Want to show off your IT skills in Texas April 4-7? #MillikinIS

Got IT skills? You are Invited to Attend, Compete & Win!

The nations newest and most exciting IT competition event for colleges and universities continues to grow and expand.  Talk to RJ by March 1 if you are interested in attending this competition. There may be funds to help offset the travel and registration costs.

 Spring 2019 USITCC Nationals
April 4-7, 2019 in Galveston, Texas

Check out my Twitter feed for job postings #MillikinIS

job searchThe spring semester is upon us, and for many of you, this means digging in to look for full-time work or internship opportunities over the summer. I do my best to keep up with entry level job openings and internship opportunities specific to information systems majors. Check out my Twitter feed and look for the most recent job posting announcements. If you find something you’re interested in, update your resume, have it reviewed by someone in Millikin’s Career Center, construct a cover letter, and apply. The more you apply and get the chance to interview, the more experience you’ll have at these nerve-wracking encounters.

Happy Spring Semester!

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.
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/