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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

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The AACSB International-accredited Georgia Southern University College of Business seeks to produce career-ready professionals by offering a broad array of high quality undergraduate and select graduate programs within a learning environment characterized by inspired teaching, relevant research and meaningful service. The college emphasizes close interactions and engagement among faculty, students and the business community. We offer undergraduate degrees in eight disciplines, three master’s programs and a Ph.D. in logistics and supply chain management. Our student-centered learning community presents, applies and extends the current boundaries of knowledge surrounding today’s dynamic global business environment. We search for new knowledge, both theoretical and practical, and insightful learning opportunities for our students, guided by common values of continuous improvement, excellence, integrity, accountability, respect and sustainability.

Georgia Southern College of Business Hosts Professional Development Day

Students in the College of Business will have the opportunity to participate in professional development courses and hear from representatives from various corporations during the second annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on Tuesday, September 26.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will allow students to learn about topics ranging from leadership, interview skills, entrepreneurship, branding and much more. Business classes will be suspended for the day for students to attend the PDD conference-like sessions, presented by faculty and the College’s corporate business partners.

“Our College has two strategic goals, one of which is to enhance professional development for students. We strive to accomplish this goal through internships, business abroad trips, providing opportunities to interface with industry professionals, experiential learning experiences and research opportunities,” said Cindy Randall, assistant dean of the College of Business.

“Two years ago, as the College administrators discussed how we could best use our resources to enhance professional development, one of our faculty members relayed an event held at another university. That event, a day filled with experiential learning opportunities, was used as a model for our Professional Development Day,” Randall continued.

This year’s event, which has more than 70 sessions available to students, Randall said, is mostly led by industry professionals representing companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Edward Jones, Equifax USIS and Aerotek, among many others.

Topics for the educational sessions include, “What is your ‘IT’ Factor,” hosted by Equifax USIS; “Getting Started with Bloomberg,” hosted by the Southern Investment Association; “Steps to Successful Startup Business,” hosted by alumnus JT Marburger (’84); and “Secrets of a Recruiter Revealed: What They Really Look for in a Job Candidate,” hosted by alumnus Zach Sines (’08), and many more. A full list of topics and presenters can be accessed at

Students like Rachel Yarbrough learned through PDD in 2016 the benefit of networking at events like this.

“I learned that there are plenty of opportunities for College of Business students to network. I was able to network throughout the day, which resulted in several chances to interview with employers days after,” said Yarbrough, a student ambassador in the College of Business. “Though I did not get an internship [from those interviews], I received constructive criticism that I later used in my interviews with BMW. The skills taught during PDD were the leadership skills needed to earn my Spring and Summer 2017 internships with BMW.”

Held in conjunction with PDD, the Eagle Sales Showcase and Logistics Roundtable bring sales and logistics professionals to campus solely for marketing/sales and logistics students, respectively. Eagle Sales Showcase brings together graduating sales and sales management students and sales professionals, which provides an all-access opportunity for the students and recruiters.

The Logistics Roundtable allows students to explore the growing field of logistics and intermodal transportation. Professionals representing third-party logistics (3PL) firms, manufacturers, warehousing companies, distributors, motor carriers and major retailers provide students the chance to gain valuable insights into logistics, transportation and supply chain career opportunities through interactive panel discussions and open-networking sessions.

“Professional Development Day is an exciting time for College of Business students. Students will have a chance to better understand the expectations of their fields with sessions specifically for their major,” added Yarbrough. “The day concludes with a Logistics Round Table that gives students a chance to practice their elevator pitch prior to the [Eagle Expo] Career Fair. These opportunities to better our future would not be made possible without the support of the College of Business alumni, faculty, staff and volunteers.”

PDD is held annually the Tuesday before the fall semester Eagle Expo Career Fair, which is the largest career fair on campus each year.

For more information or to become involved in Professional Development Day, please contact Debbie Hilton, events coordinator, at or (912) 478-5050. To view the PDD schedule, visit