Oct. 10, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Expert panel to discuss economy at MUW conference
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Anyone who has to purchase gasoline
should be interested in what top-notch economists have
to say about the economy, according to Dr. Glenn Rhyne,
who serves as chair of the Department of Business
Administration at Mississippi University for Women.
An expert panel discussion on campus will focus on the
economy of Mississippi and impact of Hurricane Katrina
on Friday, Oct. 14.
“We are in an uncertain stage in our economy. So, this
is a timely discussion. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane
Rita brought to light some problems that already
existed,” Rhyne said.
While the economy is a very broad subject, the associate
professor of economics also stressed its relevance.
“It’s a global environment and you need to know how you
fit into that environment,” he said. “We have students
who are graduating and they need to plan for that more
than ever. If you look at the economy, you learn about
future job opportunities.”
Panelists will include economists Kevin L. Kliesen, Dr.
Darrin Webb and Dr. Bob Neal.
Kliesen, who works as a senior economist for the Federal
Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Mo., will discuss the current
status of the national economy.
Webb, a senior economist, is with the State Institutions
of Higher Learning. He will focus on the economy of
Neal also is a senior economist with IHL. His topic is
how to create economic growth in local
communities—economic growth in the Golden Triangle
Rhyne added, “People need to take advantage of this
educational opportunity. We will discuss how to define
economic growth and how to achieve it. It’s a good
background and reaches out to the community.”
MUW’s College of Business and TVA Investment Club are
hosting the conference, which will be held from 10 a.m.
to noon in Parkinson Hall Nissan Auditorium.
The program is free and open to the public. For more
information, call Rhyne at (662) 329-7256 or email