seminar to feature Freddie Mac executive and economist
January 20, 2009 | A Freddie
Mac executive will be among the speakers at a USU seminar
that will explore the causes of today's economic woes
and what may lie ahead.
Frank Nothaft, vice president and
chief economist of Freddie Mac, will be speaking at
the Partners In Business Financial Service Seminar on
the housing and mortgage conditions.
"Nothaft will offer an
analysis of the factors that have led to the financial
market distress," said Amy Merritt, assistant director
of Partners In Business. "He will also provide
an outlook for 2009."
The theme of the 39th annual seminar,
sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
and held at the Eccles Conference Center on campus,
is "Weathering the Financial Storm."
Other speakers will include the recently
retired president and CEO of Mountain America Credit
Union, Gordon R. Dames and the executive vice president
of retail banking at Zion's First National Bank, LeeAnne
"The seminar will deal
with the financial situation that the country faces,
how we got to this point, and where we go from here,"
said the seminar coordinator, Melodie Coleman.
The Huntsman School of Business will
be presenting Lars Peter Hansen, a 1974 graduate of
USU, with a Professional Achievement Award during the
seminar luncheon. Hansen, graduated with a degree in
mathematics, and now teaches at the University of Chicago
where he is the Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service
Professor of Economics. He will be the concluding speaker
of the seminar.
Hansen, who has been recognized with
several prestigious awards for his ground-breaking research,
was honored last October with the 2008 CME (Chicago
Mercantile Exchange) Group-MSRI (Mathematical Sciences
Research Institute) Prize in Innovative Quantitative
The seminar is free for students;
others who would like to attend may visit www.partners.usu.edu
or phone 435-797-2279 to register.