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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Kyle Harrison
    no signs of stopping in the near future Q What have been your most beneficial experiences in your program A I have learned in many of my courses how CIS applies to all aspects of business I am greatly looking forward to the upper level courses to learn more specifics about CIS Q What do you hope to do when you graduate A After graduation I hope to work for a government agency in computer security I would like to work as an information systems security engineer This appeals to me because I would like to build key cyber infrastructure to limit the chance the United States falls under a cyber attack Q What distinguishes your Appalachian experience A The relationship with my professors All the professors in the CIS department have real world experience that they apply to their teachings I have gotten to know many of them by attending office hours to better understand the material This has allowed me to create lasting relationships with my professors and to learn that they are always available to help Apply Visit Info Program Computer Information Systems BSBA The Computer Information Systems BSBA degree teaches students how to analyze design and implement innovative business information systems and create competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency and furthering an organization s strategic goals Department Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management This department s curricula promotes solid business acumen and technical fundamentals arming students with a unique blend of knowledge and enabling them to serve as the vital bridge between professionals in functional business areas and information technology IT College Walker College of Business The Walker College of Business has been accredited by AACSB International the premier global accrediting body for schools of business since 1976 It is among only one

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/kyle-harrison (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Casey Chalfant ’14
    on experience and fueled his passion for information systems Upon returning for his senior year Chalfant ran for and was elected president of the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals AITP a national organization that thrives on Appalachian s campus The CIS program at Appalachian allowed me to embrace my inquisitive personality and taught me how to focus that skill on determining how best to solve problems within a business Chalfant said I was also able to learn the technical information and skills necessary to be able to translate the needs of the business to the developers on my team Appalachian and the CIS department as well as my involvement in AITP also helped me develop the leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to be successful in the business world He continued The CIS degree is perfect for anyone who is interested in both business and information technology The core classes that Walker College of Business students take were beneficial in allowing me to have a smooth transition into working directly with a business and interacting with people who are not involved in information technology I received a well rounded education in the Walker College of Business and for that I am very grateful Apply Visit Info Program Computer Information Systems BSBA The Computer Information Systems BSBA degree teaches students how to analyze design and implement innovative business information systems and create competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency and furthering an organization s strategic goals Department Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management This department s curricula promotes solid business acumen and technical fundamentals arming students with a unique blend of knowledge and enabling them to serve as the vital bridge between professionals in functional business areas and information technology IT College Walker College of Business

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/casey-chalfant (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Dawn Medlin
    of Advanced Computer Science and Applications Computers in Human Behavior and the Journal of Information Technology Management Medlin is also the founder of Women of Walker WoW a mentoring program to accelerate the professional development personal growth and leadership abilities for female business majors Why should a student choose Appalachian to study CIS There are many reasons Medlin said The classes are small and therefore students get one on one time with their professors we have the highest job placement rate in the Walker College of Business and we are constantly updating our curriculum to include current topics Additionally many of the classes are conducted in computer labs allowing our students to participate in demonstration type activities that involve many different topics and technologies Apply Visit Info Program Computer Information Systems BSBA The Computer Information Systems BSBA degree teaches students how to analyze design and implement innovative business information systems and create competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency and furthering an organization s strategic goals Department Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management This department s curricula promotes solid business acumen and technical fundamentals arming students with a unique blend of knowledge and enabling them to serve as

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/dawn-medlin (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Rahman Tashakkori
    real world The professor and his students observe the bees through video and audio signals Then two different teams analyze the signals looking for behaviors that can help determine the growth and health of the hive Worldwide bees are dying in large numbers mostly due to Colony Collapse Disorder where a hive suddenly dies because of an unknown disturbance Our lives depend on bees because they pollinate our crops Tashakkori said We need bees and therefore we need to understand why they are dying Research projects provide opportunities for mentoring relationships between professors and students which is a hallmark at Appalachian Mentoring is very important in general to all STEM disciplines and computer science is not an exception Tashakkori said Undergraduate research produces better results when faculty are involved and mentor students both at the training stage and at the time when students have the results and need to analyze their data However the most important component to mentoring in Appalachian s Department of Computer Science is that students are able to approach faculty with questions not because they think faculty have all the right answers Tashakkori said but because they work together with students to find a solution They know faculty are there to jump in and solve the problems with them Meet more faculty Related Appalachian s Dr James Wilkes is part of the Bee Informed Partnership a 5 million project funded by the U S Department of Agriculture He talks with 88 5 WFDD s SciWorks Radio about this collaborative that works with beekeepers to better understand how to keep honey bees healthy http www wfdd org story bee informed Apply Visit Info Program Computer Science BS The world runs on technology By learning how to develop software you are entering a field with endless opportunities from

