The 2012 AIS Student Leadership Conference, a Huge Success!

The 2012 AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference, a Huge Success!

From April 26-28, 2012, AIS Student chapters from around the world traveled to the heart of the great Rocky Mountains and converged on Provo, Utah,  the home to Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. This was the site of the 3rd Annual AIS student Leadership Conference and Inaugural Competitions, which were sponsored by WalMart, Microsoft, and Parveda Solutions.

The conference began with an informal meet and greet ice cream social, where students, faculty, and professionals had the change to formally meet and network. As an icebreaker, students were divided up into small groups and given a list of questions, both serious and funny, to answer. These questions ranged anywhere from “who knows at least four programming languages” and “who has ever created a website” to “who has ever crashed their parent’s car” and “Who can name all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. These questions helped students to get to know one another and led to some very interesting stories. Representatives from WalMart and Pariveda were also there to meet our student attendees.

The second day of the conference kicked off with keynote speaker, Karenann Terrell, Executive VP and CIO of WalMart, who spoke of how we, the students of AIS, are the leaders of our future and the ones companies are looking for. She gave a presentation on the impressive size of the WalMart Information Technology department, which is the largest non-governmental information technology department in the world. She stressed the importance of innovation at Walmart and spoke of how the company strives to remain an industry leader. Mrs. Terrell ended her address by giving the advice to “be open to every opportunity that walks in front of you, no matter what the size may be” and “know what you are uniquely about and find something that suits your strengths well”. She reminded students that they are the ones companies want, and therefore can pick where they want to be and who they want to work for.

After the opening keynote address, the final round of student competitions began. All competition finalists were briefed on what was required and expected for the final round of competitions. Meanwhile, the conference went into full force, starting with breakout sessions in which different student chapters were able to present, network, and share ideas with each other.

The final day of conference arrived faster than anyone could have imagined. The day began with more student breakout sessions and the final presentations for competition tracks. The final keynote speaker was Kevin Ball, BYU alumni and Manager of IT Operations for US Downstream and Chemical Manufacturing at ExxonMobil. Mr. Ball presented on the many ways that ExxonMobil is in our lives and told his story about managing the implementation of a $20 million global project that rolled out more than six hundred state-of-the-art Linux workstations with high-end 3D and visualization applications to Upstream Geoscientists. Like Karenann Terrell, Mr. Ball stressed that we are the ones that companies are looking for and that we can choose to work where we want to work at. He added that it is important for each individual to find faith and to put family first, no matter where the career path may lead.

As a final social event, conference attendees spent the rest of the afternoon hiking up to the “Y” on the mountain overlooking Provo. This not only provided some magnificent views, but also allowed everyone to reflect on what they had learned over the past few days. To wrap up the 2012 conference, everyone was invited to a dinner and awards ceremony on BYU’s campus. Students were given the opportunity to each give a short video message about what they were taking away from the conference. After dinner, the final awards were presented for all four tracks of the inaugural student competitions. Many special thanks were given to our hosts, all those who made the conference possible, and to our very generous sponsors.  As the conference officially came to a close, a fitting message message, “Leave Behind a trail of Genius” resounded throughout the hall and out to the many AIS Student Chapters around the world.

Inaugural Student Competition Winners

Finalists in the Inaugural AIS Student Chapter Competition were on site in Provo, Utah from April 26-28, 2102 to compete in the finals. All finalists received finalist medals, and winners received plaques.Three winners from each track were selected based on a number of different judging criteria.
Here are the Results: 

IT Risk Management Track
Finalists were asked to present their cases from the virtual round of competition to a panel of judges. 

Place University Team Members
1st Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar Aamir Masood
2nd Temple University Menura Labrooy, Haoren Yu, Valerie Spinosi, Peter Yum
3rd Illinois State University Quinn Francis, Robert Kluge, Paul Timmermann

 

Mobile Application Development
Finalists were judged based on their mobile applications from the virtual round of competition and the number of downloads each received in the Windows marketplace. 

Place University Team Members
1st Temple University Andrew Roche, John Shaw, Scott Raffe
2nd Brigham Young University Dave Eargle, Jake Lingwall, Seth Howard
3rd University of Michigan – Dearborn Paul Blackford, Austin Abair, Kyle Bridges

 

Social Media Optimization
Finalists were asked to revise their submissions from the virtual round and to create a Social media strategy for AIS Student Chapters.

