February 15, 2019  

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Mississippi Braves Official Meets with USM College of Business Students

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Miranda Black and Dr. Chris Croft

College of Business students in sport marketing at The University of Southern Mississippi were treated to a presentation recently by Miranda Black, Director of Tickets and Communications for the Mississippi Braves baseball organization.

Black, a Southern Miss sport management program graduate, visited with the graduate class on the Hattiesburg campus. Black shared with the class members her educational background, the experience she gained while in college, and her ascension through the ranks with the M-Braves after starting as an intern. Black recently completed her eighth year with the M-Braves, the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in Pearl.

“It’s always a pleasure to return to my roots and speak to various classes at Southern Miss,” said Black. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education and the experience I gained at Southern Miss, so it’s always great to visit and give back whenever possible.

“I remember the various speakers I was fortunate to have during classes years ago,” she added. “They always provided valuable knowledge from outside of the educational world. I’ve always felt that it’s important to do my part now that I've been out in the field for some time and hopefully I can provide students with similar knowledge that’ll be beneficial as they work toward their goals post-graduation.”

Dr. Chris Croft, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport Management professor in the Department of Economic Development, Tourism & Sport Management at USM, said the class was fortunate to have Black take time from her busy schedule to offer valuable insight.

“She was very willing on the opportunity to speak to students at her alma mater, and share her success story to show students how to transition from college into the sports world,” said Croft. “It was a great opportunity for students to connect with someone working with major league baseball.”