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May 2016

Hitachi Supply Chain Conference Draws International Crowd

Supply chain professionals gather for Hitachi conference at EKU's Center for the

More than 450 global supply chain professionals were in attendance at the recent Hitachi Automotive Supply Chain Conference. Supported by EKU's Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) program, the event brought together industry experts and suppliers from multiple countries. EKU GSCM students helped with event coordination and attended various sessions.

College of Business and Technology Dean Dr. Tom Erekson brought greetings on behalf of the University. Presentations included a business update from Hitachi Automotive CEO Paul Carroll plus additional sessions on sales, quality production control, logistics, and procurement. Supplier awards capped off the day along with a reception.

According to EKU GSCM Executive-in-Residence James Kirby Easterling, "This was a phenomenal event and our GSCM students were appreciative of the opportunity to hear a ‘real world’ business update as well as engage with Hitachi’s leaders and suppliers. We greatly appreciate our partnership with the Hitachi Automotive group. This relationship is very special to me as my first job out of college was with Hitachi—and now to be in my current position where I’m working with Hitachi leaders on filling key SCM positions—is personally very rewarding."

For more information about EKU’s Global Supply Chain Management Program, visit

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EKU Marketing Students Host Professional Sales Mentoring Mixer

Marketing students at the mixer

The personal selling class (Marketing 310) ended the semester on a high note as students hosted a group of professional sales mentors in a networking mixer on May 12. Eleven mentors took time out of their day to join the class during their final exam period.

Throughout the semester, each of the 34 students in the class communicated with sales professionals from Central Kentucky and beyond to discover more about careers in sales and what the world of professional selling looks like. In addition, each student completed a shadowing day, where they participated in a salesperson’s day to experience the process of sales in the business-to-business environment.  

A couple of the sales mentors also visited the class as guest speakers during the semester. “When I was in school, all we did was study on paper and take tests. This kind of real world experience is really important for students,” said Jane Davis of United Technologies, who served as a mentor for student Olivia Hornback.

Several students have been hired for sales positions, obtained interviews and received other job leads as a result of the mentor program since its inception two years ago under the direction of Dr. Karen Hood, assistant professor of marketing.

PGM Seniors Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

2016 PGM seniors

On Friday, May 13th, outstanding seniors from the PGA Professional Golf Management program were recognized for their achievements at the 2016 Senior Reception, held at the Mule Barn at the University Club at Arlington.

One hundred people were in attendance for the event, including friends and family of the students recognized for awards or graduation.


2016 S.J. Garner Student Excellence Award goes to Craig Hicks

Craig Hicks

EKU's PGA Golf Management program is pleased to announce that Craig Hicks has been selected as recipient of the S.J. Garner Student Excellence Award for 2015-16. Craig is a senior Marketing, PGA Professional Golf Management major from Aylett, Va. He received the award at the PGA Golf Management spring awards reception in April.


Giaccini Receives PGM 2016 Director's Award

Stefanie Giaccini

Senior Stefanie Giaccini from Richmond received the 2016 Director’s Award for service and dedication to Eastern Kentucky University's PGA Golf Management program for the academic year. She received the award at the PGA Golf Management spring awards ceremony in April.


Kincer Cup Goes to the North Team for the 2nd Consecutive Year

North and South teams vie for Kincer Cup

May 6th marked the Kincer Cup competition hosted by EKU’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program. The Kincer Cup is named after EKU’s PGM Director, Ms. Kim Kincer.

This one-day event allows 24 of the top point earning students from both the fall and spring semester tour events to battle for bragging rights in a 36-hole, North vs. South team match-up.


EKU Voices: Karlee Tanel

Karlee Tanel at the Daniel Boone statue

Karlee Tanel came upon EKU with the help of her mom. Being from Wisconsin, she did not think EKU was an obvious option until her mom, an EKU graduate, offered to take her on a trip to visit some schools in the South.

When they came to EKU on Spotlight Day, Karlee fell in love with the campus. Everyone on campus was very welcoming and that made it feel like home.

“I love Eastern’s opportunity; there is so much to get involved with,” Karlee said.

Karlee took advantage of the all opportunities offered and got involved on campus right away. She is in the Honors Program, a Patterson Scholar in the business department and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She served as an orientation leader for one year and a Colonel Camp leader for two years, as well as working at the EKU Center for the Arts.

She is the vice president of student activities in Student Government Association and was recently awarded homecoming queen.

“I live and breathe Eastern,” Karlee said. “I love what Eastern stands for; I love the Eastern pride and EKU maroon.”

She also likes that the campus is small, so she knows a large number of people but can still get to meet new people every week. Being a part of a small campus has allowed her to build relationships, through her leadership roles, with President Benson, vice presidents and other director positions – all opportunities that may not have happened if she attended a bigger university.

Karlee is a management major with a concentration in human resources, and she hopes to work in the training and development aspects of HR. Her dream is to live in Minneapolis and have a job that allows her to travel and see new things. After getting experience in the HR field, she would like to become a professor and later be the president of a university.

But for now, she will continue to stay involved, study and look for co-op opportunities in fall 2016. Additionally, she hopes to study abroad one day.

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