I.S. Tech Night – Wed. 10/25 6-8pm

I.S. Tech Night
When: Wednesday, October 25 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: University Commons 138
What Else: Yes, there will be pizza and snacks

  •  Are you an undecided business major or exploratory studies?
  • Do you like robots?
  • Are you curious about what jobs are available for information systems (I.S.) majors?
  • Do you like free pizza?
  • Are you currently an I.S. major, math major, or pursuing an I.S. certificate?

If you answered yes to at least one of the above questions, join us for a fun night of playing with robotic cars, learning about information systems (I.S.) programs and MU Performance Consulting (student-run venture), and also hear about other student projects.

So we can plan on enough food, please RSVP to either RJ Podeschi or Ed Weber by Tuesday, October 24th.

We hope you can join us,

RJ Podeschi and Ed Weber

Staley Library to host Google Scholar workshop 10/18

google scholarStaley Library will offer a workshop on Google Scholar on Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm in University Commons 146.

Students are universally familiar with Google, but a surprising number of them have never used Google Scholar. While not a replacement for our library databases, it does offer an additional way to find scholarly articles. In this workshop students will learn how to access Google Scholar, how to successfully conduct searches, and how to connect Google Scholar to our Staley Library databases so that they can access the full text of articles. Time permitting we will also look at Google Books and the Google Ngram Viewer.

Students from any discipline looking for scholarly articles for papers or projects will benefit from this workshop.

 

This Week in Information Systems 2/17/17

Happy Weekend,
It’s a strange week. I have no idea what month it is based on the temperature outside. Regardless, I hope you have time to get out and breathe some fresh air. If not, open your window! Here are some highlights on opportunities coming up to take note of. The list keeps growing.
I.S. Nerd Night, To Be Announced
Each semester, we have a “nerd” night to inform others of what’s happening in the I.S. major, hear your questions about the program and feedback about opportunities outside of class, and to spread the word about the I.S. major to students who are still deciding on what to pursue. You can be a great voice to those who are undecided about their major. More details to come on when this gets scheduled.
State Farm Visit Day on Friday, March 31 (Confirmed)
State Farm will be hosting Millkin at their south campus in Bloomington for a tour of their systems departments, data center, and to interact with alums working at State Farm. Plan on leaving campus around 8:00 and returning between 3:00 and 4:00. Transportation will be provided and so will lunch. Talk to your professors now about class, if there is a conflict. This visit is targeted for those new to I.S. as a major or considering as I.S. as a major.
Center for Entrepreneurship Paid Agile Teams Opportunities
Agile Team Project #1: Golf Student Venture Ideation’s & Feasibility Agile Team
The Decatur Park District Board recently announced plans to close the oldest, most historic golf course in Decatur, Scovill Golf Course. Scovill G.C. was founded in 1921 and has accumulated numerous awards since its inception. For example: it’s a Top 100 Women-Friendly Course in America and is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. To expand our performance learning philosophy and help meet increased enrollment goals, there is a unique opportunity for Millikin to help explore ways to save Scovill Golf Course and open new market potential.
We are looking for students interested in: Marketing, Communication, Finance
Kick-off meeting: March 7th at 1:00 pm in ADM Scovill room 107
Agile Team Duration: 3/7/17 – 4/11/17 (approximately)
Hourly Rate $7.25/hour
2-6 hours per week – flexible if a project needs more time.

Day of the week for the team meeting will be determined based on availability of team members and the entrepreneur.

If you are interested, please send your resume to e-Center@millikin.edu by  Wednesday February 22nd at 5:00pm and indicate you are interested in the Scovill Golf Course Agile Team.

Agile Team Project #2: Dog Toy Marketing & Commercialization
The students selected for the Dennis Agile team will be responsible for handling the beginning phases of commercialization of a dog toy designed by Dennis Lab middle school students. They will identify a market, create a marketing strategy and then implement the strategy. They’ll find viable strategies that can be tested and carried out by the Dennis Lab students and hand over a ready to go campaign to be implemented once at a manufacturing stage of the project. The students selected will have experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, digital media marketing, graphic design and business management. This allows for a variety of disciplines but flexible enough that they can work with each others ideas and research.
We are looking for students interested in: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Digital Media Marketing, Business Management, Graphic Design
Kick-off meeting: Thursday March 9th at 3:30 pm in ADM Scovill room 107
Agile Team Duration: 3/9/17 – 4/13/17 (approximately)
Hourly Rate $7.25/hour
3-4 hours per week – flexible if a project needs more time.

Day of the week for the team meeting will be determined based on availability of team members and the entrepreneur.

