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Member Spotlight: Andrea Streed, ASU

Andrea (Andy) Streed, Management Analyst, Sr. at Arizona State University, is the winner of the university’s George Morrell Award for January–March 2010.

Chet Yancy of Arizona State University shared this award announcement about Andy:
“She is a constant help whenever we need reports and other information to help with completion of filing and reporting of small business plans and projects.   Andy is very knowledgeable and is able to extract information from various complex software programs for the Office of Small Business and Diverse Programs.  She has an ‘I can do that for you’ attitude.  She makes her job look easy, but everyone knows she has a very complex and difficult position."

Congratulations, Andy!

Member Spotlight

This month, we would like to spotlight John Stephen Klopp, NAEP's 2009 recipient of the Bert C. Ahrens Award (awarded March 24, 2010). Congratulations, John!

As stated in the submitted nomination for this prestigious award, "John not only was NAEP Board President in 2004, he agreed to step in and fill in for Mike Helm who was unable to complete his term, so John completed the 2005 term for Mike…. Without a doubt, John is one of the most deserving individuals that I know. He has truly met and exceeded all of the criteria required for this recognition by his peers. Over the past decade, John has been instrumental in the development and leadership of NAEP, by serving as a leader in the MINK Region and as NAEP President for not one, but two years." We have asked John to take a few minutes to tell us what receiving this award means to him. Please see below for his thoughts.

"Thoughts About NAEP's 2010 Annual Meeting Awards"
Remarks from John Stephen Klopp, University of Iowa, regarding NAEP's 89th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, March 24, 2010

At the 2010 NAEP Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon I sat listening to all of the great accomplishments of this year's awardees Travis Ball receiving this year's Young Professional in Procurement Award; Linda Collins, recipient of the Neil D. Markee Communicator of the Year Award; Lorelei Meeker and Tom Fogarty for the Distinguished Service Award; Cory Harms receiving the Professional Perspective Award; Tom Fogarty receiving the Bob Ashby Mentor of the Year Award; Karen Khattari, recipient of the Nancy Tregoe Scholarship Award; and Emory University and the University of Colorado receiving the Award of Excellence in Procurement so many accomplishments and so very well deserved. I couldn't help but think how proud each one of these outstanding individuals and institutions must feel, as they should to receive these accolades from the Membership.

All of these awards are meaningful to NAEP and especially the recipients. The one award for me that helps set the stage for our profession's continued growth is the "Young Professional in Procurement" award. This award was established by the NAEP Board in 2007. Why we didn't think of doing this sooner, I don't know. Nancy Brooks, MPA was National Board President at the time this award was established, and I guess that explains it all. Nancy, like many other people in this wonderful Association, are constantly thinking, guiding and just doing really good things that recognize and benefit NAEP's Membership. I am continually inspired each year this award is presented to an up-and-coming young procurement professional. It means they are involved. They care about what they're doing on their campus, in their Region and at the National level. These are the people that will take up the mantle of leadership in years to come and provide the continuity for NAEP to continue to grow in service to its Members.

At the awards luncheon, the Bert C. Ahrens Award is saved for last. And as I sat there among my colleagues, peers, and friends listening to Carol Barnhill go over some of the accomplishments this year's recipient has made to NAEP - I began to think about some of the previous recipients of this, the highest recognition given by NAEP - Bill Hardiman, NAEP's good friend the late Bill Haas, Tory Windley, Ray Jensen, Dick Scharff, Nancy Tregoe, Ron Santi, Gail Hankins, Dolly Prenzel, and Jerry Evans to mention a few. There are many others of course, which span years of service to our Association. At one time, we all were "young professionals" learning about Higher Ed procurement, meeting people, some of whom have become life-long friends. Our profession has come a long way since the first Bert C. Ahrens Award was presented to its namesake Bert Ahrens and to Jim Ritterskamp.

