Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
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About Region 5
AITP Region 5 represents 11 professional 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.
City Chapter Presents Student Award
by Elias Sahyouni, Twin City Education Director
On April 16, 2015, the Twin City AITP Chapter in Bloomington/Normal, IL
honored an Illinois State University student for superior academic and
The chapter is proud to announce the recipient of the $500
Student Award. The award is given out annually to a student chapter AITP member
that has at least 60 credit hours and is in an IT related field. Students must
portray leadership skills, campus involvement, and strong academics.
The recipient this year is Elise Byers of Illinois
State University (ISU). Elise is the President of the ISU Student AITP Club and
also serves on the officers committee to help coordinate meetings and events
for both the AITP and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) clubs.
Illinois State University's Elise Byers (left) receives the Twin City Chapter Award from Education Director Elias Sahyouni
Elise has received her Associates in Data Processing and is
currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a
Minor in Business Administration. In 2014 she competed in the AITP
National Collegiate Conference in Atlanta, GA. After experiencing the NCC
first-hand, she has taken it upon herself to give presentations to classes to
help recruit new members and to encourage other students to compete in this
year’s NCC in Omaha, NE. She organized the efforts to take a team of five
students to the NCC with the help of the Illinois State University faculty
sponsor Dr. David Sikolia. At NCC she also won a National AITP
Scholarship. Elise plans to work as an intern this summer and will be
graduating in December 2015. After graduating, she is eager to start a new
career as a Systems Development/Analyst.
Region 5 Scores Well at the 2015 National Collegiate Conference
National Collegiate Conference is the single largest event produced by AITP. Region 5
continues to participate heavily in this great educational opportunity and 2015
was no exception. Held in Omaha, NE March 26-29, the 2015 NCC was an
Region 5 universities and colleges represented at NCC include:
Ball State University
Central Michigan University
DeVry University – Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Ferris State University
Gateway Technical College
Grand Valley State University
Illinois State University
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Mid-State Technical College – Wisc. Rapids
Northern Michigan University
Scott Community College
University of Southern Indiana
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin – Stout
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
AITP NCC $1,000 Scholarship Winner
Elise Byers - Illinois
Association Outstanding Student Chapter of the
Ball State University
AITP Faculty Advisor of
the Year 2013-2014 Award:
Dr. Fred Kitchens Ball
TOP Monkey Award
(Highest level of overall conference support)
Purdue University with 48
student & faculty attendees, traveling 570 miles one way with 112
ICCP Exam Statistics (91 exams given, 71 passed
1st: Mark Lewellyn - University of Southern Indiana
3rd: Ben Rock - Mid-State Technical College
AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest –
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest – Professional
2nd – Eastern Illinois University
Systems Analysis & Design Contest
2nd – Purdue University – James Staley and Sean Myers
HM – Purdue University – Ryan Green and Iris Medina
HM – Purdue University – Cameron Fevig and Ryan Rumble
HM – Purdue University – Stephen Claypool and Nicholas Brady
HM – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kiril Spasovski
PC Troubleshooting Contest
1st – Purdue University – Tyler Watterson
HM – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Greg Dehaan
HM – Purdue University – Andrew Gustafson
HM – University of Wisconsin – Stout – William Steahr
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Micah Kordik
Database Design Contest
2nd – Purdue University – Miranda Lung and Sean Myers
sponsored by IBM
1st – Purdue University – Ben Mollet and Anthony Natoli
2nd – Gateway Technical College – Kelly Mason
3rd – Purdue University – Kimberly Barnes and Daniel
Network Design Contest
1st – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Jordan Sussman and Brandon
2nd – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Jacob Lube and
3rd – Waukesha County Technical College – Charles
Russell and Shuan Franke
HM – Purdue University – Noah Stampfli and Grant Miller
HM – Purdue University – Everett Kennedy and Chris Fox
sponsored by IBM
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik
Visual Studio.Net Developer Contest
HM – Grand Valley State University – Hannah Long
Contest sponsored by TD Ameritrade
1st – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kirtana
HM – University of Southern Indiana – Brad Cadden and Tyler
Code-A-Thon sponsored by
3rd – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik
and Nathaniel Davis
HM – Purdue University – Anthony Natoli and Ben Mollet
HM – Central Michigan University – Patrick Felder and Rachel
1st – Purdue University – Noah Stampfli
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Theresa LaMott
Java Developer Contest sponsored by State Farm
2nd – Purdue University – Anthony Natoli and Ben Mollet
3rd – Purdue University – Miranda Lung
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik and Nathaniel
AITP Web Project
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Kidds in the
See the full list of NCC Winners and Highlights.
