'Financial Crisis' Topic of Nov. 12 Panel

  • November 6, 2008
  • MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884

As citizens of the United States continue worrying about recession, foreclosures, bank bailouts and bankruptcies, a panel of finance and economics faculty of California State University, East Bay and Bay Area business leaders will explore the causes and possible solutions for the nation's economic crisis from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The panel discussion, open to the CSUEB campus community and general public, will take place in the Presentation Center (room 124) of the Valley Business and Technology Center on the Hayward Campus of Cal State East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free.

"The goal of this event is to bring together a diverse group of individuals to explore the crisis in an open and unbiased manner," said Terri Swartz, dean of CSUEB's College of Business and Economics. "It reflects our desire to provide a rich and diverse educational experience not only for our student body but for residents of the East Bay."

CSUEB faculty taking part as panelists are James Ahiakpor, professor of economics; Scott Fung, assistant professor of finance; and Tammie Simmons-Mosley, assistant professor of finance. They will be joined by Bay Area business leaders Shailesh Mehta, a venture capitalist and CEO of Granite Hill Capital Partners in Menlo Park; Taye Doherty, vice president, Columbus Capital Advisors in Dublin; and Steve Gregovich of the Office of Thrift Supervision for the West Region located in Daly City.

Micah Frankel, associate dean for CSUEB's College of Business and Economics and a professor of finance and accounting, will serve as panel moderator.

The panel discussion is sponsored by the College of Business and Economics and Cal State East Bay's MBA Association. Additional information about the panel discussion is available at (510) 885-3291.

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