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2011 Region 5 News

Region 5 was very busy in 2011. Great successes and great opportunities for our members and chapters. Here is a sampling of news and accomplishments from across the region.

Fall 2011 Region Conference a Great Success

The 2011 Region V Conference held on October 19th and 20th at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center in Green Bay was a tremendous success in a number of ways.

The Northeastern Wisconsin chapter reports the 2011 fall conference set a number of benchmarks:

  • Highest attendance overall
  • Highest student member attendance
  • Most sponsors
  • Highest income
  • Highest income to the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter

Special thanks to the committee for all their hard work and dedication to make the 2011 Region 5 Conference a success and a thank you to all those that volunteered to manage sessions during the conference.

The Conference Committee included: Larry Schmitz, Steve Krueger, Rick Steeber, Steve Gilsdorf, Chris Nimmer, Steve Femal, Maggie Beard, Joanne Fischer and Al Bandola.


2011 Election Results

Region 5 congratulates Rick Steeber for being re-elected to the Assocation Board of Directors for 2012-2013.

And congratulations to Mike Welch, who was elected Assocation Treasurer for 2012.

The following Region Officers were re-elected for 2012:

President - Larry Schmitz
Vice President - Mark Gilfand
Secretary - Mike Hall
Treasurer - William Riter

Larry Schmitz will serve as Region President's Council President in 2012.


Spring 2011 Region 5 Conference Pictures

The Capitol Chapter (Springfield, IL) hosted a very successful Region conference May 12-13, 2011. The educational sessions were outstanding and there were plenty of networking opportunities. "We had people drive over 6 hours to get here. The response from most attendees has been very positive so thank you for your support of our efforts to provide quality IT education and networking opportunities", said Conference Chair Dusten Nance."

Dusten told attendees via email, "I took some pictures and placed them in a public space on Facebook. Only about half the sessions are shown in these pictures. I did not get any pictures of the beautiful hospitality suite. A couple exhibitor booths were removed before I got pictures. If you have any pictures of your own send them to me and I will share with the group. I need help tagging some of the pictures with names".

Click here to access the conference pictures on Facebook.



Twin City Named 2010 Association Outstanding Chapter

Congratulations to the Twin City Chapter in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. It was honored with the 2010 Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) at the Member Summit in Orlando, Florida.

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 2010 Association Outstanding Chapter.

In his letter of recommendation to the Association Awards Committee, Region President Larry Schmitz noted: "Twin Cities, again in 2010, continued to function at an extremely high level of internal AITP activity as well as numerous "Give Back/Pay Forward" activities involving the business community, community in general and the educational institutions in their area (as well as being well represented, not only in attendance, but in working at Region and Association events). They are truly deserving of this recognition."

The Region ROCA Selection Committee noted: "The Twin City Chapter stood out in all of the categories. It was noticeable that they had maintained a good record of the activities of many of their members. The number of members involved and the number of different activities combined, resulted in a very good to excellent report."

Congratulations to 2010 Twin City President Beverly Stevens, Past President Sue Braun (who spent many hours documenting Twin City's accomplishments), and the entire Twin City Chapter!


Region 5 Students Shine at 2011 NCC

Once again, Region 5 student members did an outstanding job at the 2011 National Collegiate Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference, which was partialy co-hosted Region 5's Eastern Ilinois University, drew 692 attendees from 61 colleges and universities.

Included in that number were 17 universities and colleges from Region 5:
Central Michigan University
DeVry University-Chicago
Eastern Illinois University
Ferris State University
Fox Valley Tech College
Gateway Technical College-Kenosha
Gateway Technical College-Racine
ITT Technical Institute-Green Bay
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College-Stevens Point
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Oakton Community College
Purdue University Computer Tech
Scott Community College
University of Southern Indiana
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Region 5 Students and Faculty Advisors walked off with a number of awards. Listed below are those awards. Click here for a complete list of all the winning teams and schools.

