University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
June 27, 2011
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Mitchell College of Business Hosts Bedsole Scholars


The University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business recently hosted a seminar for the Bedsole Scholars, college students from across southwest Alabama who have received scholarships from the J.L. Bedsole Foundation. The students, who are selected based on their leadership skills and potential, are encouraged to stay in Alabama for their careers.

USA Mitchell College of Business professors conducted a leadership seminar for freshman scholarship students, upperclassmen and alumni.

Leadership Seminar I, aimed at the 41 freshman scholars, focused on self-knowledge and goal-setting. Leadership Seminar II, which was targeted to 34 upperclassmen and alumni, explored leadership styles, communication and team-building skills.

Mitchell College of Business Management Professor Dr. Paul Pietri organized the seminars for the fourth year in a row. He said that this year’s class marked the largest number of visiting Bedsole Scholars to USA, with students from eight universities and colleges across the state.


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