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Many supply chain management departments are growing, and companies are posting jobs that keep products flowing, from sourcing raw materials to delivering finished goods. Supply chain management is used a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, computer hardware, electronics, and pharmaceuticals practice, in order to deliver goods to consumers at a price the market will support. Supply chain management is especially important at PepsiCo.

PepsiCo is a very well known growing company with vast opportunities.  Pepsico.com

PepsiCo is a very well known growing company with vast opportunities.

PepsiCo is a Fortune 500 Corporation and is the world leader in convenient foods and beverages. They are rated as one of the world’s 50 most admired companies. Pepsi products account for roughly one-third of the total soft drink sales in the United States. In order to continue their massive success, Pepsi must make sure that their products reach their customers, which means they must ensure that their supply chain department is efficient and on point. PepsiCo has many competitive supply chain strategies. They have formed partnerships with several brands they do not own so that they can market them with their own brands. In addition, they have incorporated the direct store delivery, or DSD, model. This model allows PepsiCo to eliminate the warehousing step in the supply chain process, which allows suppliers to take their products directly to the store. This model allows PepsiCo to use a pre-sell strategy. PepsiCo is taking advantage of new forms of technology; for instance, they are incorporating wireless technology that allows their sales managers to take orders on-site. (PepsiCo.com) (http://mhlnews.com/transportation-amp-distribution/10-best-supply-chains)

PepsiCo is rated among one of the top companies to work for. They are also rated as one of the top ten best supply chains. Looking further into the company, they make sure that each of their actions is ethical and moral. They recently stated, “PepsiCo is committed to doing business the right way and has a zero tolerance for illegal activities in our supply chain and land displacements of any legitimate land tenure holders.” This was found on their Facebook page for Supply Chain Management. PepsiCo has social media sites that are up to date and very helpful. They are very aware of what they must do in order to stay up to date with the Millennial generation.PepsiCo currently has a social strategy called “Live for Now.” They utilize four of the main social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

PepsiCo's "Live for Now" campaign advertisement

PepsiCo’s “Live for Now” campaign advertisement

PepsiCo has many job postings on LinkedIn and has even recently come to Ashland Career fairs with job openings in Supply Chain Management. Ashland students should take advantage of the university’s connection with PepsiCo and introduce themselves to the representatives at the career fairs. This would even be a great opportunity for APICS to get involved with PepsiCo and build new relationships. The Supply Chain Management department is still relatively new, and establishing such connections with PepsiCo could be a great opportunity for expansion.

So now one is thinking, where to start? Ashland’s Career Service department is very helpful in guiding students in their job search. Bring in your resume, touch it up with the help of the career service staff, and begin to network. As stated above, PepsiCo is very involved in social media, and has several different social networking sites. You may even consider “liking” PepsiCo on Facebook, and following them on Twitter, Pinterest and Google +. This will help you learn the more about the company. Then, you may consider searching and applying for jobs on LinkedIn. It is important to get involved within different groups and clubs to help you stand out from other candidates applying for the same positions. At Ashland University, students can join APICS, a Supply Chain Management club that interacts with different speakers and provides students with great opportunities. PepsiCo has a reputation for being very fast-paced and innovative and they are often looking for employees who are results-orientated. As PepsiCo continues to grow, consider looking into all of the opportunities that they have to offer.

Nicole Trivisonno is a double major in business management and marketing at Ashland University. She is a member of the Women’s golf team at Ashland University.


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Most students view Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar as a place where they can stop and get a smoothie, a milkshake, or other quick to-go snack. What most students do not realize is how Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar operates, and what truly goes into running the operation. First of all, Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar is located in Recreational Services, is open to students Monday to Friday from 9AM to 10PM, and is closed on the weekends unless special events are occurring. The Smoothie Bar is closed in the summer, since many students are not on campus.

One big consideration for Tuffy’s is its inventory. Inventory management is very important within supply chain. It is essential for any business to have an effective system in place in order to keep track of inventory, because it is not wise to hold too much or not enough inventory. Let’s explore how inventory and supply chain management are applied at Tuffy’s.

