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December 7, 2015
Chair of Economic Development, Tourism, and Sports Management to Retire at the end of this Academic Year
With the announced retirement of Dr. Bill Smith  at the end of this academic year, the College of Business is conducting an internal search to fill the Chair position in the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Sport Management.  

The chair reports directly to the dean  and is responsible for the department budget and for making recommendations to the dean for personnel needs. The chair leads the drive to enhance data-informed decisions in the unit, to set curricula, schedules and degree requirements. The chair is responsible for assessment plans and outcomes for the department. The chair also assists in recruiting and the accomplishment of college and university goals as he/she works with faculty to establish strategic initiatives. An earned doctorate degree (PhD, DBA) with a concentration in economic development, tourism, sport management or appointment at the rank of associate professor or professor is required. A preferred qualification is an affinity for external outreach related to advancement, cultivation of donors and recruitment of students.
Southern Entrepreneurship Program Holds Statewide Symposium
Article by James B. Wilcox

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP), a statewide outreach program of The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business and Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education, kicked off its 9th annual program series on Nov. 4 in Jackson, Miss.

Nearly 350 high school students and educators from across the state gathered at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University for the high-energy event and its interactive introduction to entrepreneurship, making it the largest SEP event since the program's founding in 2007.

Throughout the day, students gained valuable exposure to business and economic knowledge through multiple speakers and a competitive team challenge requiring student participants to creatively "brand" their hometowns.

The winning submission, titled "Gulfport - The Coast with the Most" proposed a simplified strategy for making the Gulf Coast city the entertainment destination of the South.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) is offered as an experiential education program for Mississippi's high school students and is operated by the Southern Miss Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. For further information, contact James Wilcox at [email protected].

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Student Economic Development Association trip to Hancock County
The University of Southern Mississippi's Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) was invited by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission to tour some of the Gulf Coast's most prominent industrial and commercial institutions. On the morning of Friday, November 20th, the group arrived at the Stennis International Airport Terminal Building. Following a tour of Stennis, the group departed to Port Bienville.
After visiting the port, the group took a tour of SNF Polychemie. The group then stopped for lunch at the Infinity Science Center Cafe. They left the Infinity Science Center and ended their trip at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company for a tour of the brewing facility. The student group enjoyed their trip and wanted to emphasize their gratitude toward the people that enabled this opportunity.
SEDA would like to thank Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, especially Ms. Susie Veglia, for planning this exciting experience.
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