College of Business Names 2017 Alumni Fellow
Mike McIlwain was recently selected as the 2017 Alumni Fellow for the College of Business. McIlwain is a 1987 accounting graduate, and serves as the President and CEO of PSAV. For more than 78 years, PSAV has been setting the standard for event technology services within the hotel, resort and conference center industry, offering expertise for everything from intimate gatherings to large conventions. McIlwain was nominated as one of the Top 100 Alumni during the College of Business’ Centennial Celebration in 2015, and he spoke to College of Business students as part of the College’s Leo W. Seal, Jr. Distinguished Speaker Series in 2016. Originally from Pahokee, FL, he resides in Chicago, IL.
Accounting for New Connections
Vy Nguyen, right, a sophomore accounting major, speaks with representatives from HORNE LLP during a speed networking event hosted by the Adkerson School of Accountancy on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in McCool Hall. The event challenged students to improve speaking skills, gain networking experience and stand out in a crowd. Other participating organizations included the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor, BKD, International Paper, KPMG, Deloitte and Ameriprise Financial Services.
MSU, South American Institution Link for Future Endeavors
MSU and the University of Chile are new partners in a special set of exchange programs for students engaged in start-up ventures and entrepreneurship. MSU also recently signed a memorandum of understanding to receive the country’s best and brightest graduate students with Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), an organization similar to the National Science Foundation.The first MOU operates through CONICYT’s International Cooperation Program. It outlined benefits Chilean students would receive when pursuing MSU postgraduate studies. The second memorandum of understanding is for MSU students to attend the University of Chile’s Faculty of Economics and Business, the oldest of its kind in Chile and consistently a top ranked school.
Economic Development Administration Grant Will Help MSU Promote Innovation, Strengthen Regional Economy
Spurred by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Mississippi State University’s Office of Outreach and Corporate Engagement will continue to promote innovation and use its resources to strengthen the regional economy. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recently announced MSU was one of 22 colleges and universities to receive a grant under the 2017 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. Jeffrey Rupp, outreach director for MSU’s College of Business, said MSU will receive nearly $600,000 over five years as part of the program. MSU has received continuous grant funding from this economic development program for about 20 years.
Starkville's First Micro-Transportation System Founded by COB Student Entrepreneurs
College of Business sophomores, James Moore and Cameron Maddox, are transforming the transportation system in Starkville. Moore and Maddox are bringing the city its first micro-transportation system, called “Cowbell Carts.” The two carts can seat up to six passengers, with routes to MSU's campus, the Cotton District and Main Street. The owners said their business will focus on the safety of the night life crowd, serving as an designated driver for students and residents. Cowbell Carts will officially begin business on the August 17, with business hours every Thursday-Sunday from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
MSU’s Adkerson Receives National PGA Honor
Jeff Adkerson, director of Mississippi State’s PGA Golf Management program, is the 2017 recipient of the Professional Golfers’ Association National Horton Smith Award. The honor recognizes golf professionals for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Adkerson will be recognized during an awards ceremony in conjunction with the 101st PGA of America Annual Meeting this November. The two-time MSU alumnus has received the Gulf States PGA’s Horton Smith Award four times.
Adkerson School of Accountancy Receives Five-Year Extension for AACSB Accreditation!
The Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy is proud to announce that its AACSB Accreditation has been extended for the next five years! Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB Accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.