College of Business and Public Policy – University of Alaska Anchorage


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University of Alaska Anchorage

Before beginning a professional career, John R. Nofsinger attended Washington State University in Pullman, where he earned a PhD in finance in 1996. John R. Nofsinger currently serves as professor and holder of the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers several degree programs, including the bachelor of business administration (BBA) in finance. This program provides students with training in financial management, analysis, and financial planning, allowing graduates to find jobs in a variety of careers, from positions in corporations to roles in financial institutions and markets. Examples of these jobs include financial consultant, investment banker, and corporate treasurer, as well as many other career opportunities. The training program for the finance degree teaches students how to evaluate investment choices as well as how to develop strategies and assess risk.


Ironman 70.3 Canada Receives Accolades from Competitors

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Ironman 70.3 Canada

A former engineer with the US Air Force, John R. Nofsinger, PhD serves as the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance for the University of Alaska Anchorage. When not teaching, John R. Nofsinger, PhD enjoys staying active and participates in numerous races. Recently he began competing in Ironman triathlons.

One of the Ironman events occurring near Anchorage is the Ironman 70.3 Canada. This race takes place on July 30, 2017, at Whistler Olympic Plaza in Whistler, Canada. The race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. Racers start at Alta Lake and then bike through Callaghan Valley through Whistler. The route continues to Rutherford Creek and loops back to Whistler. The bike course runs adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza.

At the end of the 2016 racing season, competitors ranked their favorite facets about specific ironman courses. Entitled The Athlete’s Choice Awards, the list ranked the top 10 races in a variety of categories. The Ironman 70.3 Canada was named the third best race overall behind New Zealand and France. It also tied for sixth best overall swim, fourth best overall bike, and eighth best overall run. In a bonus category, the race received the best restaurants vote.

2017 Skinny Raven Half Marathon takes place August 20

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Skinny Raven Half Marathon

A graduate of Washington State University’s PhD program in finance, John R. Nofsinger, PhD, now serves as the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Outside of his professional responsibilities, John R. Nofsinger, PhD, stays active and participates in racing events, including Ironman.

During the year, Anchorage plays host to several races, one of which includes the Anchorage RunFest. The two-day event, formerly known as the Big Wild Life Runs, features several different races, including a kids’ 2K, Anchorage mile, 5K, half marathon, marathon, and 49K. The Skinny Raven Half Marathon is the most popular of the six events. Over 650 runners completed the 2016 half marathon.

The 2017 race is scheduled for August 20 and starts at Humpy’s Ale House on 6th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. The route includes the Chester Creek Trail, various parts of the city, East Chester Park, and Goose Lake Park. The route includes significant hills along the final stretch of the race, when runners reach the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and head back toward the Ale House.

Green Bay Packers Give Back to the Community

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Green Bay Packers

After earning his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Dr. John R. Nofsinger of Anchorage, Alaska, went on to pursue his master of business administration from Chapman University, followed by his doctor of philosophy in finance from Washington State University. Currently serving as the William H. Seward Chair of finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Business and Public Policy, Dr. John R. Nofsinger has 25 years of business finance experience and maintains the website FinanceESP at Outside of his work,, Dr. Nofsinger is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers.

In June 2016, The Green Bay Packers kicked off the organization’s 11th annual Tailgate Tour. Lasting five days, the event travels across the state making unannounced appearances at local hospitals, schools, community recreations facilities, and military locations. The surprise guest list includes former players, current team members, and Packers’ president Mark Murphy.

One of the first stops the caravan made was approximately an hour’s drive from Lambeau Field at the Oshkosh YMCA. While filing out of the facility during a fire drill, kids ranging from 5 to 17 years old were surprised to be greeted by current Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, linebackers Jayrone Elliott and Sam Barrington, and alumni Sean Jones, Robert Brooks, and LeRoy Butler. Although the secret appearance was kept under wraps, students were encouraged in advance by YMCA staff to don their favorite Green Bay Packers attire for green and gold spirit day.

Geneva’s Old Town and Reformation Wall

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Reformation Wall

A recognized expert in finance and the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Dr. John R. Nofsinger has taught at institutions in China, New Zealand, and Greece. Dr. John R. Nofsinger also served as a visiting professor at Cesar Ritz College in Switzerland, some two hours east of Geneva.

Situated between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, Geneva is one of the most picturesque and culturally rich destinations in Switzerland.

Located on top of a hill near the Place du Bourg-de-Four and the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Geneva’s Old Town is perhaps the most beautiful part of the city. Visitors experience vintage architecture, restaurants, cafés, and shopping boutiques. Areas beneath the cathedral also give history buffs a glimpse into Geneva’s past.

Within walking distance of the Old Town’s attractions is the Reformation Wall, which has been integrated into Geneva’s city walls. The Reformation Wall comprises many carvings and statues of individuals and events that played a vital role in the Protestant Reformation movement.

Green Bay Packers Sign Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark

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Kenny Clark

Since 2014, Dr. John R. Nofsinger has held the William H. Seward Endowed Chair in International Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage; more information about his work is available at In his free time, John R. Nofsinger, PhD enjoys reading, cycling, and cheering on both the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.

In a recently released statement, the Packers announced that they had signed first-round draft pick Kenny Clark to a contract agreement. Clark, a 6-foot-3-inch, 314-pound defensive tackle, played for three years at UCLA prior to being drafted 27th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

While at UCLA, the 20-year-old California native made an immediate impact as a freshman and went on to start in 29 consecutive games. Last season, he pulled down 75 tackles and six sacks for the Bruins and was selected to the All-Pac 12 first team.

Although he is somewhat small for a defensive tackle, Clark’s ability to stay low to the ground and fight off a double team help to make him effective at the position. After signing Clark, the Packers now have all seven of their 2016 draft selections under contract.

Best Times to Visit Cape Town, South Africa

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Cape Town, South Africa

Reputable finance instructor John Nofsinger, PhD, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, as a professor of finance and the William H. Seward endowed chair in finance. Over the years, Dr. John Nofsinger has traveled to a variety of cities around the world for both work and pleasure, including Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town is at its busiest and most expensive during the summer. Between the months of December and February, the city’s outdoor attractions and beaches are in full swing, and tourists from around the world crowd into the city. With temperatures that range from the mid to high 70s, weather during summertime is quite agreeable, and precipitation is low. Visitors can enjoy several events, such as the Observatory Festival of Arts.

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Cape Town’s winter season. Running from June to August, winter sees temperatures in the low 60s, but sporadic showers are very common. However, prices and crowds are both at a minimum.

The best times for visiting the city are spring and autumn. Autumn lasts between March and May in Cape Town and has average temperatures between the high 60s and 70s. Hotel prices and crowds start to decrease as the city moves into its low season, but there are still a number of events held like the Cape Town Carnival and International Jazz Festival. Additionally, autumn is when the city’s annual wine harvest begins, and tourists can often participate in gathering grapes. Meanwhile, spring lasts from September to November and brings with it bright colors. Temperatures are relatively the same as in autumn. Hotel prices to start rising during this time, though, so visitors should book early to get the best deals.