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Kent State’s Center for Information Systems Celebrates 30 Years

Kent State University’s Center for Information Systems in the College of Business Administration will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a special event on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Kent Student Center, Room 306.

Prominent Kent State alumnus Pawan Verma, chief information officer of Foot Locker, will be the keynote speaker for this event. Verma's immense background in retail systems strategy, mobile and retail software development and e-commerce culminated in his success at Foot Locker.

Verma has been chief information officer and senior vice president at Foot Locker since 2015. He has served as vice president, digital and marketing technologies and services platforms at Target Corporation since 2013. He has an extensive background in retail systems strategy, design and implementation with e-commerce, mobile and retail software experience.

"I'm very excited that the Center for Information Systems will have the opportunity to celebrate its 30th anniversary with our corporate and university friends,” says Cathy Bakes, Ph.D., professor emeritus in management and information systems. “I am also looking forward to learning about our keynote speaker's experience at Target and Foot Locker. I am delighted that the proceeds from the event will enable us to fund additional scholarships for our students."

Donations will be used to recognize high-achieving students with tuition scholarships and leadership awards.

The Center for Information Systems brings together IT professionals, Kent State faculty and current students to ensure relevance of Kent State's Information Systems curricula. Student success and participation are rewarded through scholarships, facilitation of internships, venues for public speaking and interaction with corporate members.

"The ultimate goal is to produce confident, intelligent and well-prepared graduates who are highly sought out by a broad range of hiring organizations," says Robert D. Smith, Ph.D., professor emeritus and the founder of the Center for Information Systems.

Tickets for this event are $50 per seat ($22 is tax deductible) or $1,500 for a table of eight ($1,276 is tax deductible). Companies that purchase a table of eight will receive recognition on the Center for Information Systems’ website, special acknowledgement at the event and an invitation to be a guest speaker at a Center for Information Systems’ class or a Management Information Systems Association meeting.

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