CN Rail Gift Supports COB
Special thanks to Canadian National (CN) Rail for its generous $50,000 gift to the GSU College of Business’ Supply Chain Management MBA program.
The gift, CN Rail's second to COB since 2012, will fund scholarships for Supply Chain Management online students and undergraduates studying the same subject. It will also support online course development, faculty development, and training.
The initial CN Rail gift was used to equip the video conference room which is used as a classroom for the COB program, and to fund eight $2,500 fellowships for Supply Chain Management students.
The CN conference room is also frequently used for various other teaching and administrative purposes across the university.
On Tuesday, the conference room was the backdrop for the gift presentation, which CN's Jim Kvedaras called “but one link in the educational chain.”
Kvedaras, also a COB alumnus and a member of the COB Dean’s Advisory Board, is director of CN’s North America Government Affairs.
GSU President Elaine Maimon and COB Dean Jun Zhao were on hand to receive the gift. “We’re pleased to have CN’s support for scholarships and for online course development,’’ Dr. Maimon said.
Governors State University, CN Railroad Announce
Partnership, Named Classroom and Fellowships for Supply Chain Management MBA
Park, IL, November 9, 2012 - Governors State University announced a named
classroom following the receipt of a substantial gift from CN Railroad. GSU
officials received the first installment of the $100,000 gift at a ceremony at
Governors State’s main campus in University Park.
gift will be used to equip a classroom for the university’s Supply Chain
Management MBA program offered by the College of Business and Public
Administration. Eight $2,500 fellowships for Supply Chain Management students
will also be funded through the gift. CN’s support of the university will be
noted on a plaque in the classroom.
President Elaine P. Maimon thanked CN Railroad and said she expects other
corporations to forge similar partnerships by naming classrooms and supporting
educational programs preparing students for today’s global economy.
Railroad gift presentation - (from left) Jim Kvedaras, CN Director, U.S.
Government Affairs; Patrick Waldron, CN Manager, Public Affairs U.S.; Dr. Ellen
Foster Curtis, Dean, College of Business and Public Administration; GSU
President Elaine P. Maimon; Dr. Terry Allison, Provost
and universities are natural partners,” Maimon said. “We provide education for
a 21st century workforce and also perform research that is extremely
useful to modern industries. GSU is the only public university in a large area
between Bloomington and the south side of Chicago, and this region is known as
a national center for transportation and logistics. GSU helps CN and other
companies by training employees who are ready for the challenges of the modern
Kvedaras, CN’s Director of U.S. Government Affairs, said it was an “absolute
pleasure” to assist GSU and its Supply Chain Management program. ”We need
strong people to work for us,” he said. “It makes a great deal of sense to work
with the university so that we’ll be able to hire qualified workers. We look
upon this as an investment in our own future, and one that helps us develop
future leaders in our industry.”
pointed out that he received his undergraduate degree from GSU and looks
forward to helping students receive a quality education from the university.
is expanding rail operations throughout the Chicago area, and in a service
region stretching from the Gulf of Mexico into Canada, Kvedaras said, adding
that qualified Supply Chain Management workers are in constant demand. The
railroad’s U.S. headquarters is located in south suburban Homewood.
Ellen Foster Curtis, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration,
said she is excited about CN’s gift. “This is a very generous gift,” she said
“It allows us to offer a state-of-the-art program that trains professionals in
transportation and logistics.”
Supply Chain Management MBA program is 100 percent online. CN’s gift will
assist GSU in delivering essential knowledge to students about forecasting and
supply chain optimization, materials management, sourcing and procurement,
distribution and logistics, inventory and transportation management, and
cutting-edge theories and practices. With a well-rounded curriculum and
accessible full-time faculty, the program is designed so students can earn
their MBA in 17 months.
information about GSU’s Supply Chain Management MBA program is available at www.govst.edu/mbasupply
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or (708) 235-7494.
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