If you are interested, please send your resume to e-Center@millikin.edu by Wednesday February 22nd at 5:00 pm and indicate you are interested in the Dennis Lab School Agile Team.

Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, March 18-19
The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge is a volunteer-driven program of the Nerdery Foundation, aimed at maximizing the community impact of nonprofit organizations through digital strategy and custom software design and development – all pro bono.
Registration is open now for Chicagoland volunteer web pros and nonprofits vying for their professional services. The sooner you complete your application, the better your odds to get involved – and get the most out of this experience. I haven’t checked to see if they are open to accepting “down-staters,” but it’s worth a short. If interested, register here by February 20: http://chi2017.overnightwebsitechallenge.com/
New I.S. Job/Internship Opportunities
Nestle Purina: https://goo.gl/1wWdPP
Business Application Analyst, New Hanover Regional Medical Center: https://goo.gl/B6GGTp
IT Technician, City of Osage Beach, MO: https://goo.gl/y7XgWB
ADM — additional internships may open up. http://www.adm.com/careers
Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, April 12 and 13 in St. Louis, Union Station
There is an opportunity to hear from some of the best and brightest at companies like Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and Twitter at this year’s Midwest Digital Marketing Conference. It’s hosted by University of Missouri–St. Louis and includes a networking/career fair. To learn more:  https://umsldigitalconference.com/
  • April 12 & 13, 2017
  • Registration for students is $50
If this interests you, please fill out the short form linked here: https://goo.gl/forms/bXReh3pE3Gslr5Hl1
Once we know who is interested, more information will be sent from Dr. Carrie Trimble.
REU Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences
The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) hosts a ten week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects. Each student receives a stipend of $5,000, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $600 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Ten students will be selected.
Qualifications:
Undergraduate, community college student, or high school senior attending college in the fall, interested in a major that is within the computational sciences umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, finance, statistics, etc.) with at least a 2.75 GPA, considering a career in research and/or graduate school in your major, being a US citizen or permanent resident, and graduating at least one semester after completion of the REU.
Important Dates:
March 1, 2017: Application deadline.
April 1, 2017: Notification of decision.
May 22, 2017 through July 30, 2017: Program dates.
The research activities of the CCT are organized into five Focus Areas: Core Computing Sciences, Coast to Cosmos, Material World, Cultural Computing, and System Science and Engineering. These are broad, and sometimes overlapping areas where faculty from diverse departments (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Civil Engineering, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computing Engineering, Music, Business, etc.) collaborate in multidisciplinary projects. Our REU students learn how to use some of the nation’s largest supercomputers, may participate in the setup and management of large-scale simulations, and may take on an important role in the analysis and visualization of the simulation results.
For more information and to apply, visit:  http://reu.cct.lsu.edu/

I.S. Opportunities – Week of 2/13 #MillikinIS

Digital Trends We Love for 2017 Webinar, Thurs. Feb 16 – 1pm – 2pm – FREE

It’s that time of year when our Brand, Creative, Strategy and Technology teams start to geek out about all the latest trends. And there’s a lot to be excited about. From new 3D web technologies and flexible layouts to video, interactive data visualization and virtual reality, there are so many ways to delight users in 2017.
Join Nate Denton and Jessica DeJong as they share the trends that are exciting them in 2017 (a bit of a digital show and tell, if you will). They’ll touch on the trends that are here to stay, the ones you can leave behind, and even the ones you should be looking forward to in the future. To register, https://goo.gl/vVqDgp

Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, March 18-19

The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge is a volunteer-driven program of the Nerdery Foundation, aimed at maximizing the community impact of nonprofit organizations through digital strategy and custom software design and development – all pro bono.
Registration is open now for Chicagoland volunteer web pros and nonprofits vying for their professional services. The sooner you complete your application, the better your odds to get involved – and get the most out of this experience. I haven’t checked to see if they are open to accepting “down-staters,” but it’s worth a short. If interested, register here by February 20: http://chi2017.overnightwebsitechallenge.com/

State Farm Visit Day on Friday, March 31: Save the Date

Tentatively, State Farm will be hosting Millkin at their south campus in Bloomington for a tour of their systems departments, data center, and to interact with alums working at State Farm. More info to come. For now, save the date. More details to come.

