Thursday, March 21, 2019
11 a.m.
Gus OlympidisGus, or Kosta Olympidis as some of the people close to him call him, began his career in the convenience store industry at the young age of 21. He often characterizes his journey in business as having been born out of “youthful indiscretion.” The company, that is approaching a half billion dollars in revenue today, is vertically integrated with a central distribution center, a central bakery, and a sign manufacturing facility. Family Express operates 74 stores today with several in the pipeline. Family Express’s business model is characterized by a unique logistical system of daily distribution and a large portfolio of proprietary brands. FE assesses up to 50 prospects for each new hire in search of attributes such as friendliness, kindness and community sensitivity. The company’s mission statement uniquely addresses volunteerism as a stated corporate objective.
2 p.m.
Interested in a career in biotechnology? Two representatives from Elanco, an animal pharmaceutical company located in Indiana, will be on campus on Thursday, Mar. 21 to discuss manufacturing science as it relates to biotechnology. This seminar will be of particular interest to biology and chemistry students.
7:30 p.m.
An thumbnail for In Print Festival of First Books XIVThe fourteenth annual In Print Festival of First Books is a two day event featuring a multi-author reading on Day 1 and a panel discussion on the writing life and literary editing and publishing on Day 2. This year In Print welcomes poet Chen Chen, fiction writer Maria Romasco Moore, creative nonfiction writer Dustin Parsons and editor/poet Allison Joseph.