See this article from the University of Southern Indiana.
Again, congratulations to all who participated. Once again, Region
5 students proved to be the "best of the best”.
Ball State University Named Region 5 and AITP
Outstanding Student Chapter
Dr. Fred Kitchens Named AITP Faculty Advisor of the Year
Ball State University was named the Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year at the recent AITP National Collegiate Conference. Earlier this year, Ball State was named the Region 5 Outstanding Student Chapter.
Additionally, Ball State's Faculty Advisor, Dr. Fred Kitchens, was name the AITP Faculty Advisor of the Year.
Ball State is sponsored by the East Central Indiana professional chapter.
Ball State joins a long list of Region 5 Outstanding Chapters. Click here for previous winners.
Congratulations to the entire Ball State student chapter!
Region 5 Welcomes
the Grand Valley State University Student Chapter
Region 5 welcomes
its newest student chapter from Grand
Valley State University. It is
sponsored by the West Michigan
the Chapter Officers and all the new members!
President - Hannah M. Long
Vice President - Trevor D. Sundelius
Treasurer - Sierra M. Salaam
Secretary - Jasmin E. Herendeen
Webmaster - Casey VanHoof
Programs Chair - Abby VanderWagen
Faculty Advisor - John H. Reynolds
Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced
The 2015 AITP
National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Omaha, NE this year.
Omaha; a Winning Tradition" Region
5 provides grants to Region 5 student chapters to help defray the costs of
participating in the NCC.
There were 3 entries received for this year's Region 5 grant. The Region 5
Board of Directors approved three grants of $250 each to be awarded for use in
attending the conference.
The entries were evaluated on:
- completeness of
funding request and updated information on chapter officers and faculty
advisor(s) with email addresses posted to chapter’s web page on www.aitp.org.
- student chapter
activities/accomplishments through the previous year
- number of
students that will be attending the NCC
- number of
competitions and number of teams that the chapter will be entering in the
undertaken by the student chapters to obtain the funds to cover the costs to
- description of
how the funds would be utilized if awarded
The winners are,
in no particular order:
Central Michigan University
Eastern Illinois University
Ferris State University
want to thank all the student chapters for participating in the grant process
this year. The applications for the NCC Grant tally 23 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 of this year's
competitions and 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, Northeast Wisconsin
Chapter (Green Bay, WI); and Richard (Dick) Boenisch, Sheboygan Chapter
(Sheboygan, WI) also the chairperson.
Region 5 represents 11 professional
and 30 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. Region 5 provides a
vehicle for the exchange of information among chapters in the Region. It
provides guidance for successful chapter management. The Region also provides
educational and networking opportunities for its members.
District Recruitment Committee Named
The 2015 Central
District Recruitment Committee (DRC) has been named.
Adams (Capitol Chapter) will chair the committee, assisted by Tony LaCrosse (Southeast Wisconsin
Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan
recruiting structure has four voting districts of approximately the same size
in terms of numbers of AITP members. The AITP regions are geographically
divided into a Western, Central, Southern and Eastern district. United States
individual members and Chapters who do not belong to a Region are included in
the geographic districts in which they reside.
The districts and
their regions are defined as follows:
Western District: Regions 1, 2, and 4
- Central District: Regions 5
- Southern District: Regions 3 and 7
- Eastern District: Regions 11, 13, and 18
Click here for a map of the Regions.
