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Appreciation Banquet

As a chapter we finished off this year with an incredible appreciation banquet at Mamacita’s! Texas State staff and Our Lady of the Lake University joined us for food and fun. Door prizes were awarded to many lucky attendees and even valuable scholarships to a select few. We’d like to congratulate our own Texas State AITP chapter Treasurer, Monica Sandoval, for winning a scholarship award this year! We also recognized winners from this years USITCC and members who had participated head and shoulders above the rest.

Keynote

We had the joy of Mark Mills from PayPal joining us to deliver a keynote speech! He spoke about his years of experience with companies like Whole Foods, PayPal, and even the landscape of consulting during the .com boom and subsequent bust. On behalf of the chapter we would like to thank Mr. Mills for his time and wisdom.

Send-off

To wrap up the banquet we sent off our seniors with their graduation cords. We have a lot of members graduating this upcoming week and will miss their participation dearly. We wish the best for every graduating senior and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future! Check out the photos below for snapshots from the entire night.

For all of our members, THANK YOU for an incredible year and best of luck on all your finals. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!!

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USITCC 2018

Overview

With over three hundred attendees made up of seventeen different universities, the first annual U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference was a total success! As co-hosts, Texas State University members were crucial to the success of this years contest. We want to thank all of our members for helping us get the conference ready, for participating in the competitions, and in making a name for USITCC for years to come!

We had a fantastic keynote speech from Eric Smith, USAA’s Vice President & Chief Data and Analytics Officer. Nine competitions took place through Saturday morning, with two of our students obtaining awards. In conjunction with ISECON 2018 we also had many speaking opportunities for students to get to hear from IT professionals with a wealth of experience.

Congratulations

We would like to specifically congratulate Tyler Ellison for placing third in the Security competition and Joseph Barmore for obtaining honorable mention in PC Troubleshooting! These competitions lasted for hours and their success speaks to their determination. Although not all of our members placed in a competition, we know all of our members showed up and gave it their best.

We’d also like to show our appreciation to USAA for being the title sponsor of this conference! USAA, along with College Raptor, COMMON, Our Lady of the Lake University, University of Houston and WraySec made this event possible.

Check out some highlights of the competition below!

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AITP Banquet Payment Deadline

Members,

April 19th we will be having our annual AITP appreciation banquet this April the 19th! The details can be found under the Banquet button at the top of our page, but what you need to know now is that payment for the event is due very soon! This Sunday, April 15th is the deadline for payment to ensure you have a spot and food too! So click the link above to make sure you get recognized at this years banquet!

See you then!

IBM Chapter Meeting & USITCC this week!

Hello Members!

This is a big week for our chapter with both our final chapter meeting of the semester, and our nationals competition this Thursday!

Chapter Meeting

This Tuesday, April 3rd we will have our final chapter meeting in LBJ 3-14.1 at 5pm! Anyck Turgeon will be joining us to speak on the future of Information Security with topics such as: augmented lives, contextual security, privacy exchanges, and more. She is a Computer Information Security Officer for IBM, and we are extremely pleased that she will be joining us this month!

USITCC

This year we have 18 AITP members participating in this years USITCC event! Right after the chapter meeting we will have a required meeting for everyone attending USITCC to go over the details for our trip, so make sure you’re available this Tuesday at 6pm in McCoy 336.

Although many details will be discussed in the meeting, it is important to remind you that we will be participating this Thursday through Saturday in San Antonio. As a chapter we will compete in Network Design, Application Development, Database Management, and a wealth of other challenges.

Officer Applications

Applications for officer positions are now open for the 2018-2019 school year! You can e-mail our President Chinonyem for an application, and feel free to ask any officer if you have questions about a roles responsibilities.

Banquet

April 19th we will have our end of year appreciation banquet at Mamacita’s! The event will start at 6pm and will include great food, awards, and a keynote speech from Robert Mills of PayPal! We will be putting out more information related to scholarship awards and payment very soon, so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, if you have any questions always feel free to e-mail us at info@txstateaitp.com. We will see you this Tuesday!

Pinballz Kingdom Social This Thursday & March Recap

Welcome back members!

We hope you had a great spring break. Whether you were traveling far away or stuck close by, we are excited to hear about it at our upcoming social this Thursday! March 22nd at 7pm, we will have a social event at Pinballz Kingdom in Buda! They have food, drinks, and endless arcade machines, so make sure you don’t miss it! Please click here to sign up before you go.

USITCC is right around the corner so keep an eye out for more information regarding arrangements and the competitions as we get closer. Also note that if you are participating in USITCC this year, we will have a mandatory meeting after our April 3rd chapter meeting. If you have any questions before then please don’t hesitate to ask us via e-mail!

Finally, we want to thank Richard Beaver of Whole Foods, and Rob Howard of Technical Youth for taking time to speak with us at this month’s chapter meeting! Rob Howard spoke on some of the trends that are affecting IT hiring right now, and trends to look out for moving forward. Technical Youth helps emerging IT professionals get into a professional work place in consideration of their strengths and the needs of the industry. Give their website a visit if you’re looking for a job or internship this year.

