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Wagner wins international award

March 31, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Bret J. Wagner, associate professor of management at Western Michigan University, has been named the first recipient of the Majdi Najm Outstanding Service Award from SAP University Alliances, an international organization focused on classroom use of the SAP family of integrated business software.

Wagner developed a database that simulates actual company structures for hands-on classroom training using the software. The program is now used at universities in the United States, Canada and Japan.

He and Ellen Monk of the University of Delaware collaborated to co-author the textbook titled "Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning," which connects software instruction with the many hands-on activities he has developed. Faculty members starting out with the University Alliances program learn about SAP from training workshops developed by Wagner. More advanced faculty utilize his materials in the classroom.

SAP University Alliances provides faculty members at 120 universities around the globe with the tools and resources necessary to teach using the mySAP Business Suite-software that supports business, engineering and information technology programs and enables students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem solving, case studies, and research programs.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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