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Logistics program prepares graduates for careers with IANA member companies

Students in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University who are pursuing careers in logistics and intermodal transportation (LIT) are being prepared for and connected to careers in a program that is recognized by the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) and its member companies.

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in LIT degree was recently spotlighted by the IANA in their e-magazine and has received scholarship awards from the organization since 2016. During the 2017-18 academic year, more than 50 LIT graduates began management careers with IANA member companies.

The program emphasizes the integration of all modes of transportation, especially surface, to efficiently move goods through supply chains. The program connects coursework to careers in business logistics.

With close proximity to the Port of Savannah and the many freight movement companies in the region, the program meets the managerial workforce needs of the freight transportation sector. Other areas students are prepared for through the program include demand forecasting and facility location decisions, which are relevant to broader supply chain applications.

Through five courses focused on freight transport within the program, the BBA in LIT extends learning beyond the classroom by incorporating industry and student-led events such as the Georgia Logistics Summit, the IANA Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge Annual Student Competition and the Logistics Roundtable.

The Logistics Roundtable is hosted by the Logistics Association, the student organization for the LIT program, in both spring and fall semesters. During the roundtable, managers from more than 30 freight transportation companies participate in panel sessions and career networking. Many of the managers participating in the Logistics Roundtable are alumni of the program.

In addition to these activities, students take a course based solely on a case study. This approach leverages a containerized freight challenge faced by a local organization. Past cases have included overcapacity challenges of ocean carriers, congestion at marine port gates, rail-freight pricing with third-party logistics competitive responses, freight-haul routing optimization and motor carrier capacity crunches.

To learn more about the AACSB-accredited Georgia Southern University LIT program, visit

Three-Day Workshop Breeds Entrepreneurs

By: Caroline Nimnicht
3DS Georgia Southern winner, Tailr.
l-r: Nicholas Farmer, Deja Powell and David Vaughn

The Business Innovation Group (BIG) at the Georgia Southern College of Business hosted the business pitches for the remaining five groups from “3 Day Startup Georgia Southern” in the Russell Union Theater on February 19, 2018.

The 3 Day Startup (3DS)  program was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 by a diverse group of students who recognized the unexpressed potential for startups in higher education. According to the program, 3DS results in more successful startups than any other weekend entrepreneurship event. More than 130 programs in the U.S. and internationally have given rise to 79 companies that have cumulatively received over $79 million in funding. With a mission to “activate entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and global entrepreneurship ecosystem” and a vision that “all students ignite their potential through the experience of entrepreneurship,” 3DS is truly a beneficial opportunity for our students.

3 Day Startup is a 72-hour learning-by-doing campus workshop that teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in an extreme hands-on environment. Forty students with a wide range of backgrounds started working on technology companies on Friday, February 16, at 2:00 p.m. and worked together until Sunday, February 18, at 10:00 p.m. The goal was to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the startup company beyond the weekend.

On the first day, with or without a startup idea, participants were introduced to a facilitator who led each group through dedicated brainstorming, preliminary pitches with feedback and team selection models. Some teams worked very late into the night while others chose to rest in preparation for the following day. The second day placed heavy emphasis on business model generation. Each team was urged to delve into customer retention, as well as obtain structured mentorship, intermediate pitches and feedback sessions. The final day consisted of continued execution of ideas leading into the final pitches and prototype demos to an esteemed panel of mentors and investors.

Participants in the three-day workshop collaborated with brilliant people from numerous disciplines toward the common goal of building real companies and products. Valuable connections happened at 3DS; co-founders met, complementary skill sets collided and friends were made.  

After the intense 72-hour collaboration session, five groups, NIA, Tailr, 5 Dollar Footwear, TAC and DIS, made it to the final round of pitching their business to a panel of mentors and investors, as well as the public in the Russell Union Theater on Monday, February 19.

DIS, a carbon longboard production company, won the people’s choice award, and Tailr, a company using a digital measuring system using a cellphone camera or webcam to build an intermediary between retailers and consumers, was the overall winner.

BIG hosting 3DS is so important; by providing entrepreneurial tools students can utilize, their business dreams can become reality.

University student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management named Georgia ‘Chapter of the Year’

The Georgia Southern University Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter received yet another prestigious award from the SHRM Georgia State Council. During the 2017 SHRM Georgia State Conference, the chapter was named SHRM Student Chapter of the Year.

The annual Georgia State Conference, held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, recognizes the best student chapter in the state of Georgia, the best local chapter and various other chapter awards. In order to be considered for the Student Chapter of the Year award, the chapter must be nominated.

As the recipient of the Student Chapter of the Year Award, the Georgia Southern SHRM chapter was recognized for its continued efforts to grow membership. This year the chapter has seen its highest chapter attendance with a record of 59 attendees. This consistent growth in membership and retention over the last year helped the chapter win this award.

“It was an honor to receive the Student Chapter of the Year award,” said University SHRM chapter President Joslyn Ballingall, a senior human resources management major. “Our chapter worked hard to gain and retain membership over the past year. We also continue to expand our horizons by educating our chapter on human resources in different fields of work, which allows our membership to gain a diverse understanding of the operation in human resources.”

