Twenty-eight high school students from underrepresented groups attended the 18th Technology Awareness Program, a weeklong residential camp that brought to life the many opportunities in technology. Continue reading Technology Opportunities Brought to Life for 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business hosted a Girls in IT event in Little Rock on Dec. 4 to introduce information technology careers to high school girls. Continue reading Information Technology Research Institute Hosts Girls in IT Event
Donnie Smith, president and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods Inc., is the 2015 commencement speaker for the Sam M. Walton College of Business. Continue reading Tyson CEO to Speak at Walton Commencement