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Wisconsin Real Estate Program Receives Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Accreditation
The Wisconsin Real Estate Program has a new mark of distinction to add to its list of honors and recognitions - the BBA and MBA programs have been granted accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS representatives announced the accreditation at the MIPIM conference in France, which was attended by all first-year MBA students. Read More.
Real Estate Club Travels to Los Angeles
This year's Real Estate Club trip went to the land of swimming pools and movie stars - Los Angeles, California. Seen through the eyes of the real estate student, however, the glitz and glamour of LA pales in comparison to the excitement of a market on the move and on the grow. With the help of a core group of alumni from the LA area, Real Estate Club co-presidents Tom Gershman and Brandon Winter planned the trip, which included stops in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Culver City and LA itself. Read More.
Laurence Geller Receives the Real Estate Club Innovator Series Award
Laurence Geller was selected by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Real Estate Club as the second recipient of the Innovator Series Award. Presented jointly by the Club and Michael Brennan, Executive Director of the Graaskamp Center, the award was established to recognize outstanding individuals who have made a creative mark on the real estate industry. The award is presented to two individuals a year. Read More.
Sam Zell to Present at the Graaskamp Center Spring Board Meeting on April 7-8, 2010
Real estate icon, Sam Zell, will deliver the keynote presentation at the Graaskamp Center spring board meeting. With 2010 as a turning point year, board members won't want to miss the high-level discussions and presentations on important trends and issues in the industry. The meeting theme is "Back from the Brink: New Challenges, New Opportunities." View Program Agenda.
The Housing Uptick
Morris A. Davis, assistant professor in real estate and urban land economics, conducts research that focuses on measuring and studying the determinants of land and housing prices. Increasingly, the national media turn to Davis for his expertise. Read More.
Graaskamp Center Goes "On the Road" to Milwaukee
On March 10, a group of real estate industry leaders met at the University Club in Milwaukee to discuss public and private capital markets as part of the Graaskamp Center's new "Graaskamp on the Road" roundtable lunch series. Read More.

Student Update

Case Competition Update: Wisconsin Team Earns Honorable Mention in ULI Case Competition
In last month's newsletter, we reported that four groups of undergrad and MBA students are teaming up to compete in some of the most prestigious and challenging real estate case competitions in the country. Being a part of a case competition team can be extremely time-consuming and demanding, especially with a full course load, but our passionate students have proven time and time again that they are up for the challenge. Read More.

First-Year MBA Students Immerse Themselves in Global Real Estate During the Annual MIPIM Conference
In March, a group of first-year real estate MBA students traveled to Cannes to attend MIPIM, the premier international real estate conference in the world. The fifteen students were led by François Ortalo-Magné, Associate Professor and Department Chair and Arif Qureshi, Lecturer in the Department of Real Estate. This is the fifth year Wisconsin MBA's have attended the conference and this year's participation again marked an unprecedented collaboration between the Wisconsin group and the organizers and executives of MIPIM to help them deliver an improved experience to conference attendees and at the same time greatly improve the visibility of our program. Read More.

Real Estate Students Available for Special Projects and Permanent Placement
Wisconsin MBA's and undergraduates are available for special projects and permanent placement. Hire Wisconsin's best and brightest! For MBA students, contact MBA Career Services at (608) 265-2353 or Sharon McCabe at (608) 890-2493 and for undergraduate students, contact the Business Career Center at (608) 265-3771 or Joe Walsh at (608) 890-2914.

Faculty & Staff News

Faculty Activities (May-March)
The driving force behind the Wisconsin Real Estate Program is the intellectual leadership that the faculty and lecturers provide in academic research, business practice and teaching. Our faculty continue to make important contributions in all these areas. Read More.

Board Member News

Graaskamp Center Welcomes Scott Carpenter, Ann Danner, and Todd Riser to Board of Advisors
The Board of Advisors is a core support group for the Center, comprised of senior leaders from the real estate industry. The Graaskamp Center offers the best membership experience in the industry. Members have access to an exciting variety of out-in-front programs and excellent opportunities for networking with industry peers, faculty and students. Lean More About Graaskamp Board Membership. | Learn More About Our New Members.

Graaskamp Center News

The Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference: "Navigating the Credit Crunch: What's Ahead for Wisconsin?" to be Held on June 4 in Madison
Each year, the "Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference" (formerly called "The Wisconsin Housing Conference") addresses critical topics in real estate, housing, and the economy. This year's theme is "Navigating the Credit Crunch: What's Ahead for Wisconsin?" and will focus on political and economic influences related to the current credit crunch, with an emphasis on the availability of credit, regulatory reform, affordability issues, and policy responses. David Altig, Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will deliver the keynote presentation. Contact Lee Gottschalk for more information.

Alumni News & Events

The Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) Events
From conferences to golf outings, the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA) has a variety of fun and informative activities for alumni to connect with each other. Learn more about WREAA activities.

Events Calendar


April 7-8
Spring Board Meeting
Gleacher Center
Chicago, IL

April 23
Scholarship Breakfast Award Ceremony
Fluno Center
Madison, WI

April 23
E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker in Real Estate Series
Grainger Hall
Madison, WI

April 30
AREIT Board Meeting
Grainger Hall
Madison, WI

June 3
Graaskamp Center Regional Dinner Meeting
Madison, WI

June 4
Wisconsin Real Estate and Economic Outlook Conference
Fluno Center, Madison, WI


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