Yeend has joined The University of Southern Mississippi's College
of Business and Economic Development as the assistant director for
She will direct
the activities of the new placement office that is dedicated specifically
to business students and located in the CBED. The office has been
established as part of an effort to realize the college's plan for
securing real-world experience and employment for graduates.
is to change the attitude of business students so they are more
career-minded throughout their time here at Southern Miss,"
said Yeend. "They need to realize early on that, for the majority
of them, the ultimate goal is to have a job and career after graduation.
Everything they do as students should be working toward that goal."
students don't think about their career goals until just before
graduation. But Yeend says they should take proactive steps all
through their college years to direct their career rather than just
letting it happen.
Yeend was previously
employed as employer relations coordinator at the University of
South Alabama for more than three years. She received a bachelor
of business administration degree in marketing and management from
the University of Montevallo and a master of business administration
degree from Millsaps College.
A native of
Mobile, one of Yeend's major priorities is growing the CBED Internship
Program. "This program is an extremely valuable tool for students
because through an internship they can achieve so much. The real-world
work experience obtained in an internship makes the student a more
viable and competitive full-time job candidate," said Yeend.
in the building will be a huge advantage for students, says Dean
Harold Doty. "In the past, only about 20 percent of business
students have officially worked with Career Services to help them
find employment," he said. "Our goal is to have at least
80 percent of our students registered and aggressively participating
in recruiting activities."
is located in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 207. She can be reached at