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Information Systems Honor Society Inducts Members

On Tuesday, April 25, the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society inducted 23 members into its recently reactivated inaugural class. The University of Arkansas Upsilon Alpha Chapter initiates are:

  • Juniors: Emily Cook, Rae McCarrick, and Stuart Welsch
  • Seniors: Mason Cain, Hannah Huber, Paige Ooton, Sebastian Salonen, Candida Xoumphonephackdy, and Michael York
  • Graduate: Brian Bopp, Timothy Broadaway, Miranda Corwin, Joshua Deshazer, Ashwin Dsouza, Peiwen Duan, Srinivasa Niharika Bhargavi Kavuri, Neels Kulshrestha, Nickalas Lenz, Blake Malpass, Trishala Patne, Terrill Standifer, and Rekha Swaminathan
  • Honorary: David Douglas, Ph.D.

Alpha Iota Delta is the international honor society, formed in 1971 by members of the Decision Sciences Institute, for decision sciences and information systems. The purposes of the honor society are threefold:

  • To confer distinction for academic excellence in the decision sciences and information systems,
  • To promote the infusion of the functional and behavioral areas of administration with the tools, concepts, and methodologies of the decision sciences and information systems, and
  • To promote interest in the disciplines of decision sciences and information systems.

To be eligible for induction, undergraduate students must have:

  • Completed four or more courses in analytics, decision sciences, information systems, or supply chain management.
  • Completed four semesters of college work.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Evidence of service to institution and/or community.
  • High ethical and moral ideals.

Graduate students must have met the same criteria as undergraduate students while also obtaining and maintaining a minimum 4.0 GPA.

Paul Cronan and Susan Bristow officiated the induction ceremony. Cronan, who holds the M.D. Matthews Chair in Information Systems, is the incumbent president of the Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society. Bristow, assistant department chair in the Department of Information Systems, serves as the faculty adviser for the chapter. This was the inaugural induction ceremony for the recently reactivated Upsilon Alpha Chapter. Cronan presented the chapter with a foundation plaque on behalf of the Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society.

David Douglas, who holds the Walton Professorship in Information Systems, was inducted as an honorary member of the chapter in recognition of his service to the University of Arkansas and to the profession of information systems.

Contact faculty adviser Susan Bristow at SBristow@walton.uark.edu if you would like more information about the Upsilon Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Iota Delta International Honor Society.

ITRI Hosts IT Day for Northeast Arkansas High School Students

The Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, hosted its first IT Day for Students in Arkansas’s Delta region at Newport High School. More than 115 9th through 12th grade students from Newport, Bradford, Tuckerman and Cedar Ridge attended the event held March 3.

The day focused on opportunities in the field of information technology. Students participated in activities that highlighted job types, job descriptions, and salaries, as well as activities to build leadership skills. They also heard from currently information technology professionals about what it is like to work in the field. Included in the event was a Q&A session with a panel of information technology executives.

“It was inspirational to expose high school students in Northeast Arkansas about lucrative career options in the field of information technology,” said Eric Bradford, managing director of the Information Technology Research Institute. “I loved seeing their bright minds latch on to new ideas and begin to think about future opportunities for themselves.”

Entrepreneur Rick Boosey, founder of Kyya Chocolate, served as the keynote speaker and encouraged students to follow their passion by doing something they love. Boosey also shared the value of giving and how thinking differently or finding a niche can help you be successful.

Other professionals were on hand to explain the college admissions process, degree options, personal attitude and branding. Guest speakers included Rob Burgess, assistant to the dean and master instructor of computer networking technology at Arkansas State University Newport; Autumn Parker, associate director of undergraduate programs at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas; Adrain Smith, director of the strengths based initiative of the Multicultural Center at the University of Arkansas; Synetra Hughes, director of student programs, Center for Retailing Excellence, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas.

The event was sponsored by The Joe and Helen Harris Educational Foundation and the Newport Economic Development Commission in partnership with ITRI board member companies.

For more information, visit itri.uark.edu/it-day-for-students.php.

Venkatesh Honored as Fellow by Association of Information Systems

Viswanath Venkatesh, distinguished professor in the Department of Information Systems and holder of the George and Boyce Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been recognized with two major honors by the Association for Information Systems. Continue reading Venkatesh Honored as Fellow by Association of Information Systems

Walton College Institute Hosts IT Showcase

What is IT?

The Information Technology Research Institute in the Sam M. Walton College of Business will help answer this question by hosting an Information Technology Showcase where current University of Arkansas students can learn about the field, meet information technology leaders and be entered to win lunch with executives. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Willard J. Walker Hall atrium. All students are welcome.

Tables will feature professionals by job type. Representatives from Arvest, Teradata, Walmart and others will be on hand to answer questions about information technology careers such as business analyst, IT manager, database administrator, data analyst, programmer, developer or information security analyst. Professionals will answer questions regarding which degrees are needed for various careers.

Students are encouraged to visit all the tables, get an IT Showcase card stamped and be entered for a chance to win lunch with executives. Winners will be announced on the institute’s Facebook page and contacted via email.

No RSVP is required. IT Showcase cards must be complete to be entered for the drawing. For more information, contact Elizabeth McCorcle at 479-575-4261 or at emccorcle@walton.uark.edu.

Institute Accepting Applications for Computing Award

The Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, an Academic Alliance member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, is accepting applications from female high school students for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

2015-2016 Aspiration in Computing Award winners.
Eric Bradford, managing director of the ITRI, stands with the 2015-2016 Arkansas and Northeastern Oklahoma Affiliate Aspiration in Computing Award winners.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging women’s participation in the field of technology. The award honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology and encourages them to pursue their passions.

