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Eller Zipperman Scholars Pay a Visit to the Phoenix Suns

UA Zipperman Scholars get a behind-the-scenes
Eller Zipperman Scholars get a behind-the-scenes
view of U·S Airways Center in Phoenix.

By Trevor Diddell
BSBA Marketing '10

Last month, 52 pre-business students traveled to Phoenix for a behind-the-scenes look at U·S Airways Center operations, where the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns play.

The students are all Zipperman Scholars, members of a competitive program designed to give freshman and sophomore pre-business majors additional exposure to management information systems (MIS) and career opportunities in the field.

Phoenix Suns vice presidents of digital and information technology, Jeramie McPeek and William Bolt, welcomed the students with a presentation on the Suns’ website development and revenue optimization. The students also learned about strategic IT changes the organization has made in the last ten years and their impact on the organization.

The scholars asked about IT employment opportunities, and Bolt said the organization would be hiring in IT down the line. “We are finding that the way technology is changing and developing, we will need people who have SQL, system analysis and design, and web development skills that will help us leverage the internet to its fullest potential.”

Zipperman Scholars learned about IT operations
Zipperman Scholars learned about IT operations
at the Center as well as for the Phoenix Suns NBA

The students then took a walking tour of the U·S Airways Center and learned about the IT infrastructure that keeps the organization running smoothly. Pre-business sophomore Rahul Seth, co-president of the Entrepreneurship Student Association, was impressed. “The IT infrastructure that was implemented in the U·S Airways Center was absolutely amazing!” he says. “I have never seen how IT facilitates the operation of a professional basketball stadium.”

After touring the facility, the scholars were treated to a game in which the Suns upended the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 88-80. After the game, the students got autographs by Suns forward and Arizona graduate Channing Frye.

“Opportunities for education and networking like this will provide these students with invaluable assets in their futures,” says Walt Zipperman, president of DAZ Systems and sponsor of the Zipperman Scholars program. “I am honored to be able to provide this exciting opportunity for outstanding Eller freshmen and sophomores to explore the growing field of MIS and the many significant and challenging IT job opportunities available in business today."  

Learn more about the MIS department's Zipperman Scholars Program.

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