Special Awards
Robert Half Technology/AITP 2011 $2,500 Scholarship Winner:
Michelle Benz, Fox Valley Technical College

Outstanding Regional AITP Student Chapter of the Year (2009-2010)
From Region 5 - Eastern Illinois University

AITP Faculty Advisor of the Year:
Brenda Wilz, Fox Valley Technical College

AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest
Professional Category
1st - Fox Valley Technical College
2nd - Oakton Community College
Artistic Category
2nd - Fox Valley Technical College
3rd - Oakton Community College

AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest
Casual Category
HM - Scott Community College

ICCP Exam - Top Scores
1st - Emily Iannopollo, University of Southern Indiana
3rd - Adam Korbas, Gateway Technical College

AITP Student Web Project Contest
1st - Oakton Community College
3rd - Kalamazoo Valley Community College
HM - University of Southern Indiana

PC Troubleshooting
HM - Anthony Bortz - Madison Area Technical College
HM - Dorale Portis - Gateway Technical College-Racine
HM - Justin Flatt - Madison Area Technical College
HM - Adam Besaw - Milwaukee Area Technical College
HM - Gabriel Afton - Ferris State University

Systems Analysis & Design Contest
3rd - Edward Rosenberg, Anthony Gasior - DeVry University-Chicago
HM - Jae Hyung Ahn, Alexander Alberto - DeVry University-Chicago

Cobol Contest
2nd - Bryan Cole, Kathryn Bosh - Eastern Illinois University

Graphics Communications Contest
HM - Joyce Sexton, Michelle Benz - Fox Valley Technical College
HM - Andrea Herron, Kevin Sieling - Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Network Design Contest
2nd - Edward Rosenberg, Anthony Gasior- DeVry University-Chicago
3rd - Jared Parrish, Christopher Dix - Purdue University

Java Developer Contest
HM - Nick Escobedo, Dan Pastori - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Visual Studio.Net Developer Contest
1st - Joseph Bergles, Adam Korbas - Gateway Technical College

Congratulations to all the Region 5 winners. All of you who participated were winners in the true sense of the word. You competed and participated with the "cream of the crop" in the Information Technology field of undergraduate students. You made new friends and contacts, got to "mix and mingle" with all kinds of folks who, like you, will be the leaders of the IT profession in the future.

We look forward to many Region 5 students at the 2012 National Collegiate Conference, March 29-April 1, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas! And the NCC will be back in Region 5 in 2013! Click here for more details.


Region 5 NCC Grant Recipients Announced

Each year, Region 5 awards grants to several student chapters to help them attend the National Collegiate Conference (NCC).This year's grant recipients in no particular order are:

Fox Valley Technical College
Eastern Illinois University
University of Southern Indiana
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Click here for more details.

Congratulations to these Student Chapters!


Twin City Named 2010 Region 5 Outstanding Professional Chapter

For the second year in a row, the Twin City Chapter in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois was awarded the Region 5 Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA).

The ROCA award is given to one chapter each year and is picked from the chapters that attained the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the previous year. Twin City was one of 6 very qualified Region 5 chapters that attained COPA for 2010.

"Twin Cities, again in 2010, continued to function at an extremely high level of internal AITP activity as well as numerous 'Give Back/Pay Forward' activities involving the business community, community in general and the educational institutions in their area (as well as being well represented , not only in attendance, but in working at Region and Association events)", said Region 5 President Larry Schmitz. "They are truly deserving of this recognition." Congratulations to 2010 Twin City Chapter President Beverly Stevens and the entire chapter for their achievement.

The Twin City Chapter now joins the ROCA winners from other Regions. One of them will be given the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) at the AITP Member Summit March 25-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.


East Central Indiana’s Gary Kern Named a Computerworld Premier IT Leader

AITP East Central Indiana Past President Gary Kern was named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2011, which honors the brightest talent in the IT Industry. Those people nominated to the list have demonstrated leadership qualities throughout their careers.

Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders are "individuals who foster ideas and creative work environments, envision innovative technology approaches to business problems and effectively manage IT strategies". As noted in Computerworld, "Even through economic turmoil that for many meant budget cuts and staff downsizing, these 100 men and women continued to deliver innovative projects and measurable business value." Click here for more details.

