Welcome to Region 5 of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
About Region 5
AITP 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.
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.
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).
Northeastern Wisconsin to Host the Fall 2016 Region Meeting October 12-14 in Appleton, WI
The Region 5 Board Meeting and Chapter Leader Workshop held in conjunction with the
Northeastern Wisconsin chapter meeting and a community IT Conference where the
local AITP chapter is a major sponsor and organizer. Details coming. See www.technologyhubconference.com to learn more about the conference opportunities.
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.
in the Sun
AITP Chapter Golf Outing
What are the chances that it won't rain on the 3rd Wednesday of August in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for 43 years in a row?
it hasn’t. And the Sheboygan AITP Chapter once again held their successful golf
outing under sunny skies.
(left to right) are Sheboygan Board members, Guy Fintelmann, Lou Buell, Mike Huber and Al Martell, checking in one of the participants.
once again, it was my pleasure to play in the same group as the co-founder of
the golf outing - Cliff Van Ess.
was the Chapter President 43 years ago when Doug Doebert, a longtime 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.
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.
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
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.
is what AITP is REALLY about—friendships, and business connections, that last a
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
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
- 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
- Support for and involvement with student
chapters and education organizations.
- Involvement in many community organizations and
Congratulations to 2014 Chicago Chapter President Gary
Czubak, Paul Koziel who
documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter
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 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2014 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 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
By Larry Schmitz, Past Region 5 President
On May 24, Region 5 lost one
of its 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 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.
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!
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