Second Annual Student Chapter Award Winners

Second Annual AIS Student Chapter Award Winners for 2010-2011

AIS is proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Student Chapter Awards for the 2010-2011 academic year. These chapters exemplify the ‘best of the best’ among the currently chartered student chapters, and truly personify the best practices that fulfill the mission of the AIS Student Chapters to further the goals and aspirations of IS students around the world.

Please join us in congratulating the following chapters for their accomplishments.

Chapter of the Year Award

The Chapter of the Year award is the highest honor, recognizing the very best of the student chapters. The Chapter of the Year displays excellence in every way, and sets benchmarks for other chapters by creating an environment where its members can thrive and prosper in the field of IS. The winner of the Chapter of the Year award receives a $1,000 grant to put towards their continued initiatives dedicated to students in IS 

2011 Chapter of the Year

 


 

Best New Student Chapter

The best new chapter award recognizes the achievements of a chapter that has demonstrated good performance in many of the activities listed and that was founded (or restarted) 15 months or less before the report due date.

2011 Best New Student Chapter

 

 


 

Distinguished Student Chapter

The Distinguished Student Chapter award is given to those student chapters whose efforts to support their members clearly distinguish them as leaders among their peers. The Distinguished Student Chapter represents the highest standards in administration and execution of chapter activities that further the goals of its members. The winners of the Distinguished Student Chapter award each receive a $250 grant to put towards their continued initiatives dedicated to students in IS.

2011 Distinguished Chapters

 

 


 

Outstanding Student Chapter

The Outstanding Student Chapter award is given to those student chapters whose activities and accomplishments can be considered outstanding among their peers. The Outstanding Student Chapter displays dedication to the advancement of its members and the chapter itself that is worthy of recognition. The winners of the Outstanding Student Chapter award each receive a $100 grant to put towards their continued initiatives dedicated to students in IS.

2011 Outstanding Student Chapters

 

 


 

Student Chapter Certificates of Honorable Mention

The recipients of the Student Chapter Certificates of Honorable Mention exemplify excellence in a particular area of their student chapter activities:

 

Outstanding Professional Development

Outstanding Membership Activities

Outstanding “Careers in IS”

Outstanding Community Service

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Outstanding Fundraising

Outstanding Communications

Inaugural Student Chapter Competition Finalists

AIS is pleased to announce that the following teams have been selected as finalists for the 2011-2012 AIS Student Competition.  Congratulations!  Finalists are invited to compete onsite in April at Brigham Young University on April 26-28, 2012.

IT Risk Management Track

University Team Members
Brigham Young University James Kershaw, Taylor McGann, Jethro Roxas, Mike Niland
Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar Aamir Masood
Illinois State University Quinn Francis, Robert Kluge, Paul Timmermann
Temple University Czarina Agravante, Courtney Minich, Roman Nicholas, Natalie DiValentino
Temple University Menura Labrooy, Haoren Yu, Valerie Spinosi, Peter Yum
University of Michigan-Dearborn Heather McNabb, Austin Abair
University of Technology, Jamaica Tinesha Levene, Claston Brown, Cordel Francis, Rohan Channer

 

Mobile Application Development

University Team Members
Brigham Young University Brandon Moore, Jonathan Urie
Brigham Young University Dave Eargle, Jake Lingwall, Seth Howard
Temple University Andrew Roche, John Shaw, Scott Raffe
University of Michigan – Dearborn Paul Blackford, Austin Abair, Kyle Bridges

 

Social Media Optimization

University Team Members
Brigham Young University Kyle Clegg, Colin Blair, Julia Knecht, Riley Jenkins, Brendan Kingsford
University of Memphis Maxim Zhiglov, Joseph Borwick, Nicole Smith
University of Michigan – Dearborn Lauren Toccalino, Austin Abair, Greg Walker, Kyle Bridges

 

Video Competition

University Team Members
Temple University Ryan Oliveira, Matthew Andrien, Sara Rezaeian
University of Michigan – Dearborn Heather McNabb, Kyle Bridges, Paul Blackford, Austin Abair
Villanova University Sarah Choi, PeterJohn Alexander, Jack Chong

Student Chapter Spotlight: AIMS at The University of Alabama

February 2012 Student Chapter Spotlight: Alabama Information Management Society, The University of Alabama

The Alabama Information Management Society (AIMS) at The University of Alabama was delighted to receive the second annual Chapter of the Year Award from AIS. The UA Chapter has been dedicated to becoming one of the premier AIS Chapters, and receiving “Chapter of the Year” shows that their hard work is paying off. In the past year, they have hosted over 36 companies on campus for presentations, meet and greets, and an executive forum. The UA chapter has grown to 208 members, and they’re proud to say that each and every one of their members is active through at least one of the AIS-sponsored activities.

The UA Chapter’s main goal is to support the creation of well-rounded IT professionals who can exhibit strong business and technical skills. They believe this blend of skills gives students a competitive edge when applying and interviewing for internship and full-time positions; and as they start their professional careers.

This year, Alabama’s chapter focused particular attention on the utilization of their affinity groups to increase participation across underrepresented groups and to maintain the close-knit, peer support esprit.

Women in IT (WIT) is an affinity group aimed at motivating, inspiring, and supporting women in information technology-related fields. WIT members participate in monthly meetings and activities focused on professional development, outreach, community service, team building, and social and business skills. This year, events included coffee breaks with industry leaders, breakfast with executives, calendar brainstorming and creation session, a trip to a local pottery painting studio to network while painting pottery, and a Holiday Pajama Party. Through these events, WIT enables women to stay active in the major and find a place that women can turn to for support.

Capstone Minority Information Systems Society (CMISS) is a newly formed affinity group aimed at motivating, inspiring, and supporting minorities in information technology-related fields. Like WIT, CMISS members participate in monthly meetings and activities focused on professional development, community service, team building, and social and business skills. This year, events included dinners with alumni and industry leaders, mock interview sessions, a paintball game, and donations to the West Alabama Food Bank. Through these events, CMISS has helped more students to find their niche within the major and meet more of their fellow classmates.

AIMS also focused on building rapport through extensive communications with their members. Highlighted in the annual report (available under the “member’s only” section of this website) is the chapter’s response to the tornadoes that ravaged Alabama on April 27, 2011. The chapter established a Facebook page, which was essential in coordinating tornado relief efforts and locating AIMS members following the disaster. Faculty posted lists of unaccounted-for students and AIMS members responded if they had heard from missing members. AIMS members and faculty also posted volunteer opportunities, information on temporary housing, and requests for aid which helped everyone in the program receive the help they needed quickly.

Overall, it has been an eventful year for the University of Alabama chapter. AIMS hopes to capitalize on the chapter’s growth by offering even more activities for their members and leveraging the extensive network of resources available to them.