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Vol.1 Issue 8 May 2016

 

Message from the Dean

Another academic year is drawing to a close.  It seems as if Fall Convocation was just last week—the passing of the months seems to accelerate as each year goes by.

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Dean Mitchell College of Business


Student Spotlight: Ashton Phillips

My name is Ashton Phillips and I am a senior majoring in Accounting. I transferred to South Alabama from Faulkner State Community College to pursue a dual degree in education and science. After a few classes, I realized education wasn’t for me.

Ashton Phillips


Alumni Spotlight: Carol Statter

As a college freshman many years ago, I, like many of my friends, had not decided on a major. Without real direction, attending classes while working full time finally took its toll with my paycheck winning the battle.

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Carol Statter

Ask the Expert from the MCOB Executive Advisory Council - “How to Prepare for Overtime Rule Changes”

On March 14 the US Department of Labor sent its proposed Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules to the US Office of Management and Budget. Experts predict that the final rules will be published sometime between late April and early July 

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Liz Freeman

Executive Leadership Speaker - Mr. Matt Saurage, Chairman of Community Coffee

Mr. Matt Saurage, Chairman of Community Coffee, spoke to MCOB students in the Student Center Ballroom on April 26. Students learned that Mr. Saurage joined the family business in 1995 and gained experience in most areas of the Company, including the coffee roasting facility, 

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Matt Saurage

Executive in Residence Spring 2016 is Alumnus, Mr. Mike Dow

Mr. Mike Dow, one of the MCOB’s best known alumni, was the Executive in Residence for the spring semester. Mr. Dow earned an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA from the Mitchell College of Business and he currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board 

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Mike Dow

Scholarship Dinner Honors Scholarship Recipients and Academic Achievement

The first MCOB Scholarship Awards Dinner recognized a record breaking number of scholarship recipients. This year the Mitchell College awarded 74 academic scholarships to deserving students, in addition to 25 Mitchell Scholarships.

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Scholarship Dinner

Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts New Members

IIn April the MCOB Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma initiated 15 new members.  Founded in 1913, the first national honor society in business is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an 

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Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts New Members

Young Entrepreneurs Class Present their Case for Business Funding (YEA)

In a city wide effort between USA’s Mitchell College of Business, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS); students of ASMS were able to present new business ideas to a panel of investors for funding.

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Young Entrepreneurs Class Present their Case for Business Funding (YEA)

Ambassador David O'Sullivan Spoke to the USA Community about Trade and EU-US Relations

Ambassador David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States of America, spoke to USA Students and Faculty on April 25 in the Student Center Ballroom; the topic of his speech was “Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP),” 

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Ambassador David O'Sullivan

MCOB students present at the Annual SOBIE Conference.

Six MCOB students presented their research at the Society of Business, Industry, and Economics (SOBIE) 18th Annual Conference on April 12 – 15 in Destin, Florida. The SOBIE mission is to encourage business faculty members and their students to respond to current 

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MCOB students present at the Annual SOBIE Conference.

Three MCOB Students awarded Summer Research Grants

This year three MCOB undergraduate students were awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships by the Office of Undergraduate Research for their research projects.  The purpose of the summer research grant program is to involve undergraduate students in 

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Three MCOB Students awarded Summer Research Grants

Faculty News

Three faculty to retire at the end of this academic year: Dr. Donald Epley, Department of Finance, joined the MCOB in 2005 from Washington State University where he was the Victor Lyon Distinguished Professor. 

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MCOB Gonfalon

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