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Southeastern finance major Krista Marchinko and Dr. John Cresson, assistant professor of finance, work on the Bloomberg Machine, a powerful financial database in Southeastern’s Finance Lab.

Krista Marchinko, Finance major, Department of Marketing and Finance 

Dr. John Cresson, Assistant Professor of Finance


Krista Marchinko, a senior finance major from Ponchatoula, has embarked on a year-long research project with one of her professors, Dr. John Cresson, to track the progress of Louisiana-based publicly traded companies. The data the faculty-student partnership generates will be published in the Southeastern Economic Reporter, a quarterly newsletter of the university’s Business Resource Center and the Southeast Louisiana Business Center.


Krista Marchinko“The published articles will be a great addition to Marchinko’s resume, but the experience and knowledge she will gather along the way will be the biggest plus,” said Cresson, assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Finance. “It is an example of practical learning at its best,” he said.


To track the progress of the Louisiana-based companies, Marchinko and Cresson will use the Bloomberg machine. A showpiece in the College of Business’s high tech Finance Lab, the Bloomberg machine is a powerful database that is universally recognized as an indispensable tool of the financial world.


“The Bloomberg Machine is a resource that allows us to be competitive, because it is used at all of the better schools,” Cresson said.


Cresson said the research into Louisiana-based companies will benefit Marchinko, who will be able to list Bloomberg machine experience on her resume. But the research itself will also be useful information for her fellow students as they enter the job market.
“Our students will be able to look at the research and see which companies are doing well, which ones aren’t,” Cresson said. “It provides them with an awareness of what is going on locally.”


“This is definitely a unique opportunity,” said Marchinko, who is a credit analyst intern at a local bank and is president of Southeastern’s award-winning student Financial Management Association. “Participating in this project will show future employers that I know different things and that I can handle many tasks at one time. And I can really relate what I’m learning to my classes.”


“When she interviews for a job and they talk about Bloomberg, she’s not going say that she just worked with a professor and looked over his shoulder,” Cresson said. “She’s doing the work and learning as she goes.”



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