NU students David Austin and Jackson Lizardo talk with Jack Ampuja, executive director of Niagara's Center for Supply Chain Excellence, at the 15th anniversary party.

The Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence celebrated its 15th anniversary at Pettibones Grille in Buffalo on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Over the last 15 years, the center has served hundreds of professionals by offering seminars focused on supply chain management, inventory, transportation and freight management. (There are also a large number of traditional alumni working in the supply chain management field.)

The College of Business Administration billed the event as “beginning an effort to increase the visibility and power of our large network of alumni, employers and students associated with our supply chain programs.”

Niagara University offers three supply chain focused programs:

  1. Master of Business Administration with a global business and supply chain management concentration
  2. Bachelor of science in management with a supply chain concentration
  3. The Supply Chain Center offers a professional development program

Over 40 people attended the event, including 20 NU alumni and 10 current students. Senior supply chain major Emma Fermier attended the event and commented, “This was a great opportunity to meet and make connections with alumni and potential employers in a rather relaxed setting. While it still involved getting out of my comfort zone, it was definitely a rewarding experience.”

Local firms represented by attendees included Canusa Logistics, Catholic Health Purchasing, Curbell, Franklin Traffic, Kraftwerks, Ingram Micro, Mohawk Global Logistics, New Era, Praxair, Rich Products, ROAR logistics, Speed Global Logistics, Thruway Transport and Xerox.

Stephanie Morris, assistant director of career services, and Jaclyn Rossi, ’08, associate director of leadership and alumni engagement, enjoyed meeting the many alumni in attendance who graduated in the last 10 years.  Executive-in-residence Jack Ampuja and faculty member Dr. Jim Kling said a few words and introduced new faculty member Dr. Victor Pimentel.

The College of Business, led by interim dean Dr. Tenpao Lee is planning to make this an annual event and is looking to provide more networking opportunities for supply chain students.

For more information on NU’s supply chain management programs, please contact Dr. Jim Kling

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