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Two students awarded supply management scholarships

March 1, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University supply management students were among nine undergraduates nationwide who recently received recognition from the Institute for Supply Management Services Group.

Joshua D. Fitzpatrick of Kalamazoo and Scott M. Thinglum of Escanaba, Mich., who are both seniors in WMU's Integrated Supply Matrix Management Program, were awarded ISM Services Group University Relations Scholarships. Each student received an award of $1,000, along with sponsored registration and travel allowances to the 7th Annual ISM Services Conference that recently took place in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Fitzpatrick is the recipient of a Michigan Competitive Scholarship, and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Institute for Supply Management and the Association for Operations Management. He has had internships with Honda of America and Flowserve Corp. and also worked full time for Target distribution centers while attending WMU. Fitzpatrick, who will graduate in April, has received several job offers and is in the process of choosing the one that best fits his professional goals and experiences.

Thinglum studied in Germany last summer through WMU's study abroad program, and has completed three internships with John Deere, Dana Corp. and Engineered Machined Products. He is a member of the Institute for Supply Management, the Association for Operations Management, Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. Thinglum has been offered a position with John Deere, and will be entering their Supply Management Development Program following his graduation in April.

ISM is the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, with a membership base of more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. The Services Group is a division for professionals in service-related industries.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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