Seton Hall University's APICS student chapter, advised by Professor Renu Ramnarayanan, has earned a Gold-Level Award for its 2017-18 activities from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). To be recognized, student chapters must go above and beyond the annually required standards, with outstanding performance in administration, education, programs, membership and public relations efforts.
APICS is the premier organization for supply chain management professionals. A student chapter at Seton Hall began in 2014 by Professor Ramnarayanan of the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences, and currently has about 70 members.
"I had been in the supply chain industry for over 25 years before pursuing academics full time. Seton Hall had an undergraduate certificate in supply chain and an MBA concentration, so I decided that the best way to expose more students to the supply chain area was to bring a student chapter of a professional supply chain organization to campus," said Ramnarayanan. She added that since forming the chapter, she has seen an increase in the number of undergraduates pursuing the supply chain certificate.
Stillman School Senior Mario Damasceno, who has been a member since the beginning shared, "Winning this award makes me a proud member of the organization. We have a very dedicated advisor and executive board and the award simply highlights the work that we do. We continue to set the bar higher and higher each year and we still have plenty of room for growth."
Added Lynn Wassenaar, chapter member and current MBA student, "I am very proud of our chapter for achieving this award. To win, we had to attend many events, enter competitions, enroll in webinar classes, attend board of directors' meetings, hold events at Seton Hall and recruit new members into the chapter. It was a lot of work, but everyone pulled together."
In the last four years the Seton Hall chapter has done quite a bit. Every Fall Semester they host a speaker series on campus, featuring executives from a variety of businesses. Past speakers have included employers from corporations such as Ricola, Hackensack Meridian, and Verizon. Every Spring Semester there is a symposium featuring a panel of leading experts in the supply chain industry, covering every aspect of the business from supplier and manufacturer to consumer. In addition to these annual events there are also organized company visits to large logistics operations and some of the top employers in the state such as Hackensack Meridian, WakeFern and Walmart. In the spring, there is a planned visit to IBM in New York City.
Members are also provided with professional development opportunities, participation in case competitions leading to regional and national exposure for team members and the Stillman School as well as access to the APICS scholar program, in which the winner gets to attend a three-day professional conference, all expenses paid.
All of which contributed to the chapter's gold-level recognition by APICS.
Hoping to keep the momentum going, the team was a recipient of the bronze-level recognition, and now gold. In future, club members have set their sights on the platinum-level award, which is given to the chapter that has received the gold award five years in a row.
Professor Ramnarayanan encourages any student, regardless of major, with an interest in business and supply chain management to consider joining the University's APICS chapter and to learn more about the Stillman School's undergraduate certificate in supply chain. MBA students can also seek APICS chapter membership as well as pursue the supply chain specialization.