NANOSECOND Newsletter for AITP Student Members

Dates to Know

2/24:“Going the Extra Mile” Faculty Award Nominations Deadline

2/24:OutstandingFaculty Advisor Award Deadline

2/24:OutstandingStudent Chapter of the Year Award Deadline

3/17:AITP NCC® Discounted Room Rate Ends

3/18: AITP NCC® Registration Early Bird Discount Ends

4/7-4/10:AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®

5/31:Betty Stevens-Frecknall, Kevin Jetton, and William R. Reaugh scholarship applications deadline

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Scholarship Spotlight

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 at, through May 31, 2016.  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 only available to active AITP Student Members.  




YOU are invited to the 21st Annual
AITP National Collegiate Conference
and Career Fair®

April 7-10, 2016 in Chicago (Rosemont area)!
By Kevin Jetton, AITP NCC® Director

“Innovation Hub: Transporting IT Professionals into the Future”

It is hard to believe that soon we will be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair® in Chicago in a few short months! The last AITP NCC® event in the Chicagoland area was back in 2001 just after Y2K. We were out in Arlington Heights near Woodfield Mall and had to use buses to transport hundreds of contestants to/from the DeVry Chicago campus using their numerous computer labs. Their campus was located just outside of downtown Chicago (a 30 minute minimum one-way drive but longer at times due to massive Chicago traffic) so be SO grateful that since 2006 – we have been utilizing an onsite contest lab bring-your-own-computer model.

Fast forward to 2016 – we will be using the facilities of the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel which is literally down the street from Chicago’s O’Hare airport (they offer 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle service) and located across the street from the MB Financial Park at Rosemont entertainment district filled with stores/shops, restaurants of all types and nightlife food & entertainment attractions!

The local conference planning committee met this past summer and has been hard at work planning yet another awesome AITP NCC® event for YOU and YOUR AITP student chapter.  Hopefully you are already making plans to attend this spring and much information can already be found at

The co-hosting AITP chapters for the 2016 AITP NCC® include:

AITP Student Chapters & Campuses    AITP Professional Chapters 
-DeVry Chicago   -AITP Chicago Chapter
-Grand Valley State University    
-Kalamazoo Valley Community College    
-Waukesha County Technical College    

Some of the things you can look forward to at this year’s event include:

  • Thursday afternoon pre-Conference Workshop entitled “Sharpening your Interviewing & Networking Skills” hosted and facilitated by the Kalamazoo Valley Community College AITP Chapter
  • The return of the Thursday afternoon team Scavenger Hunt facilitated by the Kalamazoo Valley Community College AITP Chapter
  • A new series of “Spotlight on Technology” keynotes and speaking sessions/panel discussions throughout the conference that you will not want to miss
  • Saturday afternoon downtime activities ranging from bowling, gaming and an opportunity to explore downtown Chicago facilitated by your conference co-hosting AITP student chapters

Be sure to visit for all the details (hotel, registration fees, logistics, contest details, event schedule, travel details and more) so as to start planning your crew’s journey to Chicago!

Until the 2016 AITP NCC and Career Fair® in Chicago…have a GREAT spring semester and we hope to see YOU and your Crew in Chicago!

Call for Articles and Chapter News
By Larry Friedlander

As I am putting together this issue of the New Nanosecond, I am already in the process of thinking of the next Issue to be published in Mid to Late February, and as always I will be looking for input from all of the Student members of AITP. So please start thinking about what you and your chapters might be doing this semester on and off campus, what interesting activities you are planning, what type of speakers are you looking for to chapter meetings, what are you and your chapter doing to get ready for NCC this year. Also you could think of what kind of fundraising your chapter does and how this could help other student chapters with ideas about this subject. Do your student members work with or join the local professional chapter and what kind of activities come out of that relationship? These are just a few ideas of articles that could be written for all to read. Please think about this and if ready please submit these articles to and please have them to me by February 15th for the next issue.

Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) Scholarships Now Open

The Foundation for Information Technology Education (FITE) is now taking applications for the 2016-2017 academic year, for the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship, the Kevin Jetton Service Scholarship, and the William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship through May 31, 2016.

These scholarships are 
only available to active AITP Student Members.

