Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
About Region 5
AITP Region 5 represents 10 professional and 31 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 the Fall 2016 Region Meeting
October 12-14 in Appleton, WI
The 2016 AITP Region 5 Fall Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop will be held in Appleton October 12-14, 2016. Region 5 will join the Northeast Wisconsin (N.E.W) Chapter as it hosts its monthly chapter meeting Wednesday evening (Oct 12), a Technology Hub Conference all day Thursday (Oct 13), and then the Region 5 Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop Friday morning (Oct 14). There is no charge to attend the Region 5 meeting or the Leadership Workshop, but, there will be small costs to attend either the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter Dinner meeting or the Technology Hub Conference.
The base hotel for all of the events is:
Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
33 West College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
1 (888) 201-1718 for Reservations or 1 (920) 733-8000 for General Information
Use Group Code "AITP" however, a special link for making reservations is:
The block of rooms are now open. You have a choice in type of room (king, double/double, suite, etc.), however the negotiated base rate for a room for this conference is $99 plus tax. The hotel reservation cutoff date to receive this discounted rate is September 18. You are allowed to get the same rate for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, if you are staying for the length of the Technology Hub conference along with the Region 5 Conference, and is significantly lower than the normal Radisson rates.
The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter meeting is Wednesday evening (October 12) starting approximately 5:00 pm with networking, dinner at 6:00 pm, and a presentation at 7:00 pm (details on the presentation are forthcoming). This meeting will be held in the Lawrence Room at the Radisson Hotel. Costs for attending the N.E.W. Chapter meeting are $25, no matter member or quest. Online registration for this event is not yet available.
The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter is also sponsoring a Technology Conference that offers a full slate of events all day Thursday, October 13. Details can be found at:
http://www.technologyhubconference.com/ and http://www.newaitp.org/events/technologyconference/
with activities starting at breakfast with a CEO/CIO panel discussion, sessions both morning and afternoon, keynote speech by Kara Swisher prior to lunch, and additional sessions all afternoon. It promises to be a very robust conference. Registration for this event is $50 for AITP members ($75 for non-AITP members) and is at:
The Region 5 Fall Board Meeting will take place at the hotel at 8:30 am Friday (October 14th) at the Radisson. An agenda for the meeting will be forthcoming shortly. As always, the meeting will be followed by a Leadership Workshop, the topic of which we are finalizing now.
Click here for the Region Meeting Agenda.
This is shaping up to be quite the event! Plan now to attend and SAVE THE DATES!
YOU are invited to the 22nd Annual AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®
April 6-9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri!
“Gateway to Innovation Through Information Technology”
The 2017 National Collegiate Conference, AITP’s premier event, will be right here in Region 5, April 6-9, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch hotel. It is co-hosted by the St Louis and Capitol (Springfield, IL) chapters in Region 5 and the Student Chapters and campuses of Missouri State University, Missouri Western State University and the University of Missouri at St. Louis.
Students: By attending the event – you will not only have all the competition events that the conference is known for but you also have an awesome opportunity to be in front of IT hiring managers and recruiters with an estimated 300+ open IT internship and full time career positions to fill with top level talent!
Businesses: Your organization should not miss this golden opportunity to be a part of the 22nd Annual AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®. In just one trip, your organization can reach the nation's top Information Technology students and faculty from leading colleges and universities from all over the country.
Click here for more information about these opportunities and visit www.aitp.org/ncc.
Region 5 Members to Serve on 2017 Association Board of Directors
John Council of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as the 2017 AITP Association President
Carrie Drephal of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as the 2017 Association Secretary. Treasurer.
Larry Friedlander of the St. Louis Chapter will serve as Association Director for the Central District. A second district director will be selected in January to serve out the remaining portion of Carrie Drephal's term.
Nita Adams of the Capitol Chapter will be a non-voting member of the AITP Board of Directors, as President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE).
Region 5 has a long history of providing the association with leaders and 2017 will be no exception. Congratulations to these members and thank you for your dedication and time to help lead our association.
2017 AITP Region 5 Officer
Nominations Due August 31, 2016
AITP Region 5 is seeking members
who wish to exercise their leadership skills; increase their business and AITP
acumen; and provide guidance and assistance to Region 5 chapters and their
leaders. They can provide this valuable service by running for a 2017
Region 5 officer position.
The open positions are: President, Vice
President and Secretary/Treasurer. Any Region 5 member in good standing is
eligible to run for these officer positions. Descriptions are in the Region Bylaws. Region 5 members
interested in running for these positions must fill out a Region Officer Nomination Form and send it to Region 5 Nominating Committee Chair, Mark
Gilfand. Nomination forms are due by August 31, 2016.
officers will be elected during the Fall Region 5 meeting in Appleton, WI.
