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Velociti’s engagement with Northwest leads to Wi-Fi gift for Hughes Fieldhouse, Bearcat Stadium

Velociti Inc.

As construction workers took care of the finishing touches for the opening of the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse at Northwest Missouri State University, a Kansas City, Missouri, technology company headed by Northwest alumni equipped the building with its wireless access.

Velociti Inc. provided a gift to Northwest that includes all Wi-Fi hardware for the Hughes Fieldhouse as well as suites at Bearcat Stadium – a value of more than $100,000. The gift package included 41 access points, which provides total coverage of the Hughes Fieldhouse’s indoor field, classrooms and common areas, while providing more stable, wider connectivity for fans in Bearcat Stadium suites.

Deryk Powell is Velociti’s president, while his brother, Ryan Powell, is vice president of sales and Jim West is vice president of operations. Deryk Powell and West are 1993 graduates of Northwest, and Ryan Powell is a 1996 graduate.

As long-time supporters of the University and Bearcat athletics, they saw the opportunity to enhance the Wi-Fi capabilities at the Hughes Fieldhouse and Bearcat Stadium as the right gift.

“Velociti wanted to be part of a monumental project for the University, and the Hughes Fieldhouse was ideal since it will be used by students and the community,” Deryk Powell said. “With the addition of the Hughes Fieldhouse on the Northwest campus, the Maryville community has access to top-of-the-line facilities, but we also want to provide them with access to the best technology.”

Velociti designs and installs wireless networks and security systems in large public venues, including stadiums and schools. The company employs several Northwest alumni, including some serving on the company’s leadership team. Those employees are applying skills they learned at the University and maintaining a strong connection with the institution by networking with and hiring its graduates.

The Wi-Fi partnership isn’t Velociti’s first interaction with Northwest. In the spring of 2017, Velociti partnered with Knacktive, an interactive, digital media marketing experience at Northwest that gives students an opportunity to produce a comprehensive campaign for a real client with real issues to address. Students designed plans to get Velociti involved earlier in its clients’ technology-related decision-making.

Powell said Velociti hopes to continue partnering with Northwest, not only to increase awareness of its services but to attract students who are seeking internships or full-time employment.

“We were really impressed with the caliber of students and faculty involved with the Knacktive program,” Powell said. “The entire Knacktive experience exceeded our expectations, and we have implemented many of their ideas. We even hired a few of the Knacktive students and they’ve quickly become an integral part of our company.”