Majed Muhtaseb, professor in the finance, real estate and law department, achieved the equivalent of a hat trick in the finance profession. Muhtaseb successfully completed the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program in September, which is a globally recognized charter for alternative investments in the finance industry. To receive a CAIA designation, professionals must pass two exams that test participants advanced knowledge of portfolio management, ethics and private equity as well as commodities, real estate and hedge funds. In October, Muhtaseb participated in a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Financial Management Association in Denver. The discussion focused on the latest developments in hedge fund investing including fund performance, the impact of hedge funds on capital markets and hedge fund activism. Lastly, his paper, ¿Hedge Funds are the Alternative Mainstream¿ has been accepted for publication in the spring edition of The Journal of Investing.