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IS Department’s Events in 2015-16

September 15

IS Mentoring Club Meeting – Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills, 126 SSB, 5.00 – 8.00 pm

September 30

ISPC Meeting – Semantic Web and Linked Data, 005 ESH, 5.00 – 7.00 pm

October 9

BlueMix for Girls event for Normandy High School students – IS students will serve as volunteers to help the NHS girls complete a cloud development exercise, 005 ESH, 8.00 am – 1.00 pm

October 14-16

Dr. Vicki Sauter will lead 8 women IS students to the Grace Hopper Conference for Women Technologists in Houston where the students will network, learn about new research and practice, as well as participate in a job fair with over 350 companies. The department raised the money to sponsor the students using a crowdfunding campaign:

October 14

IS Mentoring Club Meeting: Internships and Co-ops, 126 SSB, 5.00 – 8.00 pm

October 27

ISPC Meeting – Software Quality, 005 ESH, 5.30 – 7.00 pm

November 5

ISPC meeting – Open Source Software Development, 003 ESH, 7.00 – 9.30 pm

November 7

Women’s Hackathon, 103 and 104 ESH, 8.00 am – 7.00 pm. Watch a video of the 2014 Women's Hackathon

November 12

IT Service Management Forum (itSMF) of St. Louis, 131 SSB, 5.30 – 8.30 pm

November 12

IS Mentoring Club Meeting: A Day in the Life of an IS Professional, 204 ESH, 5.30 – 8.00 pm

November 13

Cybersecurity Lab Open House and Ice Cream Social for IS students with the faculty and ISAB, 204 ESH, 2.00 – 3.00 pm

November 17

ISPC Meeting: Git and GitHub, 005 ESH, 5.30 – 7.00 pm

November 20

Cybersecurity Conference in 103 ESH and 104 ESH; 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. Distinguished researchers and practitioners will provide insights into a variety of topics related to offensive and defensive cybersecurity.

January 29–31

Global Game Jam, 222 SSB. Starting at 5.00 pm on January 29th and running for 48 consecutive hours. Watch a video of the UMSL Game Jam

February 18

Information Systems Career Conference. An exclusive job fair and career conference for IS students and IS Advisory Board companies, JC Penney Conference Center, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Prof. Brian Lawton who teaches the department's Java and C#.NET programming classes received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence to a Part-Time Faculty Member in September 2015:

The IS department has added two exciting new courses in Fall 2015:

INFSYS 3898/INFSYS 6891: Introduction to Video Game Theory and Design, Wednesdays 6.55 – 9.35 pm This course is designed to give students an overview of gaming and game development, Students will learn about gaming history, game design, psychological, sociological, physiological, and economic aspects of games and gaming. A strong emphasis of this class will be on deconstruction and critique of popular computer and console games and genres. Students will also examine gaming trends to answer the question “What’s next?” Prior video game experience is recommended, but not required.

INFSYS 3898/INFSYS 6891: iOS Development, Mondays: 6.55 – 9.35 pm Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to create applications for iOS devices. This is a completely hands on course that will take you through XCode, Interface Builder, Objective C and all the tools needed to create and deploy an app to the app store and including but not limited to : 1) Multiview applications 2) Data Persistence 3) Write once and deploy to both iOS and Android 4) Core Location API, Application Localization, and HealthKit.

Watch the video of the department's XtremeIT! Summer Camp 2015 here:

The Information Systems Career Conference held on April 23rd was a big success! Over 100 IS students and 12 companies participated in the job fair. We were thrilled to present these talented students with their fresh ideas, energy, and diversity to the board companies. We also had four exciting panel discussions on Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Mobile Applications with all the panelists coming from the advisory board, ISAB companies, and the faculty. Some pictures from the conference are available at

Women 2.0 Meetup: The IS Department hosted the February 2015 Women 2.0 City MeetUp. These monthly events ( bring together women technology professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and educators to network and build relationships within the local technology ecosystem. The event is open to those who work, start, and fund tech companies. Both women and men are invited to attend and there is no cost for IS students and alumni.

Hacking Power!:  The IS Department hosted UMSL’s first Women’s Hackathon on November 8, 2014. Twelve mentors guided 30 students in creating 10 game, mobile, web, and desktop prototypes over the course of the day. Judging by their creativity and quality, we are convinced that several of these prototypes will eventually be published and go on to help individuals and communities respond effectively in the aftermath of natural disasters. We can then look back with pride and say that they were Made at UMSL’s College of Business Administration.   To see more of the fun, view the video.

