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Thursday, April 2, 2015

SU Students Participate in GAME Forum Thanks to PNC Foundation Gift


John Mertens, Alden Sparks, Zakery Tretton, Dr. Herman Manakyan, Conor Drummond and Mark Smith
From left: John Mertens, Alden Sparks, Zakery Tretton, Dr. Herman Manakyan, Conor Drummond and Mark Smith.

SALISBURY, MD---Five finance students from Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business recently traveled to New York to participate in the Global Asset Management Education Forum (GAME), thanks to a $5,000 gift from PNC Foundation.

The gift supports the PNC Foundation GAME Student Travel Program, which helps cover travel expenses and registration fees for the forum, sponsored by Quinnipiac University. The event brings together top investment professionals from around the world to interact with students.

The forum attracted more than 1,000 participants from over 120 colleges and universities representing 44 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as over 100 speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges from nearly 100 different companies and organizations.

SU participants included Conor Drummond, John Mertens, Mark Smith, Alden Sparks and Zakery Tretton.

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“The insights gained from the many high profile professionals speaking at the conference, as well as the networking opportunities, simply cannot be duplicated in the classroom environment,” said Dr. Herman Manakyan, SU professor of finance.

“The conference is an amazing opportunity for our students, and we are grateful to the PNC Foundation, whose generous support has allowed us to make the GAME Forum a regular part of our portfolio management students’ training in the last few years.”

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at

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