August 31, 2015  

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Say the name “Sanderson Farms” and two things immediately come to mind—chicken and success.  Because of the company’s entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to core values, the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and its Advisory Council has chosen to honor Sanderson Farms and the company’s CEO, Joe Sanderson, Jr., as the 2015 Boardman Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Her three-year term became effective July 30.

As The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business prepares for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Scianna Hall in September, The First, A National Banking Association furthered its investment in business education at Southern Miss with an additional $100,000 gift commitment to the USM Foundation. This gift brings The First’s total commitment to Scianna Hall to $250,000.

Success is hard to come by — it isn’t a given in any field. Harder, perhaps, is continuing an elevated level of success. In football, for instance, only a few quarterbacks have followed Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with a Super Bowl victory of their own. More often than not, replacing a legend in the field is a difficult, almost impossible task.

 

Such is the challenge facing Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. Wiggins and fellow faculty members follow in the footsteps of academic giants who built USM polymer science into one of the world’s best.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. has funded a two-year Entergy Scholar Graduate Assistant position in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business to conduct economic development research for the counties served by Entergy in Mississippi.

 

The University of Southern Mississippi has joined the IDEA® Academic Partnership to provide students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program with experience using professional data analytics technology.

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) announced the release of TOPVenue, a software system designed to address the needs of training, operations and planning during the 2015 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

MBA alumni were welcomed back to The University of Southern Mississippi at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach on Tuesday, June 16, for the first reunion in the program’s more than 50-year history.

Today, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program (EPA Gulf Program) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will serve to increase cooperation between the two in areas of mutual interest.

 

USM President Rodney D. Bennett and Diane T. Altsman, EPA Gulf Program Chief of Staff signed the MOU at the University’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss. The agreement formalizes a partnership between Southern Miss and the EPA Gulf Program and will provide environmental education opportunities to students at GCRL.

When GE Aviation announced its selection of Ellisville, Miss., for its new jet engine composite parts production facility, the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College (JCJC) partnered to support the prestigious company’s hiring and workforce development needs.

The Project SEARCH® program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) hosted a job fair last month on the Hattiesburg campus to promote the hiring of youth with disabilities.

 

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has received the “Madison Career and Technical Center’s Business Partner of the Year” award for 2014-2015. 

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi students working toward a Master of Business Administration (MBA) have a number of options — and not just in terms of job opportunities post-graduation.

 

Southern Miss students have been able to take classes at the University’s campuses in Hattiesburg and in Long Beach for many years, and now the first students have begun working toward their MBA entirely through online offerings.

Hundreds of guests, including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, joined The University of Southern Mississippi in celebrating the acquisition of its newest research vessel, the Point Sur, Friday, April 24, at the Port of Gulfport. The University acquired the state-of-the-art research vessel in February 2015 through a $1 million grant provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

 

“The Point Sur will provide unparalleled opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students as they venture into the Gulf of Mexico and gain hands-on research experience,” said University President Rodney D. Bennett.

Three University of Southern Mississippi employees have been selected for the Area Development Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Pinebelt program's Class of 2015.

The Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster program, managed by The University of Southern Mississippi, will host its second quarterly Small Business Summit on Monday, April 27, on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The summit will be held from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center.

As a commitment to provide services to benefit students, faculty and staff at The University of Southern Mississippi, three buildings have been renovated on the university’s Gulf Park campus—a Fitness Center, Health Center and a new facility to house the School of Social Work. The university celebrated the completion of these building projects with a ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, March 17.

 

The completed building projects are located on Beach Park Place on the east side of the Gulf Park campus.

Students from Mississippi Public Universities had the opportunity to showcase their ideas, creativity and ingenuity as they competed in the inaugural Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge, which was held today at the State Capitol in Jackson. The teams presented solutions to some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and outlined ideas to help reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi.

 

Mississippi Valley State University received the first place award, with the University of Mississippi receiving the second place award and The University of Southern Mississippi receiving the third place award.

State Treasurer Lynn Fitch lauded the vision and leadership that helped fuel designs for a new College of Nursing building currently under construction at The University of Southern Mississippi during a visit to the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Interest has been so significant in The University of Southern Mississippi’s initial MBA online classes that College of Business officials will offer the entire program through an online delivery format by 2016. Students can start now to take two classes per term and complete the MBA program in approximately two years.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2015 Forum set for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus

When it comes to affordability, The University of Southern Mississippi’s undergraduate accounting degree rates among the nation’s best in the newest rankings announced by Accounting Degree Review.

 

Accounting Degree Review researched the undergraduate education costs of all the schools in the United States accredited in accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accreditation agency in the world for business and accounting programs. There are currently 170 institutions with AACSB accounting accreditation.

Overall winners of the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge at The University of Southern Mississippi included, from left, Ashley Edwards; Andrew Young; Thomas Kern; Kaitlin Horon; Gabriel Idakwo; and team advisor Dr. Chad Miller.  The students in the College of Business were members of "Team Creative Economy - Growing the Film Industry in Mississippi." The competition was held Nov. 17 at the Ogletree Alumni House. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Economic Council, and the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) developed the Social Business Challenge and invited teams of students from the state’s public universities to compete in devising a creative solution and develop a business plan to address one of Mississippi’s biggest issues. "Team Creative Economy" will represent Southern Miss in the state competition at the State Capitol in Jackson next March. (University Communications photo by David Tisdale)