The University Record, October 31, 1994

Symposium on working with minority vendors is Nov. 9

A symposium on using minority- and women-owned businesses and those classified under the Americans with Disabilities Act will be held 8:30–10:30 a.m. Nov. 9 in the Michigan Room, Michigan League.

The purpose of the symposium is “to help direct more procurement efforts to vendors who are classified under the designation ‘diversity,’ ” says Philip M. Abruzzi, director of Purchasing, Stores and Auxiliary Services.

“This can be accomplished by understanding the problems those vendors face and how the University can help in the solutions and successes of the vendors.”

Speakers, in addition to Abruzzi, include Vincent Dent, director, Minority Technology Council of Michigan; Wallace Williams, director, Minority Business Services, Business and Industrial Division, School of Business Administration; Lester Monts, vice provost for academic and multicultural affairs; William Krumm, associate vice president for business operations; and diversity vendors Robert Nasierowski of Courtesy Sanitary Supply Inc., Coleman Sudduth of Colfam Associates, and Linda Lutz of Mager Scientific Inc.

Richard Throne, purchasing manager and minority vendor coordinator, and Oliver Bollar, purchasing agent, will offer concluding remarks.

For information, contact Judy Gerl at 763-9890 or via e-mail to