NAEP Pulse
Professional Development
By Vanessa Wong, Executive Director of Procurement & Solutions, University of California San Francisco Supply Chain Management

A recent trend of rising "supplier imposter" fraud cases targeting universities was observed particularly in areas of construction and high tech industries. Scammers who target these groups are primarily motivated by financial gain. Regardless of their level of sophistication, these scammers appear to be extremely organized and methodical in planning and executing their scams; and have proven to be successful in their efforts. Financial loss to higher education institutions has approached in the millions from a single occurrence so this is an extremely serious issue across the country.
Contract Management, Leadership & Strategic Planning, Analytics, Supply Chain Management, Talent Management... These are just some of the educational session categories planned for the national meeting in Orlando this April. The full program complete with session detail is now available for your review as you consider your professional development for 2018.
Finish this year and start the next one with a big dose of professional development. In-person events and webinars are on the schedule in December and the first quarter of 2018.
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Tax reform is being debated in Congress now and it may have significant impact on higher education, which will ultimately impact procurement. The Chief Business Officers on our campuses are concerned. NACUBO has developed resources including background information and talking points.

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'Tis the season to celebrate the accomplishments of you and your coworkers. Nominate yourself or a colleague for a national award from NAEP. Outstanding service to your school or to your profession deserves to be recognized.
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Supplier Diversity
From our friends at Insights Into Diversity, read on to learn about James Madison's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
NAEP Exchange Question of the Month
  
Our featured question this month asks about printing and fulfillment services. Log into the NAEP website to add your input to the discussion.
Sustainability
Chemistry is not typically perceived as sustainable and is not prominent (or sometimes even present) in sustainability initiatives. Read on to learn more about the advocacy work that allows chemistry and chemistry departments to have a place at the table when it comes to campus sustainability initiatives.