Betty Stevens-Frecknall began 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 Scholarship was 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 that exceptional service to fellow IT students/professionals plays a major role in the selection process.

The William R. Reaugh Memorial Scholarship was 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 that exceptional service to fellow IT students/professionals plays a major role in the selection process.

Scholarship applications can be found at the Foundation web site, Click on the Scholarship link to learn more about these IT Leaders, the scholarships themselves and how 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, 2016.

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,
Tony LaCrosse (

AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®
April 7-10, 2016 in Chicago
By Kevin Jetton, AITP NCC® Director and 
Paul Dittmann, AITP Chicago & AITP NCC® co-chair

An awesome line-up of Keynote and Spotlight on Technology sessions you will NOT want to miss (unless you're in a competition event at the same time of course)

We will kick things off Friday morning at the CIO Keynote breakfast panel discussion with the topic “The New Digital CIO” and a focus on what it means to YOU and YOUR career!

New for the 2016 event – instead of traditional breakout sessions, a new series of “Spotlight on Technology” speaking sessions and panels will be held throughout the conference each of which will also address any related IT skill shortages are any recruiting challenges.  This was the brainchild of AITP NCC® co-chairs Paul Dittmann and Bill Waas from the award-winning AITP Chicago professional chapter and the list of topics and sessions include:

  • “Leveraging Big Data for Driving Improved Business Results”
  • “Securing the Business - New Threats, New Defenses and Navigating Resource Shortages”
  • “Business and Technology Trends in Mobility”
  • “Your AITP Chapter Successes & Triumphs”
  • “Innovation and the Internet of Things”       
  • IT Hiring Trends: “10 Years from Now - IT Career Futures to Plan for Now!”
  • IT Hiring Trends: “Changes in Recruiting and Applicant Expectations”      

As all the specific speakers and panel members are confirmed, the event schedule will be further updated so keep checking and watch your email inbox for further updates!

2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®

Conference Registration NOW Open – Start planning YOUR Journey!

Registration for the upcoming 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair® is NOW open and be sure to register by 3/18/2016 to save by taking advantage of the early registration discount deadline. Below are some links to answer any questions as well as allow you to register for the conference either as an individual or as a group plus setup your competition teams:

Conference registration prices remain the same as last year but due to higher food costs, rather than increase the registration fee, the traditional Saturday informal luncheon has been cut in favor of an expanded Saturday morning recognition breakfast session wherein we will be announcing the winners of the AITP student chapter banner & shirt contest winners in addition to showcasing the AITP video contest winners!

Additionally, a new registration option has been added for 2016 to accommodate the hundreds of area Chicago AITP professional members and IT professionals which allows them to attend the Friday morning CIO breakfast keynote panel presentation, all Spotlight on IT sessions/panels, plus visit with the recruiters at the career fair.

For AITP student chapters wanting to attend the AITP NCC® event – here are some suggested steps:

  1. Research the AITP NCC® event details at and make a presentation to your faculty advisor(s), chapter officers and members
  2. Determine who from your chapter wants to attend/can attend
  3. Research the travel options to get your crew to Chicago and prepare an estimated budget to attend
  4. Secure funding through a variety of sources including University, College and Department funds, your own student chapter fundraising initiatives, community & faculty support and any AITP professional chapter or region funding options that may exist
  5. Register for the AITP NCC® event by 3/18/2016 to take advantage of the early registration discount deadline
  6. Make your hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel by 3/17/2016 taking advantage of the awesome hotel rate of only $139/room per night plus taxes and up to 4 guests per room!                    

    a. Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel website (information, directions and more)

    b. Hyatt Regency O’Hare AITP NCC® group reservations website                                                                                      

  7. Research the competition events and determine who wants to compete in what with whom (team members):

a. Leverage the content on the AITP NCC® Contest Website which has the contest specifications and past problem statements plus suggested solutions!

b. Hold contest review/preparation sessions for your crew to prepare for each contest event and increase your chances of placing in one or more competition events at the 2016 AITP NCC®!

c. Return to the AITP NCC® Registration system and setup your competition teams and events

d. Continue preparing for the competition events as a crew!

e. Research the event schedule to plan your conference experience, update your resume and practice your elevator pitch for the recruiters, get time off from work mentioning you are representing your school at the AITP NCC and don’t forget to coordinate with your faculty members that you will be out-of-town!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact AITP NCC® Director Kevin Jetton at or call 210-275-2062 . I hope to see YOU and YOUR crew at the 2016 AITP NCC® Event this April in Chicago!

