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Operations Management Students Win International Award

Published January 23, 2013

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When it comes to exceeding standards, Eastern Michigan University's Chapter for the Association for Operations Management (APICS) shines brighter than gold. In recognition of the chapter's efforts to provide stellar networking, career development and educational opportunities, the International APICS Professional Organization honored the chapter with the 2012 Platinum Award at the annual International Conference in Denver last fall.

Of the awards, which include bronze, silver, gold and platinum-platinum is the highest level of recognition and is awarded to a chapter that has attained the Gold Award for five consecutive years.

"The APICS Detroit Chapter is very proud of Eastern's student chapter for having achieved the Platinum Award once again," says Joann Parrinder, president of the Detroit Chapter, which serves as EMU's parent chapter. "The officers, board and faculty advisers have truly taken to heart their commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience. We look forward to many more years of the student chapter's involvement and participation," Parrinder adds.

Nesa Wu, EMU professor of operations management and co-advisor for EMU's APICS student organization, characterizes the chapter as very professional and active. "Our members exemplify excellence in overall chapter management, administration, programs, and public relations-and this award reflects that," Wu says.

Awards are determined by the APICS chapter benchmarking and recognition program, which sets targets for achieving excellence and recognizes chapters' efforts. Wu founded Eastern's award-winning chapter, which is open to any full-time student who has taken an operations or supply chain management class, more than 25 years ago. The approximately 100-member chapter meets on campus once a month when students have the opportunity to attend presentations by professionals in the field of operations and supply chain management. Additionally, members are encouraged to attend professional development meetings organized by the Detroit Chapter, Wu adds.

The international organization, which has more than 2,500 student members, is a premier source of information about operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management and purchasing. APICS is dedicated to developing the professional skills of students and working professionals through publications, database connections, international conferences and offering professional certifications, according to an organization spokesperson.


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