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Students Invited to Learn about SCM Major, Careers April 6

April 1, 2011

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MACOMB, IL - - Have you ever wondered what "supply chain management" really means?

Would you like to know what you can do with an SCM degree from Western Illinois University? And why companies like John Deere, Caterpillar, and DOT Foods are continually looking to hire WIU graduates from this program?

Find out—and get free pizza—during "Discover SCM" Wednesday, April 6 at the WIU Multicultural Center.

The free event, sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), will be held from 3:30-9 p.m., and is open to any current or prospective student (including local high school students) who wants to learn more about the SCM major at Western, as well SCM careers. The event will include meet-and-greet sessions with, as well as short talks by, professionals in the industry.

The inaugural "Discover SCM" event is not only open to all high school and college students, but especially welcomes minority and female students to attend, noted Bart Jennings, organizer of the event and professor of SCM in the management and marketing department at WIU.

"At WIU, we are always working to diversify the student body, and in the industry, Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies also want to bring more women and minorities into the industry," he added. "Casa Latina, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, and the Women's Center being located in the Multicultural Center made it the natural choice for the location of this event."

Speakers will include both recent graduates and longer- term professionals. Members of the WIU SCM Student Association will also be on hand to answer any questions about the program.

"Most people don't know what the field is all about," Jennings said. "So we're just trying to get the word out, and we often find that when we do, students find it's a good career."

For more information, contact Jennings at (309) 298-1540 or

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