Details of that meeting are being worked out. Click here a calendar entry with details.
Names 2016 CIO of the Year
Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Eric
Yablonka, VP and Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Chicago Medical
Center and Biological Sciences who was chosen as the 2016 CIO of the Year. Nominations
were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives. All judging
and elections were done by peers in the IT community. The award was
presented as part of The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Awards luncheon
on May 17th.
1998, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, together with the Association of
Information Technology Professionals and the Society for Information Management
– Chicago, have recognized technology leaders with the CIO of the Year Award.
Selection considers leadership in driving business value and technological
innovation, business partnerships and creating best in class workplace for IT
From left to right: Gary
Czubak, Eric Yablonka, Bob Kress and Mark Lafferty
Click here for detail information.
Twin City Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter
Region 5 had three chapters that qualified for Chapter
Outstanding Performance Award (COPA); Capitol, Northeast Wisconsin 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 was very challenging again this
year because all of them demonstrated excellence in all six areas. This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA)
recipient is Twin City. Some of the 2015
accomplishments that made them stand out are:
- Consistent participation by multiple chapter
members in both Association and Region 5 activities.
- Connection with student chapters as well as both
financial and professional support of students.
- Promotion of AITP to professional groups as well
as a social media presence to aid in promoting AITP.
- Involvement in numerous community organizations and
Congratulations to 2015 Twin City Chapter President Sue Braun who also documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.
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 Larry Winkelman (Chicago
Chapter), Nick Sondelski (Wisconsin River Valley Chapter) and Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan
Chapter - chairman).
Twin City Chapter Presents Student Award
by Chris Becher, Twin City Education Director
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 Colin Frazier of Illinois
State University (ISU). Colin is currently
a sophomore at Illinois State University studying to get his Bachelor of
Science in Computer Science, with a possible Minor in Business.
After joining AITP in February of 2015, he has been able to
meet other information technology professionals and learn what it’s like to
work in a real business environment.
- He won a scholarship from
the National Science Foundation (NSF), and as a result has engaged with
mentoring from some of ISU’s professors.
- He also went on field
trips with the NSF Scholar group for the past two years, including ADM in
Decatur last year and State Farm’s data center this year.
- Next year Colin would like
to be involved in a mentorship program through ISU to be able to learn
more from people in his possible future professions.
- His plans include
interning in the summer of 2017, and graduation in May of 2018. After graduation, he hopes to become a
On behalf of the AITP Twin City chapter, we commend Colin on
this achievement and wish him continued success.
Region 5 Outstanding Chapters!
Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2015 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, Education and Community.
Region 5 will select the recipient of the Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) among the above three COPA winners. That chapter will advance to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA).
Region 5 Scores Well at the 2016
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 2016
was no exception. Held April 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont,
IL, the 2016 NCC, which had 677 attendees, was an outstanding
Region 5 chapters served as
co-hosts for 2016 NCC, providing critical ingredients which ensured the overall
success of the event:
AITP Chapter – Speakers, Exhibitors, Proctors and more
Chicago – Notebook PC’s and volunteers
Valley State University – LCD Projectors and volunteers
Valley Community College – Thursday workshop, scavenger hunt, pictures
County Technical College – Saturday activity, volunteers and contest
AITP Chicago’s Paul Dittmann and Bill Waas
were the conference co-chairs.
