Culverhouse Events

2018 Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition

  • March 27, 2018

The Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition allows students with business ideas an opportunity to take the next step in creating their product. Students have a chance to earn $50,000 in funding toward their business venture as well as other prizes. The Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition is prefaced by various workshops to help students prepare. By attending any or all of the workshops and events, students can earn points that translate into extra prizes won at the final competition.


WHEN: March 27, 2018, 8 AM - 7 PM (Main Competition)

WHERE: Bryant Conference Center (Main Competition)

Below is a list of each workshop and event students can attend to earn points for extra prizes

1st Aldag Workshop2nd Aldag WorkshopStartup WeekendFinal Aldag WorkshopBusiness Plan Competition


CES Cincinnati Luncheon

  • March 22, 2018

Cincinnati Culverhouse Executives Society Luncheon

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 12:00

Taste of Belgium-Over The Rhine | 1133 Vine Street

RSVP Now! 

 Email or call 205-348-6689

Admission is complimentary for all CES members,  non-members and guests 

For questions about your membership status, please contact Courtney Miller at or (205) 348-4899

If you need to cancel or have special dietary or physical accommodation needs, please let us know.


Nobel Prize Winning Economist Vernon Smith to Present at Culverhouse

  • March 02, 2018

Tuscaloosa, AL – Acclaimed economist Dr. Vernon L. Smith, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics, will present a talk at the Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama about how commonly held and false beliefs about economic behavior and the market have changed over time. The entire University of Alabama community was invited to the discussion, which will take place in the Alston Hall Parlor from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, March 2nd.

Vernon Smith
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Vernon Smith will discuss his research in experimental economics in a public talk 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 2 in Alston Hall's Fourth Floor Parlor.

Register now for the discussion. Seating limited to 100 people. Registration is now closed. 

Culverhouse professor and Bidgood Chair in Economics and Finance Cary Deck was instrumental in bringing Dr. Smith to The University of Alabama campus to participant in a series of engagements, including the public talk.

Dr. Deck said that, “It is a great opportunity for our community to hear from such a respected voice in the field of economics. Dr. Smith’s work has consistently shown how we can gain tremendous social and policy insights when we treat economics as an experimental science.” Dr. Deck added, “Although people may think of the field as the dismal science, everyone will find value in this talk because Vernon shows that economics is really a human endeavor.”

Any press inquiries about the public lecture or the rest of Dr. Vernon Smith’s visit can be directed to Zach Thomas, Culverhouse Director of Marketing and Communications at or 205-348-8318.

About the Talk

Science provides many examples in which information gained from experiments fails to confirm widely held beliefs. Although beliefs eventually change, the process is commonly slow and resisted. This “confirmation bias” is surely good insofar as beliefs only change in response to stable and well-established evidence, but it also discourages entirely new thinking.

This lecture will address two cases of commonly held false beliefs about economic behavior and markets that have changed over time.

First, in the 1950s-1960s, the false belief that complete information is necessary for achieving convergence to efficient competitive outcomes as predicted by abstract supply and demand theory. Ultimately, these experiments led directly to, or foreshadowed, the development of new markets in the electric power, transportation and communication industries.

Second, in the 1980s, the false belief that complete information asset markets cannot yield price bubbles, defined as prices that deviate systematically from the asset’s fundamental value.

Dr. Smith will also discuss this work with respect to joint research with Steve Gjerstad into the recent housing bubble crisis.

About Dr. Vernon L. Smith

Dr. Vernon L. Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in experimental economics. He has the George L. Argyros Chair in Finance and Economics, and is a Research Scholar in the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University. He is the President and founder of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics since 1997. 

Dr. Smith has authored or co-authored more than 290 articles and books on capital theory, finance, natural resource economics and experimental economics. He serves or has served on the board of editors of the American Economic Review, The Cato Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Science, Economic Theory, Economic Design, Games and Economic Behavior, The Independent Review and the Journal of Economic Methodology

Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, and the 1995 Adam Smith Award recipient conferred by the Association for Private Enterprise Education. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995, and received CalTech's distinguished alumni award in 1996. He has served as a consultant on the design of electric power systems in Australia and New Zealand and participated in numerous private and public discussions of regulatory reform in the United States. In 1997 he served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Member, National Electric Reliability Council. 

Dr. Smith completed his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, his master's degree in economics at the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard.


