Dalton State Business Students Take Trip To Belgium

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dr. Larry Johnson, left, Dean of the School of Business at Dalton State College gathers with travelers before their departure for Belgium. With Dr. Johnson are, from left, front row, Christian Brant, Katherine Phillips, Brandon Woods, Takeshia Arp, Brittiany Payton, Tylean Coleman, Aleah Russell, and Dr. Marilyn Helms; back row, David Moore, Lee Tubbs, Carlos Arevalo-Barrera, John Smith, Tiffany Crowder, and Andrew Combier. Alfredo Velazuez is not pictured.
Dr. Larry Johnson, left, Dean of the School of Business at Dalton State College gathers with travelers before their departure for Belgium. With Dr. Johnson are, from left, front row, Christian Brant, Katherine Phillips, Brandon Woods, Takeshia Arp, Brittiany Payton, Tylean Coleman, Aleah Russell, and Dr. Marilyn Helms; back row, David Moore, Lee Tubbs, Carlos Arevalo-Barrera, John Smith, Tiffany Crowder, and Andrew Combier. Alfredo Velazuez is not pictured.

A group of 13 students from Dalton State College’s School of Business took a 10-day trip to Brussels, Belgium. The study abroad trip was a part of the Special Topics Management-Doing Business in Brussels course, taught by Dr. Marilyn Helms, Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Management.


“As the professor, it was great to see another country and a study abroad experience from the students’ eyes,” said Dr. Helms. “As they learned to read the subway map, navigate the train and rail and bus system, and just got more confident in their abilities, I realized what a great experience the study abroad is.”


Dalton State has a formal student exchange agreement with the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. HUB has sent a total of 10 students to Dalton State in the past three years.


While in Belgium, the School of Business students, including Carlos Arevalo-Barrera, Takeshia Arp, Christina Brant, Tylean Coleman, Andrew Combier, Tiffany Crowder, David Moore, Brittiany Payton, Katherine Phillips, Aleah Russell, John Smith, Alfredo Velazuez, and Brandon Woods, participated in a number of activities, including a logistics project involving coffee exports, in which they had the opportunity to work in teams with Belgian students. The American students soon realized that shipping in other countries is not so different from the U.S.


“Few students knew anything about letters of credit, shipping containers, and other issues in the logistics project before they started, but they soon realized that all of our U.S. goods arrive by shipping containers and how we seldom cover this in our classes in the States,” said Dr. Helms.


In addition to the logistics project, students chose topics on which to write a paper to be presented at the end of their trip to a board consisting of American and Belgian professionals.


“While researching for their papers, students learned about recycling, why Europeans won’t eat our hormone-treated meat or genetically modified foods, and a host of other NATO/European Union issues that were also important but new to this group, who were previously only focused on Dalton and Georgia issues,” said Dr. Helms.


Students attended numerous seminars, presentations, and activities, where they heard lectures about topics such as the history of the EU, sustainability, intercultural management, the latest trends in European marketing, and transatlantic relations.


Participants in the study abroad were also given a guided tour of Brussels, where they visited Brussels Central Station, the United States Embassy, Breendonk concentration camp, the Atomium, Mini Europe, the royal residence, the Chinese Pavillion, and the Japanese Tower.


“I think the study abroad experience is great for broadening a student’s perspectives,” said Dr. Helms. “Now these students will read about other countries and have a mental picture of the issues and business challenges they face when they hear stories on the news.”


“In the future, they will be more valuable employees,” she said.




Chattanooga COC Surprises Brown Academy With $1,000 Gift For School Uniforms

Brown Academy Principal Emily Baker shared with the Downtown Council some of the challenges faced by students living in Chattanooga area homeless shelters in finding uniforms. Brown Academy has a clothes closet to help meet student needs, and her wish is to be able to provide as many new uniforms as possible for her students. At a Downtown Council meeting this week, Ms. Baker ... (click for more)

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party Held At Lee University

Lee University students, staff, and faculty gathered to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a service opportunity provided through Samaritan’s Purse.  Hosted by First-Year Programs at Lee, more than 1,500 people participated by packing boxes at the event and/or contributing to the project throughout collection week. Participants included the freshman class, Gateway ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Says Girl Received Severe Traumatic Brain Injury In Woodmore Bus Wreck

A new lawsuit in the tragic Woodmore Elementary School bus wreck said one girl on the bus suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Attorneys Joseph Fried and Michael Goldberg of Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court on behalf of the minor daughter of Shanquatta Byrd. The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was transporting 37 students from ... (click for more)

Officer Who Was Shot Returned Fire; Is Recovering Well; Shooter Still On Loose

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Couldn't Manage Public Education

I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Can’t Wait

It took the Hamilton County School board nine months before the group hired a search firm to find a new superintendent. But you mark my words – the Department of Education will undoubtedly implode if our leaders wait another nine months simply hoping for some type of mystical salvation. In the last week Signal Mountain leaders have all but given notice they will form their own district ... (click for more)