UM Business Student Group Earns International Recognition

January 30, 2019

Business students Jake Belles, spring 2019 MISA president, and Allie Taylor, spring 2019 MISA vice president, give the opening presentation at the group’s first meeting of the new year.MISSOULA – The University of Montana student group for management information systems majors has been recognized as a Distinguished Student Chapter by the Association for Information Systems, a worldwide governing body for MIS professionals, educators and students. The award represents the eighth consecutive year the UM group has earned AIS recognition.

The Montana Information Systems Association, or MISA, is the College of Business membership group for students studying MIS, which prepares graduates to work as IT consultants, systems analysts, business analysts, programmers, database administrators, web developers, network administrators and more.

AIS annually recognizes chapters that excel in areas such as professional development, membership, careers in information systems, community service, fundraising and communications.

In past years, the student group has received recognition from AIS for outstanding membership activities, fundraising, careers and communications. MISA activities include events like the fall 2018 Storytime with the Professors, tours of potential workplaces, and a holiday party and networking event held on the top floor of Missoula company onX Maps. The latter event was held with major support from onX, ClassPass and FAST Enterprises.

Business student Emily Brinkmann, who served as MISA president in fall 2018, said the group gives members a more personalized look at the MIS major and provides networking opportunities with other business students.

“These are your peers and are people who understand what you, as a student, are going through and can help guide you,” Brinkmann said. “It is also a lot of fun. MISA has a great alumni network and great connections with employers around the country.”

Brinkmann credited MISA’s fall 2018 vice president, Colton Kloppel, for his work preparing the written submission that led to this year’s recognition.

MIS Professor David Firth, the group’s adviser, said the students work hard to host interesting events and speakers that appeal to all majors, not just MIS students. This holistic approach has helped MISA continue to grow.

“We’ve spent a good deal of time developing leadership skills in our MIS majors,” Firth said, “and one of the results has been outstanding leadership of the student MIS group.”

The University’s MIS majors have an incredible track record of career success: Ninety-four percent of students in the major have a job at graduation, with more than half having multiple job offers. Top employers include respected companies such as ATG, a local technology consulting firm doing over $40 million of work outside Montana; KPMG, a global technology consulting firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland; and FAST Enterprises, which is    based in Denver and does technology implementations in places like New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; and Wellington, New Zealand.

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Contact: Elizabeth Willy, director of marketing and communications, UM College of Business, 406-243-4436, elizabeth.willy@mso.umt.edu.