Trading Center at WMA

The Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center

Donated by Mark R. Shenkman '61M, the Shenkman Trading Center offers students the opportunity to use a state-of-the-art facility to engage in an active research and trading experience in order to gain understanding of the global financial environment. It also serves as WMA's showcase facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes.

In addition, the real-time applications of the center give more opportunities for students to see the interconnectedness of their actions to others and how decisions made by them and by global institutions can have profound effects on local and international populations.

"The creation of this new facility, which is as contemporary as you can find in anyplace in the U.S., is also harkening back to the traditions of the Academy and of Wesleyan University as it connects individual development and the public sphere."
Michael RothWesleyan University President

WMA students Skype with Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr

After reading his latest novel, Ms. Hutcheson used a connection to have WMA's AP Literature students Skype with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Wilbraham & Monson Academy Dean of Curriculum Meg Hutcheson was a fan of Anthony Doerr long before he became a best-selling author.

Twenty-three students and four faculty members enjoyed an hour-long video-conference session in the Mark Shenkman Trading Center Oct. 14 with Mr. Doerr, who thoughtfully and thoroughly answered questions from his home in Idaho.

"I've been reading him for years because he's my brother-in-law's friend from college," Ms. Hutcheson explained. "Fifteen years ago my brother-in-law gave me his collection of short stories: "The Shell Collector." When I read it I told my brother-in-law his friend was really talented. I've been tracking and reading his stuff for the last 15 years. When he came out with this novel I was astounded how far he had come with his writing."

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Hardware & Software

  • 16 computer stations with dual monitor displays
  • 2 65" High definition LCD monitors
  • LED dynamic stock ticker
  • Stocktrak market simulation software
  • Morningstar Financial Data
  • New video conferencing system