Place University Team Members
1st University of Michigan – Dearborn Lauren Toccalino, Austin Abair, Greg Walker, Kyle Bridges
2nd Brigham Young University Kyle Clegg, Colin Blair, Julia Knecht, Riley Jenkins, Brendan Kingsford
3rd University of Memphis Maxim Zhiglov, Joseph Borwick, Nicole Smith

 

Video Competition
Finalists were asked to create abrand new video teaching about a random IT topic chosen out of a hat. In addition, finalists were judged based upon number of votes received by conference attendees.

Place University Team Members
1st Temple University Ryan Oliveira, Matthew Andrien, Sara Rezaeian
2nd University of Michigan – Dearborn Heather McNabb, Kyle Bridges, Paul Blackford, Austin Abair
3rd Villanova University Sarah Choi, PeterJohn Alexander, Jack Chong

 

Featured Student Spotlight: Michelle Dy-Reyes, Temple AIS

March 2012 Featured Student Spotlight: Michelle Dy-Reyes, Temple University

Michelle Dy-Reyes is a senior at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, majoring in both International Business and Management Information Systems.  She has also been the President of the Association for Information Systems student chapter at Temple University (Temple AIS) for two consecutive terms.

Michelle first joined Temple AIS in spring 2009.  At the time it was called AMIS (Association of Management Information Systems) – until it became the first student chapter of AIS in 2010 and changed its name to Temple AIS.  Upon joining the organization, Michelle immediately ran for a position as Director of Marketing – a position she held from 2009-2010 – in which her diligent work ethic was quickly recognized.  Her peers and teachers were impressed with her professionalism, drive, attitude, and communication skills – which directly reflected on her effectiveness as Director of Marketing.

At the end of her sophomore year, Michelle was elected president of Temple AIS – where she galvanized members to get more involved, and nearly doubled the membership in her first year as president. Recognized for this accomplishment and others, she was re-elected for a second year. This year as president, Michelle was instrumental in starting AIS IT services – a new consulting function in which MIS students provide IT solutions to real-world clients.  This function aims to provide true experience for students to engage with clients, collaborate in teams, and deliver their needs.

Under her leadership, Temple AIS has been recognized by AIS as being one of the top chapters in the world numerous times, winning the title of “Outstanding Student Chapter” in both 2010 and 2011. Most recently, the Temple AIS has made it to the finals in numerous different categories for the inaugural AIS student competitions.

Throughout her college career, Michelle has had a wide range of experiences at companies like Google,

AstraZeneca, and Microsoft. Michelle was selected as the Google Student Ambassador representing Google and its products on Temple’s campus. At AstraZeneca, Michelle interned in the IS project management office, conducting user acceptance and performance testing of one of AstraZeneca’s global applications and, although she did have an AstraZeneca sponsor, she operated independently with customers in many countries including US, UK, Russia, Japan, and Sweden.  She effectively represented the customer needs and many customers were surprised to learn that she was an intern.  At

Microsoft, she was selected as the Microsoft Student Partner where she led five Microsoft product campaigns and exceeded expectations in four months on Temple’s campus.

After her graduation in May 2012, Michelle aspires to pursue her MBA and travel the world, helping companies increase efficiency through technology/management consulting.

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.

Student Chapter Spotlight: SMIS at UGA

November 2011 Student Chapter Spotlight: Society for Management Information Systems, University of Georgia

Recipient of the Inaugural Chapter of the Year award for 2009-2010, the Society for Management Information Systems at the University of Georgia (SMIS) has been persistent in setting an example for excellence. Over the past year, they have held over 33 company presentations with a combined estimated value of $4.795 trillion (USD). Currently, under the leadership of Chase Smith, the new chapter President, SMIS has grown to over 140 dues paying members, not only making it one of the largest AIS student chapters, but also making the organization the largest it has ever been in its 25 year history! SMIS is truly showing tremendous growth and has provided numerous opportunities throughout the year to benefit their members.

 

In the fall of 2010, they hosted their annual Fall Recruitment Dinner (FRD) which gave members the opportunity to interact in a professional, formal setting with 13 different companies from all different industries. In the spring of 2011, they implemented a committee system within our organization. This gave members the opportunity to gain leadership positions, get more involved, and express their passion for MIS. Currently they have 4 committees, each of which has worked on various projects throughout the year. For example, members of one committee worked on IT projects with service organizations like Alternative Spring Break (ASB), where the two organizations collaborated together to automate ASB’s registration process. The same committee also worked to transition the current platform of SMIS’s website to a friendlier user interface. While the committee system is just one way in which SMIS helps its members to develop their IT experience, it was an essential component of their success.

