Fastenal Day, Meet and Greet Offer Networking Opportunity for Southeast Students


Southeast Missouri State University’s Harrison College of Business and Fastenal Co. recently co-hosted Fastenal Day for students to meet and interact with members from across Fastenal’s southeastern Missouri district “Blue Team.”

The day-long event included Fastenal “Blue Team” members sharing ways to improve team performance with students in MG550 “Improving Team Performance” with Dr. Kevin Dickson; judging a business case study competition in BA490 “Business Policy and Strategy” with Dr. James Caldwell; and hosting informational meetings with interested students at Career Services.

“This is the first time team members from a variety of career paths have met with Southeast students in one event,” said Erik Green, Fastenal district manager of the Greater St Louis Area. “The students were very engaged, and our team enjoyed the interaction throughout the day.”

Fastenal Day culminated in a Meet and Greet event at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House. Sixteen Southeast students met each member of the Fastenal “Blue Team,” who shared their experiences with Fastenal and industry representatives.

The students were nominated for the Meet and Greet by professors, department chairs, advisors and members of the Fastenal “Blue Team” who attended Career Services’ March 1 Career Expo. The students represented a wide variety of disciplines, including management, marketing, corporate communications, supply chain, sales and sales management, and industrial and systems engineering.

“This was a great opportunity for students to interact with professionals in their interested career field, including supply chain and distribution, sales and sales management, lean solutions and lean management, operations management, and environmental safety,” said Dr. Dena Hale, professor of marketing at Southeast. “We have a very dedicated corporate partner in Fastenal, and their regional division’s dedication to our students is greatly appreciated.”