Zipperman Scholars Program


Established in spring 2008, the Zipperman Scholars Program is a competitive extracurricular program designed to give first year 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 4 qualifying events each semester to maintain their active status in the program as well as submit a 500 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 Jessie Wertman so she can give your name to the Undergraduate Programs office.

    All Zipperman Scholars are eligible to participate in MIS 295A. This course will give you 2 credits and is graded on a pass/fail system. In order to pass this course and receive the 2 credits, you must attend 8 Zipperman events and write a 750 word reflection paper.  If you are interested in this course, please fill out the Change of Schedule Form and email Patti Ota to schedule a time for her to sign it. Please refer to the Dates and Deadlines calendar to make sure you submit the Change of Schedule Form on time. If you have questions about this process, please email Jessie Wertman.

    Spring 2020 Events

    Event  Date & Time Location
    Welcome Back All ZipS Dinner

    Friday, January 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

    (New ZipS please arrive at 5:30 p.m.) 

    McClelland Atrium
    Resume Checks (no RSVP required; no event credit) Thursday, February 6, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. McClelland 430U
    Phoenix Suns Game Friday, February 7, 12:30  - 11 p.m. Meet in McClelland Atrium
    Speaker Presentation: Vint Cerf Monday, February 10, 2 - 3:30 p.m. HSIB Forum -1670 E. Drachman St.
    Mock Interviews (RSVP required; no event credit) Wednesday, February 12, 6 - 7 p.m. McClelland 430E
    What Is MIS? Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McClelland 430E
    Visualization Activity Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McClelland 218J- MicroAge Lab
    Meet Walt Zipperman Tuesday, March 17, 6-7 pm McClelland 201A
    Desserts with Patti - A Personal Perspective Thursday, March 19, 6 - 7 p.m. McClelland 430E
    Movie Night Thursday, March 26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  McClelland 207 - Berger Auditorium 
    ZipS Give Back Day Friday, April 3, 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. McClelland Atrium 
    What Is MIS?  Tuesday, April 14, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McClelland 430E
    Meet the MIS Faculty Member: Jay Nunamaker Thursday, April 23, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. McClelland 430E

    *Please note that this schedule is subject to change

    Additional events that count for Zipperman attendance credit

    MIS Speaker Series

    • Most Fridays, 1-2:00 p.m.
    • McClelland 130 or 132
    • 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


    Interested in finding out more about this program? Email Jessie Wertman, Coordinator of Communications and Events, at