Student Chapter Highlights: Continuing to Evolve
Monday, June 23, 2014
This series of articles recognizes the achievements of our student chapters in promoting the study and practice of information systems through professional development programs, social networking, and community involvement endeavors. AIS believes that students in information systems are critical to the future of the discipline, and that the successes of AIS student chapters helps to increase the visibility and the prestige of the field.
With immense focus on the professional development and community service initiatives, the Illinois State University Business of Information Systems Club (AIS student chapter) continues to evolve for the betterment of their club and its members. “One of the club’s main goals is to develop our members’ professional skills as much as possible so they enter the workforce with a leg up on the competition,” said current student chapter president Jon Korsgard. “To accomplish this goal, we give members exposure to some of the best “IS” companies through employee mixers, guest speakers, and externships. A student won't get a job anymore with just good grades. They need to standout to employers in other ways and the best way to do this is through professional development.”
In order to provide real-world insight to students regarding the MIS industry, the club joined efforts with the ISU School of Information Technology to create a full day of networking events for students, faculty, and industry leaders. The Recruitment Fair included round table discussions, presentations from IS professionals, and recruitment opportunities for students looking to start a career in information systems. The club also collaborated with the ISU Administrative Technologies organization to host a workshop during an introduction to Information Technology course. The workshop gave students the chance to become aware of opportunities available on campus while learning about business intelligence in an interesting way.
Although the club typically communicated via e-mail to effectively reach current and potential members, they also used various other communications and promotions tools. In addition to classroom and meeting announcements, Facebook, text messages, the website and blog, and the College of Business monitors, the chapter expanded their communication channels to include the GroupMe App and CollegiateLink. Through the use of the messaging app GroupMe, the club was able to more quickly and efficiently update and remind members of important information and meeting times straight to their phones. CollegiateLink, a software platform for all co-curricular organizations on campus, was used to provide updates to current and potential members in one location. To keep transparency and communication open, the club established the use of a “BIS Club Wiki” officer site. The site served as an extensive user manual for all officers within the BIS Club and a tool for current or potential members to see what was expected of those holding officer positions in the club and the chapter’s operations.
AIS is dedicated to advancing the profession of Information Systems, and students are the future of the profession. An AIS Student Chapter is a great way to attract the best and brightest into the IS field and into your classroom. To learn more about starting an AIS Student Chapter at your school, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.