Carol Barnhill then called out this year's recipient's name "On behalf of NAEP, I am pleased to recognize and present John Klopp the Bert C. Ahrens Award." It didn't sink in at first until someone at the table I was sitting, patted me on the back and congratulated me. Stunned in disbelief, my heart pounding and hands shaking as Carol Barnhill and NAEP's Jackie Harget presented me with what seemed to be 20 pounds of leaded crystal and black marble. It is a heavy award physically and emotionally and I had to set it down or I knew I'd drop and break it. There's an expectation from those in attendance at these award events, that the recipient say a few words and the words just didn't materialize for me as quickly as I thought they might. What does one say on such an occasion? The mind races searching for the right words to say. While I can't remember fully what I eventually said, I'm told it was very meaningful and most appropriate.

In retrospect, after all is said and done and the 2010 NAEP Annual Meeting becomes a fond memory for those who were in attendance, I'd just like to say, thank you for this recognition. And I'd like to thank you to all of those fine past NAEP leaders and Members that held a lantern aloft for the rest of us to help see our way, who in their own time blazed new pathways for the rest of us to follow, who spoke and wrote so eloquently for the rest of us to hear and be inspired to find our own voice, and who allowed many of us to take their hands and balance ourselves on their shoulders to see the possibilities the future could bring just over the horizon.

The Members of this wonderful Association are like the Farmers who tend their land. The land is not the Farmer's. The Farmer is just the caretaker who provides the stewardship and passes on his/her best efforts in hopes the next generation takes that fertile ground and does even better things because of someone's past efforts.

NAEP's Bert C. Ahrens Award affirms that what one person may have provided by example may be an inspiration for others that follow. I am humbled to be recognized and in included in this group of distinguished past recipients. As our colleague Brian Yeoman so often says, let's all of us "continue to do great things".

Member Spotlight

Ralph Sampson joined the University of Michigan's Procurement Services group last May after 24-years as a procurement professional at Chrysler. At the University of Michigan, he is the lead Procurement Agent for Housing Operations, Parking & Transportation, University Health Services, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Institute for Social Research. What he loves about procurement at UM are the intriguing and varied projects for which he procures services & equipment and the outstanding people associated with the university.

Solving the question, "Where in Colorado are Betty and Charlene?" was pretty easy. One of his team members figured out the location and shared the answer with the whole procurement team so they could all try to win free registration to NAEP’s 2010 Annual Meeting. This is a perfect example of how everyone in our UM Procurement Services team helps one another. Ralph feels very fortunate for the opportunity to attend this year’s meeting and expects to bring back some useful information to share with his colleagues.

Member Spotlight: Karen Walls—First Winner of the Where in Colorado are Betty and Charlene? Contest!

NAEP's Annual Meeting is the procurement event of the year and our 89th Annual Meeting will not be any different!  Our theme for our March 21 -24, 2010 meeting is Procurement with Altitude and is not a program that anyone in procurement will want to miss!  Because we are so excited about this program, our National Office has teamed up with our Host Committee Chairpersons, Charlene Lydick and Betty Heimansohn of the University of Colorado to help get four of our Members into our conference in Denver, Colorado and all you'll have to do is get there as we are covering the cost of your full registration to the event!

So how was it that Karen Walls, CPPB, a Buyer at the University of Arkansas and first time attendee won our first of four free registrations?  She was able to tell us that the big blue bear was looking into the Colorado Convention Center.  To learn more about this opportunity and your chance at one of the remaining three FREE registrations, click HERE

Congratulations to Karen; we can't wait to see you by the big blue bear in March!!

Member Spotlight

Most people think that since ISM is phasing out the C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager) certification and replacing it with the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) no one out there in NAEP-land is still studying and testing for the C.P.M.  Those folks would be wrong.  There are many who are fighting the December 31st last-chance date and are trying to complete the testing process.  And because of this deadline, their knowledge of the nuances of the C.P.M. tests, and their understanding of the difficulty of getting through the testing process, the Musketeers have been busy doing what they do best – Mentoring these late bloomers.

Most people think that since ISM is phasing out the C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager) certification and replacing it with the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) no one out there in NAEP-land is still studying and testing for the C.P.M.  Those folks would be wrong.  There are many who are fighting the December 31 last-chance date and are trying to complete the testing process.  And because of this deadline, their knowledge of the nuances of the C.P.M. tests, and their understanding of the difficulty of getting through the testing process, the Musketeers have been busy doing what they do best – Mentoring these late bloomers.

