Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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June 13, 2014

Wilson explores CIA and Ukraine

Next month in Chicago, Alex Wilson will start working as an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO), doing financial analysis and modeling for a group within the Capital Markets division.

The 2010 Batesville High School graduate just earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in Russian language at Indiana University.

This isn’t your dad’s college degree. He explains, “I attended IU on a Cox Research Scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to complete undergraduate research work in conjunction with a faculty mentor on a topic of our mutual choosing. I had to complete an average of 8-10 hours of research every week, outside of my regular coursework, other part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.

“Coming into my freshman year, I was very interested in the history of intelligence and espionage, which was something I didn’t know much about. I ended up working with two great professors – one of whom actually spent 30 years as an undercover CIA officer during the Cold War – and continued researching the CIA even after my career focus shifted to business and finance.”

Wilson also became involved with the Liberal Arts and Management Program as a marketing team president and social media director, which allowed him to administer Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage other LAMP students.

He reports, “The honors-level certificate program – in between a major and a minor – combines foundational business courses with the critical thinking approach of the liberal arts. So in the same semester, a LAMP student might take an accounting class and a class about the social and ethical dynamics of black markets. It was the perfect way for me to bridge the gap between the big-picture thinking of history, and the skills-based knowledge necessary in the business world.”

For the seven months he worked on the LAMP Virtu Project, the St. Louis Catholic Church member managed a donor-based securities portfolio of over $100,000 and utilized returns of 6.81 percent to benefit Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that provides badly needed access to health care, particularly in Central America.

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