Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: May 2, 2013 1:43:54 PM PDT
WWU Students Win First Place at Milgard Invitational Case Competition

Contact: Stella Hua, Western Washington University associate professor of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, stella.hua@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University students won first place in the Milgard Invitational Case Competition on Social Responsibility at University of Washington (Tacoma) on Friday, April 19.

Each team had 72 hours to research and analyze the Nordstrom Corporate Social Responsibility case before presenting their recommendations to a panel of judges representing a broad base of industry expertise.

The Operations Management team consisted of students Mitchell Gould (team captain, Graham), Crystal Kizanis (Kent), and Garrett Mark (Vancouver), who are all majoring in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, and Natnael Tekeste (Seattle), majoring in Operations Management.

Stella Hua, an associate professor of Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Western and the team advisor, said that the team delivered a seamless presentation with superb answers in response to the judges’ tough questions in both the preliminary round and the final round of the competition.

“This truly speaks of the quality of our Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management and Operations Management programs and the caliber of Western students,” Hua said.

The Western students beat teams from Gonzaga, Oregon State, University of Hawaii, University of Puget Sound, and University of Washington (Tacoma). This is the second year in a row that a Western student team won this competition.

For more information about the MSCM/OPS program at Western visit: http://cbe.wwu.edu/mscm/

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