College of Business makes move to Scianna Hall

College of Business makes move to Scianna Hall

This is a news release from USM

The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Business began relocating July 15 to Scianna Hall, its new home, after being housed for decades in Joseph Greene Hall.

On May 10, 2012, Southern Miss officials broke ground on Scianna Hall, a 93,000-square-foot facility located next to the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. It is named in honor of Southern Miss alumnus Charles "Chuck" Scianna, who committed $6 million toward the project. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility will be held in September.

"Scianna Hall will have a transformative influence on our college's outreach and perception of the outstanding programs we offer," said College of Business Dean Dr. Faye Gilbert. "We're grateful to Chuck Scianna and his family and the hundreds of other donors whose support has energized the college's faculty, staff and students."

The Southern Miss College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs, including an online Master of Business Administration, and houses the following:

*School of Accountancy
*Department Economic Development and Tourism
*Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law
*Department of Management and International Business
*Department of Marketing and Merchandising

"It's the beginning of a new era," said Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Assessment Dr. Brigitte Burgess, who praised the student-focused design of Scianna Hall that includes spacious meeting areas and study alcoves. "I think the environment of our new building will foster creative activity and innovative thinking."

Southern Miss senior accounting major Blake Dunaway of Columbia, Miss. agrees. "I believe we have one of the best business colleges in the country, and this new facility really sets us apart in what we can offer students," he said.

Gilbert earned her undergraduate degree from the Southern Miss College of Business and has a sense of nostalgia for Greene Hall and its namesake, the late Dr. Joe Greene, who also served as the college's dean.

"When I walked in for the first day of our move, I took a moment to be grateful for all of the wonderful programs and people who came through this building, and the commitment that Dr. Greene had for securing good faculty and providing quality programs for our students," she said. "We will continue honoring his legacy."

Gilbert already has a parking space picked out at Scianna Hall. "I just have to convince everyone else it's mine," she said.

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