AITP Student Newsletter - Spring Semester 2015

In This Issue

AITP NCC in Omaha

AITP NCC Career Fair

On the Horizon: IBM

Certifications at AITP NCC

Student Member Campaign

AITP NCC Scholarships

Call for Posters

University of Texas El Paso


Hakuna Matata

Chapter Tools and Resources

Chapter Marketing

Chapter Operations

Virtual Water Cooler

Discount Spotlight

Our partners atDellhave presented their February discounts. To view all of the Dell discounts offered each month see the AITPProducts and Services Discountpage.

Dates to Know

February 24, 2015:“Going the Extra Mile” Faculty Award Nominations Deadline

February 24, 2015:Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award Deadline

February 24, 2015:Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year Award Deadline

March 26-29, 2015:AITPNational Collegiate Conference and Career Fair

April 10-12, 2015:Ball State IS Competition

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Welcome to the second issue of the New Nanosecond, the Newsletter for the student chapters of AITP.

A Reminder to All Students and Advisors

AITP NCC is right around the Corner


The Association of Information Technology Professionals’ National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair Travels to Omaha in 2015

Information technology students will learn, compete and network with high profile IT companiesMount Laurel, NJ (Jan 19, 2015) – The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will host their National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair in Omaha, Nebraska, March 26-29, 2015. The 2015 event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the conference and competition event.

“Students who attended previous conferences enjoyed meeting other students from all over the United States, interacting with the companies in attendance, competing against other students in the many competitions, talking to professional members in attendance and going to sessions and listening to conference speakers,” said Vicki Hampton, Regional Director of AITP.

Although the conference invites students to connect, there are many competitions that encourage students to test their knowledge and skills against their peers. The event features numerous contests and workshops sponsored by major companies that help college students interested in information technology network, learn and compete against one another.

“There are many competitions for all students to enter including Database Design, Enterprise Systems, Visual Studio, JAVA, Mobile Apps and Network Design to name a few,” said Hampton.

“Students can compete in numerous contests including two IBM sponsored contests. For those who want to participate in the competition, they should check out the official AITP NCC Contest Website,,” said Kevin Jetton, AITP’s National Collegiate Conference Director.

Arguably, the most beneficial aspect of the conference is the connections student make with industry leaders and hiring managers in the IT industry. “Students can interact and network with companies such as IBM, State Farm and USAA,” said Hampton. “Students can also earn certifications at the conference including CBCA and ICCP certifications.”

Registration for the conference is now open

“Student members interested in getting involved with AITP or volunteering for the AITP NCC should contact Kevin Jetton, AITP NCC director ( Non-members should contact Vanessa Smith ( at the AITP headquarters for more information.”

The conference features numerous sponsors who allow students to participate in events, attend sessions and meet with officials at their companies. Current sponsors include: Union Pacific, State Farm, IBM, Google, and the Foundation for Information Technology Education.

On Friday, March 27, conference sponsor Union Pacific will host Union Pacific Day. Attendees will have the chance to meet with Union Pacific officials, compete in contests, experience Union Pacific hands-on interactive stations and receive an on-site interview with the company.

More sponsors and exhibitors are in the process of being confirmed. If interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event, contact Kevin Jetton at

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IT Students: Are YOU seeking a Job, Internship or Career Advice?

By Kevin Jetton, Texas State University & AITP NCC Director

If so, then you really want to be at the upcoming20thAnnual AITP National Collegiate Conference (NCC) and Career FairMarch 26-29, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska. By attending the event – you will not only have all the competition events that the conference is known for but you also have an awesome opportunity to be in front of IT hiring managers and recruiters with anestimated 300+ open IT internship and full time career positionsto fill with top level talent!

With a continued shortage of talented Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and other Information Technology majors across the country – the competition among hiring organizations has significantly increased in their quest to fill their open IT positions with the absolute best talent they can find and hire. We already know that IT runs global businesses and is critical to satisfy employees, customers, suppliers and partners alike and with continued global security threats, the outlook for security professionals is hard to imagine.

