April 2014

Wanted: 1.4 million new supply chain workers by 2018

The offices at Coyote Logistics in Chicago (Courtesy: Coyote Logistics)

The logistics industry has a recruiting problem. It's huge, making up 8.5% of GDP, and growing fast. But to most job seekers, it's misunderstood -- or invisible.

By Anne Fisher from CNNMoney

FORTUNE -- How can a $1.3 trillion industry, getting bigger every year, be hidden in plain sight?

Retirement reception held in honor of Dean Bob Rogow

Best wishes on retirement cake

Colleagues and friends filled the atrium of EKU's Business and Technology Center bringing fond farewells to the retiring Dean of the College of Business and Technology. Bob Rogow greeted guests from near and far who came to wish him well in retirement. Having served 44 productive years in higher education, Dr.

Maroon SHRM participates in service project

Bianca Robles presents Shanna Wells with donated items

Over the years, EKU's Maroon SHRM chapter has participated in several service projects. This spring, Bianca Robles, COO of the EKU Maroon SHRM Chapter presented Shanna Wells, a Liberty Place volunteer, with a series of household and personal items for use by visitors to Liberty Place.

EKU Aerospace Management student to participate in SEC-AAAE Internship Program


Eastern’s own Hannah Clayton, aerospace management senior from Taylorsville, Ky., is one of only four students selected to participate in this year's American Association of Airport Executives' Southern Chapter (AAAE-SEC) Internship Program.

EKU student’s story featured on the cover of The Lane Report

Thunder Ridge Mine site

Eastern’s own Kristi L. Branham, a junior majoring in public relations recently had her story Bee-ginning a new Appalachian industry published on the May 6th edition of The Lane Report.

EKU Accounting Students Win PEAK Competition

l-r: Sam Shearer, Jacob Carberry, Brian Overall, Shelby Howell, and Andrew Hicks

Five Eastern Kentucky University accounting students brought home the first place trophy from this year's statewide PEAK competition on April 26.  Held in Louisville by the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, the jeopardy-style event is designed to Promote and Encourage Accounting in Kentucky (PEAK).

Graphic Communications Management students participate in Phoenix Challenge

(l to r) Dylan Lakes, Jessica Slusher, Jordan Burke, Devin Beech, Drew Tackett

A team of Eastern Kentucky University Graphic Communications Management students traveled to Baltimore to participate in the Phoenix Challenge: International Collegiate Flexo Skills Competition on April 26.

Teams were presented with the opportunity to work with a charity, nonprofit or company, helping them rebrand, promote, label or package.

CBT Alum, Faculty receive University Honors

Alumni Association honorees

The EKU International Alumni Association welcomed six inductees into its Hall of Distinguished Alumni on April 26 and honored several others for their achievements and service to the University.

From left, front row, are

Scholar Athlete: Patric Sundlof

Patric Sundlof (front center) with 2014 All-OVC Team

General Business junior Patric Sundlof was selected to the 10-member All-Ohio Valley Conference team and was one of five chosen to the 2014 OVC All-Newcomer team. Sundlof, a native of Tullinge, Sweden, joined the Eastern program last summer after playing two years at Shorter University in Rome, Ga.

EKU Risk Management and Insurance hosts 2014 I-Day

Kaleb Adams, Alyssa Roberts, Taliz Gantz, Emily Hunsaker & Jarrod Wolfe

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, EKU’s Risk Management and Insurance program hosted I-day on campus at the Center for the Arts.

This daylong event consisted of a catered breakfast, guest speakers, a luncheon, award presentations, and an engaging atmosphere in which over 50 insurance professionals, along with students, and faculty could connect.

International Business Major Experiences Japanese Culture in Study Abroad Program

Russell Adams

After preparing for the day, Clark County native Russell Adams walked a little less than half a mile to the train station, where he would then ride a train to the end of the line, walk another half mile, eat lunch nearby, and go to class … in Japan.

RMI students bring home top honors in the Insurance Institute of Kentucky (IIK) Paper Competition

Burke Christensen with winner Cheryle Fuller

April 22, 2014 - Four Eastern students majoring or minoring in Risk Management and Insurance were recognized at the annual I-Day event held at the Center for the Arts at EKU for exemplary research papers winning them top honors in the Insurance Institute of Kentucky (IIK) Paper Competition.

