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This month's discount spotlight is on theEnterprise Membership Program. The Enterprise Membership designed for organizations, who have or desire to have 3 or more of their IT staff nationwide belong to AITP. As an employer AITP membership is ideal to enhance the technical and management skills of your employees at a very affordable price. Two tiers are offered based on the number of interested employees.For more information on this discount please see theProfessional Member Discountpage.
New Security Certificate on AITP.org
We recently updated the AITP website with a new security certificate as well as changing URLS so that all webpage start withhttp://www.aitp.orgrather than pointing toaitp.ym-site.com,the Yourmembership.com platform that powers AITP.org. This simplifies the site, gives us better branding and should reduce any potential security concerns.
Please let yourmembersknow, that any site bookmarks will need to be updated. Bookmarks will no longer work and may cause an SSL error screen. Additionally, if your chapter uses an external webpage please be sure to update any links to AITP's national pages to avoid receiving error messages.
If you do receive a certificate error when trying to view AITP.org and are not using a bookmark or old link, your computer may have an older version of the page cached. Clearing the cache should help to resolve this issue. For instructions on how to clear your cacheclick here.
When navigating the AITP.org website, we recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. We have had some reports of problems with pages not loading or displaying properly with Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you have any problems with the site in Internet Explorer please try a different browser. If you still experience a problem, please contact HQ via the Contact Us form.
Leaders Are Made Here!
It seems to be a bit of an anomaly, but while AITP is just welcoming our new Association Board of Directors for 2015, we are already starting to put out feelers for those who want to join the AITP Board for 2016.If you feel that you have leadership qualities and want the opportunity to embellish those qualities, then read on.
Being a member of the AITP Board of Directors will enable you to grow your ability and management skills. You will be responsible for people and processes that help keep AITP growing and prospering. Does that sound like a challenge to you?
All of us have been to meetings where we disagreed with what we saw taking place. Many of us have our own ideas on how things should be run with AITP; some may differ from the way we run things today.If you ever had the feeling that you could make a difference, then you need to consider running for an AITP Board position for 2016.You will not only be helping AITP with your involvement, but your rewards will far outnumber your effort. Learning how to manage in a volunteer organization will prepare you for your own career.
Being an IT professional means you have options that many other professionals do not have. You can choose to just grow technology wise, which is a terrific career in itself, or you may decide to bridge technology with management.Technology combined with management will bring you many rewards that will elevate your stature in your community as well as the profession.People who choose to be both technical and manage rarely have regrets about their decision.
AITP offers you the ability to learn to manage without your career being jeopardized should you make a mistake in judgment. Where else can you get an opportunity like that?
Consider being an AITP Board member for 2016. Information will be coming out in future AITP publications, and material on how to put you in contention for one of these positions will be available shortly.
Think about helping yourself and AITP at the same time. Give it some thought and look for more information in our next publication.
Alan Strong, CDP
AITP ARC Chair 2015
NCC Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for the2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair, being heldMarch 26-29, 2015in Omaha, NE. Register beforeMarch 13, 2015to receive the discounted rate.Click here to registeror for additional registration information.
Confirmed Sponsors & Exhibitors
- Premier Presenting Sponsors: Union Pacific, State Farm
- Contest Sponsors: IBM, TD Ameritrade
- Participating Sponsors: Google, FITE, USAA, Progressive Insurance
- Certification Sponsors: ICCP, COMMON
- Exhibitors: Kiewit Corp, McCallie Associates, Mutual of Omaha
Experience the NCC
- Maximize your attendance and experiences at the 2015 AITP NCC byplanning your schedulearound which contesteventsyou want to compete in and the sessions you want to attend.
- Be sure toexplore your career opportunitieswith oursponsors and exhibitors, such as Union Pacific, State Farm, TD Ameritrade, USAA, IBM and Google, along with IT certification opportunities with COMMON and ICCP.
- Enjoy all of the activitiesthe fourco-hosting area AITP student chaptershave planned for you in Omaha.
NCC Scholarships Available
AITP will be awarding three scholarships to student members who attend and participate in competitions at the 2015 AITP NCC. The scholarship winners will receive $1,000 each and a one-year AITP professional membership.Click here for the scholarship rules and guidelines.
Don’t forget to make your hotel reservations by March 21, 2014 to guarantee the low conference rate of $139 per night (plus taxes) at theHilton Omaha.
Friday March 27, 2015 has been declared “UP Day” at the 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in Omaha!
