2012 Western Michigan IT forum explores the importance of information and communication in business

KALAMAZOO- Business professionals interested in information systems and communication are invited to expand their knowledge of information technology’s impact on multiple industries at the 10th Western Michigan IT Forum at Western Michigan University.

Hosted by the WMU Department of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business, this year’s theme, “Information to Communication,” will be explored by two keynote speakers, as well as six concurrent paper presentation sessions and a speed-networking session.  The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, from 7:15 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. in the Fetzer Center on Western’s main campus.

The Forum’s lunch will also kick off a celebration of 30 years of business information systems education at WMU, the first university in the nation to require basic computer literacy for all students. The celebration will include speakers and alumni from different decades of the information systems program.

Dr. Muhammad Razi, associate professor of Business Information Systems and 2012 IT Forum chair, says that technology is at the forefront in today’s society. “Attendees should leave the forum with a better knowledge of the way technology has impacted communication and how communication can enhance business and academic environments.”

Keynote speakers:

Tim Dechant, Director of Technology at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Dechant has a background in the administrative, developmental, and operational aspects of technology.

John HillHigher Education Evangelist at LinkedIn

Hill works with higher education professionals around the world on social media skills. 

Along with two keynote speakers, the forum will also include a plenary session with experts from a variety of companies.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Mary Jane Mapes, President, The Aligned Leader Institute
  • Joy McClendon, Senior Director, Business Technology, Pfizer
  • Grant Sienko, Regional Director, Windstream
  • Rod Smith, VP, Emerging Internet Technologies, IBM

The Employer Turbo Presentation is an employer-student speed-networking session new to the forum that gives students an opportunity to meet in groups with employers for several minutes before moving on to meet with another employer. The session will help both students and employers find connections and communicate in and out of the forum contexts.

“Students will be able to choose which employers they want to interact with as a group and then will have limited time to do so, prompting interesting conversations,” says Dr. Mike Tarn, professor and chair of Business Information Systems.

The event will conclude with a raffle and an announcement about the International Conference of Health Information Technology Advancement (ICHITA) 2013.

The event is open to the public. Register by visiting www.wmich.edu/infosystems/itforum/index.php and clicking on the registration tab.  Registration is free for WMU students, faculty and staff.

Editor: Cindy Wagner
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