2017 Headlines

photo of ISM indirect conference attendeesISM Indirect Conference—Seniors Emily Varner, Lauren Carroll and Gabe DuBois, along with Ken Jones, director of education and applied solutions, attended the ISM Indirect Conference 2017 in Las Vegas Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The conference features top indirect procurement experts, interactive sessions and a case challenge for student attendees. WMU is one of only five universities selected by the ISM Indirect and Services Group to receive student scholarships and participate in the case challenge.
photo of ISM case competition teamASU Case Competition—Integrated supply management Broncos Lojain Ahmed, Meagan McCormick, Taylor Schott and Mike Szczepanski had a strong showing at the 5th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition – Fall Series held Nov. 8-11, 2017. The Supply Chain Management Association at Arizona State University hosted the competition, which brings together students from supply chain programs throughout the nation.
photo of SIG global summit attendeesSIG Global Summit—The Sourcing Industry Group selected Business Broncos Celina Clark and Courtney Mrozowski to attend the fall 2017 SIG Global Summit in Carlsbad, Calif. WMU's integrated supply management program is a key global university partner to SIG.
photo of ISM case competition teamISM students place second at international case competition—A team of integrated supply management students finished second at the 2017 General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition. This is the first time a WMU team has placed in the annual competition.
photo of Manufacturing Leaders AwardWMU named finalist for manufacturing leadership award—The Bronco Force warehouse initiative beat out dozens of nominations, making it a finalist for the 2017 Manufacturing Leaders Talent Engagement Award.
photo of AGCO team and ISM gradsHiring ISM Broncos at AGCO—AGCO has received numerous accolades and awards for its innovative supply chain. Read how the company harnesses integrated supply management talent from WMU to manage its complex, global supply chains.

photo of warehouse employeeWMU launches supply chain academies in new tech center—WMU's Bronco Force and Urban Alliance are joining forces to provide critically needed supply chain management industry support and training for unemployed and underemployed residents.

photo of Jason DudzinskiAmazon's latest ISM employee—Integrated supply management graduate Justin Dudzinski, B.B.A.’17, describes the path to his job at one of Amazon’s newest fulfillment centers packed with high-end technology, including robots.

photo of Harlin Thomas and Floyd SartinISM grad and his roommate launch Mochabox.com—Integrated supply management graduate Harlin Thomas and his WMU roommate Floyd Sartin teamed up to launch Mochabox.com, a roast-to-order wholesale coffee distributor.

photo of Eddie MulfordISM student receives prestigious scholarship—Edward Mulford has been awarded a coveted Transportation Club of Detroit scholarship for 2017. This marks the fifth year in a row that a WMU student has been the recipient of the scholarship.

photo of AGCO logoGreg Toornman, director of global materials, logistics and freight management at AGCO, mentions their collaboration with the WMU integrated supply management program in Supply Chain World in an article on AGCO's smart logistics initiative.

photo of Dr. Sime CurkovicCurkovic and alumni create new global industry standard—Working with leading indirect procurement execs and a global consulting firm, Dr. Sime Curkovic was tapped to help direct the efforts in developing an indirect procurement standard now available to industry.

photo of judgesCase competitions—During the 2016-17 academic year, supply chain students participated in seven case competitions, including the General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition, the Michigan State University Simulation Case Competition and the Institute for Supply Management Indirect Materials and Services Conference and Competition.

photo of ISM student attendeesSIG World Summit—WMU was one of five universities with supply chain students selected to attend the Sourcing Industry Group World Summit in Amelia Island, Fla., and the only one with students selected at the undergraduate level.

photo of ISM case competition teamNational case competition—A four-student team earned an Honorable Mention at the University of Minnesota's 5th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain and Operations Case Competition. This is the first year Western sent a team to the highly competitive, national competition.

photo of Rachel LarsonRising ISM senior awarded coveted $10,000 national scholarship—Rachel Larson was selected to receive the 2017-18 Gary L. Buffington Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a rising senior in a qualified undergraduate industrial distribution program that exhibits industry relevance and mentorship.

group photo of the participantsWMU Supply Chain Challenge—Teams from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University and WMU competed in the first WMU Supply Chain Challenge sponsored by Whirlpool.

photo of ISM students presentingISM professional development presentation—Integrated supply management students Rachel Larson, Edward Mulford and Courtney Patterson presented on Business Team Functionality at the Institute for Supply Management Greater Grand Rapids Professional Development Meeting on Feb. 21, 2017.

photo of Lauren CarrollISM student recognized as 2016-2017 Trailblazer of the Year—Lauren Carroll was named the 2016-2017 Trailblazer of the Year. The Trailblazer program is in its third year and recognizes and honors business students for their commitment to academics, personal and professional development, leadership and community, and campus involvement.
No. 2 graphicSCM ranks ISM No. 2—WMU's integrated supply management program ranked second on a listing of the top 100 universities for supply chain talent produced by SCM World, a cross-industry learning community powered by the world's most influential supply chain practitioners.

photo of Ryan BetkeLinkedIn Post—Ryan Betke "Grade Point Average and the Workforce."