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March 2017

Engle Collaborates with International Human Resource Faculty


International business is familiar ground for Dr. Allen D. Engle, Sr.

The Harold Glenn Campbell Endowed Chair of International Business and EKU Foundation Professor traveled to Prague last September to continue a major collaboration with international coauthors. Their presentation, “Human Resource Issues as Seen by HR Managers in MNEs in the CEE Region: Patterns of Professional Preparation, Competency Development and Global-Local Roles and Responsibilities,” outlined part of the results of the third major round of an ongoing research project.

The project, founded by Engle and Jozsef Poor in 2004, led to the creation of the Central and Eastern European International Research Team (CEEIRT), a consortium of academics from 11 nations in the region that have been doing empirical research on the practices and issues facing human resource managers working in multinational enterprises in the region. While at the conference Engle made contacts with a number of academics and administrators in the region, one of which led to a visiting teaching opportunity for 2017.

In additional international collaborations, EKU students in Engle's International Management course will participate in a virtual cross-border learning experience. Now in its fourth year, Kentucky and German students, from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University of Villingen-Schwenningen, share a "moodle“ web based platform and have virtual team meetings and "live“ cross continental presentations. An assessment of the German student evaluations for the course as well as the presentation of "lessons learned“ by the two faculty members and entitled "Internationalization and the Intercultural Aspects of Virtual Cross-Border Learning“ was accepted for presentation at the 29th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference to be held in New Orleans in April.

The bestselling textbook “International Human Resource Management, 7th edition” coauthored by Engle along with Professor Peter Dowling of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Marion Festing, Professor and Chair holder in International Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at the Berlin Campus of ESCP-Europe, is planned for publication in late March of 2017.

EKU’s spring break found Engle in Los Angeles exchanging ideas with John Boudreau, Professor of Management and Research Director for the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Their wide ranging conversation included stories of common colleagues and mentors, a shared interest in the topic of virtual expatriation, the changing nature of work in a global context and the linkages between human resource metrics and strategic refocusing efforts.

In May, Engle will be presenting an empirical paper on the division of roles and responsibilities in Human Resource practices between local subsidiary managers and headquarters HRM professionals in Central and Eastern European multinationals at the Third Global International Human Resource Management Conference, sponsored by the School of Employment and Labor Relations at Pennsylvania State University in New York City.

During the summer, Engle will be in Vienna, Austria as a Visiting Instructor of International Human Resource Management, teaching a course in international HRM, at the FHWien der WKW, the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication. The invitation resulted from the October 2016 meetings and discussion in Prague.

Successful Junior Tackles Fears Head-On

Dalton Stanley

When he came to Eastern Kentucky University from Pikeville three years ago, Dalton Stanley “would have balked” at the mere thought of speaking before hundreds of people or even privately to CEOs of large corporations.

But he was never too frightened to “see my weaknesses at face value and really tackle them.”

“Terribly afraid of public speaking,” he joined the University’s nationally prominent mock trial program.

“Not the best at interpersonal and leadership skills,” he became president of EKU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda.

Unsure of a career path at first, he decided on supply chain management and two other majors only after extensive research.

Now, after interviewing with Domino’s executives over a two-week period, Stanley is the first EKU student to land a prestigious global supply chain management internship with the regional office of food giant Domino’s in Erlanger, Kentucky. He will learn his project assignment shortly after he starts May 14.

The internship is “strategically important, as it gives our program yet another top-tier firm for our supply-chain students to gain tremendous experience,” said James Kirby Easterling, a fellow Pikeville native who now heads EKU’s global supply chain management program ( “It also says a lot about our program in that Domino’s only recruits from top supply chain management programs. This internship is particularly impressive, as Dalton will be meeting with and presenting to the Domino’s CEO and other senior executives, including our own EKU alum, Louisville native Troy Ellis, vice president for supply chain management.”

Ellis, a member of the EKU Foundation Board, had reached out to his alma mater to inquire about the possibility of employing Eastern supply chain management students.

In Stanley, Domino’s is getting an accomplished student with an impressive track record of academic success, leadership and work experience. The 2014 Pikeville High graduate, a Patterson Scholar and member of EKU Honors, boasts a 3.96 GPA, while pursuing a demanding triple major in supply chain management, managerial finance and computer information systems. Earlier this semester, he scored in the top 1 percent globally in the AACSB School of Business Field Test. In addition to his exemplary coursework, he has served as president for Phi Beta Lambda/Future Business Leaders of America, as treasurer of the Student Government Association and as student representative on the College Curriculum Planning Committee.

Meanwhile, Stanley has also served as a human resources intern with Cardinal Country Stores, property manager for C&O LLC Real Estate, and business tutor with the Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center on campus. This semester, he is a supply chain management intern with Carhartt Inc. in Irvine, where Jennifer Strauel, human resource manager, “can’t say enough about how wonderful he is (and) what a contribution he’s making to our organization.” Strauel also noted Stanley’s “kind heart and willingness to serve our community” after a recent severe storm damaged many homes, including those of Carhartt employees. “Dalton volunteered without hesitation alongside our employees” at a “Day of Giving” that the company organized to assist with clean-up.

Now Stanley is eager to begin his new assignment with Domino’s.

“It is always such an invaluable experience to be immersed in a company that has been so successful over the years,” he said. “This is an opportunity to see how the concepts I have learned in class actually apply in practice.”

He desires a career in supply chain management, adding that he is still trying to determine what branch would be the best fit. “I do know I want to work for a successful company with a family-like atmosphere where the employees genuinely care for and help each other succeed while continuously seeking to improve the success of the company as a whole.”

Stanley has found that family atmosphere and commitment to excellence in EKU’s supply chain management program.

