HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated its distinguished faculty members and students during an annual Honors Banquet held Thursday, April 16th at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.
Forty student candidates were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier honor society recognizing the highest standards in business excellence. Among the first-time inductees were 16 juniors, 15 seniors, and six graduate students. Three graduate students were also inducted as 2nd Recognition Members, meaning they were inducted into BGS as undergraduates but achieved the academic standing to also be inducted as graduate students.
Additionally, Charles C. "Chuck Scianna, Jr. was inducted as a Chapter Honoree and Dr. Brigitte Burgess, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Assessment, was inducted as a Faculty Member.
Dr. Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong, a professor in the Department of Marketing and Merchandising, received the Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award. Part of Dr. Yaoyuneyong's teaching philosophy is to equip students with the tools necessary for real life. "It is important not only to acquire knowledge and skill, but also to know how to best apply one's knowledge and skills in diverse circumstances" she said.
The Dr. Louis K. Brandt Publication Award was given to Brian J. Collins, an associate professor in the Department of Management and international Business. In 2014, Collins published articles in Journal of Management and Leadership Quarterly. His research focuses on employee responses to supervisory treatment and how these perceptions influence workplace behavior.
Kent McCarty, a senior graduating with a degree in finance, received the Outstanding Student Award for the College of Business. The award is the highest honor that a student in the College of Business can receive. McCarty is a Presidential Scholar and a member of Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Lambda Sigma honors societies.
In 2012, he started Java Moe' Coffee Company and by the end of the year had expanded to three locations. The following year, he acquired Delta Blues Coffee Distributor, a wholesale coffee and product distributer, to supplement his existing business. In addition to maintaining his businesses and his stellar GPA, he is actively involved with the community and serves as a Board Member with the Great Pine Belt Community Foundation.
Other award winners from each department include the following:
Becker CPA Review 50% Scholarship - Stephen Glen Broome
Beta Alpha Psi Awards -Ashley Lynn Foley; Jonathan Blake Pittman
Jarvis Maxey Award - Jasmine Johnson
Charles Jordan Award - Cory Herrington
Frederick D. Kenamond Award - Jonathan Blake Pittman
Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Award - Alexandra Nicole Hancock
BKD Awards - Samantha Teel Gill; James Ashton Williams
Haddox Reid Eubank Betts Awards - Morgan Elizabeth Smith; David E Sones
Posey-Munn Book Awards (sponsored by Wiley Publishers) - Nina E Bellipanni; Kimberly Melinda Craven; Joshua Alexander Kalifeh; Kody Donivan Ladner
Banking and Finance Outstanding Student Award - Kent McCarty
Finance Faculty Awards - Emma Floyd; Nicolas Zogaib; Alisha DeFatta
Wall Street Journal Award -Tanner Shaw; Bradley Floore
Parham Bridges Real Estate Award - Holden LeBlanc
CFA Society Award - Nicholas Algero
Special Achievement Award in Finance - Ryan Channell
Outstanding Student in Human Resources - Sabrina Bryant
Outstanding Student in Management - Nicholas Johnson
Outstanding Student in International Business - Taylor Baker; Zachary Lankford
Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship - Jacob Vickers
Most Entrepreneurial Student Award - Shonice Musgrove
Stanley A. Brooking Memorial Award in Supply Chain/Operations Management - Cory Herrington
Martin Stegenga Academic Award in Management - Brandon Balli
Outstanding Student in Sales Award - Sam Newman; Ashley Grillot
Marketing Innovative and Creativity Award - James Matthew Hamil; Julianne Ruckman
Mississippi Power Company & Marketing Faculty Award - Gia Broussard
David E. Ford Marketing Leadership Award - Shelby Glover
Outstanding Senior in Merchandising - Kelsey Rinehart
Most Promising Professional in Merchandising - Alyssa Worman
Outstanding Coast Scholar - Richard A. Fitzsimmons
Outstanding Junior Scholar - Alyssa Cherie Rosen
Outstanding Senior Scholar - Sean P. Moody
Spirit of Hospitality Award - Shanice A. Hicks
Outstanding Graduate Student in Economic Development Award - Brett Alexander Doleac
Outstanding Graduate Student in Professional Accountancy Award -Ashley Lynn Foley; Sara Elizabeth Freeman
Outstanding MBA Graduate Award - Jeremy Hedman; Miranda Hedman; Bradley Ward
Outstanding Student in Business Foundations - Jane Broussard; Tammy Shaw
Federation of Schools of Accountancy Award - Stephen Glen Broome
College Wide & Faculty
Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key Award - Alexandra Hancock
Dean's Leadership Award - Charles Craft
Citizen Scholar Award - Ned Nelson
Outstanding Student Award for the College of Business - Kent McCarty
Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award - Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong
Dr. Louis K. Brandt Publication Award - Brian J. Collins