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/rahman-tashakkori (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Steve Kitchens
    it built one of the most complex mobile phones ever shipped Currently Kitchens serves as a senior manager of systems of electrical engineering for Kindle Fire Tablets and Fire phone After graduating from Appalachian State University in 2003 Kitchens moved to New York for an internship with BASF a corporation focused on sustainability that works with chemicals plastics performance products crop protection products oil and gas Then he pursued the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program at N C State University Kitchen s first job after completing his master s program was as a hardware design engineer at Sony Ericsson in Research Triangle Park in the Raleigh Durham area My degree from Appalachian has been the foundation of my professional career and even 12 years after graduation I fall back on my programming background Kitchens said He said he learned not only from the Department of Computer Science but also the community and the beautiful surrounding areas which helped him build a curiosity for how much there is to discover Boone is a quaint town but within the Appalachian community you will find personalities and cultures of all sorts which sparked my curiosity to go and see for myself what the world can offer Kitchens said In fact Kitchens responded to interview questions on a flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco after spending a week in China managing the production of the next Kindle e reader While studying computer science Steve Kitchens was also a student athlete He played defensive back for the Mountaineers from 1998 2002 Apply Visit Info Program Computer Science BS The world runs on technology By learning how to develop software you are entering a field with endless opportunities from software for businesses or research to apps and a demanding job market Department Department

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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Jenna Schachner
    efficient the world can become she said I believe the steps being taken toward artificial intelligence will begin to truly benefit the world Schachner who plans to work in artificial intelligence after graduation has seized many of the extra curricular opportunities that the Department of Computer Science and Appalachian have to offer I feel like with the experiences that they have presented me I will be able to take everything I have learned and apply it to the workforce she said Not only have they prepared me for that but I have learned a lot about personal growth and I hope to keep growing after graduation She is a part of the Scholarships in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics S STEM Program in which she is encouraged to come up with new ideas and methods for addressing problems with computer programs She is also a member of the Le Femmes Tehcnologie Women in Computer Science club The group has allowed her to attend hackathons and also network with other female students in the computer science field In addition to her computer science coursework Schachner also has studied abroad in Germany with the Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures This educational experience helped her realize that she would like to live there in the near future This spring she plans to apply for computer science internships in Germany Schachner attributes much of her success to her professors in the program She says that all of them especially Dr Rahman Tashakkori have driven her to do her best and get involved Apply Visit Info Program Computer Science BS The world runs on technology By learning how to develop software you are entering a field with endless opportunities from software for businesses or research to apps and a demanding job market Department Department

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jenna-schachner (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Cathy Marcum
    to demonstrate how research influences public policy and governmental decision making In addition I will discuss the effect of good and bad research on public perception of crime Q Why did you choose to study cybercrime and corrections specifically What sparked your interest and what has kept it going A My mentor George Higgins asked me to participate in a cybercrime study as an undergraduate and that sparked my interest We have continued a fantastic research relationship in the field My interest in corrections also sparked as an undergraduate but truly was fueled when I worked on a co editor project with Tammy Castle regarding relationships in prison Since that time I have dedicated a lot of time examining facets of the corrections system Q You said you enjoy using your findings to create education programs and provide resources to assist individuals in breaking from a deviant lifestyle Can you explain this further A I have performed tutorial and educational workshops for parents and organizations on the dangers of online victimization and predatory behavior I have used some of this information in the classroom but also in workshops for outside entities Q Are there any research findings that changed your perspective or surprised you A I have acquired a lot of knowledge regarding the offending differences between men and women some of which is surprising Many people assume that females are docile creatures unable to participate in evil behaviors but this is certainly untrue Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Programs Criminal Justice BSCJ International Studies In the Criminal Justice BSCJ International Studies degree program you will learn to understand the criminal justice system its stakeholders and the interaction and influence of foreign countries and governments Criminal Justice BSCJ A criminal justice degree prepares students to work in the public

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/cathy-marcum (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Winnie Ortega ’17
    I love that it is situated in a small town Why do you think it is important to study criminal justice I think it is important to study criminal justice because those four years spent on learning what criminal justice is helps you to become a better officer judge lawyer etc in the future You will already have an idea of the criminal justice field For a law enforcement officer that means that you will be learning the kind of problems they face and how stressful it can be A student who studies criminal justice has more knowledge of what exactly they are getting themselves into because of the classes they take These classes can range from Intro to Criminal Justice Criminal Law and even International Terrorism Having that early teaching I believe also helps us educate and find the best people we can to work these criminal justice jobs What are you planning to do after graduation After graduation I hope to work for the State Bureau of Investigation That would be a dream come true working hard to make that happen My second option is to go to graduate school hopefully in New York City at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and work in New York City as a police officer while I finish my master s What extracurricular activities are you involved in and how have they helped you in your academic pursuits The first club I joined when I arrived here freshman year was the Appalachian State American Correctional Association This club helped me a lot in that it made me realize even more that I was in the right major All the activities they planned and speakers they brought in helped me learn something new or gave me the opportunity to make contacts The

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/winnie-ortega (2016-02-17)
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