On the Move: 16 July 2014

Chamber, GS&F, Mills, Nossi, Skanska, TSU announce updates

TSU professor, administrator returns as interim dean

Longtime Tennessee State University professor and administrator Dr. Alex Sekwat has returned to his former position as interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

During his tenure, the graduate school saw a 10 percent increase in enrollment.

For one year in 1998, Sekwat served as president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration, and from 2008 to 2011 he was the treasurer of the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools.

Sekwat has published in the topics of public administration, public budgeting and financial management, and health care management, as well as presented his research at regional, national and international conferences.

Sekwat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics/business administration from the University of Khartoum, a master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Sekwat will serve as interim dean until the appointment of a dean following the conclusion of a national search. 

Chamber receives three national awards

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has received three awards from American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The ACCE’s Grant Award was awarded to the chamber’s WorkIT Nashville technology recruitment campaign and the 2013 Music Industry Study.

Additionally, the chamber’s "Your Chamber Investment" membership benefits booklet received an Award of Excellence.

A judging panel of chamber professionals evaluated each of the 163 entries in this year's competition.

"We work hard year-round to communicate the Chamber's efforts to the public, and we're excited to receive this national recognition," Ralph Schulz, president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber, said in a release. "These three award-winning communications pieces are just a small part of our ongoing efforts to develop content that builds the knowledge base in Middle Tennessee and supports the Chamber's and our partners’ initiatives."

ACCE's annual Awards for Communication Excellence recognize efforts in four categories: advertising, campaigns, electronic and publications. Each category is divided into two size classes: chambers with budgets exceeding $1 million and those with budgets below that amount.

ACCE will recognize all award winners at its Centennial Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug.12-15.

GS&F adds seven

Nashville-based GS&F has expanded its team with the addition of seven hires across the creative, interactive and project management teams.

Steven Boone and Meghan Smith joined the creative team as UX director and copywriter, respectively.

• Boone has 10 years experience as a UX/UI designer, working with clients in music, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality and various other industries.
• Smith, a Georgia native, has a background in public relations working for a variety of clients.

Jeff Boshers, Dave Gates and Skylar Everett are the new interactive producers, and Lori McCurry is the new associate interactive producer.

• Boshers has more than four years experience in web development.

• Gates has been designing professionally for over 12 years, coming to GS&F from a previous position as a multimedia designer.

• Everett earned a degree in graphic design and has worked in both web design and development for the past three years.

• McCurry made the jump from a 10-year career as a financial analyst in the music industry to software and web development.

Rachel Long joined the project management team at GS&F with over four years of experience in the field and has been working to help the agency implement a new project management system.

“We feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to expand our team with so many bright and accomplished new employees,” Gregg Boling, GS&F executive vice president and managing director, said in a release. “Our agency is growing at a very steady pace, not only through our employee base but also through the continued business we’re bringing in the door.”


Mills appoints Sampson

Mills Products has appointed David Sampson as quality manager at its North American operation.

Previously, Sampson worked at the Whirlpool Corporation for over 25 years as a design, senior production, senior supplier quality and senior project engineer.

“Dave is a great addition to our staff,” Darrell Adcock, Mills president of products, said in a release. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our company.”

A Six Sigma, Sampson holds a joint degree in applied science and business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Skanska promotes Oldacre to assistant director

Skanska USA has announced the promotion of Mary D. Oldacre to assistant environment health and safety director from regional environmental manager.

In 2004, Oldacre joined Skanska as a field intern and she later worked as a project developer/manager for the former Skanska HealthRealty.
Oldacre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from the University of Georgia.

Nossi expands degree programs

Nossi College of Art is introducing two new degrees this fall that hold two new elements — business courses and the college’s “All Access” program — to allow a more focused education, with course requirements designed to help students meet current industry needs.

Professors for the new degree programs will be leading industry workers currently working in the field.

“We created these two new bachelor degree programs to keep up with the growing demand for trained creative professionals, both in Nashville and nationwide,” Libby Funke Luff, Nossi director of student activities and marketing, said in a release. “Including business courses in the degree curriculum helps assure that students are ready to set up their own freelance practice after graduating. And our ‘All Access’ program assures that they have a solid portfolio of real work — not just class projects or internship experience — to demonstrate their abilities.”

The Western States Arts Federation’s Creative Vitality Index ranks Nashville as the fourth most creative city in the county, behind only New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. 


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