The Association of Information Systems (AIS), the premier global organization for academics specializing in information systems, has named the Fox School’s AIS student professional organization a 2011 Outstanding Chapter.
Fox Management Information Systems (MIS) students lead the group to promote the study and practice of MIS. This is the second time AIS has been recognized as an Outstanding Chapter, receiving the award for the first time last year.
Though barely 5 years old, AIS has launched multiple initiatives that make them a prime example of well-executed student leadership. Their newest project, AIS IT Services, provides student members the opportunity to work on real-world projects to enhance the online presence of various clients.
“The experience of developing and implementing solutions for customers, combined with all of the aspects of managing client relationships, project management, and finance, is giving our members invaluable experience in the way business is done,” said MIS Assistant Professor Carey O’Donnell, AIS’s faculty advisor. “This award is an acknowledgement of the hard work and efforts of our organization.”
In addition to the experience of IT services, AIS also offers its members a speaker series with industry executives, IT skill-training sessions and community service opportunities.
The chapter was recognized for its consistent demonstration of leadership as well as the broad range of professional development activities offered to its members. AIS committee members chose the winners through a closed electronic voting process.
“I think the award truly reflects our individual growth as leaders of the MIS community as well as an organization,” said AIS President Michelle Dy-Reyes. “I have seen such growth and improvement in our officers’ leadership. They are the ones who truly make things happen at AIS—that is why this award is very well-deserved.”
Temple’s chapter is the founding chapter for AIS’s student organizations, which is now a network representing nearly 100 colleges and universities around the world.
“We are all learning a lot about service and leadership along the way, and we are excited to accept this award and serve as a role model for the rest of the AIS student chapters worldwide,” Dy-Reyes said.
The recognition is accompanied by a monetary award, which will be formally presented Dec. 5 at the International Conference on Information Systems awards luncheon in Shanghai.