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May 4, 2017

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at The University of Southern Mississippi concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, May 3, by hosting the 10th Annual SEP State Business Plan Competition at the Trent Lott National Center.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) at The University of Southern Mississippi concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Wednesday, May 3, by hosting the 10th Annual SEP State Business Plan Competition at the Trent Lott National Center.

Through a series of regional and online qualifiers held last month, the top student business plans from across Mississippi were individually selected to advance and participate in the state finale.

April 19, 2017

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 May.

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 May.

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:

March 14, 2017

More than120 University of Southern Mississippi education students and alumni, and William Carey students came to the Southern Miss Teacher Job Fair held March 9, in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

 

More than120 University of Southern Mississippi education students and alumni, and William Carey students came to the Southern Miss Teacher Job Fair held March 9, in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg Campus.

There were 70 school districts in attendance. These employers came from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, California and Arizona. The employers rated the qualifications of the students very high. In addition, they rated our Teacher Job Fair very high compared to any other fair they had attended.

February 23, 2017

Cancer drug delivery, solar cell innovation, and developing a better helmet for U.S. Army soldiers — University of Southern Mississippi faculty and students are ambitious and innovative in their current research. Those projects promise to change, and in some cases, save lives. And the value of discoveries can be measured in numerous ways, including monetary.

Cancer drug delivery, solar cell innovation, and developing a better helmet for U.S. Army soldiers — University of Southern Mississippi faculty and students are ambitious and innovative in their current research. Those projects promise to change, and in some cases, save lives. And the value of discoveries can be measured in numerous ways, including monetary.

February 22, 2017

High school students from across South Mississippi explored the intricacies of market research during a regional youth symposium held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The University of Southern Mississippi and sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program.

High school students from across South Mississippi explored the intricacies of market research during a regional youth symposium held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The University of Southern Mississippi and sponsored by the Southern Entrepreneurship Program.

The central component of the “SEP Strive” workshop involved helping students gauge the need for market research and “validation” to determine whether a market truly exists for a product.

February 7, 2017

More than 225 business leaders, students, and community members gathered on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus recently for the annual Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by the University’s College of Business.

More than 225 business leaders, students, and community members gathered on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus recently for the annual Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by the University’s College of Business.

Held Feb. 2 at the Thad Cochran Center, the forum brought together experts from banking, finance, and academia to explore a number of issues and research related to the economic outlook for 2017.

January 12, 2017

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

Dr. Monica Tisack-Kathmann has been named Director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute, the industrial outreach service of The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials.

January 3, 2017

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 this month.

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 this month.

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:

December 21, 2016

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year -- the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Thursday, Jan. 12 and the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Economic trends and forecasts will take center stage during the Economic Outlook 2017 Forum hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi at two different venues this year -- the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Thursday, Jan. 12 and the Hattiesburg campus on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The USM College of Business is coordinating the annual forum that brings together experts from banking, finance, and academia to explore a number of issues and research related to the economic outlook for 2017.

November 18, 2016

Nearly 400 high school students and educators from across Mississippi got a head start on Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 as the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) kicked off its 10th annual series of youth symposiums and competitions earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

Nearly 400 high school students and educators from across Mississippi got a head start on Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 as the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) kicked off its 10th annual series of youth symposiums and competitions earlier this month in Jackson, Miss.

November 17, 2016

Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, LLC, shared his leadership philosophy and techniques with business students earlier this month as part of the Inspired Leaders series coordinated by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Group, LLC, shared his leadership philosophy and techniques with business students earlier this month as part of the Inspired Leaders series coordinated by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.

From creating a compelling vision, setting high standards, and being cordial to set the example, being present, and never undermining a person’s dignity, Cannon shared insightful experiences from his career and life in a way that college students could appreciate and emulate. 

October 31, 2016

High school cadets from the Jackson Public Schools System and the Mobile County Public Schools System will take part in the first JROTC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Invitational set for Nov. 4-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

High school cadets from the Jackson Public Schools System and the Mobile County Public Schools System will take part in the first JROTC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Invitational set for Nov. 4-5 at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

Thirty cadets from the Jackson area will join 30 cadets from the Alabama Gulf Coast area for the event that will feature tours, recreational activities, design challenges, and an opportunity to attend the USM-Charlotte football game on Saturday afternoon.

October 28, 2016

More than 350 high school students are expected to participate in the kickoff event for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Jackson.

 

More than 350 high school students are expected to participate in the kickoff event for The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Jackson.

The statewide event is designed to offer high school students from across the state an interactive introduction to the world of business development through an engaging combination of educational activities and guest appearances by young Mississippi-based entrepreneurs.

