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Photo of Sam SislerDr. John H. Hoagland, C.P.M. Scholarship Fund—Samuel Sisler received a $1,600 Dr. John H. Hoagland, Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship fund is to promote the supply management discipline and provide assistance to qualified applicants who have exhibited a keen interest and commitment in furthering supply management professionalism.
Graphic of The 30ISM Broncos Named to The 30—The Haworth College of Business is proud to present its 2020 edition of The 30, a publication that recognizes emerging business leaders—both students and alumni—who are providing thought leadership and innovative perspectives in the business world. Special congratulations to students Joy Goldschmidt and John Hayward and alumni Joseph DiClemente, B.B.A.'12 and Andell Gill, B.B.A.'16.
photo of participating studentsDiversifying the Supplier Base—Integrated supply management Broncos had a chance to put their classroom knowledge to the test at the Stryker Supplier Diversity Case Competition on January 24, 2020.

2019

photo of participating studentsDeveloping Creative Solutions—The ongoing partnership between WMU and Clark Logic is producing great results. During the fall semester, students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course formed four teams and developed creative solutions to address real-world logistics and warehousing challenges. Watch the students present their results.
photo of student teamTool and Concepts in Action—Michael Wasik, Nathan Rowland, Treyson Fink and Brett Manoogian worked to establish and verify current time standards for operations and develop timesheet reporting for the hardware assembly and workshop areas for Eliason Corporation, a division of Senneca Holdings. Using tools and concepts from their Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course, the students conducted a time study on daily operations, established a standard time, and developed an updated timesheet specific to each area for reporting.
photo of students with FedEx truckApplying Class Concepts—Alexis Flicek, Caleb Philipp, Alexander Laurin, Conner Stager and John Hayward worked with JH Distributing (JHD), a contracted service provider for FedEx Ground, to address efficiency issues across its fleet. Using tools and concepts learned in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving class and a work area planning tool developed by FedEx, the team identified efficiencies in the routes that will lead to significant cost savings and optimize the entire delivery fleet.

photo of student teamHands-on Learning—Students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course collaborated with Prevention Works during the fall semester, building on the efforts of students during the summer semester. In the summer, Austin Kinard, Ammar Alfaraj, Ahlam Alnemer and Richard Yusa created an efficient bag packing process, inventory control strategy and material tracking system. The solution worked until Prevention Works moved to a new downtown Kalamazoo location. In the fall, Emily Wood, Andrew Hartfelder, Mitchell Farrell and Mike Francisco created a customized storage solution that can change and grow with Prevention Works, as well as a template with standardized packing instructions.

photo of Dr. Bret Wagner and studentStudents showcase their business acumen through simulated practice—Dr. Bret Wagner wants to transform the way we teach business. He spent the last six years developing a virtual business simulation, titled ScrimmageSIM, to give students more opportunities for hands-on learning.

photo of student teamReal-world experience—Students in the Applied Six Sigma Problem-Solving course collaborated with MANN+HUMMEL to optimize a newly acquired warehouse. The student team of Inkar Alibekova, Malika Bekbossynova, Rodolfo Nowakowski and Gabriela Slavova worked with Nick First, Material Manager and project leader, to make the warehouse leaner and more efficient. They developed a plan to use a warehouse management module in SAP and equip workers with personal scanners, allowing them to scan barcodes of inventory. The team helped with inventory data collection and the identification of inventory rack locations, which resulted in a new floor layout for the warehouse.

photo of student team11th Annual Bowersox Undergraduate Supply Chain Challenge—The WMU team of Jaclyn Bommarito, Alexis Flicek, Jon Harning and Peyton Hurley performed well at the annual Bowersox Supply Chain Challenge. The team was tasked with completing a 13-week purchasing simulation in 2.5 hours. Dr. Bret Wagner, associate professor of marketing, participated on the "Teaching with Simulation" faculty panel.
photo of case competition team2019 General Motors/Wayne State University Supply Chain Case Competition—Integrated supply management Broncos Sydney Miller, Clayton Nolley, Sarah Pepper and Blake Tindol competed in the GM/WSU Supply Chain Case Competition. The international competition took place Oct. 3-5.
photo of Dr. Zac WilliamsLinking learning and experience in supply chain management—With one year at the helm, see what Dr. Zac Williams has to say about the successful ISM program, as well as WMU's plans for the future as a leader in supply chain education.
photo of student teamISM students partner with local nonprofit—Students offered solutions to local organizations, including Prevention Works—a Kalamazoo nonprofit dedicated to substance abuse prevention—during their Applied Six Sigma Problem Solving course.
photo of Katie BulesSuccess is a marathon—ISM Bronco Katie Bules, B.B.A.'19, knows the importance of viewing success as a marathon, not a sprint.
photo of Dr. Zac WilliamsHow to Recruit and Train the Best Interns—Dr. Zac Williams, director of the Center for Integrated Supply Management and associate professor of marketing, shared his findings on internship programs in an article in Inbound Logistics (July 24, 2019).
photo of Kathryn Bules accepting certficateKathryn Bules named 2019 Presidential Scholar in Integrated Supply Management—The Presidential Scholar designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates. Selection is based on the students' general academic excellence, academic and artistic excellence relative to their majors, and intellectual and artistic promise.
photo of ISM case competition team7th Annual National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition—The team of Samuel Sisler, Austin Ansara, Emilee Lewis and Arayana Janson earned an honorable mention at the National Undergraduate Supply Chain Case Competition sponsored by the University of Minnesota. The competition took place March 27-30.

photo of Katie Collier in office at Flowserve

Students, business owners share life lesson: Internships help graduates launch careers—Integrated supply management student Katherine Collier tells WWMT how her internship at Flowserve helped her to make the transition from college to full-time job.

photo of John Hayward and Joy GoldschmidtTwo ISM students among six nationwide to win prestigious scholarship—Integrated supply management students John Hayward and Joy Goldschmidt are among six students from across the country selected to receive a coveted nationwide business scholarship awarded by the Richter Foundation and the Institute for Supply Management's Richter Scholarship Fund.

link to 2018-2019 scholarship winners2018-19 Integrated supply management scholarship sponsors and recipients—Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients and a big thank you to the scholarship sponsors.