Holiday homework: The extra credit is passing IT on

Homework assignments over the holidays are despised. Nevertheless, I have an assignment for you. It’s one you can carry out whenever you are talking with a career-minded young person who has a business interest and a technical acumen.

Talk about careers in information systems.


Smooth move: CIS graduate learned to manage career at W. P. Carey

Finding your footing immediately after graduation can be a daunting task, but Katie Golen moved gracefully from classroom to career. Golen (B.S. Computer Information Systems ’10) has lived and worked in New York City since she graduated. A staff auditor at American Express, she credits her undergraduate involvement in campus organizations, both in the W. P. Carey School and Barrett the Honors College, for teaching her how to stay motivated, organized and focused on success.


Sidepreneur’ Brad Westfall charting new career path

Brad Westfall knew from a young age that he would someday pursue a career in business. He created his business, AZPixels LLC, while still a student, and has continued to operate it over the years even while working for other companies. Today, he is in the midst of developing a "pet project" on the side that he hopes will eventually become a lucrative business on its own. Westfall’s career is an example of what has been called “sidepreneurism,” a multi-careerism trend that many so-called “Millenials” are living. A CIS degree prepares students well for this new environment.

Information Systems spotlight

Graduation season opens up opportunities to spotlight some of the accomplishments of Department of Information Systems faculty and students. Our feature photo, right, is a group of students, with faculty advisor Daniel Mazzola, at the Spring Avnet Tech Games. This month’s news also includes a glimpse of graduation, including a group shot of the first class of our Online MSIM to complete the program.

Capstone project: The messiness of execution

Among the many differences between college and career is the simple matter of neatness. In class the questions and answers are usually straight forward, but on the job it’s a different situation. Things can get messy, and that’s one of the big lessons students learn during the capstone project, a requirement of Computer Information Systems majors.

News: Bright prospects for IS graduates

In another month, graduates will leave campus to try their new skills and knowledge in a changed business environment. W. P. Carey CIS graduates are finding that this new world needs and values what they learned here, and increasing numbers of prospective students are looking for programs that will bring them up to date.

Rainmaker: Phoenix ISSA President Aaron Carpenter

Information security professionals need to be change agents, adept in both information and people skills. So believes Aaron Carpenter, president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Carpenter, a 2004 graduate of the Master Accountancy and Information Systems (MAIS) program has made it a priority of Phoenix ISSA to foster young talent from schools like the W. P. Carey School of Business.

It’s personal: MSIM alumnus targets marketing campaigns at PetSmart

As senior manager for targeted communications and content strategy for the pet supply giant PetSmart, MSIM alumnus Mandy Mueller oversees the company’s vast and ever-growing e-marketing efforts. In her new role, Mandy interprets and responds to detailed analytics, enabling her company to dynamically react, says department Chairman Michael Goul.

News: IS achievement and fun

The department of information systems played a leadership role in organizing the CIST 2012 information systems research conference that was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of INFORMS in Phoenix last month … Our student-led DISC club collected honors again this year from the Association for Information Systems … Back at school, however, we proved that IS types know how to have a good time, and we collected first prize for our efforts! Read on for more details.