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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.



AITP Spring Region Meeting - April 13-14, 2015

The AITP Region 5 Spring Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, Schaumburg, Illinois (Rolling Meadows on April 13-14, 2015.

Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows Schaumburg Hotel
3405 West Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL  60008
Use Group Code "AIT" (not "AITP") 

The conference rate is $90 plus taxes and includes a full buffet breakfast. Room types in our block include king and twin queen, for up to four occupants.  If you wish a smoking room you must make your reservation by calling the hotel direct at 847-259-5000.  The hotel cut off date is April 1.  

If you plan to attend the Region Conference, 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. The format of our Spring Meeting will be:

Join the Chicago Chapter for their regular monthly dinner meeting the evening of April 13 at 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.  

Their speaker will be Charlie Melidosian, CIO of Association Management Center. Association Management Center was the Chicago Chapter’s 2014 "Most Effective IT Team Award" winner in the Small Sized Firm Category.

Reservations for the Chicago Chapter Dinner Meeting must be made through their website (click here). The Dinner Meeting reservation cut off date is April 9.  

After the dinner meeting, we will adjourn to the hotel for our Region 5 Hospitality Suite for networking and camaraderie.

Tuesday morning, we will hold the Region Board Meeting at the hotel from 8:30-10:00 am, followed by the Leadership Workshop from 10:30 am-1:00 pm.

The Leadership Workshop will be comprised of two sessions: The first session will draw upon the Chicago Chapter's experience in leveraging Social Media to expand Chapter reach, and the second session will delve into elements of the new National Portal, and how to utilize elements that most chapters aren't currently using.

Click here for all the details and a map to the hotel. 



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 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 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 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.

This year’s Region 5 Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Twin City. Some of the 2013 accomplishments that made them stand out are:

  • The number of members participating in Association and Region boards, committees and meetings.
  • The number of visits to student and other professional chapter meetings and events.
  • The contributions to association web site and publications.
  • Hosting the Fall Region Conference, Region Board Meeting and Leadership Workshop.
  • Support for, and involvement with, student chapters and education organizations.
  • Involvement in many community and business activities and events.
  • The 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 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 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 2013 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, who had more COPA winners than any other AITP Region, is proud to have these Outstanding Professional Chapters. See 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 July 15.



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: 03/23/2015

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William R. Riter
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Larry W. Schmitz
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