2018-19 Annual Report


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.



The Southern Miss International Business program, housed in

the School of Management, was recently ranked among the

nation's Top 50 by online resource guide by Study.com.

Dr. John Lambert, associate professor of international business, has worked diligently

to increase awareness and engagement in the program. One of many ways he has done

so is by beginning the International Business Speakers Series, welcoming three guests

during the spring semester to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and

the community.

In addition, Dr. Lambert’s International Business capstone students immersed themselves

into a semester-long applied learning project in collaboration with community partners.

In groups of four, students worked closely with their assigned businesses to create and

present plans to resolve their partners’ export issues. Sanderson Farms, SumaGrow and

the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Gulf Coast chapter were the three

organizations to work with the students throughout the semester as they developed

international business plans.

Shelly Reboul, international sales manager, represented Sanderson Farms, while SumaGrow

was represented by Aimee Murry, public relations and marketing communications manager.

Both attended and took part in critiquing the students’ final presentations.

Students working with Sanderson Farms discussed how they could better leverage their

product in Asia. Students working with SumaGrow presented plans to break into the

Brazilian market.

“The students were eager to investigate ways to expand our

products into Brazil and dedicated to ensuring the culture

of our company was reflected throughout the report,” said

Aimee Murry. “When I showed our company president

the business plan developed by these students, he was

impressed and asked about their availability for hire.”

Aimee Murry, International

Business Series speaker

Shelly Reboul and International

Business Capstone students

Students working with the FACC Gulf Coast chapter received the opportunity to travel

to the company’s location in New Orleans to present their project, which focused on

revising the trade brochure the FACC uses to engage potential new members.

Dr. Lambert serves as the vice president for trade with the French American Chamber of

Commerce, Gulf Coast chapter, in addition to serving on the Mississippi District Export Council.

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