The Musketeers group, as previously noted, was formed by five ladies who met for the first time at the C.P.M. Exam Preparation Pre-Conference Workshop prior to the 2007 NAEP Annual Conference in San Jose, CA.  As Musketeer Bette Gilliland, C.P.M., Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Alaska has said, “The most profound result of my decision to attend the Study Group was meeting a group of awesome women and Bob Ashby, who became our mentor and teacher. The women were all on their own road to certification and we were all there for the same reason - to learn. Bob was there to teach.  The stars were aligned and the Musketeers were born (again).”

But “why” were the Musketeers even formed?  After all, there were vast differences in how each traveled the road to becoming certified as a C.P.M.  And those roads, traveled alone and filled with blood, sweat and tears, had been bumpy for most of them.  So bumpy, in fact, that some of them were ready to throw in the towel and give up on achieving their dream.  In fact, Musketeer Mary Bacci, C.P.M., MIT, admitted “I sent an e-mail to the group, telling them that I did not pay my Module III test and that I was ready to throw in the towel.  These women rallied around me and would not let me give up on myself.  Without the support of the Musketeers, I’m not sure that I would have reached my goal.”  She captured the essence of why the Musketeer group was formed, i.e., they realized what all good teams eventually realize: they might fail individually but together nothing could defeat them.

But there have been even greater rewards for the Musketeers, yes, even greater than all five of them obtaining their C.P.M.s.  As Musketeer Kathy Crilly, C.P.M., Soka University, CA said, “The common thread and most important component in this group has been our unity, support, companion and the unwavering respect that we have found in each other. This collaborative adventure has taken us from a one day C.P.M. Exam Workshop in San Jose to a lifelong commitment of friendship and support for each other.  Our Musketeers motto was – and is – ‘All for One and One for All’.”

That the rewards were even greater than obtaining their C.P.M. was echoed by Musketeer Paula Taylor, C.P.M. University of Maine System, who said, “What is most important to me now is that I convey to anyone who will listen how fortunate I have become professionally and personally by agreeing in San Jose to band together with this energetic and dedicated group of Musketeers and Mentor Bob Ashby.”  She went on to say that “Today, the challenge of obtaining ‘the three little letters’ to add behind my name is over and the importance of the certification has since lessened.  That is not to say that the certification is now not important to me, but merely that when I finally reached my goal and obtained the designation, I realized that I had gained so much more than the C.P.M.”

What have the Musketeers learned and what have they been doing with this knowledge?  As noted, first and foremost they realized that they had to help each other and that they then had to help others outside their initial group.  Musketeer Katya Rodriquez, C.P.M., UCLA, appreciated the groups pushing, prodding and helping each other.  She noted that “They kept helping me study, clarifying questions and cheering for me.  This was a great experience being able to interact with people from Alaska, Massachusetts, three cities in Southern California, and our coach Bob from Las Vegas.” 

But here is where the Musketeers story really gets good.  They must have read the NAEP Mission Statement that says, “The mission of the National Association of Educational Procurement is to facilitate the development, exchange and practice of effective and ethical procurement principles and techniques within higher education and associated communities, through continuing education, networking, public information and advocacy.”  Ah, “networking” and “advocacy”.  That defines the Musketeers.

As Musketeer Paula noted, “More importantly than the book knowledge and experiences that I learned during the certification process I learned that I can now draw upon that knowledge and experience and give back.  So, given our familiar and collective mindset we decided to continue to 'pay it forward' and each of us has since joined in smaller sub-groups to keep the positive energy flowing toward the final finish for others.  Always, all for one and one for all!"

Musketeer Mary echoed that, saying, “The group is still working together to pay it forward and help others achieve their goals”.  She then added that, “No two folks are alike – but, again, the ones who succeed are the ones who do it as a team.”  And they have definitely been paying it forward as a team.

How are they doing that?”?  Musketeer Kathy, as have the others, has displayed this attitude by sharing her notes, textbooks, and other Sample Exams she found.  Most importantly, though, has been her constant encouragement to those she refers to as “each new Musketeer who has ventured on the journey to certification”.  She and her sister Musketeers offer not just exam-related help but, more importantly, they offer encouragement.  As Kathy says, we remind them that “If you fail, try again; never give up on your dream; and always pay it forward!”  And for those sitting on the fence and unsure if they can do this whole process, she offers the advice of opera star Beverly Sills, “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.”

