UAPB students attend IOBSE conference


COLUMBUS, OH — Four University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students and Tracy Knowlton, assistant director for cooperative education and internships, recently attended the annual International Organization of Black Security Executives conference.

Each student received a one-year paid membership to the Loss Prevention Foundation. Dexter Lyles and Damarrius Thompson received scholarships for the complete Loss Prevention Qualified certification. Quinton Pugh received a $1,500 tuition scholarship.

Since partnering with IOBSE, four recent UAPB graduates are currently working in the security industry, according to Shirley Cherry, assistant director of career services: Isaac Brown (Sears Holdings in Atlanta); Janson Graves and Chelsa Savage (Walmart in Dallas); and Ashley Simmons (Target in St. Louis).

IOBSE is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1982 to provide a culture of education, mentorship and international networking among minority security professionals. In 2007, the vision of the organization was broadened to include training and mentorship for college students who are interested in the security industry.

The four-day event provided opportunities for the students to network with security professionals from Gap Inc., Limited Brands (the conference host), Ross Dress for Less, Sears Holdings and Walmart. Students also participated in career development workshops, lectures by executives in the profession and interviews for summer internships and permanent careers.