With over 280 IT students, college faculty, IT professionals, and high school IT students, the McCoy's 2007 Region 3 Student Conference came to a highly successful close. Over October 25th-27th, Texas State AITP hosted the conference at Texas State University - San Marcos with McCoy Hall serving as a wonderful home for the majority of the conference events. Attendees highly praised the conference and enjoyed a great set of opportunities.
The conference events began with a keynote address by Dennis Strong, CIO of McCoy's Building Supply. His innovative and interesting presentation approach to topic on what makes for a successful professional drew wide praise from both the collegiate and high school guests. He was followed by nearly a dozen other high level professionals who spoke throughout the conference on subjects ranging from IT Security to Project Management to the Future of Technology.
Attendees also enjoyed an up close look at the IT center of the Texas State campus. Tours were conducted throughout Friday afternoon of the conference. Those on the tours were able to see the operations center and network data centers as well as talk with the professionals that run the Texas State IT infrastructure.
The contest component of the conference proved worthy of the talented attendees and provided a strong challenge to the participants. Contest winners can be viewed on the conference website at http://R307.TxStateAITP.org. The challengers competed for prize money and awards. The host chapter was limited in its competition teams due to the vast requirements of hosting the conference, but did manage to earn both 1st place and Honorable Mention in Systems Analysis and Design.
New to this year's conference was the McCoy's High School IT Symposium, which gave Central Texas high school students the opportunity to experience the college environment and AITP. The students were able to compete in specially designed high school level competitions in both MS Office and Application Development. The students did quite well and showed very high skill levels. The McCoy's High School IT Symposium will now become an annual event at Texas State and planning has already begun to make next years symposium even better.
Also, during the conference was the first meeting of the newly formed Student Leadership Council. The council began work on creating ways to improve the interactions between AITP National and the student chapters throughout the nation. Many ideas were generated and plans were put in place for work to begin.
Texas State AITP thanks everyone who made this year's Region 3 Conference possible. Many sponsors and volunteers came forward and through their efforts and generosity gave Region 3's IT students a wonderful time and opportunity. Special thanks go to McCoy's Building Supply for taking the title sponsorship for the conference. Please make sure to see all our sponsors on the conference website.
We also want to sincerely thank all those that attended the conference. Over a year of planning went in to creating the 2007 conference so that the attendees would have an enjoyable and highly memorable time. Texas State AITP thanks you for making the conference worthwhile and hopes that everyone had a great time. To view pictures of the conference please visit the conference website and if you have pictures of your own that you would like added, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.