Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge On-Campus Competitions Set

Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge On-Campus Competitions Set

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from USM

Students from Mississippi Public Universities across the state are preparing to unveil their ideas for solving Mississippi's most pressing problems and helping reach the goals established by Blueprint Mississippi. Beginning tomorrow, student teams will compete in competitions held on campus. The winning team from each campus will advance to the state competition, which will be held in Jackson in March.

The schedule for the on-campus competitions includes:

Friday, November 7

University of Mississippi, Insight Park, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Judges:Bethany Cooper, Corporate Recruitment & Talent Management Coordinator, FNC, Inc.Dr. Clay Dibrell, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor of Management, UMRandy Leister, President, BancorpSouth-OxfordJon Maynard, President/CEO, Chamber of Commerce, EDF, OxfordThe Honorable Pat Patterson, Mayor, City of OxfordWednesday, November 12

Delta State University, Baioni Conference Center, 1:00 p.m.Judges:Dr. Vicki Bingham, Chair of Academic Programs, Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Associate Professor of Nursing, DSUDr. Cheryl Cummins, Director of Field Experiences, DSUDr. Paul Hankins, Chair, Music Department, DSUDr. Rebecca Hochradel, Chair of Management, Marketing & Business Administration, Associate Professor of Management & Marketing, DSUAllan Mitchell, Interim Chair, Division of Language & Literature, Associate Professor of English, DSUJackson State University, College of Business Building, Pittman Auditorium, Room 134, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Judges: TBAMonday, November 17

University of Southern Mississippi, Ogletree House, Hattiesburg Campus, Displays at 4:00 p.m., Presentations at 5:00 p.m.Judges:Julie Breazeale, CEO, Polk's Meats, Inc., MageeAbb Payne, President, Camellia Healthcare, HattiesburgWanda Simpson, Director, Forrest County Department of Human ServicesBenny Waddle, CPA, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending, BancorpSouthTuesday, November 18

Alcorn State University, Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Hall, Gold Room, 10:00 a.m.Judges: TBAFriday, December 5

Mississippi State University, Foster Ballroom, Colvard Student Union, 10:00 a.m.Judges: TBAStudents are asked to focus their efforts in support of one of the nine goals identified by Blueprint Mississippi. In 2012, Blueprint Mississippi, an independent cooperative of organizations and leaders conducted an objective review of Mississippi's economic opportunities and recommended actions for putting Mississippi in the place of greatest opportunity, identified nine goals to enable a more prosperous, vibrant, and resilient Mississippi, built upon a foundation of economic opportunity for all its citizens.

The nine Blueprint Mississippi goals include:

Increase the Educational Achievement of MississippiansCultivate a More Robust Workforce in MississippiStrengthen and Expand Mississippi's EconomyPromote Health Care as an Economic DriverSupport Mississippi's Creative EconomyContinually Develop the Infrastructure for a Competitive EconomyIncrease Availability of Financial CapitalCultivate Diversity, Community Cooperation and Racial ReconciliationImprove Communication and Coordination Among Public, Private and Non-profit LeadersThe goals of the Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge are to encourage students to develop ideas for solving Mississippi's most pressing problems, while learning important lessons about planning, teamwork and presenting ideas.

More information is available on Mississippi Public Universities' website at and will be posted on Twitter @MSPublicUniv.