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Purchasing’s Bishop Choosen by Peers

Kathy Bishop

Cathy Bishop, a Buyer III in Purchasing, was named by her coworkers in Purchasing, the Print Shop, the Departmental Copier Program, Shipping and Receiving and Property recently as employee of the month.

Bishop, who joined the university in November 1991 in a temporary position before being hired permanently in the Purchasing Department in March 1992, was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union which was renamed Cathy Bishop Lane for the month.

President F. King Alexander thanked Bishop for taking on more and more responsibility while remaining cheerful and professional. “She always helps out when someone needs a hand,” he said. “Cathy is a person with a smile who can be depended on to have the answer or to know where to get it.”

Bishop felt honored to be named employee of the month.

“I feel very touched and appreciate those who took time out of their busy day to share the moment with me,” said the Westminster resident. “This is a wonderful place and I love working here.”

Bishop began her career as a Buyer I, worked as a Buyer II for several years and rose to the position of Buyer III in July. Her responsibilities run the gamut from common purchasing and processing complex public works projects to processing affiliation agreements.

“Affiliation agreements are what make it possible for CSULB students in allied and non-allied health programs to serve as interns out in the community as part of their graduation requirements,” she explained. “These agreements make sure that our students and the university are covered by worker’s compensation and professional general liability insurance (malpractice). A simple three-page agreement we send out for various disciplines such as nursing, physical therapy, social work and speech pathology are what we need to have signed but there are facilities that have hang-ups about signing and sending back a 20-to-30-page agreement. It can be sticky and time-consuming but I feel good being able to help our students. If there is anything I can do to help them complete their education, I am glad to do it.”

Along the way, Bishop trained to be an Apprentice Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) through the Institute of Supply Management and has the full support of the manager and director of purchasing.

“The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) is a full certification and I am halfway there,” she said. “I want to thank the department for its support of my training. This is wonderful.”

Her new responsibilities as a Buyer III include meeting new people. “Most of my customers in past years have been internal users and suppliers but now I’m working with different professions and departments and outside facilities such as local hospitals, clinics and school districts,” she said. “I’m enjoying my new responsibilities.”

When she isn’t working at CSULB, Bishop enjoys traveling with her husband Troy. They have been married for 17 years and have many common interests such as dirt biking, traveling to exotic places, entertaining family and friends and shopping. Bishop can be found at a spinning class or running on her lunch hour at Frogs as an avid exercise enthusiast.

“I’m glad I chose CSULB,” she said. “I love the energy I find here on campus and I always enjoy the students’ sense of fashion and style. It’s always fun to see what everyone is wearing. There is nothing like working at CSULB.”

Bishop received several gifts with her recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $25 gift certificate for Buono’s Pizzeria, a gift certificate for one full-service car wash at Circle Marina, a gift certificate for a cruise for two from Gondola Getaway and a coupon for two Burger King Whoppers.