AITP National Collegiate Conference & Career Fair®

Attention ALL IT research/project focused IT/IS/CS/CIS undergraduate and graduate students – we will hold the second annual poster session during the upcoming 2016 AITP NCC® April 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL and this is YOUR chance to showcase your research project!

This session was hugely successful last year, the first time we introduced it, and by popular demand – it is back for the 2016 event!  This session or opportunity will provide ALL students an ideal opportunity to share their IT related projects and/or research with other students, faculty, AITP Professionals and Industry Recruiters. ALL relevant submissions will be accepted for presentation so plan to submit your application by the deadline: March 18, 2016.

  1. The poster must include the author(s) name, institution, city and state. This information will be included in the Poster Program handouts.  
  2. An abstract summarizing the poster material should ideally be included in the presentation. 
  3. Bulletin type should be used such that the poster is legible at a distance of 3 feet.
  4. The Poster need NOT be professional prepared. The audience is not interested in the professionalism of the presentation, only the quality of the content.
  5. The poster session presentation will be held on Friday afternoon, April 8 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm tentatively in Grand Ballroom A.
  6. At least 1 author must be registered for the AITP NCC® and present during the session to allow for interaction with the attendees.

Please consider submitting an application for this 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 event and we all love compliments let alone constructive feedback.

Abstract Submission DEADLINE is March 18 – Link to google form to submit:

We hope to see YOU and YOUR POSTER at the 2016 AITP NCC® event in Chicago! 

2016 AITP NCC® Co-Hosting AITP Student Chapters
Have great things planned for YOU!

  • Conference theme, logo & graphics
  • Local logistics, volunteers and resources
  • Career Fair contacts
  • Contest lab setup & teardown

  • Contest lab setup & teardown
  • Thursday afternoon “Interviewing & Networking” skills workshop
  • Thursday welcome Scavenger Hunt activity
  • Photo & Banquet Slide Show crew

  • Conference theme, logo & graphics assistance
  • Contest Lab Concierge staff
  • Saturday afternoon Bowling/Gaming optional activities

  • Saturday afternoon “Explore Chicago” optional activity/challenge with a twist!

Now that the Spring 2016 semester is underway – look for more articles from each of these co-hosting AITP student chapters about what they have planned for you at the 2016 AITP NCC® event.

The Year in Review

2015 was certainly a great year for AITP and our members and it was an honor for me to serve as President of our association. We have made tremendous progress in rebuilding the AITP brand within the industry, as well as in creating many benefits for AITP membership. Are you aware of the following changes?

  • A new dynamic Career Center for our members and employers.
  • Top quality webinars on key- relevant topics such as Data Analytics; Skill sets in Demand by leaders within our industry – IBM, CompTIA, Microsoft.
  • A revamped membership site which is very simple to use
  • Distinctive AITP branding, Chapter leader’s newsletter, new website, brochures, AITP clothing and an AITP marketing video on our website
  • Membership service pins, highlighting the number of years that members have been part of AITP 
  • Innovative membership campaigns
  • Monthly PowerPoint's of AITP benefits in the works!
  • Soon to be announced National Speaker’s Bureau- helping you find quality speakers for your chapter meetings
  • Successful career fair for our student members at the AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®
  • The BIGGEST member benefit is that we have a new AITP HQ team that is very responsive to our members, and provides needed support to our members and chapters. Feel free to contact them via email:

Our AITP membership is growing nationally and we are bringing in needed non-dues revenue to help with our operational expenses – a goal of ours for years.  We have a dedicated national board of directors and terrific AITP leaders and members such as yourselves. Let’s all spread the word within our chapters and regions about these changes and work together to promote AITP as the leading Information Technology Association!

Barbara Viola
AITP 2015 Association President


2015 AITP Region 3 Student Conference
Sadly had to be cancelled due to massive area flooding: CLOSED: IH35 and our Texas State University campus

We were forced to have to cancel the 2015 AITP Region 3 student conference for countless reasons surrounding the unfortunate significant weather event that occurred in central Texas on Friday 10/30/2015 – what was to be the first day of the conference.

