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.

BREAKING

THE MOLD

THE COLLEGE’S FIRST FEMALE

ACCOUNTING STUDENT

In 1952, Miriam Moore Adamson became the first woman to graduate from the Accounting program at

The University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to her undergraduate degree in accounting, Miriam

also received a minor in business administration.

Born in House, Mississippi, she led a life full of adventure as she often

moved to new cities. Miriam rarely stayed in one place for long due

to her father’s position in the Navy. Little did she know, she would

continue to move frequently until retirement.

After graduating high school in a class of only 13, Miriam later attended

East Central Junior College in Decatur, Mississippi. Majoring in secretarial

studies, she explained that at that time, women normally prepared

to be a secretary/bookkeeper, teacher or nurse. Upon completion at

East Central, she began working for Mississippi Paint and Glass as a

secretary and bookkeeper. There, she realized that bookkeeping was

much more enjoyable for her than secretarial work, and that began her

pursuit of an accounting degree. She saved up her money, bought a car,

and drove it down to Hattiesburg.

When asked about her college experience, she described Southern

Miss as a supportive, friendly campus. She and her friends would often

attend football games, go see plays put on by the Theatre department,

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