Cara Shimon 2012 Outstanding Senior

Shimon named 2012 College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate

Cara Shimon is the 2012 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Business Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Shimon, who graduated magna cum laude from the university in December 2011, was selected by the business faculty and staff for the award from a pool of students who graduated in August 2011 and December 2011, and who will graduate in May 2012.

Shimon will be recognized by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, Foundation and the University Center's Office of Activities, Involvement and Leadership at the 2012 University Student Excellence Awards reception, Wednesday, May 2 .

Shimon is an optimized operations supply chain analyst for 3M in Alexandria, MN. In this position, she manages $4 million of monthly inventory, schedules production, procures raw materials, and assists in product scale-up projects and new product introductions. She is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and is pursing APICS certification in production and inventory management.

Meet Cara Shimon, 2012 College of Business Outstanding Senior

"Cara Shimon was one of those students who was involved in everything," said Theresa Wells, UW-Eau Claire senior lecturer of management. Wells taught many of Shimon's operations management classes. Wells also advised the UW-Eau Claire student chapter of APICS, an operations management organization that Shimon was actively involved in.

"Not only did Cara excel in the classroom, at her internship and through her involvement in multiple student groups, but she also is a warm, caring woman," continued Wells. "Cara makes me proud to be a Blugold."

Shimon held leadership roles in APICS, Alpha Xi Delta, and DECA. She was a resident assistant for Housing and Residence Life, a campus ambassador for Admissions, and a student building manager for Davies Center. She participated in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an alternative spring break trip for UW-Eau Claire students, and she studied at Ajou University in South Korea. In the summer of 2011, Shimon was hired as a production supervisor intern by Hormel Foods in Austin, MN. During her internship, she managed 20 employees, scheduled production, helped coordinate transportation schedules, and validated inventory levels.

Shimon also was the lead tour intern for the university's Blugold Beginnings, a pre-collegiate program for low-income/racially diverse elementary, middle school and high school students living in the Eau Claire area. In this position, she hired and trained interns, site coordinators, and over 150 college student mentors; and co-planned and co-directed the 5th Grade Campus Tour, an event that brings 1,500 visitors to campus each year. In addition, Shimon and two other students assessed the effectiveness of the Blugold Beginnings program as part of a student-faculty collaborative research project. They presented their findings at the university's 2011 Annual Student Research Day.

For her many accomplishments, Shimon was named the December 2011 UW-Eau Claire Outstanding Management Major by the UW-Eau Claire management faculty. She also was selected to deliver the student "Reflection" speech at the December 2011 morning commencement ceremony. An interview with Shimon and a copy of her speech can be found at

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