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May 01, 2019
MSED Alums Named to 2019 Mississippi Business Journal "Top 50 under 40"

Three MSED alumnus were selected for the 2019 Mississippi Business Journal Top 50 under 40 award. This annual award recognizes Mississippi's best and brightest. Nominees must have lived and worked in Mississippi for at least two years, be under 40 years of age, and be heavily involved  in their  communities.

This year Chelsy Everett, Research Director for Economic Development of the ADP of Hattiesburg,  Matthew Harrison, President and Executive Director of the Grenada County Economic Development District and Grenada Area Chamber of Commerce, and Blaine LaFontaine, Candidate for the Mississippi State Senate District 46 and President of the Hancock County Board of Supervisors won the award.
Dr. Chad Miller Featured on  Next Move Group's "We Are Jobs" Podcast

Dr. Chad Miller, director of the Master of Science in Economic Development Program at USM, was recently featured on Next Move Group's "We Are Jobs" podcast. Alongside host Chad Chancellor, Dr. Miller discusses the history of the MSED program as well as how students and practitioners both benefit from the program. 


The "We Are Jobs" podcast is an ongoing series focused on interviewing difference makers in the world of economic development, with a focus on small to mid-sized companies and communities.You can listen to Dr. Miller's podcast, and the rest of the "We Are Jobs" series by clicking here.

Oceanographer Robert Ballard Speaks at Southern Miss 
Robert Ballard, the oceanographer most noted for discovering the RMS Titanic, was recently a guest presenter at the University Forum. Ballard's presentation, "Finding the Titanic and Other Tales of the Sea" chronicled  the discovery of the ill-fated vessel in 1985. The talk also covered notable underwater discoveries such as the wreck of the Lusitania, the Bismark (a German battleship) and the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that sank at the Battle of Midway. Ballard was also instrumental in the discovery of hydro thermal vents in the Galapagos Rift and Ballard was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George H.W. Bush in 2003.

"Bob Ballard is a modern-day adventurer, an undersea Indiana Jones, whose explorations remind us that we should not ignore the part of history that lies at the bottom of the ocean," said Dr. Andrew Haley, director of University Forum. "His discovery of the remains of the Titanic forced us to grapple with the limits of technology, even as it demonstrated the power of science, math, and engineering to overcome even the most daunting hurdles."
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