05/28/2013 09:24 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Virtual Sales Assistant LP has donated $15,000 worth of its Virtual
Assistant software for use in the Department of Finance’s CFP® Certification Education
Program. The software will be installed on all Securities Markets Analysis Research
and Trading Lab, or SMART Lab, computers.
VSA Managing Partner Bill O’Quin, an LSU alumnus, stated that he and his partners
are “pleased to provide LSU’s CFP® Board-Registered Program participants with access
to the Virtual Assistant interactive library,” which is designed to help financial
advisers explain complex financial concepts to their clients.
“The Virtual Assistant represents our more than 40 years of experience in helping
insurance and financial advisers serve their clients,” O’Quin said. “Students and
faculty will be able to use the contents as capstones in their studies about a wide
range of financial needs and concepts.”
CFP® Board-Registered Programs are financial planning education programs at the college
or university level that meet specific criteria for educating individuals who wish
to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification. Students who
complete the financial planning pathway at LSU will be eligible to sit for the national
CFP® Certification Examination administered by the CFP® Board. Successful completion
of the education and examination components completes two of the core prerequisites
to obtain CFP® certification.
According to Fran Lawrence, director of the CFP® Certification Education Program,
putting such an outstanding financial library at students’ fingertips is vital.
“This is an online resource that will provide our financial planning students access
to a wealth of up-to-date information in a central location,” Lawrence said. “There
is no doubt that this virtual library will enhance the education of LSU’s next generation
of financial professionals.”
To learn more about the CFP® Board, CFP® certification and financial planning, visit
The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality
programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate
finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and
business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students,
the department employs tools such as the SMART Lab. This 50-station simulated interactive
trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world
of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance
encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally
renowned Real Estate Research Institute.
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013