Flooding conditions and area tornados made traveling unsafe resulting in stranded vehicles, closed roads and interstates, forced hotel evacuations and presented few options to get to and from campus safely.  In fact, between the hours of 8am to 10am – our campus went from a delayed until 10am, to noon then closed for the day status and later that same day, Saturday 10/31/2015 was added.  This was the second record rain/flooding event to hit the communities surrounding campus this year!  In fact, here is a picture from the San Antonio paper’s front page on Sat 10/31/2015 (which is super close to our campus) that depicts stranded cars surrounded by water on a road which became a temporary island.

Unfortunately, 7 schools with 80 students and faculty had drove to San Marcos on Thursday 10/29/2015 due to distance and travel time for the conference only to become stranded in town and not able to leave until Saturday, 10/31/2015 and spent 2 nights in the area with not much to do, no conference and not very many food options Friday since many were closed due to flooding or too many of their employees could not make it to work.  Also the University of Mississippi became stranded at the DFW airport since the Austin airport was closed and ended up driving back to Oxford, Mississippi in a rented suburban (but did make it home in time for the Ole’ Miss game!)

As far as having a rescheduled event, after careful analysis and debate, all the dates considered (11/13-14/2015 & 11/20-21/2015) both left little time to re-group plus ALL the schools and re-plan a trip to San Marcos let alone the 7 schools that already made the trip and could not afford to come back.  When exploring an ONLINE/Virtual competition event for either the schools that already made the trip or even Everyone – that required a massive coordination effort to identify a faculty contact at EACH campus to be the local onsite contest administrator, handle all the team changes and check-ins, coordinate problem statements and solutions and more all in a synchronized contest time frame just like the original conference had planned.  Worse yet, all of this is up against a quickly fading level of interest from the part of you the student competitors let alone the focus has already shifted to the then upcoming Thanksgiving break, semester projects and finals shortly thereafter. Even considering a January/February option created challenges because some of the original registrants will have graduated let alone the focus of competing shifts to the AITP NCC® event naturally.

Thanks to the generous conference sponsors and exhibitors let alone a donation by AITP Region 3 – we are able to refund 100% of the registration fees otherwise it would have only been 50% of the fees just to break even on the conference so we all owe AITP’s Region 3 some gratitude towards what would have been the 30th annual Region 3 student conference.   It is the sincere hope and expectation that these refunded conference registration fees will be applied towards sending an even bigger contingent from your school to the upcoming 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®April 7-10 in Chicago!

Unfortunately, Region 3 student conferences when held in the Central Texas area (San Antonio and now San Marcos) have a bad history of being held during catastrophic rain and flooding events including 1998, 2002 and now we can 2015 to the list I’m sad to say and I had a hand in all of them.

In the good news department for this cancelled conference:

  • 100% of the conference registration fees were REFUNDED
  • Conference attendee goody bags were mailed to all the registrants
  • We drew and sent ALL the conference door prizes to these winners:
    • Proforma USB/AC Wall Mount Charger: Richard Salinas/Univ, of Houston-Downtown
    • SoundFreaq Bluetooth Wireless Speakers: David Ysasi/Univ. of TX-Arlington
    • Chromecast:  Lauren Robertson/Tarleton State University
    • HMDX Rave Wireless Speaker: Hunter York/Tarleton State University
    • Bluetooth JAM Touch Wireless speaker + AITP charger: Jaime Martinez Jr.  University of TX-RGV
    • JBL Clip Portable Speaker: Carlos Rangel/University of TX-Arlington
    • Skullcandy Uproar Wireless Headphones: Gold Okorie/Cameron University
    • Drone with HD Camera: Carolina Gomez/University of TX-El Paso
    • GoPro Hero + SD Card: Syed Khadir/University of Houston

As far as 2016 goes – Amarillo College already expressed an interest in holding the event on their campus and plans are already underway for it this fall!

Naturally none of us can accurately control let alone predict the weather but at least we are all SAFE and now ramping up for the 2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair®and I hope to see YOU there!


Kevin Jetton
Texas State AITP Faculty Advisor


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