State Farm Insurance Supports International Economic Summit at Mississippi College

August 11, 2011

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State Farm Insurance agents gave a $3,000 boost to this fall’s International Economic Summit at Mississippi College this fall.

School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo and others were delighted to receive the big check in the lobby at Self Hall on Wednesday.

“It means the world to us and advances the mission of our Center for Economic Education and Analysis,” Eduardo said.

The MC center provides services to area schools, state agencies, public companies and private sector organizations seeking economic analysis and data relating to metro Jackson.

“We appreciate State Farm and their contributions,” said center director Chris Smith. “We will use the gift to train teachers to participate in the International Summit. Through gifts like these we can expand our outreach to more students and teachers.” Some of the training will begin in August.

State Farm field specialist Hal Lusk of Ridgeland and agents Neil King and George Lester, both of Clinton, were on hand to present the check to Eduardo to give a shot in the arm to the international summit. King, who will mark 49 years as a State Farm agent in February, and Lusk are both Mississippi College graduates.

Nearly 350 students from 11 high schools around Mississippi got hands-on experience with international relations, economics and other issues impacting the globe at the second annual International Economic Summit on the Clinton campus in April 2011. Attendance rose dramatically from the 70 students who signed up for the first summit a year earlier from such schools as Clinton High, Madison Central High and St. Andrews Episcopal School in Ridgeland.

The summit was structured like a model United Nations with each student representing a different country. The students prepared for weeks as they studied their country’s economy, political structure, imports and exports, natural resources and infrastructure needs.

Besides MC’s School of Business, other summit sponsors include the Mississippi Council on Economic Education in Jackson, and the Mississippi Geographic Alliance in partnership with the International Economic Summit Institute at Boise State University in Idaho. Other partners were the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

Eduardo and Smith say they are hoping for even bigger attendance with the summit’s date on the Clinton campus shifted to the fall.

State Farm Insurance has remained a strong supporter of the MC School of Business for a number of years. In October 2007, State Farm agents Neil King and Cindy Ringler of Clinton presented a $5,000 check to help pay for the new Financial Services Lab in Self Hall. The lab is equipped with stadium seating, plasma screens and a ticker streaming the latest news from Wall Street and foreign exchange and stock markets.