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OHIO's Department of Analytics and Information Systems welcomes Integrated Business Cluster students to MIS Day

Wednesday, February 21 2018 12:00am

IBC students learn more about the MIS major and analytics co-major

The College of Business Analytics and Information Systems (AIS) Department, led by Department Chair Gabe Giordano, recently hosted an event for Integrated Business Cluster (IBC) students at the Walter Hall Rotunda. During the event organized by Ralph Riedel, executive-in-residence of anlaytics and information systems, nearly 400 IBC students had the opportunity to learn about the majors offered by the AIS Department, including the management information systems (MIS) major and business analytics co-major. The event consisted of a series of speaker panels with MIS, analytics, and MBA/MSA students. 

“The students shared stories about how they came from different backgrounds, such as marketing and sports management, but all realized at some point the high value of MIS and analytics in the business world. Everyone talked about how they've found ways of specializing in MIS and analytics, often by combining them with other majors or concentrations, and how this has created a number of internship and jobs opportunities for them,” said Giordano.

Undergraduate student speakers included College of Business seniors Daniel Hopwood, MIS and marketing major earning a Sales Certificate; Bryan Croft, MIS and analytics major; and Jenna Worden, MIS and analytics major. Each student shared their experience in the college and the job opportunities their majors have prepared them for. Two Master of Sports Administration (MSA) students, Michael Chapman and Marshall Payne, also explained the limitations they've experienced while working in the sport industry with a limited MIS and analytics background. This led them to pursue additional analytics courses during the MSA program to increase their marketability.

“Looking back, I wish I had focused more on MIS and analytics during my undergraduate experience. The concepts you learn are at the core of so many different parts of business, and I know focusing more on this field at an earlier point in my development would have only helped,” explained Payne.

Sam Hollback, student success advisor in the College of Business Career and Student Success Center, presented on the process to declare a major. According to Hollback, “more than a dozen students declared MIS or business analytics as a second major during MIS Day. Even more plan to take courses in exploration of the majors.”

For faculty, MIS Day was the perfect occasion to reinforce the importance of MIS and analytics in today’s workplace. “Most students are sophomores and take their first MIS course during the IBC. MIS Day is a wonderful opportunity for IBC students to hear from their peers about the benefits MIS and analytics skills can provide them with. I was thrilled to see students sign up for the majors at the event,” said Nadège Levallet, assistant professor of MIS and IBC faculty.

To conclude the event, IBC students heard from representatives in the Information Systems and Analytics Professional (ISAP) student group and Women in IS (WIS) student group. ISAP and WIS are a key components of the majors as they provide students with a chance to develop their industry network and job opportunities.

The MIS Day steering committee was very satisfied with the event, as noted by Ralph Riedel. “Our first rendition of MIS Day for IBC students was a great success," he said. "Many thanks to the Steering Committee for help in planning and student volunteers from ISAP and WIS for executing the event. We could not have accomplished this without the hands-on leadership of our student organizations – Julia Moore and Corey Mouch from ISAP and Mary Walsh and Kelly Rambow from WIS. Our student speakers also deserve much credit for telling their unique stories in a relevant and compelling way.”

About the AIS Department
The AIS Department specializes in two business areas:

  • MIS, which is focused on integrating people and business processes with IT to help transform businesses for the future and meet strategic and operational goals. Learn more about the MIS major.
  • Business analytics, which focuses on the skills needed to gain insight from business data, including predictive and prescriptive methods to help businesses make better decisions and better understand business performance. Learn more about the Business Analytics co-major.

About ISAP
Information Systems and Analytics Professionals (ISAP) are a group of passionate IS and analytics individuals who hold weekly meetings that present technology trends and provide numerous opportunities to network with fellow IS and analytics recruiters. Contact for interest or questions.

About WIS
Women in Information Systems is an organization dedicated to enhancing women's professional preparation to lead successful careers in the field of information systems through networking, career exploration seminars, and professional development workshops. Learn more about WIS or contact the WIS president at