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Extensive research conducted by international business students at The University of Southern found that questions still linger about the shrimp industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast one year after the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

With a gift commitment of $5 million to The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, Southern Miss alumnus Charles “Chuck” C. Scianna Jr. is making an investment in the future of education by providing the gift that will also name the proposed College of Business building Scianna Hall.

 

The commitment is the largest one-time gift to the USM Foundation by a Southern Miss alumnus.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Miranda Minor of Columbus, Miss., captured first place honors for her business launch plan at the 2011 Emerging Minority Business Leaders (EMBL) program held at West Liberty University in Wheeling, W.V.

Minor’s team wrote a launch plan for a new type of protective wear that can be worn by nurses to prevent finger pricks when using needles to administer medication. Her team consisted of fellow EMBL participants from across the country.

In partnership with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Power, the University of Southern Mississippi will host the state’s introductory economic development course, “True South Basic Economic Development Course” Sept. 19-22 on the Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi senior finance major Tyler Hillis, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., recently received the inaugural CFA Society of Mississippi award.

The CFA Society of Mississippi is an affiliate organization of CFA Institute, the sponsors of the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation. To achieve the CFA designation, charter holders must have passed three rigorous exams covering investments, portfolio management and related concepts.

The human resources program offered by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi recently received a coveted stamp of approval from the world’s pre-eminent oversight organization.

A pair of Petal High School students walked away with the top prizes in the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) Statewide Business Plan Competition held May 9 at The University of Southern Mississippi.

A month-long fundraising initiative at The University of Southern Mississippi to assist the earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan has yielded a substantial dividend.

Jimmy Staring never dreamed that one simple sale from his auto salvage business might turn into an international export venture.

 

Yet, there he sat on Thursday, May 5 listening to a team of international business students at The University of Southern Mississippi present ideas for his company’s expansion as part of a senior project in Professor John Lambert’s class.

With limited resources for advertising and promotion, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi is always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and gift-giving.

 

To assist in that endeavor, students in Dr. Jamye Foster’s creative marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi presented some innovative strategies to United Way representative Ashley Grant as part of a spring semester project.

Perhaps University of Southern Mississippi student Laci Crager summed up the significance of “Passion for Fashion” with one simple assessment: “Where else can you buy a nice shirt for two dollars?”

The establishment of a prestigious scholarship endowment coupled with an all-time high in fundraising highlighted the Seventh Annual “Passions of the Palette” event held April 11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss Panhellenic Council Brings Home Award

The College Panhellenic Council at The University of Southern Mississippi brought home the Panhellenic Relations Award during the annual Southeastern Panhellenic Conference held April 2 in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Jamye Foster, assistant professor of marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi, wants to show her students that “you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to make a living as a high-profile professional.”

A mouth-watering dinner, a delicious assortment of wine and scrumptious prizes will all be on tap for the Seventh Annual Passions of the Palette event set for Monday, April 11 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center.

Emboldened by the mission “Building Better Business,” The University of Southern Mississippi aims to become Mississippi’s premier business school with the help of a new on-campus facility.

 

To that end, The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, in partnership with the University’s College of Business, has announced a $10 million fundraising campaign to help construct a 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building. The new structure, with an estimated project cost of $33 million, will be located adjacent to the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, facing U.S. 49 South.

The literal “rags-to-riches” story authored by Cintas Corporation founder Richard T. Farmer embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country an incubator for creativity and achievement.

 

So says Dr. Lance Nail, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, in announcing Farmer’s selection as the 2011 Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year.

As he stood on the 11th floor balcony of the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, gazing out at the majestic Mississippi River, University of Southern Mississippi student Jace Bounds could only shake his head in wonder.

 

“I never could have imagined having an opportunity like this when I first came to school at USM,” said Bounds, a Picayune, Miss., native. “Being a part of the International Business program has been a very rewarding and enriching experience that I would recommend to any student who’s considering a degree in this area.”

For the first time in school history, two University of Southern Mississippi business students are among the five finalists for the annual Orrin Swayze Scholarship presented by the Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) section of the Mississippi Bankers Association.

Forty-five University of Southern Mississippi students enrolled in the spring semester Introduction to Tourism course had an opportunity to see the inner workings of an industry leader during a Feb. 25 visit to the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala.

There’s a lot more to be learned than what is found in textbooks, as students from The University of Southern Mississippi discovered when taking part in Export University, which was held Feb. 23-24 on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, Miss.

University of Southern Mississippi President Martha Saunders and members of the Executive Cabinet have accepted the recommendations of the Program Elimination Appeals Committee regarding academic programs scheduled for elimination in fiscal year 2012.

A packed audience heard leaders in banking, finance and academia share ideas about economic development as part of a comprehensive business forum held Thursday, Jan. 20 at The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

Noetic Technologies Inc., and The University of Southern Mississippi were recently awarded the John I. Rucker Community Innovation Leadership Award at the 11th Annual Conference on High Technology hosted by the Mississippi Technology Alliance.