Former U of A employee selected for operations management scholarship

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Ashley Acord is the latest recipient of the scholarship offered by the Master of Science in Operations Management program. The award is based on academic achievement and financial need.

A first-generation college graduate, Acord earned a bachelor’s degree in film from the University of New Orleans, then worked as a post-production assistant for the Arkansas Razorbacks football. She continued her career at the University of Alberta working in university relations as a videographer/editor. In March 2022, she became a Video Producer at PAM Transportation in Tontitown, where she is responsible for cross-departmental collaboration to oversee the development, creation and delivery of video projects for multiple platforms.

Acord has collaborated on several projects that won the Davey Awards for U of A Honors College, including Gearhart Hall Tour (2020 Edition), Band Aid and The Legacy of BAD Times: Experiences of Black Students at the U of A. She also worked as a videographer and animator on the University of Alberta sesquicentennial documentary, If this march could talk: reflections on 150 years. This film recently won Best Feature at the 2022 Made in Arkansas Film Festival.

“After completing my Masters, I hope to make more use of the information I learned throughout the course and apply them to my current project management skills. Obtaining my Masters in Operations Management at the University from Arkansas will prepare me for future growth and opportunities that weren’t available to me before,” she said.

She thanked the donors, the Master of Science in Operations Management program and the scholarship committee for selecting her.

Acord is also a recipient of the WE Manning Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. This award is available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing their studies online.

The MSOM scholarship was first awarded in 2018 and is awarded each fall and spring semester. It is funded by generous donations from alumni, staff and friends.

The Master of Science in Operations Management program began in 1974 and is designed for professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including business and government operations. Students learn to create value for the production of goods and services while working with suppliers and customers around the world. To learn more about the Master of Science in Operations Management, visit our website.

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