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May 2015

Easterling Presents EKU Scholarships at Belfry

Kirby Easterling (back center) with Belfry scholarship recipients

Belfry High School students received a special surprise when EKU Executive in Residence Kirby Easterling arrived with gifts in hand. He presented 12 of the students from Pike County with scholarships to study at Eastern Kentucky University. According to Easterling, it was a "fun day" and we hope to see some of these students in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business.

Scholar Athlete: Dani Cant

Dani Cant
EKUSports Senior Spotlight: Dani Cant

Senior midfielder and management major Dani Cant played in 16 games last fall. She starred in Eastern's record-breaking win over Alabama A&M, becoming one of only six Colonels ever to score two goals in a single game.
 
Dani, a native of Calgary, Alberta, is an avid hiker, and after college she has plans to knock something off her bucket list …

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MMIB Faculty and Students Participate in EKU's STEM-H Expo

MKT Faculty and MKT Club recruiting high school students at EKU’s STEM-H Expo!

Faculty and students from the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business worked together to produce a wonderful experience for the high school students at the recent EKU STEM-H Expo. 

Under the direction of advisor Dr. Weiling Zhuang, EKU Marketing Club students provided informational items and engaged in lively conversation with visiting high school students. They shared their experiences as EKU marketing students and how the marketing major can be a good fit for someone looking for a career in a STEM-H field.

Photo caption (left to right): Victoria Dircksen, Jessica Nihart, Marsha Hardesty, Connor Nowak, and Lingjie Cai. Also in the photo are Drs. Karen Hood and Leslie Vincent (left) and Dr. Weiling Zhuang (far right).

Students, Faculty participate in SAM Workshop

SAM Workshop participants

Forty students and six faculty members participated in the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) Business Cases, Workplace Communication, and Leadership Professional Development Workshop May 1 & 2.  Dr. Beth Polin, Assistant Professor of Management and SAM Advisor, provided the vision and leadership for the two-day event.

Workshop leader, Marc Ankerman, related well to all of the attendees with very relevant messaging. Ankerman has been in human resource training and education for over 29 years.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business delivering a variety of professional development courses to MBA students. He is a former Director of Training at Williams-Sonoma, Express, Michigan National Bank and Galileo International. Ankerman specializes in the multi-unit, multi-divisional retail world.

The two-day event was an interactive workshop on professionalism, team design and function, problem solving, persuasive presentations, and managing realistic workplace situations.

Polin commented, "This workshop allowed students to consider the theories, models, and examples they encounter in the classroom and apply them to real-world business situations. They had to pull knowledge from a variety of business areas and think critically to solve challenging business cases." She continued, "The students approached this professional development opportunity with a great deal of talent and enthusiasm."

According to department chair, Dr. Lana Carnes, "Without question, students gained valuable insight into communicating effectively and persuasively in the workplace. The case competition was fun, as well as a valuable learning experience for all."  She continued, "Students took the competition seriously and presented themselves professionally for the event."

SAM promotes interaction with professionals in all disciplines and increases awareness and knowledge of career opportunities. It encourages cross-functional participation in activities that will benefit students' choice of career and future success. For more information, contact Dr. Beth Polin at beth.polin@eku.edu.

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MMIB Faculty Receive 2015 Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Awards

l-r: Roberson, Polin, Barthel, Vice and Awang

Four MMIB faculty members were awarded EKU's Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year Award. Faridah Awang, Beth Polin, Laura Barthel, and Mike Roberson were recognized by President Benson and Provost Vice for their efforts "to help students think critically and creatively about their educational, professional, and/or personal lives."  For these awards, 475 students nominated 277 faculty members; and 20 winners were selected from the nominees.  MMIB had more winners than any other department on EKU’s campus.

MMIB also had the following nominees:  Scott Dust, Kirby Easterling, Allen Engle, Marcel Robles, Qian Xiao, Zhe Zhang, and Weiling Zhuang.

EKU's Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year is an award to recognize outstanding faculty members who have had substantial positive effects on developing their students’ critical/creative thinking skills and  for their commitment to EKU’s mission to graduate informed critical and creative thinkers who communicate effectively.

Each fall semester a survey is placed on EKUDirect right before mid-term grades are posted and is open to all students currently enrolled. Students are asked to nominate a faculty member and give a brief explanation of why they think their nominee should be an EKU Critical Thinking Teacher of the Year. Faculty were recognized during a ceremony in the Library Grand Reading Room on April 30.

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