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AIS Welcomes New Student Chapters

Tuesday, April 3, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

The Association for Information Systems is excited to welcome the University of San Francisco and Baruch College to the ranks of AIS Student Chapters. Including these additions, there are now 66 Student Chapters at universities around the world.

“We are very excited to have these two new chapters on board as each new chapter helps us to further advance the field of IS through our connection with undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Rhonda Syler, AIS Vice President for Student Chapters. “Student chapters provide a unique opportunity for members to make connections with industry professionals, challenge themselves beyond the classroom setting, and improve their marketability as they enter the workforce.”

The new Chapter at USF is advised by Majid Dadgar, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, and led by chapter president Eric Lacy, a student in the UCF Master of Science Management Information Systems program. According to Lacy, most students joining the chapter are also graduate students in the same program, which focuses on preparing students for leadership roles in Information Systems. The founding students were interested in membership as a way to connect with other innovators in the IS field beyond campus, into the Bay Area and beyond.

“We believe our AIS student chapter is a venue for our IS students to engage with the IS world, experience different perspectives, gain knowledge, and increase their visibility for post-graduation jobs,” says Lacy.

The Baruch College Student Chapter is advised by assistant professor of Information Systems, Kevin Craig. The Chapter is already holding meetings and hosting guest speakers.

Chapter members from both schools look forward to engaging with IS students from other schools, utilizing AIS resources including Career Services, and networking across the industry to facilitate job placements for member students.

“Both USF and Baruch provide unique IS experiences for their students, and we are looking forward to what these groups can bring to the entire AIS Student Chapter experience,” said Syler.

AIS Student Chapters aim to develop leadership within the Information Systems industry by providing mentorship and resources to students interested in the field. To learn more, visit the Student Chapters webpage.

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