Capstone Student Investment Conference

  • February 24, 2018


WHAT: Nationally recognized conference for students passionate about investing and finance management

WHEN: Saturday, February 24th, 2018 9 AM - 5 PM

WHERE: Bryant Conference Center

COST: $25


We wanted to let you know about an exciting event planned for students from around the country who are passionate about investing and finance, the Capstone Student Investment Conference, which will be held Saturday, February 24th at the University of Alabama’s Bryant Conference Center. 

CSIC is a one-of-a-kind event, in which students and professionals will learn from and interact with a distinguished panel of speakers who will share their expertise and insight, providing both timely advice on navigating today's investment environment and timeless wisdom to prosper in ever-changing financial markets to come.

Attendees will also hear career-oriented advice from a panel of financial-industry professionals and will have the opportunity to meet representatives from prominent firms in the financial-services industry who see the conference as an ideal way to make contact with motivated and engaged students interested in finance-related careers. Last but not least, those attending CSIC will benefit from meeting like-minded peers from around the country with similar interests and aspirations, a start to building out a network that should pay dividends far into the future.

2018 CSIC Speakers:

  • William E. Conway, Jr., Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group, a leading private-equity firm based in Washington, D.C.
  • William C. Nygren, Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer – U.S. Equities, Harris Associates, a Chicago-based investment manager
  • C.T. Fitzpatrick, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Vulcan Value Partners, an investment management firm based in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Richard Adams, New York-based Portfolio Manager focusing on healthcare for long/short investment manager EverPoint Asset Management (formerly SAC Capital)
  • Dan Davidowitz, Portfolio Manager and Head of the Large Company Growth Team at Boca Raton-based Polen Capital
  • Mariko Gordon, Founder and Portfolio Manager of New York-based investment manager Daruma Capital Management
  • James C. Kieffer, Atlanta-based Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of investment manager Artisan Partners 
  • Frederick (Shad) Rowe, Founder and Managing Partner of Dallas-based investment firm Greenbrier Partners Capital Management 
  • Heath Terry, Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research department in New York, where he is the firm’s lead analyst for the Internet sector

In addition, Doug Hanslip, Managing Director of the Financial Services Practice at executive recruiting firm ZRG Partners in Chicago will again moderate a Career Panel, which will include Ryan King of Regions Financial Corp., John Morris of J.P. Morgan, Kara Smith of Goldman Sachs and Douglas Vander Linde, formerly of Herndon Capital Management.

We’re also thrilled by the roster of finance and investing firms that will have representatives on hand eager to connect with the motivated and engaged attendees of the conference. Among the many companies who have already signed on to attend: Artisan Partners, Goldman Sachs, Polen Capital, Regions Financial, J.P. Morgan and Vulcan Value Partners

The individual registration fee for University of Alabama alumni to attend the February 24th conference is just $99, which covers all handout materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch. Discounted rates are available for groups of five or more. To register or for more information, please visit, e-mail us at, or call 205-348-3000. We look forward to seeing you in Tuscaloosa on February 24th!



John Heins

C.T. Fitzpatrick Professor of Value Investing

CSIC Conference Chairman

The University of Alabama


Ryan Pellegrino

President, Culverhouse Investment Management Group

The University of Alabama, Class of 2018

International Business Symposium

  • February 12, 2018

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The Culverhouse College of Commerce International Business Symposium on February 12 and 13 was designed to expose students to a wide and diverse array of voices in global business. See the schedule of events for the International Business Symposium.

The symposium included panel discussions with representatives from companies such as BMW, Protective Life Corporation, Microsoft, The Carlyle Group, and AITC. Joining the symposium for a special Lowder Lecture Series talk was Ken Tidwell, Managing Director of The Carlye Group's Latin America operations. A Culverhouse grad, Mr. Tidwell provided an expansive overview into how he came to embrace working outside the United States and answered student questions about how different cultures approach business.

See photos from the symposium below: 

Professor Joel Strayer introduces a panel discussion on international challenges with mergers and acquisitions.

Panel discussion

Professor Joel Strayer introduces a panel discussion on international challenges with mergers and acquisitions.

Panel discussion

Culverhouse students listening to one of the International Business Symposium panel discussions. 

Ken Tidwell

Ken Tidwell presenting an overview of challenges in international private equity.

Ken Tidwell Lowder Lecture

Ken Tidwell addressing students as part of his Lowder Lecture Series chat.