Author Archives: Tessa Smith

April 24

Old School IS Master’s Degree

It was 2003 when Erik Lamb’s name was first called in the Marriott Center. Fully suited in his cap and gown, he accepted his diploma and thought his time at BYU was complete. Thirteen years, four kids, two companies, one startup, and multiple VP positions later, Lamb—at the age of thirty-seven—took that same walk after […]

April 06

Garrett Gee: Make Your Own Career

Swim with sperm whales in Dominica—check. Visit an underground city in Turkey—check. Canyoneer in Indonesia—check. See the annual lantern festival in Thailand; swim with penguins in the Galapagos; and kayak with dolphins in Australia—check, check, check! Known as the Bucket List Family, former BYU students Garrett and Jessica Gee and their children spoke in an assembly […]

March 16

The End and the Beginning

Before the risin’ sun, we fly So many roads to choose We’ll start out walkin’ and learn to run And yes, we’ve just begun After forty years at BYU, Marshall Romney speaks of the program that he will be leaving behind in April by quoting the well-known Carpenters’ song, “We’ve only just begun.” “I’ve enjoyed […]

March 06

Jeff Thompson: Class Act

Jeffery Thompson stands before a large crowd once again, delivering the words he has prepared.  All eyes are on him, but with eighteen years of teaching under his belt, Thompson remains unfazed. As he finishes speaking, the audience rewards him with a roar of applause for his performance. The curtains close, and Thompson can add […]

February 14

From Classmates to Coworkers

Within a two-year span, five information systems classmates left BYU to start their careers—only to find themselves working side-by-side once again. The first of the five to finish the program, 2014 graduate Morgan Robertson began his career with a startup business called Kyazma. He recruited Nick Mortenson, a 2015 graduate, to join him. From there […]

January 11

Professors Publish Ethics Field Guide

Nathan is a new hire at a small tax practice. After a few months of work, his boss, Frank, calls Nathan into his office to discuss a client’s return. The client will need to pay an underpayment penalty of $50,000 to the state. Frank has a good relationship with the client, and in an effort […]

December 16

Stephen Shepherd: A “360-degree student”

Go. Learn. Become Global. The slogan for BYU’s Global Management Center (GMC) is something Stephen Shepherd, a senior at BYU studying finance and Portuguese, takes seriously. From Brazil to the United States and back to Brazil, Shepherd hops to and fro in an effort to gain global experience and stand out from other students. With help from […]

December 06

IS Christmas Tree Blesses Children

Christmas festivities are in full swing, and many people—including information system students—are joining in on the holiday cheer in a big way to help children at Primary Children’s Hospital. The BYU Association for Information Systems Club (AIS) recently donated a tree to the annual Festival of Trees event. Adorned with silver ornaments and lights that […]

November 09

New Class Redirects Futures

BYU information systems students are learning how to predict the future through the IS program’s newest capstone class. Professor Mark Keith, who teaches Information Systems Capstone Project (IS 415), hopes students will learn to creatively solve business problems by predicting the future through machine learning, which is the process of recording consumer decisions to predict […]

October 19

Not One, Not Two…Three Hired

Last May, senior Zac Quist and masters students Cody Pettit and James Dayhuff were three Marriott School information systems students excited to begin their internships together at oil and gas giant ExxonMobil. Four months later, not one, not two, but all three students landed full-time offers at the company’s Houston offices.ExxonMobil’s hiring target has been extremely […]