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Date: 11/6/2023
Subject: Utah Chapter of NIGP November Newsletter
From: Utah Chapter of NIGP

Dear NIGP Utah Chapter Members,

As the year comes and my term as President of our chapter comes to and end.  I would like to thank all the chapter members for their dedication to our organization.  Our chapter was awarded the operation award at Forum this year and we also received Gold status.  You, the members made this possible.  

Our final Chapter meeting for 2023 will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023 for in person attendees Jordan School District Auxiliary Service.


Main Entrance 'C' - Middle door on the WEST side of the building 
Room C100 
7905 Redwood Road
West Jordan UT 84088

Registration for the event can be done from our website,  There will also be a virtual option.  We will be meeting from 9:00 to 12:00 with lunch to follow for in person attendees. Melynda Thorpe will be presenting on two topics, Leadership Means Lifting those Around You and Boost Your Resume- Staying relevant in your career through Ongoing Learning.  Learn more about our guest speaker, Melynda Thorpe, below.
Melynda Thorpe serves as executive director of community and workforce development at Southern Utah University. Dedicated to establishing relevant, equitable, and innovative spaces in higher education for adult learners and working professionals, Melynda advocates for all who desire to thrive in their careers. She is a doctoral student of adult learning and leadership at Kansas State University. Her research explores the social phenomena and intersection between professional education and personal empowerment.

We currently have two opening to service our Chapter in leadership roles.  We are still seeking a member to service as the Vice President and as a Director.  Please reach out to me or any other board member if you are interested in service.

Alyssha Roseman: has volunteered to service as Communication Chair.    
I am a Purchasing Agent for the Utah State Board of Education. I have been in public procurement for just over 10 years. In 2016, I earned the CPPB certification from UPPCC and currently I am working towards the CPP certification through NIGP. In 2019, I completed my educational goal of earning a Master of Business Administration from Utah Valley University. Now the fun part, my family’s moto is work hard to play hard and that is exactly what we do. Some of my favorite things to do, which are all outdoors: boating, especially to Lake Powell, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping and spending time in our RZRs. Another place you will catch me often is taking my 8-year-old little girl to Disneyland. I would love this opportunity to serve as the Communications Chair for our local, Utah Chapter of NIGP.

You may have heard that one of our Chapter Members, Colette Brown is teaching a procurement course at Southern Utah University.  Here is some addition information about this course. 

A great opportunity to expound your public procurement knowledge is available through our very own, Southern Utah University. “Essentials, Methods, & Management” is an online, asynchronous class, available to everyone which cover all aspects of purchasing in the public procurement arena. 

This course is designed for those who work in purchasing wanting to strengthen their understanding of policies that govern how purchasing is done and when public funds may be utilized. 

Those who work in private purchasing positions, or those looking to explore a career in purchasing, may also be interested in learning the essential information to be successful in this interesting career path.

Either way, it will also help provide education hours (48 for CPPB and 90 for NIGP-CPP) to extend an individual’s certification and/or meeting eligibility requirements. 

Participants can Choose from two participation options (ranging from $399 - $749):

Procurement Essentials, Methods & Management - successful completion earns three Continuing Education Units (CEU). 
Procurement Essentials, Methods & Management Fast Track - successful completion earns three credits that may transfer into associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs at Southern Utah University.

It is a nine-week course with reading assignments, quizzes, tests, discussions, and more to help apply the various concepts which help govern public procurement. The Spring semester is from February 12, 2024 through April 12, 2024 to help those preparing to take the NIGP-CPP or CPPB through UPPCC. 

Please reach out to Colette Brown at with any questions. 

The Board is excited to announce the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship to help cover the cost of this course.  More information about the scholarship to follow. 

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our site recently, please take sometime in the near future to logon and renew your membership for 2024.

With Gratitude,
Hamer Reiser, President.  

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