Five University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students attended the International Organization of Black Security Executives (IOBSE) Annual Spring Conference recemtly. This year’s conference was hosted by Walmart and held at their home office located in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Students that were chosen to attend the conference were Brandon Hansberry, business administration/management major from Little Rock, Arkansas; Tonisha Cox, political science major from Madison, Illinois; Ja’Mecia Laws, political science major from Belleville, Illinois; Quinton Wade, computer science major from Pine Bluff, Arkansas; and Travion Munn, business administration/management major from Memphis, Tennessee. The students were chosen by IOBSE representatives based on a grade point average of 3.0 or above, interviewing skills and a strong interest in the security field.
Students were able to network with top level executives in the field of retail asset protection from Cracker Barrel, CVS Pharmacy, Gap, Inc., L Brands, Ross Dress for Less, Sears Holdings, The Home Depot, Tyco, and Walmart, to name a few. Students from other HBCU’s such as Florida A&M University, North Carolina Central University, Bethune-Cookman University, Fort Valley State University, Stony Brook University, Clark Atlanta University and Mississippi Valley State University were also in attendance. This four-day event provided opportunities for students to participate in career development workshops, lectures by executives in the profession, and interviews for internship and permanent careers.
The climax of the conference was the closing gala where IOBSE offered four academic scholarships and four loss prevention course scholarships. Ja’Mecia Laws was chosen as one of the academic scholarship recipient.
The students were accompanied by Yulanda Riley, education counselor and Oscar Fuller, career coach in the Office of Career Services. The Office of Career Services prepares students 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.
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.