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2009 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees Honored

The Else School of Management held its Beta Gamma Sigma Induction ceremony at the Old Capital Museum on April 16, 2009.  Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) program at a school accredited by AACSB International

Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees, 2009

The 2009 inductees are  Juniors:  Laura Litton, Beth Fossen, Julia Jesuit, Florence Williams, and Alexander B. Nessel; Seniors:  Evgenia S. Ustinova, James W. Rice, Jr., Michael Tait Hendrix, and Bobbi Nicole Jones; Graduate:  Bradley A. Thompson, Jonathan Breck Stringer, James Robbin Jeter, Rome Austin Emmons, Melanie R. Austin, Amanda C. Robertson, Elizabeth C. Parsons, Susan S. Wiggins, Amanda J. Morris, and Will Hippler.  Pictured with the students are Dean Howard McMillan, Dr. Penelope Prenshaw, Dr. Bill Brister, Dr. Patrick Taylor, Dr. Walter Neely, and Haley Fisackerly, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi, Inc.  Mr. Fisackerly gave the keynote speech at the ceremony.


Business Advantage Programs for Students and Professionals

The first class of the BAP Students Program:  Brittany Tait (Religious Studies), Elizabeth Meyer (PreMed), Kathleen Morrison (English), Whitney West (Psychology), Caroline Massey (Art History), Katie Tebo (Psychology), JP McVaugh (Chemistry/Physics), Ellen Davies (Education), Jessica Eastin (Psychology), and Amanda Hoak (Undecided).
BAP for Students, 2009 Session

The Else School of Management recently completed its first session of the Student Business Advantage Program.  The four -week, eight credit hour program covered the business basics of accounting, economics, marketing, management, and communications and was designed to appeal to students who wanted to be knowledgeable about business but did not plan to major in business.  “I took the BAP to establish a basic understanding of the business world and to educate my self with issues that I may be faced with down the road in terms of finances and management,” said Katie Tebo, a Millsaps psychology major from Baton Rouge, LA. 

The Else School will offer a Business Advantage Program designed for professionals in the fall 2009 semester.  “Many people work in a business organization and have no formal business training,” said Dr. Blakely Fender, associate professor of economics and head of the Business Advantage Program.  “We thought it would be useful to put together a program for non-business professionals to get formal business training.” 

Else School of Management faculty members will lead the 14-week course that will provide a fundamental understanding of accounting, economics, marketing, management, and communications.  Students will analyze case studies and visit business leaders.  A certificate will be awarded upon completion.

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Yucatan Summer 2009

Yucatan, Summer 2009Our students are already back from an amazing experience in Yucatan!  This group of students had the opportunity to learn firsthand about conducting business in a global economy.  Sure, studying NAFTA and cross-cultural management styles in a classroom is worthwhile, but learning them in a Mexican maquilladora from the co-owners is something quite different. 

This May, our students spent four days learning international management, accounting, and lean manufacturing processes in the Yucatan location of a leading manufacturer of clothing and equipment for fire and police uniforms in the United States.  From the factory to the farm, the program took a trip to Xixim to visit Bob Gow and his bamboo plantation and tilapia farm.  For anyone interested in politics, you may remember Gow from his role as the head of Zapata Corporation, taking over after its founder George H. Bush went to Congress.  We had the pleasure of visiting with Gow at his renovated hacienda where he shared his stories of politics, business and international adventure.  In the “you never know where you might meet a Millsaps graduate” category, when we arrived at the Gow’s tilapia farm, the manager made note of a student’s Millsaps shirt.  Turns out (unknown to us in planning the trip) that Patrick McCarthy (Millsaps ’97) actually runs the farm! 

Of course, no trip to Merida would be complete without staying in the Else School’s own traditional “Yucatecan” eight-bedroom home, side trips to the crystal blue cenotes of Cuzama or the beach near the Port of Progresso!

Come Learn with Us (In Yucatan!)

Why should the students have all the fun?  This October, the Else School is sponsoring a trip to Yucatan to live and learn as our students do!  Based out of the Else School’s own house in Merida, Mexico, we plan to explore what the State of Yucatan has to offer. 

The trip is planned during the thousands of years old Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in this city of over one million people.  During this annual tradition, the locals build monuments in the historic square to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed.  From the food, to the hospitality of the local families, to the sugar skulls sold in nearly every store, Merida is transformed during this unique tradition. 

The trip will also include a day in Los Dos Cooking School where Chef David Sterling will give a class in local Yucatecan cuisine!  David was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Show giving the host a lesson in Yucatecan cooking in his home in Merida.  Even if you aren’t a cooking fan, the food and wine you will enjoy are worth the trip!  We will also be touring the Millsaps’ Bio-cultural Reserve Kaxil Kiuik and the famous Mayan ruins at Uxmal. 

This trip is planned for October 27-November 3, 2009.  The cost is $1,250 per person and includes all meals, light snacks, lodging and ground transportation in the Yucatan.  For more information, please contact Harvey Fiser at!

Merida, Yucatan

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