Support!:  The Executive Committee of the Gateway to Innovation Conference has provided a $20,000 grant to support the Xtreme IT! program.  The goal of the grant is to help Xtreme IT! reach more high school students with information about the opportunities available in IT, especially in St. Louis.  The program runs a camp in June each year in cooperation with the UMSL IS Advisory Board. Students see how IT is used across a variety of industries, get hands on experiences, and have fun!  The Gateway to Innovation Conference provides a forum for professionals to collaborate and gain the competitive edge. G2I highlights the impact and relevance of information technology on the regional economy, share best practices and learn from high-level speakers in technology.  The 2015 Xtreme IT! will be held June 14-19, 2015.

G2I presenting gift to XIT

Photo shows Dr. Vicki Sauter receiving the gift on behalf of the Xtreme IT! program.  Also shown in the photo, from the left, are Beth Effertz, VP, Project Execution Office at RGA Reinsurance Group of America, Jennifer Miller, Supply Chain, Monsanto, Gil Hoffman, CIO at Mercy, Charles Hoffman, Dean of the College of Business, and Eric Gorum, Director of IT, REJIS.

Xtreme IT!: In June 2014, we hosted 22 high school students from around the metropolitan area who were interested in careers in Information Systems. The students visted (or were visited by) large established IT companies like IBM and Microsoft, companies that rely on technology, such as Express Scripts, Edward Jones, Mercy Hospital, and the St. Louis Police Department, and start up companies, such as Pixel Press. They also learned about recycling computer components, making art from computer parts and mixing music using computers. It was a very full week. The students are pictured below in what has become a traditional photo with the campus statue of former state senator, and former University Curator, Wayne Goode (who is also "wearing" an Xtreme IT! tee shirt).

Xtreme IT! 2014 campers

Congratulations to Alumna Sheila Burkett!  Sheila Burkett was one of five people recognized at the Spirit of Business Achievement Awards on May 6. The annual event spotlights alumni who have accomplish career and personal achievements.

Burkett, who received the Entrepreneurial Spirit award, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1989. She is a founder and managing partner at Spry Digital, a technology startup. Along with her husband Steve, she is also founder and president of Tuxedo Park Leasing, a property redevelopment company. Prior to creating Spry Digital, Burkett was a partner at Edward Jones with more than 20 years of experience in their information systems division. She serves on several community boards, including UMSL’s Information Systems Advisory board and the Arts and Education Marketing committee.

Salute to Business Award Winners 2014
Sheila is the second to the left in this photo.

Congratulations to IS Scholars!   Congratulations to three IS students who were recently awarded scholarships by the Society of Information Management (St. Louis Chapter). The purpose of the scholarships is to promote growth and interest in the IT field. The scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit leadership potential in information management. The students were recognized at the Gateway to Innovation Conference on April 23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The students are:

Scholarship winners


IS Distinguished Speaker:  The Information Systems Department hosted Ms. Mary Galligan, Director of Security and Privacy at Deloitte for this year's Distinguished Speaker Series.  Ms. Galligan Mary senior executives on the crisis management challenges they face, in particular cyber risks.  Mary joins Deloitte after retiring in 2013 from a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).  Mary oversaw all FBI investigations into national security and criminal cyber intrusions in New York City, and advised numerous financial institutions, media entities and law firms during their high pressure situations. Her most recent position was with the New York Office as the Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Special Operations, where she led the largest technical and physical surveillance operation in the FBI. Mary Galligan


Congratulations!:  Congratulations to Sheila Burkett, alumna and member of the IS Advisory Board, for being named a 2014 Trailblazer.

Sheila Burkett told the audience she “had a passion to be a role model” and has been proving that since she graduated from UMSL in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Burkett is co-founder and managing partner of the start-up company, Spry Digital and former senior director and partner at Edward Jones where she led the strategic technology planning process. She founded Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis and is co-owner of Tuxedo Park rentals. She sits on the board of many organizations and is an advocate for women in technology. She serves on the board of UMSL’s Informational Systems Advisory Board and was at the core of Xtreme IT, the university’s highly successful summer program for high school students.

Sheila and the other 2014 Trailblazers are shown below.  Sheila is the second from the right.

2014 Trailblazers

Still Jammin'  Did you miss the Global Game Jam? Now you can see what you missed!

A New Home for Business: Charlie Hoffman struggles to contain his excitement and eagerness whenever he discusses the vision for the planned College of Business Administration building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Hoffman, dean of the college, sees the forthcoming facility as a crucial asset to the St. Louis economy, and he’s not alone.  Read more ....

