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September 2017

Senior "Delivers" for Domino's as Intern

Dalton Stanley

Dalton Stanley learned a lot this past summer as a global supply chain management intern with Domino’s.

But one lesson trumped them all for the Eastern Kentucky University senior, as he described the experience to fellow Pikeville native James Kirby Easterling, who returned to EKU in 2014 to head his alma mater’s then-new global supply chain management program.

“If I have learned anything during my time at EKU, it is that Colonels – even those of us from rural eastern Kentucky – are capable of accomplishing anything if we are only given the opportunity,” Stanley said.

After spending his first week training in Michigan, Stanley reported to the food giant’s regional office in Erlanger, Kentucky, where he was assigned his project: to find a more efficient means by which the company’s supply chain centers ship their products.

He gathered and analyzed data – including a Pareto analysis that he learned about at Eastern – to narrow his focus to approximately five key products with the greatest potential to create savings and improve efficiency.

By applying the tools and principles he learned during his time as a supply chain management major, Stanley arrived at a solution capable of saving Domino’s more than $300,000 annually.

He was quick to point out that his work was not accomplished in isolation.

“Communication was absolutely key,” he noted, “and I was privileged to be working in an environment that encouraged collaboration.” Stanley had weekly meetings with the project management officer, his mentor and the director of his supply chain center, and received short daily progress reports. He also met with representatives from Procurement and Quality Control and with regional store managers who provided feedback on his project and gave him different points of view to consider.

The internship culminated with a final presentation of his findings. Admittedly nervous, Stanley “felt more than equipped to face the challenge.”

Troy Ellis, another EKU alumnus who today serves as executive vice president for supply chain management for Domino’s, sat near the front along with his leadership team. A hundred more supply chain professionals filled the room. And Stanley aced his big test.

“I was very prepared to answer all the questions my audience had for me,” he said. “My class presentations and national presentations with Phi Beta Lambda had prepared me well.”

Through his internship, Stanley said he gained many personal contacts and a wealth of valuable knowledge and skills that could only be acquired through such a project.

“The experience of being a part of a close-knit team that always strives to make their company a little bit better than it was the day before, and knowing you were able to contribute to the goal of becoming the number-one pizza company in the world is extremely rewarding,” he said. “I could not have done this without Professor Easterling, the College of Business and Technology, and everyone on campus who has provided me with a firm foundation that prepared me for success in my internship and, hopefully, in my future career field.”

When the internship was announced in March, Easterling said it was “strategically important, as it gives our program yet another top-tier firm for our supply-chain students to gain tremendous experience. It also says a lot about our program, in that Domino’s only recruits from top supply chain management programs.”

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

For more information about EKU’s supply chain management program, visit

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SCM Advisory Council Holds Inaugural Meeting

Industry leaders participating in EKU's Supply Chain Management Advisory Council

EKU's Global Supply Chain Management program is poised to become the next signature program for the School of Business. Classes are over full, students are working in prestigious internships, individual and corporate donations are now coming directly into the program, and graduates are securing high-paying jobs with companies such as SpaceX, Northrup Grumman, Altria, Uber, and Hitachi.

Supply Chain leaders in the region were more than willing to come together to form an advisory council that will further propel the SCM program to regional prominence. The inaugural meeting of the Global Supply Chain Management Advisory Council was held Friday, September 8, 2017, at the EKU Business and Technology Center. Notable industry leaders discussed the state of the program and offered advice and guidance for enabling continued growth. Companies represented on the council include Corning, Lexmark, Hitachi, Carhartt, and Valvoline, among others.

EKU is the first public university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to offer a comprehensive undergraduate degree program in Global Supply Chain Management. The program was launched in 2014-2015 as a concentration within the General Business degree program and is under the direction of Executive in Residence James Kirby Easterling.

Photo caption (l-r): Weiling Zhuang (EKU), William Hardy (Carhartt), James Kirby Easterling (EKU), Jennifer Strauel (Carhartt), Sam Weiderman (Corning), Teresa W. Smith (EKU GSCM student rep), Jim Coriell (Valvoline), Eric-Stephan Neill (APICS), Joe Rice (Lexmark), Kelly True (Hitachi), Joshua Abend (EKU MBA student rep), Tom Erekson (EKU)

MMIB Welcomes 2017-18 Patterson Scholars

2017-18 Patterson Scholars

The Department of Management, Marketing and International Business is pleased to announce Patterson Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year.

The Patterson Scholarship is the largest privately funded endowed scholarship fund on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus. Since its establishment in 1997, the endowment is made available to student applicants who have already declared a major in Business and Marketing Education, General Business, Management, or Marketing.

The 2017-18 Patterson Scholars are:

  • Kyle Best (Freshman-Marketing), Lancaster, KY
  • Jacob Bennett (Junior-PGM), Sharpsville, IN
  • Daniel Bevins (Senior-Management), Richmond, KY
  • Ethan Brown (Freshman-Management), Olive Hill, KY
  • Lyndsey Burke (Sophomore-General Business), Ashland, KY
  • Lucy Burkhardt (Junior-Management & Marketing), Stoney Fork, KY
  • Madison Crump (Freshman-Entrepreneurship), Argillite, KY
  • Isabella Dunn (Freshman-International Business), Louisville, KY
  • Kassidy Easterling (Freshman-International Business & Management), Richmond, KY
  • Jeremy Gregory (Junior-PGM), Algonquin, IL
  • Karissa Hardesty (Sophomore-PGM), Brandenburg, KY
  • Madison Harris (Junior-Music Marketing), Olive Hill, KY
  • Zachary Hart (Freshman-Music Marketing), Corbin, KY
  • Jackson Hurtt (Junior-International Business & Management), Taylor Mill, KY
  • Caitlyn Kirchoff (Sophomore-Marketing), Henderson, KY
  • Tim Lumbrix (Senior-Global Supply Chain), Louisville, KY
  • Alexandra Newnam (Senior-Marketing), Richmond, KY
  • Mason Northcutt (Freshman-International Business), Frankfort, KY
  • Ian Radabaugh (Freshman-PGM), Archbold, OH
  • Jessica Ralston (Junior-Management), Lexington, KY
  • Olivia Reichenbach (Freshman-Marketing), Somerset, KY
  • Trevor Ridner (Freshman-Human Resource Management), Ferguson, KY
  • Elizabeth Sanders (Sophomore-Human Resource Management), South Shore, KY
  • Masi Sanders (Senior-Management & Marketing), Somerset, KY
  • Sarah Sparks (Sophomore-Human Resource Management), Lancaster, KY
  • Dalton Stanley (Senior-Global Supply Chain), Richmond, KY
  • Logan Thomas (Sophomore-PGM), West Chester, OH
  • Josuha Wallin (Sophomore-PGM), Double Spring, AL

Each student will be awarded $1,500 per semester for two semesters. Requirements for the scholarship are a minimum 24 ACT score and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students submit three letters of reference and consideration is given to evidence of leadership and work-related activities.

While this scholarship may be renewed annually, the endowment is entirely conditional upon student involvement in the following areas:

  • Academics
  • Leadership
  • Networking/Social
  • Recruitment
  • Service

Each student scholar is required to attend at least one Spotlight event or other department recruitment event to meet with students and answer questions about Management, Marketing and International Business to fulfill the service obligation. “They are the face of the department,” stated Beth Polin. The Patterson Scholarship Committee is Chaired by Beth Polin.

Aside from recruitment and service obligations, student scholars are also expected to take on leadership roles in campus student organizations and strive to maintain a high level of academic success.

Find out more about the Patterson Scholarship at:

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