Eastin Center

Alicia Smales joins Spears School of Business
to lead Eastin Center for Talent Development

Terry Tush
  (February 24, 2016 at 8:56 am)
Alicia Smales

Alicia Smales

Oklahoma State University alumna Alicia Smales is returning to her alma mater to serve as director of the Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School of Business.

The Eastin Center, created in 2014, provides the leadership and administrative support for the Spears School’s Career Readiness Initiative, which focuses on teaching the professional skills and knowledge necessary for a career in business. Smales will provide leadership over the Eastin Center’s three main functions: career readiness, corporate engagement and career services.

“We are delighted to have Alicia serve as the first director of the Eastin Center,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the position and we are excited to see what she helps us accomplish in the areas of career readiness, corporate engagement, and career services.”

Joseph Eastin, an OSU alumnus who is president and CEO of ISN, was instrumental in the creation of the new center with a generous gift. He is thrilled with the addition of Smales as director.

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Eastin Center will be responsible for preparing
Spears School students for business careers

Terry Tush
  (September 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm)
Joseph & Monica Eastin

Joseph & Monica Eastin

Oklahoma State University’s Eastin Center for Talent Development will impact the lives of students and future students with Tuesday’s announcement that the Spears School of Business Career Services office will be managed and run by the Center.

The announcement, made at a reception Tuesday night in Dallas, supports the Eastin Center’s purpose of promoting student career readiness, corporate engagement and career services in the Spears School. The Center provides the leadership and administrative support for the Spears School’s Career Readiness Initiative, which focuses on teaching the professional skills and knowledge necessary for a career in business.

Joseph and Monica Eastin, who were instrumental in the creation of the center with a generous gift, were among those attending Tuesday night’s event.

“We are very grateful for the Eastins’ generosity as this Center will revolutionize how we prepare students for their careers and lives,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “It’s ironic that the soft skills are often the hardest for us to perform well. The activities of the Center will allow students to practice these skills so that they are prepared for life after college.”

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Three executives share their success stories
with Spears School students during CEO Day

Dollie Elliott
  (April 17, 2014 at 8:40 am)
The Spears School’s CEO Day was a huge success earlier this week. Participating were, from left, OSU student Cooper Jones; Joseph Eastin, president and principal of ISN; Alicia Smales, chief marketing office for Snap-on International; OSU student Ivan Prieto; Bill Hite, found and CEO of Hull Speed Associates, and OSU student Jana Gregory.

The Spears School’s CEO Day was a huge success earlier this week. Participating were, from left, OSU student Cooper Jones; Joseph Eastin, president and principal of ISN; Alicia Smales, chief marketing office for Snap-on International; OSU student Ivan Prieto; Bill Hite, found and CEO of Hull Speed Associates, and OSU student Jana Gregory.

Three executives from around the world each of whom earned degrees from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business were able to share their success stories with students Wednesday during CEO Day.

Joseph Eastin, Bill Hite and Alicia Smales spent the day meeting with Spears School student leaders, speaking to several classrooms and then participating in a forum entitled “Global Business in Today’s World,” in which several hundred students engaged in a question-and-answer session with the three executives.

CEO Day is hosted by OSU’s Spears School of Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus so students have the opportunity to discover the challenges and issues that business leaders face, understand how CEOs chart their career paths, discover characteristics they seek in managers, interact with successful executives, and learn about their decision processes and leadership styles. Continue Reading

OSU’s Eastin Center for Talent Development
to assist students in developing professionalism

Terry Tush
  (February 24, 2014 at 8:58 am)
Joseph and Monica Eastin (center) meet with Spears School of Business students at the official announcement of the Eastin Center for Talent Development.

Joseph and Monica Eastin (center) meet with Spears School of Business students at the official announcement of the Eastin Center for Talent Development.

Oklahoma State University’s new Eastin Center for Talent Development will provide an innovative program dedicated to empowering students in the Spears School of Business to refine their professional skillsets to obtain their highest level of career readiness.

The Eastin Center will provide the leadership and administrative support for the Spears School’s Career Readiness Initiative, which will focus on practical interpersonal business skills heightening the opportunities and experiences to empower students to meet the requirements of the business community and recruiters.

“We believe the Eastin Center will become a leader nationally in innovative programs that improve the career readiness of students, thereby improving their quality of life,” said Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School. “The Eastin Center programs will view students in a holistic manner and will give them opportunities to expand their skills in all facets of their lives.” 

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