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November 2015

EKU's Jones Cup Team Participates in National Championship

2015 EKU Jones Cup Team: (l-r) Wolfers, Collet, Bratcher, Molen and Kimmel

Five PGA Golf Management students competed in the 2015 Jones Cup on Nov. 3-4. The 36-hole event was played on the Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

EKU's team brought home an 11th place finish competing against students from 19 universities across the nation.


Student Business Concept Accepted for E3 Conference Poster Session

Student Corey Oney with Assistant Professor of Management Qian Xiao

Pro Flight senior Corey Oney from Olive Hill, Ky., has a good head for business. His business concept proposal was accepted for presentation by the Kentucky E3 Conference.

The E3 Conference - Education and Entrepreneurship as Economic Engines - was hosted on EKU's campus Nov. 19th. Oney's poster was one of the handful selected for presentation.  According to Assistant Professor of Management Dr. Qian Xiao, students in her Principles of Management for Non-business Majors were required to prepare a project relevant to business concept creation. Oney's project, Daisy Barrel Co., focused on bourbon and wine barrels - specifically, the barrel shortage.

The Kentucky E3 Conference is presented in partnership with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and is designed to align the goals of the modern university and complement the disruptive environment in which higher education competes. Find out more at

Maroon SHRM Elects Officers

Maroon SHRM Fall 2015 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.

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.

Pictured (left to right) are the senior Fall 2015 Maroon SHRM officers:

  • Jonathan Arnold (Management, Irvine) - Chief Operating Officer
  • Alicia Arnold (Management, Irvine) - Chief Executive Officer
  • Lauren  Mitchell (Management, Lexington) - Chief Operating Officer
  • Nathan Hall (Human Resources Management, Richmond) - Chief Financial Officer
  • Steven Colemire (Management, Augusta) - Chief Learning Officer

The group also regularly invites professionals to dialogue on topics of interest. At their November meeting, Ms. Amanda Baker, 2002 alumna with a degree in Management and an HR option, spoke to the group. Ms. Baker is Human Resources Manager for Sherwin Williams Manufacturing facility in Richmond. A native of Manchester, Ms. Baker had an internship working in HR at Sherwin Williams while a student at Eastern and has been with Sherwin Williams since graduation, progressing to her position today as chief HR administrator for the entire plant complex. Sherwin Williams is a paint manufacturer, resin manufacturer, and distribution service center for automotive coatings and products. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 certified, they have approximately 300 employees operating in a participative team environment and received the Automotive Division Site of the Year award for 2004, 2005, and 2006.

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.  If you are interesting in joining Maroon SHRM in the spring 2016 term contact the faculty advisor, Professor Allen D. Engle at

EKU's Professional Golf Management Program Earns PGA Reaccreditation

PGA Golf Management graphic

EKU's PGA Professional Golf Management Program is pleased to announce that they have once again earned reaccreditation from the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

This program is one of only 19 in the nation to receive accreditation from the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The criteria to earn accreditation is intensive with a 23-page document of standards that the program must meet.

The PGA Golf Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University was first accredited by the PGA of America in June of 2006 and their first class met beginning in August. This year, students indicated they chose EKU’s program because they were impressed by the PGM staff. Program files were also believed to be the best of any seen, accompanied by the best facilities in the nation and resources for recruiting and internships.

The faculty was deemed supportive, engaged, and involved more than any other program faculty interviewed. As for the students, they demonstrated impressive, positive, and cohesive participation.

For more information on the EKU PGA Professional Golf Management Program, visit

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