Why partner with IUPUI?

Sports business leaders talk about their experiences working with SII.

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Rafael Bahamonde: The institutes are important because what they do is they put a group of faculty together and those faculty work with community partners or it could be with other people outside the university which help bring the student in developing research projects and activities. In many locations that doesn't happen because everything stays within the university, but now you go into the outside and you bring in the expertise from people from the outside. You give the students real life experience.


Kasey Coler: We probably take it for granted in the Indianapolis market that we have such a great University here to be able to partner with, but it is critical for our business as well as many other businesses organizations throughout the community. For us and for the other organizations that are out there, it's bringing a young group of folks into the workforce that already have a step ahead of those that may not be getting those real-world experiences. 


William Knox: Typically when we get involved in projects like this the courses kind of breeze over the subject and give us a one or two-page synopsis of what they've done. Just briefly going through some of the binders that were produced forms some of these programs, they went through great lengths to provide very detailed informations based off the project that they research which will be extremely valuable for us. Really the depth that they went through for these different projects was really impressive.


John Gullion: We've done numerous project with IUPUI but the one thing I really enjoy most about it is that they're always being proactive and coming to us with different projects and things that could help our business grow. At the same time it's helping their students as well. With my team of 3 current full-time managers that were all interns at one time.


Kasey Coler: If we were asked about IUPUI and our experience I mean it was nothing but positive. Not only do you get a great product at the end but you also have inquisitive, well rounded students that are not looking just to work on a class project, but really looking to try to find a solution for your company. Being able to work with Dr. Pierce and his team was nothing but first class well-prepared. It was very easy to work with them but also very self-sufficient, so it's really turnkey and they do a really good job of getting their students to execute across the various disciplines of the challenge. 


Rafael Bahamonde: We don't have to go very far away for students to go and do an experience in sports venues and we have the National Institute for Fitness [and Sport] here on campus. We have all these venues within walking distance with tremendous amount of opportunities for them to do the real-life experience that the need to do when they get a job.