September 20, 2016

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a leadership training series led by corporate trainers from poultry giant Sanderson Farms on Friday, Sept. 23 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is set for 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a leadership training series led by corporate trainers from poultry giant Sanderson Farms on Friday, Sept. 23 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is set for 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The same corporate trainers used by Sanderson Farms to provide training to the company’s employees will be on hand to offer guidance to the Southern Miss College of Business family. The training will primarily cover effective communication skills and building trust with co-workers.

September 20, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center has helped businesses in the region create and/or retain more than 175 jobs since October of last year.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Small Business Development Center has helped businesses in the region create and/or retain more than 175 jobs since October of last year.

During that span, the SBDC has also supported business owners in generating $3.2 million in capital formation, while helping educate hundreds of others in the steps to start a business.

September 13, 2016

Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today, an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.

Oxiteno, a global leader in surfactants and specialty chemicals, announced today, an investment in a new Research & Development (R&D) laboratory in the United States. The R&D lab is the output of a partnership between Oxiteno and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and will be located in The Garden, the University’s 521-acre innovation and commercialization park. The Lab is a great example of Oxiteno’s commitment to international markets, and USM’s commitment to innovation.

September 12, 2016

More than 35 companies participated in the annual Experience Business Casually event sponsored by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event was held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

More than 35 companies participated in the annual Experience Business Casually event sponsored by the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. The event was held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Scianna Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.

A total of 215 Southern Miss business students attended the event – a 90 percent increase from the previous year. Company representatives made presentations to 16 business classes as part of the program, with 684 students in those classes.

September 9, 2016

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled the most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s recorded history for the third year in a row. The highest recorded ACT scores and grade point averages for incoming freshmen; record enrollment at the University’s Gulf Park campus and other coastal locations; and an increase in new students show that USM’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students are proving successful.

 

For the seventh straight year, the median grade point average for first-time, full-time freshmen at Southern Miss is the highest ever recorded – 3.33, compared to 3.27 in fall 2015. The average ACT score of new freshmen also increased from 22.73 in fall 2015 to 22.94 this year.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled the most academically talented freshman class in the institution’s recorded history for the third year in a row. The highest recorded ACT scores and grade point averages for incoming freshmen; record enrollment at the University’s Gulf Park campus and other coastal locations; and an increase in new students show that USM’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain high-achieving students are proving successful.

September 8, 2016

Economic Driver. Employment Generator. Community Partner. The University of Southern Mississippi fills many roles for the state of Mississippi above and beyond its primary mission as an educator and research leader. And the extent to which it successfully fills those roles has now been revealed.

 

The results of an independent economic and social impact study are in, and USM officials have announced the University generates $603.3 million per year in Mississippi.

Economic Driver. Employment Generator. Community Partner. The University of Southern Mississippi fills many roles for the state of Mississippi above and beyond its primary mission as an educator and research leader. And the extent to which it successfully fills those roles has now been revealed.

The results of an independent economic and social impact study are in, and USM officials have announced the University generates $603.3 million per year in Mississippi.

September 6, 2016

Considering a college degree program that will lead to immediate employment upon graduation? Then the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi might just be the ticket.

 

For the past several years, the University’s Medical Laboratory Science program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Sabrina Bryant notes that a national shortage of medical technologists has helped expand the job market for degree candidates.

Considering a college degree program that will lead to immediate employment upon graduation? Then the Medical Laboratory Science program at The University of Southern Mississippi might just be the ticket.

For the past several years, the University’s Medical Laboratory Science program has seen a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Sabrina Bryant notes that a national shortage of medical technologists has helped expand the job market for degree candidates.

September 1, 2016

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 September.

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 September.

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:

August 30, 2016

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as part of a “Meet the Firms” event set for Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Accounting students at The University of Southern Mississippi will have a unique opportunity to interact with professionals in the field as part of a “Meet the Firms” event set for Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

More than 20 accounting firms are scheduled to attend the event, which will be held from 5-7 p.m. This marks the fifth year that the College of Business has sponsored the program.

August 2, 2016

The Sport Management degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s most affordable programs by OnlineU, an education resource for ranking U.S. online college and universities.

 

The Sport Management degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi has been ranked among the nation’s most affordable programs by OnlineU, an education resource for ranking U.S. online college and universities.

All schools considered for tthe ranking offer fully online sports management degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. The Southern Miss program is listed at No. 8 among the Top-25 schools ranked by OnlineU.

July 20, 2016

Robbie Ingram, Manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, shared his expertise in technology-based economic development as a participant in an international roundtable held last month in Lyon, France.

 

Robbie Ingram, Manager of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Accelerator, shared his expertise in technology-based economic development as a participant in an international roundtable held last month in Lyon, France.

The roundtable was part of Forum Plastipolis 2016, the 6th edition of the international conference on polymers and composites, coordinated by the French competitiveness cluster, Plastipolis. The theme of this year’s conference was “Heading Towards 2020” with the focus on: