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May 23, 2008

UW-Eau Claire Welcomes MWAIS Conference Attendees

Attendees of the third annual Midwest Association for Information Systems conference will gather to learn about the latest information systems trends, all within the comfort of a convenient, localized and small town setting.

A year in the making, the conference will feature presentations on research in the field, from subjects such as on working in virtual communities to the economics of information systems. Other presentations will focus heavily on teaching or pedagogy of information systems.

Assistant Professor of Information Systems and co-chair of the event Matt Germonprez said MWAIS chose UW-Eau Claire this year, due to the smaller size of the university in contrast to the more mid-sized ones where previous conferences were held.

Germonprez said that the smaller event gives those attending more accessibility to meet up with colleagues and attend conference presentations.

The conference itself will be held at the RCU Corporate Center (200 Riverfront Terrace) in downtown Eau Claire, two blocks from the Ramada Inn, where attendees will stay. This Germonprez said adds extra convenience allowing attendees to walk to the conference and not having to rely on shuttle busses or other modes of transportation to and from the event.

Dr. John King, professor and vice provost for academic information at the University of Michigan will be one of this year’s keynote speakers. Rita Heise, CIO at Cargill is also a keynote speaker. Heise will speak on the emergence of globalization with Cargill’s information systems division, along with its role in Cargill’s business relations in China.

The conference will also have some local flare as catered meals will feature locally grown and organic foods. The organic theme is also reflected in the event’s favors such as canvas tote bags.

In addition to Germonprez, Jakob Iversen (UW-Oshkosh) is this year's conference co-chair. The program committee includes UW-Eau Claire faculty members Dawna Drum, Tom Hilton, Tony Keys, Jean Pratt, and Ruidong Zhang.

MWAIS provides a venue for Midwestern academics and practitioners who wish to be involved with the Association for Information Systems on a smaller scale than the large international conferences.

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Presentations by UW-Eau Claire Faculty

Refining the Introductory IS Course: Don Gaber
“I Still Hate It!” Understanding Workarounds after Large IT Implementations: Dawna Drum, Kristina Bourne, Rhetta Standifer
The Impact of Electronic Tax Return Filing on Tax Compliance: D’Arcy Becker, Stacy Lacktorin-Revier