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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.

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.