Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
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About Region 5
AITP Region 5 represents 12 professional, 1 satellite, and 44 student chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, the St. Louis Metro area of Missouri, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Iowa and Wisconsin.
AITP is a national professional association comprised of career minded individuals who seek to expand their potential -- employers, employees, managers, programmers, and many others. The organization seeks to provide avenues for all their members to be teachers as well as students and to make contacts with other members in the Information Technology field, all in an effort to become more marketable in rapidly changing, technological careers.
The AITP Region 5 Mission is to:
- Provide a vehicle for the exchange of information among our chapters and members.
- Provide guidance, suggestions and training for successful chapter management.
- Provide educational, networking, and leadership opportunities for our members.
- Have fun and foster lasting friendships while we accomplish all of the above.
Northeastern Wisconsin to Host Region 5 Meetings
September 17-18, 2014
The AITP Region 5 Fall 2014
Meetings will be held September 17-18, 2014 at the Holiday
Inn in Appleton, WI. We thank the Northeastern
Wisconsin (NEW) Chapter for hosting this event.
set of meetings (the Chapter Seminars and Dinner Meeting and the Region Board
meeting and the first ever Student Leadership Summit) promise to have a great
deal of content for all AITP members-professional and student.
Attention Region 5
Besides all the
educational opportunities this conference provides, and the networking
opportunities, AND the information you will take away from the Student
Leadership Summit in terms of how to grow and manage your student chapter, the
Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Chapter has "sweetened the pot”:
- The NEW
chapter will award $250 to the AITP Student Chapter with the greatest
attendance/participation at the conference.
- The NEW
chapter will hold a drawing for $250 for one lucky Student AITP Member who
attends the conference and completes the conference evaluation form.
- All Region 5 AITP
student members attending the Student Leadership Summit will be eligible to
submit their application for a Sherry Anklam Memorial Award to offset their
college cost—EVEN if they are not members of one of the NEW sponsored student
See this flyer (PDF,
activities start with a choice of three excellent seminars late Wednesday
afternoon, Sept 17 followed by a great dinner and a presentation by the CIO of
the dinner meeting, Region 5 will host all attendees at our Region Hospitality
Suite for networking and relaxing.
morning starts with the Region 5 Board Meeting, where, among other things, we
will be kicking off a new concept for chapters to be able to share "good
will be followed by the first ever Region 5 Student Leadership Summit. We
always talk about doing more to help our student chapters, their leaders and
their faculty advisors. This session, led by Carrie Drephal, the dynamo president of the NEW Chapter and a
former student member herself, is a MUST
for student chapter leaders, their faculty advisors AND the board members of
the professional chapter that sponsors those student chapters. Don't miss this
The Northeastern Wisconsin
Chapter will provide the refreshments during the Thursday morning meetings.
150 S Nicolet Road
Appleton, Wisconsin 54914
Reservations: 877-834-3613, Front Desk: 920-735-9955
here to make reservations
Hotel Cutoff is September 5, 2014:
Choice of King or Double/Double
rooms (up to 4 occupants) - $89 plus taxes
Rate is good for the nights of September 16, 17 and 18, 2014.
Does not include breakfast. NEW will provide a map and a list of local
Please see all the details and register at the NEW AITP website
AITP Members $20
AITP Student Members $10
Wednesday September 17 Agenda:
4:15pm – 5:15pm Educational
Sessions (choice of one)
1: Keep Calm &
PowerShell On in Office 365
Presented by Donald Jacobs, Heartland Business Systems
2: Lean Fusion
Presented by Bryan Jeffrey, Terrafin Consulting
3: Networking for People
Who Hate to Network
Presented by Chris Czarnik, Fox Valley Technical College
5:30pm – 6:00pm Cash Bar /
6:00pm – 6:45pm Dinner
6:45pm - 7:15pm Business Meeting
7:15pm – 8:00pm Dinner Speaker
and Entrepreneurship in a Technology Company
Presented by Craig S. Dickman, CEO/Chief Innovation Officer,
8:00pm-Midnight Region 5
September 18: Region 5 Meetings Agenda:
Meetings are open to all AITP
members. There is no charge for the Region 5 meetings and complimentary
coffee/soda will be provided.
