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.