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Fri 10/24/2014

The 2014 Texas State AITP IT Symposium on the Texas State University campus!
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IT Symposium 2014

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Spring 2014 Appreciation Banquet at Casa Maria Restaurant

April 24, 2014


A look back on our year as a group and to commend those who have worked so hard to make this a successful year.

Speaker: David Desanto, Director of Technology at NSS Labs. NSS Labs, Inc. is the world's leading information security research and advisory company with unparalleled expertise in the complex aspects of information security across a wide range of technologies.

Congratulations Winners of the AITP SA Scholarships.
1st place Mary Elizabeth Ulam
2nd place Alacia Choice
3rd place Kimberly Falcon & Shannon McGill

Congratulations Outstanding Student Chapter Members.

Congratulations Points System Winners.
Officer Winner - Micah Gibson
1st place Shelby Van Deventer
2nd place Mia Maric
3rd place Andrew Maynard

Congratulations and Thank You to our Silent Award Auction Winners and Bidders.

Silent Auction Item Won Winner
Starbucks Basket Khris Koeler (USAA)
Texas State Basket + Smash Burger   Tom Beard (USAA)
Mother's Day B&BW Kevin Jetton
Darden Giftcard (2x$25) Doug Fogle
Painting with a Twist Racheal Humphreys
The Grove Elmer Huang
Snap Kitchen Shannon McGill

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2014 National Collegiate Conference - Atlanta, GA

April 9-13, 2014


Texas State AITP had another great year. Here are some of the details:
Number in Attendance 701
Number of students 487
Number of schools 59

Texas State had 33 nominees total.

Mobile Application Development
Honorable Mention: Homero Tristan & Eric Duran
PC Troubleshooting
Honorable Mention: Micah Gibson
Business Analytics
Honorable Mention: Govanna Mata & Weston Baxter
Honorable Mention: Kimberly Falcon & Robert Nino
Student Web Project
Honorable Mention: Team 1
Honorable Mention: Team 2
Robert Half Technology Scholarship - $2500
criteria includes high levels of school and AITP involvement as well as academic achievement
Winner: Elizabeth Ulam
Finalist: Kimberly Falcon
Finalist: Shannon McGill

Texas State University won the coveted Top Monkey Award for the 2nd year in a row, which is awarded based on a formula of distance traveled, number of students attending, and number of competitions attempted. We had 33 students travel 917 miles and compete in 90+ contests!

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Bobcat Day

April 5, 2014


Bobcat Days are designed to assist both incoming freshmen and transfer students. We had several students and faculty come out and help get future students interested in the CIS program as well as AITP. Future students were able to ask questions and play some CIS Jeopardy! as well.

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Social Event - Bowling

April 3, 2014


We had a great turnout to bowling this month! New friendships (As well as some rivalries!) were made! This was one of the best socials yet.

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2014-2015 Officer Board

April 2, 2014


Today the AITP Student Chapter voted and ultimately accepted the new slate of officers that were chosen at the Nomination Committee Meeting by the current officers and faculty advisors last week. In case you missed it, here are the results!

President: Elizabeth Ulam

Executive Vice President: Taylor Johnson

Treasurer: Elizabeth Gipson

Vice President of Membership: Mia Maric

Historian: David Foor

Vice President of Information Technology: Tristan Homero

Vice President of Operations: Maria Tecson

Vice President of Chapter Relations: Shelby Van Deventer

Vice President of Corporate Relations: Paula Marraudino

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Information Session - ClearBlade

April 1, 2014


ClearBlade came out to our campus to speak on the job opportunities involved with them as well as what it means to be a part of their company. We had a great turnout to this event and was a great benefit for potential candidates to get to speak with them before interviews or to know more information about them.

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Chapter Meeting - WhiteHat Security

April 1, 2014


Bill Pennington was our speaker for tonight. Mr. Pennington informed us what about what WhiteHat Security is and how they company works. He gave an exciting presentation overall, and we thank Mr. Pennington for speaking!

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Bobcat Build

March 29, 2014


Bobcat Build was a successful experience for AITP! We had 15 members help out and we all left on time to go to the site. Our job site group was assigned to help a sweet Texas state alumni do yard work she was unable to do. We painted her home, cleared out obstructing bushes and created new gardens. There is nothing more gratifying than helping others with what they cannot do.

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Information Session - Kalypso

March 4, 2014


Kalypso came out to our campus to speak on the job opportunities involved with them as well as what it means to be a part of their company. We had a great turnout to this event and was a great benefit for potential candidates to get to speak with them before interviews or to know more information about them.

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Chapter Meeting - Sogeti

March 4, 2014


Kevin Cheesman and Jason McCarthy from Sogeti were our speakers for tonight. Mr. Cheesman informed us what about what Sogeti does overall and how the company works. Then, Mr. McCarthy spoke on how Sogeti uses the Microsoft technology stack to solve real world business problems. Microsoft technology involves more than just development tools to help address client concerns and Sogeti is uniquely aligned as one of Microsoft’s premier consulting partners which gives us an inside track to what Microsoft offers now and where it is going in the future. Thank you for speaking!

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Speed Dating Fundraiser - Sean Patrick's

February 14, 2014


We had 20 or so people show up. Everyone really enjoyed social hour getting to mingle with new people as well as a good number of AITP people. Speed Dating round went smoothly the guys asked questions from the conversation starter list and had five minutes to talk to each girl. Numbers were exchanged and future dates were scheduled. We had a great time overall.

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Social Event - Wake the Dead Coffee House

February 13, 2014


We had a great time with coffee, food, and friends!

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Information Session - USAA

February 4, 2014


USAA came out to our campus to speak on the job opportunities involved with them as well as what it means to be a part of their company. We had a great turnout to this event and was a great benefit for potential candidates to get to speak with them before interviews or to know more information about them.

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Chapter Meeting - GE Intelligent Platforms

February 4, 2014


Kerry Lee Schrank, from GE Intelligent Platforms was our speaker for tonight. He informed us what about his job title and description, and how they are using technology. He also spoke of employment opportunities, meaning what they look for skill wise in an applicant. In addition, Mr. Schrank spoke on RtOI technology and how GE uses it. Thank you for speaking!

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Student Involvement Fair

January 29, 2014


Congratulations to our AITP chapter for winning the $250 “best table decoration” at the Monopoly themed Student Involvement Fair! A special thanks to Taylor Johnson, our Vice President of Chapter Relations, for leading this event. He came up with AITP’s table decorations, props, candy items, Jeopardy questions, and the overall scheme for the two day event! Great job, Taylor!

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Social Event - Sean Patricks

January 23, 2014


We had lots of people come out again to this month's social at Sean Patrick's in San Marcos. Free appetizers and great friends = fantastic time!

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Information Session - Stage Stores

January 21, 2014


Stage Stores came out to our campus to speak on the job opportunities involved with them as well as what it means to be a part of their company. We had a great turnout to this event and was a great benefit for potential candidates to get to speak with them before interviews or to know more information about them.

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Chapter Meeting - Dr. Wierschem

January 21, 2014


This was our first introductory meeting of the spring semester with an amazing turnout that packed the room! The speaker was the CIS department chair Dr. David Wierschem. Dr. Wierschem was spoke to the new members and prospective members about what it means to be a part of AITP, as well as being a CIS major at Texas State University.

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Chapter Meeting - National Instruments

December 3, 2013


We had two important events tonight, one of those being National Instruments coming to give us a great presentation on what they do and what a future with their company would look like. Our presenters included Jason Riley, as well as Spencer Miller and Juan Gonzalez, both Texas State Alumni.

Secondly, we had the voting of our new officers for Spring 2014. These officers include:
Executive Vice President - Micah Gibson
VP of Corporate Relations - Jeffrey Schrank
VP of Chapter Relations - Taylor Johnson
VP of Operations - Shannon McGill
VP of Membership - Lee Boyd
Historian/Secretary - Hanna Foster

If If you were not selected, we thank you for your interest and encourage you to look for ways to be involved and try again for the 2014-2015 Officer Board.

Good luck on finals everybody and have a great holiday season!

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Social Event - Pluckers

November 15, 2013


Another great social event happened at Pluckers Wing Bar this November! Great food and great friends is a recipe for success. We hope to see you at our next social event!

