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Undergraduates Meet and Dine with Warren Buffett
Co-ed Business Fraternity Brings Marshall Students Face to Face with One of the World’s Recognized Greatest Investors
February 2, 2011 • by News at Marshall

Last month, twenty Marshall undergraduates along with finance professor Julia Plotts, traveled to Omaha to visit one of the legendary investors of our time: Warren E. Buffett.

This is the fourth year that Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed business fraternity on campus, has hosted the trip to visit the founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. During their stay in Omaha, the students had an opportunity to visit Borsheims, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, as well as attend a question and answer session with Buffett. The students probed Buffett about his views on the economy, personal experiences, investing strategy, and management style.

The experience was summed up by Saya Taniguchi (BS, 2013), one of the trip's primary organizers, "Attending this trip was a great learning experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to better understand Mr. Buffett's investing techniques, but I also learned about his character and life experiences. This, I believe, taught me about the most important characteristics of the great business leader." Taniguchi says she plans to accept Mr. Buffett’s invitation to Marshall students to return to Omaha to attend Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meeting.

Marshall students were joined by students from seven other universities, including Columbia and Dartmouth. The annual Buffett trip was first organized in 2007, when a student member of the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity connected with a Berkshire employee who invited fraternity members to attend one of the many sessions Mr. Buffett hosts with students throughout the year. Since then, the business fraternity has continued this tradition, affording its members and other USC students a unique learning opportunity.

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