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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.

Experts in banking, finance and economic development will converge as part of Impact Southern Miss: Turning Knowledge into Innovation set for Jan. 20 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship.

Students in the creative marketing course at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast took their creative freedom and ran with it for a project partnership involving Gulfport BoardSports, a locally owned water sport company.

Five  University of Southern Mississippi business students got a personal glimpse of the ripple effect created by the multi-billion-dollar gaming industry during a two-day trip to Tunica, Miss., in late November.

Those attending the special visit included Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management (CHTM) seniors Whitney Hammons of Long Beach, Miss.; Kristen Livingston of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Andrew Lohnes of Picayune, Miss.; Joe Burrage of Picayune, Miss.; and DeWanda Green of Waynesboro, Miss.

Could downtown Hattiesburg become a veritable Margaritaville?

A group of creative marketing students at The University of Southern Mississippi certainly think so and pitched that very idea to Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association Executive Director Betsy Rowell recently. Rowell served as the “client” while 11 teams of Southern Miss students delivered presentations designed to rejuvenate and invigorate downtown Hattiesburg.

College of Business students at The University of Southern Mississippi collected more than 2,100 items in a canned food drive to benefit the Edwards Street Fellowship Center in Hattiesburg.

Angela Brav, chief operating officer of InterContinental Hotels Group North America, implored students to “be relentlessly self-aware” during an hour-long address at the Thad Cochran Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus.

Brav spoke to a packed room composed primarily of business students on Thursday, Nov. 4 before making another stop in Hattiesburg to address a women’s leadership conference.

Longtime Harrah’s Entertainment executive J. Carlos Tolosa could only shake his head in disbelief while gazing upon his likeness displayed on the giant scoreboard at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

“My grandkids noticed it first,” said Tolosa, who was in town to accept the Boardman Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business. “That’s really amazing. You know, I used to play soccer on that very field many years ago.”

Angela Brav, COO of InterContinental Hotels Group, North America, will share her experiences as a business executive during two appearances in Hattiesburg on Thursday, Nov. 4.

With no oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and 90 percent of federal waters open to fishing, consumers are left to decide if they will eat the delectable delicacies of the deep.

For the third time since the deadly explosion and spill, a team of University of Southern Mississippi business experts is researching whether customers are buying and eating Gulf Coast shrimp versus imported shrimp.