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March 2016

EKU Entrepreneurship Teams bring home Idea State U top prizes

Nathan Hall and Kyle Marcum accept First Place in the Business Model Division

EKU's student entrepreneurship teams, under the direction of faculty advisor Laura Barthel, once again brought home first and third place prizes from the Regional IDEA State University Competition held in Prestonsburg on March 30.

Nathan Hall, senior human resource management major from Richmond, was joined by Kyle Marcum from Somerset Community College and received 1st place with a cash prize of $1,000 at the regional competition. Hall and Marcum presented their winning project, Mow Mi, in the Business Model Division. Hall is no stranger to Idea State U, having won 1st Place in the Plan Track division last year, for his Longevity Tea presentation. His 2016 team project, Mow Mi, is a computer application to enhance the lawn care industry community by community.

Three PGA Golf Management seniors brought home a 3rd place finish in the Business Plan division winning a $500 cash prize.  Konnor Kimmel (Columbus, In.),  Craig Hicks (Aylett, Va.), and Austin Molen (Florence),  and are pictured with their winning presentation - Simple Circle. Simple Circle is a patented student invention that makes drawing proximity circles around the golf hole for either the PGA Junior's Drive Chip and putt or golf instruction to measure success as described in the book "Red Zone" by top Golf instructor Charlie King, PGA -- well simple!

EKU fielded three teams who were prepared to compete with professional trade show table displays and presentations. In this round they were judged on their (a) written plan, (b) marketing video, (c) tradeshow display table, and (d) presentation.

According to Dr. Lana Carnes, Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, "We appreciate very much Laura's dedication to mentoring these students. All of us in MMIB know what a time commitment this is to share her expertise in this meaningful way."

Barthel echoes the sentiment and credits the support and guidance of EKU's PGA Golf Management faculty and staff in developing the business plan entry team.

The next stop for these two EKU teams will be the State IDEA Competition to be held April 22-23 in Lexington. Idea State U is a program of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

Marketing Alum Lam Bao An achieves admittance into five PhD programs

Congratulations to EKU alum Lam Bao An for receiving admittance into five PhD programs. An has accepted the University of Central Florida’s offer. While attending EKU, An was a Marketing major, graduating in 2013.

This achievement was preceded by many achievements during his time at EKU. An was accepted into the ranks of honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. He completed an internship with Lectrodryer in Richmond, Ky. An maintained his position on the Dean’s List throughout many semesters. In 2010, An was also one of six students awarded a Patterson Scholarship. These students must maintain a 3.0 GPA, submit three recommendation letters, and demonstrate leadership capability. Throughout the process of completing these goals, An was mentored by Dr. Weiling Zhuang.

An’s Eastern influence does not end there. Dr. Lana Carnes wrote recommendation letters on his behalf to many of the PhD programs he applied to. She gives credit to all of Lam An’s professors throughout his time here. “Without question, Lam An’s success is a reflection of the years he spent at EKU in many of your classes.  You are impacting the lives of our students, and this is but one example of many.”

For more information on EKU’s marketing program, visit

Collin Potter Wins SGA Election

Waiting for results of the SGA election

Collin Potter, a Marketing Research and Analytics senior from Mt. Sterling, has secured the student vote for President of the Student Government Association. As the newly elected SGA president, Potter will also serve as student representative to the EKU Board of Regents. Potter joined the SGA as a Student Senator in 2013 and has also served as treasurer and president of Theta Chi fraternity. A true Colonel, Potter comes from a family of EKU graduates. After completing his BBA in 2017, he plans to pursue a master's degree in business administration.

The Eastern Progress, by Brianna White

After election results were delayed Tuesday night, Collin Potter and Sebastian Torres were named student body president and executive vice president, respectively. Their campaign received 593 votes.

Even though the duo was running uncontested, Potter said they have been chalking, posting fliers and waking up early to campaign and connecting with students.

“It was really cool to get to talk to all the students and tell them about the election,” Torres said. He said hearing what students thought the issues were on campus and what students wanted to see done was enlightening.

For their term, Potter said they have a lot of things they want to work on, but he and Torres can work together well, communicate and stay organized.

Torres said both he and Potter have been involved in several groups on campus and will be able to reach out and connect with students who may not know about the Student Government Association (SGA).

