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February 4, 2016

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.

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.

Hosted by the Southern Miss College of Business and the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, the event will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The First Bank of Hattiesburg is serving as the title sponsor. The event is free but seating will be limited.

January 27, 2016

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.

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.

November 19, 2015

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 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.

Nearly 350 high school students and educators from across the state gathered at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University for the high-energy event and its interactive introduction to entrepreneurship, making it the largest SEP event since the program’s founding in 2007.

October 23, 2015

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.

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.

The series is designed for students, faculty, staff and Business Advisory Council (BAC) Coast members as a way BAC members to interact with business students on the Gulf Park campus and share their experiences in business.

October 21, 2015

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.

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.

October 21, 2015

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.

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 meeting was a combined gathering of more than 40 Gulf Coast business leaders, College of Business students, administration, faculty and staff.

October 7, 2015

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 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 complex, comprised of five modular units housing classrooms and offices for the colleges of Business and Health, is being torn down to make way for a $7 million facility that will provide 25,000-square feet of space for students, faculty and staff. The Business and Health Building Project has an estimated completion date of May, 2017.

September 23, 2015

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.

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.

The SBDC programs are designed to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs with education and training opportunities for development of business plans and concepts. In addition, trained professionals at the center help clients secure small business loans for their ventures.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

September 4, 2015

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.

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.

September 1, 2015

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.

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.

As of late-August the SBDC has completed 18 Business Series 101 workshops, with an average attendance of 10 aspiring entrepreneurs. Numbers through July show the SBDC at USM has helped generate:

August 28, 2015

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.

 

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.

August 25, 2015

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.

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.

August 21, 2015

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.

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.

Gilbert took over as dean of the Southern Miss College of Business in July, 2013 – becoming the first woman to hold that title. She previously served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Radford (Va.) University.

August 20, 2015

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.

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.

August 18, 2015

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.

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.

August 3, 2015

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.

 

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.

A student selected from the Master of Science of Economic Development program will assist Entergy Mississippi's Business Development Team in conducting research that will help the company's economic development efforts to attract new businesses and support expansion of existing industries.

July 30, 2015

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 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.

July 28, 2015

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.

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.

June 22, 2015

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.

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.

The reunion started with a luncheon, which was followed by round-table discussions aimed at both reconnecting with alumni and developing the current program. “The reunion provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss our curriculum, experiences, and career development,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business.

June 19, 2015

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.

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.

June 10, 2015

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.

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.

June 9, 2015

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 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.

Several Pine Belt area businesses set up booths at the fair to offer opportunities in the following areas:

May 27, 2015

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

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

MPI and The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials work closely with and in support of the 11 polymer science high school programs throughout Mississippi.

May 13, 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.

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.

The event was sponsored by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education and hosted by the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, an educational outreach unit of the Southern Miss College of Business.