Kent State College of Business Administration’s Center for Information Systems Kicks-Off Fundraising Campaign

The College of Business Administration’s Center for Information Systems (CIS) is announcing a fundraising campaign to support the CIS Student Enrichment Fund.

The funds will recognize student excellence by supporting:

  • Academic Performance – Undergraduate tuition scholarships and Ph.D. student assistance.
  • Leadership – Honors student leaders of MISA, the CIS student organization, and IS students taking other leadership roles.
  • Practical Learning – Awards students who pass relevant and practical certification examinations such as MSCD (Microsoft Certified Developer) or CNE (Cisco Network Engineer) with test fee reimbursement.
  • Presentations – Awards students who excel in individual and team CIS presentations.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, CIS awarded more than $34,000 to students;  totaling a record 20 tuition scholarships were awarded to 14 different students. This includes two Society for Information Management Scholarships and two Parker Hannifin Achievement Recognition Awards.  Over the last decade, CIS has recognized more than 600 students with more than $130,000 of awards.

“CIS awards are very important to our students for a variety of reasons. Students say that without such support, they would have had to work more jobs to fund their education and consequently taken longer to graduate,” said Cathy Bakes, co-director of CIS. “Also, students who receive CIS leadership awards or receive successful certification exam fee reimbursement have had an edge over their competition when applying for jobs and internships.”

Bakes goes on to say this campaign is extremely important; “These funds enable us to make a difference in the life of deserving students. Plus, 100% of all money donated is awarded, there is no overhead.”

CIS, which is comprised of IS professionals, Kent State faculty, staff and students, plays an active and significant role in reviewing and updating the College of Business Administration’s IS curricula. Student success and participation are achieved through scholarships, internships, opportunities for public speaking as well as interaction and mentorship 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 organizations.

For more information on CIS, visit

To make a 100% tax deductible donation to CIS, please contact Terri Harmon, administrative secretary for the Department of Management and Information Systems, by phone at (330) 672-1140 or by email


Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,502 students; the second largest college of business in Ohio. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.            


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POSTED: Thursday, May 7, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 08:25 AM