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Notes from NCC 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barb Viola, Association Director

The 2013 National Collegiate Conference (NCC) was a spectacular conference. The enthusiasm at the meeting was contagious and we all felt that we were sharing a very special time together. There was so much to do! I spent three great days mingling with over 700 students, faculty advisors and professional members listening to a myriad of great speakers, attending interesting programs, and making connections for my work and my Chapter. I came away from this year's meeting with renewed hope in the future of our IT leaders and a reinvigorated understanding of the role that AITP membership plays in the IT profession.

This was my third AITP National Collegiate Conference. Through hallway conversations and shared meals, I connected with AITP student members from across the country and learned how the programs, certification exams, contests, and networking events make a difference in their life on campus and transition to their IT careers. Over a dozen vendors and sponsor were at NCC 2013 recruiting for over 500 permanent and internship jobs. I could always pick out the students waiting for their interviews. They were a little better dressed and paced a bit faster waiting on interviews that could land them their first job.

We have so many dedicated AITP national leaders who attend this conference to help ensure that our student members have an experience that they will always remember. Many volunteer their time to set up the welcome bags, staff the registration desk, unpack and pack the conference materials, announce speakers, and proctor and judge the many AITP contests.

The entire AITP Board was there to answer questions and aid students/ faculty advisors and professional members who require assistance. As a member of the AITP National Board, I have seen first hand how preparations for St. Louis started over a year ago. With contracts to review and agendas to plan, the meeting is a significant amount of work. But being able to connect with new and old friends is always a highlight of the week for me.

Another highlight of my conference experience was being able to sit in on the Student Leadership Council's (SLC) Town Hall meeting. I enjoyed watching the enthusiasm of our student leaders as they met and came up with ideas to make the on-campus experience of our student members even more fulfilling and worthwhile. So many are willing and eager to devote their time to making the SLC a real resource for their fellow student members. Two faculty advisors joined a panel to talk about ways to put AITP to work for you on campus. They answered questions and related their experiences mentoring students throughout the year.

With so much to do at NCC, I had very little time to spend seeing the local sights in St. Louis. Some of my colleagues were able to visit the legendary St. Louis Arch and gain a spectacular view of the city and the Mississippi River from a different vantage point. Others took the hotel shuttle to visit the Budweiser plant to see the famous Clydesdale horses, view the process involved with making that iconic beverage and sample some freshly-made brews. All in all, it was a spectacular conference this year. I will look forward to the 2014 NCC in Atlanta, Georgia!

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