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February 2017

Tyler Eades to Present at International SAM Conference

Business and Technology Center dome

Tyler Eades, senior Management Accounting major from Shelbyville, is preparing for the national stage. His abstract, "Putting Business Analysis in Perspective: Application of a Strategic Analysis Framework on Tesla's Strategic Options", has been selected for this year's SAM International Business Conference.

The Society for Advancement of Management 2017 International Business Conference will be held in Orlando, Fla., March 30 to April 2. Business leaders from around the world will meet for a series of sessions focused on this year's theme: "Advancing Management: Leadership and Change".

A collaborative effort, Eades' paper is the result of many hours of research and writing. Conference submissions are double-blind reviewed. With the help of Dr. Qian Xiao, Assistant Professor of Management, and graduate student Tyler Roark (Richmond), the paper passed review and Eades is set to travel to Orlando.

"I am very excited and honored to be representing the university and the SAM club at this year's international SAM conference," said Eades. "With it being the first time in five years Eastern Kentucky University has had this opportunity, I intend to put my best foot forward in demonstrating the hard work put in by the team, as well as the academic excellence the university has instilled in myself through the years I have spent learning here."

According to Dr. Xiao, SAM faculty advisor, "This is SAM@EKU's first return to the SAM International Conference in five years. Tyler Eades will represent SAM@EKU to attend the conference and present the research. This opens the opportunity to get to learn outstanding management experience and knowledge, and network with management scholars and practitioners from other institutions. Participation in the conference is wonderful visibility for SAM@EKU and EKU as well!"

 The Society for Advancement of Management, Inc. (SAM) is a nonprofit organization established in 1912 and founded for the purpose of promoting scientific study of the principles governing organized efforts in industrial and economic life.

Maroon SHRM Spring 2017 Officers Announced

Spring 2017 Maroon SHRM officers with members & faculty advisor Dr. Allen Engle

EKU’s Society for Human Resource Management (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. SHRM currently holds officer elections at the beginning of each semester, providing students a channel in which to exercise leadership.

Spring 2017 SHRM officers, all seniors, are pictured with student members and faculty advisor, Dr. Allen Engle (far right). Spring 2017 officers are:

  • Shelby Beam (HR Management from Louisville), Chief Executive Officer
  • Austin Hodge (Management from Cannon), Chief Information Officer (not pictured)
  • Jordan Lohr (Management from Shelbyville), Vice President of Service Projects
  • Grant Moore (HR Management from Pikeville), Vice President of Bluegrass Relations (not pictured)
  • Collin Potter (Marketing Research & Analytics from Mt. Sterling), Chief Financial Officer
  • Austin Rhodes (HR Management from Shelbyville), Chief Learning Officer
  • Rachael Yancy (HR Management from Monticello), Chief Operating Officer

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 2017 term contact the faculty advisor, Professor Allen D. Engle at

PGA of America COO Visits EKU

Darrell Crall speaks with EKU PGM students

On Wednesday, February 15, and Thursday, February 16, PGA of America Chief Operating Officer Mr. Darrell Crall visited the PGA Golf Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University. 

On Wednesday evening, the program hosted a dinner for Mr. Crall and the senior class where students were able to engage him in discussion about many topics including recent trends in the golf industry.


PBL Hosts Run/Walk Fundraiser

PBL Shamrock Run graphic

Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA) at EKU is hosting a Shamrock walk/run fundraiser on March 25.

All proceeds from the Shamrock 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk event will fund scholarships for students to compete at this year's PBL National Leadership Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

EKU's PBL chapter has historically represented the University well at the National Leadership Competition. Students brought home top awards from the 2016 NLC in Atlanta and are looking forward to competing in Anaheim this summer. Funds from the walk/run event will help to defray costs associated with attending this year's NLC.

The March 25th race starts at 10:00 a.m. on the southern part of EKU's campus, beginning in the Ashland Parking Lot. Pricing and registration details may be found at their Shamrock Run website:

There will be a light breakfast and plenty of free parking. Indoor restrooms will be provided. For more information, contact

MMIB Announces 2016-17 Outstanding Seniors

Clockwise: Tanel, Moehlman, Wadell, Banta

EKU's Department of Management, Marketing and International Business is pleased to announce its outstanding seniors for the 2016-17 academic year. The students will be recognized by faculty and peers at the 2017 College to Careers Conference, on Friday, April 21, in the Business and Technology Center Rogow Auditorium.

Graduating seniors are nominated by faculty. Recipients are selected based on superior academic achievement coupled with excellent leadership, citizenship, character, and service.

  • Jason C. Banta (Pleasureville, Ky.) — Business and Marketing Education
  • Samuel J. Wadell (Shepherdsville, Ky.) — General Business, International Business Concentration, and Spanish (double major)
  • Karlee A. Tanel (Cedarburg, Wi.) — Management, Minor in Spanish
  • Raymond L. Moehlman (Erlanger, Ky.) — Marketing, Professional Golf Management Concentration

The departmental distinguished senior selected from among this group is Sam Wadell. Wadell has been nominated for the College of Business and Technology 2016-2017 Distinguished Senior Award. The recipient will beselected from among the five distinguished seniors recognized by the faculty in various college departments and programs.

According to department chair, Dr. Lana Carnes, "By all measures, Sam is a very deserving student who has maintained his focus on academic success both in- and outside the classroom.  Sam has been a risk taker - stepping out of his comfort zone to study abroad for a semester in Spain followed by a summer in Austria." She continued, "Sam has also provided service to MMIB, EKU, and the Richmond Community."

Wadell shared a highlight of his EKU experience, “Utilizing my second language, I was able to assist in Dr. Awang’s and MMIB’s efforts to internationalize MMIB’s website by providing the Spanish translation in order to attract a more diverse student base and offer the site in as many languages as possible. I’ve also helped give back to the local Richmond community by volunteering with the Latino Student Association’s Actividades Bilingües. At Actividades Bilingües we work with the local Latino Community, individuals and businesses, to build language skills, cultural togetherness, and life-skills. These weekly meetings have opened my eyes to the beautiful diversity here in our own EKU and Richmond community. Seeing the impact that I can have on my immediate community gives me great aspirations for the future ahead to give back to a world that has given me so much.”

The department also announced its distinguished alum for 2016-17. Mr. Todd Mullins is a 1994 EKU graduate with a BBA in Administrative Communication Services. He is currently National Account Manager at Valvoline, Ashland, Inc. Mullins, who will bring the keynote address to MMIB seniors for their morning session, will also be recognized on April 21st.

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