Friday, October 10, 2003
Posted by: George R. Koscho, CDP - 2003 AITP President
Now that it is fall, it is "back-to-school time" for our student chapters and back to focusing on fall and winter activities for our professional chapters. To our student members, let me welcome you back to school for the 2003-2004 academic year.
During the summer, your Association has been busy rolling out our new Web portal, which contains some exciting additional features. These include an array of expanded forums for discussions with other AITP members on a variety of information technology topics and high-quality resource material (white papers, etc.). If you have not already visited the new portal, please check it out at www.aitp.org. Some web portal pages are exclusively for AITP members and require a login. In July, you received an e-mail from headquarters with your username and password. If you don't have that e-mail message, jus click on the 'Member Login' link on the home page. Then click on the 'Forgot Password?' link to have your log-in information e-mailed to you.
As you begin "ramping up" your chapter for your fall and winter activities, please focus on recruiting new members and - even more importantly - on retaining your existing members. For student chapter leaders, please remember that the Student Membership Fee is now $35. Be sure to tell prospective members that becoming a student member makes them eligible to become a professional association member once they graduate at a greatly reduced rate ($25 the first year versus $80 - plus chapter dues) through the AITP Interim Membership program. For professional chapter leaders, remember that the AITP Interim Membership program is a great recruiting tool for you as well.
As many of you know, the AITP periodical The Information Executive/Nanosecond is now available in electronic form and current and previous issues (for student research projects, etc.) can be accessed via the portal.
Student chapter leaders should begin planning now to attend the AITP National Collegiate Conference in Omaha, Neb., April 1-3, 2004 (details can be found on the portal). Many AITP student chapters conduct fund-raisers to pay for transportation and registration fees to the event. This is a premier AITP function and prize money for competition winners (not to mention being able to add it to your résumé - "Won First Place in the national AITP Java programming contest," for example) is well worth the effort.
Finally, I would like to advise you that the annual "Meeting of the Members" will be held in conjunction with the AITP National Conference in St. Louis, Mo. on October 23-25. The annual meeting will be held the evening of October 23 at 7 p.m. and the event will be available via "Webcast" for those of you who cannot attend. This could be a great opportunity for our student chapters to participate as well. Please check out the portal for details.
I hope to see many of you at the professional conference. Have a great fall and be sure to make this "A year of personal growth and professional development."George R. Koscho, CDP
2003 AITP Association President