Murray State University celebrates dedication of the United Systems and Software Project Suite

Murray State University celebrates dedication of the United Systems and Software Project Suite

By Alex Pologruto | May 3, 2022

USS ribbon cutting

Pictured from left to right are: Kyle Johnson (Director of Development, Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business & Corporate Giving), Dr. Bob Jackson (President, Murray State University), Dr. Dave Eaton (Dean, Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business), Scott Waldrop (CEO, United Systems & Software), Dr. Victor Raj (Department Chair, Computer Science and Information Systems), Dr. Tim Todd (Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs).

MURRAY, Ky. — On Tuesday, April 26, representatives from Murray State University, Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and United Systems and Software (USS) dedicated the United Systems and Software Project Suite. The ceremony took place in Room 253 of the Bauernfeind College of Business. Featured speakers included Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson and USS CEO Scott Waldrop. Jackson addressed the partnership between Murray State and United Systems, noting that United Systems has been an important partner in supporting Murray State and also in employing many Murray State graduates. The USS Project Suite was established to give students real-world work experiences to better prepare them for life after college. 

Murray State established the USS Professor Fellowship in the spring of 2020, thanks to a generous gift from USS under the leadership of CEO and 1988 alumnus Scott Waldrop. The fellowship is supported by an endowed fund and benefits the University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

In addition to the fellowship, the $100,000 gift made by USS also provided funding for office space and operational leadership of the United Systems Project Suite in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business building. 

Murray State students and student workers in the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business will utilize the suite for authentic USS template projects and other coursework opportunities that advance academic excellence in the College of Business, including on-campus internships, senior capstone coursework and more.

“We’re excited to be working closely with Murray State University on this project in the coming years,” said Waldrop. “We expect this to become a model program that will help students prepare for their careers.” 

"This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Victor Raj, chair of the University’s Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Not only do they get to apply what they learn in the classroom, but they get to be mentored by someone on techniques used in the industry for accomplishing tasks. They also get to develop some soft skills that they may have never thought valuable."

United Systems & Software, Inc. is a technical services firm that specializes in software development and information technology for utilities and local government, with more than 1,300 customers across 18 states. United Systems is the only provider of its kind to combine meter reads, payment processing, online account access, managed IT and more in one integrated ecosystem.

Learn more about United Systems & Software, Inc. by visiting united-systems.com.

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