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February 2014

ebn's 12 jobs to watch in 2014

MMIB - home of EKU's Human Resource Program

In a recently published slideshow, Employee Benefit News (ebn) shared their "12 jobs to watch in 2014." Referring to CareerBuilder, ebn cites these 12 occupations as growing 7 percent or more from 2010 to 2013, being projected to increase in 2014, and falling within a higher-wage category of $22 per hour or more.

Five of these high-growth occupations are directly related to majors within the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business:

  • MKT Research Analytics and MKT Specialist
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Web Developers
  • Logisticians—Supply Chain MGT
  • Meeting and Event Planners

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EKU Management Student to Intern in Beijing

Photo of Beijing skyline

Beijing, the capital of China, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with nearly 12 million inhabitants. Louisville, conversely, is the largest city in Kentucky with nearly 606,000 inhabitants, and, though the two cities greatly differ on population, they do have one thing in common: Tyler Dahmen.

Dahmen, who hails from the Louisville suburb of Goshen and is a management major in the general management option at Eastern Kentucky University, recently accepted a month-long summer internship in Beijing.

“I decided to look in China because I am a business major, and a lot of business is going overseas,” Dahmen said. “China being such a large part of that, I thought it would be a good area to pursue to gain further knowledge on international business.”

After deciding to change program areas in 2012, Dahmen was assisted by EKU business faculty. Laura Barthel, in particular, has played a major role in Dahmen’s acceptance. “She discussed potential interview questions, reviewed my resume and gave me general business knowledge,” Dahmen said.

Dahmen searched for many opportunities and applied to several internships, including the United Parcel Service (UPS), Boeing, YUM! brands and Procter and Gamble in Beijing.

“I haven't always wanted to work in China. When I was searching for internships, I stumbled upon this one, and decided to apply. I thought I would gain valuable experience working overseas. The most exciting part of the internship is to live overseas and see a different way of life.”

The Department of Management, Marketing & International Business offers unique academic programs for students interested in careers in Management, Marketing, General Business, International Business, Corporate Communication & Technology, Business & Marketing Education, and Entrepreneurship.

All programs are accredited by AACSB International.

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Maroon SHRM Elects New Officers for Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Maroon SHRM officers

EKU’s Society for Human Resource Management (Maroon SHRM) is a student run organization open to all majors interested in the Human Resource Management profession. This organization engages its members in a number of professional, charitable, and service projects throughout each semester. Maroon SHRM currently holds officer elections at the beginning of each semester, providing students a channel in which to exercise their leadership.

The spring 2014 Maroon SHRM officers are:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO):  Katie Belt, (senior), Vine Grove, Ky.
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO):  Bianca Robles, (senior), Richmond, Ky.
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO): George Frederick, (senior), Stanford, Ky.
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO): Salina Dobias, (senior), Crittenden, Ky.
  • Chief Learning Officer (CLO): Alex Mullins, (senior), Virgie, Ky.
  • Vice President of Public Relations: Jonathan Ryall, (senior), Cincinnati, Oh.

Maroon SHRM has participated in several notable service projects in recent years, such as collecting donations to assist in preventing families from losing their homes and sending care packages to troops. 

Members also receive a wide variety of professional benefits from participating in Maroon SHRM. Other events include guest speakers from business leaders in related industries, insight into graduate school options, plant walkthroughs, and other networking experiences. Maroon SHRM meetings are posted on the SHRM bulletin board outside of Room 102 in the EKU Business and Technology Center.

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

EKU’s Human Resource Management Program Celebrates Continued Success

MMIB - home of EKU's Human Resource Program

EKU’s College of Business and Technology is home to a variety of unique programs such as Risk Management and Insurance, PGA Golf Management, Graphic Communication Management, and Aviation.

However, one of the rarest gems hidden within the walls of the Business and Technology Complex is the Human Resource Management (HRM) program. Now 20 years later the program is celebrating its highest enrollment to date. What makes this Management degree option so special? Over the past two decades this program has maintained dedicated faculty, proven coursework, a student organization, the Maroon SHRM, and produced several excellent graduates in the field of HR.

The HRM program was created in 1994 by Dr. Michael Roberson, Professor of Management, and is offered through EKU's School of Business. The curriculum is currently taught by two highly engaged faculty members, Dr. Roberson and Dr. Allen Engle. Both Roberson and Engle have been international contributors to the field of HR management.

