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.
AFFILIATED CENTER CONTRIBUTIONS CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION In addition to curriculum development and teacher training in entrepreneurship, economics and financial literacy, the Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) serves as the center’s flagship initiative. SEP at a Glance The Southern Entrepreneurship Program provides Mississippi youth a head start in becoming our state’s future business leaders and innovators through a hands-on approach to opportunity recognition and real solution development. During the <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> school year, the SEP engaged around 700 students, hosted 8 events, coordinated 44 volunteers, and awarded $6,750 to winners. Since 2007, the SEP has provided engaging high school programs to over 5,500 students through a growing statewide network of 66 schools and 110 educators. Among SEP students interested in Southern Miss, 100% stated SEP participation played a role in the university's appeal, with 75% reporting this influence to be significant. "THE SEP COMPETITION IS ONE OF THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES AND CONTRIBUTIONS EVER MADE TO OUR YOUTH AND TO OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS PROGRAM REMINDS OUR STUDENTS THAT THEIR TALENTS ARE WORTHY OF FINANCIAL GAIN AND ARE VALUABLE TO OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH. WHEN THEY WIN, WE AS A SOCIETY WIN. FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA (FBLA) AT BILOXI HIGH SCHOOL BELIEVES SO MUCH IN THIS PROGRAM THAT WE STARTED TO SUPPORT IT FINANCIALLY THIS YEAR, AND I PERSONALLY PLAN TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THIS PROGRAM AFTER RETIREMENT!" - Clementine Fantroy (Instructor, Biloxi High School) More than 500 students and educators attended the <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> statewide kickoff event, SEP ARRIVE! Pictured, from left to right, are young entrepreneurs sharing their startup stories: JJ Townsend, Citizenville.org; Nick Wallace, Nick Wallace Culinary; Chelsey Jones, Makeup by Chels; Josh Frazier, Torrus; Christopher Lomax, Pearlbend; Leslie Saucier, Leslie Saucier Art; James Wilcox, director of the SEP and the Southern Miss Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. (photo by Greg Campbell) 14 | 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
AFFILIATED CENTER CONTRIBUTIONS Concept division winner at the 20<strong>19</strong> SEP state competition, Garrett Johnson, Madison Central High School, presents a prototype of his new product designed to assist amputees. (photo by Kelly Dunn) "THIS OPPORTUNITY GAVE MY SENIORS A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THEIR ENGINEERING DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CAPSTONE PROJECTS. INSTEAD OF JUST DEVELOPING AND BUILDING A PRODUCT THAT WORKS, THEY HAD TO DEVELOP SOMETHING THAT WAS MARKETABLE. THEY QUICKLY LEARNED THAT THESE ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT DISTINCTIONS. SEVERAL WERE INSPIRED TO THINK ABOUT PATENTING OR MARKETING THEIR PRODUCTS IN THE FUTURE. WE DEFINITELY WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE SEP AGAIN NEXT YEAR." - Michelle Robinson (Instructor, Madison Central High School) Student winners at the 20<strong>19</strong> SEP state competition Front row, from left: Harrison Welch, Madison Central High School; Mark Troyer, Madison Central High School; Malcolm Bell, Gulfport High School; Second row: Erica Gates, Biloxi High School; Yasmin Colon, Leland High School; Garrett Johnson, Madison Central High School; Rotrik Morris, New Hope High School (photo by Kelly Dunn) Students at the <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> statewide kickoff event, SEP ARRIVE! worked in teams to identify and promote strategies to reduce brain drain in Mississippi. Pictured is a student team from Harrison Central High School showcasing their campaign. (photo by Greg Campbell) James Wilcox, the director of the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, was selected for the 20<strong>19</strong> Young Scholars Program awarded by the Association of Private Enterprise Education, an association of teachers and scholars with a common interest in studying and supporting the system of private enterprise. The purpose of the monetary sponsorship was to offset young scholars’ expenses while they attend and present at the annual meeting in Nassau, Bahamas. The meeting allows members to share their scholarly finds with one another. Wilcox served as a discussion panelist on “Perspectives on Financial Literacy in Economics Education.” In March 20<strong>19</strong>, CEEE received an award from the Jimmy A. Payne Foundation to create THE HATCHERY—a universitywide initiative to support entrepreneurship. This strategic investment in the startup culture at Southern Miss will ultimately help prepare students, regardless of college or degree program, as emerging leaders and career-ready entrepreneurs who will positively impact the state of Mississippi. The first objective of The Hatchery is to serve as the hub for the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting resources and identifying gaps. As additional support is identified, The Hatchery’s services are anticipated to include student scholarships, seed funds to assist student startups with necessary research and prototype development, and a business residency program to offer advanced services and personalized mentorship. A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 15