Region Meetings Registration:
To register for the Region 5 Board Meeting or the Student Leadership Summit, email your name, AITP member number, email address, and school (if applicable) by September 5th to email@example.com.
Region Meetings Agenda:
8:30am – 10:00am Region 5 Board
10:30am – 1:00pm Student
Click here for the agenda.
Click here for more information about all the Fall 2014
NCC 2015-2017 To Be Held in the Area for Region 5 Student Members
NCC will be held close to or in Region 5 for the next three years. The 2015 NCC is March 26-29 in Ohama, NE. The 2016 NCC is April 7-10 in Rosemont, IL. The 2017 NCC is April 6-9 in St. Louis, MO. See the NCC Future Conferences page
for more details.
Region 5's Ball State University Wins Student Awards
AITP announced the winners of the 2013-2014 Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) and the Student Individual Performance Award (SIPA). Among the winners is Region 5's Ball State University, which attained SCOPA and Ron Johnston from Ball State received SIPA.
For schools to receive the SCOPA award, they must have outstanding accomplishments in the areas of education, membership, public relations, chapter meetings and association participation. For students to receive the SIPA award, they must have sustained meritorious individual effort, both in the administration of the student chapter and in the increase of knowledge in information technology.
Congratulations to Ball State and Ron Johnston. See this Information Executive article for all the association's SCOPA and SIPA winners.
Region 5 Members to Serve on 2015 Association Board of Directors
Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter
who was 2014 Association President, will be the Immediate Past President in
2015. John Council of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as the
2015 Association Secretary. Chris Leja of the St. Louis Chapter will serve
as the 2015 Association Treasurer. Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter
and Larry Friedlander of the St. Louis Chapter will serve as Association
Directors for the Central District.
Region 5 has a long history of providing the association with leaders
and 2015 will no exception.
Congratulations to these members and thank you for your dedication and time to help lead our association.
Twin City Named
Region 5 Outstanding Chapter
Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for Chapter Outstanding
Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Chicago, Northeastern Wisconsin, St Louis and Twin City. These Chapters demonstrated performance in
all six areas being evaluated: Association support, Region support, support of
future generations, local community involvement, business community involvement,
and efforts in developing their chapter.
The selection this year was challenging because several of them
demonstrated excellence in all six areas.
Region 5 Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Twin City. Some of the 2013 accomplishments that made
them stand out are:
number of members participating in Association and Region boards, committees
number of visits to student and other professional chapter meetings and events.
contributions to association web site and publications.
the Fall Region Conference, Region Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop.
- Support for, and involvement with, student chapters
and education organizations.
in many community and business activities and events.
professional development activities for their professional and student members
offered by the chapter and in cooperation with Illinois State University.
Congratulations to 2013 Twin City Chapter President John
Haushalter, Sue Braun who
documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter
The Twin City Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA winners to
compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be awarded
later this year.
The selection committee consisted of Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter), Nick Sondelski (Wisconsin River Valley Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter -
Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the
Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2013 award year.
The Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) was developed to
recognize Chapters for their efforts to become a well-rounded, effective group
within their industry, local community and professional association. To qualify
for COPA, a chapter must perform at least one qualifying activity in each of
the categories of Association, Region, Chapter, Giving Forward, Local Community,
and Business Community. Region 5, who had more COPA winners than any other AITP
Region, is proud to have these Outstanding Professional Chapters. See http://www.aitp.org/news/179984/ for more information about the
COPA and the outstanding chapters in other regions.
Region 5 will select the recipient of the Region Outstanding
Chapter Award (ROCA) among the above five COPA winners. That chapter will advance to compete for the Association
Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA). The
ROCA Selection Committee consisting of Dick
Boenisch, chair (Sheboygan Chapter), Bill
Riter (West Michigan Chapter) and Nick
Sondelski (Wisconsin River Valley Chapter) will make their selection by
Chicago Chapter Hosts Region 5
Region 5 thanks the Chicago Chapter for hosting the Spring 2014 Region
5 Board of Directors Meeting and Chapter Leadership Workshop, April 21-22. Chicago did an outstanding job, starting with
a dynamic dinner speaker on Information Security featuring Jason Witty, SVP and
CISO of U.S. Bancorp and winner of
the 2013 ISSA/AITP CISO of the Year Award.
