AIS Student Chapter at Utah State University wins Distinguished Chapter Award

By Taylor Strnad, AIS Communication Intern

During the 2019-2020 academic year this chapter held many events that allowed their members to grow professionally and give back to their community. Twice a month, on Tuesdays, the club hosted a speaker related to the field. These speakers were open to the community as well as its members. President Maddy Gardner says that through their speaker series events they provide career acceleration tips.

“These events bring in professionals from different tech companies to talk about a range of topics including how to be successful, how to prepare in school, and how to prepare for internships,” Gardner said. “This initiative allows us to reach all different kinds of students and expand the influence of the AIS chapter at Utah State University.”

Hour of Code is a service project that allows elementary school students to learn how to code. This opportunity was used to introduce and promote the IS field to these students. From now on, this will be a service project every year with the West Side School District in Idaho. This chapter hopes to expand the program into other sounding school districts.

“Our AIS chapter at Utah State University enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community around us, Gardner said. “We’re all so fortunate to live in a close community. We also love the idea of getting younger students and community members involved in USU, business, and information systems. Community service through our club is a great way to get our name out there and promote the many opportunities Utah State has to offer.”

This chapter excelled in the aspects of communications and recruitment. They used social media platforms and their campus resources to engage with potential and current members. One of the main methods of communication is through their AIS chapter’s Canvas Page. Once members sign up, they are automatically enrolled in the club’s Canvas course which makes it easy to access as students already regularly access Canvas for their classes.

Recruitment efforts included University Day on the Quad, Huntsman School Clubs in the Courtyard and Faculty Coordination. Faculty Coordination was the most effective recruiting effort. Members worked with professors in the department, academic advisors and career coaches to find students who would be interested and would benefit from joining their chapter.

You can find more information on USU AIS here: https://huntsman.usu.edu/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.