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Vol.1 Issue 6 March 2016


Message from the Dean

The Mitchell College of Business Executive Advisory Council welcomed twelve new members at its spring meeting in February. The Council provides strategic guidance for the College and serves as an advocate for the College with internal and external constituents.

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Dean Mitchell College of Business

Student Spotlight: Savannah Boyd

My name is Savannah Boyd and I am a senior at the University of South Alabama majoring in accounting. Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, I chose South Alabama because I loved the atmosphere here and being close to the beach wasn’t too bad either.

Savannah Boyd

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Jerkins

Nearly a year ago as a senior in the Mitchell College of Business, I began an economic development internship at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. The week following graduation, I began fulltime as project coordinator. Over a month ago, I was promoted to the role of research manager. 

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Emily Jerkins

Ask the Expert from the MCOB Executive Advisory Council – What do employers look for when hiring?

Chris Melton, MCOB Alumnus and Chairman and CEO of The White Oak Group in Atlanta shared his insights regarding critical skills required of today’s college graduates: 

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Chris Melton

First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy

In February, the Mitchell Scholars met with Miguel Fraga, the First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington.  Mr. Fraga is Cuba’s second-highest ranking diplomat to the United States.  The visit was a part of a three-day visit to the University and the city of Mobile.

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Miguel Fraga

Retail and Manufacturing in the Mobile Area

Crossman and Company recently released its 2016 Southeast U.S. Retail Real Estate Market Report. The report, released nationally to retailers, developers, appraisers, and lenders, includes information on the top 30 retail markets in the Southeast.

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Sisson and Jay Williams

Hardin-Eaves Accounting Scholarship Received Donation

Ms. Lacy Eaves recently donated to the Hardin-Eaves Scholarship Fund in memory of her late husband Scotty Eaves.  Mr. Eaves was the founder of Besco Steel Supply which has operations in Birmingham, Nashville, and Winder, GA

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Dr. Tom Noland, Ms. Lacy Eaves, Ms. Teresa Boudreau (daughter of Ms. Eaves), Dr. Russell Hardin

Faculty News

Donald Epley has an article forthcoming in the Journal of Real Estate Literature titled “Assumptions and Restrictions On the Use of Repeat Sales To Estimate Residential Price Appreciation.”  This paper presents an argument that indexes such as the well-known Dow Jones Case-Shiller Price Index are likely based on faulty theory.

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MCOB Gonfalon

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