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Released September 27, 2004

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION EARNS AWARD

HATTIESBURG - The University of Southern Mississippi Financial Management Association chapter has earned the Gold Membership Development Award, one of the organization's top student awards, for the 2003-2004 academic year.

The Gold Membership Development Award indicates that the FMA chapter has recruited 100 or more student members throughout the academic year. This award is given to fewer than seven percent of all FMA chapters around the world.

"The FMA dovetails well with both the college and Dean Harold Doty's stated goal of developing careers. I feel that, by becoming a member of the FMA, students are adding value to their resumes," said Dr. Sean Salter, assistant professor of finance and faculty adviser to the student organization.

The FMA meets once a month, and the meetings usually consist of guest speakers, refreshments and business activities. Members are introduced to local bankers, financial planners, investment advisers and other finance professionals.

"The FMA offers students an opportunity to explore finance from a very practical point of view. We have approximately 100 members on our rolls now, and the group will be undertaking a membership drive soon." said Salter.

Achieving this honor requires a high level of effort and commitment from the students and faculty. The University of Southern Mississippi's FMA chapter is being recognized worldwide for this honor on FMA International's Web site, www.fma.org (Undergrad/MBA Homepage) and in FMA International's publications.

The FMA strives to be the global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. The goal of the organization is to enhance the quality of education in finance.

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October 25, 2004 5:12 PM