“Without regard to the fact that this is a rapidly growing and dynamic field with so many choices for career paths, I would argue that the quality of our program would rival any program, even nationally,” he said. “This program has grown exponentially since I came here as a freshman, and it is not just because of the quality of wonderful professors. What really sets this program apart is its ability to provide a solid foundation for students in the classroom, and then get them into internships with quality companies to build on that foundation. We continue to build strategic partnerships with great employers that pay our students while giving them valuable work experience that will set them apart in the job market. These employers are always impressed with how well they are prepared for the career field.”

Stanley singled out Easterling for his mentor’s “guidance, direction, encouragement and advice. I will always be thankful for him. He is amazing at what he does for his students and has such a passion for seeing his students succeed.”

Easterling called Stanley “one of the most talented and hardest-working students I’ve had during my time here at EKU. I am absolutely confident he will represent himself, our program and EKU with the utmost professionalism and achievement.”

Stanley said he is “not the person I was five years ago, (but) I will always be a work in process, always growing, learning and improving on who I am now.”

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EKU Grads Receive Kentucky Section Awards

l-r: Robert Costello and Corey Stith display their Kentucky Section PGA awards

On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Kentucky Section of the PGA of America held their Spring Meeting where two EKU PGA Golf Management graduates were recognized at the 2017 Special Awards luncheon. 

Corey Stith (2010), PGA Head Professional at Tates Creek Golf Course in Lexington, Ky., was selected as the Merchandiser of the Year in the Public category. Robert Costello, PGA Assistant Professional at Wildwood Country Club in Louisville was selected as the 2017 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Read the full story at

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EKU Global Supply Chain Management Program featured in Military Advanced Education and Transition

l-r: CBT Dean Tom Erekson, Rob Perry, Kaytlin Siegmundt, Kirby Easterling

EKU's Global Supply Chain Management program is growing to meet industry demand - and the industry is beginning to take notice. The February/March 2017 issue of Military Advanced Education and Transition highlights three SCM programs across the US, one of which is EKU's program coordinated by Executive-in-Residence Mr. James Kirby Easterling.

Easterling worked closely with MAE&T correspondent Kasey Chisholm. "This article really captures the ‘spirit’ of not only the SCM program but EKU overall," said Easterling. EKU student Rob Perry made significant contributions to the article as did Dr. Brett Morris and Dr. Bryan Cole, both retired military and now EKU Executive Director of Enrollment Management and Director of Military and Veterans Affairs respectively.

The journal is shared with thousands of current military members, many who are looking to transition into an academic program. 

Planning for Success: Careers in Logistics Offer Unlimited Opportunities | by Kasey Chisolm, MAE&T Correspondent (selected text below, full text attached)


Eastern Kentucky University has a Global Supply Chain program that includes the four major pillars of the Supply Chain Operating Reference (SCOR) Model - Planning, Sourcing, Making (Manufacturing or Services), and Delivering  (i.e.  Logistics).  James Kirby Easterling, the Executive-in-Residence in the Global Supply Chain Management program, explained that “Many schools offer a program that focuses primarily on one pillar (ex. Logistics), whereas at EKU we offer a comprehensive SCM degree program that integrates all the components, and our graduates are  in high demand  accordingly.” The program at EKU is a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Global Supply Management, including logistics, strategic procurement, operations management, supply chain planning, information systems, and supply chain network design optimization. A Global Supply Chain certificate is also available for EKU students who have selected a different major, yet still  would  like  to  be competent in the SCOR model. Students in the program also have many opportunities to be exposed to industry leaders  through paid internships with such companies as Hitachi, Bechtel, Bristol-Myers Squibb and more, as well as during the Global Supply Chain  Executive Speaker Series. Easterling believes that the graduates of EKU’s program have unlimited opportunities. “Every organization is bound by  its resources, and supply chain students are skilled at managing those limited resources in the most efficient manner, regardless of whether  it’s for-profit or non-profit,” he continued, “Many Supply Chain Management students start off their career working as a Materials Analyst, a Production Planner, a Commodity Manager (i.e. Buyer), a Logistician, or Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP).”  Robert Perry has found his  experience in EKU’s program invaluable as he prepares for his future, sharing that “The faculty team at EKU’s SCM program are ensuring these  young professionals are graduating with a complete and extensive knowledge of this vastly expanding career field while standing head and shoulders above the competition and hitting the ground running on their first day on the job.” Perry  is also  grateful  that  real-world  experts,  like Easterling, are brought in to the program to keep things relevant. Easterling himself is a three time EKU graduate with twenty-two years of experience in supply chain management, and he returned to his alma-mater to help them craft a genuinely comprehensive program.

The EKU Operation Veteran Success initiative provides a number of benefits to military students seeking their academic dreams, including a  highly acclaimed one-stop-shop Veterans Success Center to serve all your transition needs, no application processing fee for undergraduate  veterans or their dependents, in-state tuition for all Post 9-11 eligible military personnel, veterans and dependents using the benefit, maximum  credit hours for military experience documented on your Joint Service Transcript (JST), priority (early) registration for classes to keep you on  track to graduate, military friendly withdrawal and readmission policy due to unanticipated deployment orders, transition housing assistance for newly discharged veterans, and an active Student Veterans of America Chapter – EKU VETS. The Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at EKU is retired Army Major Dr. Bryan Cole, so he understands the military experience. Perry explained the comfort he felt at EKU as a veteran, stating that “Being one of the over 1200 veterans that are currently enrolled at its campus, it is a welcoming feeling the moment you arrive on campus.  There is a wealth of knowledge at the Veteran Affairs office and access to the staff is second to none.” EKU takes great pride in its dedication to service men and women.

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