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UA Little Rock Leader – Arleshia & Cedric Jones

Photography by Jamison Mosley

Why UA Little Rock?

   I attended UAPB on a volleyball scholarship during my freshman year. Although it was a great experience, I desired more diversity – so I transfered to UA Little Rock. It was also a blessing to be closer to my family. While in college, I worked at Bank of America as a teller. Because I worked hard and earned good grades, I interned at Stanford University for two consecutive summers as I designed and maintained the internal websites for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. After completing my second internship during the summer, I returned to UA Little Rock to complete my final semester. I obtained an internship at Acxiom Corporation in Conway as a database administrator. After graduating in December 2004, I was hired and worked there for seven years before starting my own technology consulting company, Cessna Technologies Inc. Without the outstanding faculty and opportunities that UA Little Rock provided, this would not have been possible.       


   I attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello with the dream of playing basketball. However, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she needed me home to help. After a year at UAM, I transferred to UA Little Rock to help her and get an education. Like Arleshia, I worked at Bank of America as a teller while I was in college. My senior year, I worked at Alltel as a customer service representative. To complete my communications degree, I had to do a capstone presentation that displayed different types of communication styles and this experience propelled me into a management career with Alltel/Verizon Wireless.  The education and soft skills I received from UA Little Rock taught me how to communicate with people at varying levels and how to market and promote my own brand. 


   Affordable and relevant, a great metropolitan university is critical to the infrastructure of a vibrant city. It also requires a strong alumni association that’s engaged in civic and business leadership throughout the Capital City. UA Little Rock boasts both – with a shared vision for the future. As UA Little Rock celebrates the success of its alumni, the university and alumni reflect on the role the institution plays in the continued economic development of Central Arkansas and the wealth of knowledge is offer current students.

Arleshia & Cedric Jones

BBA in Management Information Systems

‘03, BA in Speech Communication

Altruistic Group Inc. – established 2012

Inviting Arkansas

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