Lots and Lots of Smoothies!

Tuffy’s is best known for their drink specials of the month. They usually base their drinks on which month it is, or if there is a holiday approaching. They have also created drinks based on the inventory and new materials that have. They have 11 pre-made smoothie’s available, and customers can also “create their own”. Although the name of Tuffy’s includes Smoothie Bar, it consists of more than just smoothies. Tuffy’s has other beverage options, which include coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bottled juice, soda, water, and lemonade. Tuffy’s also provides many food options as well, which include seven trail mixes, bananas, apples, scones, nutrigrain bars, pop tarts, cookies, and much more!


Photo: Senior Erika Chuburko retrieving one of Tuffy’s trail mixes.

One Step Closer

To take a step further into Tuffy’s would help one understand how Tuffy’s operates and more specifically, how their inventory is taken. Senior Erika Chuburko an intern at Tuffy’s, where she manages the entire operation and has a close look into Tuffy’s inventory. I was able to ask Erika some questions regarding Tuffy’s inventory:

Rose: How often do you check inventory?

Chuburko: Inventory at Tuffy’s is taken once a week. One thing that helps [make] taking inventory an easier process is a Transfer sheet, which is completed each day.

Rose: Describe what the Transfer sheet is that is completed each day.

Chuburko: The transfer sheet is an Excel spreadsheet that lists all the items in our inventory that come from the stock room in Convo and there are pre-determined par levels for each item. At closing, the workers go through and determine how many of each item we need to order for the next day to reach par level. For example, the par for bananas is seven bunches so if there are two bunches left at close they enter “five” into the transfer sheet. The closers then email the completed transfer sheet to me (Erika) and I date and revise it and then email it to the two Convo stock room coordinators. 

Rose: Are there any specific days of the week that inventory comes in?

Chuburko: Yes, the Pepsi order comes on Thursday, and the Eagle’s Nest order comes in usually on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on if they have everything to fill the order. It can also depend on if they have to wait on deliveries. We get deliveries of fruit, juices, milks, ice cream sherbet, and other food and paper items every morning.

Rose: Do some items come in quicker than others?

Chuburko: Trail mixes take longer to get in because they are ordered by the Convo stock room and sometimes they maintain an inventory of our trail mixes and order when they are low. Although sometimes they do not order until I (Erika) order a trail mix that they are out of over in the store room then we have to wait usually about 1 week. Most other things come in pretty quickly.

This is another aspect that many businesses must consider: not all inventory will arrive the next day or on the days that a business may need it. It is important for a company to know what days certain inventory will arrive so that it can plan their orders accordingly. Having a set schedule helps the company run smoother and have a more efficient workflow.

Rose: Is there a certain process that happens when ordering items? Does it differ depending on the product?

Chuburko: There are three different processes for ordering based on what the order is for. We do nightly transfer sheets, like mentioned above, that are filled out by the closing staff and those are filled out in an Excel spread sheet and emailed to me for revision and then turned in to the stock room to gather and deliver the next morning. I complete the Nest order every Monday and fill in the Excel spread sheet and send it to the Eagle’s Nest where it is gathered and I am notified when it is ready for me to pick up. Finally, I fill out the Pepsi order usually on Tuesday mornings and it is done on a paper order sheet that is taped to the backside of the Pepsi cooler and the Pepsi rep comes in and records the order.

Rose: Do you have to bring in stock/inventory yourself or do people come in and fill your orders?

Chuburko: The daily order from the transfer sheet is delivered by the Auxiliary driver and put away by them as well. I pick up and put away the items from the Eagle’s Nest order and the Pepsi order is delivered to Tuffy’s by the Pepsi driver but is usually put away by me.

Understanding who delivers the inventory is another key concept to understand when operating a business. It is important to know if the manager, another employee, or an employee from the supplier is in charge.


Photo: AU students enjoying their smoothies at Tuffy’s.

As you can see, there are a lot of steps that must be taken in order to operate a small business such as Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar. There are numerous processes that must be taken into consideration in order for the Smoothie Bar to stay functional throughout the week on campus. This demonstrates how important Supply Chain Management is in every business, and in everyday operations.