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Chapter Meeting - Oracle

November 4, 2013


Heath Boral, a system administrator from Oracle came to speak to us for this month's chapter meeting about cloud computing. He explained where it came from and Oracle's role in the everchanging world of IT. Thank you Mr. Boral for taking the time to come speak to us!

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2013 Region 3 Student Conference

November 2, 2013


This year was another one for the record books at the Region 3 Conference in Oklahoma City, OK. Texas State once again brought home some of the top awards from the conference.
Number in Attendance 265
Number of students 244
Number of schools 18

Texas State had 44 students in attendance.

Web Applications
First Place: Joseph Cantu
Second Place: Micah Gibson and Megan van der Walt
Database
Second Place: Elmer Huang and Tony Swinson
Third Place: Mara Puisite & Alacia Choice
Microsoft Office Solutions
First Place: Weston Baxter and Nathan Ferguson
Second Place: Kimberly Falcon and Jacqueline Alvarado
Systems Analysis and Design
First Place: Mara Puisite and Alacia Choice
Honorable Mention: Elmer Huang and Maria Tecson
Honorable Mention: Rachael Humphries and Ross Hardy
Honorable Mention: Kimberly Falcon and Jacqueline Alvarado
Honorable Mention: Tony Swinson and Robert Nino
PC Troubleshooting
First Place: Weston Baxter and Nathan Ferguson

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Social Event - Sean Patrick's

October 17, 2013


We had lots of people come out again to this month's social at Sean Patrick's in San Marcos. Free appetizers and great friends = awesome time!

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2013 Bobcat Day

October 12, 2013


We had a great turnout come to our table to learn more about what it means to be a CIS major as well as being a part of AITP in college. Several of our best faculty came out to support us and talk to future Bobcats.

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7th Annual High School IT Symposium

October 11, 2013


We had a record of 520 attendees from 26 different schools, of which over several hundred contestants competed in 5 different contests on Friday. Here are the contest results:

Java
First Place: Tommy Stanley - (San Marcos High School)
Second Place: Ben Chi - (Santa Gertrudis Academy)
Third Place: Elise Miller - (Robert G. Cole High School)
Honorable Mention: Eugene Umlor - (Robert G. Cole High School)
Honorable Mention: Lino Virgen - (Hidalgo High School)
PC Troubleshooting
First Place: RJ Stanford - (Brenham High School)
Second Place: Alexander Rios - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Third Place: Kreston Joyner (ITSA-CTTC)
Finalists: Martin Devorah-Robles - (San Marcos High School)
Finalists: Sean Johnson - (ITSA-CTTC)
Finalists: Matthew Garcia - (Santa Gertrudis Academy)
Excel
First Place: Nikki Coke - (Argyle High School)
Second Place: Hayden Little - (Argyle High School)
Third Place: Linnea Browning- (A&M Consolidated High School)
Honorable Mention: Caitlin George - (Argyle High School)
Honorable Mention: Hannah Neece - (Argyle High School)
Security
First Place: Nicholas Meredith - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Second Place: Kreston Joyner - (ITSA-CTTC)
Third Place: Sean Johnson - (ITSA-CTTC)
Honorable Mention: Eusebio Mata - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Honorable Mention: Antonio Paredes - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Finalist: Elizabeth Jones - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Finalist: Alexander Rios - (ITSA-San Antonio)
Access
First Place: Hayden Little - (Argyle High School)
Second Place: Sofia Sherbert - (Argyle High School)
Third Place: Hannah Neece - (Argyle High School)
Honorable Mention: Jessica Fischer - (Argyle High School)
Honorable Mention: Nikki Coke - (Argyle High School)

Several students also won some awesome door prizes!

Vizio TV - Francisco Urquizo (Texas City High School)

Galaxy Tablet - Leah Pemberton(Cypress Creek High School)

$50 Amazon Gift Card - Antonio Paredes(ITSA-San Antonio)

$50 Shell Gas Gift Card - Cody Martin(Texas City High School)

$30 Subway Gift Card - My Nguyen(Hendrickson High School)

$25 P.F.Chang's Gift Card - Ailise Collins(Texas City High School)

$30 AMC Theaters Gift Card - Dustin Johnson(Texas City High School)

$25 Chilli’s/Mac. Grill/OTB Card - Shayan Saed (Jersey Village High School)

$25 Chilli’s/Mac. Grill/OTB Card - Sara Serrano(Cypress Springs High School)

$25 Outback Steakhouse Card - Brandon Ramirez(A&M Consolidated High School)

CGI Information Session

October 3, 2013


CGI hosted an information session for their entry-level IT consultant position. Over the next year, CGI plans to hire large numbers of college graduates from Texas universities and double their workforce at their Belton, Texas center. They are targeting CIS and CS students. Be sure to check Jobs4Cats and submit your resume for a potential interview this month!

