Awards & News

Featured Speaker- Chris Pruitt of East Penn Manufacturing

On November 21, 2019 Chris Pruitt, CEO and President of East Penn Manufacturing, shared the amazing history of Deka Batteries as it became East Penn Manufacturing Co., the largest single-site and privately-held battery company in the United States. Chris shared with students how important the founding family's values still are in creating one of the only manufacturing facilities to consistently win Forbes Best Places To Work in PA Award.

L to R back row: KU President Hawkinson, Chris Pruitt, Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb, Prof. Dave Wagaman. L to R front row: Alyssa Riess, Philip Houseknecht, Matthew Achey.

(L to R) Back Row: KU President Hawkinson, Chris Pruitt, Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb, Prof. Dave Wagaman. Front Row: Alyssa Riess, Philip Houseknecht, Matthew Achey.

Featured Speaker- Mike Rabinovitz of Hershey company

Mike Rabinovitz, the Senior Brand Manager at Hershey Company, delivered a candy filled talk on November 14, 2019. In addition to the bag of Hershey candies on every seat, Mike tossed 2 pound Reese's cups and Kitkat bars to audience members drawing delighted laughter while giving useful real-world advice about what a successful career path can look like post college. Mike, a former student of Dr. Therese Maskulka, emphasized that being a good fit in your job is often more rewarding then just the paycheck.

Mike Rabinovitz
The finance club hosts Dirk Scheepers

On November 12, 2019 Dirk Scheepers, a 2010 KU alumni from the MBA, Finance and International Business programs, came to speak to the Finance Club about his experience while working in NYC and abroad. Dirk held positions as a bond broker and works with fixed income for multinational corporations based out of Europe. He also talked about bond yield spreads and the importance of investing at an early age.

Back row: Stephen Steele, Evan-Eric Longino, Dirk Sheepers, Dr. Walker, Dr. Gupta. Front row: Anees Mobin, Hanna Templin, Trever Smith

Back row: Stephen Steele, Evan-Eric Longino, Dirk Sheepers, Dr. Walker, Dr. Gupta. Front row: Anees Mobin, Hanna Templin, Trever Smith

L to R: Hanna Templin, Dirk Scheepers, Chris Waller, Dr. Gupta

L to R: Hanna Templin, Dirk Scheepers, Chris Waller, Dr. Gupta

The marketing club hosts Krista Berardelli
back: Hannah Marx, Nicki Wolf, Dr. Massad, Krista Berardelli, Dylan Drager. Front:Kayla Mills, Jenna Getz

Krista Berardelli 19', Marketing Coordinator for Lehigh Valley Airport, was a speaker at the American Marketing Association Club on October 24, 2019. She is a Kutztown alumni and the former president of KU AMA. She discussed her experience with AMA, career tips, what her job is like and what career opportunities are currently available at the airport.

(L to R back row) Hannah Marx, Nicki Wolf, Dr. Massad, Krista Berardelli, Dylan Drager. (L to R front row) Kayla Mills, Jenna Getz

COB research workshop 10/16/2019
(L to R) Dr. Feisal Murshed, Dr. Therese Maskulka, Dr. Victor Massad, Dr. Eun Kang, Prof. Gerard Kelly.

Drs. Victor Massad and Feisal Murshed present a workshop titled "Where Do Kutztown Students End Up After They Graduate? A Look at LinkedIn Data."

(L to R) Dr. Feisal Murshed, Dr. Therese Maskulka, Dr. Victor Massad, Dr. Eun Kang, Prof. Gerard Kelly

KU Alumni Allison Geist presents at conference
Allison Geist holds a microphone

Allison Geist, operations support manager at NFI, asks the crowd who feels affected by the driver shortage. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

Allison Geist '17, a KU College of Business alumni, graduated at the top of her Supply Chain Management minor class as well as earning her BSBA in Management & Marketing. After graduation, she became Operations Support Manager at NFI, a leading international third-party logistics provider. Allison presented at the Women in Trucking conference in Dallas, TX and was featured in a Transport Topics article. Dr. Gary Chao says "This is very encouraging. I will let my students know the trucking industry is not just for men."

Featured Speaker- Galen Woleslagle of GEODIS
(L to R) Dr. Quin Geng, Assistant Dean Paige M. Brookins, Dr. Gary Chao, Galen Wolslagle, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Dr. Muratcan Erkul, Dr. Rajeev Kumar.

Galen Woleslagle, Featured Speaker

(L to R) Dr. Quin Geng, Assistant Dean Paige M. Brookins, Dr. Gary Chao, Galen Wolslagle, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Dr. Muratcan Erkul, Dr. Rajeev Kumar.

On September 26th, 2019, Galen Woleslagle, the Director of Operations at GEODIS, a worldwide transport and logistics leader, presented Traits of Successful Leaders: Real World Advice For You to College of Business students and faculty.
During his presentation, Galen talked about warehousing and distribution, introduced GEODIS, discussed what makes good leadership, gave advice on how to grow as a leader and finished by answering questions from the audience.
Galen's tips to new graduates: set goals for yourselves, strive to learn everything, lead people efficiently and do not be afraid to ask questions.

COB research workshop 9/5/2019
(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Prof. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

Dr. Brad Congelio, of the Sports Management Department, presents “Perhaps More Than Games: Using eSports as a Tool of Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education."

