Southern Miss Business September Newsletter

2018 - 19 Annual Report

USM's Online MBA Program Ranked as Best in Mississippi

We are proud to announce that our MBA program has been ranked as the #1 Online MBA Program in Mississippi by College Consensus.

Meet the Firms

The School of Accountancy hosted another successful Meet the Firms, featuring more than 250 participants in the annual program.

Experience Business Casually

Close to 250 students were impacted by this year's Experience Business Casually. Students had the opportunity to attend 13 different stations to work on their professional skills in a casual environment while many other students attended lectures by guest speakers.

BossUp! Event

The Boss Up! Event hosted by the School of Management was full of activities for students currently pursuing a degree in management, international business, general business, or entrepreneurship. After completing an ice breaker activity, students learned more about their majors, discussed the importance of degree planning, were given information about resources available to them on campus, and much more.

5 Questions with Dr. Joel Bolton

The Office of the Provost has published the Fall 2019 edition of Inside the Academy and our very own Dr. Joel Bolton has been featured. Check out what Dr. Bolton's answers are to 5 questions regarding his career and position as the Interim Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Business and Economic Development.

Pathways Scholars Symposium

Three of our students presented at the Pathway Scholars Symposium on their internship experiences this summer.

20th Anniversary of the Business Advisory Council

On September 27th, the College of Business & Economic Development celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Business Advisory Council (BAC). Former Dean Bill Gunther had an idea to form a group comprised of dedicated alumni and business professionals to provide guidance and support for the business school at USM and the early members of this group came together to take many critical actions to advance the college. The original BAC was instrumental in accomplishing many things including completing the groundwork that would allow us build a new business building which eventually became Scianna Hall, providing faculty support for research, helping students afford study abroad trips, and supporting special initiatives of each dean since its inception. Over the past 20 years, many dedicated alumni and supporters have contributed their time, money and expertise to the College of Business and Economic Development through the BAC and it is only fitting that we celebrate their commitment and the BAC’s 20th Anniversary. We would like to sincerely thank all past and present BAC members for their dedication to and support of the College. We could not do what we do without them!


The USM Foundation highlighted some of the amazing things our donors make possible through a social media campaign called #ThankfulThursday. During the month of September, multiple business scholarships and endowments were recognized. Watch the video below as Dr. Becton discusses the impact our generous donors have and visit the USM Foundation website to read up on #ThankfulThursday.

Teaching Innovation Mini-Grant

Congratulations to Chao Meng, Assistant Professor in the School of Marketing for being awarded one of four Fall 2019 “Teaching Innovation Mini-Grants” from the Center for Faculty Development. These grants are designed to support innovation in the classroom and stimulate strategies or experiences that will motivate and ignite student engagement to improve learning outcomes. Dr. Meng's grant will be used to support the purchase of materials for his distribution game in his Supply Chain Management course.

William F. Horne Family Scholarship

A new scholarship has been established within the college. Once fully endowed, the William F. Horne Family scholarship will be awarded to an accounting or business major from Jones County. This is another great opportunity for our students and we sincerely appreciate Mr. Horne’s generous support.

Federal Reserve Bank's Joint Council

James Wilcox, Director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently delivered an invited presentation at the 5th Federal Reserve District Joint Council on Economic Education Meeting. The regional meeting, which took place on September 25 at the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, focused primarily on the challenges faced by K-12 students and teachers in rural areas and small cities. Wilcox's presentation provided an experiential look at the value of youth entrepreneurship education as well as proven resources that can be implemented to directly support rural students and educators within this pathway. Meeting attendees included Federal Reserve Bank employees, economists, and K-12 educators and administrators from with Federal Reserve Bank's 5th District (Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.).

September Guest Speakers

  • Mr. Chris Balaski invited Lindsey Cockrell from Zoetis to speak to his Advanced Professional Selling students as they prepare for the national sales competition next month.
  • Dr. Kelli King invited Madison Rosonet to speak to a group of healthcare marketing students about his career in the medical device industry. Madison is a 2015 healthcare marketing graduate and currently serves as a Sales Representative and Orthopedic Specialist for Zimmer Biomet.
  • Dr. Paul Beck and Ms. Amber Hatten had David Williams with HORNE LLP speak to the Master of Professional Accountancy students about preparing for audits, analyzing financial statements, and the importance of understanding the business and industry risks.
  • Dr. Melinda McLelland had Alexis Tymkiw Stoner speak to Marketing Research students about applying what you learn in class to your career upon graduation. Alexis is an alumni, earning her marketing BSBA and her MBA from our college.