Author Archives: Madison Nield

December 10

#TBT: Alison Davis-Blake

“You don’t need a master plan to be successful. You find your career one opportunity at a time.”  So said Alison Davis-Blake in a 2012 Marriott Alumni Magazine feature, and Davis-Blake has lived up to her own words. She’s made her way from being the lone female in her undergraduate classes—earning both her BS in […]

December 03

Women Making Their Mark in Info Systems

The need for STEM professionals is on the rise, and women are happily stepping up to help meet the exploding demand. According to Forbes, eleven of the top twenty highest-paying jobs for women in 2015 are in STEM fields—among those, information systems managers were ranked eighteenth. And at BYU, more female students are discovering the […]

October 14

Flinging Frisbees with BYU’s ACM & AIS

Nothing brings BYU students together like a friendly game of ultimate frisbee. Pariveda Solutions, a national technology consulting firm, capitalized on that fact while on a recruiting visit to Provo. “Companies are challenged to differentiate themselves on campus,” says Sean McCall, vice president of Pariveda’s Houston office. “We have a very people-focused, teamwork-based view, and […]

September 28

In The Atrium with Travis Selland

For a multi-talented guy like Travis Selland, it took a few years and a few internships to narrow down his career choice. But after choosing information systems, the second-year master’s student couldn’t be happier. Selland recently took some time away from his duties as copresident of BYU’s Association for Information Systems to sit down with […]

April 16

MISM Student Maria Yacaman Tees Off

With lush green fairways set against the red-rock backdrop of southern Utah, Entrada Golf Course in St. George is Maria Yacaman’s favorite place to tee off. Not just because Zac Efron had a picnic on Hole 3 in High School Musical 2—although Yacaman does appreciate that—but because of its difficult yet rewarding nature. “It’s challenging, […]

April 10

In the Atrium with Noemi Morales

Noemi Morales, a native of Roswell, Georgia, started out as a photography major at BYU-Idaho. Although it took her a few years in Rexburg, an LDS mission to St. George, Utah; and lots of decisions, Morales has finally found her calling in the Marriott School’s recreation management program. She’s even landed an internship with a […]

April 07

Competition rewards savvy business plans

A great business venture starts with a great idea. The Ballard Center’s Social Venture Academy encourages student entrepreneurs to jump-start businesses with mentoring and cash prizes throughout three different stages of development: idea validation, product development, and execution. Students recently participated in the first stage by submitting videos for the Best Idea Competition. “We asked entrants, ‘What is […]

March 19

Megan Murff: In “Cahoots” With SVA

An aversion to exercise probably isn’t something you’d expect the owner of a fitness company to admit to having. “In junior high, the day I had to run the mile in P.E. was the dreaded can-I-stay-home-sick day,” Megan Murff laughs. “That’s how bad it was!” A lot has changed for Murff since then. The 2014 […]

March 10

Information Systems Alumni Updates

From Utah to Atlanta to Hong Kong, Brigham Young University information systems graduates are contributing far and wide—and working with more than just computers. Here’s an update on a few notable alumni, as featured in the Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 issues of Marriott Alumni Magazine. 1995 If you thought Marriott School information systems grads were […]

March 09

Passion for skiing turns into career

Slicing through fresh powder with the wind whipping at you and sunshine on your face—what could be better? For Marriott School professor Neil Lundberg, the only thing greater than skiing itself is helping others get out on the slopes. “It all started when a supervisor at the National Ability Center in Park City invited me to come […]

February 24

Snappy Acquisition of Student Startup, Scan

Hollywood secrets weren’t the only things ousted in the Sony Pictures hacking scandal. News of Snapchat’s acquisition of a BYU-student startup also hit the blogosphere. Scan is a QR-scanning app founded in 2011 by three former and current BYU students: Garrett Gee, Kirk Ouimet, and Ben Turley. The company specializes in creating and scanning QR codes […]

February 23

Changemaker Club Innovates in Provo

For busy college students, opportunities to serve can be lost amid the day-to-day challenge of balancing coursework, jobs, and relationships. But members of BYU’s Changemaker Club are bucking that stereotype by using their education to find sustainable solutions for social issues in Provo. “We’re a group of students who see the same problems as everyone else, […]

February 17

INTEX: The Legendary Final Project

There’s one group of students on campus already thinking about finals week. Information systems students prepare every day for the culminating event of their junior core: INTEX, a weeklong exercise that requires them to use everything they’ve learned that semester. Students come out of the competition with great stories, as well as valuable experience that […]

January 19

Tonya Johnson: Taking Stock of NASA

They might have a firm understanding of jet propulsion, but even rocket scientists need auditors. Enter Tonya Johnson, who interned with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this summer. She audited NASA’s large systems projects, getting familiar with human space travel as she analyzed project budgets and timelines. “It was cool that as grad student intern […]

January 01

Making Goals that Stick—Once and For All

“New year, new me!” That phrase can be a great motivator or a trite credo depending on how you use it. Follow through on your lofty aspirations with these tips from “Goals that Stick.” 1. Set a goal Simply making a resolution and committing yourself to it improves your odds of success tenfold compared to […]

December 09

An Unexpected Path to Provo

Katherine Payne’s life has taken some dramatic turns in the last few years. “I never dreamed I would live in Utah,” Payne admits. BYU’s newest information systems professor took a circuitous path to Provo. Payne grew up in a small town outside of Chicago, and recently converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints […]

November 27

3 Ways to Make the Holidays Happy

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of Marriott Alumni Magazine and The Exchange! May today bring you big servings of pumpkin pie, family, and football. All those trimmings aside, there’s more to this time of year than succumbing to a turkey-induced nap. Keep your holiday celebrations merry and bright with three lessons from President Thomas S. Monson, which he […]

November 18

Family Matters: A Look at the Trends

Fact: strong families help create a stronger economy. That’s because entrepreneurs striking out in the business world draw some of their most important resources—social, human, and financial capital—from their family affiliations. So what do national patterns of marriage, divorce, and birth rates mean for our economy? W. Gibb Dyer takes a look at that question […]