Hall of FameAs a leading scholar and researcher on the topic of outsourcing, Mary Lacity, Curators’ Professor of Information Systems at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, is well known throughout the field. She’s conducted extensive research and published hundreds of articles, books and chapters on outsourcing. This week, she will be honored for her dedication and contributions asshe’s inducted into the Outsourcing Hall of Fame during the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals‘ 2014Outsourcing World Summit on Feb. 18 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.  Read more in the UMSL News

Jamming:  For the third year, the IS Programming Club sponsored St. Louis' Global Game Jam.  Over 170 people registered, making UMSL the fifth largest site in the United States.  You can learn more about this event by reading the UMSL Daily story.

Innovation:  Mimi Duncan is teaching IS 1800 as a hybrid class.  See more from the UMSL DailyProfessor Duncan won an award for her work.  Learn more from the UMSL Daily article.

Congratulations Dr. Lacity!:  Professor Lacity won the Douglas Durand Research Award.

Great Value:  UMSL made Washington Monthly magazine’s 2013 exclusive list of “Best Bang for Your Buck” colleges and universities. Only 349 colleges and universities rated “Best Bang for Your Buck” status out of 1,572 schools in the magazine’s broader rankings. UMSL ranked 56 among national universities and was one of only three Missouri universities to make the list.​ Read more about this.

Business Executive Named UMSL Dean: Charles Hoffman believes what made him successful as a business leader are the same attributes that will propel him in his new position as the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Hoffman, who mostly recently served as president and chief executive officer of Covad Communications, the national broadband carrier, will begin his new position as dean Sept. 1. He will fill the role left by Keith Womer, who has now returned to the classroom. Michael Elliott, associate dean and director of undergraduate students for the college, has served as interim dean since July 1.

"Business is an honorable profession,” Hoffman said. “When I look back on my business career I don't think about stock price increases or net income improvements, but I do think about, and often hear from, people I was able to influence and mentor. The exciting thing about business is people and organizational development that leads to great results.  One of my goals at UMSL is to help students realize that's what business is all about." 

Hoffman, a resident of Clayton, MO, feels this new role will aid UMSL because he understands business challenges and has a great deal of practical business experience.  And, as an alumnus of UMSL who earned a bachelor's degree in 1974 and the MBA in 1976, he can connect with both alumni and students.  

“I’m a champion for UMSL. I’m a product of UMSL,” he said. “No one cares about the college more than me, so I feel it’s really a perfect fit.”

Glen Cope, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMSL, said Hoffman’s connection to both UMSL and the business community made him the ideal choice for the position.

“Charles Hoffman is a business innovator who understands and appreciates what our business college does well now and can do better in the future to educate the next generation of business leaders and support our regional economy,” Cope said. “I’m confident in his ability to grow and expand the college to meet the ever-changing field and the needs of our students.”

UMSL’s business college has more than 100 full- and part-time faculty members and 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. The college has nearly 27,000 alumni – 19,000 of whom live and work in the St. Louis region. The college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

With the college's outstanding faculty, Hoffman's plans for the college include:
Engaging business executives and alumni to increase student internships, practical experience and job opportunities;
Preparing students to meet the evolving needs of business, with well-developed leadership and technical skills;
Ensuring that the curriculum thoroughly covers the ever-increasing globalization of business;
Bringing together faculty and staff to provide efficient, high quality delivery of a broad liberal education and;
Overseeing the construction, completion, and efficient use of a new building for the college.

Hoffman began his business career with IBM, later joining Southwestern Bell to build its first wireless business in St. Louis. Subsequently, he built and ran networks in Boston, Washington D.C. and the country of Mexico.

He then joined Sprint PCS as president of its Northeast region. That position led to his first public company CEO position with Rogers Wireless, the national carrier in Canada formerly known as Cantel. From that position he joined Covad Communications as CEO.

Since the sale of Covad in 2008, Hoffman has served on national and international corporate boards and on several UMSL committees, including the Chancellor's Council, the College of Business Administration Leadership Council, and the Capital Campaign Steering Committee.

Outstanding!: The University of Missouri Board of Curators and UM System President Timothy M. Wolfe honored five University of Missouri–St. Louis faculty members on June 13. They joined 11 faculty members and one student from the other three UM System campuses in receiving the President’s Awards – the highest honor bestowed by the University of Missouri System for excellence in the university’s four mission areas of teaching, research, service and economic development. Among those honored was Information Systems Professor Vicki Sauter, who received the President's Award for University Citizenship. To learn more about Professor Sauter and what she did to earn the award, see the UMSL News story.

Presidential Award Winners

UMSL Chancellor Tom George congratulates the five UMSL faculty members to receive President’s Awards, including (from left) Vicki Sauter, Carl Hoagland, Rita Csapó-Sweet, Susann Farberman and Dawn Garzón.