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Southern Miss Business January Newsletter

A day in the life

The University of Southern Mississippi YouTube channel featured our very own RiAnne Taylor in their series "A Day in the Life" where they shared what a Southern Miss student does in a day. See what RiAnne is involved in and how she spends her days in Scianna Hall.

We are happy and humbled to announce that The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business and Economic Development's online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked No. 74 for 2020 by U.S. News & World Report. This is a significant increase in rank, climbing from No. 119 last year (2019).

We won an addy award!

The University of Southern Mississippi won an ADDY award at the state level this year for the College of Business and Economic Development 2018-19 Annual Report! The award is presented by the American Advertising Federation. Next, the piece will be entered into the regional competition. Wish us luck!

Economic Outlook Forum

School of Accountancy Spring Meet and Greet

Spring Meet and Greet success

The School of Accountancy's first inaugural Spring Meet and Greet event was a huge success, featuring 18 firms and more than 170 participants. As a complement to Meet the Firms, which occurs every fall, this spring event offered accounting students the opportunity to engage and network with employers.

With 100 percent placement for USM students in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Program, events such as the Spring Meet and Greet and Meet the Firms, offer those first opportunities for students to begin the career development process. Those attending included firm and company representatives, current accounting students, Southern Miss accounting alumni, faculty members, and staff.

Many of our very own School of Accountancy alumni returned to campus during this event as representatives of their firms.

“We are so excited to be able to host the inaugural spring Meet and Greet event at USM, and we look forward to continuing this new tradition in future years. This spring recruiting event provides the opportunity for our students to gain exposure to the accounting profession and network with firm representatives and potential employers,” said Amber Hatten, CPA, Professor of Practice and Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program. “This kind of experience assists with their career development and gives them a competitive advantage in securing both internships and full-time positions."

2020 Usasbe conference

Faculty, staff, and students from our college proudly represented Southern Miss at the 2020 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in New Orleans. The annual conference focuses on entrepreneurship education, showcasing innovative entrepreneurship research and teaching.

College Football National Championship

"It was an eye-opening experience. We saw how many hands go into putting on a big production like the College Football Playoff Championship." - Octavia Powell, Master of Sport Management

Several Sport Management graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to meet and network with sports professionals from all across the country while volunteering with the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation during the College Football Playoffs National Championship.

"Big events like this are once in a lifetime opportunities and I’m grateful to have the experience. It takes so much preparation and personnel to manage such an event." - Cole Wallace, Sport Management

Teaching innovation mini-grant

Congratulations to Arielle Newman, Assistant Professor of Management, who was named a recipient of one of the Spring 2020 “Teaching Innovation Mini-Grants” for $300 from the Center for Faculty Development.

Dr. Newman applied for this grant to support the purchase of dry erase boards with the business model canvas template on them for her Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. With the students able to visualize their business models on the boards, Dr. Newman hopes the students will get more from the experience and collaborate together. Kudos to Arielle for maximizing the student experience in her classes!

#9 Best Online Master's in Sport Administration

The University of Southern Mississippi has been featured as the No. 9 Best Online Master's in Sport Administration by onlineschoolsreport.com. Online Schools Report’s goal is to provide students with information on quality online programs, holding online schools accountable to their students.

Upcoming Events

  • 2/15/20: EAGLE Scholars Program application deadline
  • 2/18/20: Movie Night showing Office Space (6pm) McDonnell Auditorium
  • 2/24/20 & 2/25/20: Mardi Gras holiday (classes do not meet)
  • 3/5/20: Economic Outlook Forum (10:30am) Thad Cochran Center Grand Ballroom
  • 3/16/20 - 3/20/20: Spring Break (classes do not meet)
  • 3/31/20: Movie Night showing The Big Short (6pm) McDonnell Auditorium
  • 4/10/20: Good Friday (campus closed)
  • 4/16/20: Inspired Leaders Series
  • 4/17/20: Alumni of the Year Luncheon (12pm)
  • 4/24/20: Spring Faculty and Student Awards Ceremony
  • 5/11/20 - 5/14/20: Finals Week
  • 5/14/20: Graduate School Commencement, Hattiesburg
  • 5/15/20: Undergraduate Commencement, Hattiesburg (2pm)
  • 5/16/20: Commencement, Gulf Park