Another Way to Develop Academic-Industry Partnerships

I just posted today about how it was beneficial for IS programs to actively seek out and develop partnerships with industry.  I completely forgot about this effort that is also highly effective.  Offering free training is a way to show that you can provide value to industry while allowing people to get a taste of your program….and possibly lead them to come back to get a degree!!


The College of Business is partnering with Microsoft to host the first Arkansas Technical Education Symposium Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, at UALR’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development.

Business and technology professionals and students and faculty from other universities are invited to join UALR participants at the symposium, where there will be hands-on workshops and informational sessions on topics such as Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Azure, data mining, search engine optimization, geographic information systems, and security. College of Business faculty and students, representatives from its Institute for Economic Advancement and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, and Microsoft IT professionals will facilitate the sessions.

“It is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to increase your IT and IT management skills,” said Dr. James Parrish, assistant professor of management.

The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, is free. Dr. Bradley K. Jensen, principal academic relationship manager at Microsoft Corp., is the keynote speaker at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Following the keynote presentation, a team of students working on an independent study for Walmart will demonstrate an application they created to run on Microsoft Azure (Microsoft’s cloud platform) and discuss the application’s business value and technical components at 10 a.m.

Jensen, Dean Anthony Chelte, and Steven Lamey, a Walmart executive, will recognize the students, advised by Dr. Janet Bailey, associate professor of management information systems, prior to their presentation for their efforts applying the Microsoft software to improve Walmart’s information technology practices.

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