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November 2013

Scholar Athlete: Mike DiNunno

Former Colonel Mike DiNunno will play professionally in Bulgaria

Management graduate Mike DiNunno, a former Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team member, has signed to play professionally for the Bulgarian National Basketball League (NBL). DiNunno is a recent graduate from EKU and is a native of Chicago, Il.

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Scholar Athlete: Devin Borders

Redshirt freshman WR Devin Borders

Marketing major Devin Borders a member of the Eastern Kentucky University football team was named the Ohio Valley Conference Football Freshman of the Year.

Earlier in the season, The Sports Network announced that Borders made the initial cut for the 2013 Rice Award.  Borders is a redshirt freshman at EKU and is a native of Fort Walton Beach, Fl.

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Maroon SHRM students give back

Maroon SHRM students

Some of the student members from EKU’s Maroon Society for Human Resource Management group took a few minutes out of their study schedule to participate in an internal service project to show their appreciation to the administrative and maintenance staff who work so hard in the College of Business and Technology Building.

Maroon SHRM put together and distributed bags of assorted festive candles and candies to twenty of the members of the staff working in the Business and Technology Center.  This service project was done to demonstrate in a small way during this Thanksgiving season how thankful the students are for the many and varied contributions of the hard working staff. The Maroon SHRM group greatly appreciates the efforts of the members of the college and hope they have a wonderful holiday season.

Other activities by this long-standing student organization this Fall 2013 semester have included a series of guest speakers making presentations on graduate school options in human resource management, understanding HRM as a profession, hiring strategies, a networking mixer with HR professionals in Lexington and transitioning from being a student to being a practicing professional in the field of human resources. 

Maroon SHRM is advised by Allen D. Engle, Foundation Professor of Management.

Photo caption (l-r):

  • Hannah Moberly (SR, Human Resource Management), Louisville
  • Steve Shelton (SR, Management), Richmond
  • Daniel Copenhaver (SR, Management), Somerset
  • George Frederick (SR, Human Resource Management), Stanford
  • Colton Burgess (SR, Management), Paintsville
  • Wes Jarrell (SR, Human Resource Management), Paintsville
  • Michael Henderson (SR, Management), Somerset
  • Shawn Glassford (SR, Human Resource Management), Burlington

2013-14 Patterson Scholars Announced

2013-14 Patterson Scholars

The Department of Management, Marketing and International Business is pleased to announce Patterson Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year.

The Patterson Scholarship is the largest scholarship on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. Since its establishment in 1997, the endowment is made available to student applicants who have already declared a major in Business and Marketing Education, General Business, Management, or Marketing.

2013-14 Patterson Scholars:

  • Shaun Cawley (sophomore), Florence, Ky.
  • Jordan Koeller (sophomore), New London, Wi.
  • Austin Molen (sophomore), Florence, Ky.
  • Katie Beck (junior), Guston, Ky.
  • Chris Bunge (junior), Lexington, Ky.
  • Macy Huff (junior), Mt. Sterling, Ky.
  • Ian Hopkins (senior), Frankfort, Ky.

Each student will be awarded $1,000 per semester for two semesters. Requirements for the scholarship are a minimum 24 ACT score and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students submit three letters of reference and consideration is given to evidence of leadership and work-related activities.

While this scholarship may be renewed annually, the endowment is entirely conditional upon student involvement in the following areas:

  • Academics
  • Leadership
  • Networking/Social
  • Recruitment
  • Service

Each student scholar is required to attend at least one Spotlight event to meet with students and answer questions about Management, Marketing and International Business to fulfill the service obligation. “They are the face of the department,” stated Kevin Cumiskey, Patterson Scholarship Committee Coordinator.

“Ian spoke to the Future Business Leaders of America in October on behalf of the MMIB department at EKU,” commented Cumiskey.

Aside from recruitment and service obligations, student scholars are also expected to take on leadership roles in campus student organizations and strive to maintain a high level of academic success.

EKU graduated four Patterson Scholars last year and is hoping to recruit sixteen more for the coming year.

Find out more about the Patterson Scholarship at:

-by Andrew J. Stofleth, Student Assistant
EKU College of Business and Technology

Photo Caption: 2013-14 Patterson Scholars - (Front row l-r): Katie Beck, Macy Huff, Austin Molen; (Back row l-r):  Ian Hopkins, Shaun Cawley, Jordan Koeller, Chris Bunge

Fastest Growing Jobs—MKT Research and Analytics #2

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New study reveals fastest-growing occupations through 2017 - from MSN Careers

By Susan Ricker, CareerBuilder writer

Eleven million Americans are currently looking for work, yet 45 percent of human resources managers say they are unable to find qualified candidates for their open positions. For job seekers, this might not make sense; for HR managers, it all comes down to who has the right qualifications right now. This skills gap is a growing problem for employers and workers alike, but it can be overcome.

In "The Talent Equation," a new book by Matt Ferguson (CEO of CareerBuilder), Lorin Hitt (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) and Prasanna Tambe (Stern School, New York University), issues such as the labor market's skills gap challenge are explored, as well as how big data has the potential to transform human resources.

What job seekers can do
HR managers, eager to fill vacant positions and keep their businesses productive and profitable, have to decide between taking longer to find an ideal candidate and investing their resources into reskilling or educating an applicant who has some, but not all, of the necessary skills. According to research from the book, 8 in 10 employers express concern over an emerging skills gap, but only 4 in 10 say their company is doing anything to alleviate it.

Where does this leave job seekers?

While employers decide how they're going to overcome the skills gap from a hiring standpoint, job seekers can take steps to find the right roles. For example, jobs that are projected to grow the most in the coming years are high-wage occupations, and jobs require associate, bachelor's and master's degrees will all outpace jobs requiring short-term, on-the-job training. Job seekers might want to consider additional education or certifications to align themselves with these growing positions, which are in demand today and will be in the future.

The fastest-growing occupations
As employers find better ways to recruit, provide workers with more training opportunities and narrow the skills gap, more job seekers will be able to find roles in which they can be successful.  Knowing which occupations have a bright outlook can further help job seekers focus their career.

A new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. on the projected fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. from 2013 to 2017 can give job seekers the direction they need. "Projections provide an important look at the future of the labor market, and can be used to spot emerging trends that have implications for students and job seekers, as well as businesses and economic planners," Ferguson says. "Barring any major shocks to the economy, the short-term job outlook in the United States will likely continue developments seen during the recovery – specifically, significant growth for jobs that require a college education and occupations in health care, energy and technology."

The article spotlights the fastest-growing occupations that are projected to see at least 8 percent growth and 30,000 jobs added from 2013 through 2017. Number two on the list is in marketing for research analysts and specialists.

2. Market research analysts and marketing specialists
Projected growth: 14 percent
New jobs: 60,889
Median hourly earnings: $29.10

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Scholar Athlete: Hannah Miller

OVC cross country champions

Marketing major Hannah Miller, a member of Eastern Kentucky University women’s cross country team, delivered a key performance to secure the OVC Championship. Miller is a senior at EKU and a native of Bolivar, Pa.

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