director of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER), has announced the call for CRMER Student Fellows. Applications are due by October 4. The new class will begin the program January 2014.
“We want talented students, who will be engaged and are interested in risk management,” Schroeder said. “These students should have approximately 3 semesters left in their studies at Kansas State University.”
This opportunity is open to students majoring in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Finance, Industrial Engineering, or other departments partnering with CRMER (others will be considered on an individual basis). Further details regarding qualification requirements are in the announcement.
Schroeder provides a summary of what the current class of 9 students have accomplished during the past year.
- We made visits last spring to Aon, Koch Industries, CME Group, Frontier Farm Credit and had numerous guest lectures from a variety of industry affiliated risk management folks (learn more at our blog site at http://crmerstudents.wordpress.com/).
- All Student Fellows completed risk management internships and/or graduate risk research this past summer.
- Student fellows launch their industry partner risk management research projects this week (we have three very interesting projects the students are working on, each with a different industry partner and faculty mentor).
Student Fellows and partners of the Center are looking forward to the upcoming events and opportunities for this fall semester and beyond.
Vice president of Gavilon Grain visits with Student Fellows
September 4, 2013 - Greg Konsor, vice president, Gavilon Grain, LLC, met with the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) Student Fellows August 30. Konsor also guest lectured for our Agribusiness Logistics course.
In addition to enjoying lunch with the Fellows, Konsor discussed “Ethics and Risk Management” where he highlighted the process Gavilon follows in managing their risks. He emphasized that risk provides immense opportunity, so it is something Gavilon thrives upon with proper management.
In his presentation, Konsor emphasized the importance of ethical behavior and adherence to a disciplined approach in managing risk in today’s complex global market environment. He also illustrated several recent cases where risk management principles were violated and resulted in catastrophic outcomes.
Gavilon is an Executive Founding Partner of the CRMER and they have been instrumental in providing educational opportunities as well as generous financial support for the Center.
CRMER Student Fellows meet with Greg Case
March 14, 2013 - The Student Fellows of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) met with Greg Case, president and chief executive officer of Aon and alumnus of K-State.
In addition to this meeting with the Student Fellows, Case presented to a public forum of the K-State University community.
During the student’s meeting, Case shared his thoughts regarding keys to a successful career and discussed the broad array of risk management tools and support being developed and offered to more than 120 countries around the world by Aon.
Case complimented the integrated risk management program being offered by the CRMER, citing it as a unique program addressing a very apparent need in the risk management field.
Koch Industries opens doors to Student Fellows
March 14, 2013 - The Student Fellows of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) visited Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, Kan. on March 8, 2013. They met with Dan Solomon, chief risk officer; Jeff Parke, senior director of risk management; Steve Packebush, president Koch Nitrogen and K-State alumnus; Marty Albright, vice president strategic planning and business development and K-State alumnus; and Don Weaver, chief risk officer Koch Fertilizer. The students also enjoyed a luncheon discussion with several other risk managers from Koch.
The Student Fellows learned about the multi-dimensional complexity of managing risk at Koch Industries. Experiencing Koch’s market-based management and the continuous emphasis on “optionality” by Koch highlighted the day-long event. They also became aware of how important it is to determine the risk potential of alternative investments and not to dwell on occasional losses that will inevitably occur in risky ventures. The key risk management issue was not having large adverse surprises. Special emphasis on Koch Nitrogen company growth, challenges, opportunities and risk management were also discussed.
Students compete in national Commodity Trading Challenge
March 7, 2013 - Students from K-State’s Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) recently competed in the CME Group’s Commodity Trading Challenge.
The three teams included CRMER student fellows and agricultural economic graduate students Claire Luensmann, Marcus Brix and Garrett Lister; CRMER student fellows and agricultural economics undergraduate students Jeff Cather, Kendal Clawson (also majoring in finance), Kellie Jackson and Eric Zinke (industrial and manufacturing systems engineering); and College of Agriculture undergraduate students Arthur DeOrnellas, Calyssa Thomas (both animal sciences and industry), and Caleb Wurth (feed science and management).
The Challenge is a complimentary four-week electronic trading competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate students can trade Crude Oil, Gold and Corn Futures in a simulated trading environment on a real-time professional trading platform provided by CQG.
This is an annual event and the number of schools that participate has grown each year - with 90 schools from 6 countries and over 160 teams competing in 2012. The Commodity Trading Challenge is a unique chance for students to learn hands on techniques for trading futures.
Competition Dates for the practice round were Feb. 4 – 12, 2013 and the Preliminary Round was held Feb. 12 – 28, 2013.
For more information about the Challenge, click here.
K-State's AgManager.info announces crop insurance webinar
March 7, 2013 - Art Barnaby, professor of K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics will host a webinar to explain the writing of covered options to reduce the risk management cost for a farmer. The Revenue Protection (RP) contract contains a Yield-Adjusted Asian Put (YAA) and Yield Adjusted Asian Call option derivatives.
The webinar will be Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST. There is a $25 registration fee. Registrants will receive a PDF file of the presentation included in the webinar. Registrants will also be able to type in questions during the webinar to be answered by Barnaby.
Farmers, insurance agents, agricultural lenders and other interested parties are encouraged to register. To register for this one-hour webinar on selling RP covered options, click here .
For more information, visit the AgManager.info site at http://www.agmanager.info/events/Webinars/default.asp or contact Rich Llewelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-1504.
Use the following links to read more news and events from the Department of Agricultural Economics | Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering | Department of Finance | Department of Grain Science and Industry
March 18 – 22 | Spring Break
April 20 | University Open House
May 6 – 10 | Dead week
May 13 – 17 | Finals week
May 17 | Graduate School Commencement
May 18 | Undergraduate Commencement, College of Agriculture at 2:15 in Bramlage
May 27 | Memorial Day
July 4 | Independence Day
August 26 | Fall Semester begins
For a complete list of K-State Research and Extension events, click here.