Mississippi College Spotlights "Money Talks'' Show
March 25, 2009
"There are places to invest if you are wise," business professor Nancy Anderson said during the opening moments of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting program taped Tuesday evening at the MC School of Business. "It is improving, but we have a ways to go."
A Clinton resident who also is a small business owner, Anderson was part of the panel discussion as the popular radio show made its first appearance on the Clinton campus. The one-hour show will be broadcast April 7 at 9 a.m. on MPB Think Radio (91.3 FM). She's served as a regular panelist for more than a year. The program is normally done live every Tuesday morning at MPB studios in Jackson.
MC Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo welcomed the panel members and the audience of students, professors, Clinton residents and others at Self Hall's Ed Trehern auditorium.
On an evening when President Barack Obama held a news conference to say attempts to bring the nation out of its economic crisis are beginning to work, the "Money Talks" panel grappled with many of the same issues.
Eduardo said America is dealing with "one of the most difficult situations in generations."
When it comes to the nation's bad economy, the MC School of Business has "the perfect faculty" to come up with answers, he said. The dean wants the "Money Talks" program to make this an annual event on the Clinton campus.
The radio show has several MC connections. Ezra Wall, the show's producer, is a 2001 MC graduate. Terry Stenzek, a 1971 MC alumnus, is the chief radio technician. Both were back at their alma mater for the taping this week.
MC senior Ellie Wilson, 23, a public relations major from Brandon, was in the audience to watch the show.
It's important for MC students to know what's going on with the economy, Wilson said. "A lot of students will graduate in May and are facing an economy where there are not enough jobs. It will be hard to break out and find a job."
An intern at MPB, she said she will attempt to join the workforce soon after her MC graduation this spring.
Others on the "Money Talks" panel were MC business professors Mark McComb and Gerald Lee, director of the MBA program.
They got help from Chris Burford, a community outreach coordinator with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Jackson. He's a regular on the weekly show. Dealing with clients stung by job layoffs and seeing cash reserves dwindling, "it is very challenging right now," he told his MC audience.
Also offering his expertise on the panel: Doug P. Muenzenmay, a senior vice president and trust investment officer for Regions Trust and Morgan Asset Management. He received a master's in business administration from MC and is an adjunct finance instructor here.
Kevin Farrell, who began his broadcasting career in 1985, is the assistant director of radio for MPB and tossed out many of the questions as the show's host. Typically, panel members field phone calls from Mississippi listeners with a long list of concerns about the financial crisis and steps towards a recovery.
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