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Dakota State University charters a Student Chapter

Only just last week Prince Sultan University and the University of Dayton chartered a student chapter, and this week we are excited to welcome Dakota State University as well!

 

Welcome to AIS, Prince Sultan University and The University of Dayton!

A warm welcome to two new Student Chapters, Prince Sultan University and The University of Dayton – We look forward to hearing about how your chapters have done in the annual reports!

2013-2014 Student Chapter Awards – Congratulations!

Congratulations to all the Student Chapters! It was great seeing your hard work in the submissions for the Student Chapter Competitions and having a chance to see what your chapters have done through the Annual Reports. Below is the awards list – We look forward to what the 2015 Leadership Conference and Competitions hold!

Click here to see the winning reports.

2013-2014 Student Chapter Awards

Overall Awards

University of Alabama

University of Alabama

Student Chapter-of-the-year
University of Alabama

BYU

BYU

Distinguished Student Chapter
Brigham Young University

Temple University

Temple University

Distinguished Student Chapter
Temple University
Distinguished Student Chapter
University of Georgia
Outstanding Student Chapter
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
Best New Student Chapter-of-the-year
  • Michigan State University

 Category Awards

Professional Development

  • Indiana University
  • The American University in Cairo
  • University of Toronto
  • Villanova University

Community Service

  • Indiana University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Montana

Fundraising

  • Indiana University
  • University of Montana
  • Utah State University

Membership

  • Illinois State University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • The American University in Cairo
  • University of Utah

Communications

  • Illinois State University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • The American University in Cairo
  • University of Colorado, Denver

Careers in “IS”

  • St. Joseph’s University
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Montana
  • Villanova University

Student Chapter Spotlight: AIS at Villanova University

Villanova

Today’s Student Chapter Spotlight is the MIS Society at Villanova University, in Pennsylvania.

The Chapter at VSB recently grew from 19 members to 29 during the 2013-2014 academic year thanks to some hard work and exciting topics at their meetings. Meetings averaged around 20 members and the topics ranged from new tech like Google Glass, 3D Printing, and Virtualization. In addition to these student-presented discussions, their Chapter also noted in their Annual Report that they had representatives and tours from firms such as

“EY, Excelacom, Charles Rivers Associates, IBM, FactSet, and Deloitte Consulting. Furthermore, we organized site visits to Clarks Shoes Distribution Warehouse, Utz Potato Chip Factory, and SAP’s North American headquarters.”

In order to keep their members aware of all of these unique speakers and tours, the MIS Society at VSB used weekly email newsletters, their website and Facebook Page, and University services to post events on bulletins and in University newsletters.

It’s always exciting to seeing the variety of topics and speakers that Student Chapters from across the world pull in to learn from – and in this case from a leadership team of 5 core people! It just goes to show that hard-work from a dedicated team pays off!

Does your Student Chapter have any exciting plans coming up for the 2014-2015 Academic year? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know!

Student Chapter Spotlight: AIS at the University of Delaware

Today’s post covers how the Student Chapter at the University of Delaware is doing after choosing to rebuild their org.

After deciding to reform their Student Org in the 2011-2012 period, they had a lot of work ahead of themselves. Their Executive Board grew from 6 Board Members in 2011-2012 to 15 in the 2012-2013 period, which as you’ll see in just a moment, paid off. With the extra leadership and a year’s worth of hard work propelling them forward, they had high hopes for the 2012-2013 period. During this time, some of their goals were to

  • Create a new logo
  • Create a social media presence
  • Create a marketing strategy
  • Increase event participation

Logo? Check. Facebook page and group? Check. Linked in? Check. Marketing and fliers for events? Check. With their marketing in place, they were all set to get the word out and around on campus. So, how did their events go?

In summary, they did great! AIS at UD not only managed to more than quadruple the amount of events that they hosted, which is impressive by itself, but they also increased student participation by nearly one third. Their first year consisted of 7 events, but the 2012-2013 period brought 44 events and they increased their participation from 180 to 282 students. Their business college has 3,000 undergrad students, which means AIS at UD had just over a tenth of the business college visit at least one of their events. Keep in mind that they’re also competing with 280 other Student Orgs, 26 of which are specific to the Lerner College!

AIS at UD looks to be growing strong, with mentee programs and guest speakers from places such as JPMorgan Chase and Boeing.

What will the future bring them?

 

Membership Retention: Featuring the IM Society at the University of Alabama

Organizing a group of 30 or 40 can seem a daunting task, but what about hundreds? How do you keep everyone involved, let alone organized? Today’s post features the AIS Student Chapter at the University of Alabama and what they do to retain and organize their member base (of 247 students), and although that’s a large group, I guarantee that smaller Student Chapters can also benefit.

First and foremost, make people feel like they belong. It’s simple, but once you make friends within your Chapter, sometimes new people can be forgotten about! If you have a time, try a fun little ice-breaker to help bonding as a group and helping members get to know one another.

In order to better organize their Chapter, AISSC at the University of Alabama have created additional “affinity groups.” There’s the Women in IT, the Capstone Minority IS Society, and the IT Society. These affinity groups have their own independent events and activities to match the needs of their members, as well as campus-wide events to bring them together. Having these affinity groups helps new members find a like-minded group, and makes it much easier to plan for events. Thanks to their hard work, they have managed a 100% involvement rating of seniors, and 97% of juniors who are in the MIS Program. They’re doing something right!

