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Vol. 2 Issue 8 May 2017


Message from the Dean

May has arrived and with it another end of the semester. A number of our students are leaving us to work, attend graduate school, or spend one last summer on the beach before starting the job search. We’re working to curb the enthusiasm for the last alternative but ingrained habits die hard.

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Dean Mitchell College of Business

Student Spotlight: Emma Fairbanks

Hello, I'm Emma Fairbanks. I moved to Mobile four years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma to attend the University of South Alabama. In May, I graduated summa cum laude from the Mitchell College of Business with a Human Resource (HR) management concentration.

Emma Fairbanks

Alumni Spotlight Christopher Jett, Hospital Administrator, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Mitchell College of Business from 2002-2006. It is interesting to look back on that time and remember how you felt while completing your education, and then reflecting on how those four years have helped set the course of your life.

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Christopher Jett

In this month’s Ask the Expert column, we visit with Jim Foley, Managing Partner of Fairhope Brewing Company in Fairhope, Alabama…


I grew up in New Jersey and earned an accounting degree from Villanova University before attending law school at The University of Alabama. In law school I became good friends with Brian Kane, who would wind up becoming my partner in this venture.

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Jim Foley

Alumni Fellow Awards

As a part of our 50th anniversary celebration, the Mitchell College of Business inducted our first class of Alumni Fellows at our annual Scholars Banquet. This program formally recognizes Mitchell College alumni whose lives, professions, and contributions to society exemplify the highest ideals of the College and the University.

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Alumni Award

2017 Scholars Banquet Honors MCOB Students

Dr. Tony Waldrop, President of the University, welcomed over 300 attendees to the second annual MCOB Scholars Banquet. This special event allowed scholarship recipients to connect with and thank their scholarship donors.

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Scholars Banquet

Executive in Residence Spring 2017 - Mr. Jake Gosa

Mr. James J. (Jake) Gosa joined the Mitchell College this spring as our Executive in Residence. Mr. Gosa is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of American Woodmark.

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Jake Gosa

2017 “Professor for a Day” Offers MCOB Students Opportunities to Interact with Business Leaders

In early April the Mitchell College of Business celebrated Professor for a Day. The annual event brings senior business leaders from the region to campus to speak to classes.

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Professor for a Day

Coastal Venture Competition Awards over $12,000 to Entrepreneurs

The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) hosted the inaugural Coastal Venture Competition on April 7, 2017. During the weeks leading up to the event, nineteen videos were submitted resulting in thirteen qualified entrants.

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Coastal Venture Competition Winner

Dr. Clark Wins Dr. Glenn Sebastian’s Faculty of the Year Award

On April 24, 2017, Dr. Sonya Clark, Director of the MCOB Professional Readiness Engagement Program, was awarded the Dr. Glenn Sebastian’s Faculty of the Year Award by the USA Student Government Association.

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Dr. Sonya Clark

MCOB Real Estate Students Beating Top Business Schools in Real Estate Competition – Go JAGS!

A team of Mitchell College of Business commercial real estate finance and investment students, consisting of Jake Arcuri, Sean DeMattei, Levi Ehmka, and Andrew Tranchina, entered the 2017 Real Confidence Challenge.

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Real Estate Competition

CREED’s Partners Provide Scholarships for Students’ Study Abroad this Summer

The Center for Real Estate and Economic Development recently awarded multiple scholarships to students participating in two upcoming study abroad trips. For 10 days in May, 6 USA students will study marketing in Costa Rica with Drs. Alvin Williams and David Turnipseed.

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Study Abroad Students with Dr. Cummings

MCOB Faculty Support Undergraduate Research

Faculty in the Mitchell College of Business support the University’s efforts to increase undergraduate research by encouraging student research and participating in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF).

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NCUR Turnipseed

Student Organization News

Beta Alpha Psi had a busy month with spring initiation, two professional meetings and a recruiting event.  The first professional meeting was presented by the Alabama Society of CPAs with Diane Christy (ASCPA VP Communications) and Peter Susman (Assistant Controller of USA) speaking.

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Beta Gamma Sigma Sign

Faculty News

Dengjun Zhang, Jinghua Xie and Ermanno Affuso. “An Efficiency and Productivity Analysis of the Agricultural Sector in Alabama” was accepted for publication in the International Review of Applied Economics. Ermanno Affuso, J. Reid Cummings and Huubinh B. Le. “The External Cost of Asbestos in the Housing Market” was accepted for publication in Applied Economics Letters.

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MCOB Gonfalon

Snap Shots

Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes Dr. Ko Hsu as Professor of the Year for 2017.  Pictured to the right is Dr. Gwendolyn Pennywell presenting Dr. Ko Hsu with the award.

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Dr. Ko Hsu as Professor of the Year for 2017

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