Zipperman Scholars Program


Established in spring 2008, the Zipperman Scholars Program is a competitive extracurricular program designed to give freshman and sophomore pre-business majors additional exposure to MIS and job opportunities in the field.

    • A $100 stipend for the first three semesters of active participation
    • Participation in real-world IT experiences
    • Special gatherings with MIS faculty and distinguished Eller guests
    • Opportunities to shadow executives and IT professionals 
    • Networking with business professionals, faculty and students
    • Opportunities for MIS-related internships
    • Opportunities to participate in IT training programs
    • A stronger professional resume
    • Assistance for the admission process to the Eller College Professional Program
    • Ability to be professionally admitted to the College with a double major
    • Ability to apply for the Advanced Zipperman Scholars Program to prepare for a career in consultancy

    The Zipperman Program is generously supported by Walt Zipperman, president of DAZ Systems (now part of Accenture). DAZ Systems specializes in Oracle E-Business Suite and leverages industry experience to provide mission-critical business solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. With over 350 successful implementations, DAZ is the largest Oracle Partner in the Western US and provides a variety of proven methodologies and a staff of experienced Oracle professionals for its customer implementations.

    "I am honored to be able to provide this exciting opportunity for outstanding Eller freshmen and sophomores to explore the growing field of MIS and the many significant and challenging IT job opportunities available in business today."

    — Walt Zipperman

    All new Zipperman Scholars (ZipS) MUST attend a "What is MIS" presentation in their first semester of participation. This event is offered at least twice each semester.

    ZipS are required to participate in at least four qualifying events each semester to maintain their active status in the program as well as submit a 750-word reflection paper about their experiences in the ZipS program.


    How to RSVP

    Zipperman Scholars RSVP/register for events through eSMS. Here’s how:

    1.  Use your NetID to log in:
    2.  Select “New RSVP” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
    3.  For “What type of appointment are you seeking?” choose “Workshop”, then search.
    4.  Choose events from the list.

    Through the eSMS system you can view and manage your event registrations throughout the semester. Set your notification preferences in eSMS to receive text or email reminders. If you need to cancel a registration, make sure to do so at least 24 hours in advance if possible.

    The No-Show Policy

    A no-show is a student who RSVPs for an event but doesn't show up. ZipS can miss two events each semester without losing their $100 stipend. To prevent being penalized for no-shows, always cancel an event registration at least 24 hours in advance if possible.

    How to Cancel

    If you have registered for an event and then find that you are unable to attend, you must cancel your registration in order to avoid being counted as a no-show for the event. 

    • If you are cancelling at least one day before the event, log in to eSMS to manage your registration.
    • In case of emergency that requires a same-day cancellation, email Jessie Wertman.

    As a Zipperman Scholar, you can apply for a double major upon admission to the Professional Program as long as one of the majors is MIS.  ZipS are the only students in Eller who have the opportunity to double major from the time of acceptance. If you are applying this semester, contact Patti Ota so she can give your name to the Undergraduate Programs office.

    Fall 2019 Events

    Event  Date & Time Location
    New ZipS Welcome Dinner Friday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 208 Gallery
    Welcome Back All ZipS Dinner Friday, September 20, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 208 Gallery 
    What is MIS? Wednesday, September 25, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 430E
    Resume Checks (no RSVP required; no event credit) Friday, September 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. McClelland 430U
    Meet the MIS Professionals Friday, September 27, 6 p.m. McClelland 208 Gallery 
    Mock Interviews (no event credit) Wednesday, October 2, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 430E
    Movie Night: The Great Hack Thursday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 207 (Berger auditorium)
    Family Weekend Brunch Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Old Main, Silver and Sage Room
    Meet the MIS Faculty: Sudha Ram Wednesday, October 16th, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 430E
    What is MIS? Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m. McClelland 430E 
    Visualization Activity Tuesday, November 5, 6 p.m. McClelland 218J- MicroAge Lab
    Meet the MIS Faculty: Matt Hashim Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.  McClelland 430E
    Closing Event Thursday, December 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meet in McClelland Atrium to carpool to event location


    Additional events that count for Zipperman attendance credit

    MIS Speaker Series

    • Most Fridays, 1-2:15 p.m.
    • McClelland 130
    • Please check the MIS Speaker's Series web page for details as the location and time may change
    • No RSVP needed, sign-up sheet will be available in the room

    Leading Diversity Speaker Series

    Interested in finding out more about this program? Contact Patti Ota, Zipperman Director, at 520-626-3599.