Has their pay it forward philosophy and All for One and One for All motto helped any NAEP-ers obtain their professional certification?  Absolutely!  As Musketeer Bette says, “What I have found was that when a group of individuals join together to achieve a common goal the results are phenomenal.”  By Mentoring as a group they have not only helped dozens of folks become Musketeers, their genuine enthusiasm and desire to help others have encouraged those folks to mentor even others.  As Musketeer Katya says, “Suddenly we have this big group of people working all over the U.S. on their certification.”  And, I might add, contributing mightily to the mission of NAEP.

And the crown jewel in the Musketeers program?  Based on the success of the Musketeers, NAEP has developed the Mentor of the Year Award.  Why?  Because being a Musketeer means that you pay it forward by mentoring another.  I encourage all of you to go to the NAEP website and look up the criteria for winning the Mentor of the Year Award – and then go to work trying to win it.  Here are just five of the nine criteria: 

  • The nominee passes on his/her learned experience and knowledge.
  • The nominee continuously promotes a sense of camaraderie within the profession, promotes team spirit within the Member's department, and facilitates positive communications.
  • The nominee inspires the Member to achieve professional goals and provides valuable assistance to the Member in achieving those goals.
  • The nominee is the go-to person for answers to especially vexing problems.
  • The nominee will be the person the Member remembers when someone asks the Member how he or she got started in purchasing.

In summary, the Musketeers succeeded by sticking together.  They are still going strong and helping others in their quest to obtain a professional certification. Their ranks have grown with new people joining the group and working to obtain their certification, too.  And those folks are mentoring even others.  The Musketeers motto, “All for One and One for All”, isn’t just a group of words; it is what they stand for. Those who have passed and earned their certification now “Pay it forward” by helping others gain their certification – and become Musketeers. 

Feel free to contact any of the Musketeers or find a group of people already in the process of studying and join together. The results will astound you.

Front row, Left to Right-Donna Sturdevant, Terri Locher / Back row, Left to Right-Terry Tzitzis, Troy Caswell, Dick Warden, Mark Stacy / Missing from photo -Bonni Brennan
Upstate NY Region is Dedicated to Promoting Professionalism in Procurement

In the Spring of 2008, a Membership Initiative and Drive Plan was formed to increase Upstate New York’s efforts.  The initiative includes a 5 year program plan with a primary goal of reaching 4 year non-member colleges and those who were Members previously but did not renew.  Outreach to these two groups is made through letters, e-mail, and cold calls.  The region’s current Membership Committee includes Bonni Brennan-SUNY Binghamton; Elliote Simpson-RIT; Glen Cline-SUNY Alfred; and Donna Sturdevant-Alfred University.

Their second goal is to reach the 2 year colleges who are not Members.  Outreach to non-members includes providing one (1) free conference registration to area Community Colleges near the conference location.  This effort has been successfully in place for the past three years.

The region’s third goal is to contact the K-12 schools who may be interested in joining NAEP.

We are reaching our current Membership through direct updates using the regional website with current Member news, Member pages highlighting Member benefits, links to the National website, and training at our regional conferences.  The region also took advantage of the National NAEP free web-hosting (available to all the regions) and moved our domain to their host, creating a new, attractive, user friendly website for the Upstate NY Region.

Currently, Upstate New York is developing a survey to find out what Member schools need the organization to provide.  They continually monitor and update efforts, looking for ways to further outreach, and identify new ways using the website and other tools supplied by National.

The Membership Committee is devoted to maximizing Regional Membership by keeping current with the Membership role, knowing who their current Members are, and where they need to apply the most effort. Ongoing communication with the National Office ensures the region is maximizing their Membership efforts.

Congratulations, Upstate New York, on implementing such a successful plan! 

Member Spotlight: Valerie McArdle, C.P.M., LEED AP

Valerie McArdle, C.P.M., Cooley Law School Purchasing Manager, was awarded the LEED AP certification in June. The LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) designation signifies in-depth knowledge of sustainable green building and development practices. The certification is awarded through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national organization dedicated to expanding sustainable building practices and education. Well-deserved, Valerie!