Roberson has conducted presentations abroad in a wide variety of countries including China, France, Germany, Hungary, Romania, and Austria. Likewise, Engle holds a three-year appointment as Visiting Professor at the ESCP-Europe Europäische Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin, has been Visiting Lecturer at the FHS - Hochschule Für Technik, Wirtschaft und Soziale Arbeit, St. Gallen in Switzerland, and Visiting Professor of International Management at the University of Pécs in Hungary. He is also the recipient of many awards from EKU including the EKU National Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, the EKU Business Jack L. Dyer Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, and was named EKU Foundation Professor in 2013. Together this duo brings an invaluable level of both academic and international experience grounded in practical application.

EKU’s HRM program is the only one of its kind in this region with the ability to package the theory and application of HR in terms of best practices. “One benefit of the HR program is that it is offered as a Bachelor of Business Administration, which provides a broader context of business,” stated Dr. Engle.

The program consists of introductory HR management courses, as well as four advanced courses in labor relations, compensation management, employee recruitment and selection, and human resource development. These courses provide academic instruction in key areas which better prepare students to take the Professional Human Resources certification (PHR).

“This labor intensive curriculum involves a hands-on approach which has proven to be both challenging and successful for our students,” commented Roberson. These advanced courses allow application and take on several different forms:

  • Labor Relations - Students are organized into teams and work through the labor negotiation processes as both management and labor.
  • Compensation Management - Students use software involving a fictional company completing a four phase process of compensating employees.
  • Human Resource Development - Students are placed in regional businesses and are required to complete both a training needs analysis and training recommendations to be presented to clients on site.
  • Employee Recruitment and Selection - Students get an in-depth look at recruitment, the design and implementation of effective selection procedures which facilitates organizational effectiveness and which complies with federal/state requirements.

In addition to the four advanced courses, the student-run organization Maroon SHRM (Society for  Human Resource Management), is advised by Dr. Engle. In the past the organization has benefited from a diverse mix of student perspectives covering a number of activities be they professional, charitable, service, or social in nature. Maroon SHRM provides students the opportunity to exercise their leadership, bring in guest speakers, and ease the transition from being a student to being a practicing professional. This organization helps students gain additional insights into the expectations of HR managers meeting professional expectations and succeeding in professional roles.

One of the most effective ways to gauge a program’s success is to measure its output - successful alumni. EKU’s HRM program has graduated a total of 111 alumni since its origins in 1994. Several are currently employed at companies in vital HR roles. One such alumna, Diane French Nguyen, VP Director of Human Resources, Global Production at Brown-Forman, will be recognized as a Distinguished Alumna on April 4, 2014. The HRM program strives to provide a pipeline connection between professional alumni and students, which allows for positive networking balance between the two. In the past alumni have filled the roles of guest speakers to help provide perspectives not present in the classroom. These alumni help continue the success cycle for future graduates.

Whether it is the dedicated faculty, proven coursework, student organization, or high level of success among graduates, EKU’s HRM program is rising to the challenge. All of these critical pieces have contributed to its two decades of celebrated success. Having witnessed the evolution of the program in its entirety, Dr. Roberson proudly boasted, “Our program has the largest number of students enrolled in 20 years.”

Whatever the reasons students have clearly seen the many advantages to participating in  this demanding program and the future of HRM at EKU is bright.

Still not Convinced?

  • In 2012 the US median salary of HR Managers was $99,720.
  • In 2012 the Kentucky median salary of HR Managers was $78,700.
  • HR Management projected to grow at a 13% rate from 2012–2022, highlighting a increasing need for HR professional in the coming years.


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

International Business student enjoys Avans experience

Joanna Webb at Dutch market

Joanna Webb, an International Business senior from Richmond, recently shared a photo of her adventure in The Netherlands. She was shopping at the Galeries Hubert next to the Grand Place (Grote Market) in Brussels, Belgium. Joanna said, "It's like a mall, but filled with all kinds of expensive things such as 20,000 Euro watches."

Joanna is an Avans Exchange student pursuing the EKU/BREDA Dual Degree. She is studying at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, The Netherlands and expects to graduate from Avans this summer. Upon returning to EKU, she will complete her International Business degree program requirements and graduate from EKU with both degrees in 2014.

More on the Avans Exchange

AVANS University has campuses in Breda, ‘S-Hertogenbosch and Tilburn, with each location offering a different range of study programs. Similar to EKU, AVANS has approximately 16,000 students and offers study programs in International Business, Technology, Economics, and Art & Design. All business courses are taught in English.

EKU's School of Business students may choose to study for one semester or to pursue the Dual Degree Option. Students who complete a year of work at AVANS receive a bachelor’s degree from AVANS upon completion of the BBA degree at EKU.

Find out more about School of Business International Study on the MMIB website...

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