The Association Recruitment Committee (ARC) is composed
of the Chairs of the four District Recruitment Committees, plus a chair
appointed by the Association President.
committees are charged with recruiting professional members of AITP to run for
office on the national board.
Visits Fox Valley Technical College Student Chapter
In October 2014, Region
5 President Larry Schmitz visited the Fox
Valley Technical College Student Chapter.
Larry discussed the benefits of AITP membership, both for the students
and for the future as professional members. He helped the audience understand
how to maximize those benefits by using AITP to build a network of IT
professionals the students can rely on (and who can rely on the student).
They discussed the scholarship opportunities
available exclusively to AITP student members.
And Larry recounted what it means to an employer when a professional
person asks to be supported for AITP membership.
Click here to read this insightful article,
which was published as part of the Dec. 30, 2014 Information Executive.
East Central Indiana
Hosts Leadership Series, Launches Corporate Sponsorship, Creates Internship and
Elects 2015 Officers
The East Central
Indiana (AITP-ECI) chapter partnered with the Carmel-based Central Indiana
Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMICIC) to host a quarterly
leadership series at the Muncie Innovation Connector presented by the Shafer
Leadership Academy, and also established the Innovation Connector as its
Earlier in the year AITP-ECI rolled out new membership
options as well as launching a corporate sponsorship program.
Current local sponsors are Thomas Office
Solutions, Ontario Systems, eKeeper Systems, the Muncie Youth Opportunity
Center, PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, and Pinnacle IT Solutions.
AITP-ECI also created an internship available to student
AITP members at Ball State University.
And it recently elected its 2015 officers.
Click here for all the details.
Region 5 NCC Grant Application Deadline
is Feb. 15, 2015
Region 5 Student Chapters: If your Student Chapter is planning on
attending the National
Collegiate Conference in Omaha, NE, March 26-29, 2015, your chapter
may qualify to be awarded a $250 grant from Region 5 to help with your
chapter's travel/registration expenses.
Region 5 has approved funds to award up to three grants of $250
each to deserving Region 5 student chapters that will be attending the NCC.
To apply, Click on
Information” in the "Region Quick Links” section above. On
the Region Information page, you will find links for
"2015 Region 5 NCC Grant
Region 5 NCC Grant Procedure". Download those documents
and follow the instructions.
In the procedure, pay particular attention to
point 6 since that is
the criteria that is used by the Selection Committee to award grants.
The deadline for electronically submitting
grant applications is February 15, 2015.
Hope to see you all in Omaha!
More information on the NCC is available at http://www.aitp.org/ncc.
AITP Chicago Presents Awards
AITP Chicago and SIM
Chicago congratulate the teams of USG Corporation, Tate & Lyle PLC,
Management Center, winners of the "2014 CIOs Most
Effective IT Team Award." All nominations, judging, and elections
were completed by peers in the information technology community, and awards were
presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 13, 2014. For more
information click here.
AITP Chicago and ISSA-Chicago wish to congratulate Arian
McMillan, CISO, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago winner
of the 2014
CISO of the Year Award. All nominations, judging, and elections
were done by peers in the information security community, and the award was
presented at the Award Program breakfast on October 15th. For
more information click
Ball State to Hold Fifth Annual IS Project and Case Competitions
April 10-12, 2015
The Miller College of Business at
Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, has been hosting an IS Project and Case Competitions in April since
2012. The event provides students opportunity to network with IS/IT
professionals, to showcase their projects, and to test their business
problem-solving skills. Click
here to see
what students from Western Michigan University had to say about their
experience. Please visit the Competitions
site for videos
of past competitions and information about the winning teams. The fifth
annual IS Project and Case Competitions will be held from April 10th to
12th, 2015. There is no registration fee and Ball State provides
most meals. Students must be accompanied by a faculty advisor.
This event is open to information systems
and management information systems students registered at a University. To be
eligible, entrants must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at the
time the project was completed. The project must be a real-world project that
students have completed for a client. A client may be any individual, business,
not-for-profit, club, association, or other organization. Projects may be
completed in fall or spring of 2014-2015 academic year.
