The Official E-Newsletter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals


February 2015

In This Issue

1. Featured Article
2. Association News
3. Member News
4. Chapter and Region News
5. Partners & Affiliates News



Call for Articles

To help makeInformation Executive(IE)more topic specific and to make you more knowledgeable about an area of IT, please send potential articles toaitp_hq@aitp.orgby the article deadline below.

Last day for articles: March 27, 2015

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AITP Headquarters Team

The AITP Headquarters Team is made up of Melissa Baldwin, Heather Blush, and Vanessa Smith. Together we have over 20 years of experience in Association Management and look forward to working with all of you and AITP. For more information on our roles and contact information, please viewContact Us.

AITP Headquarters


1120 Route 73, Suite 200
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Phone: 1.800.224.9371
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Fax: 856.439.0525

Email:
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Featured Article:

Friday March 27, 2015 has been declared “UP Day” at the 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in Omaha!
By Kevin Jetton, AITP NCC Director


Omaha, NE based Union Pacific Railroad (UP) will be a presenting sponsor for the upcoming 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair. All conference attendees can look forward to these Friday UP Day sessions, events, interactive experiences and opportunitiesthroughthe day Friday, 3/27/2015!

  • 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”(9:00am-4:30pm) featuring ELEVEN (11) exciting interactive stations:

1.Check-In Stationwith your UP Goody Bag and UP Participation Passport/Booklet

2.Yard System Simulation: The simulation software tool written in Java that models and analyzes variations to hump yards (railcar switching and routing yards) for improved performance metrics

3.MyUPRR Mobile App: Mobile application technology which allows users the ability to manage the status of their rail shipments let alone create, review or update service issues

4.Operational AuditManager:showcases a mobile enterprise application that allows users to create, assign, and complete inspections/reviews/questionnaires throughout the UP system

5.UP Steam: the “must-have” app for all historic railroad fans and is a real-time GPS location of the UP’s steam locomotives No. 844 and No. 3985 as they travel across the UP rail system! The app features the schedule, photos, videos, history and fully integrates with social media including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare!

6.UP.Jobs: Union Pacific’s Career Posting website that runs both on the desktop and mobile devices and is your key to awesome IT jobs within UP!

7.Star Map: UP’s monitoring system that helps operations and support teams pinpoint root causes of problems, showcase impacttoother components and provides a context to help operations understand what to work on first (automatic prioritization). The tool also showcases what specific business features are at risk within the UP system too.

8.Valvora: the commercialization initiative serving as the value that releases UP-developed technology to new markets and currently features two SaaS offerings:App Stationwhich is a private mobile app store for secure distribution of private and public apps andInnovationStationwhichis an interactive social platform for sharing, improving and executing great ideas.

9.PS Technologies: Using modern game engine technology – UP will be showcasing an interactive simulator teaching tool which brings trainees into a virtual world. The Remote Control Locomotive Operation simulator training tool will be demonstrated so you can learn how to switching and humping cars in yards efficiently!

10.Usability Study: UP’s User Experience Team is dedicated to improving the usability of user interfaces at UP to improve the day-to-day interactions users have with UP technology. A demo using Morae software which captures and analyzes a usability study showcasing the real-world frustration caused by violating a user’s expectations. Come meet and visit with UP UX Team members and discuss what a career in usability could mean for you!

11.Dangers of Public WiFi: A brief demonstration of how susceptible your personal information is to compromise while using public Wi-Finetworks,and some tips for keeping your information safe!

  • 10:00 ampresentationThe Internet of Things at theRailroad”featuringYujie Ying,associatesystems 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 theInternet of Thingsimproves 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(3:00-3:30pm)
  • Compete in theUP Code-a-thon Contest(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 and Career Fair.

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Association News:

AITP Governance – Service Areas Update

Each issue of AITP’sInformation Executivewill feature a column on the AITP Service Areas – who they are, what they have been doing and their plans for future activities.

Association Effectiveness

The Association Effectiveness service area, co-chaired by Barbara Viola and Julian Wade, has had a busy January and February working with our new Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee. As of January 2015, we have our governance structure in place with an approved association service area organization chart. Our Executive Committee consists of the following officers:

Barbara Viola – President
Julian Wade – EVP/President Elect
John Council – Secretary
Christine Leja – Treasurer
Michael Welch – Immediate Past President

We have six association service areas, staffed by our Board of Directors and our headquarters staff:

Association Effectiveness – Barbara Viola & Julian Wade
Association Development – Jennifer Ellen & John Kosar
Membership Recruitment & Retention – Vincent Luciani & Doug Fogle
Chapter & Region Support – Vicki Hampton & John Impagliazzo
Operations – Pete Schmitt & Larry Friedlander
Association Headquarters – Melissa Baldwin

Our EVP/President Elect, Julian Wade, is heading up our association service areas. Board members representing the entire United States are working in each of these areas with various initiatives to support our members. You can get further information about each area by using the following linkwww.aitp.orgthen selecting “Communities” and “Committees”.

Additionally, we have appointed John Council, Secretary, to head up the Bylaws & Standing Rules Committee, Al Strong, former Western District Director, as Chair of the Directors & Officers Recruitment and Standards of Conduct & Ethics Committees. Christine Leja, Treasurer, will be heading up our Finance Committee. With these positions filled, we feel that we will be able to move forward this year with a very qualified team that represents our association in the best way possible.

We are working on our upcoming AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair being held March 26-29, 2015 in Omaha, NE. We will be hosting our AITP student members who will be competing for awards, prizes and winning scholarships. They will also have a chance to interview with major national corporations who are coming to the AITP NCC with over 300 positions that our graduating students will be applying for!

We are also working with our AITP special interest group, EDSIG, on their annual conference. The EDSIG Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR) is being held November 1-4, 2015 in Wilmington, NC. Since chartered in 1983, the AITP EDSIG conference annually invites faculty, researchers, graduate students and practitioners to share their goals, aspirations and experience of IS, CS and IT education through refereed papers, presentations, panel discussions and workshops.High-qualitypapers are invited to submit for ISEDJ journal consideration. Best papers are invited to fast-track to JISE! For more info on this conference, visitwww.edsig.org.

With a new website (www.aitp.org), branded AITP marketing materials and a national Board full of energy and enthusiasm, we are looking forward to a year where great things are happening at AITP headquarters to provide member support. If you would like to reach out to either of us you can contactpresident@aitp.orgorvicepresident@aitp.org.

Membership Recruitment & Retention

The Membership Recruitment & Retention service area, co-chaired by Vincent Luciani and Doug Fogle, is focused on ways to increase both student and professional memberships. Our initial 2015 efforts will launch during the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in March. In short, our method will be to incentivize students to become professional members by offering a free one year professional membership (with participating chapters). Secondly, we are focused on the AITP NCC itself, developing fun and engaging games in which students can participate. Other programs and ideas will be developed throughout the year.

Chapter & Region Support

Vicki Hampton (Region 5, Capitol Chapter, IL) and John Impagliazzo (Region 13, Long Island Chapter, NY) are co-chairing the Chapter & Region support service area. We are currently working on surveys for both the professional and student members. These surveys will give AITP an idea of what it is doing well, what it needs to improve and what AITP members want. We also work with the Regions President Council (RPC) to assist in their endeavors. The RPC provides guidance on changes to procedures and discusses ways to strengthen professional chapters. The current focus of this service area is on chapter support with the goal of strengthening chapter activities and increasing chapter membership.

Operations

Larry Friedlander and Peter Schmitt co-chair the Operations service area which includes the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair (March 26-29, 2015 in Omaha, NE) led by Kevin Jetton, NCC Director. The Operations service area also works with the Professional Awards and Student Awards Committees to update the awards and the 2015 awards deadlines, as well the student member e-newsletter, Nano Second. In addition, the service area works with our AITP headquarters team on AITP publications and communications pieces.

Association Headquarters

The AITP Executive Director, Melissa Baldwin, chairs the Association Headquarters service area. In 2015, the service area will be working with the other AITP service areas and committees on financial reporting and generating non-dues revenue, marketing and publicizing AITP through social media, and increasing membership and member/chapter support. In addition, the service area will be assisting Michael Welch, AITP Immediate Past President, with preparing the 2014 Annual Report.


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

 

 

Let AITP Help Your Organization Reach the Nation's Top IT Students

How can your organization reach the nation's top Information Technology college and university students? By being an exhibitor/sponsor of the 20th AnnualAITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair!

This year’s AITP NCC is being heldMarch 26-29, 2015at the CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The AITP NCC annually attracts over 650 IT students and faculty from over 60 different colleges and universities across the country plus industry professionals. AITP NCC attendees typically major in Computer Science or Business concentrating in Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming & Design, Information Technology or Information Systems with programmer/developer skills, including but not limited to Java, .net, web, business analytics, visual studio, system analysis & design, security, data analytics, networking, data communications, desktop support, help desk and more.

Consider joining the organizations that have already committed to sponsor and/or exhibit at the 2015 AITP NCC in Omaha:
  • Presenting Sponsors:Union Pacific, State Farm
  • Contest Sponsors:IBM, USAA, TD Ameritrade
  • Participating Sponsors:Google, Foundation for Information Technology Education, USAA, Progressive Insurance, Omaha Greater Chamber, Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
  • Certification Sponsors:ICCP, COMMON
  • Exhibitors:FBI, Kiewit Corporation, McCallie Associates, Mutual of Omaha
Click hereto view the AITP NCC sponsor & exhibitor opportunities or visitwww.AITP.org/NCCfor more information.

AITP looks forward to showcasing your organization to tomorrows IT professionals. We hope you can join us in Omaha for this great event!

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Member News:

Milestone Anniversaries and New Members

Happy Milestone Anniversary to members forDecember 2014,January 2015,andFebruary 2015thank you for being dedicated AITP members! Also, welcome to AITP's newest members fromDecember 2014andJanuary 2015!

 

 

 

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:

http://www.aitp-edsig.org/announcement.pdf.

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!

Submission deadlines:

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).

 


 

Hakuna Matata

For those of you who with free time looking to find something meaningful to do that will allow you to share your technical skills. Have no worries...or as they say in Swahili,Hakuna Matata. There are so many opportunities; your skills are desperately needed and I assured you that you will get back much more than you give.

I have just returned from five weeks in Northern Tanzania, the first three of which were spent volunteering in a rural Massai village school outside of the city of Arusha. Until April 2014 this school had no electric power. There was not a single computer in the school, not even in the headmaster's office. In addition to the stunning fact that there were 100 children to each teacher, the lack of this basic resource placed the children of this village at a severe disadvantage as compared to the children educated in the private schools in the cities and suburbs in Tanzania. In response to this need, a small American charity (A is for Africa) arranged to have a power line run to the school. Wenona college in Australia, collaborating with a Tanzanian safari company, ("Massai Wanderings") donated 12 used laptops to the school and "A is For Africa" then secured donated educational software. All of this generosity left the headmaster and his staff grateful, but with a problem. No one at the school had a clue what to do with computers, much less how they worked or how to set them up. These teachers could not possibly teach the children how to use these strange machines.

For many years, my wife and I were planning to take a safari. In the course of our conversations with a representative of the Massai Wanderings safari company we learned of the needsatthis school and decided to add three weeks to our vacation and volunteer our services. In our time at the school we performed tasks that we thought simple and basic: installing programs and configuring the computers, networking the computers wirelessly to a printer we chose to donate and helping teach the teachers to learn to use the laptops to record grades, type exams instead of writing them on the blackboard and how to motivate learning with the educational software. Working alongside one of the teachers' husband, a local engineering student, we even successfully brought internet to the school to see if it would be possible at some point when it might become more appropriate.

What we did for the school and itsstudentshowever, paled in comparison to what this cultural exchange experience did for us. We lived for two weeks in a small apartment in the suburbs familiarizing ourselves with local urban and suburban culture and then spent our final week living in the rural Massai village. We ate local food with our fingers in the company of our new Massai teacher friends, babysat their toddlers so they could practice their typing , walked to work alongside their cattle, attended their celebrations, lived without running water as they did, and, astonishingly spent a week without internet. We took away with us the gifts of perspective and understanding and a feeling of incredible usefulness.

Ofcoursewe topped off this amazing experience with two weeks travelingthrough the national parks of Tanzania encountering lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, baboons and many other animals.

So if you fear uselessness in your later years or just want to donate to this worthyclauseclick onA is for Africaand explore your opportunities.

About the Author

Jeff Stark is an experienced telecommunication professional with extensive background in voice & data network design, operations, international communications, project management and vendor management. Prior to Jeff’s adventures in Africa, he was responsible for global voice services at Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg, IL. In this position, Jeff designed and implemented Motorola’s international cloud-based VoIP network at over 100 locations in 40 countries. Jeff was also instrumental in Motorola’s extensive M&A program, including the divestiture of the mobile handset business to Google. Throughout his career, Jeff has negotiated numerous carrier contracts totaling over $400M. Prior to Motorola, Jeff held similar positions at Symbol Technologies and Citigroup.

Jeff is an active member of the AITP Long Island chapter and can be contacted atJeffrey.k.stark@gmail.com.

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Chapter and Region News:

Revenue Sharing Opportunity for AITP Professional Chapters

The AITP Board of Directors has as part of their mission the expansion and improvement of the benefits available to AITP members. One of the ways of doing this involves the development of non-dues revenue to fund programs, provide services, and expand the reach and influence of AITP.

The AITP Partners & Affiliates Committee has been asked to spearhead this effort, and we need your help! The committee is actively involved in analyzing ways and means of attracting investment from people and organizations outside of AITP.

As part of this initiative,AITP leadership is willing to share the funds generated with chapters that are actively and intimately involved in developing non-dues revenue.

As an example, if a member or members of a chapter solicit, nurture, and formalize a relationship and agreement with a third party that results in new, non-dues revenue for AITP, the chapter would receive 25% of the funds realized from that signed agreement. So if XYZ company agrees to pay $5,000 to AITP in exchange for certain opportunities to market its goods or services to members, as spelled out in a signed contract, then the sponsoring chapter would be awarded $1,250 as a result of the relationship.

This is a win-win-win for the chapter, AITP, and all of our members!

For more information about how to get started on this important initiative, please contact the AITP Partners & Affiliates Committee atpartners@aitp.org.

The committee looks forward to working with you to generate funds that will enable AITP to grow, strengthen, and enjoy greater success as the premiere national organization serving IT professionals!We can also use volunteers for our committee who would like to interface with some of our potential corporate sponsors.

Sincerely,
AITP Partners & Affiliates Committee

 

 

AITP Region 18 Spring Conference

The AITP Region 18 Spring Conference will be heldMarch 20-22, 2015at Pipestem Resort State Park, located in the beautiful hills of southern West Virginia.There is no conference fee for AITP members.We also have a free hospitality suite open Friday and Saturday evenings, breakfast Saturday morning and a banquet Saturday evening. Saturday afternoon is free time for you to explore Pipestem.

The three important websites are as follows:


Pipestem forroom reservationsand things to do:http://www.pipestemresort.com

CommuniGram also containsgeneral conferencedetails:http://r18communigram.com

 

 

 

2015 Region 5 NCC Student Chapter Grant Winners Announced

The 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) and Career Fair 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 AITP 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 onwww.aitp.org.
  • student chapter activities/accomplishments through the previous year
  • number of students that will be attending the AITP 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 AITP 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 AITP NCC Grant Selection Committee consisted ofBrian Runyon, Twin City Chapter (Bloomington / Normal, IL),Kim Winter, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter (Green Bay, WI); andRichard (Dick) Boenisch, Sheboygan Chapter (Sheboygan, WI) also the chairperson.

Region 5represents 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.

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Partners & Affiliates News:

Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) Scholarships Now Open

TheFoundation for Information Technology Education (FITE)is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 academic year, for the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship, and the William R.ReaughMemorial Scholarshipthrough May 31, 2015.

These scholarships are available to only active AITP Student Members.

