College hosts Oracle users group collegiate forum

James Hobbs, senior director of Global Programs at OAUG.

James Hobbs, senior director of Global Programs at OAUG.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

The Black School of Business has long been at the forefront of integrating real-world applications, such as Enterprise Resource Planning, into its curriculum. In fact, Penn State Behrend is one of the only colleges or universities that offers an ERP education and certification for both Oracle and SAP software systems.

So when the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) wanted to reach out to students, naturally they looked to the Black School of Business to host their inaugural OAUG Collegiate Forum.

The forum, held in October, drew students from the college’s Management Information Systems, Computer Science, and Software Engineering programs, among others, to learn from trained Oracle professionals.

The OAUG is the world’s largest user group consisting of Oracle customers worldwide. The group hosts many forums, workshops, and events across the globe, but the October event at Behrend is the first time training has been offered at a university. “The OAUG is an independent association of Oracle users,” said James Hobbs, senior director of Global Programs at OAUG. “Contacts at Oracle introduced us to the Black School of Business as it has the largest installation of the Oracle E-Business Suite to train students at the college level, and we now have a great partnership with the school.”

The goal of the free event was to educate students on the resources available to them through OAUG, both now as students, and later as they build careers as Oracle professionals. Presenters addressed topics such as interviewing, being an Oracle consultant, Oracle Cloud applications, transitioning from college to the corporate work world, and more.

A number of the event presentations were suggested by students in the college’s MIS Club.

“The OAUG asked the MIS Club members for their input and what topics they wanted to see addressed at the forum,” said Dr. Matthew Swinarski, associate professor of MIS, who helped to coordinate the forum.

Hobbs said the OAUG considered the forum a success and hopes to host events again at Behrend.

“Behrend is a beautiful campus with an incredible community of faculty members,” Hobbs said. “This was one of the most interesting and rewarding programs we’ve worked on. We have information we know they can use to jump-start their careers, so we are excited about ongoing communication