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Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Springfield, Mo., and Atlas Security, North Hollywood, Calif., were recognized by Missouri State University (MSU) in a ceremony held May 5 at the university. Dr. Shawn Strong, department head – Technology and Construction Management, expressed the university’s appreciation for the large, in-kind donation of technology. The university used the donated equipment to create a set of teaching aids that provide students with hands-on experience that will help them to better understand the installation and function of commercial alarm systems.

“Security systems represent sophisticated technology that must be installed and configured correctly in order to reliably do their job,” said vice president of sales, Mark NeSmith. “That requires well-trained professionals like the graduates from MSU’s Technology and Construction Management program. We were happy to have the opportunity to support this program, and to play a part in building the number of qualified security professionals available for employment in our industry.”

In his remarks at the event, Dick Laird, director of development at MSU, also conveyed the university’s appreciation, saying “We want to thank DMP and Atlas for blessing us by making this equipment available. Our students will get practical experience with this equipment in commercial construction applications. That will help them build marketable, real-world skills.”

MSU presented plaques to DMP and Atlas Security in appreciation. Receiving the awards for DMP were Mark NeSmith and Mark Hillenburg, executive director of marketing. Receiving the awards for Atlas Security was Jim Wade, president.