Betty Stevens-Frecknallbegan her career in computers as a cardpunch operator. She trained in the 1940's as a keypunch clerk, a computer repair technician, and a systems analyst. She started as a civilian employee of the Navy in Seattle. Later she obtained a position as a systems analyst with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. From that point on, Betty proved herself with a series of successes on major projects, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars.

During her career, Betty was very active in the Washington D.C. Chapter of DPMA, now AITP, serving as chapter president in 1972. She was committed to developing the chapter and increasing membership, especially among women. She later was active on the Mid-Atlantic Region of DPMA and was elected Region president in 1979. The Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship was started in her honor by her family so other students may have the opportunity to learn.

The selection committee will choose the scholarship recipients on the basis of scholastic ability, leadership potential and financial need.

The Kevin Jetton Service Scholarshipwas started to honor Kevin's service to AITP. Kevin has provided dedicated and energetic service to AITP for many years, serving as President of his local chapter, his region and as the national President of AITP. Since 1996, he has been the driving force behind the AITP National Collegiate Conference. Kevin currently serves as the Vice President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE). As a result of Kevin's generous service, thousands of AITP student and professional members have enjoyed numerous opportunities for meaningful personal/professional growth.

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. Please note thatexceptional service to fellow IT students/professionals plays a major rolein the selection process.

The William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarshipwas started in honor of a man who devoted a lifetime of service to the Information Technology profession. Along with a highly distinguished career as an information systems leader with Caterpillar, Inc., Bill served in many DPMA/AITP chapter, region, and association positions. He was a long time member of the Association's Board of Directors and served as its 1995 Association President. He was President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) in 2003 and 2004.

During his career, Bill made countless contributions to the DPMA (and later AITP) Model Curriculum, impacting tens of thousands of IT students and professionals around the world. He represented AITP on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) in order to further career opportunities and IT professional certification. Bill epitomized the highest standards of professionalism and upheld the highest ethical standards. He was known for his sharp wit, a great sense of humor, and a deep love for the IT profession.

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. Please note thatexceptional service to fellow IT students/professionals plays a major rolein the selection process.

Scholarship applications for can be found at the Foundation website,www.edfoundation.org. Click on theScholarshiplink to learn more about these IT Leaders, the scholarships themselves and to apply.

To be eligible for any of these scholarships, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An applicant 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

Note: 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.

The deadline for scholarship applications is May 31, 2015.

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.

Questions can be sent to FITE Regent,Teresa Hickerson.

 

 

FITE Scholarship Winners 2014-2015

WILLIAM R REAUGH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCED!
The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is pleased to announce the winner of the William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Bill Reaugh had a passion for AITP/DPMA through his many years of service not only to his chapter but the region and the association as well. He served as a past DPMA Association President and was instrumental in creating the original DPMA Model Curriculum many years ago. A more in-depth article about Bill can be found in the 2006 AITP Information Executive/Nanosecond archives at In Memory of Bill Reaugh.

This distinguished scholarship is awarded by the Foundation for Information Technology Education to support individuals seeking a degree in an information technology-related program. The William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship is awarded on the basis of demonstrated exceptional academic ability and financial need. Recipients must be a full-time student pursuing a degree in Information Technology and a member of an AITP Student Chapter.Information about the William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship can be found at:http://www.edfoundation.org/williamreaughscholarship.htm.

The recipient of the 2014-2015 William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship is:

Kimberly P. Falcon, Texas State University

Congratulations to Kimberly for her achievements!When notified of the award, Kimberly replied:“I am writing to express my greatest gratitude for making the William R. Reaugh Scholarship possible. It is an honor and I am very grateful for your financial support. I am also very excited to be presented with such an honor. The scholarship you have awarded me will provide great help in paying my college tuition and books. Instead of worrying about financial costs I can focus on my academic studies. Your scholarship will be one less worry for me for this upcoming year. Thank you once again for making this possible and for your kindness. You have made a huge impact on my life, as I now know there are many people supporting my dreams. I promise I will work hard and do my best in my studies and my profession.”Kimberly P. Falcon

KEVIN JETTON AITP SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER ANNOUNCED!
The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is pleased to announce that the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship committee selected the recipient for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Kevin Jetton is a Past President of AITP, current Vice President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education and a driving force behind the AITP National Collegiate Conference. In 2003, some members of AITP and the AITP Education Special Interest Group (EDSIG) established the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship that is administered by the Foundation for Information Technology Education.