Fariello receives Dean's Award

Elizabeth Fariello

Cadet Elizabeth Fariello has been selected to received the College of Education Dean's Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the College of Education who possesses a high total grade point average as well as exhibits strong leadership skills, outstanding character, and service.

Jarrod Wolfe selected for national scholarship

Jarrod Wolfe

EKU Risk Management and Insurance senior Jarrod Wolfe, has been selected to receive the Westfield Scholarship. Wolfe, from Jackson, Ky., was notified of the national award by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.


EKU School of Business Students Inducted Into Honor Society

Beta Gamma Sigma spring 2014 inductees

EKU's School of Business and the College of Business and Technology are pleased to announce the induction of business students into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. The new members were honored at a formal induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the Executive Conference Room of the Business and Technology Center on the EKU campus.

CBT Employees Recognized for Years of Service

5-year EKU employees

Employees celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of employment were recognized during an April 17 luncheon.

College of Business and Technology faculty and staff recognized were:

25 YEARS - Judy Spain

15 YEARS - Bob Rogow

10 YEARS - Kristel Smith

5 YEARS - Cassandra Williams and Rick McGee

Scholar Athletes: Amandine Faouzi, Melissa Gerritsen, and Kristina Labeja

Kristina Labeja (left) and Amandine Faouzi (right)

College of Business and Technology scholar athletes earned All-OVC Tennis accolades recently. EKU tennis team students Amandine Faouzi, Melissa Gerritsen, and Kristina Labeja were named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference team in a vote handled by the league's head coaches.

Scholar Athlete: Julie Mathisen

Julie Mathisen

Journalism major Julie Mathisen has earned OVC Athlete of the Week honors. A native of Askim, Norway, Mathisen was named the Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Female Track Athlete of the Week as announced by the league office. This the first career OVC Track Athlete of the Week Honor for the winner of the women's mile at the OVC Indoor Championships in February.

CBT Faculty awarded Emeritus status, earn promotion and tenure

EKU Business & Technology Center

The College of Business and Technology is pleased to announce emeritus status granted by EKU's Board of Regents at its quarterly meeting. Four college faculty were honored:

Hansen Awarded Emeritus Faculty Rank


Congratulations to Dr. Liz Hansen! The EKU Board of Regents has approved the recommendation for the Department of Communication chair and Foundation Professor to be awarded the academic status of Faculty Emerita. 

Emeritus status is an honorary rank awarded to a retired faculty member who has faithfully served EKU with distinction.

Three EKU students intern at The Masters in Augusta, Ga.

l-r: Chris Bunge, Mikal Harpster, Tyler Brightwell

Three students from the PGA Golf Management (PGA/GM) program at Eastern Kentucky University received internships at the 2014 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., from April 7–13.


Isaacs receives Service-Learning Teaching Award

Dr. Trish Isaacs (3rd from left)

Dr. Trish Isaacs, Associate Professor of Accounting, is a recipient of the 2014 Service-Learning Teaching Award. University Programs presented the awards to several faculty members during an April 3 ceremony.

Ag student Megan Moore places 1st in Tennessee Gaited Mule State Championship

Megan Moore on Big Daddy

Eastern’s own Megan Moore (AG Education junior from Williamsburg) recently won first place in the Gaited Mule State Championship in Trail Pleasure Racking Competition for ladies 18 and over.


PGM students go above and beyond supporting Relay for Life

Relay for Life logo

Friday April 11, 2014, Eastern’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) hosted the Relay for Life fundraiser on campus to benefit the American Cancer Society.

This event gives participants the opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember those who have been lost, and raise funds and awareness to help fight back.

2014 CBT Distinguished Seniors Named

2014 CBT Distinguished Seniors

Each year, the College of Business and Technology honors the very best students from each of our departments with awards and scholarships. Distinguished Senior honors are awarded to students possessing superior academic achievement, excellent leadership, citizenship, character, and service to EKU.

EKU students receive Future Entrepreneur Executive Award

IDEA State U logo

Last week, several EKU student teams competed for three slots to represent EKU at the Idea State U statewide business plan and concept competition in the following categories.

EKU Construction Management hosts 2014 Banquet

2014 Construction Management banquet & awards

Eastern hosted the 8th Annual Construction Management Recognition Banquet on April 10, 2014, to honor outstanding students and faculty, as well as those individuals and companies who have demonstrated exemplary service.