Tessa Rose is a senior Marketing Major with minors in Hospitality Management and Supply Chain Management at Ashland University. She has worked at the Campus Bookstore since her freshman year, and plans to graduate from Ashland December 2014. Tessa is also involved in NSMH student chapter, and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

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Sophomore Rhema Centanni is a Supply Chain Management Major

Sophomore Rhema Centanni is a Supply Chain Management Major


In an earlier post, I expressed a few reasons to consider being a supply chain management major. Sophomore Rhema Centanni chose Supply Chain Management as her major because “it was something unique. Additionally, there are many job opportunities and applications related to this degree.” Supply chain management can be applied to many career choices because products and services have to come from somewhere. Centanni hopes to apply her supply chain management background to a career in the healthcare industry.

Like many departments at Ashland University, the Supply Chain Management major provides excellent educators for the students to learn from, like Professors Bo Li and Robert Stoll. Centanni’s favorite part of the supply chain management major is working with all of these talented professors. She believes that “the professors that teach the supply chain classes are truly dedicated to facilitating learning in a way that will allow [students] to succeed not only in the classroom, but also in the future. I am extremely grateful for the professionalism and experience they bring to the classroom.”
The supply chain major offers a way for students to get involved outside of the classroom with APICS, a student organization dedicated to Supply Chain Management students. Centanni believes it is a wonderful opportunity for Supply Chain Management majors and minors. This organization allows members to network with other Supply Chain Management majors at Ashland University, to learn about and tour different companies, and to network with professionals in the supply chain field.
Centanni enjoys the benefits of the supply chain management major such as student groups, networking opportunities, and working with incredible professors and advisors. Other students should consider this major because “it’s interesting, flexible in that you can apply it in different ways in the professional world, and the job outlook for individuals with this major is very positive,” said Centanni.
Have you considered the supply chain management major?
Written by Ashliegh Jarzenski, a senior strategic communication major at Ashland University. She is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity.

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I recently had the opportunity to interview two of the Supply Chain Management professors here at Ashland University. They have offered great insight on the growth of this major and how they hope to develop it in future years. Supply Chain Management is sometimes perceived to be complex, but it is rapidly growing with many job opportunities. The AU APICS  chapter provides students the chance to get involved within their major with guest speakers and valuable business contacts. Professor Li and Professor Stoll have provided great feedback, and I believe that they are headed in the right direction to provide this major with much success in the near future.

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Professor Bo Li

Trivisonno: Why did you choose to teach Supply Chain Management? What do you enjoy most about teaching it?

Li: “I am excited for something new with many opportunities to continually develop. Supply Chain is a new business model which is critical to every business for their current and future success. It is very practical and close to our daily life. I enjoy illustrating the Supply Chain concepts using our practical and easy-understanding examples. I would like our students to consider Supply Chain Management as something useful and interesting, instead of confusing and difficult.”

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Professor Robert Stoll

 “I chose to teach Supply Chain Management because it is the field that I studied and have a vast amount of work experience in. I began in Engineering and moved to Engineering Management and plant manager. This was a natural progression to Supply Chain Management. I enjoyed teaching the subject because it is used every day by all companies, both manufacturing and service, to help them compete globally and become more efficient.”

Trivisonno: Supply Chain Management does not get as much student involvement as other majors such as Marketing, Fashion Merchandising and Sports Management.  Why do you think this is?

Li: “Supply Chain Management is a relatively young discipline, comparing with other traditional business majors. Many universities just start to establish this major to meet the high demand. With the current calls from business practices and fast growing job openings, more undergraduate and MBA students are interested in this major.”

Stoll: “Supply Chain Management has only been at Ashland University as a major since 2009.  The field is relatively new and few people understand what Supply Chain Management is. It is a growing field and has an immense opportunity for job placement for students. As the word gets out, more and more students continue to become Supply Chain majors.  We are growing fast and promoting the major among all incoming students.”

Trivisonno: The APICS group is the only Supply Chain Management group that Ashland has and it is said to be more of a private group. Can you explain about the group and what it offers students?

