2018-19 Annual Report

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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 2018-19 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 2018-19

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)

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