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Zipperman Scholars - Events

Giving potential MIS majors a "taste" of the opportunities that MIS has to offer.

The Zipperman Scholars Program is designed to raise awareness of MIS as a field and attract new undergraduate majors. To this end our program coordinators have designed a variety of events that Zipperman Scholars can attend.

View the current calendar here.

Examples of past activities include:

Welcome Dinner
The purpose of this dinner is to introduce the new Zipperman Scholars to the returning Scholars, the Zipperman Scholars Planning Committee, the MIS faculty; and to the details of the program itself. 


MIS Research Introductions
Our world-renowned MIS faculty present short synopses of their research projects to the Scholars. This event gives Zippermans the opportunity to hear first hand what our MIS professors are working on and experience the multi-faceted aspects of the field of MIS.

Field Trip to University of Phoenix Stadium of the Arizona Cardinals
Each year, we identify a different industry in which IT plays an important role and arrange meetings with IT professionals in that business.  One industry we identified was the professional sports industry.  Scholars and faculty met with Mark Feller, vice president for IT for the Arizona Cardinals, and learned about ways that an NFL team utilizes IT.  Included was a tour of the state-of-the-art University of Phoenix Stadium that includes a retractable roof and a retractable field. 

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Headquarters Tour
Zipperman's were given a briefing and demonstration of tactics, infomation systems and technolgy that the U.S. Border Patrol uses to help secure the United States border. View the full story here.

Training and Certificates

Zippermans are given the opportunity to participate and earn certificates that will enhance their resume and exposure to the field. One such opportunity was the Certified Process Professional (CPP) training. This one-day business process analysis training was provided by the International Process and Performance Institute (IPAPI) specifically for the Zipperman Scholars.  Students learned how to optimize, align and innovate an existing business process (using three diagnostic tools: Moments of Truth, Causes of Work, and Process Points of Failure). At the end of the training, the Scholars received a training certificate and IPAPI membership.


Family Weekend Brunch
On Saturday morning of UA's Family Weekend, MIS hosts a brunch for the Scholars and their family members.  The purpose of the brunch is to provide parents an overview of the field of MIS and associated career opportunities.  The Scholars and their families hear about the exciting things the MIS department is involved with, gain a high overview of the field of MIS and experience an MIS research project. 



MIS Course Introductions
The MIS faculty introduce their undergraduate course(s) to the Scholars to help them gain further insight as to what they will be studying. In addition, this event enables the students to network and meet the faculty in a fun-filled environment.

Homecoming Tailgate
During UofA's Homecoming, the Zipperman Scholars have the opportunity to attend a "meet and great" with Walt Zipperman, sponsor of the program. During this event students are able to talk one-on-one with Walt and ask him questions about his experiences in the real-world.

Helping the Community

MIS Zipperman Scholars help celebrate the end of the fall semester by having a dinner and helping to make some U.S. soldier's holiday a little brighter. The Zipperman's collect books, magazines, candy, snacks and toiletries items from their friends, roommates, sororities and fraternities to ship off to the soldiers. In addition, they write personal notes on holiday cards and included them in the boxes. For the last two years of this event they have collected enough items to fill 35 boxes!


Having FUN
The Zipperman's like to get together to just relax and have fun - like going bowling! This event allowed the Zipeprman's to get to know each other better and have some fun. Students bowling knowledge and skills ranged from beginners to pros!

For additional information, please contact Patti Ota, Zipperman Program Coordinator.