Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
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About Region 5
AITP Region 5 represents 12 professional and 43 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.
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 10thto
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
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
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
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 2014 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.
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: 11/14/2014