College of Business Administration


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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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Annual Planning Meeting

Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Fall 2015

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

Spring 2016

February 12, 2016
April 1, 2016
May 6, 2016

Executive Committee

Professor Emeritus
Management and Information Systems
(330) 672-1162

Management and Information Systems
(440) 729-3702

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Dave Drzewiecki

SVP and Chief Administration Officer
DentalOne Partners, Inc.
(440) 684-6954

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Tom Countryman

Chief Information Officer
The Davey Tree Expert Company

Associate Director
Career Services Office

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Ashley Choi

President and Director of Events Coordination
Management and Information Systems Association

Sub Committees

There are four standing sub committees:

The Career Exploration Committee
The Enrollment Committee
The Experiential Learning Committee
The Scholarship Committee

Each committee is co-chaired by both a KSU 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. 

IMAGE: Erika Engelmann Sheeler, Member

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


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 or minor 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 5 awards, you must be a computer information systems major or minor 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, then you may be eligible for these awards. Up to five awards are planned.

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 support to engage in research or other professional activity. 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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