An AIS student chapter’s success can be measured in a variety of ways including increased membership numbers, the development of chapter programs, management transparency, and fundraising revenue. During the 2012-2013 academic year, not only did Temple University’s chapter meet such measurement standards, they exceeded them.
Over the past few years, the Temple AIS chapter has experienced steady growth and continues to provide its 200+ student members with elite opportunities to develop their skills in the IT industry. For example, in order to provide members with more hands-on opportunities that would develop skills not obtainable in the classroom and build a stronger community service presence, they launched several successful programs including the Alumni Buddy System, Friday workshops, and T-DAP. T-DAP is an AIS Alumni workshop series conducted on a designated Saturday for three hours every month. Moreover, their 2012-2013 speaker series provided students with over 40 opportunities to sharpen their skills and attend a variety of professional lectures. Over the course of the year, 43 weekly meetings took place, not including networking events, which fell under the umbrella of professional development. To improve chapter operations and overcome communication challenges among the executive staff, the officers utilized the web-based software “Trello” to manage all operations and keep communication transparent and open.
During their second successful year offering Emerging Consultants, the chapter generated over $3,600 by providing IT services to real-life clients on various projects in a team environment. In order to continue expanding and utilizing this program as a sustainable fundraising tool, services were updated from solely WordPress websites to PHP programming services and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as well.
Temple’s success can also be measured in the accomplishments their members attained at the Wal-Mart IT Summit, the FOX Design Challenge, and the 2013 AIS Student Chapter Competition, where they took home high honors in three of the four tracks. The Temple chapter continues to grow and maintain a high level of success in the 2013-2014 academic year under the leadership of president Josh Wise, who is a strong enthusiast in continuing their “legacy of offering our members the best in professional development and networking opportunities.”