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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.


Region Mission

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.


Region 5 Fall Meetings - September 21-22, 2015

The AITP Region 5 Fall Meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn, Rolling Meadows (Schaumburg), Illinois on September 21 and 22, 2015. Region 5 will join the Chicago Chapter for its dinner meeting on 9/21/2015 and then will hold its Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop on 9/22/2015.

Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg Hotel
3405 West Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Group Code "AITP Group"
Click here for the hotel web site with Group Code filled in

The conference rate is $90 plus taxes and includes a full buffet breakfast. The hotel cut off date is September 10, 2015. 

Join the Chicago Chapter for their regular monthly dinner meeting the evening of September 21 at the La Mirage Restaurant (next door to the hotel). The cost to attend will be $30 for AITP members (of any chapter), $40 for guests and $20 for Student members.

Reservations for the Chicago Chapter Dinner Meeting must be made separately through their website (click here). The Dinner Meeting reservation cut off date is September 18.

The Monday night dinner speaker will be vArmour CISO, Demetrios Lazarikos who will discuss managing the Internet of Things. 

The IoT (Internet of Things) will become challenging to manage from a Technical and Information Security perspective. Consumer-facing devices will be integrated into Enterprise legacy systems, which have evolved to using more modern technologies like cloud and mobile. Businesses will demand that technology be integrated into the Enterprise faster than before while Technologists, Developers, and Information Security practitioners will need to align accordingly.

In this presentation, vArmour CISO, Demetrios Lazarikos (Laz) will present some of his research in this area as organizations move to IoT. Some topics that will be addressed:

What's top of mind for executives as they move to emerging technologies and IoT?

Preparing a cloud strategy and some options in protecting the legacy and merging technologies.

How to embrace DevOps and Agile frameworks while building a scalable Information Security program that integrates seamlessly into the environment without impacting business growth.

How the enterprise is going to manage, monitor and alert on the openness of systems that are now tethered to the Enterprise legacy environment on a global scale and are operating 24x7x365 days a year.

On Tuesday, Region 5 will hold its Region Board Meeting, followed by two Chapter Leaders Workshops:

Workshop #1: "Think Outside the Box" Update from each chapter

Workshop #2: National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair Update 

Click here for the detail Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop Agenda. 

If you plan to attend the Region Meetings and travel by train/Amtrak, when you arrive at Union Station, you need to walk a short distance to Ogilvie station, and then take the Metra to the Arlington Park station, where the hotel can pick you up via shuttle or cab (confirmed with the Hotel that they will do that, provided you have reservations).

Many thanks to the AITP Chicago Chapter for stepping up to host this event.



Another Day in the Sun 
Annual Sheboygan AITP Chapter Golf Outing
By Larry Schmitz

What are the chances that it won't rain on the 3rd Wednesday of August in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for 43 years in a row? 

Well, it hasn’t. And the Sheboygan AITP Chapter once again held their successful golf outing under sunny skies.

Shown (left to right) are Sheboygan Board members, Guy Fintelmann, Lou Buell, Mike Huber and Al Martell, checking in one of the participants.

And, once again, it was my pleasure to play in the same group as the co-founder of the golf outing - Cliff Van Ess

Cliff was the Chapter President 43 years ago when Doug Doebert, a long time member who has passed on, approached Cliff with the idea that the Sheboygan Chapter should have a "social type” event during the summer—a golf outing.

Cliff liked the idea and the two of them put together the first outing. One small problem—Cliff had NEVER played golf in his life—but thought he should participate to support the event. So he borrowed a set of clubs and played his first round of golf. He confided in me today that he was, in his words, terrible. He said he shot 107 for nine holes. But he got the "bug” to become a golfer and has been playing (a lot) ever since. And, at age 92, still plays well-and almost every day.

To underscore that last statement, Cliff WON the "B Flight” in today’s outing. That despite the fact he had higher (for him) than normal scores on the last two holes. He confessed that he "was getting a little tired at the end”. Hey, at 92 years old - you’re entitled.

As Lou Buell, Golf Outing Chairman, gave out the awards and prizes at the banquet, we wrapped up another "Day in the Sun” at the Sheboygan AITP 43rd Annual Golf Outing 


By the way – that is Cliff Van Ess in the left foreground, and next to him, Tony LaCrosse, Milwaukee Chapter, who was also in our foursome.

This is what AITP is REALLY about—friendships, and business connections, that last a lifetime.



AITP Chicago Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter

Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for the 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 very challenging again this year because several of the chapters demonstrated excellence in all six areas.

This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Chicago. Some of the 2014 accomplishments that made them stand out are:

  • Strong efforts to enhance and grow their chapter.
  • The number of members participating in chapter committees and special interest groups.
  • Promotion of AITP to other professional groups and CIO’s in the Chicago area.
  • Hosting the Fall Region Meeting and Leadership Workshop.
  • Support for and involvement with student chapters and education organizations.
  • Involvement in many community organizations and business activities.

Congratulations to 2014 Chicago Chapter President Gary Czubak, Paul Koziel who documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.

The Chicago 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 - chairman).



Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!

Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2014 award year.

Northeastern Wisconsin
St Louis
Twin City

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 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).

See this Information Executive article for a list of all chapters across the country that earn COPA.



