KINGSTON, RI – April 27, 2022 – In the final weeks of her college career, Erin Chratian faces a perfect storm of the toughest classes of her four years and the busiest time of the Rams’ tennis season.
“I’m very good. Honestly,” says Erin, who graduated in May from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management and a minor in Spanish. “I’m just having fun.”
When Erin and her twin sister, Sydney, both four-star tennis rookies, visited colleges four years ago, they sought a rare chance to play on the same team, while finding rigorous academic programs to further their hopes. careers.
The sisters of Johns Creek, Georgia, found this at URI. They had a great visit during their campus tour. They loved the school and the welcoming atmosphere. And he checked a key box.
“I always wanted to be able to spend four more years with my twin sister,” Erin explains. “College tennis programs are very competitive and we knew there were few opportunities to play at the same college. So finding a school that had two scholarships was a great opportunity.
While Erin was certain she was playing college tennis, she was less decided on what to study. But she found her way into URI’s supply chain management program.
“The supply chain offers a variety of different avenues to explore and I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where I can solve complex challenges,” she says. “Supply Chain has proven to be critical to the success of the business over the past two years and I’m thrilled to be a part of Key Business Solutions.”
The past two years have probably been the perfect time to study supply chain management. The disruption the pandemic has caused to the global supply chain is obvious to anyone shopping for groceries or watching the evening news. And Erin’s classes were spot on. Lectures, discussions and case studies echoed the problems faced by companies around the world.
“We learned a lot about resilience and agility within the supply chain,” she says. “Before the pandemic, many companies did not know who their second and third tier suppliers were. With everything coming to a halt during the pandemic, it hurts not knowing how far back your supply chain goes. It really taught us to look beyond the surface in a company’s supply chain. »
Although she devotes around 20 hours a week to tennis, Erin has compiled a 3.96 grade point average while maintaining a demanding class schedule. Among her favorite courses are the Global Warehouse and Distribution Systems course with keynote speaker Brian Walsh and the Transportation Logistics course with keynote speaker Tess Booth.
“Erin is consistently among the best-prepared students I’ve ever taught at URI,” Walsh says. “She has demonstrated her ability to examine complex situations and formulate workable solutions that reflect her understanding of the complexities associated with today’s global supply chains.”
These talents extended to her work-study program at FM Approvals and her internship last summer at Procter & Gamble, where she was a purchasing intern, led negotiations, compiled a sourcing strategy and worked within the diversity of suppliers. In August, she will join P&G as Head of Purchasing.
“I really enjoyed my summer at P&G,” says Erin. “I definitely have to apply a lot of the concepts that I learned. I knew pretty much everything they taught us in training. The URI definitely helped me succeed.
During this time, she has taken full advantage of everything the College of Business has to offer. She participated in “ghost days” by following CVS directors and senior executives through their workday; assumed leadership roles as vice president of the URI Supply Chain Club, URI 101 instructor, and student-athlete orientation manager; and reached out to the College’s extensive alumni network.
“There are a lot of really admirable and generous alumni out there who are willing to take time out of their busy work weeks to come talk to you and give you ideas and career advice,” she says.
On the tennis courts, Erin has also had plenty of honours. She was consistently among the team leaders in singles wins each season while competing in the top spot in singles for most of her four years. As a freshman, she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team. She was also the conference’s Performer of the Week three times and on its Academic Honor Roll all eight semesters.
“Erin was a hard-hitting singles player throughout her four years at the URI, always being one of the best players on the roster,” said head coach Valerie Villucci. “She also successfully helped line up the doubles and was always able to be matched with anyone on the team due to her ability and understanding of the game.”
But the highlights of Erin URI’s athletic career have focused on team and family. One of his proudest moments is the Rams’ performance in the Atlantic 10 Championship in the 2020-21 season. The Rams, who were ranked in the Oracle ITA top 100 that season, advanced to the conference tournament semifinals.
“Seeing everyone fight on the field was really nice,” says Erin. “We’ve had about seven different coaches between assistants and head coaches since I’ve been here. So we went through a lot of adversity together. But it certainly helped us create a bond that I don’t think a lot of other teams have.
This semester she also teamed up with Sydney in doubles. The twins started playing tennis together when they were 7 years old. Left-handed, they learned to play right-handed because community classes taught everyone to play that way. By age 11, they were traveling South every weekend for elite junior tournaments. But this semester was their first time as a doubles team.
“It’s been perfect. My sister and I are definitely close,” says Erin, who has lived with Sydney for the past two school years. “We’ve enjoyed doing everything from cooking dinners together to traveling with the team. It’s really nice to know that I have someone who will support me no matter what.
Sydney, who led the Rams in singles wins this season and teamed with Erin to a team-record eight doubles wins, is a pre-med student who will graduate in biology in May. This summer, Erin will help Sydney move to Boston, where she begins a year-long program at Harvard University as a research assistant in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Mass General Brigham .
In August, Erin will move to Cincinnati to join Procter & Gamble. But before that, she hopes to enjoy the summer with her parents, Ronald and Vanessa, and Sydney.