Eagles on Wall Street class visits New York City

OC students at the NASDAQ closing ceremony.
OC students at the NASDAQ closing ceremony.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma Christian University’s Eagles on Wall Street class left for New York City on March 14.

During the university’s spring break, 15 students and two professors will experience the Big Apple as part of OC’s Topics in Finance course.

Students attend the Global Asset Management Education Forum, interact with Wall Street leaders and learn best practices in investment management. The event is one of the largest student investment conferences in the world with more than 1,000 students, 118 colleges and 110 speakers from 82 organizations.

“This trip is a great way to learn about the world’s leading financial markets first-hand,” said Associate Professor of Business Jody Jones. “Students will also get to experience the culture of New York City.”

During the week, students will visit the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Bloomberg offices, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Finance, the New York Federal Reserve and the Broadway debut of “Aladdin.” 

While OC students have attended the GAME Forum the last eight years, this is the first time a group has attended for class credit. The class includes a diverse mix of students with 13 business majors, two engineering majors, one math major and an international student from Burundi in Africa.

During the class, students also participate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Research Challenge and manage a student portfolio of investments. The class also discusses how a finance professional needs to be guided by his or her faith.

Last year, students were invited to help ring the bell at the NASDAQ closing ceremony. Next year, an additional business class at OC, International Finance, will travel to Washington, D.C., for a similar experience.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Bryan joined Jones on the trip. Just last year, the two launched OC’s first actuarial science program, which is available for students majoring in finance or math.

“New York City is the heart of the financial industry and the largest city in the country,” Bryan said. “I can’t think of a better way for OC students to learn advanced finance topics.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.