Li: “With over 37,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is a global leader and premier source in Supply Chain and Operations Management. APICS AU student chapter has close relationship with other professional APICS chapters in Cleveland (Dr. Stoll is the president), Columbus, and Mansfield among others. The professional network meetings provide our members the learning opportunity and the job openings. In addition, APICS offers the well-known certifications to support the members’ success. Recently, an AU APICS team has participated in the case competition held at the APICS Mid-Atlantic district meeting in Pittsburgh. They competed with other 11 universities from different states and extended their professional network.”

Stoll: “The APICS group is the student chapter of the APICS professional organization.  It is specifically oriented toward Supply Chain Management. APICS is extremely focused on providing Supply Chain Management majors skills, networking opportunities, and professional advance. It is also focused on achieving a professional certification that enhances student marketability. The group is open to all students but the nature of the content limits student interest. APICS is in its second year at Ashland University and has grown from 4 members to 17.”

Trivisonno: What can Supply Chain Management professors do to get more involvement in this major? In the APICS group?

Li: “Dr. Stoll and I, as well as all other COBE faculty, are working together to introduce SCM to our current and future students. We invite the Supply Chain experts as guest speakers, introduce the job opportunities from our business contacts, and provide guidance to each of our students throughout their whole job searching process. APICS AU chapter has made significant progress, thanks to our great student members. The chapter is fully organized by students. As advisors, Dr. Stoll and I attend all their meetings and provide our support whenever they need.”

Stoll: “The two Supply Chain Management professors (Dr. Bob Stoll and Dr. Bo Li) are working diligently to get more students involved in Supply Chain Management. I personally speak at local high schools discussing the importance and opportunities with the Supply Chain Management major. Whenever possible, I go into the Introduction to Management 240 class and discuss APICS in Supply Chain Management. We have created an APICS student chapter website to drum up interest in APICS. In February 2014, four Ashland University students went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete in a regional APICS student case competition. This was the first year this was done and will now become an annual event. As more and more students realize the job opportunities and potential in Supply Chain Management both the major and APICS will continue to grow. Finally, beginning April 1, 2014 the APICS student chapter membership will go from $25.00 to free. Removing this barrier will continue to grow APICS membership.”

Great professors such as Drs. Li and Stoll dedicate their time and effort to the Supply Chain Management major in order to offer many valuable opportunities for students.

Nicole Trivisonno is a double major in business management and marketing at Ashland University.  She is a member of the Women’s golf team at Ashland University.

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While many students may use Twitter to keep in contact with family and friends, they can also use it as a resource. Social media is a great way to build your network and make wonderful connections in your field. On Twitter, you able to gain instant access to your favorite industry professionals and chat within seconds. You can also use Twitter as a valuable search engine for your a given industry. For instance, supply chain management majors can use the hashtag #SupplyChain, which helps you stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings in the industry. After conducting my own search, here are a few of my favorite Twitter accounts in the Supply Chain industry.

Supply Chain Digital @SupplyChainD

Not only does this account keep you informed on industry news, it also posts about events and conferences happening within the industry. Geared towards executives, this would be a great account to interact with to network other account followers! You never know, you could land an interview!

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Inbound Logistics Magazine @ILMagazine

Following Inbound Logistics Magazine on Twitter is a great way to keep up-to-date on the latest news that effects the Supply Chain and Logistics industry. Check them out!

AU SCM Students @AU451scm

Last, but not least, follow the AU Supply Chain Management Student account. The Marketing 451: Social Media Marketing, class maintains Twitter accounts that represent the students’ perspectives of various COBE majors, and @AU451scm represents the AU supply chain management students. While the account is still growing, we hope it can become a useful resource for Ashland University students and incoming students.

Do you have a favorite Twitter account in the Supply Chain industry?


Written by Ashliegh Jarzenski, a senior strategic communication major at Ashland University. She is a member of Alpha Phi sorority and volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity.


