| WMU News
KALAMAZOO—For the 15th year in a row, the southwest Michigan chapter of APICS—the Association for Operations Management—has recognized the Western Michigan University student chapter by awarding it platinum status.
To be considered for platinum status, a student chapter must consistently demonstrate superior organizational and management skills. The award was presented at the organization’s November meeting, held at the Fetzer Center on WMU's campus. Ashley Moyle, president of the student chapter and integrated supply management major, accepted the award.
"Our connection with the parent chapter represents one of the greatest benefits of being part of APICS—it's the people you get to meet," says Moyle.
The award was presented during a meeting featuring Dr. Sime Curkovic, professor of management and keynote speaker. Curkovic updated the organization’s membership on the ISM program and provided information about industry needs. Also, Ken Jones, the ISM program's first director of executive education, discussed the program’s commitment to providing expert training for industry partners.
"The student group’s strong integration, innovation, and demonstrated growth have led to its success," says Michael O'Neill, president of the southwest Michigan professional chapter of APICS.
Originally the American Production and Inventory Control Society, APICS, since 1957, has represented supply chain and operations management professionals as the global leader and premier source of knowledge in the industry.
WMU's integrated supply management program
Ranked No. 12 in undergraduate supply chain education, WMU's ISM program has been recognized nationally by several organizations and publications for its leadership in preparing students for careers in supply chain management. WMU's curriculum combines engineering, information technology, supply chain and business education to prepare graduates for challenging and high-paying careers.