The Rawls College hosted its annual Supply Chain Management Breakfast on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. to give Tech Supply Chain Association (TSCA) members the opportunity to network with companies before the Career Fair. The breakfast, sponsored by Briggs Equipment, allowed students to speak one-on-one with professionals – some who were Rawls College alumni – from 16 different companies.
"It is always great to be back on Texas Tech's campus to recruit the Rawls College supply chain management students," Reid Wilson, vice president of human resources for Briggs Equipment, said. "Sponsoring the Supply Chain Breakfast is an honor for Briggs Equipment, and we love supporting this growing program. We intentionally invest our resources in Texas Tech because the college's culture is directly aligned with our culture and core values of integrity, family, fun and success."
Before the breakfast officially opened to students, Stephen Rutner, professor of practice in supply chain management and faculty advisor for TSCA, welcomed the companies to Lubbock and expressed his gratitude for all their support in the Supply Chain Management program. He mentioned how pleased he was about the direction the program was going and the steps the college is taking to help it expand.
"An advantage of the Supply Chain Management Breakfast is that companies get to talk to students from one specific major in an informal setting," Rutner said. "Students talk with companies about the specific needs in the supply chain management industry that are hard to fill."
After students joined the breakfast, each company had a representative stand up and give a short speech about what the company does and what positions they were looking to hire. Companies were looking for a variety of positions, including full-time, internship, in-the-field and office positions.
AJ Lundine, region labor manager for PepsiCo, graduated from the Rawls College in 2015 with her B.B.A. in Marketing with a minor in supply chain management. She said she can relate to what students were experiencing in the breakfast and career fair because she was in their shoes a few years ago. Lundine also said she is proud of the progress the Supply Chain Management program has made since she graduated.
"This breakfast was a great way to meet with the awesome candidates from the Rawls College," she said. "They are lucky to have a supply chain major offered to them."
TSCA's purpose is to promote the academic and professional development of its members. It provides members with opportunities to interact with others in the business community, who can provide insight about careers in their profession; engage with faculty and students outside the classroom setting; teach members essential life skills required to be successful in life after graduation; and network with company recruiters through sponsored dinners, classroom visits and site visits.
"The Supply Chain Breakfast is an amazing opportunity for TSCA students to network with professionals in the industry," Joshua Ringsdorf, a junior supply chain management major, said. "The breakfast enables students to build relationships with multiple companies on a more personal level because it allows for a one-on-one conversation with recruiters. My favorite part of the breakfast is the opportunity to network with all the fantastic companies that support the Rawls College."
The Rawls College would like to thank its corporate sponsor Briggs Equipment, as well as the companies in attendance, for their support of our students and the Supply Chain Management program.
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