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.




Helen DeVos College Of Education Celebrates Student Teachers

The Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University celebrated the accomplishments of its student teachers with a banquet in the Centenary Room on Lee’s campus. Student teachers, cooperating teachers and supervisors enjoyed the evening sharing the semester’s experiences with each other. Speakers for the evening included Cameryn Byrd, Lauren Suits, Jonathan Berry and Jared ... (click for more)

Lee University Named To President’s Service Honor Roll Once Again

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced that Lee University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, once again receiving recognition for its commitment to bettering the community through service. “Receiving this honor indicates that our students and faculty are engaging in transformative service with our community ... (click for more)

TVA Sues Cleveland's Allan Jones Over Dock, Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Boathouse On Hiwassee River

TVA has sued Cleveland, Tn., Check Into Cash millionaire W. Allan Jones Jr. over the construction of a dock, retaining wall, boat ramp and boathouse on the Hiwassee River. In the lawsuit in Federal Court, TVA said it told Mr. Jones before the construction was finished that he was on TVA property. The complaint says he has refused to move the construction from the river. ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)