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Business Students Presenting in Poland

Posted May. 6, 2013

Kent State University at Ashtabula Business Management students will be traveling to Lublin, Poland in May for an experiential learning opportunity offered as an optional opportunity to students enrolled in the "Business Consulting and Practicum" course being taught this spring.  Six senior students will present a business plan model to the Lubella Corporation, a leading manufacturer of pasta products in Poland.  The group will spend a week presenting to and touring several businesses and community organizations in Poland, and the trip will culminate in the students presenting their research to the board of directors at Lubella.  Course professor, Dr. Joseph T. Kuvshinikov, has had a professional relationship with Lubella in the past and will be accompanying the students on their trip.

The business consulting course involves students acting as consultants in designing and presenting a business model for a company.  This semester's students had the unique experience of working with an international client.  Lubella's request to the students was for research supporting the use of sustainable packaging for their products that would generate revenue and enhance customer value.  Students were then given the optional opportunity to visit Poland and present to Lubella's board in-person after the spring semester ends.

Nick Schulte, a senior Business Management major from Geneva, recently transferred to Kent State Ashtabula from a larger university.  He hopes the trip will help him secure a job in the business consulting field.  "The opportunity to study in Poland is a unique experience and not one that I would have had at my previous school. This experience will, and has already, provided me with a better understanding of consulting internationally, thus allowing me to further my efforts in pursuit of a career in business consulting," Schulte shared.

Dr. Susan Stocker, Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Ashtabula Campus, is excited about the opportunity for students, as well.  "Dr. Kuvshinikov has organized a highly beneficial experience for our business students that will allow them to use their skills on an international scale.  The experience they're gaining in a global economic setting is wonderful," Stocker said. 

"I'm very proud of what these students have accomplished this semester.  They've worked hard to manage international conference calls, learn about Polish culture, and handle their other responsibilities on campus," Kuvshinikov said.  Students going on the trip include: Allison Beachey, John McEndree, Melinda McNutt, Ron Michael, Branden Mullins, and Nick Schulte.

Students going on the trip are currently collecting donations to assist them in offsetting travel expenses.  Those interested in donating should contact Dr. Joseph Kuvshinikov at 440-964-4284 or jkuvshin@kent.edu.