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Many people may not realize that supply chain management is occurring all over campus and is a daily operation. All of the departments and businesses on campus utilize some form of supply chain management, including The Recreational Services, Tuffy’s Smoothie Bar, Eagle’s Nest, Dining Services, Mail Center, and many more! To take a more in depth look at how supply chain is utilized in a business, I will take you inside the University’s Bookstore. The bookstore is located in the Hawkins-Conrad Student Center, and provides textbooks, supplies, clothing merchandise and much more. Store hours are Monday to Friday from 8AM to 5PM, Saturday 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday 12PM to 3PM. In addition to the main store on campus, there is also a bookstore at Ashland’s Seminary campus, as well as at the AU Columbus Center.


Photo: Entrance of Main Campus Store

How does the bookstore work?

In the bookstore, there are a number of managers that are responsible for various operations and tasks that include textbooks, merchandise, and supplies. Each of those managers are responsible for fulfilling specific orders from outside sources, as well as keeping up with inventory on their own. They must plan accordingly when making orders to ensure that they are delivered to the bookstore in a timely manner.


Each semester, the textbook manager receives orders from professors, who state which books they need for each class, and then she fulfills each order. These orders generally occur before the summer is over and before winter break, so that the bookstore has time to receive the orders and have them on the shelves for fall and spring semesters, respectively.

Now, supply chain management comes into play. The student employees as well as the managers must receive the textbook orders and check invoices to make sure that the orders are filled correctly. Problems can occur in supply chain management, and items don’t get shipped or are shipped incorrectly. It is the duty of the employees at the bookstore to check that everything is received correctly. In addition to simply receiving the book orders, the bookstore also has a system where students can reserve their textbooks, and the bookstore puts together a box of each student’s order so that they are ready before each semester. Below is a picture of the finished product of the text reservations.


Photo: Text Reservations


As stated before, the bookstore has a manager that is in charge of the supplies, which include notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, binders, printer ink, paint supplies, electronics, and more. She is responsible for keeping up with the inventory on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, as well as fulfilling specific orders from customers. If an outside customer or department is in need of a product that is not available in the bookstore, the manager uses various catalogs and books from her suppliers to put in special orders.

In supply chain management, it is important for businesses to have suppliers that they can depend on. The bookstore has respected suppliers (for all of the various departments) that they trust and know that they are receiving high quality products. Employees monitor the process of receiving products each time a new package is delivered. They take a look at each invoice to see what the product is and how many units of the product is to be counted. If a problem occurs with a given package, the bookstore simply returns it to the supplier and the correct order is then shipped back to the bookstore.


Photo: Example of (art) supplies in Bookstore


One of the more popular departments in the bookstore is the merchandise, including hoodies, sweatpants, t-shirts, etc. The merchandise manager does a very good job at keeping up with inventory for the bookstore. She keeps a tab on each semester and events that occur monthly. For example, in the fall semester, she makes sure that she has enough football apparel for the new season.

There are a number of suppliers that the manager purchases from, some of which include Jansport, MVP Sports, Nike, Under Armour, and many more. The manager also tries to stay price cautious when making purchasing decisions regarding apparel for the bookstore. Some of the more popular brands such as Nike offer more affordable prices.

The manager will also bring in representatives from each of the suppliers. The representatives bring in samples from their brand to give the manager a visual example of the apparel she wants to bring in to the bookstore. From there, she will make her decisions with colors, prints, etc. and place an order. Once the order has then been made and finally makes it into the bookstore, the student employees look at the invoices and receive the order to make sure that everything is on point. Once the order is checked and processed, the items then hit the floor for the customers to purchase.


Photo: Women’s Apparel (shorts and tank tops)


Supply Chain is Everywhere

As you can see, supply chain management can be found in the AU campus bookstore, as well as in other locations around campus and in companies across the country. Each business may have a unique approach to supply chain management, but in general, the process seeks to achieve the same goal: to ensure timely delivery of products.

The Ashland University Bookstore’s hours are listed above, but you can also shop 24/7 online:  Ashland University Bookstore. Call 419.289.5336 for any questions.

Tessa Rose is a senior Marketing Major with minors in Hospitality Management and Supply Chain Management at Ashland University. She has worked at the Campus Bookstore since her freshman year, and plans to graduate from Ashland December 2014. Tessa is also involved in NSMH student chapter, and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi.

