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4.16.12

 

HAYDEN AND WITTMANN JOIN TRENT LOTT CENTER FELLOWS PROGRAM  


Dr. Bridget Hayden, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Dr. Michael Wittmann, Associate Professor of Marketing, have been selected to become the 2012 Trent Lott National Center Fellows. In order to achieve its potential of serving as the University's primary community economic development and business engagement entity, the Trent Lott National Center has created the Fellows Program for faculty and staff throughout the university to have formal affiliations with the Center. This new affiliation will create a mechanism for the expansion of a robust body of knowledge for the practice of community economic development, entrepreneurship and business engagement. Hayden will research the intersection between two trends of globalization and localization using immigration from an economic, social and cultural perspective and Wittman's research will include an analysis of the current practices of knowledge dissemination and the needs of the Mississippi business community.   

LESS FEDERAL JOB TRAINING FUNDS   


Federal funds for some training and job search programs have fallen even as the national unemployment rate stays above 8%. Federal money for the primary training program for dislocated workers is 18 percent lower in today's dollars than it was in 2006, even though there are six million more people looking for work now. Funds used to provide basic job search services, like guidance on résumés and coaching for interviews, have fallen by 13 percent. According to the New York Times, political fights have focused primarily on extensions of unemployment insurance, while the cuts in funds for training have passed with little debate and little notice.  LEARN MORE 

WRIGHT RECEIVES 'BEST MALE CITIZEN AWARD' AT SOUTHERN MISS     


Garrett Wright, an economic development master's student, received the Best Male Citizen Award at this year's Founders' Day Ceremony.  The award is given every year to a Southern Miss student who have best demonstrated traits of servant leadership, selfless giving to the university and to fellow students and exemplary citizenship. Garrett has received various scholarships, including Pearson Prize for Higher Education National Fellow, Fred McKinney Construction Engineering Scholarship, Bobby Chain Endowed Scholarship, Lee Chain Annual Scholarship and the Burdonne Young Scholarship. Garrett is also a member of the Luckyday Scholar Citizenship program, where he served as team president, team leader, on Freshman Council and on the Luckyday Scholar Selection Committee. He is a member of the Golden Key and Lambda Sigma Honor Societies, The Legacy, Student Eagle Club, Freshman Associates, Resident Hall Assistant, Resident Hall Assistant Advisory Board, and served as the past president and treasurer of Student Constructors.  

UPCOMING EVENTS     



April 21 - Economic Development Alumni and Friends Baseball Tailgate | View Invitation 

May 17 - Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation Industry Summit
The University of Southern Mississippi Long Beach | Register Now (FREE)  

September 17-20 - True South Basic Economic Development Course | Hattiesburg, MS  


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