Matthew Coffelt loves to tell others about his first day on the Missouri State campus. He and his mother were touring the campus, considering whether he would come to Missouri State, when they got separated from the tour group. As they walked around campus, they encountered a professor wearing glasses and a bowtie. This professor started showing them around the campus and spoke enthusiastically about the computer information systems program.
"I was so impressed by him," Matt remembers. "This man who didn't even know me took time out of his Saturday afternoon to give a complete stranger a tour of the campus and his program. He actually cared about us. That was when I knew I wanted to come to Missouri State."
That professor who led him on his campus tour was Dr. Jerry Chin, the current head of the computer information systems department, which was Matt's major when he came to Missouri State.
From the time Matt was five and he got his first computer, he knew he wanted to work with computers as an adult. "I had great teachers who got me interesting in programming. I also started the Faculty of the Year award for the CIS department by presenting it to Dr. Chin, who was completely surprised, at the end-of-the-year banquet." Matt also comments, "That first computer I got when I was five still works. I can boot it up whenever I want."
Matthew Coffelt is honored to be on the curriculum committee for the computer information systems department at Missouri State. "It is really an honor. Missouri State's CIS graduates are really top-notch. As a manager who hires CIS graduates, I can say that the CIS department [at Missouri State] offers an education on par with the best in the country."
Matthew is also involved in many different community organizations. "In response to a community that has been so good to me, it is only natural for me to want to give back."