Socius and Xavier University Partner to Educate Students Using Microsoft Dynamics Technologies

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Xavier University and Socius have teamed up through the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program to provide accountancy students with hands-on learning through the use of Microsoft ERP software.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business and Socius, Microsoft's 2008 Partner of the Year for Microsoft Dynamics GP, have teamed up through the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program to provide accountancy students with hands-on experiential learning through the use of Microsoft Dynamics ERP software.

The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance program provides Xavier University, and hundreds of others worldwide, with access to Microsoft Dynamics software, training, and networking opportunities to share with other professors and business people using Microsoft Dynamics both in the classroom and in their workplaces. In addition it connects universities, like Xavier, that are using Microsoft Dynamics as a teaching tool with Microsoft Partners, like Socius, that implement and support Microsoft Dynamics ERP software solutions in the business environment.

"Both Socius and Xavier University are leaders in their respective fields and through their collaboration , the students at Xavier go beyond theory and experience unique hands-on learning. The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance provides tools that can enhance the curriculum, and when the Microsoft Dynamics partners get involved and share real-world experiences and opportunities with the students, it can really help prepare them to enter the business world," states Janelle Daugherty, Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance.

The partnership between Socius and Xavier has been strengthened substantially from the involvement of Socius' Director of Consulting Services, Hersch Patel, who is on the Xavier Accountancy Advisory Board. As the Chair of the Board's Technology Sub-Committee, Patel is tasked with finding ways to introduce relevant technology into the accountancy curriculum and promote the importance of IT education to business students.

Socius has also taken a very active role with Xavier business students. Patel has been a guest presenter in the classroom, providing the students with true life examples of how their client companies are leveraging accounting technology and other IT resources to support and grow their businesses. In addition, the relationship between Xavier and Socius has resulted in job opportunities for students. Socius has hired two Xavier MBA students in the past year. Additionally, Patel mentored an undergraduate student who is now working as an intern for a Socius client, LPK, Inc.

"Hersch's involvement as an advisory board member, mentor for our students, guest lecturer in the classroom and employer of our students serves as a great example of how the business community can connect with higher education. We gain so much with our relationship with Socius as it helps us determine the path for our curriculum in the areas of technology integration and enterprise systems education," said Sandra Richtermeyer, Chair of the Department of Accountancy.

"By touching students early in their college education, we can help them recognize the importance of technology in supporting business growth," said Patel. "As a professional services organization, Socius' future lies in the hands of business people. If those people are coming out of college and entering the local business community equipped with a knowledge and appreciation for accounting and business technology, then our future is even brighter."

About Socius:
Socius is a strategic business consulting partner that provides comprehensive business management solutions to help companies leverage technology to accelerate their growth and profitability and compete more successfully in today's economy. As a Gold Certified Microsoft partner, Socius represents the most trusted accounting, enterprise resource planning (ERP), business analytics, and customer relationship management (CRM) technologies on the market. Socius is the worldwide 2008 Partner of the Year for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Backed by more than 24 years of award-winning experience, Socius proudly serves clients in Ohio and the surrounding area from its offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland, Ohio. Socius is a member of InterDyn, an international group of independent Microsoft partners that together form the leading global partner for Microsoft Business Solutions. As an InterDyn company, Socius offers the advantage of specialized talents and industry experience of more than 500 certified professionals supporting more than 3,500 customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.socius1.com.

About Xavier University:
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 2 among master's-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the "Best 368 Colleges in America".

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