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Ashland University is known to be one of the best universities in Ohio for business majors.  Much of this success should be credited to the professors. Due to small class sizes, students and faculty at the university can build strong relationships.  Professors are always willing to go out of their way to help, whether it is inside the classroom or during office hours.  One-third of the stJAKEudent population is athletes, so professors are very willing to work with all types of schedules.   Being a golfer, we miss so much school and every professor has always been very understanding and willing to work with me so that I did not fall behind or become lost in the material.

My friend, Jake Gonci, is Supply Chain Management major and I took some time to interview him. Read on to find out what he said about the Supply Chain Management department at Ashland University. Below are the questions that I asked Jake, along with my personal responses.

Why did you choose Supply Chain Management as your major?

“I was really attracted to the idea of making a process or company more efficient through the collaboration and teamwork of numerous people and organizations.  I have always enjoyed trying to find a better way of doing things.”

Supply Chain Management is said to be one of the most challenging and ever-changing fields. In the AU business courses, professors encourage group work and teach students to be able to work well with diverse groups of people. Also, after most presentations, professors have students fill out peer evaluation sheets for feedback so that the presenters can evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.  After doing this numerous times, students learn from their mistakes and their presentation skills improve considerably.

What do you see your future job in Supply Chain being?

“My first job will likely be as a Supply Chain Analyst or Inventory Analyst, but my ultimate goal is to become a Director of Global Supply Chain.”

In Professor Li’s Supply Chain Management class, Jake listened to a speaker from PLS Logistics talk about job opportunities in that field.  Supply Chain Management is a very up and coming field and has many opportunities for students right out of college.

What opportunities did Ashland University provide for you in Supply Chain Management?

“Ashland has provided me with the unique and exciting opportunity of being a part of a fledgling Supply Chain Management program, as I believe this May will only be the fourth class to graduate with a degree in Supply Chain Management.  Also, the contacts and networking opportunities afforded me by my professors has been and will continue to be invaluable.”

Ashland University offers many extra curricular activities and groups to provide students with priceless experiences that will be useful in their future careers.  The Supply Chain Management department offers such groups as APICS, which is The Association of Operations Management. This group gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain further knowledge that will help them to become successful in their careers.

What material from your Supply Chain Management classes will most help you in your future? 

“I think the most important thing I have learned is that you have to be extremely open to new ideas and willing to challenge old habits and processes.”

The Supply Chain Management major is meant for multi-taskers and extensive broad-minded thinkers. It is crucial to be open-minded and willing to make the appropriate changes in order to be successful.

What Supply Chain Management professor best prepared you for the real world?

“They have all been tremendous, but Professor Li has gone above and beyond for each and every one of us.  The Supply Chain Management program here at Ashland would not be anything near what it is today without him. “

I can relate to Jake because I took the Supply Chain Management class with Professor Bo Li.  I completely agree with him, Professor Li has always gone out of his way to help his students. He was always willing to compromise or adjust his syllabus based on what the students wanted.  He truly cares about each individual student and just wants to see him or her succeed.  Some professors just want to make their class the hardest and give all kinds of work to feel powerful but he gives work that actually helps the students learn and is useful in learning the core concepts of Supply Chain Management.  He is very good at preparing hands on activities and videos that made the students actually understand each concept instead of just having them memorize useless facts that will just be forgotten in a week.  He also provided “study class sessions” for the class session before an exam to go over anything that students may not understand or be confused about.

In conclusion, the Supply Chain Management department at Ashland University is a very good program to get involved in.  There are many opportunities awaiting each and every student, along with professors that are willing to help. As Jake stated, the Supply Chain Management department has provided him with invaluable networking opportunities to help him find a job after he graduates from Ashland University. Jake and I both have had great experiences both inside and outside the classroom in the College of Business at Ashland University and I cannot wait too see what the future awaits!

Nicole Trivisonno is a double major in business management and marketing at Ashland University.  She is a member of the Women’s golf team at Ashland University.

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