College of Business' Carol Young Honored Among Winners of the 2016 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards!
Congratulations to Finance and Economics staff member Carol Young, who was named a winner of the 2016 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award during MSU's Staff Appreciation Day today! To be eligible for this prestigious honor, staff members must exemplify professionalism and dedication to MSU by performing beyond the call of duty to improve service, quality, and image of the department/unit; serve as a positive role model for other faculty, staff, and/or students; demonstrate outstanding accomplishments of significance based on initiative, cooperation, and ability to perform a job successfully; demonstrate a high degree of competence and expertise; and work beyond the boundaries of the job by participating in university or community service projects.
May 2016 Dividends Show Now Available for Viewing!
Check out this month's Dividends Show, featuring two of our student entrepreneurs here at Mississippi State! Host Jeffrey Rupp interviews Nate Baker, a junior College of Business student and President of the MSU E-Club, who shares with us how he first became involved with the Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach during his freshman year, and the opportunities that the E-Center and E-Club have to offer for MSU students. We also speak with Anna Barker, a senior College of Business student and entrepreneur. Anna discusses her start-up, BioProvision LLC -- a company that is creating an environmentally-friendly fire suppression system, which would protect residential homes from burning in the event of a wildfire!
MSU VBOC's Pornovets Recognized as Mississippi's Small Business Person of the Year by U.S. SBA
Mike Pornovets, a U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours in Afghanistan and another in Iraq returned home to Gulfport five years ago to start his now thriving retail business, Everything Kayak. Also a counselor for Mississippi State’s Veterans Business Outreach Center, Pornovets recently has been honored by the Small Business Administration as Mississippi’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year. Pornovets started working last August as a part-time counselor with MSU’s VBOC—which advises military veterans and spouses who are aspiring entrepreneurs on how to start and maintain their businesses. One of only 15 VBOC’s in the nation, MSU’s program serves Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. The center is a partnership between MSU’s College of Business and the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans.
COB Student Elizabeth Modzeleski Selected as Inaugural Recipient of Jack R. Lee Award
Congratulations to Elizabeth K. Modzeleski, a senior business administration major from Roswell, GA, as she was selected as the inaugural recipient of The Jack R. Lee Award for the best student paper written for FIN 4743, Consumer Finance. Professor Tom Miller and Wilma Peterson from the Department of Finance and Economics presented Elizabeth with a commemorative plaque and a check to honor her achievement. Her paper, entitled, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its Effect on the Payday Loan Market,” discussed recent articles that debate opposing viewpoints on the appropriateness of federal regulation in this loan market.
MSU's E-Center Dedication Opens Doors To Student-Driven, Innovative Businesses
The College of Business welcomed a large crowd that included business leaders, alumni, donors and entrepreneurs to the McCool Hall atrium Tuesday, April 19, for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach. Speakers throughout the ceremony told the story of how the idea for an E-Center grew from a small space in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park to the 2,000 square-foot hub it is today. The ceremony also honored Gerald Nelson, the first director for MSU’s entrepreneurship program who retired in 2013.
Marketing Doctoral Student Selected as MSU's Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year!
Congratulations to business administration/marketing doctoral student Alex Krallman, who was named Mississippi State’s 2016 Donald Zacharias Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year by the MSU Graduate Student Association. She was honored formally at the recent 14th annual Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet, they are among more than 30 cited for various personal accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year. The GSA and the Office of the Graduate School co-sponsored the event. Alex was selected among a total of nine nominees from colleges and departments across campus for this prestigious honor.
MSU's MBA Case Team Earns 4th Place Overall in 2016's SEC MBA Case Competition!
Mississippi State came in fourth place overall in the 2016 SEC MBA Case Competition held recently at the University of Arkansas. MBA students Brandon Balli, Charlie Dean, Garrett Dismukes and Carew Ferguson represented MSU during this year's event. A team of four MBA students from every SEC university was presented a business case by Henkel, a multinational company that produces consumer and industrial products. The teams, who were separated into four divisions, proposed their solutions to a panel of judges, including Henkel executives, on Saturday morning in divisional rounds. The top four proposals moved on to the final round to determine the winner of the competition. In addition to the fourth place prize, Case Team member Carew Ferguson was awarded top prize for Best Q&A Discussion in MSU's division, which included LSU, Ole Miss and South Carolina.