Region 5 universities and colleges represented at NCC:
Ball State University
Central Michigan University
Devry University - Addison
DeVry University – Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Gateway Technical College
Grand Valley State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois State University
Kalamazoo Valley Community
Loyola University Chicago
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College
Northern Illinois University
Northern Michigan 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:
Region 5 Outstanding Student
Chapter of the Year (2014-2015)
Ball State University
Mike Burell AITP NCC Volunteer of
the Year Award:
Mark Krzyszkowski – Waukesha County Technical College
AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest
– Professional Category
1st – Gateway Technical College
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley
AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest
– Professional Category
2nd – Gateway Technical College
AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest
– Casual Category
3rd – Kalamazoo Valley Community College
ICCP Exam Statistics (60 exams
given, 34 passed (57%))
2nd: Michael Clouse – Mid-State Technical College
3rd: Dustin Phillips – Purdue
Microsoft Office Solutions Contest
1st – University of
Southern Indiana – Brad Cadden and Carly Rhoades
HM – Grand Valley State University –
Hanna Long and David Reynolds
HM – Purdue University – Jackson Beard
and Zachary Braasch
Systems Analysis & Design Contest
1st – Purdue University – Abhishek Balaji and Kirtana
3rd - Purdue University –
Miranda Lung and Ayushi Pradhan
HM - Purdue University – Luella Stonecipher
and Jason Ho
HM - Purdue University – Stephen Claypool
and Daniel Muldoon
– Waukesha County Technical College – Charles Russell
– Waukesha County Technical College – Micah Kordik
– Mid-State Technical – Wisconsin Rapids – Elijah Hilliker
– Purdue University – Andrew Gustafson
– Purdue University - Kirtana Venkatraman and Sravya Antharam
– Purdue University – Aaron Taylor and Miles Harrison
– Purdue University – Jackson Beard and Hanqiu Cheng
HM – Purdue University – Aditya Gupta and Lakshmi
Network Design Contest
– University of Wisconsin – Stout – Dananiel Schmidt and Brandon Wolf
– University of Wisconsin – Stout – Corey Schoff and Nathanael Satnik
– Waukesha County Technical College – Micah Kordik and Charles Russell
Enterprise Systems Contest
2nd – Central Michigan University – Richard Sivak
HM – Gateway Technical College – Jesse
HM – Waukesha County Technical
College – Emma Kordik
1st – Southern Illinois University – Carbondale – Cody
2nd – Waukesha County Technical College – Isaac Sagert
3rd – Waukesha County Technical College – Charles
HM – Gateway Technical College – Amber McCrea
HM – University of Wisconsin – Stout – Brandon Wolf
HM – Waukesha County Technical College – Theresa LaMott
Java Developer Contest
1st – Waukesha County Technical College – Emma Kordik
and Dan Noonan
HM – Purdue University – Ryan Green and Anthony Natoli
AITP Web Project Competition
1st – Kalamazoo Valley Community College – USTA Boys
See the full list of NCC Winners and Highlights and the all the NCC Information.
Congratulations to all who participated. Once again, Region 5
students proved to be the "best of the best”.
AITP Chicago Hosted Region 5 Spring Meetings
April 7-8, 2016
Region 5 wishes to thank the AITP Chicago chapter for hosting the Region 5 spring Board of Directors meeting and Chapter Leaders Workshop. We were able to join the Chicago Chapter for an excellent educational session and dinner on April 7 in preparation for our meetings on April 8. We also wish to thank the National Collegiate Conference for providing meeting space for Region 5.
Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced
The 2016 AITP
National Collegiate Conference (NCC) will be held in Chicago, IL this year,
with the theme "Innovation
Hub: Transporting IT Professionals into the Future". AITP Region 5 provides grants to Region 5
student chapters to help defray the costs of participating in the NCC.
There were 9 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 annual 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 competitions
- fund raising activities
undertaken by the student chapter 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:
- Ball State University
- Eastern Illinois University
- Waukesha County Technical College
The other student
chapters who submitted applications were:
- Ferris State University
- Illinois State University
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College
- Northern Michigan University
- Southern Illinois University
- University of Wisconsin-Stout
want to thank all the student chapters for participating in the grant process
this year. The applications for the NCC Grant tally 78 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 33 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
Region 5 NCC Grant Application Deadline is Feb.19, 2016
Note: The deadline for submitting grant applications was extended to February 19, 2016.
Region 5 Student Chapters: If your Student Chapter is planning on attending the National Collegiate Conference in Rosemont, IL, April 7 – 10, 2016, 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 "2016 Region 5 NCC Grant Form "and "2016 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 19, 2016.
Hope to see you all in Rosemont!
More information on the NCC is available at http://www.aitp.org/ncc.
Northeastern Wisconsin Chapters Presents
The Northeastern Wisconsin
Chapter of AITP is proud to announce two unrestricted $1000 awards to two
very deserving AITP Student Chapter members!
First is Eric Gjerde,
an IT student at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), of Green
Bay. Eric is majoring in IT, with an emphasis in Software Development,
with an anticipated graduation of December, 2016.
Eric Gjerde receives his award from Region 5 President
and Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter Awards Director Ron Mathis
Next is Amy Roell,
a student at Northern Michigan University (NMU), of Marquette, MI. Amy is
majoring in IT, with an emphasis in Cyber Defense, with an anticipated
graduation of May, 2016.
Wisconsin Chapter of AITP named this award to honor the memory of Sherry Anklam, a Chapter Past President
who embodied all of the best values that this award is based on. Sherry passed
away in 1995 at the early age of 44, but not before leaving her mark on AITP,
the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter of AITP, and the IT profession. She provided
a role model for those who knew her.
Foundation for IT Education Scholarship Deadline
is May 31, 2016
The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE)
is now taking applications for the 2016-2017 academic year, for the Betty
Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship, and the
William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship through May 31, 2016.