All college and universities have career fairs but, of course, not every organization can recruit at every campus and in many instances, actual IT hiring managers are not always staffing the career fair table either let alone are hiring for multiple majors. At the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair – it is naturally far different in that the booths are staffed by teams of IT hiring managers and recruiters that can interview you and, perhaps, extend you a job offer on the spot. In fact, many past AITP NCC attendees owe their first jobs to the AITP NCC event and when reflecting back on the experience, they knew that they were among an elite crowd of IT students attending the conference further showcasing their skills and talent by attending.

When talking to past sponsors, exhibitors and recruiters over the years, the typical profile of the “ideal” candidate that routinely are able to find and hire at the AITP NCC event have many of these attributes:

  • Attended,and perhaps won, local or regional IT conferences & competition events
  • Served as an AITP student chapter officer showcasing leadership skills & initiative
  • Competed in multiple competition events at the AITP NCC event with a strategy for each one
  • Have industry certifications to set themselves apart from other candidates
  • Embrace group projects showcasing teamwork skills and achievement of a common goal
  • Aspire to learn new things including development languages and methods fully realizing that in the field of IT – the learning and rate of change never stops
  • Reflect on past projects asking the basic question “what could have I have done different to better prepare and/or better accomplish the task”
  • Have a positive outlook and naturally fit into the organizations culture

While more organizations are being added to the lineup, these have already committed to be a 2015 AITP NCC and Career Fair sponsor and/or exhibitor and will be LOOKING FOR YOU to potentially hire!

  • Presenting Sponsors: Union Pacific, State Farm
  • Contest Sponsors: IBM, TD Ameritrade
  • Participating Sponsors: Google, USAA, Progressive Insurance
  • Certification Sponsors: ICCP, COMMON
  • Exhibitors: FBI, Kiewit Corporation, McCallie Associates,Mutual of Omaha

For a link to their open IT position website – click this link for theAITP NCC and Career Fair list of confirmed Sponsors & Exhibitorsand by clicking their logo – it will take you to that specific site.

ALL of these organizations are eager to meet you, visit with you and, perhaps, interview you and offer you a job so……don’t forget to bring copies of your resume, pack some interviewing clothes with you and take the time to stop by the Career Fair tables and visit with all of the recruiters! You never know – it could “change your life and land you a career with an awesome organization” and join the list of past AITP NCC attendees that are able to say – Thanks AITP NCC because that is how I got my job and a career!

For additional information about the 2015 AITP NCC and Career Fair – simply The recruiters will be waiting for you in Omaha – will you be there?

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On the Horizon from IBM:

AITP’s National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair. Sponsored by the AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals), the annual National Collegiate Conference is a competition, conference and career fair rolled into one single event. It allows student attendees to showcase their technology skills among peers, network with leading industry professionals, connect with IT employers, and perhaps secure an internship or a full-time-job offer.

The conference attracts more than 650 IT students and faculty from over 60 different colleges and universities across the country. Attendees typically major in Business or Computer Science with a concentration in Computer Information Systems,

Computer Programming and Design, Information Technology or Information Systems. In addition, they usually have programmer/ developer skills including but not limited to Java, .net, web, business analytics, visual studio, system analysis and design, security, networking, data communications and more!

You can count on seeing IBM at this conference in Omaha from March 26-29. We hope you will visit the IBM Academic Initiative booth and join us for this exciting event!

Ready, Set, Go! RubyOnRails / RPG

Programming Contest: The IBM Academic Initiative is sponsoring a RubyOnRails/RPG enterprise contest at the 20th annual AITP National Collegiate Conference in Omaha. The contest will take place at the conference on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The IBM iEnterprise Integration with RubyOnRails Contest is meant to test a programmer's strength in not only the Ruby language and RubyOnRails web framework on IBM i but also in integrating with existing RPG business logic.

If your college is not involved with the AITP you might want to consider starting a student chapter and attending this yearly event. The conference offers your students a unique opportunity to connect with potential employers, take certification tests at tremendous discounts, and meet with other IT students.

