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NATIONAL FINANCIAL EXPERT TO SPEAK ON ECONOMY AND STOCK MARKET

October 13, 2008 - The Aquinas College Corporate Partners Program will host a luncheon seminar “State of the Economy and Stock Market Commentary,” Wednesday, October 22, featuring keynote speaker Joseph Battipaglia, chief investment officer for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, as well as the CIO of Washington Crossing Advisors.

The luncheon seminar will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Donnelly Center on the Aquinas College campus, 157 Woodward Lane. Lunch will be served. While the seminar is free, seating is limited, so reservations are required. To make reservations, contact Ellen Harburn at harbuell@aquinas.edu or (616) 632-2805 by October 15.

Battipaglia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Boston College and earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His market views are regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major publications, and he makes frequent appearances on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. In addition, Battipaglia is a trustee of the Securities Industry Institute, the Security Industry and Financial Markets Association’s premier leadership and management education program.

Founded in 1890, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated is the principal subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF), a financial services holding company headquartered in St. Louis. Stifel Nicolaus is a full-service retail and institutional brokerage and investment banking firm with 190 offices in 35 states and the District of Columbia and 3 European offices through Stifel Nicolaus Limited. To learn more about Stifel, please visit the company’s web site at www.stifel.com.