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Vol.1 Issue 7 April 2016


Message from the Dean

Welcome to pollen season on Mobile Bay. Everything has a light yellow coating and those of us with allergies are coping as best we can. Oh well, the end of the semester and summer can't be too far away.

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Dean Mitchell College of Business

Student Spotlight: Alexander Wentz

My name is Alex Wentz, I am a junior in the Mitchell College of Business (MCOB) and am dual majoring in business management and finance. As a native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, I was drawn to the University of South Alabama by the MCOB.

Alexander Wentz

Alumni Spotlight: Cindy Rathle

I attended the University of South Alabama in 1984 to pursue a degree in accounting. I had taken an accounting course in high school and became interested in financial problem-solving, ultimately deciding that I wanted to pursue my undergraduate degree in the accounting field.

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Cindy Rathle

Ask the Expert from the MCOB Executive Advisory Council - (1) How is the fiber optic network changing our lives? (2) What are smart machines and how will they change our lives?

(1) How is the fiber optic network changing our lives? The copper infrastructure that has been in place for decades has served us well, but today we have extreme demands for bandwidth, and copper has reached its limits. At Southern Light, we say that fiber is “futureproof.”

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Andy Newton

Inaugural Professor for the Day Event in the MCOB

To achieve the strategic goal of actively involving business and community professionals in our classes to enrich the learning experiences of our students, the Mitchell College of Business hosted the inaugural “Professor for the Day” program on March 24.

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Professor for the Day

First-ever MCOB Sales/Marketing Career Expo

The first-ever dedicated Sales/Marketing Career Expo at USA was held in the MCOB on March 31, 2016. Over fifteen national and regional firms visited the MCOB to recruit sales and marketing talent. The fair was open to all students interested in sales careers.

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Sales and Marketing Expo

Florsheim Shoes, Inc.  Donation Helps MCOB Students Dress for Success

Florsheim Shoes, Inc. is providing 15 pairs of men's shoes for the new MCOB clothes closet. The company is also making available a substantial discount for MCOB students to order shoes that retail for $100 for $45.00.

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Florsheim Shoes

USA Alumnus Jonathan Hursh Making A Difference Around the World

In March, Mitchell College of Business students met with Jonathan Hursh, a 2004 graduate and recent recipient of the USA National Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Jonathan Hursch

Beta Alpha Psi Chapter News

The Beta Alpha Psi chapter recently conducted a joint meeting with the University of Southern Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi.  

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BAP at the Beau Rivage

SHRM Collecting Children’s Books to Improve Literacy in Alabama

USA SHRM Chapter is collecting books for children ages 4 to 8 to improve literacy in Alabama.  Did you know…

Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 to 4 times more likely to drop out? (National Adult Literacy Survey, (1002) NCES, U.S. Department of Education)

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Child reading

Faculty News

Carol Vann’s paper, Strategic Benefits of Integrating the Managerial Accounting Function with Supply Chain Management, was published in the March/April 2016 edition of the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance.

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MCOB Gonfalon

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