The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
CONNECTING WITH REAL-WORLD LEADERS ALUMNA OF THE YEAR Joy Lightsey at Alumna of the Year Joy Lightsey was selected as the <strong>2018</strong> Alumna of the Year by the College of Business and Economic Development. Lightsey earned her business administration degree in accounting from Southern Miss in <strong>19</strong>73. She worked as the senior vice president of operations for SunTech Inc. and served in that capacity for over 10 years before the company was sold, and she began consulting with the new owners over the next two years before retiring. Since retiring, she has been actively involved with the Southern Miss community, as she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the USM Foundation. Additionally, Lightsey established an endowment for accounting students and served as the chair of the Building Better Business campaign in 2015, supporting the completion of what we now know as Scianna Hall. Left to Right, President Rodney D. Bennett, Robert St. John, Dr. Stacey A. Hall ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Robert St. John, restaurateur and author, was recognized as the 20<strong>19</strong> Entrepreneur of the Year. St. John has spent almost 40 years in the restaurant business, 30 of which have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, Ed’s Burger Joint, The Midtowner and Midtown Donut in Hattiesburg, Miss. In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a statewide non-profit organization that ships over 14 tons of healthy food to over 39 Mississippi soup kitchens and mission pantries every month. St. John is the author of 11 books with the 12th book, Palate to Palette: An Italian Travel Journal, in the works. Additionally, he has written a weekly syndicated newspaper column for over 20 years. 8 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
CONNECTING WITH REAL-WORLD LEADERS EXPERIENCE BUSINESS CASUALLY The college hosted its annual Experience Business Casually event this fall, allowing students to interact with business professionals from the community. The event encourages students to network with professionals in a casual, comfortable environment by visiting stations that highlight particular topics, such as handshake tips, résumé and cover letter critique, financial tips, graduate school information and internships. ARE YOU A BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING? EMAIL BAILEY.HARRIS@USM.EDU TO SIGN UP! Over 300 College of Business and Economic Development students were in attendance. A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 9