College of Business Administration



The Center for Information Systems (CIS) is dedicated to improving the development, application and management of information systems through quality instruction, internationally recognized research and service to area businesses and other profit and non-profit organizations. Student success and participation are rewarded through scholarships, facilitation of internships, venues for public speaking and interaction with corporate members. The ultimate goal of CIS is to produce confident, intelligent and well-prepared IS graduates who are highly sought by a broad range of hiring organizations.

The center was established by Dr. Robert D. Smith in 1986 and has a strong focus on curriculum development, especially at the undergraduate level.

Meeting Schedule

CIS has three meetings per semester on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., as well as an annual planning meeting in the summer.

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Fall 2014

September 26, 2014
October 31, 2014
December 5, 2014

Spring 2015

February 6, 2015
March 13, 2015
May 1, 2015

Fall 2015

October 9, 2015
November 6, 2015
December 11, 2015

Executive Committee

Tom Countryman

Chief Information Officer
The Davey Tree Expert Company

Ashley Choi

President and Director of Events Coordination
Managment and Information Systems Association

Sub Committees

There are five standing sub committees:

The Curriculum Committee
The Enrollment Committee
The Experiential Learning Committee
The Membership Committee
The Scholarship Committee

Each committee is co-chaired by both a faculty member and a business executive.

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CIS is proud to have more than one hundred members. Those members include Kent State faculty, staff, students and corporate professionals. 


Featured Member

Erika Engelmann Sheeler
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Program Manager Principal, Business Transformation

"As former MISA president and a graduate of the MIS program, I am passionate about my involvement in CIS and supporting the development and engagement of emerging leaders from the College of Business Administration at Kent State."

View the full list of members.

Recruiting and Internships

An internship is key to gaining experience in the field of information systems before graduation, as well as networking with current professionals. You can get credit for the internships you complete.

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Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE)

The mission of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) is to mobilize the region's higher education and business communities for collective action that advances regional economic development.

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Student Organizations

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MISA is a professional student organization with a focus on computer information systems. MISA's mission is to serve as a forum for students with an interest in computer information systems to become more aware of the CIS curriculum and technology in today’s business world. 


Scholarships and Awards

Center for Information Systems Leadership Awards

If you are a computer information systems major who holds a leadership position with the Management Information Systems Association or any other leadership roles, you may be eligible for these awards. You can be nominated by faculty, students, administrators, employers, community leaders, etc.

Center for Information Systems Certification Reimbursement

For these 10 scholarships, you must be a computer information systems majors who has completed at least six hours in your information systems courses. Preference will be given if you are a member of MISA and/or have IS-related experience.

Center for Information Systems Tuition Scholarships

If you are currently a computer information systems major, pre-major or minor, then you are eligible for these awards. Up to six awards may be available. 

Center for Information Systems Support for Ph.D. Students

To be eligible for this award, you must be a Ph.D. student in management systems with a concentration in information systems looking to petition the committee for professional travel or conducting research. There is only one scholarship available.

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Giving to the Center

The Center for Information Systems is funded through donations from Kent State alumni and faculty. Member companies and local businesses voluntarily provide scholarships and other monetary awards to recognize various contributions of current KSU students. Contact Cathy Bakes about giving to the center.


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