CBT Faculty Nominated for 2014 Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award graphic

EKU College of Business and Technology faculty have been nominated for the 2014 Golden Apple Award.

Students Apply Real-World Training at North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge®

Front: Kaitlyn Wooton, Celia Thomas; Back: Billy Cameron, Caleb Clark, Dr. Rinck

Fort Wayne, IN, April 5, 2014 – Eastern Kentucky University participated in the 13th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) held April 3-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind. In total, 264 students from 37 colleges across the U.S. and Canada attended this educational event co-hosted by Purdue University, Michigan State University and The Ohio State University.

EKU Honors Management Grad Who Is Now Executive with Brown-Forman

Diane French Nguyen

She grew up one of nine children in a blue-collar family.

Higher education was hardly discussed in her Bullitt County home, though certainly the values of hard work and making one’s own breaks in life were instilled. The father retired as a machinist from Reynolds Metal Company, while Mom stayed home to raise eight girls and one boy, born only 15 years apart.

Hall of Fame Inductee Hansen's Impact Felt by Students, Commonwealth


“Not everyone," said Cassondra Kirby-Mullins, "is fortunate to have an educator that goes above and beyond the call of duty."

Howell receives Dean’s Distinguished Academic Achievement Award

Dean Bob Rogow and Shelby Howell

EKU's College of Business and Technology is pleased to announce the 2014 Dean's Distinguished Academic Achievement Award.

EKU Aviation partners with regional carriers

EKU Aviation seniors, Endeavor Air presentation

“EKU Aviation is working tirelessly to create a seamless pathway for their graduates to go directly from Richmond to the right seat of a regional air carrier as quickly as possible after graduation. As such, today marks the first of many  visits by regional air carriers to the Richmond campus.

Communications senior travels the state promoting Ale-8-One

Alshey Robe poses next to an Ale 8 distribution truck

A communications senior from Salvisa, has a head start in her marketing career through cooperative education.

Ashley Robe, 21, is a marketing team member for Ale-8-One, where she travels the state promoting the drink. Robe joined the team in August 2013, after she moved to Richmond, going to the company for an interview.

Dustin Ratliff named as Schwendeman Outstanding Senior in Aviation

Dustin Ratliff with First Officer Logan Case from Endeavor Air

Mr. Dustin Ratliff has been named the 2014 Joseph Schwendeman Outstanding Senior in Aviation. He was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 3, 2014, at the annual Aviation program’s College to Careers Conference. This is the first year the award.

Dustin Ratliff named as Schwendeman Outstanding Senior in Aviation

Dustin Ratliff with First Officer Logan Case from Endeavor Air

Mr. Dustin Ratliff has been named the 2014 Joseph Schwendeman Outstanding Senior in Aviation. He was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 3, 2014, at the annual Aviation program’s College to Careers Conference. This is the first year the award.

CBT students recognized as Outstanding Co-op and Interns

EKU College of Business & Technology students were recognized at the Center for Career & Co-op's annual Student Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 2. Each nominee was recognized with a certificate and the winners announced.

CBT Student Athletes Recognized at Colonels Annual Academic Awards Breakfast

EKU Student-Athlete Academic Awards Breakfast

Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes gathered in the Keen Johnson Ballroom on April 10th for the annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Breakfast. The event, hosted by the Bratzke Center, featured EKU President Michael T. Benson as guest speaker and honored more than 250 student-athletes for academic achievement over the past year.

PGM Students Battle It Out in the Kincer Cup

Kincer Cup team

Friday, March 28th, 2014, marked the beginning of Kincer Cup hosted by EKU’s own PGA Golf Management (PGA/GM) program.

The Kincer Cup is named after EKU’s PGA/GM director Kim Kincer.


Scholar Athlete: Stuart Witt

Stuart Witt

Accounting senior Stuart Witt tied for fourth in a field of 74 players at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Golf Tournament recently held in Sevierville, Tenn. Overall, EKU finished second only to the University of Tennessee.

Witt, from Richmond, Ky., is also a Colonel Scholar and was recognized at the Student-Athlete Academic Awards Breakfast in April.

Scholar Athlete: Nicole Henry

Nicki Henry

PGA Golf Management junior Nicki Henry received the Bratzke Award of Excellence at this spring's Student-Athlete Academic Awards Breakfast. Henry, a native of Chagrin Falls, Oh., received multiple honors at the annual event.