AIS Welcomes Four New Student Chapters
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Posted by: Brook Pritchett
The Student Chapter arm of AIS continues to grow with the addition of four new Student Chapters. With the introduction of chapters at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Creighton University, Rider University and Western Kentucky University, 105 new students have joined the rank of student chapter member. The additional chapters bring the total number of AIS student chapters to 53, with more expected to join this semester.
These new chapters are already off to a strong start with events and activities planned to help expand information systems within their membership and throughout their campuses. For example, Creighton Student Chapter has already identified leaders from Union Pacific, TD Ameritrade, and Catch Intelligence, to speak at their meetings about industry trends and how each company incorporates business intelligence.
Additionally, they have planned networking opportunities with Business Intelligence companies in Omaha, coding workshops using common languages within the industry, and are exploring volunteer opportunities to help a nonprofit company in the Omaha area by building a database to help serve its members.
Similarly, Rider University has already conducted many hands-on technology-oriented workshops with TJBots and Raspberry Pis and has future meetings geared toward cyber security, blockchain and more.
AIS would like to thank each university for its support of the student chapter initiative, as well as the leaders who have helped to see these chapters formed. “AIS Student Chapter student leaders and faculty advisors are the secret sauce that makes AIS Student Chapters strong,” according to Dr. Rhonda Syler, AIS Vice President for Student Chapters. “We are grateful for their passion and for the support of their respective university administrations. It is this support that underwrites meaningful student experiences throughout the student chapters program.”
The new faculty advisors and student chapter presidents are Dr. Carolyn Lamacchia, faculty advisor, and Ireland Nelson, president, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; Natalie Gerhart, faculty advisor, and Chris Lewis, president, Creighton University; Sean Marston, faculty advisor, and Kyler Hart, president, Western Kentucky University; and Dr. Emre Yetgin, faculty advisor, and Brook Wilson, president, Rider University.