NE based Union Pacific Railroad (UP) will be a premier sponsor for the 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair. Attendees should look forward to the Friday UP Day featuring these sessions and opportunities:
- Morning CIO Keynote Panelmoderated by Union Pacific’s Karen Rau, assistant vice president of Corporate Systems, and featuring:
- Lynden Tennison, Senior VP and chief information officer, Union Pacific Railroad
- Melissa Crawford, Senior VP for markets, productions and technology, Physicians Mutual
- Susan Courtney, Senior VP of technology and operations and chief information officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska
- Dr. Hesham Aki, Dean of the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
- “UP Interactive Tech Zone”featuring these interactive stations:
- Check-In Station with your UP Goody Bag and UP Passport Booklet
- Communication Systems Engineering: Machine Vision, 3D printer, Robotic Video, Software Defined Radio
- Mobile Apps: Operational Audit Manager, MyUPRR, up.jobs
- NetControl: Star Map
- Information Assurance: Wi-Fi Hacking
- Human Factors: Usability Study
- PS Technologies: Remote Controlled Locomotive
- Valvora: Innovation Station
- 10:00 ampresentation “The Internet of Things at the Railroad”featuring Yujie Ying, associate systems consultant
- Sensors are everywhere and seemingly everyone is innovating to collect, analyze and utilize data, especially UP. Thousands of sensors monitor train health along the 32,000 miles of track as the Internet of Things improves safety and efficiency. This presentation provides an insider’s look at the state-of-the-art railroad sensor technology Ying’s team created in-house, current initiatives and future challenges.
- Afternoon Ice Cream Social
- Compete in theUP Code-a-thon ContestFriday 6:30-10:30pm
- Show off your elite IT developer skills coding in Java, RubyOnRails or Python to solve as many coding challenges as you can during the contest time frame
- Coding super-star individuals or teams of two are encouraged and officially “challenged” to compete. For additional details – be sure to visit theAITP NCC Contest Information Site.
Union Pacific operates North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. To find out more about IT employment opportunities throughout the United States, be sure to visitUP.jobsor chat with any of the UP representatives throughout the AITP National Collegiate Conference.
AITP IRS Webinar
AITP headquarters will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday, February 10th at 2:00 pm ET about the IRS tax filing process for professional chapters. If you are a new chapter treasurer and have questions about the tax filing process or your chapter has lost their tax exempt status and you have questions about IRS Form 1024, please plan to attend this webinar.
You can register for the webinarhere.
You can find more information about chapter tax filinghere.
AITP New Join Page
AITP HQ has been working to simplify the join and renewal process for you and your members. We have recently created chapter-centric member applications to make the process simpler and more intuitive for prospective members. With this new methodeach chapter has their own dedicated direct application link which can be provided to prospects. We expect this to significantly reduce some of the confusion members experience when choosing a chapter and paying dues.
Renewals are being converted as well to a chapter-centric dues model. This eliminates the long list of chapter checkboxes and regions and streamlines the dues process.
Please contact HQ for your new dedicated chapter link if you wish to add it to an external chapter website, QR codes are available on request as well to add to brochures or other marketing outreach.
If you have any questions, please contact AITP HQ and we will be happy to review the new process with you.
Student to Professional Free Year Incentive
To All Chapter Leaders:
As you may know, the Membership Committee, which consists of Association Directors Doug Fogle and Vincent Luciani, are proposing a new membership campaign focused on converting Student members to Professional members. The reason for doing so is simple: AITP’s membership is declining, and our previous efforts to successfully convert students to professionals have not resulted in any meaningful conversion rates. Student retention, post-graduation, continues to be a problem.
The plan: Launching at the 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in Omaha, NE in late March for all senior student members,we will be waiving their first year National AITP membership dues. This will go into effect upon graduation.
We are asking for the local chapter to participate as well, and waive local chapter dues for the first year.
By waiving both National duesANDLocal Chapter dues, students have little reason to say “no”. It is our hope/expectation that once students attend and experience local chapter meetings, and recognize the value of a national organization standing behind it, that they will become long-standing contributors and members.
We are asking that by March 2ndyou indicate your Chapter’s desire to participate in this program by sending a response firstname.lastname@example.org either:
“Yes, my chapter will participate and will waive local chapter dues for 1 year.”
“No, my chapter will not participate.”
Of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email@example.com.
Thanks for your support,
Vincent and Doug
Association Outstanding Student Chapter Nomination Deadline - February 24th
Purpose:AITP is fortunate to have active AITP's student chapters all over the country. They participate in many activities to broaden the education they receive in the classroom alone. AITP annually recognizes a student chapter who has exemplified many activities that recognizes them as an Association Outstanding Student Chapter.
- 2012-2013 Kent State University Ashtabula
- 2011-2012 James Madison University
- 2010-2011 Appalachian State University
- 2009-2010 Appalachian State University
- 2008-2009 Texas State University
- 2007-2008 Texas State University
- 2006-2007 Central Michigan University
- 2005-2006 Central Michigan University
- 2004-2005 Northwestern State University
- 2003-2004 Northwestern State University
- 2002-2003 Northwestern State University
- 2001-2002 Tarleton State University
- 2000-2001 Milwaukee Area Technical College – West Campus
- 1999-2000 Cameron University
- 1998-1999 The University of Mississippi
- AITP student chapter must have earned SCOPA for the previous year
- All student chapters who receive the SCOPA award will go into a pool of candidates per region
- One student chapter will be selected as the Region Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year for each region that has SCOPA winners for the previous year
- Each of the Region Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year winners becomes that regions nominee for the AITP Association Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year.
