NAME: Jeffrey Herman
HOMETOWN: Worcester, PA
MAJOR: Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management Concentration
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SHIPPENSBURG:
Since transferring to Shippensburg my sophomore year, I have loved the sense of community and the opportunities to get involved on campus. Being able to take on leadership roles and create personal relationships with the faculty has truly allowed me to have a great experience at Shippensburg University.
TWO INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ME:
I love going for runs to clear my head and I happen to be close personal friends with the mayor of Shippensburg.
MY FRIENDS AT SHIP:
Through clubs and classes, I have never had to look hard to find friends. My friends are the people that I serve next to on a weekly basis and study with before exams. They have always had my back and I can always count on someone to meet for lunch or go on a late night Sheetz run with. Honestly, without my friends I would not have had such a smooth transition between schools and been able to get as much out of my Ship experience as I have.
I like to stay active on campus as best I can. This year I served as the President to Circle K and Vice President of Enactus. Along with those groups, I am also involved in Reach Out, Mini-THON, and Supply Chain Management Club.
During my time at Shippensburg, I was able to have two internships in the Supply Chain field. My first internship was during the summer between my junior and senior year with Exel, a third-party logistics company, as an Operations Supervisor Intern. I was placed at their Home Depot site and I was exposed to the fast-paced style of a cross-dock facility during peak season. My second internship was with Clark Distribution Systems during my fall semester senior year. My position was traffic coordinator intern and I did a lot of quality assurance to ensure accurate records as well as analyzed data to help minimize costs and maximize profits.
STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
Through my previous internship with Exel, I was sent to the RILA Logistics Conference. For the conference, I collaborated with seven other students from across the country to put together a presentation on the effects of social media on the supply chain. It was a great experience getting to work with students from different schools and backgrounds to create a final project that everyone can be proud with.
MOST MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE AT SHIP:
My takeaway from school would be that life is constantly happening; it is up to you to be a part of it. Many people discount Shippensburg because of the area being rural but there is a lot more to the town and campus. In my experience, you can either sit back and find the faults in something or you can give it your best effort and find out you may really enjoy it. Being part of so many groups and being able to meet so many people, you learn to look past the original idea that there is nothing to do and soon find yourself with no time to sit and think of things like that. People ask if I feel like I made the right decision to transfer here and I always tell them I would pick Ship any day.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
Since coming to college, I have been heavily involved in Circle K, which is the college level of Kiwanis. During my three years at Ship, I have participated in over 650 hours of community service through Circle K and other clubs like Reach Out. My favorite project is doing trail work at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in Newville, PA. I am also involved in Reach Out, which is a group on campus that does curriculum development with a school in the Dominican Republic. I have been lucky to travel over winter break the past two years and make some great memories that I will have for the rest of life.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN:
When I am not doing class work or community service I can usually be found hanging out with my friends. Whether it is playing video games, skiing, golfing, watching a movie, or going for a road trip, I never have to look too far for a good time and always seem to find a friend to go on an adventure with.
MY PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:
I accepted a job with Carlisle Construction Materials as a material analyst. I am excited to be able to stay in the area after making so many connections in the community and look forward to being able to continue doing service with my Kiwanis family.