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Three students receive supply management awards

Feb. 14, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Three integrated supply management students at Western Michigan University are among 13 undergraduates nationwide who recently received recognition from the Institute for Supply Management.

Seniors Marie Chapman of Bay City, Mich., and Derrick Lasecki of Dexter, Mich., and freshman Matilda Shaw of Portage, Mich., all were awarded ISM Services Group University Relations Scholarships. Each student received $1,500 and sponsored registration and travel allowances to the eighth annual ISM Services Conference that recently took place in Phoenix.

WMU is one of just four schools represented by this year's scholarship winners. Other recipients are from Arizona State University, Penn State University and Michigan State University.

Marie Chapman is also a 2007-08 recipient of the $10,000 SAP Americas Scholarship. Awarded by the world's leading business software company to just 10 students nationwide, the award recognizes outstanding undergraduates pursuing degrees in business, computer science, mathematics and engineering. A member of WMU's Lee Honors College, she is currently finishing her thesis on the implementation of radio frequency identification technology. Chapman has completed an internship with General Motors' Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Division. Upon graduating this April, she plans to put what she's learned to work as a full-time procurement specialist in Whirlpool's leadership program--after a short detour through Europe.

Derrick Lasecki is a member of the Institute for Supply Management as well as the Association of Operations Management. He recently completed a global indirect supply and procurement internship with Harman Becker Automotive System in Farmington Hills, Mich. In this position, he created purchase orders and purchase requisitions, worked with suppliers, and reviewed contracts and bids. He also did project-specific work for Stryker Medical, analyzing shop-floor information to develop metrics for supplier performance. Lasecki graduates in August and is in the process of choosing a full-time position that fits his professional goals and experiences.

Matilda Shaw got right down to business as a freshman at WMU, securing an internship and joining student and professional organizations almost immediately. She's already finished one semester as an intern with global automotive supply company Dana Corp., and is now working on a second. A member of the Lee Honors College and the Association of Operations Management, she hopes to capitalize on her time left at WMU by studying abroad in Australia.

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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