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.

Information Systems Night (Pizza) – 10/12, 6pm #MillikinIS

Are you an information systems major or do you have an interest in learning more about information systems?

Come join Professors RJ Podeschi and Ed Weber and:

  • Learn about the information systems major and certificates
  • Get answers to questions related to course scheduling in the spring
  • Learn how to engage with tech projects outside of class (we have lots!)
  • Learn about job and internship opportunities
  • Brainstorm about ways to build your skills to be ready for your careers
  • Network with I.S. majors from freshmen to seniors (hint: the seniors have some great advice for you)

When: Monday, October 12 at 6:00 pm
Where: ADM/Scovill Hall, room 213
What: Pizza and cookies
Why: Free food, opportunities, and fellowship

What do I do now? RSVP by emailing RJ Podeschi so we can plan on the right amount of food.