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Second Place Empowerment


by Sarah Small

Seven Students in the Supply Chain Management Program celebrated the victory of a second place finish at Saturday’s Great Lakes APICS case competition; the students missed a first-place prize by a single point.

Students, Brian Bajjalieh, Bradley Fink, James Lee, Audreyanne Snow, Keunwon Song, Pete Tigue and Daniel White participated in the competition.

The event was hosted by the APICS - Association for Operation Management, which is a professional organization dedicated to building skills and knowledge in operations management, and it is an outlet that allows students and professionals to network, said White, a sophomore in the Supply Chain Management Program. ILLINOIS competed against 23 teams of undergraduate and graduate students.

This competition was designed so that teams were not competing solely against each other; they were also battling the clock. Teams received their case at 9 p.m. on Friday night and had until Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to prepare a solution, including a written and oral presentation.

One challenge the team encountered was an enviable one. Several of the students said that the team generated so many good ideas that it was difficult to select only a few for their three-page written presentation.

“We had a very talented team and when analyzing the case we had so many great ideas that it made it hard to choose which ones to go with,” said Bajjalieh, a senior in the Supply Chain Management program.

Although the team was well-trained, thanks to ILLINOIS strong Supply Chain Management program, Snow, a junior in the Supply Chain Management program, said the group entered the competition with no pressure to place well.

“We wanted to have fun, demonstrate our knowledge, and learn something from the competition,” Snow said. “It wasn’t until we had finished our paper and Power Point that we really realized how tangible placing in the competition was.”

ILLINOIS tied for second place, behind Indiana University, in what was a close competition. The top seven teams were separated by only six points, making ILLINOIS one point away from a first-place finish.

“We were pretty excited,” said Fink, a junior in the Supply Chain Management Program.

“Obviously, we were hoping for first, but happy with our position.”

In meeting and competing against students from other universities, Tigue, a junior in the Supply Chain Management program, said his confidence in the ILLINOIS-education he is receiving was affirmed.

“It was empowering to know that we have been trained well at ILLINOIS and have the education and experience to make an impact when we leave campus,” Tigue said.

Participating Universities:

Ball State University                Bowling Green State University
Carroll University                    Eastern Michigan University
Governor State University       Grand Valley State University
Illinois Inst of Technology        Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Indiana State University           Iowa State University
Lakeshore Technical College   Loyola University
North Eastern Ill University      Northern ILL University
St. Cloud State MINN            University of Houston
University of Illinois                  University of Indianapolis
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Western Michigan University      Wichita State University

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