The next morning the Region held a productive business meeting and then
a lively Chapter Leaders Workshop on the topic of how we can better support our
student chapters and faculty advisors.
here for all the information from these Region 5 meetings.
Click here for pictures from the meetings.
Region 5 Scores Well at the 2014
National Collegiate Conference
The AITP National Collegiate Conference
is the single largest event produced by AITP. Region 5 continues to participate
heavily in this great educational opportunity and 2014 was no exception. Held
in Atlanta, Georgia April 10-13, the 2014 NCC was an outstanding success.
Region 5 universities and colleges represented at NCC include:
Ball State University
Blackhawk Technical College
Central Michigan University
DeVry University – Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Ferris State University
Gateway Technical College
Illinois State University
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Mid-State Technical College – Wisc. Rapids
Scott Community College
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Waukesha County Technical College
While ALL our student members from Region 5 and their faculty advisors
who attended are winners, here is the list of those who brought home awards:
Outstanding AITP Student
Chapter of the Year (2011-2012)
Ball State University
AITP Faculty "Extra Mile”
David Barnes – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
ICC Exam Statistics Top
HM – Jimmie Joseph – Ferris State University
HM – Matt Green – Waukesha County Technical College
AITP Student Chapter Banner
Contest – Professional Category
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
AITP Student Chapter Shirt
Contest – Casual Category
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
AITP Web Project Contest
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Code:24 Entrepreneurship Code-a-thon
1st – Gold Team Alpha
Wolf Squadron – Gwinnett Technical College & Ferris State University (Arielle Kohler, Robert Colangelo, and Nick Martin)
2nd – Team Flow-n-Go – Waukesha County Technical College (Darius Jackson, Chanel McKinney, Greg Clark, Laura Hendrickson, Andrew Quimby, Ryan Corbin and Tyler Breuniq)
Systems Analysis & Design
HM – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kiril Spasovski
HM – Purdue University – Kyle Burrow and Jessica Banks
PC Troubleshooting Contest
HM – DeVry University – Chicago – Andres Marroquin
HM – Ball State University – Nick Burton
Database Design Contest
2nd – Purdue University – Ivan Fung and Ben Mollet
Network Design Contest
2nd – Ball State University – Nick Burton and Lewis Brown
HM – Purdue University – Brandon Crenshaw
HM – Purdue University – Grant Miller and Noah Stampfli
HM – Purdue University – Tyler James Watterson and Justin James Cherry
Visual Studio.Net Developer
2nd – Purdue University – Ben Mollet and Daniel Golant
HM – Purdue University – Stefan Ralston and Ashish Mahajan
Java Developer Contest
3rd – Purdue University – Ben Mollet and Anthony Natoli
1st – Waukesha County Technical College – Matt Thompson
HM – Mid-State Technical College-Wisconsin Rapids – Greg Leavitt
Again, congratulations to all who participated. Once again, Region 5
students proved to be the "best of the best”.
here for a list of all the winners, sponsors, and participating colleges
Click here for conference
See www.aitp.org/ncc for more
information about the National Collegiate Conference!
Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced
The 2014 AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Atlanta, GA this year. Region 5 is proud to provide three grants of $250 each to be awarded to winning chapters for use in attending the 19th annual conference.
There were 7 entries received for this year's Region 5 Grant. The entries were evaluated on:
The winners are, in no particular order
The other student chapters who submitted applications were
We want to thank all the student chapters for participating in the grant process this year. The applications for the NCC Grant tally 62 students planning to attend the NCC. Our student chapters boast some of the best and brightest and have had several contest winners. We anxiously await the results from this year's competitions and wish the best of luck to all our students and teams.
This year's NCC Grant Selection Committee consisted of Brian Runyon, Twin City Chapter (Bloomington/Normal, IL); Kim Winter, Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter (Green Bay, WI); and Richard (Dick) Boenisch, Sheboygan Chapter (Sheboygan, WI) also the chairperson. We thank them for their service to the region.
For more details see this Information Executive article: http://www.aitp.org/news/165177/.
