Student rings closing bell at NASDAQ

NASDAQ Kevin Barron

Kevin Barron, senior finance student at YSU, was one of 25 students to participate in the closing bell ceremony at NASDAQ.

Kevin Barron, senior finance student at Youngstown State University, was selected as one of 25 students to participate in the closing bell ceremony at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square in New York.

“It was an incredible experience,” Barron said. “The energy and excitement was great. This was an opportunity that very few people ever get.”

Thirteen students in the YSU Williamson College of Business Administration Student Investment Fund recently traveled to New York to attend the Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education III Forum. The forum attracted 1,000 students from 44 states and 33 countries, representing 118 universities, to hear 120 speakers over two and a half days. The YSU students entered the optional conference portfolio competition and, based on this entry, Kevin Barron took part in closing ceremonies along with 24 students selected from other schools.

Students in the Williamson Student Investment Fund manage a stock portfolio valued at more than $650,000. The money is managed for the benefit of the YSU Foundation, and its proceeds help fund YSU scholarships. The students have added approximately $160,000 in investment gains since inception of the portfolio in 2008. For more information about the Student Investment Fund, contact Jill McCullough at 330-941-1472 or, or Peter Chen at 330-941-1883 or

Students attending were: Kevin Barron and Margie Lateef of Youngstown, Jake Rafidi of Lowellville, Chad Zirafi and Marco Comichista of Girard, Sterling Morris and Eric Pavia of Hubbard, Jordan Smith and Nadeem Husain of Canfield, Zachari Jones of Poland, Matt Varian of East Liverpool, and Rachel Robert of Niles. They were accompanied by advisors McCullough and Chen.