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The Southern Entrepreneurship Program, an educational outreach initiative housed within the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education (CEEE), commenced its sixth year of youth education during a statewide symposium held on Sept. 27. 

The Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is offering a fully online program to earn a certificate in casino management.

Dr. Cynthia Easterling, University of Southern Mississippi Senior Associate Provost, has watched a fledgling resource idea for marketing students become a genuine “must-have” across a wider scale with the fifth-edition printing of “Merchandising Mathematics for Retailing.”

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has reached an historic milestone with inclusion among the country’s Top-200 undergraduate business programs as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

 

The magazine’s 2012 rankings put Southern Miss in elite company. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), there are approximately 13,000 business programs worldwide. Of that total only 655 (less than five percent) have qualified for AACSB accreditation. This marks the first time Southern Miss has climbed inside the Top-200 list.

University of Southern Mississippi Provost Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has announced that Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte, senior associate dean in the College of Business, will serve as interim dean during the college’s period of transition.

Preliminary construction work has begun on Scianna Hall, future home of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

A temporary fence has been erected to encircle the project area, formerly known as Loyalty Field.

The University of Southern Mississippi has been named one of the nation’s top sales universities in an annual report announced by the Sales Education Foundation (SEF).

 

Southern Miss is the only Mississippi university listed among the top 60 recognized in the foundation’s annual salute to collegiate sales programs.

Dr. Brent Hales, interim chair of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently published a text entitled “Entrepreneurship Economics” targeted to high school entrepreneurship teachers.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Justin Clark sees problems as nothing more than challenges that arouse his analytical, entrepreneurial mind.

 

For as long as he can remember, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native has tinkered with ideas that would make the world around him a better place. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Clark has wasted no time in developing and implementing a strategy for success.

For some international business students at The University of Southern Mississippi, completing a senior capstone project involved learning trade agreements and export regulations in countries as far away as France.

With just a few shovel turns of dirt, the long-imagined dream of a new home for the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi has taken a significant leap toward reality.

 

Southern Miss officials and noted dignitaries gathered on Thursday, May 10, to break ground on Scianna Hall, a 93,000-square-foot facility that will sit adjacent to the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, facing U.S. 49 South.

Dr. Bridget Hayden, associate professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, associate professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Elected officials from practically every corner of Mississippi were on hand for the “Basic Community Economic Development” course held April 24 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Casino, Hospitality and Tourism Management has made all the necessary preparations for the 8th Annual Passions of the Palate on Monday, April 30th from 5-9 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

Sheldon Wolf, founder and CEO of Spellex Corp., credits perseverance and high-caliber employees for the business success he has achieved over the past quarter-century.

 

On Thursday, April 19, Wolf will be honored by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi as its 2012 Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year during a special ceremony set for 6 p.m. at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport, Miss.

A University of Southern Mississippi alumnus who made a historic financial contribution to his alma mater last year will serve as its spring commencement speaker.

 

Chuck Scianna, president of Sim-Tex, L.P. in Waller, Texas and a 1975 graduate of Southern Miss’ College of Business, will give the commencement address at two ceremonies Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.

Dr. Steven Jackson received the Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award during the annual College of Business Honors Banquet held April 4 at the Thad Cochran Center.

Jackson is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss. Dr. Melinda Andrews and Dr. John Lambert were the other finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Award.

The Honors Banquet also included the induction of new members into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.

The following is a list of inductees into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society:

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha D. Saunders announced today that Vice President for Research Dr. Denis Wiesenburg has been named as the university’s next provost, pending approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. The change is effective July 1.

The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi hosted a Creative Economy event on March 29.

Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, spoke to an audience of more than 75 Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff and students about the Creative Economy study and the role universities can play.

In 2011, the Mississippi Economic Council highlighted the Creative Economy in its Blueprint Mississippi report.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business aims to highlight the importance of integrity in decision making as part of Ethics Week, scheduled for March 5-8 on the Hattiesburg campus.

Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares, Inc., The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on the way to reaching its $10 million goal.

 

In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward with construction of the new College of Business building this summer.

University of Southern Mississippi students will join members of the faculty and staff as part of the entrepreneurial venture known as Startup Weekend, set for Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.

Dr. Ernest King, a professor of business ethics in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law, died Saturday, Jan. 28 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. He was 52.

Jim Glassman, chief economist at JP Morgan, considers all the gloom, doom and dreary appraisals of the U.S. economy to be nothing more than pessimistic chatter.

 

His was a message of hope and faith as a guest lecturer during the 2nd Annual IMPACT Southern Miss: Turning Knowledge into Innovation Forum held Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Trent Lott Center on The University of Southern Mississippi campus.