Region 5 Welcomes the Northern Michigan University Student Chapter
AITP welcomes the Northern Michigan University Student Chapter in Marquette, Michigan. It is sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin professional chapter.
Congratulations to the Chapter Officers and Directors and all the new members!
Chapter President – Melissa Millis
Chapter Vice President – Sebastian Savard
Chapter Secretary – Chelsea Hart
Chapter Treasurer and Membership Chair – Derek Weseen
Chapter Program Chair – Lewis Steiner
Chapter Webmaster – Brandon Collen
Faculty Advisor – Dr. David Helton
Read the 2013 Region 5 Newsletters
Region 5 Elects 2014 Officers
Pictured above, left to right Larry Schmitz, Bill Riter, Ron Mathis, Mark Gilfand, Dick Boenisch
The Region 5 Board of Directors elected its 2013 Officers at its fall meeting on October 11, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois. Serving for 2014 will be:
Larry Schmitz (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 President
Ron Mathis (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 Vice-President
Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter) - Region 5 Treasurer
Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary
Mark Gilfand (Twin City Chapter) - Region 5 Immediate Past President
We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who in turn, serves our chapters and members.
DPMA Legacy Society - DPMA Reunion
Howard Lee Smith, 1993 Association President, would like to organize a reunion of DPMA members sometime in the near future. If anybody is interested, please contact Howard at howard_lee_smith (at) earthlink.net.
Region 5 Fall Conference, Hosted by the Twin City Chapter, a Huge Success
The Region 5 Fall Conference, Region Board Meeting, and Chapter Leader Workshop were held October 10-11, at the beautiful Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference, hosted by the Twin City Chapter, had over 100 attendees. The educational sessions were top notch, with high marks from the attendees. There were numerous networking opportunities during the breaks in the vendor areas, the hospitality suite, and before/after the banquet dinner.
Twin City Chapter President John Haushalter and his conference committee - Sue Braun, Alan DeCrane, Mark Gilfand, Kira Kellerman, Jim Nelson, Kim Osterbrock, Luke Rogers, Elias Sahyouni, Tammy VanEgtern, (mentored by Larry Schmitz), did an outstanding job. They provided members and non-members alike with numerous opportunities to learn new technologies, techniques and skills. Topics included Cloud Computing, Big Data, Social Media and your Career, Mobile Technology in Law Enforcement, Transformation of Information Technology, Leadership, Team Work, Life/Career Balance and more. Many non-members learned about AITP and the value it can bring to IT Professionals.
The Region Board Meeting and Chapter Leaders Workshop were also great experiences for the attendees. It was one of the largest attended workshops in years. Region 5 would like to thank the presenters: 2014 Association President Mike Welch, Central District Association Director Vicki Hampton, Foundation for Information Technology Education President (and 2001 AITP President) Nita Adams, and Chicago's Larry Winkleman for their presentations.
Visit http://www.twincityaitp.org/region5 for all the conference details and click here for conference pictures.
Region 5 thanks the conference sponsors. Without them, there would be no conference.
Silver Sponsors: LRS Education Services, Country Financial, Code 42
Bronze Sponsors: Robert Half Technology, Wolfram, State Farm
Ball State Awarded Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award
Congratulations to the Ball State University Student Chapter, which was awarded the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) by the AITP Student Awards Committee.
award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of education, membership, public relations, meetings and Association participation. They require a student chapter to have dedicated and dynamic student leaders and truly supportive faculty advisors. Region 5 is proud to have these Outstanding Student Chapters.
Region 5 Members to Serve on 2014 Association Board of Directors
Congratulations to Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter who will be the 2014 Association President; Rick Steeber of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter who will be the 2014 Association Secretary; and Larry Friedlander of the St. Louis Chapter, who, along with Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter, will serve as Association Directors for the Central District. See this Information Executive article for details: http://www.aitp.org/news/134642/.
Region 5 Sponsors
We would like to thank Automated Records Management Systems (ARMS) for providing record retention services to our Region at no charge as their commitment to AITP and our profession.
Click the logo for more information on ARMS.
Region 5, Setting the Pace and on the Move!
Page last updated: 09/15/2014