USM Finance College students Taking part in Nationwide Competitors

06/16/2022 – 11:22am | By: David Tisdale

5 College of Southern Mississippi (USM) college students in its School of Enterprise
and Financial Improvement College of Finance are contributors within the last spherical of
the Group Financial institution Case Research Competitors, sponsored by the Convention of State Financial institution
Supervisors (CSBS). 

The USM crew is just one of 5 groups which have made it to the ultimate spherical. The finalists
superior by means of two rounds of judging and an unique pool of 23 taking part groups
representing 21 universities.

The competitors’s pupil groups include three-five undergraduate college students, with
all case examine work performed beneath the steering of a faculty school advisor; pupil
groups had discretion to satisfy with and interview the members of their companion neighborhood
financial institution as usually as agreed upon by the financial institution. Moreover, every pupil crew submitted
a paper that examined their case examine findings, and an elective five-minute video
highlighting their case examine paper. The paper was to be not more than 25 pages and
included visualizations illustrating pupil findings.

This nationwide educational competitors for undergraduate college students options pupil groups
who’ve partnered with local people banks to conduct unique case research on
related subjects. Along with offering undergraduate college students with a superb
alternative to have interaction and achieve useful information of the banking business, the case
examine competitors offers neighborhood banks a chance to inform their particular person tales.
The competitors additionally serves as a method of constructing additional understanding of the neighborhood
financial institution enterprise mannequin, and the function neighborhood banks play in native communities and to
join teachers and millennials with the neighborhood banking business. 

USM crew members embrace Douglas Rehm, Joseph Sumrall, Emma Warren, Mekhi Wyman, and
Brock Revels; the crew is partnering with The First Financial institution of Hattiesburg. The primary,
second and third place groups might be introduced July 12 by way of the CSBS YouTube channel
and the CSBS Twitter feed (@CSBSNews). Their work might be printed within the annual
CSBS Journal of Group Financial institution Case Research. 

Chase Blankenship, Market President for The First Financial institution in Hattiesburg and adjunct
teacher within the College of Finance, serves as advisor for the crew. He broached the
concept of recruiting a pupil crew final 12 months for the competitors with Dr. Bret Becton,
dean of the faculty.

“In 2021, a gaggle of scholars have been hand-picked by me and Dr. [Kimberly] Goodwin to
get us a crew within the competitors and simply get our ft moist,” Blankenship stated. “We
turned in a superb paper, nevertheless it was primarily a studying expertise for us all.

“This [academic] 12 months, I began my fall semester FIN 350 class by telling the scholars
concerning the competitors and advised them they’d have the chance to write down a two-page
essay as to why they needed to be on the crew. I knowledgeable them the highest 5 essays
could be picked to kind the crew within the spring.”

Utilizing The First Financial institution as the topic of its case examine, the crew is using the competitors’s
standards for its mission that embrace analyzing the banking surroundings over the past
10 years to determine probably the most important developments for neighborhood banks whereas trying
to foretell probably the most important modifications that might affect the business over the following
10 years.

Attaining a greater understanding of how neighborhood banks are positioning themselves
for achievement and sustainability in a fast-changing banking surroundings is an extra
aim for the CSBS in its sponsorship of the competitors.

“We’re extraordinarily proud that our pupil crew has made it into the highest 5 in simply
our second 12 months of competing within the competitors,” stated Dr. Bret Becton, dean of the
USM School of Enterprise and Financial Improvement. “This is a useful expertise
for these college students, they usually have represented Southern Miss Enterprise very effectively by means of
their efforts. Additionally, we’re very grateful for Teacher Chase Blankenship for guiding
and training the crew by means of the method. We’re lucky to have somebody with Chase’s
experience and fervour main this effort.”

For details about the USM School of Enterprise and Financial Improvement’s College
of Finance, go to   

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