Cooley Purchasing Manager Earns LEED AP Certification

Cooley Law School Purchasing Manager Valerie McArdle, C.P.M., was awarded the LEED AP certification in June. The LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) designation signifies in-depth knowledge of sustainable green building and development practices. The certification is awarded through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national organization dedicated to expanding sustainable building practices and education.

McArdle, of East Lansing, participated in instruction and passed a comprehensive exam to earn the certification.

Cooley Law School is the largest law school in the country. Founded in 1972, it operates J.D. programs across Michigan in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Today, Cooley Law School has more than 13,000 graduates across the nation and worldwide and also offers joint degree and master of laws programs. Cooley offers enrollment three times a year; in January, May and September. Additional information about Cooley can be found at

Member Spotlight: Madoka Yoshino, Sustainability Intern at Indiana University Procurement Department
MPA/MSES Candidate at Indiana University Bloomington School of Public & Environmental Affairs
Student Assistant for Japanese Materials at Indiana University Libraries East Asian Collection

Madoka Yoshino is a Fulbright Grantee from Japan pursuing Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Environmental Science degrees at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, Indiana. Her study concentrations are Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management and Water Resources. Madoka received her Master of Agriculture (2007) and Bachelor of Agriculture (2005) from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. She conducted research in Malaysia and Japan analyzing trace organic pollutants in the waters for her thesis. She has been active in environmental, water, and intercultural volunteer works and internships for the past eight years. Following the 2008 summer internship at the United Nations Headquarter, this summer Madoka is working on developing Indiana University's Sustainable Procurement guide and website to reflect a campus-wide effort towards sustainability by supporting the use of local, organic, and environmentally friendly products. She has also been working as a student assistant for Japanese materials at Indiana University Libraries East Asian Collection. She researches and recommends books and periodicals to be acquired; updates collection's website for improved accessibility; and assists patrons on utilizing the collection. Aside from her study on environmental management at SPEA, she enjoys singing with the International Vocal Ensemble of Indiana University Jacob School of Music.

How would the NAEP Student Membership help in your internship?
I wish to contribute towards sustainability at Indiana University through 1) improving the visibility of efforts made by the purchasing department and 2) increasing the incentives for the IU community to purchase with better knowledge and awareness.

As I work on developing the Sustainable Procurement Guide and website for Indiana University community, information collection is essential. Resources that I will have access to as a Student Member of NAEP will help me conduct this research efficiently. There are more and more vendors and educational, public and private institutions interested in "greening" their organization and products. Information exchange and learning from other institutions about their sustainable procurement projects will certainly help us in developing our own guidelines and resource materials. Potential cooperation opportunities exist with other institutions of higher education. Together, we may have the power to utilize "sustainable" or "green" products at comparable prices without compromising on their product qualities. This will not only reinforce connections and joint efforts among institutions through NAEP but also lead to achieving our goal on moving towards a sustainable campus.

Member Spotlight: Mike Ring, Volunteer, to Support Membership Campaign

Mike Ring, Facilities Management Buyer at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, has stepped up to volunteer his time as an NAEP Membership Volunteer. As such, Mike will support the National Office staff in Membership recruitment and retention. He will also be available to assist new Members through NAEP's New Member Benefits & Career Guide, an online orientation handbook to help Members gain the most from their NAEP connections.

Upon request from a region, Shaunte' Shelton, NAEP's Membership Administrator, will provide Mike with updated lists on lapsed Memberships within that region, as well as the names of institutions who are not yet NAEP Members. Mike will then pursue these leads to invite lapsed Members to renew and to solicit new Members.

Mike will coordinate his work with Shaunte' at the National Office in Baltimore and with the NAEP Membership Committee (also volunteers) who are presently setting up the strategic plans for this initiative.

Mike Ring has been at Arkansas State University or seventeen years and has been active in NAEP for the past ten years within the TOAL Region working at his regional meetings as moderator, on committees, at registration desk and all-around volunteer. Most recently, he served on the Host Committee for the 2008 annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Mike authored an article for the NAEP Purchasing Link (September 2008) on the value of volunteerism and his son, currently serving in the military. Mike would like to see more Members volunteering and says, "You get so much more fun when you get involved instead of just sitting back watching." He thinks of his colleagues in the TOAL Region as being "like family-and you just help out your family."