Region 5 Loses a Leader—Rick Piunti Passes On

By Larry Schmitz, Past Region 5 President


On May 24, Region 5 lost one of it former leaders. Rick Piunti succumbed to the side effects of Alzheimer’s disease at age 65. Rick was one of the most dedicated people I have ever known. Dedicated to his family, his God, his job and, yes, AITP.

He was one of the "good guys” even as a kid growing up in Joliet, Illinois – earning the coveted Eagle Scout status from the Boy Scouts of America.

Those of us from Wisconsin don’t understand how he went astray, but I failed to mention he was the ULTIMATE, dyed in the wool, Chicago Bears fan. For many years, living in "Packer Country”, Rick took his share of flack. But ONE year, somehow, the Bears beat the Packers. We had an AITP committee meeting early the following Monday morning at the local McDonalds. Rick showed up with: A Chicago Bears hat, jersey, coat, sweat pants, tennis shoes and, yes, even Chicago Bear socks. He didn’t say a word. Just sat there and smiled waiting for one of us dummies to mention "da game”. He was always fun to be around.

Rick had a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was the Controller for Valley Packaging Industries in Appleton when I met him. His company went out and bought an IBM System 34 with the intention of using packaged software for their financial applications. But no package could handle the unique requirements of their payroll system. They had no DP/IT personnel on staff, So Rick, on his own, went back to school part time and earned an Associate Degree in Computer Programming. He proceeded to design and program the most complex, sophisticated payroll system I have ever seen.

About that time, Rick joined AITP and became very involved serving on the Chapter Board and ultimately becoming Chapter President. He then became the Region Director for the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter. From there he served as Region Secretary and Region 5 President. Not done yet, he was elected and served as Central District Director on the Association Board. Rick also achieved the Triple Diamond level of the Individual Performance Award.

As his Alzheimer became more pronounced, he could no longer work or even drive himself. But he was so dedicated to AITP, he would have his wife, Sheila, drive him to the Chapter meetings, drop him off and pick him up later.

A true AITP’er, a true leader and a true friend. We will all miss you Rick.

Editor’s note: More information about Rick can be found here.



Twin 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 extracurricular involvement.

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

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 2015 was no exception. Held in Omaha, NE March 26-29, the 2015 NCC was an outstanding success.

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
Purdue University
Scott Community College
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
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 awards:

AITP NCC $1,000 Scholarship Winner
Elise Byers - Illinois State University

Association Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year (2013-2014)
Ball State University

AITP Faculty Advisor of the Year 2013-2014 Award:
Dr. Fred Kitchens Ball State University

TOP Monkey Award (Highest level of overall conference support)
Purdue University with 48 student & faculty attendees, traveling 570 miles one way with 112 contestants/contests!

ICCP Exam Statistics (91 exams given, 71 passed (78%))
1st: Mark Lewellyn - University of Southern Indiana
3rd: Ben Rock - Mid-State Technical College

AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest – Professional Category
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College

AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest – Professional Category
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

RubyOnRails/RPG sponsored by IBM
1st – Purdue University – Ben Mollet and Anthony Natoli
2nd – Gateway Technical College – Kelly Mason

Mobile Application Development
3rd – Purdue University – Kimberly Barnes and Daniel Golant

Network Design Contest
1st – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Jordan Sussman and Brandon Wolf
2nd – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Jacob Lube and William Steahr
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

Enterprise Systems sponsored by IBM
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik

Visual Studio.Net Developer Contest
HM – Grand Valley State University – Hannah Long

Business Analytics Contest sponsored by TD Ameritrade
1st – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kirtana Venkatraman
HM – University of Southern Indiana – Brad Cadden and Tyler Shemwell

Code-A-Thon sponsored by Union Pacific
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 Kendra

Security Contest
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 Davis

AITP Web Project Competition
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – Kidds in the Mudd Foundation

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 Professional Chapter.

Congratulations to 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



2015 Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced

The 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Omaha, NE this year. "Return to 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
  • 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 competitions
  • activities undertaken by the student chapters to obtain the funds to cover the costs to attend
  • 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

We 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.



2015 Central District Recruitment Committee Named

The 2015 Central District Recruitment Committee (DRC) has been named. Nita Adams (Capitol Chapter) will chair the committee, assisted by Tony LaCrosse (Southeast Wisconsin Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter).

The Association 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. These committees are charged with recruiting professional members of AITP to run for office on the national board.



Region President 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 official headquarters.

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 "Region Information” in the "Region Quick Links” section above. On the Region Information page, you will find links for "2015 Region 5 NCC Grant Form" and "2015 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


AITP Chicago Presents Awards

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago congratulate the teams of USG Corporation, Tate & Lyle PLC, and Association 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 here.



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 If you plan to participate, email your intend to Dr. Chen by December 5, 2014.



Twin City Named Association Outstanding Chapter

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 30, 2014.

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 inspiring.”

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 City Chapter!



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 Professional members!

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:

Ron Mathis (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 President 
Paul Dittmann (Chicago Chapter) - Region 5 Vice President
Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter) - Region 5 Treasurer 
Dick Boenisch (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 mem


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.


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.

Automated Records Management Systems, Inc.
Click the logo for more information on ARMS.


Region 5, Setting the Pace and on the Move!


Page last updated: 08/20/2015

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