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Supply management students win scholarships

Jan. 6, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Three Western Michigan University students majoring in integrated supply management were among 16 students honored at the ninth annual ISM Services Conference.

Seniors Alison Brubaker of Rochester Hills, Mich.; Kevin Little of Kalamazoo; and David Ursing of Taylor, Mich., were named 2008 ISM Services Group Scholarship winners. They, along with the rest of the 16 students so honored, represented top supply management programs at five universities.

Each scholar received $2,000, plus sponsored registration and travel allowance to attend the conference held late last year in Phoenix.

"The scholarship program not only provides financial support to ISM students, but it provides an opportunity to attend the services conference," says Dr. Bret Wagner, associate professor of management and director of the ISM program in the WMU Haworth College of Business. "Each of our scholarship winners is distinguished in both academic performance and significant internship experience in companies like John Deere, Whirlpool and Harman International. Their knowledge and experience made the conference especially valuable to them."

According to the ISM Services Group, "scholarship recipients exemplify the very best in educational achievement and future of the supply management profession."

In addition to student recognition, the ISM Services Group recognizes university programs in supply management that will take a leading role to integrate the latest thinking on services procurement into the curriculum. The WMU ISM program is one of five programs recognized.

"This honor recognizes our faculty's efforts to be leaders in supply management education and research," Wagner says.

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

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