Carnegie Mellon Press Release: May 11, 2004
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Michael B. Laffin

For immediate release:
May 11, 2004

Universal Studios Hollywood President to Give Keynote Address at Carnegie Mellon's First Master's Diploma Ceremony as the Tepper School of Business

PITTSBURGH—Larry Kurzweil, president and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk, will be the keynote speaker at the Tepper School of Business graduate school diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. Kurzweil earned his bachelor of science degree and his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon in 1977 and 1978, respectively.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Kurzweil embarked on a successful career path including senior management positions at Olive Garden Restaurants, Baskin Robbins, Clorox and Nestle. Kurzweil has held his current position with Universal Studios since 1999 where he oversees Universal Studios Hollywood and the CityWalk entertainment complex. The Employee Services Management Association named Kurzweil Employer of the Year for 2003.

Kurzweil also participated in the school's marketing campaign earlier this year. Featured in a print advertisement in BusinessWeek magazine Kurzweil said, "Carnegie Mellon taught me to make the most of every piece of information. The entertainment industry challenges you to quickly interpret and act. Success is found when you balance insight and instinct."

Alumna Rosemary Sisson will address undergraduate business school students at their diploma ceremony being held on Sunday, May 16, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Sisson (B.S. 1979, sMBA 1983) is the executive director of the Fixed Income Department at UBS Investment Bank. She previously held positions with BancBoston, Montgomery Securities, CIBC, Salomon Brothers, Chemical Bank and Babcock & Wilcox.

This May 2004 commencement marks a milestone for the university with the first official graduates being conferred from the recently renamed David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Diplomas will be presented to 338 MBA students, 15 Ph.D. candidates and 135 undergraduates in business administration.

Founded in 1949 by William Larimer Mellon, the Tepper School of Business is a pioneer in the field of management science. With a reputation for management science and analytical decision making, its groundbreaking curricula are the basis for many business and academic models throughout the world. The school's notable distinctions include a faculty that consistently produces ground-breaking research published in leading academic journals; a unique contribution to the intellectual community including four Nobel prizes; and a consistent presence in the top tier of national and international doctorate, master's level and undergraduate business school rankings including three consecutive top-10 placements in The Wall Street Journal's annual survey of top business schools.

Today, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon continues its tradition of academic innovation with the MBA Tracks Program, which offers nine "depth tracks" that represent points of intersection between business and areas in which the university has demonstrated international leadership such as technology, computer science, engineering, design and biotechnology. More information on the school and its programs can be found at


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