ISCPA CareerFest in Tinley Park on Wednesday, Feb 15 – 10am – 3pm – You can sign up at the door on Wednesday

Over 100 employers. If you are a senior and are still looking for employment after graduation, YOU NEED TO GO TO THIS.
Transportation provided by Career Center
A list of employers, many of which are tech-related: https://www.collegecentral.com/CCNEngine/LiveEvents/LiveEvents.cfm?EventID=2249

Midwest Digital Marketing Conference, April 12 and 13 in St. Louis, Union Station

There is an opportunity to hear from some of the best and brightest at companies like Facebook, Google, Salesforce, and Twitter at this year’s Midwest Digital Marketing Conference. It’s hosted by University of Missouri–St. Louis and includes a networking/career fair. To learn more:  https://umsldigitalconference.com/
  • April 12 & 13, 2017
  • Registration for students is $50
If this interests you, please fill out the short form linked here: https://goo.gl/forms/bXReh3pE3Gslr5Hl1
Once we know who is interested, more information will be sent from Dr. Carrie Trimble.

REU Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences

The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) hosts a ten week Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects. Each student receives a stipend of $5,000, free housing in university dormitories, and up to $600 in travel expenses to and from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Ten students will be selected.
Qualifications:
Undergraduate, community college student, or high school senior attending college in the fall, interested in a major that is within the computational sciences umbrella (leaves out few majors as it includes all sciences, mathematics, engineering, finance, statistics, etc.) with at least a 2.75 GPA, considering a career in research and/or graduate school in your major, being a US citizen or permanent resident, and graduating at least one semester after completion of the REU.
Important Dates:
March 1, 2017: Application deadline.
April 1, 2017: Notification of decision.
May 22, 2017 through July 30, 2017: Program dates.
The research activities of the CCT are organized into five Focus Areas: Core Computing Sciences, Coast to Cosmos, Material World, Cultural Computing, and System Science and Engineering. These are broad, and sometimes overlapping areas where faculty from diverse departments (Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Civil Engineering, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computing Engineering, Music, Business, etc.) collaborate in multidisciplinary projects. Our REU students learn how to use some of the nation’s largest supercomputers, may participate in the setup and management of large-scale simulations, and may take on an important role in the analysis and visualization of the simulation results.
For more information and to apply, visit:  http://reu.cct.lsu.edu/

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Welcome Home I.S. Students!
I hope everyone is getting settled in the first week of classes and things are off to a good start. I wanted to let you know of some I.S. related opportunities you can take advantage of this semester. If you have questions about other ways in which you can get engaged in practicing your skills outside of the classroom, please feel free to seek out Professor Ed Weber or me. Getting engaged beyond the classroom is one of the best ways to build your resume and experience — preparing you for that first job after graduation.
Professor Weber and I will be sending a note in the near future about a possible “I.S. Nerd Night” to talk about what else is going on in the major, conference opportunities, and our newest student-run venture, MU Performance Consulting. Think about other friends you’d like to invite. If you have ideas on something you’d like to include the event, let us know!
Have a great fall semester,
RJ
Job / Internship Opportunities
  • Millikin Information Technology Department is seeking student workers to assist at the Help Desk. This is a great way to learn troubleshooting and customer service skills. Preference to those with college work study funds. See the Big Blue Jobs website for details and to apply
  • Professor Jessa Wilcoxen is seeking a student to serve as tutor in navigating the technical aspects of Adobe programs, understanding the Mac interface, and serve as a print technician. Specifically tutoring is needed in the following Adobe programs / languages: Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Experience with After Effects and Premier is also useful. As the print technician, the student will need to maintain an inventory list and tutor students on how to properly prepare their files for printing. Student may be asked to help with other department needs as they arise. Applicants should include a detailed description of their experience and comfort level with each Adobe program.
  • Professor Weber is seeking 1-2 students to serve as teaching assistants for the IS130 – Spreadsheet Applications course. This is unpaid, but academic credit will be awarded. See Professor Weber for more information.
  • Professor Mary Garrison is seeking someone who is proficient in editing video for a short documentary. Email Professor Garrison directly if interested.
  • African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of IL is seeking an unpaid intern to setup a program for recording military family stories
  • Millikin’s Alumni and Development Office is seeking a data management intern to assist with SQL report writing and data analysis. Those who have taken IS470 or IS370 in the past would make great candidates. Those who have taken IS270 would also qualify.
  • Network Solutions Unlimited is seeking both data entry specialists and level I tech support positions
  • Soy Capital Bank is seeking a tech support individual as well
Networking / Career Building Opportunities
  • Part time job fair is today, Wednesday, August 24 in Lower RTUC from 11:00 – 1:00
  • IS / Accounting Job Fair is Wednesday, September 7 from 3:00 – 5:00 in Lower RTUC — great event to apply for internships and full time jobs as well as talk to folks about what kind of IT work is out there. Every I.S. student should be at this event! Get your resume together and dress professionally
  • Fall Job and Internship Fair is Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 – 3:30 in Lower RTUC. This is the big job far with all the employers. Get that resume ready and put on your Sunday best for this one.