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Dec. 8 , 2004
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EMU student wins regional business award for using horse sense

YPSILANTIThat dash through the snow in a one-horse, open sleigh could cost more this holiday season. Feed, veterinarian bills and boarding fees make owning a horse or a boarding facility expensive. However, Eastern Michigan University graduate student Patricia LoPresti is using her horse sense to come up with a solution.

LoPresti, of Ann Arbor, recently won graduate first place in the regional competition for the D. W. Fogarty Award from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) for her research paper, “Equine Care as a Lean Production Can Exist.” She is one of 14 regional winners nationwide and the only APICS student member from Michigan to be honored. She received a certificate and a monetary award. 

The Fogarty Award is given for original work in applying the latest concepts to solve a business problem, said Nesa Wu, APICS student adviser and professor of computer and information systems at EMU. The award is granted at the local, regional and national levels.

LoPresti competed against winners in eight other local chapters in Region 14, which includes Michigan and Wisconsin. Last year, the EMU chapter won second place in the regionals.

Locally, the Detroit APICS chapter declared her and EMU graduate student Bidan Pant, of Ypsilanti, winners of the local Fogarty Award granting them a certificate and monetary award at a November ceremony in Sterling Heights.

 “I have been involved with horses all my life,” said LoPresti. “I was shocked and honored when I won. This paper is a very different topic from those typically submitted. Dr. Wu thought it would attract attention.”

 Caring for a horse, in a barn or as an independent owner, can follow the principles of lean production management, said LoPresti. Research indicates that even in the midst of rising equine costs, farms can be run successfully, with efficient operations and lean layouts, while still making horse care a priority. Lean management is a philosophy based on elimination of waste while maximizing quality and flexibility.

LoPresti, who is pursuing a master’s of business administration degree at EMU, said she plans to submit the paper to journals dealing with horses and publications that pay attention to barn layout.

APICS is an educational organization promoting the latest business management concepts and techniques. The student chapters are judged on seminars, meetings, speakers and panel discussions offered throughout the year on various business topics.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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