Applicants are entered into both the affiliate and national competitions. Affiliate award winners receive an plaque for themselves and their school, scholarship funds if they attend the University of Arkansas and major in information systems or computer science computer engineering, and internship and networking opportunities.

To be eligible, applicants must be female students in grades 9 through 12, must attend a high school in the United States, its territories or military bases, hold a U.S. tax identification or Social Security number, and have no familial relationships with employees, contractors or board members of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

The application deadline is Nov. 7. To learn more and apply, visit http://itri.uark.edu/ncwit_aspiration_in_computing.php

Awardeees will be recognized Tuesday, April 11, as part of the 2017 Women in Information Technology Conference.

To find out information about the national program, visit http://bit.ly/AiCHSAward.

The Information Technology Research Institute is an interdisciplinary unit for research within the Walton College. The mission of the center is to advance the state of research and practice in the development and use of information technology for enhancing the performance of individuals and organizations; provide a forum for multi-disciplinary work on issues related to information technology; promote student interest in the study of information technology; and facilitate the exchange of information between the academic and business communities.

Information Technology Students Receive Insight from Industry Executives

The Information Technology Research Institute, an outreach center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, hosted executive forums on Sept. 14-15 for high school and college students interested in the field of information technology.

Information technology executives from Tyson Foods Inc., the state of Arkansas’ Department of Information Systems, Walmart, Arvest Bank Operations, Acxiom, ConocoPhillips, FedEx, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, Teradata and Movista were on hand to answer questions about appropriate academic classes, desired skills and information technology trends and to offer career tips.

Rajiv Sabherwal moderates the Executive Forum.
Rajiv Sabherwal, chair of the information systems department, moderated the technology panel while Eric Bradford, managing director of ITRI, managed the event.

More than 250 high school students from across Arkansas attended the forum on Sept. 15. Their questions addressed issues ranging from Windows 10 deployment, data breaches, hiring tips and developing information technology talent. Panelists provided multiple responses, each from their unique perspective. View this event at http://bit.ly/2dtpGAk. The forum was moderated by Rajiv Sabherwal, chair of the Walton College Department of Information Systems.

Some 80 University of Arkansas students attended the forum on Sept. 14.  Susan Bristow, clinical assistant professor of the information systems department, moderated the question and answer session. Students inquired about academic studies, interview preparation and career options. After responding to questions, members of the panel talked to students individually.

The Information Technology Research Institute is committed to promoting student interest in the study of information technology and facilitating the interaction between potential employees and its board of advisers. The executive forums for high school students and college students are just two events the institute hosts to accomplish this goal.

To learn more about the Information Technology Research Institute, visit itri.uark.edu.

Institute Hosts IT Executive Forum for Students

The Information Technology Research Institute will present an IT Executive Forum for college students Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development auditorium at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.

During the event, students can ask seasoned information technology professionals questions regarding careers, academic guidance and skills needed in the field of technology. Executives from Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., Tyson Foods, Acxiom, FedEx, Hewlett Packard and more will be on hand to share their experience and advice regarding information technology.

The event is open to all University of Arkansas students.

Seating is limited to 300 students. Register today. For more information, visit the Information Technology Research Institute.

Campers Learn Technology Opportunities at Walton

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Twelve high school students from groups underrepresented in technology fields got the opportunity to learn about career opportunities open to them during the 17th Technology Awareness Program at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

The Information Technology Research Institute, the Walton College Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Information Systems hosted the 12 students for a week-long residential camp June 19-24.

“It is vital that technology fields include minorities and women,” said Eric Bradford, managing director of the institute. “Research shows that diversity helps drive innovation, which in turn shapes the future of technology.”

Campers lived in a dorm, ate at Brough Commons dining hall, and met faculty and staff while on campus. Students participated in an information technology project, researched topics at Mullins Library and presented their findings as part of a closing ceremony. Walton College staff discussed with students the potential salaries of technology professionals and how the students can apply for admission to the University of Arkansas.

Campers toured the information systems department at Walmart headquarters to learn more about technology's role in business.
Campers toured the information systems department at Walmart headquarters to learn more about technology’s role in business.

Campers also heard from professionals representing Dillard’s, Acxiom, Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. and Arvest Bank regarding how those companies use technology daily. Students toured Walmart’s information systems department to see professionals in action.

“These young people came here ready to learn,” said Barbara Lofton, director of Diversity Programs at Walton College. “Based on their research and final presentations, each student would be a welcome addition to any occupation in the field of technology and to the university.”

The camp culminated with three student teams presenting business cases, reflecting how technology could resolve common issues. The lessons learned were summed up by one camper’s parent.

“It was one of the most incredible displays of coaching, mentoring and teaching that I have seen in a long time,” said Denisho Coleman Sr., an alumnus of the University of Arkansas. “To see those students present subject matter in the order and depth in the short period of time afforded was very emotional to me –- in particular the SWOT analysis, which is a mainstay for how we justify corporate capital expenditures as a routine part of how we do our jobs.”

To attend the camp, participants must hold a 3.0 GPA, submit three essays and be a rising high school junior or senior. The camp was made possible by the Information Technology Research Institute board members: ArcBest Technologies, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arkansas Department of Information Systems, Arvest Bank Group, ConocoPhillips, Dillard’s, Inc., FedEx Services, Hewlett Packard, InContext Solutions, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Movista, Phillips 66, Teradata, Tyson Foods and Walmart.