Starting out, Potter and Torres said they will work with extended campuses and increasing funding amounts over the summer in addition to sitting down with administrators to talk about their goals, both of which are things that can be done without the other branches of SGA, Potter said.

Potter and Torres’ biggest goal for their term is constructing a pedestrian walkway across the bypass connecting Alumni Coliseum to Keene Hall. Potter said it is something that has been looked into by the university before, but they want to push it as a safety initiative.

“Our safety initiatives are something we can hit hard,” Potter said. “We both have experience with student safety, and that’s something we’d really like to get started on before school gets started again.”

A write in ballot for Josh Moberly and William Paul Shelton as student body president and executive vice president, respectively, was also submitted. The Moberly/Shelton campaign had 28 votes.

After polls opened at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, an error was noticed said Chief of Staff Allie Maples when reading the results. Vice President for Student Activities Council candidate Marvin Stewart was listed under the Student Senate ballot. The error was corrected and reposted at 8:40 a.m.

Information was sent properly listing all candidates for their desired positions to the information technology employee and that employee accepts fault for the mistake, Maples said. Only 18 votes were affected by the error.

To ensure fairness to both candidates, the elections committee voted in a closed session to maintain the integrity of the votes cast by students from 8 a.m. to 8:40 a.m., Maples said.

Jade McClure received 359 votes to Stewart’s 272 for the position.

A full list of senator election results is posted online and on the door to the SGA office in the Powell Building (Room 132).

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Engle Speaks at Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, Reconnects with Alumni


Allen D. Engle, Professor of Management in the School of Business at Eastern Kentucky University was the monthly speaker at the March 8, 2016 meeting of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Held at the Fasig-Tipton Dining Hall in Lexington, his presentation, entitled “Lost in Translation? The Executive Perspective on Successful Human Resource Management” was attended by some 90 or so members of the central Kentucky Chapter of SHRM, the nation’s largest professional organization for human resource management practitioners.

According to Professor Engle, “I had been asked to make a presentation for some time now, but the scheduling never worked out. I tried to share some ideas about how HR professionals can build up in their HR unit a more complete understanding of their firm’s strategic emphasis and how an understanding of business metrics – in combination with a good understanding of HR performance indicators and metrics – can potentially lead to a more strategic role for the HR group.”

The presentation was very well received by the group and the discussion and question and answer portion of the lunchtime meeting was lively and appreciative of the message. “It took me a while to realize it, but around 9 or 10 of the professionals attending the meeting were alumni from EKU’s longstanding management – HR program. After 26 years teaching at Eastern such a group gets impressive. To see that our alumni are so actively involved in the development activities of their chosen profession was most gratifying” Engle added. “When a number people came up after the presentation to share their thoughts I found myself talking to a young lady who was just starting out in her career in HR in Lexington. It turned out that this young lady’s mother had been a student of mine at EKU in the early 1990s and she (the mother) was now working at Toyota in Georgetown. That was a memorable moment. We so seldom know the impact we have on our students working beside them one semester at a time, but the semesters can add up and the impact expands in ways that are hard to assess.”

Dr. Engle has been advisor to the Maroon Society for Human Resource Management student chapter at EKU for over 18 years and the Bluegrass Compensation Association (World at Work local affiliate) in Lexington has named a student scholarship in his honor. He graduated from EKU in 1978, received his MBA from EKU in 1980 and a doctorate in HRM from the University of Kentucky in 1990.

He received 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.

He 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.

Chad Miles Named MMIB Distinguished Alum for 2016

Chad Miles

EKU's Department of Management, Marketing and International Business is pleased to announce that Mr. Chad Miles will be recognized as the department's Distinguished Alumnus for 2015-16.  Miles will deliver the keynote address to MMIB's seniors and faculty at the College to Careers Conference on April 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Business and Technology Center Robert B. Rogow Auditorium on the EKU Campus.  

Miles earned his BBA in Management in 1999 from EKU and will bring a message that includes career advice and lessons learned from his experiences. Students will have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session as well.

He is a native of Mt. Washington and was recently named the new host of KET's  Emmy Award-winning “Kentucky Afield” television show, a production of the Kentucky Department Fish and Wildlife Resources. Prior to that time, Miles served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation for eight years.

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