IBM is supporting the contest with its Power Systems Academic Cloud, which is one of many benefits currently available to Academic Initiative member schools and faculty at no cost. Power Systems Academic Initiative for more information.

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Get Certified at the AITP NCC

During AITP NCC attendees have the opportunity to take two certification exams. The first, offered on Friday, March 26, 2015, is the COMMON Business Computing Associate exam. You must preregister and bring your own laptop to take this exam.

The second exam is the ICCP ISA exam being offered on Saturday, March 27, 2015.

Both exams will show any potential employer that you are knowledge in your field and would be a great addition to your resume. To find out more about both exams and how you can take the exams for freeclick here!

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Student Member Campaign

Student chapter leaders, advisors, student chapter liaisons:

We are excited to announce a new/lapsed student member campaign beginning November 17, 2014 and ending February 28, 2015. The hope is also to run this campaign again next August – September!

What the student chapter needs to do:

oPromote your chapter and get new/lapsed student members (must not have been a student member for four months)

oFor each new/lapsed student member – your chapter will receive a $5 Amazon gift card (will be given at the end of the campaign)

All student chapters that get 10+ members during this campaign time will be listed on theaitp.orgweb portal and listed in the student newsletter.

This campaign is promoted by your Student Development Committee. Questions can be directed

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Updating Student Chapter Officers

Did your student chapter officers change? If so, please email AITP headquarters ataitp_hq@aitp.orgwith the new/updated information so it can be changed on the AITP website.

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AITP NCC Scholarship Program

AITP is pleased to announce its 2015 AITP NCC Scholarship Program. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to AITP student members (criteriafollows) who attend and participate in competitions at the 2015 AITP NCC (March 26-29, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska). The scholarship winners will also receive a one-year professional membership.

Scholarship Rules and Guidelines:

1.Applicants must be a current AITP student member in good standing (both academically with their college/university and with their student chapter; students at large will also be considered)

2.An official transcript showing the GPA and current schedule (with hours) is required. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at the time of the application.

3.Student member must be an active student chapter member at time of application and award (attends chapter meetings several times a semester, participates in chapter activities); Each student member applicant must submit a letter from their advisor affirming his or her chapter involvement.

4.All scholarships are payable by the end of April 2015.

5.Each student member applicant must write a 500 word essay which defines “what being a member of AITP means to me”; an applicant may submit a creative video which supports the essay. Contact for video submission details.

6.Each student member applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty (other than advisor) at their college/university.

7. A cover letter must accompany the scholarship application; include in this cover letter:

  • the number of AITP NCC’s attended (include location)
  • what competitions were entered and any awards from the competitions
  • indicate the number of professional chapter meetings attended (if any)
  • indicate how long you have been an AITP student member
  • indicate if you have held any offices within your AITP student chapter

8.Each student member applicant may submit any other supporting documentation they wish to be considered; this could include events you have planned or participated in for your student chapter, other events across campus, volunteer work, other organizations where you are an active participant.

9.A packet containing your cover letter (including the criteria in #7) stating you’re applying for the “2015 AITP student member scholarship”, your essay, required verification recommendation from your advisor, non-advisor faculty recommendation (in sealed envelopes), official transcripts, and any additional supporting documentation must be received byMarch 1, 2015at:

Attn: Vanessa Smith
1120 Route 73, Ste 200
Mount Laurel NJ 08054-5113

10.Questions about the scholarship application or program can be sent to: If a video will be submitted, contact for details on submission.

11.Scholarship winners will be announced during the 2015 AITP NCC (March 26 – 29, 2015) and via Applicants will be judged on their essay, active status in their student chapter and on faculty recommendations; supporting documents will be used in case of a tie (more than two).


You are encouraged to submit a resume.

Instructions: The application for these scholarships can be found

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2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair

At the 2015 AITP NCC, to be held on March 26 – 28 at the CenturyLink Center, AITP will hold their first annual poster session. This Poster Session will provide ALL students an ideal opportunity to share their IT related projects and research with other students, faculty, AITP Professionals and Industry Recruiters.ALL relevant submissions will be accepted for presentation.Therefore, please submit your applications by March 13, 2015.