Be sure to post some of the events or organizational strategies your Chapter uses on our Facebook page!

The University of Georgia, SMIS

How has your Student Chapter helped the community? This past year, the Student Chapter at the University of Georgia, called the Society for MIS (SMIS), has had an impact in not only their local community, but across the nation.

At the local level, SMIS worked closely with Free IT Athens. Free IT Athens is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bring computers to the community at low cost. Free IT Athens collects computer hardware and sells it at low cost after refurbishing the hardware. SMIS helped upgrade system RAM and install hard drives with Ubuntu on them as part of the refurbishing process. Using Ubuntu, the free, open-source operating system, saves money and lowers the price of the computers. After SMIS refurbished the computers, they were ready to be given to Free IT Athens and sold to the Athens community. Altogether, SMIS volunteered more than 60 hours through the Fall and Spring semesters.

The Society for MIS didn’t stop there, though. Taking their community service to the national level, SMIS partnered with Relay for Life. The American Cancer Society has many fund raisers, but Relay for Life is the largest of them all. The University of Georgia has been recognized by the American Cancer Society as one of the top colleges in the nation that are involved with Relay for Life and has been raising an average of $500,000 every year. SMIS did their part through a baked goods sale where they sold snacks, water, and soda. Their proceeds, $200, went to support an organization that benefits the nation.

Everything Alumni

More than likely, you know someone from your student chapter who’s either already graduated or will be graduating very soon. And although some people see graduation as the end of their involvement on campus, graduation can be a brand new beginning! That’s right, this post is all about alumni. Although many student chapters already have programs in place to reach out to alumni, this post covers a few alumni programs and ideas from Temple University, Illinois State University, and the American University in Cairo.

First off, invite alumni as guest speakers. Topics could range from college experiences and helpful tips to their work experience, tips for interviews and resumes, or what their careers in Information Systems looks like. Q&A sessions work great for this!

Mentor and Mentee programs. Pair alumni with new members in order to not only help them get the most out of their education, but also from their Student Chapter! Temple University has a program that they call the “Alumni Buddy System.” Alumni were encouraged to continue coming to events and meetings, and made sure their “buddy” knew what was going on with AIS and their Student Chapter. It’s a great way to foster new friendships and ensure that no one’s left out!

Host an alumni advisory board. Have a question? Submit it to the alumni for an answer! In this scenario, alumni that aren’t available to come visit could put together a page of Q&A, similar to if they were invited as a guest speaker.

Job search. Since AIS Student Chapters produces the best of the best, what alum wouldn’t want to recruit from your Chapter? Be sure to ask alumni to pass along job information!

If your Student Chapter doesn’t already have an alumni program, hopefully this was able to give you a few ideas to get you started. If you don’t have any alumni network at all, try putting a phone and email list together in Excel and grow from there! Be sure to reply on our Facebook page with how your Student Chapter includes alumni or how you manage your alumni network!

Leadership by Example: McMaster University

As the first Canadian AIS student chapter, the McMaster AIS intends to exercise leadership and become an example among other Canadian business schools, encouraging more schools to develop AIS chapters of their own.

With a focus on community service, the McMaster student chapter partnered with “Software Hamilton” in an effort to assist the community. During an e-commerce development session, the chapter established an online presence for a local artist, increasing her profits. Secondly, the chapter participated in a five hour ETSY developmental workshop with Hamilton area artists who received one-on-one consultation about increasing business growth online. “Having an AIS student chapter at McMaster has resulted in many benefits. For example, it encouraged students from various disciplines from across campus to come together at chapter events to meet and exchange ideas,” said Alycia Mazepa, former chapter president. “It also created awareness of what the Information Systems at the School of Business can offer students in terms of advancing their careers. The events held by the chapter also served to link our student body with key players from industry”

To promote careers in IS, the McMaster student chapter planned and hosted two specific events designed for their members. The “IS Designation Night” was created to make students aware of the possible career paths in the IS industry. In addition to the designation night, the chapter invited three professionals to the “IS Networking Night” to speak with students about the careers they have in the industry and how they came about their positions. During these events industry representatives, alumni and IS faculty act as resources for students who are interested in a career in IS. Other events the student chapter hosted included their first ever hack-a-thon, and an IS Career Day. “The Hack-a-thon that [we] held consisted of students from all over Hamilton. Students broke up into teams of three to four and worked for the evening on application ideas to be presented at the end of the evening, said Mazepa. “Some teams were able to come up with a presentation as well as a demo application. Students were judged based off of four categories. The structure of the application, the creativeness, the problem it helped solve, and the future ability for it to make money.”

During their first year as an active undergraduate AIS student chapter, McMaster built a solid foundation to grow their chapter upon. After careful planning and execution, their events promoted the IS profession, progressed recruitment efforts and built ties with academic and professional practitioners in the area. Mazepa also agreed that the AIS student chapter has benefited many individuals on McMaster’s campus and is very hopeful for their future as a campus organization. “Our AIS Student Chapter has grown substantially in the past, and we hope to continue this through reaching out to other faculties such as Geography with a Geographic Information Systems area. Through reaching out to these areas we will be able to further display the importance of Information Systems to students. This should help them see the advantages of specializing or complementing their degree with Information Systems Courses.”