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WIU's Nolan Schuhler Selected as Student Assistant at CSCMP Annual Conference

May 19, 2016

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University Supply Chain Management (SCM) senior Nolan Schuhler, of Mendota (IL), has been selected as the student assistant representative of the St. Louis Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) roundtable at the 2016 CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando (FL).

Every year, the St. Louis CSCMP roundtable sponsors one undergraduate student studying in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. After WIU SCM students submitted applications to WIU faculty, the faculty made recommendations to the roundtable, who then made a final selection.

"Over the past 10 years, we have had nine students selected to receive this opportunity—a great record for the program," said Bart Jennings, supply chain management professor.

Along with attending the conference, Schuhler will attend the welcome reception and dinner for all student assistants, network with logistics and supply chain management professionals from around the world and participate in CSCMP Student Recruitment Day activities. Student assistants are provided with a round trip airline ticket, hotel accommodations and meals and $150 for expenses they may incur. Additionally, their resumes are retained in the CSCMP Sponsored Resume Bank for CSCMP's 9,000 members to access.

During the conference, student assistants are required to spend 50 percent of their time working with the student assistant team captains. The other 50 percent of time can be used to network, attend sessions and experience the conference as a fully-paid registrant.

In 2015, Kim Leiphon (a WIU senior supply chain management major from Bettendorf, IA) was selected as the student assistant representative and traveled to San Diego (CA) for the conference.

"The great thing is that you are only required to work 50 percent of the conference. The rest of the time is for you to attend sessions," said Leiphon. "I heard from a myriad of amazing companies about amazing topics.

"The wonderful thing is the networking opportunities and the career fair," she added. "I got to network with recruitment representatives and vice presidents from Amazon, Dominos, Anheuser-Busch, Kohler, Hewlett-Packard, Starbucks … the list goes on and on. I had an interview at the end of the career fair, and a couple of days later, Georgia Pacific extended me an offer."

Approximately 3,000 participants, 74 percent of which are director level and above, attend the internationally-recognized annual conference. For more information about the conference, visit

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