Management Information Systems Students Win Big at the Association of Information Technology Professionals, National Collegiate Conference

CBPP Student Advising Staff
CBPP MIS students displaying the awards for their impressive showing at the AITP National Collegiate Conference. Pictured: (from left to right) David Herbert, Elena Shevchenko, Brian Smith, Colleen Zink, Kyle Ekstrand, Kaden Galvez, and Will Taff.

Once again, the students in the College of Business and Public Policy Management Information Systems program have won big at the Association of Information Technology Professionals, National Collegiate Conference. Seven students from UAA attended the competition and won two first place finishes and one honorable mention in the five competitions they participated in.

A total of 487 students from 57 colleges and universities participated in this year’s competition which was held in Atlanta on April 10-12. While some universities send students by the busload, UAA sends one of the smallest groups to the competition, yet wins a disproportionate number of awards every year.

This year, Brian Smith and David Herbert won 1st place in the Database Design Contest, beating out 2nd and 3rd place winners Purdue University, and Brigham Young University, as well as 68 other teams that competed in that event. Brian and David also received an honorable mention in the Systems Analysis & Design Contest; this contest had 43 teams competing.

Kaden Galvez, William Taff III, and Colleen Zink won 1st place in the most prestigious event, the Web Project Contest. This is a two-semester-, or three-quarter-, long project. It requires students to prepare a project charter, a systems analysis study report, systems design models, build and implement a website or web application for a nonprofit organization, prepare technical documents and a user’s manual, and present their system to, and answer questions from,  a panel of four judges. Twenty-four teams started the competition; the top 10 teams were invited to Atlanta to present before the judges.  There was no size limit on teams, and some included as many as 18 students, the UAA team included just three.