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Fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to core values, Duff Capital Investors fits the bill perfectly as the recipient of the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business.

 

With headquarters in Columbia, Miss., Duff Capital Investors (DCI) is co-owned by businessmen and brothers, James and Thomas Duff. The brothers were honored during a special ceremony on Wednesday, April 27 at the Trent Lott Center.

Next month, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus instructor Dr. Greg Bradley will make his ninth trip to Cuba as an economics educator and conference presenter. With every passing visit, Bradley finds himself as much a student as he is a teacher.

 

Bradley will represent the Southern Miss College of Business as a lecturer and panelist during the Hominis 2016 conference, set for May 7-15 in Havana. He will be joined by professors from the University of Havana and the University of Vienna (Austria) to discuss the convergence of economics and psychology.

Graduate students in a sport marketing & public relations class at The University of Southern Mississippi have teamed up with the Biloxi Shuckers’ Minor League Baseball organization for a unique promotional project that could be a home run for both parties.

 

Under the guidance of Dr. Doug Manning, assistant professor of sport management, the class has been assessing the current marketing efforts of the Shuckers to create a marketing plan in an application of theory for organizational issues. The team is the Double A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Milwaukee Brewers.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in April.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Hattiesburg will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in March.

Despite trends that show many colleges and universities losing traction in the highly competitive battleground for research funding, The University of Southern Mississippi has maintained its position in the latest ratings from the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Economic trends and forecasts will be the primary focus for the Economic Outlook 2016 forum set for Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Deeming it a “win-win situation,” University of Southern Mississippi business Professor Bret Becton applauded the Cintas Corp. for conducting its annual management trainee summit at the University’s College of Business on the Hattiesburg campus.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide outreach program of The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its 9th annual program series on Nov. 4 in Jackson, Miss.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus will launch a new “Lunch and Learn” series from 12:15-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in Room 104 of the Fleming Education Center.

Innovate Mississippi will provide a platform for business ideas to be pitched and evaluated during the next Startup Weekend, set for Nov. 6-8 at the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Moving business programs forward on the Mississippi Gulf Coast served as the theme for the day as The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus College of Business held its first Business Advisory Board meeting last month in Long Beach.

The initial stages of a construction project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has begun with demolition of the former Holloway Complex.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center will join forces with the Gulf Coast center to conduct a series of Business 101 workshops in October.

Moving into the space age — that’s how Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna describes the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business’ move from Joseph Greene Hall into the building that bears his family’s name.

 

Another way to describe it is transformative.

 

The 93,000-square-foot facility has already taken its place along Highway 49 as one of the Hattiesburg campus’ signature buildings, but it’s the effect the facility will have on current and future business students that promises to change south Mississippi, the region and perhaps the nation.

To say the Small Business Development Center at The University of Southern Mississippi has performed successfully this year would be akin to saying Brett Favre enjoyed a decent NFL career. Major understatements on both accounts.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina with a groundbreaking on Wednesday, Aug. 26 for the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s (GCRL) new Marine Education Center (MEC) in Ocean Springs. The facility replaces the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

The groundbreaking event comes during the week of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Common themes during the official groundbreaking ceremony included resilience, restoration, recovery, and continued rebuilding.

 

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.