Gary is CIO of Mutual Bank in Muncie, Indiana and one of the founders of the East Central Indiana AITP chapter. Click here for more detail about Gary’s nomination to this prestigious list of IT Leaders. AITP Region 5 congratulates Gary on this great honor.


Region 5 Congratulates Outstanding Professional Chapters for 2010

AITP recently announced the recipients of Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the 2010 calendar year.

  • Capitol
  • AITP Chicago
  • Northeastern Wisconsin
  • Southeast 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 is proud to have these Outstanding Professional Chapters.


Eastern Illinois University is Region 5 Student Chapter of the Year

Region 5 is proud to announce that Eastern Illinois University is the 2009-2010 Region 5 Student Chapter of the Year.

Eastern Illinois was involved in a number of activities at the local, regional and association level. Some of these activities include:

  • Members gave presentations at their school and local area.
  • Several member gave presentations to the own chapter.
  • Members even travelled to another student chapter (several hours away) to give a presentation.
  • They participated in a panel discussion at a major employer, several hours away from the chapter.
  • Members attended non-AITP industry conferences.
  • The chapter got local newspaper coverage of events.
  • They utilized their web site and kept information well up to date.
  • Chapter members authored two AITP Information Executive articles.
  • They had excellent turnout at chapter events.
  • Eastern Illinois University was very well represented at the 2010 NCC.
  • The chapter president and faculty advisor presented at a Region 5 leadership workshop.
  • The chapter authored a presentation on Building a Student Chapter, that is on the AITP Promotion Page for use by all AITP student chapters.


Region 5 congratulates Eastern Illinois University, 2010 Student Chapter President Elias Sahyouni and Faculty Advisor Vicki Hampton on a job very well done! Eastern Illinois University is sponsored by the Capitol Chapter.

Region 5 thanks the selection committee of Vicky Harbour, Dick Boenisch, and Mark Gilfand. The committee was fortunate to have six excellent student chapters to pick from.

To be eligible for the Region Student Chapter of the Year, a chapter must of obtained the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA). See the article below on the six SCOPA winners in Region 5.


2010 Recap in Region 5 Newsletter

Region 5 was very busy in 2010. Many great accomplishments by our members and our chapters. Click here for the 2010 Region 5 Newsletter.


Patrick Sager Named to 2011-2012 Student Leadership Council

Region 5 is pleased to announce that Patrick Sager, Past President of the Ball State University Student Chapter will be the Region 5 Representative to the Association Student Leadership Council (SLC) for 2011-2012. Patrick led his Ball State Student Chapter to the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) for the 2009-2010 school year. He is a junior and Honor Roll student at Ball State with a major in Information Systems.

The Student Leadership Council shares ideas between student chapters and provides input to the Association Board of Directors on association programs, services and plans for the development and growth of student membership. The SLC works with headquarters staff, and regional, local professional and student chapter leaders to strengthen the involvement of student members in the Association. Click here for more information about the SLC.

Congratulations Patrick!!


John Council Elected to Association Board of Directors for 2011-2012

Region 5 congratulates former Region 5 President John Council, for being elected as the Central District Director to the 2011-2012 AITP Association Board of Directors. Effective January 1, 2011, John will join 2010-2011 Central District Director Rick Steeber on the Board of Directors.

John will replace outgoing District Director Chris Leja. Region 5 thanks Chris for all her dedicated service as the 2009-2010 Central District Director.

Click here for all the election results.


Region 5 Elects 2011 Officers

On October 8, 2010, the Region 5 Board of Directors elected their 2011 Officers at the very successful Region 5 Conference, hosted by the AITP East Central Indiana Chapter.

Re-elected to serve as the 2011 Region Officers are the 2010 Officers:
- Larry Schmitz - Region 5 President
- Mark Gilfand - Region 5 Vice President
- Bill Riter - Region 5 Treasurer
- Mike Hall - Region 5 Secretary


Page last updated:  02/02/2012

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