University of Illinois AIS Student Chapter wins Outstanding Membership Activities Award

By Taylor Strnad, AIS Communication Intern

AIS has awarded University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with the Outstanding Membership Activities award for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Outstanding Membership Activities Award recognizes excellence in recruiting members and in offering member services.

During the fall semester chapter members take part in Quad Day and Business Quad Day. These days allowed the student chapter to talk to interested students about information systems and their chapter. Student Chapter President Siddharth Mathur said that their chapter had the most success when events on campus allowed them to advertise and make their organization known.

“These events created a space for students to speak one-on-one with current members of our AIS chapter, and this personal interaction allowed each and every person who came to us to truly understand what they can gain from being a part of the organization,” Mathur. “Through genuine connections within the organization, we are able to thrive and build a better network of individuals specializing in Information Systems.”

Attendance at their Spring 2020 events dropped. However, to combat this the group found new ways to encourage members to keep coming back. According to Mathur, they try to differentiate their workshops as much as they can. While the topics generally remain the same, they like to look at various applications. Recently, they have launched a certification program that allows members to take advantage of the university’s organization-sponsored subscription to DataCamp, he said.

“This platform gives our members the flexibility to learn whatever they want in more detail, while also being able to take advantage of the support network consisting of other members,” Mathur said. “The networking aspect of the organization is something that we like to emphasize, and our members know that the more actively they participate, the better network they are able to build.”

The University of Illinois chapter held professional development events such as Best Interview Practices and Personal Branding (LinkedIn). Mathur said it is important to keep members engaged because through these events they can get to know their members better.

“Through shared experiences we are able to build a more capable body of students studying Information Systems, while also building a stronger network,” Mathur said. “Our activities also allow our members to learn about various aspects of Information Systems, and so by getting a taste for all the different things you can do in the field, our members are better prepared to go out into the workforce and apply their skills effectively.”

To learn more about the University of Illinois chapter, please visit https://www.aisillinois.org/. The AIS Student Chapter program promotes the study, application, and advancement of information systems through career enhancement, professional networking, and chapter development. To learn more about the program and to find resources for joining or chartering your own chapter, please visit sc.aisnet.org.

University of Arkansas’ AIS Student Chapter earns Outstanding Chapter Award

By Taylor Strnad, AIS Communication Intern

The University of Arkansas’ student chapter of AIS has won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award recognizes deserving chapters that have done well in most of the areas of emphasis: professional development, membership, careers in IS, community service, fundraising, and communications.
This chapter offers a free membership allowing students to attend meetings to learn about information systems. According to President Ashton Isaacson, they use a point system to gauge member participation which allows the chapter to see which members are “active” to qualify for different things like potential scholarships.

“If members achieve 10 points in an academic year, they are classified as active members. We make it easy and fun for members to get points by attending our kick-off meeting, skill workshops, and company nights,” Isaacson said. “I believe our members enjoy learning new skills and getting insight into the information systems field by attending our meetings. We’re also very fortunate to have companies like ConocoPhillips and Phillip66 sponsor scholarship awards to high-achieving members.”

During the 2019-2020 academic year, this chapter held various events including the Power Bi Workshop, which was co-led by the Walmart Analytics Team, she said.

“The Walmart team was very insightful and offered our members the opportunity to learn about data analytic type roles,” Isaacson said. “Everyone at the meeting was very excited to have Walmart Data Analysts teach them new skills. I really believe that [the chapter] provides career-minded students the invaluable opportunity to network with different companies.”

The Walmart workshop included the basics of Microsoft Power Bi and allowed students to get the chance to learn about a program that is often used in industry. Like Walmart Analytics helped this chapter use programs, this student chapter held skill development workshops that allowed the community to learn how to use technology like MSSQL, Tableau, PowerBI proficiently.
This chapter worked hard to engage its members through various workshops and events. They provided opportunities for networking and jobs and gave back to their community through free workshops for anyone to attend. They encourage anyone and everyone to come and learn more about information systems. To learn more about the AIS Student Chapter at the University of Arkansas, please visit http://ualrpowerteam.azurewebsites.net

The AIS Student Chapter program promotes the study, application, and advancement of information systems through career enhancement, professional networking, and chapter development. To learn more about the program and to find resources for joining or chartering your own chapter, please visit sc.aisnet.org.

AIS Student Chapter at Clemson University earns Outstanding Membership Activities and Outstanding Communications awards

By Taylor Strnad, AIS Communication Intern

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Clemson University’s AIS Student Chapter has earned both the Outstanding Membership Activities and Outstanding Communications awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. The outstanding membership activities award is given to a student chapter for excellence in recruiting members and in offering member services. The outstanding communications award recognizes chapters for excellence in communicating with their stakeholders using websites, meetings, email, and other media.

This chapter had strong recruiting efforts including their very successful campus organization fairs. The fairs are held multiple times throughout the year to allow student organizations to recruit new members.

The Clemson chapter had two types of meetings this year, core membership meetings and Tech Talks. These talks are open to all majors and all students on campus regardless of their involvement with the chapter. Some of the guest speakers for the Tech Talks series were ScanSource, Sealed Air and BlueCross BlueShield.

Chapter President Mark Trotter said the biggest takeaway from the talks are being able to hear directly from a professional in the career field. He said, for him personally, he has been able to develop his professional skills by communicating with the companies that speak at Tech Talks.

The chapter members have also found success with their communication efforts. They used flyers posted in campus buildings, GroupMe and emails to promote their chapter’s membership and activities.

“We have found that the best way to communicate to IS students at Clemson is through the MIS professors announcing our events in class,” Trotter said. “This is our most successful method because it’s a direct invitation to our events which is much more personal than getting an email or seeing an Instagram post.”

Something they want to focus on in the future is keeping their social media up to date and work on getting events posted on the social media of the Clemson College of Business and School of Computing Paged, according to Trotter.

The chapter’s mission is to encourage the pursuit of information systems excellence within Clemson University, offer information systems career and technology information to its members, and provide networking opportunities to those interested in information systems. To learn more about the AIS Student Chapter at Clemson University, please visit https://www.instagram.com/clemson_ais/

The AIS Student Chapter program promotes the study, application, and advancement of information systems through career enhancement, professional networking, and chapter development. To learn more about the program and to find resources for joining or chartering your own chapter, please visit sc.aisnet.org.