STOCK OPTIONS FOCUS OF BUSINESS PRESENTATION
-- The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Economics,
Finance and International Business and the Center for Financial
Services will host a Boardman Lecture Series presentation on Friday,
April 23, at 2 p.m. in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 212. The presenter
is Dr. Don Chance, the William H. Wright Endowed Chair for Financial
Services at the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at
Louisiana State University. He will be presenting a paper focusing
on the issues behind expensing executive stock options. His topic
has been in the news a great deal lately and should be of interest
to people in all business disciplines.
formerly the First Union Professor of Financial Risk Management
at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Prior to his
academic career, he worked for a large southeastern bank. Chance
has published numerous articles in academic and practitioner publications
and "An Introduction to Derivatives and Risk Management,"
recently released in its sixth edition, the new "Analysis of
Derivatives for the CFA Program," and "Essays in Derivatives."
He currently writes a regular column for the bimonthly "Financial
Engineering News" and is on the editorial boards of several
journals. He is frequently quoted in the media on matters related
to derivatives and risk management as well as financial markets
and the economy in general. He holds a doctorate in finance from
LSU and is a C.F.A. charterholder.
THE FOCUS OF TALK BY SONIC DRIVE-IN CEO
Buddy McClain, chief executive officer of the McClain/Harvey
Sonic Group based in Ridgeland, Miss., will speak about entrepreneurship
during a presentation on Tuesday, April 20, at the Southern Miss
College of Business and Economic Development. The talk is set for
9:30 a.m. in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 216, and the public is invited.
Joining McClain will be Skip Russell, regional director of operations
for the Hattiesburg/Laurel DMA, and Southern Miss alumna Joni Rowell,
director of marketing. The McClain/Harvey Group owns 80 Sonic drive-ins
and employs more than 2,000 people in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
and North Carolina. It is the third largest Sonic franchise group
in the United States.
WLPC HOSTS INAUGURAL COUNCIL MEETING AT GULF PARK
-- The University of Southern Mississippi's Workplace Learning
and Performance Center (WLPC) hosted its first Advisory Council
meeting March 28-29, 2004, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
Founded in 2003, the WLPC is a research and outreach center for
best practices in workplace learning and performance. Under the
direction of Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, coordinator and associate professor
of workforce training and development, the WLPC provides leadership
to regional, national, and international organizations to achieve
work-related competence through effective workplace learning.
The first WLPC
Advisory Council seats an impressive panel of 19 experts from public
and private organizations, many world renowned in the field of human
capital development. Council members from across the nation traveled
to the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus to provide guidance to the
WLPC in its academic and research efforts. WLPC academic offerings
include an executive format master's program, a certificate program,
and research support for the international development doctoral
program. WLPC research and outreach efforts include the Geospatial
Technology Apprenticeship Program (GTAP), the Geospatial Workforce
Development Center (GeoWDC), return-on-investment accountability
for training and human resource development programs, and support
services for the U.S. affiliate of the Linux Professional Institute.
Council members are interested in engaging in a dynamic partnership
with the WLPC to integrate their expertise and international contacts
with the center.
information on the WLPC, visit www.usm.edu/wlpc.