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ExxonMobil Information Session

October 1, 2013


ExxonMobil came out to our campus to speak on the job opportunities involved with them as well as what it means to be a part of their company. We had a great turnout to this event and was a great benefit for potential candidates to get to speak with them before interviews or to know more information about them.

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Chapter Meeting - H-E-B Innovations

October 1, 2013


We had several representatives come out to us to speak about the Innovations of HEB. They discussed the history of the company, as well as how they are one of the top private companies in the country. They also discussed about what innovations such as building green stores and more efficient checkouts. They talked about their own respective jobs, in addition to what openings and who they were hiring for. It was a great presentation and we look forward to hearing from them again in the future!

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Junior/Senior Orientation

September 27, 2013


Junior/Senior Orientation occurred this past Friday and was a great networking and informational opportunity for CIS and AITP students! Career Services, CIS Faculty, Rush Enterprises, ExxonMobil, USAA, and SoftwareOne served as a panel and gave great advice for interviews, resume critiques, mock-interviews, networking, and job search in general. It was very helpful and if you weren't there, you really missed out!

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First Meeting of Fall 2013 - Dr. David Wierschem

September 3, 2013


This was our first introductory meeting of the fall semester with an amazing turnout that packed the room! The speaker was the CIS department chair Dr. David Wierschem. Dr. Wierschem was spoke to the new members and prospective members about what it means to be a part of AITP, as well as being a CIS major at Texas State University. He spoke about the evolution of technology, from the very first computers that he worked on in college all the way up to our modern day computing involving tablets and smart phones. Dr. Wierschem emphasized how much he enjoyed seeing the changes over time, and how much that impacted his career. He wrapped up with showing how much opportunity is included in not only being a CIS major, but being a part of AITP as a CIS major. He spoke of the challenges and prospects that come from being a member, but not just being a member: being an active member of the organization. Being an active part of the organization includes making new friends and networking with peers as well as professional employers within the IT world.

If you missed this meeting, make sure you come to our next meeting! We look forward to seeing everyone who came to the first meeting at our next event!

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2013 Fall Semester Starts Soon!

August 11, 2013


As most of you are well aware, the fall semester is almost upon us! We at Texas State AITP are anxiously waiting to get our organization moving once again for the fall, as we have several events and opportunities coming! Fall is one of our busiest semesters, but our members are truly what drives our success. We're looking forward to seeing familiar faces as well as new faces at our first meeting of the year on September 3rd!

We'll have our normal chapter meetings like this every month, but we'll also be introducing events such as our AITP Study Sessions, where top performing CIS students will be available for tutoring in most every CIS related class! We'll also be continuing on with our social events frequently as well, which were a big hit this past spring.

One of our biggest events this semester will be our fall High School IT Symposium, where high schools from all across Texas compete in IT contests head-to-head against their peers, as well as gaining knowledge of Texas State and what it's like to be in the IT field. We're going to need plenty of help, and our diligent board of officers have already been hard at work ensuring that this will be our greatest symposium yet! This will also be discussed in our chapter meetings as well as the ways our members can help us!

Last but not least, the AITP Region 3 Conference, the big Kahuna itself, is less than 11 weeks away! Last year we swept the competitions in Lafayette, and plan to do so once again in Oklahoma City this October! We'll once again have several prep sessions for the contests, and we'll be steadily gearing up to make it the best we can! We hope to see even more of our members participate in this amazing event.

If you cannot tell, we're pretty excited for this coming semester. There will be a lot of work ahead, but even more so there will be a lot of fun to be had. Expect more announcements and emails, and keep this page bookmarked; like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for more updates as the semester approaches.

We expect great things to come from this semester, and we hope that you'll be right there with us.

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