Current MBA student, Lacey Wallace, will present her manuscript entitled, “A Side of Thrift or Luxury? Exploring Cultural Orientations and Value Perceptions in Airbnb,” at the 26th Annual Graduate Education & Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism in Houston, Texas in January 2021. Through the mentorship of her advisor, Dr. Joanne T. Cao (left), Wallace first identified an interest conducting research as an undergraduate Honors scholar at Southern Miss. She continued her work with Dr. Cao over the summer as an independent study while in the MBA program to further investigate the impact of cultural values in sharing economy services, such as Airbnb. Wallace would also like to thank Dr. Jamye Foster (right) and Dr. Wei Wang for their guidance on her research project as well. Additionally, the data collection was supported by the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Eagle SPUR Grant that Wallace was a recipient of last year.
THREE STUDENTS EARN CERTIFICATION IN HOTEL INDUSTRY ANALYTICS
Business students Shelby Gunsch, Willa (Caitlin) Sumrall, and Emily Toranto recently passed the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA). CHIA tests the student's understanding of terminology, formulas and metrics used by the hotel and lodging industry. Additionally, students must know how to analyze various types of hotel and market-level data, and how to make data-driven decisions based upon that analysis. This certification is offered in partnership with STR, the global source for benchmarking and forecasting data.
Mikhail Esipov, Master of Science in Sport Management graduate, is completing his practicum at John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City. Mikhail serves as the Program Coordinator for the junior tennis programs.
Mikhail, originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was ranked in the top 15 nationally in all ages groups as a junior, and was a member of the national team. While attended Southern Miss, he won the “Country Club Birmingham Invitational”, as well as the “Battle On the Bayou” tournament.
“The most exciting part of my job is that I get to learn how to lead a session. I organize groups, follow a lesson plan, and keep track of each student's performance. Every day at work, I notice important things that I need to pay attention to such as communication with clients, keeping a safe environment for the students, and providing the best experience for the clients. All of that gives me valuable experience and I hope to use it in my future career. Also, I had an opportunity to be on the court with John McEnroe himself.”