This briefs package highlights timely news and events from The University of Southern Mississippi. For more information on any of the stories below or for assistance in arranging interviews, contact the Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.
Sulbaran Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, associate professor in the School of Construction and director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at The University of Southern Mississippi, was presented the 2010 John Trimmer Excellence in Teaching Award during the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Convention earlier this year in San Diego, Calif.
The award recognizes an outstanding college or university professor in a construction management program and is named in honor of John Trimmer, who served as ABC’s national executive vice president from 1952-1976. Trimmer was a tireless advocate of both merit shop construction and superior construction education programs.
“ABC is pleased to spotlight a professor that brings the merit shop construction philosophy to the classroom, Kirk Pickerel, ABC president and CEO, said on the organization’s Web site. “Dr. Sulbaran teaches the principles of free enterprise and open competition in the construction industry. He has provided a strong link between students and industry personnel.”
In honoring Sulbaran the ABC commendation noted that his approach to education develops not only his students’ desire for lifelong learning, but also a greater understanding and appreciation for their roles as individuals in society.
High School Students Earn Awards in Entrepreneurship Competition
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Several Mississippi high school students earned recognition during the Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s regional competitions held last month at Hinds Community College and The University of Southern Mississippi.
Approximately 80 junior and senior high school students from across the state participated in the regional competitions this year. Business development professionals served as judges and scored each competitor’s business plan based upon four key areas: product, market, projected financials and management.
At the northern regional at Hinds, Lydia James of Columbus High took first place for her business plan titled, “Main Street Bakery.” Second and third place awards went to Ashley Reed and Brianna Marshall respectively, both students at West Bolivar High.
The southern regional at Southern Miss included an upper division and first-year division for competitors. In the upper division, Chelsea Anderson of Petal High took first place with a business plan titled, “Owl by a Gypsy.” Fellow Petal High students Andrew Lawler and Cody Cedotal teamed up to finish second.
In the first-year division, Biloxi High’s Brandon Pace took first place for his already-operational media production business BPace Production. Gulfport High’s Danielle Cuevas finished second, while the Petal High team of Nicolet Hopper, Channon Kitchens, Paris Morris and Mina Hall took third place.
The Southern Entrepreneurship Program seeks to establish a network of young entrepreneurs through a unique hands-on approach to education. The program provides professional assistance and training to high school students interested in starting their own businesses. For more information about the program contact Dr. Brent Hales at 601-266-6519 or
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