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Region 5 Student Chapters – Apply for NCC Grants NOW!!!

Grant Application Deadline is March 3, 2014

Region 5 Student Chapters: If your Student Chapter is planning on attending the National Collegiate Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 10-13, 2014, 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, Go to the Region 5 website ( Click on "Region Information” in the "Region Quick Links” section above. On the Region Information page, you will find links for "201Region 5 NCC Grant Form"and"201Region 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 March 3, 2014.

Hope to see you all in Atlanta!

More information on the NCC is available at


Region 5 Elects 2014 Officers

Pictured above, left to right Larry Schmitz, Bill Riter, Ron Mathis, Mark Gilfand, Dick Boenisch

The Region 5 Board of Directors elected its 2013 Officers at its fall meeting on October 11, 2013 in Bloomington, Illinois. Serving for 2014 will be:

Larry Schmitz (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 President

Ron Mathis (Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter) - Region 5 Vice-President

Bill Riter (West Michigan Chapter) - Region 5 Treasurer

Dick Boenisch (Sheboygan Chapter) - Region 5 Secretary

Mark Gilfand (Twin City Chapter) - Region 5 Immediate Past President

We appreciate these officers' willingness to serve the Region, who in turn, serves our chapters and members.



DPMA Legacy Society - DPMA Reunion

Howard Lee Smith, 1993 Association President, would like to organize a reunion of DPMA members sometime in the near future. If anybody is interested, please contact Howard at howard_lee_smith (at)

Learn more about the DPMA Legacy Society at the Foundation for Information Technology Education website -
See this Information Executive article to learn how you can leave a legacy!



Prepare for the 2014 National Collegiate Conference

April 10-13, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

Region 5 Student Members: Get ready for the 2014 National Collegiate Conference (NCC) to be held at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA, April 10-13, 2014. This is your chance for education, networking, job interviews, and competitions. NCC is a rich, unique and rewarding experience for all who attend.

Check out the NCC website at



Region 5 Fall Conference, Hosted by the Twin City Chapter, a Huge Success

The Region 5 Fall Conference, Region Board Meeting, and Chapter Leader Workshop were held October 10-11, at the beautiful Chateau Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference, hosted by the Twin City Chapter, had over 100 attendees. The educational sessions were top notch, with high marks from the attendees. There were numerous networking opportunities during the breaks in the vendor areas, the hospitality suite, and before/after the banquet dinner.

Twin City Chapter President John Haushalter and his conference committee -Sue Braun, Alan DeCrane, Mark Gilfand, Kira Kellerman, Jim Nelson, Kim Osterbrock, Luke Rogers, Elias Sahyouni, Tammy VanEgtern, (mentored by Larry Schmitz), did an outstanding job. They provided members and non-members alike with numerous opportunities to learn new technologies, techniques and skills. Topics included Cloud Computing, Big Data, Social Media and your Career, Mobile Technology in Law Enforcement, Transformation of Information Technology, Leadership, Team Work, Life/Career Balance and more. Many non-members learned about AITP and the value it can bring to IT Professionals.

The Region Board Meeting and Chapter Leaders Workshop were also great experiences for the attendees. It was one of the largest attended workshops in years. Region 5 would like to thank the presenters: 2014 Association President Mike Welch, Central District Association Director Vicki Hampton, Foundation for Information Technology Education President (and 2001 AITP President) Nita Adams, and Chicago's Larry Winkleman for their presentations.

Visit for all the conference details and click here for conference pictures.

Region 5 thanks the conference sponsors. Without them, there would be no conference.

Silver Sponsors: LRS Education ServicesCountry FinancialCode 42

Bronze Sponsors: Robert Half TechnologyWolframState Farm



Ball State Awarded Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award

Congratulations to the Ball State University Student Chapter, which was awarded the Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (SCOPA) by the AITP Student Awards Committee.

The SCOPA award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of education, membership, public relations, meetings and Association participation. They require a student chapter to have dedicated and dynamic student leaders and truly supportive faculty advisors. Region 5 is proud to have these Outstanding Student Chapters.



Region 5 Members to Serve on 2014 Association Board of Directors

Congratulations to Mike Welch of the Capitol chapter who will be the 2014 Association President; Rick Steeber of the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter who will be the 2014 Association Secretary; and Larry Friedlander of the St. Louis Chapter, who, along with Vicki Hampton of the Capitol Chapter, will serve as Association Directors for the Central District. See this Information Executive article for details:



Northeastern Wisconsin Named Region 5 Outstanding Chapter

AITP Region 5 has named the Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter as this year's recipient of the Region Outstanding Performance Award (ROCA).

Region 5 had five chapters that qualified for Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA); CapitolChicago ,Northeastern WisconsinSoutheast 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. All of them had excellent performance in two or more of these evaluation areas but one chapter stood out as demonstrating excellence in all six areas.

This year’s Region Outstanding Chapter Award (ROCA) recipient is Northeast Wisconsin. Some of the 2012 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.
  • Hosting a successful Region Conference and Association Meeting of the Members.
  • Support for and involvement with student chapters.
  • Involvement in many community and business activities and events.
  • The professional development activities for their members offered by the chapter and in cooperation with the local Project Management Institute (PMI ) chapter.

Congratulations to 2012 Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter President Ron Mathis, Randal Reed who documented the accomplishments, the Board of Directors and the entire chapter membership.

The Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter now joins the other Region ROCA winners to compete for the Association Outstanding Chapter Award (AOCA) to be awarded later this year.

Region 5 thanks the selection committee which consisted of members of the Sheboygan chapter board; Lou BuellGuy FintelmannAl MartellChris Roberts and Dick Boenisch (chairman).



Region 5 Outstanding Chapters! 

Region 5 congratulates the following chapters who earned the Chapter Outstanding Performance Award (COPA) for the award year of 2012.

The COPA recognizes chapters for outstanding achievement within the Association, the Region, their Chapter, their Business Community, the Local Community and the Student Community. See for more information about the COPA and the outstanding chapters in other regions.


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