RSO spotlight: SAM, APICS and the unique opportunities they provide

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RSO spotlight: Saluki SAM, APICS and the unique opportunities they provide

February 11, 2016, Svetlana Bondar

The College of Business is proud to have more than 20 registered student organizations (RSOs), each providing students with unique opportunities to gain experience and develop skills in their area of interest. This time, the spotlight falls on two management RSOs: the SIU chapters of the Society for Advancement of Management and the American Production and Inventory Control Society.

Peter Mykytyn, chair of the Department of Management, encourages SIU students to become involved with at least one RSO.

“RSOs provide students with great opportunities to interact and network with other students, business and other organizational professionals, and guest speakers,” he said. “Being active in an RSO can play an important part in completing a student’s education at SIU Carbondale, as potential employers are always eager to identify students who are active and take on additional roles and responsibilities in activities such as RSOs.”

Although both the Society for Advancement of Management and the American Production and Inventory Control Society are housed in the Department of Management, students from all majors, both within and outside the College of Business, are welcome to participate.

SAM log of saluki dog in a suitThe Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) is an RSO established by the students of the College of Business back in the 1990s. In 2001 the organization discontinued its activities for a few years, but on Dec. 1, 2015, the Saluki SAM chapter was officially brought back. The RSO’s faculty advisor is Greg Hoffeditz, a lecturer in the Department of Management, and its president is Terrence Belford, a junior in the Management program.

According to Hoffeditz, the SIU Society for Advancement of Management provides students with the opportunity to develop management and leadership skills, and to get a broad look on what business and management are about. Most of the activities of the RSO are conducted exclusively by the students, giving them a chance to gain invaluable leadership experience.

The new team has a big vision for the RSO and its activities in the coming semesters. This year, several of the organization’s members plan to attend the annual national SAM conference to get insight on how to run and organize the college’s own SAM chapter. In 2017, SAM members plan to attend the national conference again, this time participating in an annual case competition.

Most of SIU’s SAM activities are still in the planning stage, but members already have a few events in mind for the spring semester. For example, SAM members will organize several résumé workshops, invite guest speakers to meet with the students and share their take on management, and set up a mentoring system in which first- and second-year students will be mentored by upper-level students. There also are two fundraisers scheduled: one will be working the concession stand at the Saluki basketball game Feb. 17, while the other will be a bake sale.

Saluki SAM meets each Monday and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the organization, and the location and time of its meetings, contact Greg Hoffeditz at ghoffeditz@business.siu.edu or follow the RSO’s website at rso.business.siu.edu/sam.

APICS logoThe SIU chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) is part of the large network of APICS partners located throughout North America. APICS, the premier association for supply chain and operations management professionals, is the leading provider of research, education and certification programs for supply chain excellence and innovation. APICS has more than 43,000 members and offers five different certification programs, all of which are industry standards for supply chain knowledge and are highly valued by corporations all over the world, especially in the United States.

The faculty advisor of the RSO is John Goodale, an associate professor in the Department of Management. According to Goodale, the primary goal of SIU’s Student Chapter of APICS is to inform students.

“The opportunities and information available are multifaceted,” he said. “By being involved with the student chapter, students will learn about supply chain practices from supply chain professionals, learn about the APICS certification programs, network with supply chain professionals and gain professional development experiences by being involved with the administration of the student chapter.”

The team that is running the activities of the RSO comprises students in the management program of the College of Business. In fact, the creation of the SIU chapter is attributed to the hard work of Noppadol “Champ” Tuksakulvith, president of SIU APICS, and his teammates Tim Fleischauer, Stan Goulding, Umair Shah and Anthony Sheridan. Their success provides a great example of what students can accomplish at SIU.

“The important work of these students is providing them with opportunities and experiences that will help in starting their careers,” Goodale said, “and it will make SIU a better place than when they arrived in Carbondale.”

The work of Tuksakulvith, Fleischauer, Goulding, Shah and Sheridan has enabled SIU to join institutions such as Indiana University, Northern Illinois University, Bradley University, Purdue University and others in enhancing supply chain education with an active APICS student chapter. SIU is one of just eight universities in all of Illinois to have an APICS student chapter.

SIU APICS is open to undergraduate and graduate students interested in supply chain and operations management careers. For more information about the organization, and the location and time of meetings, contact Goodale at jgoodale@business.siu.edu, or Tuksakulvith at noppadol@siu.edu, or follow the RSO’s website at https://orgsync.com/128862/chapter.