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K-State Today

March 26, 2013

Leading bank executives visit College of Business Administration for Commerce Bank Days

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Students in the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University will learn from executives at Commerce Bancshares Inc., which has been called one of America's best banks by Forbes magazine.

The executives will be at the college as part of Commerce Bank Days, March 28 and 29. The event features lectures, networking opportunities and workshops to benefit students and is part of the college's Corporate Days program.

Tom Giller, community bank president, and Rich Jankovich, senior vice president, both with Commerce Bank Manhattan, will lead the lecture, "A Day in the Life of a Banker." A panel discussion with Tanna Thompson, retail group manager at Commerce Bank Manhattan, and other Commerce Bank branch managers will teach students about practical management. An interviewing skills seminar, mock interviews, and a recruiting and personal finance booth will also be part of the event.

"We are thrilled to have Commerce Bank on campus and are looking forward to the lessons these experienced executives will teach our students," said Olivia Law-DelRosso, director of Professional Advantage, a professional development program in the college, and responsible for the Corporate Days program. "Commerce Bank has a long-standing relationship with our college. Through Commerce Bank Days, we expect students to become even more familiar with the bank's career opportunities."

Corporate Days are an opportunity for companies to come to campus and network with students and faculty of the College of Business Administration. Companies are invited to participate in the program, giving them the opportunity to interact with students through lectures, workshops and networking receptions, as well as get to know faculty and learn about their applied research.

"As longtime supporters of Kansas State University and the only on-campus bank, we are particularly proud to support the College of Business Administration with Commerce Bank Days," Giller said. "Many of our Commerce Bank colleagues are proud Kansas State University graduates, so we know the caliber of student the university helps grow. We look forward to getting to know some of these students at our many Commerce Bank Days events."

Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation are the sponsors of the well-known College of Business Administration Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings highly successful executives to the college every semester.

Commerce Bank Days events at the College of Business Administration include:

* Thursday, March 28 -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Recruiting/Personal Finance Booth, first floor, Calvin Hall; 11 a.m. to noon, Interviewing Skills Seminar, 102 Calvin Hall; and 1:30 to 4 p.m., Mock Interviews, 307 and 308 Calvin Hall.

* Friday, March 29 -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Recruiting/Personal Finance Booth, first floor, Calvin Hall; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Practical Management, a panel discussion with Commerce Bank branch managers, Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union; and 3 to 4 p.m., Networking Reception, third floor, Calvin Hall.

To find out more, go to College of Business Administration Commerce Bank Days website.