Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Free, Hands-on MIS Workshop this Friday: DevOps 101

All MIS students, but especially graduating seniors, should attend DevOps 101, a free, golden opportunity to get hands-on experience learning this hot new tech trend combining software development (Dev) and IT operations (Ops) to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous delivery with high software. 

Alex Khajehtoorian, Corporate Operations Engineer at Google (and 2010 SJSU MIS Honors graduate) will take you end-to-end through the process from idea to production system in this 3-part workshop, spanning three Fridays, starting 2/21, in BBC 304, from 1-4pm. (Free pizza & social from 12-1pm.) No previous DevOps necessary. This is an intro. But space is limited, you MUST REGISTER HERE THRU EVENTBRITE:

BUT ONLY REGISTER IF YOU WILL ACTUALLY ATTEND ALL THREE FRIDAY SESSIONS OF THIS WORKSHOP! If you register but can't make it, you must cancel in advance. Unexcused "no-shows" will not be allowed to register for future events.

This event is sponsored by the SJSU School of IS and Technology in collaboration with the MIS student association, MISA. It is part of a series of Friday afternoon workshops called the Free Ascent Career Series designed to help MIS students, especially graduating seniors, get hands-on exposure to new technologies that are hot in the marketplace.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Free local Geek Girl networking events for all genders

Angie from Geek Girl X has been putting on dynamic, relevant, fun Silicon Valley networking events for years and always invites SJSU students to join them free of charge. Here (below) is a note from Angie about a couple of don't-miss events coming up in Feb and March. Get your MIS friends & go!


1) Join us for a Girl Geek Dinner in Sunnyvale on February 25 - there will be fun Microsoft Hardware demos & lightning talks. All genders welcome - Microsoft is hiring! (flier)

(2) Elevate conference livestreaming all-day March 6 in celebration of International Women's Day with 20+ speakers including Intuit CTO Marianna Tessel, LinkedIn VP Engineering Erica Lockheimer and Slack Senior Director of Engineering Arquay Harris. Our sponsors are hiring and the event is FREE. (flier)

Agenda & FREE Elevate conference registration at

Can you please help spread the word? Let us know how we can support you as well in the future!

Thanks so much,

Angie Chang
CEO & Founder, Girl Geek X (formerly Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)

Free admission to RSA (major cybersec conf) coming in Feb in SF

RSA, a major international cybersecurity conference, is coming at the end of the month up in San Francisco and, as a college student, you can get in free for the last 2 days if you register here!!! (The normal un-discounted price is around $2500!) 

If you're into cybersec, you should totally go. If you're not into cybersec, you should still totally go because it's a huge factor affecting the MIS profession and this is how you get up-to-date on what's happening with it. And it's fun & amazing to see one of these big conferences anyway. And did I mention it's free? It's free.

You just have to get up to the Moscone conference center in San Francisco but it's not that hard, or expensive, if you take Caltrain up to Millbrae and transfer to BART. Then when you get off BART at Montgomery or Powell St, it's a super short walk - like two blocks. Google it. You're an MIS major for Pete's sake!

Go up there and just absorb everything you can. These kinds of things are how MIS professionals keep up on the crazy-fast-evolving tech world so they remain relevant throughout their careers. Observe them. Attend the tutorials, the sessions, the keynotes and see what they are and how they work. Heck, Penn & Teller are supposed to be there for the closing session. They're awesome.

Cheap, easy way to get your feet wet in the professional world and learn about important cybersec stuff at the same time. Also gets you points in the MIS PRO Community, so register and GO!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

11/12 on campus - hear advice/wisdom from top MIS professionals in the field

Here's another golden opportunity to access some of the top local professionals in the MIS field, next Tuesday, in the beautiful SU Theater. All MIS students are welcome to this major event of the Fall semester, sponsored by MISA, where 5 panelists will offer their advice to you as a student. Every one of the panelists has had a highly successful career in our field and is giving back by sharing their experience and wisdom. Each is a role model for you to aspire to. Don't miss this opportunity.

For more details and the link to sign up, see below:

Join MISA at the San Jose State University Student Union (SU) Theatre on November 12th from 6-7:30 pm for a chance to hear from a panel of MIS professionals that are currently working in the field! We will be hosting five esteemed panelists who currently work within security analysis, risk analysis, cybersecurity, and management roles. This event will be a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in finding out more about various career paths in the business & technology world. Attendees will gain valuable insight from industry professionals and have the chance to ask them questions.

This event is open to ALL SJSU students, alumni, and faculty. MISA members will receive free admission to this event. For non-members, the entrance fee is $5. Snacks will be provided! To pay: Venmo @SJSUMISA or pay with cash at the door. Seating will be limited, so please reserve a spot NOW!!

Link to sign up:

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hear from Women Startup Founders on campus next Monday (free!)

Here's another one of those golden opportunities to be inspired by highly successful business professionals who are role models for us all. In this case, they're entrepreneurs, women startup founders, four of whom are SJSU graduates! (And MIS students, it's something you can add to your Professional Achievement portfolio...for points!)

SJSU's Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) in conjunction with the IDEAS Club runa a free, open-to-the-public speaker series all school year and this coming MONDAY, September 16, 6-7:15 pm in the Student Union Theater (Ground floor of SU) is the session "Words of Wisdom from Female Founders"

They have an amazing lineup of distinguished women entrepreneurs participating on the panel, four of whom are SJSU alumnae:

  • Annette Finsterbusch, President & CEO of EnPower Inc.
  • BJ Hardman, Chairman of the Board of Sanarus Technologies
  • Gwen Nguyen, founder/CEO of Maven’s Creamery, & Shark Tank winner
  • Neda Blocho, Program Manager at WeWork Labs 

in conversation with Melissa Dyrdahl, former CEO of Ella Health and CMO of Adobe Systems, who will moderate the discussion.

Here's the registration link:

Go get wiser! (& get points!)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Global Digital Forum this week (free for SJSU/MIS!)

Short notice (sorry) but here's a great professional development opportunity coming right up:

The GLOBAL DIGITAL FORUM ( will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center from Sep. 4-5, 2019. It will discuss how digital technologies (IOT, AI/Analytics, Cloud and Security) are being applied to build customer solutions in verticals such as Manufacturing, Energy, Transportation, Healthcare, Retail, Agriculture, Smart Cities, and Financial Services with keynote presentations from Ed Abbo, President and CTO of, Edy Liongosari, Managing Director and Chief Scientist of Accenture, Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscalar, Matt Cole, President of CUBIC Transportation Systems, and Atiq Raza, CEO of Virsec.

Also, our own Professor Dhar will be giving a talk there on the 5th, on Cloud Computing and High Performance Computing!

Special complimentary tickets are available to SJSU students who book using this complimentary code:
Check it out and use it for points on the new SJSU MIS Pro Community!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

all star MIS industry execs tonight, 6pm, Student Union Theater

Come hear from MIS industry all-stars from Intel, Adobe and Marvell on the Future of Technology, tonight 6pm in the Student Union Theater. This is MISA's showcase event for the Spring and all students are welcome (but there is a nominal $5 charge for non-members.) Check out the blurb and registration link below and get yourself there for this highlight event!

MISA Presents The Future Of Technology: An Executive Panel. It will consist of speakers from world-renowned Intel and Adobe! Each speaker has a tenured career in the field of technology. This is a golden opportunity to hear from premium world-class speakers on the basis of where technology is headed. Gain some valuable insight on how to accelerate your career and ask questions. There will be limited seating, so I highly recommend you sign up immediately to reserve your spot.