Category Archives: Information Technology Research Institute

IT Executive Forum for College Students To Be Held Nov. 1

The Information Technology Research Institute is hosting an IT Executive Forum for College Students on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4-5 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development auditorium at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on the University of Arkansas campus.

Attendees will hear from information technology executives and may ask them questions about careers and the technology industry. The technology leaders represent Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., Tyson Foods, Acxiom, FedEx and Movista. The panel will field questions from students. Intermittently, door prizes will be drawn for attendees.

For additional information, contact Eric Bradford, managing director of the Information Technology Research Institute, at ebradford@walton.uark.edu.

Walton College Seeking Aspirations in Computing Award Applications

Now through Nov. 5, the Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on the University of Arkansas campus is accepting applications from Arkansan female high school students for the 2018-2019 National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award.

The award recognizes high school women who have demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, leadership and academics and who plan to pursue a post-secondary education.

The Information Technology Research Institute will host a dinner to recognize the winners in April 2019 as part of the Women in Information Technology Conference. Winning students will receive an award for themselves and their school and will have the opportunity to receive scholarships, internships and access to a peer network. To apply, students should visit the program’s website.

The program is also accepting applications to recognize high school educators, counselors, mentors and influencers who support high school women’s computing and technology programs. Applications for educators will be accepted at through Nov. 12.

For additional information, visit the Information Technology Research Institute website. 

Walton College, Consortium Organizing Blockchain Conference for April 6

The Department of Information Systems at the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium are hosting a conference on the basics, value propositions and technology options of blockchain. Registration closes March 30.

Mary C. Lacity, Curators’ Distinguished Professor and International Business Fellow at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the keynote speaker for the event. Her talk on “The Business of Blockchain as the New World Order” will kick off the event at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 6, at the Chancellor Hotel at 70 N. East Ave. in Fayetteville.

Lacity, in speaking about blockchain to a group of University of Arkansas faculty and students in 2017, defined blockchain this way: “A blockchain is a decentralized, peer-to-peer system for validating, time-stamping and permanently storing transactions on a distributed ledger that uses encryption protocols to authenticate digital asset ownership and consensus protocols to prevent double spending, to add validated transactions to the ledger and to ensure the ongoing integrity of the ledger’s complete history. Some blockchains also use smart contracts that apply rules to automatically execute transactions based upon pre-agreed conditions.”

In her keynote, Lacity will be sharing the findings from her forthcoming book, A Manager’s Guide to Blockchain Applications for Business: Mindshifts, Strategies and Action Principles.

Conference attendees will participate in a daylong series of panels and presentations with industry leaders from members of the Enterprise Systems Blockchain Consortium — ArcBest, IBM, J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., Tyson Foods and Walmart.

Industry and academic experts presenting at the conference include Chris Enslin and Archana Sristy of Walmart, Nikhil Gupta of IBM, Heather Czech of SAP, P.J. Johnson of Microsoft, Nitin Kale from the University of Southern California and Zach Steelman, Beth Keiffer, Ron Freeze and Rhonda Syler of the Walton College information systems department. Attendees also will also have the opportunity to build their own use case, get hands-on with Hyperledger and Ethereum or take a deeper dive into business analytics.

For more information or to register for the conference go to blockchain.uark.edu.

ITRI to Recognize 23 High School Women for Computing Achievements

To encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business will recognize 23 high-school women from Arkansas for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. The 8th annual Aspirations in Computing recognition program will be held on Tuesday, April 17, as part of the 2018 Women in Information Technology Conference hosted at the University of Arkansas.

“This program encourages young talented women to purse a career in the field of technology, a field that is greatly under represented by females and minorities,” said Eric T. Bradford, managing director of the Information Technology Research Institute.

2017 Aspirations in Computing award recipients. (Photo by Ryan C. Versey)

The Award for Aspirations in Computing is a program of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of over 650 universities, corporations and organizations dedicated to increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field, and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits. Award-winners have been selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing and desire to pursue computing-related studies of occupations.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program is supported by lifetime sponsor Apple, and national sponsors AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, HP Enterprise, Intel, Qualcomm and Microsoft with additional support from Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman and Symantec.

Below are this year’s recipients from Arkansas:

National Honorable Mentions & Arkansas Affiliate Winners

Yaritza Chavez – Springdale High School
Zoie Keys – Lake Hamilton High School
Anne Li – Central High School (Little Rock)

Arkansas Affiliate Winners

Mckenzie Bernardini – Conway High West
Meghan Bledsoe – Springdale High School
Julia Defoor – Sheridan High School
Bine Domnick – Springdale High School
Kenzie Glass – Arkansas School for Math Sciences and the Arts
Lissette Martinez – Springdale High School
Christine Muoghalu – Lake Hamilton High School
Haley O’Donnell – Riverview High School
Faith Pearrow – Bentonville High School
Dianne Perez – Bentonville West High School A
lekhya Pidugu – Central High School (Little Rock)
Samantha Quintero – Springdale High School
Teion Sanders – Springdale High School
Indu Sen – Springdale High School
Hetvi Shah – Little Rock Central High School
Makenzie Spurling – Mount Ida High School

Arkansas Affiliate Honorable Mentions

Anecya Poole – Conway High West
Gabriela Solis – Springdale High School
Maryfrances Umeora – Valley View High School
Sarah Vogel – Springdale High School

Arkansas Affiliate Educator Awards

Kimberly Raup – Conway High West — Winner
Susan Shaw – Mount Ida High School — Honorable Mention

NCWIT’s work leverages programs from organizations across the country, and connects efforts to increase women’s participation in information technology along the entire pipeline, from K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.

Walton College Seeking Aspirations in Computing Award Applications

The Information Technology Research Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications from female high school students in Arkansas for the 2017-2018 National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award. Continue reading Walton College Seeking Aspirations in Computing Award Applications

ITRI to Host IT Executive Forum for College Students

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Information Technology Research Institute is hosting an IT Executive Forum for College Students on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development auditorium at the Sam M. Walton College of Business on the University of Arkansas campus. Continue reading ITRI to Host IT Executive Forum for College Students

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.

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.