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October 2015

Maroon SHRM Shares Halloween Treats

Halloween treats prepared by Maroon SHRM

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.

Members engage in a number of professional, charitable, and service projects throughout the semester. Maroon SHRM currently holds officer elections at the beginning of each semester, providing students a channel in which to exercise leadership.

    At their October meeting, Halloween treat bags were prepared as a thank you to School of Business staff. According to Alicia Arnold, Maroon SHRM CEO, "We were happy to give the staff members these small tokens of gratitude, as they play such a large part in our school's success and we truly are thankful for all of their hard work."

    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.

    Eastern Kentucky's PGA Golf Management is Going Gold

    Group photo at RFL event

    The PGA Golf Management Program would like to would like to do our part to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer. As an organization, we have been involved with community service at the local level. We continue to teach the game of golf to children with special needs and support Eastern’s Relay for Life. We want to expand our efforts and make a contribution that can help doctors and researchers find a cure for a disease that is affecting 43 additional kids per day on average.

    The Tournament Committee will be hosting the “Colonel Cup” on Oct. 30 & 31.


    Dominos Supply Chain Exec Visits Campus

    EKU MMIB’s Global Supply Chain Management students and faculty with Troy Ellis

    Thursday, Oct. 22nd, was a great day for MMIB students to hear an important message from one of EKU’s successful graduates! The presentation that Troy Ellis made to our students was motivational and inspirational to everyone. Many students commented on how much they gained from the presentation.

    The CBT Distinguished Speaker Series invites prominent leaders to campus to discuss current topics related to their expertise and are focused on student success.

    Photo caption: EKU MMIB’s Global Supply Chain Management students and faculty with Domino’s Executive, Troy Ellis. From left to right: Dr. Weiling Zhuang, Dr. Kambiz Tabibzadeh, Oliver Suggs, Mr. Kirby Easterling, Kevin Merrihew, Jonathan Barger, Mr. Troy Ellis, Robert Combs, Spencer Stanley, and Godwin Garuba.

    School of Business Student Living Her Dream

    Stacie Wallace

    Sophomore Stacie Wallace of Richmond is losing no time in living her dream. She is the proud founder of Kentucky Kouture.

    After working in a local boutique throughout high school, Stacie knew her dream was to someday be a boutique owner. She admired the family-owned feel of her employer and the flexibility that came with owning a small business. Later, after working a corporate-based job where the business skills were great but the atmosphere wasn’t the same, Stacie compared the two opportunities and found the best fit for her future.

    After serious consideration, Stacie decided to go ahead and open the online boutique Kentucky Kouture the summer after her first year at EKU.

    “It was kind of funny, because I learned a lot from my dad about business, and he came up with the name,” Stacie said. “We were just talking about my plans at dinner one evening and everyone was throwing out names, and when my dad suggested Kentucky Kouture, something about it seemed to stick.”

    A lot of thought went into the design of her new business. The website itself is simple, fresh, and easy to navigate. Currently, the merchandise sold there is wholesale, but Wallace hopes to broaden her selection through markets in hotspots like Gatlinburg, Tenn., or Atlanta, Ga. A trip to Gatlinburg is already in the making.

    “Right now all of the clothes I offer are in a sort of mini-shop in an extra bedroom. Sometimes I let friends and family come through and browse. It makes me excited for the future, when I’ll open a brick-and-mortar store, but for now it makes it easier to make sure everything ships within 24 hours of an order.”

    As a business management major, her classes helped her understand the technical steps. She formed an LLC and got a small business loan to purchase stock. Being a sophomore, Stacie says, “I know I still have a lot of classes to take, and I can’t wait to see how they’ll better my business. Of course, I could see myself working a corporate job with the skills from my degree, but the ultimate dream is to save the profit earned online, and open a brick-and-mortar storefront in three years after graduation.”

    For now, visit and check out the entrepreneurship of a future EKU School of Business alum.

    -written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
    Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

    Polin Receives Midwest Academy of Management Junior Faculty Scholarship

    Polin (left) with awards recipients

    A sincere congratulations is due to Dr. Beth Polin and her mentee Colton Burgess!

    Dr. Polin, Assistant Professor of Management in EKU's Department of Management, Marketing, and International Business, was recently awarded the Junior Faculty Scholarship Award presented on October 3rd.  Dr. Heilmann added that of all the nominations received from junior faculty members in tenure-track positions with less than six years of organizational tenure, Dr. Polin was one of five individuals who received a $500 scholarship based on the recommendations of a three-person conference committee.

    This outstanding achievement was corroborated by the three presentations Dr. Polin gave at the Midwest Academy of Management’s 58th Annual Meeting.  “The conference was an excellent opportunity to share research and obtain feedback regarding working papers, network with colleagues and coauthors in the field, and establish new professional connections for research and teaching in Management. My own three presentations were well-received and promoted discussion on Organizational Behavior and Management Education topics.” Dr. Polin also served as a reviewer and a session facilitator for the conference.

    Meanwhile, Colton Burgess, a mentee of Dr. Polin’s and a promising MBA student of EKU also attended the conference and presented his MBA thesis. He had only praise for the guidance received from his mentor. “Aside from being a remarkable researcher, Dr. Polin is a teacher in the truest sense of the word. As my thesis advisor, she has not only willingly provided me with tremendous perspective, instruction, and guidance regarding my own research, but also the confidence to pursue all of my academic goals, no matter the challenges that may accompany those goals. As an aspiring young scholar, those contributions have been invaluable to me. “

    Dr. Polin also wished to congratulate Burgess on a job-well-done. “Our MBA student Colton Burgess gave an exceptional presentation of his MBA thesis which inspired praise from numerous session attendees.  Colton plans to apply to doctoral programs this year, and I am confident he will one day make a productive and successful academic.”

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    -written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
    Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

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