CIS Department Celebrates 40 Years

CIS Department Celebrates 40 Years
CIS students from 1972.

The Computer and Information Systems (CIS) Department invites current and former students, faculty members and sponsors to celebrate 40 years of educational excellence on Saturday, May 2.

The celebration is open to undergraduate and graduate students who studied CIS and its different incarnations and specializations, including data processing, information systems, information systems auditing and telecommunications. The celebration includes former faculty, staff and sponsors of all CIS-supported programs since the program inception.

Festivities begin at 3 p.m. with student presentations, lab tours, a Women in IT panel and more. At 6 p.m., the CIS Department will host a dinner in Ursa Major in the Bronco Student Center. Dr. Gerald Wagner, the founding CIS Department Chair, will deliver the keynote speech. Select alumni from the 1960s into the 21st century will make presentations on the technology they used at Cal Poly Pomona. Expect to see punch cards, antique computers, floppy disks, even eight-track tapes.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 if purchased before April 6 and $45 from April 7 to May 1. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the event for $55.

In 1968, CIS launched one of the first programs in the country to offer an information technology-related business program to undergraduate students. Since then, the department has become one of the most respected CIS programs in Southern California. In fact, the Cal Poly Pomona is one of the few universities in California to be recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence for its information assurance curriculum.

The undergraduate and graduate CIS programs have produced more than 5,000 alumni, many of whom have gone on to lead successful careers in information technology and business. They continue to confront the challenges that information technology brings to business and government.

For more information, visit the CIS 40th Anniversary Web site at or e-mail event organizers Zhongming Ma and Ruth Guthrie. Phone inquiries can be directed to the CIS Department at (909) 869-3235.