SHRM works to encourage its members to be highly qualified and prepared for the Eagle Expo, the on-campus career fair, each semester. The chapter focuses on career development by offering various development workshops such as résumé building, and by inviting a range of guest speakers to meetings. Speakers from Amazon, Eaton Corporation and Bulloch County Schools, among others, allow students to engage with human resource professionals and discover what human resource practices look like in the workplace.

The student chapter is advised by Steve Charlier, Ph.D., associate professor of management, and David Sikora, Ph.D., assistant professor of management.

“The chapter officers worked hard to increase the quality of the topics discussed during each chapter meeting,” said Sikora. “They did a great job proactively finding great speakers, publicizing the chapter’s meetings and increasing the chapter’s active membership. It’s great seeing those efforts recognized by Georgia’s SHRM professional membership.”

SHRM is the world’s largest human resources professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the SHRM has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of human resource professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.

To learn more about the University’s SHRM chapter, visit

Georgia Southern’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter receives Superior status

The Georgia Southern University Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter has been awarded Superior status for the 2016-17 reporting year.

The BAP chapter completed a number of important activity requirements to be considered for Superior status. These activities included having a beginning-of-year, mid-year and end-of-year report meeting, an initiation meeting, at least eight reaching out activities, at least six professional activities and at least one service activity throughout the 2016-17 school year. Each member of the organization is also required to have a minimum of 32 hours for professional and service activities.

For their efforts, BAP will receive a reward of $500 later this year sponsored by KPMG and the KPMG Foundation, along with a letter from Sandra Richtermeyer, the 2017-18 President of BAP, recognizing the chapter and its students for this achievement. Students attending the BAP annual meeting in August will also have the honor of wearing a green Superior ribbon.

“Our chapter has achieved Superior status for 18 of the last 20 years, which is as far back as Beta Alpha Psi’s database goes,” said Eddie Metrejean, Ph.D., CPA, CFE, associate professor of accounting and advisor of the BAP student chapter.

“All the hard work is done by the students who have to meet certain requirements for us to be considered Superior,” said Metrejean.

According to Metrejean, Superior status requires the members of the organization be involved in two main areas, professional meetings and service activities. Reach out activities are also required.

“We typically meet 12 or 13 times per semester,” said Metrejean. “For the professional meetings, we have accounting firms and other companies present different topics to our members. Topics are usually about résumé writing, interviewing skills, business etiquette, managing stress, etc.”

Metrejean said the group is typically involved in five or six service activities per semester.

“Our biggest activity is tutoring for the Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting [courses]. We probably spend more than 300 hours tutoring,” he said. “[BAP] also ha[s] been involved with School of Accountancy activities such as Meet the Firms and Accounting Day setup, Executive in Residence and Forensic Accounting Lecture, among others. College of Business activities [we are involved in] include Professional Development Day [and] students’ lunches. [We also participate in] activities with local elementary and middle schools [and] activities with Bulloch County Recreation.”

Finally, the student organization is required to participate in eight Reach Out Activities, in which points are accrued for each activity. These activities range from attending and presenting at regional and national meetings, participating in Community Service Day at the national meeting, and certain service activities about financial literacy, among other activities.

About Beta Apha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of BAP is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least ACCT 3131 (Intermediate Accounting I), have at least a 3.0 GPA in all upper level accounting courses and have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Membership to Beta Alpha Psi is by invitation only.

Georgia Southern student group receives prestigious award from world’s largest HR association

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2016-2017 Superior Merit Award designation to the Georgia Southern University SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

Of the 327 student chapters from across the United States, Georgia Southern University was one of 149 winners.

“These chapters truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, SHRM-SCP, east divisional director at SHRM and the lead for SHRM’s student programs. “Their achievements go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, their local communities and beyond.”

SHRM student chapters had the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they completed during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2017.

The Georgia Southern University student chapter of SHRM completed a number of important initiatives leading to its Superior Merit Award recognition for the 2016-2017 academic year. These activities included the establishment of a Human Resources Mentorship Program with the Statesboro Professional SHRM chapter. This mentorship program allows Georgia Southern SHRM members to regularly interact with HR practitioners in local business and government organizations. The program provides informal career advice and professional networking for chapter members.

The student chapter also worked with the Georgia Southern Human Resources and Career Services groups to present a series of chapter meetings aimed at helping students develop professional résumés, build their interviewing skills and learn to better network with employers.

Finally, the chapter presented a panel discussion with HR professionals and business owners aimed at helping students understand how employers make hiring decisions and what they look for in top job candidates.

For Fall 2017, the Georgia Southern University student chapter officers include Joslyn Ballingall (president), Tiffany Daniels (vice president, fundraising), Barbara Jordan (vice president, membership), Thomas Boynton (vice president, public relations), Brandy Hurt (vice president, merit), Bryan Barron-Ponce (secretary), Jada Long (succession chair) and Caroline Nolen (treasurer).

The SHRM student chapter Merit Award Program, which began in 1972, was created to encourage student chapters to require ongoing excellence in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.