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Software gifts help students keep pace with global marketplace


The exploding field of logistics and its importance to the Jacksonville economy makes acquiring the latest software for student instruction imperative for UNF’s Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program.


A number of companies have stepped forward recently to donate software to be used in UNF’s logistics lab. These donations have made it possible to offer real-world experience for students, making the UNF program one of the best in the country.


The most recent donation of 115 licenses for Magaya Supply Chain Solution software from the Miami-based Magaya Corp. follows a donation of 50 user licenses of CAST Software for Supply Chain Modeling by Barloworld Supply Chain Software of Naperville, Ill.


Last year, Manhattan Associates, Inc., an Atlanta-based software development business, made a similar gift to the logistics lab of 50 user licenses for Warehouse Management Systems software.


Dr. Robert Frankel, chair of Transportation and Logistics, said these gifts are an outstanding resource for students because they provide students an opportunity to learn the technical skills and applications of many of the supply-chain concepts covered within the Transportation and Logistics Flagship curriculum.


“We are continuously working with supply-chain software vendors to identify more opportunities where we can match software attributes to the Transporatation and Logistics program need and knowledge-base emphasis,” he said.


These software donations are proving to be beneficial for UNF graduates in the field, as well.


Shauna Tekula, of Jacksonville’s Southeast Transportation Systems Inc., earned both a bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Logistics and Management Applications from UNF.


Tekula is involved in the transportation of more than 100,000 vehicles a year to Southeast Toyota dealers from the company’s Jacksonville processing center. She is a log auditor — she works with drivers to maintain their logs while crosschecking them with global positioning satellites and fuel records. She is also on the lookout for ways in which the operation can become more efficient.


“My UNF education is very important because it definitely prepared me for future opportunities,” she said. “Although we do not use the particular software programs that have been donated recently here, the training in the logistics lab gave me valuable insight into how these programs can be applied to research and analysis of everyday problems.”


Tekula said the expertise she learned at UNF will help further her career in the transportation industry — whether that’s in trucking, railroad or maritime industries.


Another alum of the UNF Transportation and Logistics Flagship Program is Oana Kelsay, a global logistics planner with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. Kelsay is responsible for monitoring production plans of numerous vision care products for different global regions and making sure the plans meet forecast models for demand. Her position makes extensive use of software to keep track of inventory, orders, shipments and forecasts.


Kelsay said the hands-on training with software gives UNF graduates a competitive advantage in a limited job market.


“I personally will definitely be able to use the software experience I gained during my logistics concentration to further my career,” she said. “The fact that the Coggin College of Business seeks out these software gifts exemplifies the commitment that UNF has to the success of their graduates.”


Kelsay also received two degrees from UNF — a bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics and an M.B.A. with a dual concentration in Management Applications and Logistics. She said she was especially grateful for real-world experience in the Transportation and Logistics Program.


“UNF students are ready to solve issues and save hiring companies money by using the newest tools available through today’s technology.”