Messenger - Vol. 4, No. 3, Page T-8
On Technology
Getting down to business with computers

     Through the Internet, the information superhighway, business
students at the University of Delaware have instant access to stock
quotations, company financial reports, bankruptcy declarations and
other business-related information. They also can use the latest
software packages for business decision-making tasks or presentation
of business documents. The College of Business and Economics maintains
two student computer laboratories. Associate Prof. Clinton E. White
Jr. says CD-ROM databases can be searched electronically for
information on such topics as accounting, regulatory policies and
auditing procedures.
     Facilities support group decision-making, too. Students linked
together by a computer network are asked to tackle specific business-
related problems as a team. "This local network of computers
encourages group brainstorming and fosters teamwork, which is so
important in the business environment," White says.
     Community projects often give students an opportunity to apply
computer technologies to real business problems. For example, White's
students are developing strategies to provide Habitat for Humanity
with better access to housing statistics and property title
information. The not-for-profit organization provides low-income
housing for the needy.
     Business senior Jodi Erb of Springfield, Pa., Charles Hadley,
Delaware '94, of Hockessin, Del., and Gavin Garrison, Delaware '94, of
Newark, Del., donated their computer expertise to Project ASSIST, a
not-for-profit group that provides educational assistance to children
with dyslexia, a learning disability, and others with reading
problems. Under White's direction, the three developed a database for
tracking volunteers and children more efficiently. "This customized
database includes a computer-friendly interface," White says. "Now,
staff members can easily search for volunteers available, say, on the