The uniqueness of
this Project and Case Competitions is that students not only are able to
showcase their projects, they also have the opportunity to solve an IS-related
business problem within time constraint. If you have questions or need more
detail information, e-mail Dr. Catherine Chen at email@example.com. If you plan to participate, email your intend to Dr. Chen by December
Twin City Named Association Outstanding
Congratulations to the Twin
City Chapter in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It was honored with the Association
Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) at the AITP Member Summit on October
Each year, chapters
apply for the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA). Each Region then
selects their Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) winner. The ROCA winners
then compete for the Association's Outstanding Chapter Award. This year, after
reviewing all the documentation submitted for all the ROCA winners, an
independent body selected Twin City as the Association Outstanding Chapter.
In his letter of
recommendation to the Association Awards Committee, Region President Larry
Schmitz noted: "….what Twin Cities did in 2013, as evidenced by their
COPA application and what I am about to share with you below, put them head and
shoulders above the rest of us. They,
with only 39 professional members, hosted, planned and executed the ONLY full
blown Region Conference, Region Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop in the
Association!! And it was a huge success."
"But their success goes
beyond leadership. They showed an amazing "can do” attitude with a whole bunch
of teamwork mixed in.” "We have lots of active, involved chapter leaders in
Region 5, but in that 40 years, I have never seen an entire chapter board attend a Region Board of Directors meeting and
Leadership Workshop. The dedication of this group from the Twin Cities to make
AITP a better organization and to make their chapter a better chapter is truly
The Region ROCA
Selection Committee noted the Twin City Chapter’s accomplishments in terms of
the number of members participating in Association and Region activities, the
number of visits to student and other professional chapter events,
contributions to the association website and publications, hosting the Region
Conference/Board Meeting/Leadership Workshop, support and involvement with
students, involvement in community and business activities, and professional
development activities for their professional and student members.
Congratulations to Twin
City President John Haushalter, Chapter Advisor Sue Braun (who
spent many hours documenting Twin City's accomplishments), and the entire Twin
Northeastern Wisconsin Hosted Fall Region Meeting Board Meeting and Student Leadership Summit
A BIG thank you to the Northeastern
Wisconsin (NEW) Chapter for hosting the Fall 2014 Region 5 Board Meeting and conducting a Student Leadership Summit. On Wednesday September 17, the NEW chapter invited region leaders to attend their informative and entertaining seminars and dinner meeting.
The first-ever Region
5 AITP Student Leadership Summit convened on September 18, 2014. Presenters from the NEW Chapter were current and past NEW Board members Carrie
Drephal, Maggie Beard, and Chris Nimmer.
Attending the Summit were 22 members from various student
and professional chapters, as well as leaders from all levels of AITP.
The whole two-day experience, including
dinner, seminars, hospitality suite, Region Board meeting, and Student
Leadership Summit was just $10 for AITP Student members and $20 for AITP
Click here for more about the summit.
Click here for the agenda and minutes from both the Board Meeting and Student Leadership Summit.
Click here for pictures from the event.
Region 5 Elects Officers for 2015
Front row (left-to-right): Ron Mathis (2015 Region 5 President), Dick Boenisch (2015 Region 5 Secretary)
Back row (left to right): Mark Gilfand (2013 Region 5 President, 2015 Region Webmaster), Paul Dittmann (2015 Region 5 Vice President), Bill Riter (2015 Region 5 Treasurer), Larry Schmitz (2014 Region 5 President), 2015 Region 5 Past President)
The Region 5 Board of Directors elected its 2015 Officers at its fall meeting on September 18 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Serving for 2015 will be:
(Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 President
Paul Dittmann (Chicago Chapter) - Region 5 Vice President
(West Michigan Chapter) - Region 5 Treasurer
(Sheboygan Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary
Larry Schmitz (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 Immediate Past President
We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who in turn, serves our chapters and members.
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 Omaha, 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
Region 5 Sponsors
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Region 5, Setting the Pace and on the Move!
Page last updated: 04/20/2015