Over the past year, SMIS has made major progress in professional development, community service, and connecting students with alumni. This year, they held two fundraising nights at local restaurants where a certain percentage of the proceeds generated from our members were put aside by the restaurant to benefit the American Red Cross association. To better connect students with MIS alumni, SMIS designed and implemented a new alumni database and included an interface on their website, which allows them to stay in touch with recent and past graduates.

SMIS held their very first annual Alumni Event this year, where members were given the opportunity to network with faculty and graduates of the school. SMIS also hosted its first ever general office visit with PricewaterhouseCoopers giving members the opportunity to briefly experience the professional environment of a Big 4 company.

SMIS recognizes achievements of their club members as well as general MIS students by holding a Farewell to Seniors Event at the end of both the fall and spring semesters. During this event, the organization recognizes students who have just graduated, provides them with dinner, and occasionally awards deserving individuals with MIS scholarships. Through events like this, the community service projects they has completed, their numerous networking opportunities for students, as well as the leadership opportunities offered to their members, SMIS is constantly improving and continuing to raise the bar for excellence.

Faculty Advisor Spotlight: Dr. Dawn G. Gregg

November 2011 Faculty Advisor Spotlight: Dr. Dawn G. Gregg – The University of Colorado Denver, Information Systems Association

Dr. Dawn G. Gregg is the Interim Director of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, and an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver. She has been on the AIS Student Chapter Advisory Board for the past year and is currently serving as the Chairman of the AIS Student Chapter Awards subcommittee.

Dawn has served as the faculty advisor for The University of Colorado Denver’s Information Systems Association, a founding AIS Student Chapter, since the Fall of 2003. Since she helped found the organization, Dr. Gregg has also played many key roles in the overall development and success of the organization.

Over the past eight years, she has helped the club plan and execute major events, plant tours, guest speakers and has helped promote professional development. Most recently, Dr. Gregg has helped the ISA organize a speaker panel on IT careers and professional development within the IT field. The October 11th panel of guest speakers included included Randy Guthrie of Microsoft and several CIO’s of different companies. Under her leadership, the ISA has been honored with several awards for their outstanding work, including the 2009-2010 UC Denver Outstanding Student Chapter Award and the 2010 UC Denver Outstanding Educational Program Award. The University of Colorado has also awarded Dr. Gregg the 2011 Dave Laube Community Impact Award and the 2008 Business School Dean’s Scholar Award.

One of her biggest feats as faculty advisor came in the fall of 2006, when a group of ISA club members decided that their activity for the year would be to start a software company. This resulted in “Developing Minds Software”, a company dedicated to serving the needs of families and educational institutions challenged with serving the developmentally disabled. In 2008, the company competed against over 40 other companies, where they won the annual Bard Center Business Plan competition. Developing Minds Software remains in business today. Dr. Gregg and two of her former students are still actively involved with the company!

Dr. Dawn G. Gregg received her Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems and her M.S. in Information Management from Arizona State University, her M.B.A. from Arizona State University West, and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was employed for nine years as a research and development engineer. Her current research focuses on how to organize and maintain Web-based content so that it can be used to better meet business and special education needs. Her work has been published in numerous journals such as MIS Quarterly, The International Journal of Electronic Commerce, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Communications of the ACM, and Decision Support Systems.

First Annual Student Chapter Awards

AIS is proud to announce the winners of the First Annual Student Chapter Awards. These chapters exemplify the ‘best of the best’ among 65 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

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 

2010 Chapter of the Year

 

University of Georgia

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.

2010 Distinguished Chapters (alphabetical)

 

Arizona State University

Indiana University – Bloomington

University of Michigan – Dearborn

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.

2010 Outstanding Student Chapters (alphabetical)

 

Brigham Young University

Temple University

Texas Christian University

University of Alabama

University of Colorado – Denver

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

University of Memphis, Illinois State University, University of Florida

Outstanding Membership Activities

University of Memphis

Outstanding “Careers in IS”

University of Florida

Outstanding Community Service

University of Delaware

Outstanding Fundraising

University of Technology, Jamaica

Outstanding Communications

University of Florida, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar