2015-16 Annual Report

With this report, we welcome a new era for our Southern Miss business programs within the expanded space of Scianna Hall in Hattiesburg and with plans for a new building on our Gulf Park campus.


Our new learning field in Scianna Hall has room for students to gather, and they are taking advantage of every study room, walking treadmill and group meeting space we have to offer. It is difficult to describe how incredible it is to see students working together and creating professional bonds of friendship. While there is a lot to be grateful for in Scianna Hall, the sweetest part of it all is having the space for our students to gather together, relax and work on assignments in between classes.

Students in the Finance LabThe technology is tremendous. Every classroom includes Interactive Video Networking (IVN) capabilities and Lecture Capture. We can now connect with CEOs in far-reaching locations, as well as offer connected classroom interactions to those at a distance. Every discipline in business has faculty members who are committed to stretching our reach in analytics. Every discipline also has faculty members who are creating our successes in connecting students with organizations, projects, internships and career positions. It is an exciting time to be given the gift of this space and this technology.

The firm that accepted the challenge and won the technology bid for Scianna Hall was Academic Technologies Inc. from Jackson, Mississippi. Phillip Boyd and his team have done an amazing job of installing this technology and teaching us how to thrive in this new environment. Without apology, I recommend them to you if you need an upgrade to your approach.

Student Study GroupThe purpose of this Annual Report for 2015-16 is to summarize key steps we’ve taken during this first year in Scianna Hall. We are driven by our mission and work to contribute to the larger initiatives at USM as well. We believe that our culture and values are driving us to achieve more as we navigate a shifting educational landscape. Our handshake remains our bond, and our integrity is a cornerstone of our programs. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students in Southern Miss business programs, I thank you for your involvement with us and hope you will ask us how to increase your participation with our programs, people, and purpose. Together, we are engaging, adapting and inspiring others as we maintain a focus on the integrity of our enterprise.

Thank you for being a part of this transformative step.

Dean Faye GilbertFaye W. Gilbert, PhD
College of Business