Dr. Thomas Hilton, professor of management information systems and chair of the Department of Management Information Systems, received the Excellence in Service-Learning as Faculty/Academic Staff Mentor award at the annual service-learning recognition breakfast held Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in the UW-Eau Claire Davies Center.
Student teams in Hilton’s senior capstone MIS 460 class are helping five area nonprofit agencies develop and implement long-range information technology management plans for their organizations that are strategic, comprehensive and sustainable.
The five agencies participating in the MIS service-learning program are Regional Enterprises for Adults and Children (REACH), the Eau Claire YMCA, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the L.E. Phillips Senior Center and the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Wisconsin. In addition to the free consulting services provided by the MIS students, each agency received a $2,000 grant from the SBC Foundation to help with equipment needs. All the agencies received assistance applying for the SBC grant from Tom Hilton and Dr. Don Mowry, director of the UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning.
“Although Chippewa Valley nonprofit agencies could benefit tremendously from strategic information systems designed to help them reach their goals more efficiently and effectively, most agencies didn’t see any change in this gap until Tom Hilton joined the MIS department a couple of years ago,” said Dr. Mowry. "Tom’s commitment to community service is one of the reasons he decided to come to UW-Eau Claire."