- The student chapter must show many activities that indicate they are involved in IT professional functions, meetings & conferences, and active participants in local, regional and national contest events.
- A school cannot receive this award more than two times in a five year period.
- The Region President notifies the Student Awards Committee byFebruary 24thwho will be that regions nominee
- Along with the SCOPA spreadsheet, the student chapter can submit additional information that showcases their activities for the previous year and/or letters of recommendation from their sponsoring professional chapter and region.
- The AITP Student Awards Committee will review all submitted materials and make their selection
- The award will be presented during the awards banquet at the upcoming AITP National Collegiate Conference
Association Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year Award inquiries and/or completed packets should be directed to the AITP Student Awards Committee chair by firstname.lastname@example.org.
EDSIG and CONISAR Conference Call for Papers
We invite you to submit a paper, workshop, panel, abstract or teaching case for consideration at this year's EDSIG (http://www.edsigcon.org/) and CONISAR (http://www.conisar.org) conferences to be held in Wilmington, NC fromNovember 1 to 4, 2015.
As you may be aware, AITP-EDSIG and FITE co-managed another conference (ISECON) for the past 15 years. EDSIG's agreement with FITE expired in 2014 and we could not come to new contract terms agreeable to both parties. Therefore, AITP-EDSIG leadership has decided to start a new conference building on our legacy of contributing to computing education manifest in EDSIG's publications: the shared proceedings of past conferences, all the proceedings of CONISAR and the EDSIG journals: ISEDJ, JISAR and JISE, our flagship journal. EDSIG journals have long been listed in Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities.
Our new EDSIG Conference will be the exclusive channel for paper submission, review and ISEDJ publication and for best paper fast tracking to JISE. CONISAR will remain the exclusive channel for paper submission, review, and JISAR publication. More details about this change may be found at:
The full call for the EDSIG conference may be found at:http://www.edsigcon.org/and the full call for the CONISAR conference may be found athttp://www.conisar.org. Since chartered in 1983, AITP-EDSIG annually invites faculty, researchers and practitioners to share their goals, aspirations and experiences of IS, CS and IT education through refereed papers, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Authors are invited to submit high quality papers for ISEDJ or JISAR journal consideration. Best papers are invited to fast-track to JISE!
June 15- consideration for: proceedings publication, potential publication in ISEDJ (Information Systems Education Journal) and BEST PAPERS Awards.
July 15- consideration for: proceedings publication and potential publication in ISEDJ (Information Systems Education Journal).
August 15- consideration for the conference proceedings.
Full details of the call, submission and presentation guidelines are athttp://www.edsigcon.org/docs/papers.pdfHeld in conjunction with EDSIG is CONISAR, a conference dedicated to IS Applied Research. Details on submissions to CONISAR may be found athttp://www.conisar.org.Consider submitting a unique manuscript to each conference.
CONISAR is sponsored by EDSIG (Education Special Interest Group) of AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals).
Foundation for Information Technology Education Scholarships Available through May 31
The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is currently accepting Betty Stevens-Frecknall, Kevin Jetton, and William R. Reaugh scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year athttp://www.edfoundation.org, through May 31, 2015. Just click on the Scholarship link on the home page. From there you can read about these scholarship programs and click on a link to apply.
These scholarships are available to only active AITP Student Members.
The Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship is a prestigious national academic scholarship honoring a very active AITP member from Washington DC, who was committed to developing her AITP chapter and increasing membership, especially among women. The selection committee will choose the recipients of this scholarship on the basis of scholastic ability, leadership potential and financial need.
The Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship and the William R. Reaugh Scholarship are prestigious national service and academic scholarships. They honor two gentlemen who have provided long time service to both IT in general and to DPMA/AITP. Both of them served as presidents of the Association and later the Foundation.
Exceptional service to fellow IT students/professionals plays a major role in the selection process. The selection committee will choose the scholarship recipients on the basis of service to fellow IT students/professionals, scholastic ability, leadership potential and financial need.
To be eligible for any of these scholarships, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Must be an active AITP student member.
* A declared computer science/CIS/MIS/IT major with an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent).
* A student who has satisfactorily completed at least one full semester of college (12 semester hours or equivalent).
* Enrolled as a full-time (12 semester hours or equivalent) undergraduate student at an accredited institution in the United States.
* A US Citizen or US Permanent Resident.
By completing one online application form at the Foundation website's Betty Stevens-Frecknall, Kevin Jetton, or William R. Reaugh Scholarship pages, you will automatically be considered for all three scholarships.
If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be contacted by the Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee and asked to provide an official transcript (for proof of GPA) and an official current class schedule (for proof of current enrollment).
Scholarships applications will be reviewed over the summer, transcripts and schedules will be requested of semi-finalists during the fall, and the scholarships will be awarded by the end of the year.
The application period closes May 31. So go tohttp://www.edfoundation.organd apply.
Questions can be sent to FITE Regent, Teresa Hickerson,email@example.com.