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College of Business Students To Host International “Doing Business” Exhibition


JONESBORO — International and local students from Arkansas State University’s College of Business will come together to hold a unique exhibition featuring other regions and countries. The “Doing Business” exhibition is Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Centennial Hall in the Carl R. Reng Student Union, 101 North Caraway Road. Admission is free.

Attendees can observe, compare, learn and gain knowledge by having conversations with student groups. In most cases, the student groups are from different regions and countries. This is the second year for the exhibition.

“It is our hope a person who visits will come to the realization that what makes us different also makes us unique,” said Dr. Sarath Nonis, professor of marketing. “If we put those differences aside when working together for a common cause, we all benefit and the results will make the world a better place. The exhibition is a place where a person’s ‘global mindset’ can be developed and expanded. A global mindset is essential in the interconnected world we now share.”

The purpose of the exhibition is to link what students learn in the classroom with how it is applied in the real world. Students will bring various items, such as clothing and foods, from different countries.

Hytrol Conveyer Co., a local company doing business overseas, is sponsoring the event. Hytrol is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced conveyor systems, controls and solutions for customers with processing, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution needs.

Philip Poston, director of communications at Hytrol, is the featured speaker. Poston majored in marketing and management at Arkansas State and received his degree in 1996.

Nonis went on to explain the exhibition features countries and regions including China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, South Korea, Western Europe, West Africa, Japan and the Middle East. In addition to culture and other important facts about a country or a region, competitive advantage is the main focus.

The groups will make the connection between what students learn in the classroom to how it is applied in industry. In addition, Hytrol is also showcasing their business. Hytrol representatives will be present to ask questions of the student groups.

“All who attend will be able to experience and learn more about other countries and cultures different from theirs,” Nonis concluded. “They will be able to meet, talk and ask questions with students from other parts of the world. We are more connected in this world than ever before.”

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