These scholarships are available only to active AITP Student Members.
applications can be found at the Foundation web site, www.edfoundation.org.
Click on the Scholarship link to learn more about these IT Leaders, the
scholarships themselves and to apply.
Region 5 Welcomes the University of Wisconsin - Stout Student Chapter
Region 5 welcomes its newest student chapter from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. It is sponsored by the Wisconsin River Valley Professional Chapter.
Congratulations to the chapter officers and directors and all the members!
President - Jordan Sussman
Vice-President - Chris Spieth
Treasurer - Charles E. Jensch
Secretary - Brandon Wolf
Membership Chair - Brice Blankenship
Programs Chair - Alex Meier
Faculty Advisor - Holly Yuan
Ball State University Named Region 5 Outstanding Student Chapter
Region 5 is proud to have named Ball State University as the Region's 2014-2015 Outstanding Student Chapter. Ball State is sponsored by the East Central Indiana Professional Chapter.
To be considered as the region's outstanding chapter, student chapters must have first attained the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA). 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.
Ball State will join the outstanding chapters from other AITP regions, to be considered for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award, which will be named at the National Collegiate Conference to be held April 7-10, 2016 in Rosemont, Illinois.
Congratulations to all the members at Ball State.
Region 5 Elects Officers for 2016
The Region 5 Board of Directors elected 2016 Officers. Serving for
2016 will be:
Wisconsin Chapter) – Region 5 President
Chapter) - Region 5 Vice-President
Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary/Treasurer
Also serving as an officer
will be Larry Schmitz (Northeastern
Wisconsin Chapter) – Region 5 Past President.
We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who
in turn, serves our chapters and members.
2016 Region 5 Officers (left-to-right): President Ron Mathis; standing in for Past President Larry Schmitz is former president and current webmaster Mark Gilfand; Secretary/Treasurer Dick Boenisch and Vice President Paul Dittmann
Chicago & SIM Chicago 2015 CIO's Most Effective IT Team Awards
AITP Chicago and
SIM Chicago wish to congratulate the
teams of The University of Chicago
Medicine, Jenner & Block, LLP
and the Illinois Student Assistance
Commission, winners of the 2015
CIO's Most Effective IT Team Awards. All nominations, judging, and elections
were done by peers in the information technology community. The awards were
presented at the Awards Program dinner on November 19th, 2015.
Click here for the full press release.
Chicago AITP, ISSA, and Infragard Chapters Announce 2015 CISO of
The Chicago chapters of the AITP,
Information Systems Security Association
(ISSA), and Infragard are proud
to announce the winner of the 2015 Chicago Chief Information
Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Award. This year's winner is Mr. Kevin Novak, the CISO and Technology Risk Officer for
Northern Trust Bank.
award recognizes the achievements of the individual, Industry leadership and
contributions in recognition of the key role that information security now plays
in global, regional, and local business.
View the full press release here.
Region 5 Members to Serve on 2016 Association Board of Directors
John Council of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as the 2016 AITP Association Executive Vice-President/President Elect.
Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter, who was 2014 Association President, will be the 2016 Association Treasurer.
Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter and Carrie Drephal of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter will serve as Association Directors for the Central District.
Nita Adams of the Capitol Chapter will be a non-voting member of the AITP Board of Directors, as President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE).
Region 5 has a long history of providing the association with leaders and 2016 will be no exception. Congratulations to these members and thank you for your dedication and time to help lead our association.
Region 5 Chapters, Students Win AITP
announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Student Chapter Outstanding Performance
Award (SCOPA) and the Student Individual Performance Award (SIPA). Among the
winners are Region 5's Ball State University
and Purdue University
which attained SCOPA and Elise Byers
from Illinois State University
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.
to Ball State, Purdue and Elise Byers!
Chicago Hosted 2015 Fall Region Meetings
A BIG thank you to the Chicago
Chapter for hosting the Fall 2015 Region 5 Board Meeting and
conducting a Leadership Workshop. On Monday September 21, AITP Chicago invited
region leaders to attend their informative dinner meeting at the La Mirage Restaurant featuring vArmour CISO, Demetrios Lazarikos who discussed Security and the
Internet of Things.
On Tuesday September 22
Region 5 held its Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop at the Holiday
Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg Hotel.
Workshop #1: An
update from each chapter on their "Think Outside the Box" ideas
Workshop #2: National
Collegiate Conference and Career Fair Update from Paul Dittmann. Chicago is hosting the 2016 National Collegiate Conference (NCC).
here for the detail Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop Documents.
More Region News
For more Region News, visit the Region 5 Newsletter page.
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: 09/21/2016