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.
PREPARING STUDENTS TO LEAD STUDENT ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHTS BETA ALPHA PSI Twelve members of the Southern Miss Beta Alpha Psi chapter attended the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this year. Students had the opportunity to tour and explore the country’s capitol, participate in a community service project with Reading Across America, attend several seminars given by professionals on a diverse number of topics, and network with other chapters across the country. Beta Alpha Psi members on a visit to Ingalls Shipbuilding, which included a tour and short presentation given by the vice president of finance and controller, Frank Martin. Additionally, a mixture of members… • attended the 20<strong>19</strong> regional meeting in Jacksonville, Fla.; • completed parts of the CPA Exam; • studied abroad; and • participated in a team-building retreat at Lake Sehoy Challenge Course. “THE BETA ALPHA PSI ANNUAL MEETING HEAVILY IMPACTED ME, AS AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR AND AS A DEVELOPING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL. BECAUSE OF THIS EVENT, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH FELLOW CHAPTER PRESIDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND DISCUSS OUR CHAPTER’S SUCCESSES, SHARE ADVICE AND BRING BACK IDEAS TO SOUTHERN MISS ON HOW TO IMPROVE OUR CHAPTER.” - Sayle Sanson, President of Beta Alpha Psi GUEST SPEAKERS Ashley Foley with RSM Ray Ruiz with Surgent Ryan Hirsch with NASBA CPT Julie Uher with Holt & Associates Autumn Brown and Cliff Jackson with Smith, Dukes & Bucklew Jennifer Hilliard with Haddox, Reid, Eubanks & Betts 18 | 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
PREPARING STUDENTS TO LEAD BETA GAMMA SIGMA Nishu Gupta and John “Trey” Haire represented our Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at the <strong>2018</strong> Beta Gamma Sigma Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, Ill. The summit is a premier annual event where hundreds of the highest achieving students from the top five percent of business schools around the world will gather for a unique learning experience. This year, the event focused on “Innovative Leadership.” The students participated in activities, such as discovering strengths and enhancing skills in teamwork, networking, ethical leadership, time-management and communication. FASHION MERCHANDISING ORGANIZATION In fall <strong>2018</strong>, the organization hosted a clothing drive for gently used clothing. The clothing was donated to a local women’s shelter. The organization is currently planning a fashion show for fall 20<strong>19</strong>. INDUCTED 96 STUDENTS INTO THE CHAPTER IN <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> THE SOUTHERN MISS CHAPTER OF BETA GAMMA SIGMA EARNED HIGHEST HONORS FROM BETA GAMMA SIGMA INTERNATIONAL FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR. SPORT MANAGEMENT CLUB The Sport Management Club hosted the Sport Management Symposium as a means for undergraduate and graduate students to receive advice from sport professionals. The overall theme of the symposium was "Getting a Foot in the Door: Entering the Sports Industry." A panel of professionals from a variety of areas within the sports industry were asked questions by students. From left to right: DJ Pulley (Athletic Director, William Carey University), Deven Matthews (Director of Ticket Sales, Southern Miss Athletics), Bryan Caldwell (Athletic Director, Gulfport High School), Jonah Beck (Director of Operations, Sanderson Farms PGA Championship) In addition, approximately 10 students attended part of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS 4 ) conference, titled Managing Crowds at Sport and Entertainment Events Workshop. The students heard from a variety of keynote speakers, including William Evans, the executive director of public safety and chief of police from Boston College, and Abigail Williams, the team lead for critical infrastructure and special events at the DHS Counterterrorism Mission Center. The students also networked with many sport security professionals and toured the Fallen Oaks Golf Course to gain an insight on the security measures used for events, such as the Rapiscan Systems Classic. A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | <strong>19</strong>