Student Chapter Spotlight: DISC, Arizona State University

September 2012 Student Chapter Spotlight:
Department of Information Sciences Club, Arizona State University

Recipient of the 2011 AIS Distinguished student Chapter award, The Department of Information Systems Club (DISC) at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (ASU) is a community for students interested in solving business problems through technology. DISC does not limit membership to any given major, and students are welcome to attend meetings as they please, despite membership status, because the club wants to impact as many students as possible. Benefits from attending meetings include: chances to mingle with classmates and professors, opportunities for community service, resources to form teams for competitions, such as the Avnet Tech Games and the Microsoft Imagine Cup, consistent interaction with recruiters looking to hire club members, and free food at almost every event! 

That’s not all they’re about, however. What DISC is really trying to do is create a setting for students to make and spend time with friends who share the same interests. ASU is a huge university with over 70,000 students at just the main campus alone. DISC is meant to make the school feel smaller and more welcoming –a place where one can belong. The club’s first Fall 2012 meeting had three faculty members, one career coach, three recruiters, and over 130 students in attendance. Keeping these students interested is the challenge that DISC faces by giving students many opportunities to get involved every single week. Wednesday night volleyball, community service opportunities, social events, career skills workshops, etc. It’s up to the students to take advantage of them, but it is the job of the club to make sure no one feels isolated. In the end, DISC is about friends having fun together, while gaining the valuable education, skills, and leadership experience that comes out of being a part of an academic student organization and an AIS student chapter.