(L to R) Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Dr. Shyaam Thiruvadi, Dr. Greg Kaufinger, Dr. Brad Congelio, Dr. Mostafa Maksy, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Vistor Massad, Dr. Scott Bradshaw, Assistant Dean Kim O'Neill, Prof. Elizabeth Rogol, Dr. Norm Sigmond

Business Administration-Management track, Molly Bobjak, and Sport Management major, Kyra Wozniak, showcased skills off the field in professional summer internships.

2018/19 College of Business Research Awards
Dr. Feisal Murshed holding an award.

Dr. Feisal Murshed was awarded both "Top Researcher of the Year" and "Faculty Researcher of the Year"!

Dr. Soojin Kim and Dr. Mostafa Maksy recieve "Top Researcher of the Year" awards from Dean Anne Carroll.

(Left) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Soojin Kim with "Top Researcher of the Year". (Right) Dean Carroll awards Dr. Mostafa Maksy "Top Researcher of the Year".

Kim O'Neill

Welcome to our new Assistant Dean, Kim O’Neill! Kim comes to us from the School of Business at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell, where she was the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation for the School of Business. She also taught courses primarily in the areas of project management, operations management, process improvement, and statistics. In her role here, she will primarily support our accreditation and assessment processes and workload planning.

Prior to UW Bothell, Kim held management positions at several medical device companies in the Seattle area, including Phillips, Sonosite and Cardiac Science. She started her professional career in the defense industry, contributing to an assortment of satellite, launch vehicle, tracking station, national defense, and missile projects.

Kim holds an MBA from UW Bothell, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an MS in Engineering Management from California State University - Long Beach, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Loyola Marymount University. 

Pennsylvania Economic Association Annual Conference

Kutztown University's College of Business hosted the Pennsylvania Economic Association's annual conference on May 30 through June 1, 2019. Dr. John Walker, Vice President of the Association and a KU professor spearheaded the entire event with great success. Over 100 Economics professors and professionals gathered on our beautiful campus to share ideas and research including our own Dr. CJ Rhoads, Dr. Necati Tekatli, Dr. Keshav Gupta, Dr. Emma Hao, Dr. Halim Dalgin, Dr. Abdul Sraiheen and Dr. Qin Geng.

PEA Officers and Board Members pose for a group photo.

PEA Officers and Board Members

We bid a fond farewell to TWO of our graduating student workers!
(Left to Right) Sydney Burgese, Grace Wein, Alexandria Shope, Dontez Jolly, Olivia Durr, Gabriella Wilson.

Congratulations to KU seniors Alex and Tez our spring 2019 graduates! Thank you for all of your hard work for the College of Business

(Left to Right) Sydney Burgese, Grace Wein, Alexandria Shope, Dontez Jolly, Olivia Durr, Gabriella Wilson (missing: Taylor D'ambrosio).

Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals

On Monday, March 18, 2019 the Supply Chain Management Club hosted Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional's (CSCMP) Lehigh Valley Roundtable. The roundtable provided a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about supply chain management and make connections with local supply chain professionals.

Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals

(Left to Right) Angela Motolese, Mario Lombardi, Deb Colitis, Laura Frias

Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals

(Left to Right) Tom Bradley, Peter Samuelson, Dr. Muratcan Erkul, Dr. CJ Rhoads, Beau J. Merlini, Rolando Nino

Fostering Future Supply Chain Professionals

(Left to Right) Jim Merril, Luis Mercado, Christina Kofchock, Erika, McBride, Lauren Gilleland

Liquid Interactive Competition & Reception

A Digital Marketing Competition

On April 19, 2019, Liquid Interactive and Blue Ridge Communications awarded KU students Morgan Santee, Jennifer Loaiza and Mayra Rodriguez Ontiveros cash prizes for their winning submissions to the Liquid Interactive Digital Marketing Competition.

Liquid Interactive Competition & Reception

(Left to Right) Dr. Eun Kang, Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros, Jenn Loaiza, Morgan Santee, Dr. Therese Maskulka

1st place winner!

Emily Massaro, Morgan Santee

2nd place winner!

Emily Massaro, Jenn Loaiza

3rd place winner!

Emily Massaro, Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros

Blue Ridge Communications representatives pose with the Liquid Interactive Competition winners.

(Left to Right) John Del Viscio, Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros, Jenn Loaiza, Morgan Santee, Alicia Hughart

(Left to Right) Dr. Eun Kang, Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros, Jenn Loaiza, Morgan Santee, Dr. Therese Maskulka
Emily Massaro hands Morgan Santee her Liquid Interactive competition prize check.
Emily Massaro hands Jenn Loaiza her Liquid Interactive competition prize check.
Emily Massaro hands Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros her Liquid Interactive competition prize check.
(Left to Right) John Del Viscio, Mayra Rodriguez-Ontiveros, Jenn Loaiza, Morgan Santee, Alicia Hughart
Quotation Mark

Liquid's partnership with Kutztown University's College of Business has been tremendously valuable. In all our years of developing interns and hiring full-time college graduates, KU has continued to produce some of the hardest working, most job-ready candidates you will find anywhere in the country. I'd recommend all regional employers form a close relationship with KU and the College of Business.

Bret Ludlow, Director of Business & Development - Liquid Interactive