Organization Named Best New Student Chapter

Posted on: February 16, 2015

MSU LIT mainMSU Leaders in Information Technology (LIT), an organization founded by media and information students, recently was awarded Best New Student Chapter of the Year by the Association of Information Systems (AIS) Student Chapters. Several of MSU LIT's members are College of Communication Arts and Sciences students, including five media and information students who sit on the executive board.

"To be chosen from more than 60 universities affiliated with AIS as Best New Chapter of the Year is a high honor that we are very proud to bring home to MSU," said Chris Cornellier, a media and information major who serves as the MSU LIT president.

To receive the award, the chapter had to report on their entire year as an organization from start to finish. This included what companies they brought in, events they hosted, membership and a financial review.

"As a growing organization, we are proud to be recognized for all of the hard work we have put in to create this organization from scratch," Cornellier said. "We hope that this will continue to help us increase awareness about MSU's IT curriculum and our organization."

The MSU LIT chapter was founded on March 25, 2013, by Cornellier, fellow media and information student Chris Munoz and adviser Harrison McKnight. The group is focused on bringing together students who are interested in learning more about IT, possible career opportunities within the field, and developing their technical skill set.

MSU LIT meets twice a month for a company presentation or tech workshop. They have had companies such as Google, Microsoft, GE and IBM come and present on their company culture and IT career possibilities.

The group also has MSU faculty or representatives from the MSU Computer Store come and do hands-on workshops where students can learn more about topics such as SQL, Ruby on Rails, and Web Development.

The main goal of MSU LIT is to bring together students with similar technical interests. Whether its meeting someone you have a class with or learning more about a company you may be interested in working for, MSU LIT strives to make these connections possible.

"We are excited to provide students the ability to join our organization online and encourage sponsorships from companies as well," Cornellier said.

In April, MSU LIT plans to attend the national AIS conference at the University of Alabama where they will network with other IT organizations from around the world and will give a presentation about the MSU chapter.

MSU LIT also will send a team of four students to compete at the CoMIS Case Competition March 25-28 in Minneapolis, Minn., where they will present a business-focused IT case to a panel of judges.

For more information about the organization, see the MSU Leaders in IT website.

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