Cleveland State University’s Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM) in the Monte Ahuja College of Business received a gift of $10,000 from Parker Hannifin Corporation to be used in support of the department’s activities to engage students and the community. The check was presented to Dr. Oya Tukel, Chair of the OSM department and Dean Joseph Mazzola by John Dedinsky, Vice President of Supply Chain at Parker Hannifin. “We are thrilled with the extremely generous gift by Parker Hannifin, who have always been great supporters of our University, College and department,” said Dr. Tukel.
Operations and Supply Chain Management is a crucial step in the business process and an area where students are currently in high demand for post-graduation employment. In response to this demand, the Monte Ahuja College of Business Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management has implemented a comprehensive program providing students with an understanding that, in current day-to-day business activities, companies can no longer be successful by simply “minding their own business” and concentrating their efforts on themselves. Cleveland State’s OSM students understand that each link in a supply chain is as strong as the one preceding it. They leave the program with a knowledge base grounded in an understanding of not only how Supply Chain Management works, but how it is implemented – and when effectively implemented, profits increase and efficiency improves.
The Operations and Supply Chain Management department at the Monte Ahuja College of Business is one of the oldest stand alone supply chain management departments in Ohio, offering Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees, as well as a certificate in Supply Chain Management. In the last four years, the department has tripled its number of undergraduate students. Seeing the interest of students in the field and that department’s success rate of placing 90% of its students pursuing careers in operations, logistics and supply chain management into internships and jobs, Parker Hannifin Corporation wanted to provide some direct support to further strengthen this very popular department.
The extremely generous gift will be used throughout the academic year to support various programs and events. At the high school level, the department’s faculty and students will be working with local community-based organizations and high school counselors to hold information sessions that encourage students to pursue and advanced degree and work towards a major in Supply Chain Management. Current undergraduate OSM students will be provided the opportunity to attend local supply chain conferences, workshops and professional meetings. Throughout the year, the OSM department will hold career information sessions with guest speakers from around the region as well as tour local supply chain companies. Finally, the gift will provide financial support for low-income students to attend the OSM department’s Spring Break International Study Tour to China. The most popular trip in the College with an average of 30 students each year, the trip includes visits to Parker Hannifin’s facilities in addition to other major corporations.
Said Dr. Tukel, “this gift will enable our department to expose more students to the supply chain industry and continue our work within the community. We are excited to be able to do even more with local organizations and keep students involved before, during and after their time at the College.”