UAPB students attend IOBSE spring conference

(L-R) Nicholas Gonzalez, Computer Science, junior; Kendall Williams, Criminal Justice, senior; Gabrielle Williams, Criminal Justice, junior; Rachel McAfee; Accounting, sophomore; Angel Thurman, Criminal Justice, junior; Darius Brown, Computer Science, junior; (not shown) Joshua Lockhart, History, junior.   

(L-R) Nicholas Gonzalez, Computer Science, junior; Kendall Williams, Criminal Justice, senior; Gabrielle Williams, Criminal Justice, junior; Rachel McAfee; Accounting, sophomore; Angel Thurman, Criminal Justice, junior; Darius Brown, Computer Science, junior; (not shown) Joshua Lockhart, History, junior.   

Seven University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students attended the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) Annual Spring Conference recently. With the theme, “Developing Future Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges,” the highlight of the conference was the keynote presentation by Marvin Ellison, President of JC Penney.

The students were accompanied by Shirley Cherry, director of Career Services at UAPB and Yulanda Riley, education counselor. Student selection was based on participation in an on-campus information session, 3.0 or higher Grade Point Average (GPA) a strong interest in the security field and interviewing skills.

The four day event provided opportunities for students to network with security professionals from Cracker Barrel, Gap, Inc., Limited Brands, Ross Dress for Less, Sears Holdings, The Home Depot, Tyco,  and Walmart, to name a few.   Students also participated in career development workshops, lectures by executives in the profession, and interviews for permanent careers.  Angel Thurman received a course scholarship award for the complete Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) certification.

The Office of Career Services prepares student to make a successful transition from college to the real world of work. This opportunity and many more are available to students that are registered with career services. To learn more, visit their website at www.uapb.edu/cs or stop by Caldwell Hall, Suite 202.

About IOBSE

The International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1982 by six African American males who were attending the American Society for industrial Security (now ASIS International) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The purpose of the organization was to provide a culture of education, mentorship and international networking among minority security professionals. In 2007, IOBSE broadened the vision to include training and mentorship for college students interested in the security industry.

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