Twenty-one Schools Represented at AITP Student Conference
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Posted by: AITP Headquarters
The Region-3 AITP Student Conference was hosted by Tarleton State University student AITP chapter on October 9-11 on the Tarleton campus. Twenty-one schools attended, representing all states in the region. Total registrations for the conference numbered 210. Students in 124 teams competed in eight contests, including four programming languages (Java, Cobol, VBasic, and C/C++), and other contests in systems analysis, Web design, database design and network design. Competitions were designed to help students prepare for competition at the National Collegiate Conference being held in April in Atlanta.
A unique feature of this year's regional event was that the problem statements and judging for all contests was outsourced to IT professionals unrelated to the host school. Bill Fly of the Dallas AITP professional chapter coordinated a team of professionals from the region in developing and grading the contests. It was a logistically challenging but rewarding project.
Thanks also to the Dallas chapter, three top-notch professional speakers keynoted and presented sessions for the conference. In addition, Region-3 president, Teresa Hickerson, led two workshops on student chapter leadership and development. One of the best-attended presentations was a panel of young IT professionals who had been out of college for four to 12 years, discussing the topic, "Telling it like IT really IS." The panel was moderated by Ms. Devonna Cowdrey, newly-appointed Tarleton faculty member and alumnus of its CIS program, returning after 12 years in industry.