Recipients must be full-time students pursuing a degree in Information Technology and a member of an AITP Student Chapter. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of scholastic ability, demonstrated service and leadership potential.For more information on the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship go to:http://www.edfoundation.org/kevinjettonscholarship.htm.

The recipient of the 2014-2015 Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship is:

Patricia Lehman, Wilmington University

Congratulations to Patricia for her achievements!When notified of the award, Patricia replied:“I would like to thank the Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) for selecting me as the recipient of the 2014-2015 Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship. As an adult career changer, majoring in Computer and Network Security at Wilmington University, in Delaware, I am honored to represent Information Technology students of all backgrounds nationwide. This scholarship will be of great assistance this spring as I enter my final semester. I appreciate your recognition and support of my academic and leadership achievements, and plan to continue both my studies and passion for technology throughout my career. For anyone considering an education and future career in the field of Information Technology, I would encourage all students that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.”Patricia Lehman

BETTY STEVENS-FRECKNALL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is pleased to announce that the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship committee selected the recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Betty Stevens-Frecknall left a portion of her estate to the Foundation to set up a scholarship fund targeted at assisting deserving men and women pursuing an education in the field of information technology. Betty, a former President of the Washington D.C. AITP Chapter in 1972, served several years as that Chapter's Association Director (now Chapter Liaison) and also was President of the Mid-Atlantic Region. She was always a very strong advocate for AITP and the opportunities it provides to members. She particularly wanted to be able to continue supporting and encouraging personal and professional growth and enable access to career advancement.

The endowment created a national scholarship that is awarded annually to support university students who are seeking an education in an accredited degree program related to information technology. Candidates are evaluated on demonstrated scholastic achievement, leadership, financial need and quality of the application. Recipients must be full-time students and a member of an AITP Student Chapter. The selection process is administered by the Foundation Regents.Information about the Betty Stevens-Frecknall scholarship can be found at:http://www.edfoundation.org/bettystevensfrecknallscholarship.htm.

The following are the winners of the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Mary Elizabeth Ulam, Texas State University
Joey Kilmartin, Murray State University
Jessica Pearce, University of Texas, Arlington

Congratulations to Mary, Joey, and Jessica for their achievements!When notified of the award, this year’s recipients replied:“I am very honored to have received this scholarship from Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship Committee! As a senior getting ready to embark on my new life as an IT professional, I reflect on the four years I’ve spent with AITP and cherish the mentorship, development, and networking opportunities I’ve received. My future is bright and I have Information Systems and AITP to thank for that. Like Betty Stevens-Frecknall, I strongly believe in AITP and hope it will encourage others as it has encouraged me. Thank you for selecting me for this scholarship. I am extremely humbled and forever grateful for this award and for being part of AITP.”M. Elizabeth Ulam

“Words cannot express how honored I am to be a recipient of the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship for 2014-2015. Getting involved with Murray State’s AITP Student Chapter was the smartest move I made upon returning to finish my education.AITP has provided me with an opportunity to get a grasp of my field of study beyond the classroom and has made me a well-rounded professional.Serving as our chapter president has allowed me to hone my leadership skills beyond anything I had imagined.To be recognized by the Foundation for Information Technology Education’s selection panel as worthy of national recognition is humbling to say the least.I am proud to be a member of such a fine organization as AITP. Thank you to FITE and AITP for such a generous award.”Joey Kilmartin

“I would like to thank the Foundation for Information Technology Education for selecting me for the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship. It is a great honor and will be a huge help as I enter my senior year in the Information Systems program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Due to the assistance this scholarship is providing me, I will be able to focus more on my studies as well as certifications. I am so grateful for this and it could not have come at a better time. Thank you again so much for choosing me for this opportunity!”Jessica Pearce

 

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