1. A poster board approximately 36 X 48 inches and thumb tacks will be provided. NO OTHER MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE. Youmaybring and use your own poster boards. Bring your own markers, tape, scissors, etc… The hotel’s business center will be open/available for printing at a nominal charge.

2. The poster must include the author(s) name, institution, city and state. This information will be included in the Poster Program handouts.

3. An abstract summarizing the poster material should ideally be included in the presentation.

4. Bulletin type should be used such that the poster is legible at a distance of 3 feet.

5.Poster need NOT be professional prepared.The audience is not interested in the professionalism of the presentation, only the quality of the content.

6. The poster session presentation will be featured on Friday afternoon, March 27 from 2 – 3 pm in Century Link room 216.

7. At least 1 author must be present during the session to allow for interaction with attendees.

Please consider submitting an application for this new and exciting opportunity to showcase your hard work!! Sharing your projects and research with others can only enhance the knowledge you gain by participating in this new event.

Let’s work together to make this a successful new venture for AITP students!!

Abstract SubmissionDEADLINEis March 13 –Link to google form to submit:

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University of Texas El Paso on the move in 2014 - 2015

Fall 2014

In the Fall of 2014, our AITP members at the University of Texas at El Paso, participated in various professional development activities and events. Two notable events our members participated on were The Grand Challenge Workshop and the Mike Loya Weekend Startup. The Grand Challenge Workshop was on September 19-20 and it was a workshop for our members to consider a broad issue of high socio-economic importance and to propose innovative approaches to addressing the issue. The challenge was to design public/private policies that will radically increase the number of women who major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics because in the U.S. Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields. This challenge was posed by Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, who has long recognized the importance of programs designed to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields. The second event was the Mike Loya Weekend Startup, which was on October 17-19. The Mike Loya Weekend Startup is an entrepreneurship education program that gives an opportunity to university students to acquire valuable hands-on experience on the creation of a company. The objective of the program was to start technology companies over the course of three days.

We also had a variety of guest speakers including: USAA, Prudential, Lockheed Martin, and SEO alumni who interned with IBM. Our organization enhanced the merit system, where points were awarded to each member who participated in events, attended professional workshops, participated in community service, and helped with fundraising. At the end of the semester we had an “End of Semester Ceremony” where we provided gift cards to those members who had the highest points and also awarded our graduating seniors with AITP stoles and polo’s.

Spring 2015

Our spring semester started off great considering the fact that we won 2ndplace in the Student Organization Fair, where we were judged on ten different areas including: projects and events, travel, job/internship opportunities, professional speakers at meetings, collaborative initiatives, community service, branding, formats used to promote the organization, ability to pitch the organization in less than five minutes, and table design. Our table had a binary backdrop and battery operated lights along with the AITP floor banner. We had poster boards with 3D cut outs of pictures and logos for each area we were being judged on. For promotion purposes, we created an amazing poster that included national AITP information as well as local AITP information and posted them around campus and passed out candy bars with our information and website on it. Thanks to the dedication of our hard working members, we had a great turn out at our first meeting.

At least 16 of our members are ready to travel to Omaha, Nebraska for the National Collegiate Conference. We also plan to travel to USAA or ExxonMobil headquarters for a tour of their facilities during the month of April. We have also started collaborating with The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since they have many Computer Science majors and are interested in working together for technology workshops and events. We will have at least four professional speakers this semester with General Motors being our first company to be our guest this semester, Automatic Data Processing during the month of March, and hopefully IBM during April. We are also starting to have professional dinners with those speakers who can’t join us at our meetings but would love to talk to our members. A couple of workshops we are going to have are The Importance of IT Certifications, Mock Interviews, and Website Development.

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Friday March 27, 2015 has been declared “UP Day”
at the 2015 AITP National Collegiate Conference & 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 opportunities through the 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 Audit Manager: 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 impact to other 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 andInnovation Stationwhich is 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-Fi networks, and some tips for keeping your information safe!

  • 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 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.

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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 needs at this 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 its students however, 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.

Of course we 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 worthy clause click 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

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