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 February/March 2011: History in the Making!

by Munir Mandviwalla

VP Student Chapters

Student Chapters are a remarkable success story for AIS and it is important to remember the accomplishments of the latest AIS initiative.


By Michelle Dy-Reyes and Munir Mandviwalla

The 2nd annual AIS student chapter conference was held in Atlanta, USA, October 7-9, 2010. More than 100 students and faculty advisors representing 60 schools worldwide attended the conference. Hosted by Georgia State University, the 3-day conference was packed with networking opportunities, and insightful sessions and guest speakers, including Randall Robinson (CIO of Georgia-Pacific), Chris Horace (VP at Coca-Cola), and "Coach” Benjamin Wade  of CBS’ Survivor: Tocantins and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. 

Each session were led by 2-3 students and faculty advisors from a variety of schools ranging from Arizona State University, The University of Alabama, and University of Technology, Jamaica to Universidade de Minho in Portugal – where the student or faculty representative shared best practices including:

• Member recruitment
• How to start and sustain a chapter
• Successful marketing and communications
• Chapter building tools and techniques
• Leveraging student chapters to recruit and retain majors
• Networking and relationship building strategies
• Keys to student success
• Professional development
• Developing leadership and teamwork

IS students, who typically never have the opportunity to engage with each other across schools, cities, regions, and countries were thrilled to engage with each other. The positive vibe was very exciting and energized all the participants.  The program concluded with an inspiring team-building exercise using drums, led by the world famous "DrumCafe” group. During the exercise, everyone received a drum and collectively created a beautiful sound just by listening to each other. 

AIS Student Chapters, founded in 2009, provide a forum for undergraduate and graduate IS students to interact with one another, both on their individual campuses and with other student chapters from around the world. Through the growth of the Student Chapter community, the program is also designed to attract students to the discipline overall. Since the inception of the initiative, more than 70 institutions worldwide representing more than 3000 students have chartered an AIS Student Chapter.


The Association for Information Systems (AIS), the premier association for information systems, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Annual Student Chapter Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement among the student chapters of the association. The University of Georgia tops the list as AIS 2010 Student Chapter of the Year.  

"We are very proud of the recipients of 2010 AIS student awards. These chapters represent the reason we started the student chapter initiative-to support IS students, both current and prospective, in attaining their career goals and furthering the profession as a whole," says Joey George, AIS President. The awards were presented on December 14th, 2010 at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), St Louis, USA. Mary Freeman, Microsoft Corporation, presented the awards to the recipients. Microsoft Corporation is the sponsor for the AIS student chapters in 2010 – 2011.

The award recipients were selected by a committee chaired by Munir Mandviwalla, AIS VP Student Chapters, and included student, faculty advisor, AIS council member, and industry representatives. The committee rated each of the 55 eligible submissions and then discussed the results to select the award recipients. According to Mandviwalla, "the award recipients represent the best of the more than 3000 students associated with AIS student chapters from across the world.” 

AIS 2010 Distinguished Student Chapters
  • Arizona State University
  • Indiana University – Bloomington
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
AIS 2010 Outstanding Student Chapters 
  • Brigham Young University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The University of Alabama
  • University of Colorado - Denver
The student chapter-of-the-year award is the highest award given to a student chapter that has demonstrated an exceptional, well-rounded, and organized program. The distinguished student chapter award recognizes chapters who have excelled in most of key activities listed below. The outstanding chapter award recognizes deserving student chapters that have excelled in three of the key activities. The student chapter of the year and distinguished and outstanding chapter awards also include cash grants. Certificates were awarded to chapters who demonstrated excellence in one (or more) of the key activities. The activities rated by the committee included professional development, membership, careers in IS, community service, fundraising, and communications. Additional recipients include: 

AIS 2010 Student Chapter Certificate Recipients
  • Outstanding Professional Development: University of Memphis, Illinois State University, University of Florida
  • Outstanding Membership Activities: University of Memphis
  • Outstanding "Careers In IS”: University of Florida
  • Outstanding Community Service: University of Delaware
  • Outstanding Fundraising: University of Technology, Jamaica
  • Outstanding Communications: University of Florida, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Carnegie Mellon University – Qatar

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