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Joint BGSU SCMA/APICS Networking Dinner

Please join us at BGSU for a joint meeting between BGSU SCMA and APICS Toledo on September 26th.  This event provides a great opportunity for the students to network with professionals.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Glen Schwab, Director of Enterprise Supply Management Operations, Deere and Co.  He is responsible for Enterprise lead Direct Materials Sourcing, Risk Management, Supplier Rating process, Strategic Planning, and Supplier  Diversity.

Cost: $10 – ALL proceeds will be donated to the BGSU College of Business Scholarship fund.

Click here for more information on registration!

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Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February saw the culmination of the Mid Atlantic District Student Case Competition.

6 of the original 16 teams made it through the qualifying rounds to the final in the Embassy Suites hotel, Coraopolis, PA.

Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo each had one of their APICS Student Chapter teams in the final, the teams, each of 4 students accompanied by their university student chapter adviser,  arrived on Friday afternoon and at 7:00PM started the final round of The Fresh Connection business simulation.

The goal was to maximize their company’s ROI.

After completing the simulation each team prepared a written report and an oral presentation, their reports had to be submitted at 10:00AM Saturday and were then reviewed by a team of 3 judges. At 1:00PM each of the 6 teams were invited to make their oral presentations to an audience of around 60 APICS members including a second team of judges who scored this section of the competition.

At the end of the day a team from Temple University were the winners and will represent the Mid Atlantic District at the APICS International Conference in Las Vegas this October.

However I am delighted to tell you that the BGSU team placed 2nd and the UT team placed 3rd, and all 8 students are to be congratulated on coming so close to winning.

BGSU team members, Brian Pavlonis, AshleyMaterise, Brooke Barnes and Shaun McKee are shown below, they were accompanied by their adviser, Dr. Karen Eboch.

BG – Case Competition Feb 2015 – with KarenBG - Case Competition Feb 2015 - 2nd Place
As second placed team they received a check for $1500 plus a $300 stipend.

The UT team members (shown below) were Michael Malone, Cameron Tilkins, Paul Trendel and Bryan Winters and Professor Sundar was their adviser.

UT – Case Competition Feb 2015 – with SundarUT - Case Competition Feb 2015 - 3rd Place


As third placed team they received a check for $1000 plus a $300 stipend.

For both teams to reach the final is one thing, but then to come 2nd and 3rd is a great achievement, everyone in their respective colleges should be proud of them.

In support of the competition the Toledo chapter gave each student chapter $600 to help offset entry fees and travel expenses and we donated $500 to the district prize fund.


Another Fantastic Student Achievement – APICS 2013 Student Voluntary Service Award Recipient – Beth Albers

APICS 2013 Photography - Beth AwardSaturday September 28th APICS International Conference in Orlando


Beth Albers, BGSU student APICS member and former president of the BG student chapter, was presented with the APICS 2013 Student Voluntary Service Award.


This is a significant honor being one of only three individual awards given by APICS each year. The award is given to an operations management student who has shown a commitment to the APICS vision.


Nominees must demonstrate superior

• contributions to APICS professional chapter, district, or association

• student chapter leadership

• leadership in college/university and other professional associations

• community service

It is testimony to the exceptional efforts Beth made in the areas above that she is this year’s recipient.




UT APICS Team Wins General Motors & Wayne State University Business Case Competition

The third annual Business Case Competition sponsored by General Motors and Wayne State University took place over the 19th – 21st September.

2013 Industry Participants: General Motors (co-sponsor with Wayne State University), Delphi, Denso, Ryder, Lear, AIAG, Detroit Regional Chamber.

This year there were 20 teams from universities from across the USA and we are delighted to be able to tell you that The University of Toledo APICS Student Chapter team (Justin Blake, Emily Burghardt, Athrey Rajan and Sasha VonSacken) having been judged winners of their division in the first section of the competition went on to finish as the overall winners.


The winning team, Athrey, Sasha, Professor Sundar (UT APICS Student Chapter Adviser), Emily and Justin


To win the final Justin, Emily, Athrey and Sasha had to beat teams from Howard University, Florida State University, Colorado State University and Wayne State University.

The first case is distributed to students about three weeks before the event, they present their solution to a team of judges at the competition and a winning team is selected from each division. These winning teams are given a second business case and have 20 hours to prepare their solution before making their presentation to a panel of 4 judges in front of an of all the students participating in the competition.

The following individuals were the judges for the final

Bill Hurles– Executive Director-Supply Chain–General Motors

David Drouillard – Executive Director-Purchasing–General Motors

Kevin Wilson – Director–DENSO

Bob Monczka – Director of Research-CAPS Arizona State University

During the three-day competition held at The Renaissance Center, Detroit, all students were able to participate in a number of different events and activities including two employment oriented panel discussions, several sessions on the state of automotive industry supply chain by leading players in the field, a factory visit to DHAM plant of GM which makes the Volt, several interviews for fulltime employment and internship as well as a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Congratulations to the team and we wish you success with your academic studies.

Use the link below to see an article in Automotive Logistics with much more information.


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Elizabeth Albers, a current senior supply chain management student ar Bowling Green State University, has recently received the R. Gene Richter Scholarship awarded by a partnership between the R. Gene and Nancy D. Richter Foundation and the Institute for Supply Management.  Awarded to future leaders in supply chain, Elizabeth was the BGSU SCMA president, as well as an E&R Foundation Scholar at the 2012 APICS International Conference in Denver.

Elizabeth is one of just 10 students to receive this national scholarship and is the fifth BGSU student to win this prestigious award in the last 8 years.  She will be presented with her award later this month at the ISM International Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Wayne State University / GM Student Case Competition Results

Both the Bowling Green State University Student chapter of APICS and the University of Toledo Student Chapter of APICS sent a team to this event.

There were a total of 16 student teams split into 4 divisions and the winning team from each division went forward to the final.

Unfotunately neither of our teams made it to the final round, the teams which did were from Howard University, Miami University, Michigan University and Pennsylvania State University. In the final round the team from Miami University was selected as the winner.

Although neither BGSU nor UT made it to the final the team members all agreed it was an excellent learning experience, also giving an opportunity for students and advisers to network with counterparts from other universities – and both schools said they’ll be back next year to try again.