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

Concept division winner at the 2019 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 2019 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 2018-19 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 2019

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 2019, 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.

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