PLNU Students Attend Conference with Bernanke

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On March 25-27, nine Point Loma Nazarene University MBA students along with five PLNU business professors and representatives from PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI) embarked on an east coast tour to attend the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) annual Economic Policy Conference in Arlington, Va. and meet with congressmen in Washington, D.C.

NABE’s Economic Policy Conference “is the premier national event addressing the nexus of economics, business and policy.” The conference, themed “From Crisis Management to Long-Term Renewal,” examined timely policy changes to address the slow economy. Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, was the highlighted speaker. Lynn Reaser, PLNU’s chief economist and former president of NABE, introduced Bernanke to attendees. PLNU was also one of the gold sponsors for the event.

“PLNU's participation at this conference will represent another step in enhancing our recognition both nationally and globally,” said Reaser. “Our meetings with various policy leaders will also be another way that our program offers a truly unique experience for our students.”

In addition to the conference, the group met with Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) on Monday evening for dinner and met with Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) on Tuesday afternoon. 

One PLNU student in the group, Amy Serrano, received recognition at the conference’s Monday lunch event, as she was the recipient of a $5,000 NABE Scholarship for the Arts last fall. 

Students sent short interview-like segments after several of the conference sessions to air on PLNU’s Internet radio.