Richard Beaver spoke to us about Whole Foods and the effect of the recent Amazon acquisition from last year. As Director of Business Intelligence, Mr. Beaver was able to explain how Whole Foods is evolving under the new opportunities and pressures that come with being a subsidiary of Amazon. Whole Foods is also looking to expand its IT team in Austin, TX, so they are another great place to go if you’re looking to start your career this year. Check out some photos from the event below!

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We look forward to seeing you this Thursday at Pinballz Kingdom! Don’t forget to sign up at the link above.

AITP Opportunities This March!

Thanks to all of our members for a great February! A chapter meeting with USAA, career fairs, social events, and prep courses has made it a fun month. Check out some photos from February and then read on to see what’s coming up next!

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Prep Course

The most pertinent thing you should be aware of is the Prep courses that we have designed for the USITCC competition this semester! Today’s courses include an overview of Microsoft Office in Alkek Library room 480A, and a course in Application Development in Alkek Library room 480B.

March 6th Chapter meeting with Whole Foods and Technical Youth!

Tuesday, March 6th we will have a chapter meeting with guest speakers from Whole Foods and Technical Youth in LBJ 3.14-1 at 5pm! This meeting will include details on membership opportunities, Sign-Ups for USITCC, and insight on the evolving landscape of Information Technology. This is definitely not an opportunity you will want to miss.

USITCC Deposit Deadline is March 6th!

The deposit to secure your place for this years USITCC is due this month! Bring a $75 dollar deposit to us by March 6th to guarantee your spot.

What if you have enough membership points to cover the cost of the trip? If your points cover the cost of the trip itself, your deposit will be returned to you in full upon completion of the event.

POINTS

We know that all of you are looking for more ways to get points, so make sure you check our calendar since every event we have is worth some amount! From volunteer opportunities to San Antonio chapter meetings we have plenty of options. So go check them out!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us by e-mailing info@txstateaitp.com.

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at our Nationals prep course tonight!

 

USAA Chapter Meeting Recap & Social Reminder

Thanks to all of our members who came out to this Month’s chapter meeting! Even more so, we’d like to thank Kenan Bubela and Clayton Bynum from USAA for coming out and talking with us. Both Clayton and Kenan are Bobcat Alumni, and provided incredible insight into how a large, long-standing company like USAA is still able to innovate. Proactively they create solutions not yet discovered in the Insurance industry, for example in the past they were the first to introduce mobile check deposit. More recently, they went to great lengths to help victims of Hurricane Harvey by creating a service with which you could check the status of your home even if you had evacuated. All of their projects start with one question in mind: How can we help our members? They were able to speak on the work culture at USAA with well over ten years of combined experience and spoke to the value they hold for their Members, as well as their employees.

We are extremely thankful for their insight to our questions, and to USAA as a whole. We are also looking forward to their sponsorship of this years U.S. Information Technology Collegiate Conference! Check out the pictures below in case you missed this event.

 

ALSO, this coming week on Tuesday the 13th we will be having a social at The Spot in San Marcos! Starting at 6pm, we will have a reserved lane and will provide snacks. The first five people to show up get their shoes paid for, so make sure you don’t wait! We’ll see you there

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AITP Opportunities this February

Hello AITP Members!

School is in full swing, and we are writing this to make sure you know all the opportunities coming up with AITP this February!!

Prep Course

The most pertinent thing you should be aware of is the Prep courses that we have designed for the USITCC competition this semester! Including today, we will be hosting Nationals prep courses for AITP members every Thursday at 5pm for the month of February. Today’s courses include an overview of Microsoft Office in LBJSC room 480B, and a course in Mobile Development in LBJSC room 480A.

These will be a great way to brush up on skills like Application Development, Database Design, and even PC Troubleshooting. Regardless of your skill level, these courses will be important for ensuring you’re properly prepared for the competitions available at USITCC this year. As always you will also pick up points by attending, which will help pay your way there!

February Chapter meeting with USAA

February sixth, we will have our first chapter meeting of the semester with guest speakers from USAA! This meeting will include details on membership opportunities, USITCC, and insight on the evolving landscape of Information Technology. This is definitely not an opportunity you will want to miss.

Career Fairs

Next week there will be two different career fairs on campus, the second of which is STEM specific. We encourage all members to go and get face to face time with prospective employers! Not only does it make good practice, but some of us will be going with hopes of landing an interview.

AITP Social at The Spot

February 13th, we are having a social event at The Spot in San Marcos! We will have reserved bowling lanes, and snacks! The Spot has tons of opportunities to have fun, so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity!

POINTS

We know that all of you are looking for more ways to get points, so make sure you check our calendar since every event we have there is worth some amount! From volunteer opportunities to San Antonio chapter meetings we have plenty of options. So go check them out!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us by e-mailing info@txstateaitp.com.

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at our Nationals prep course tonight!

 

Upcoming AITP events for Spring 2018

Welcome back AITP members!

We are extremely excited for this Spring semester with everything in store. Guest speakers, social events, and the first annual U.S Information Technology Collegiate Conference sponsored by USAA! We have lots of opportunities to learn, have fun, and of course earn points.

Things to keep in mind

Dues:

If you haven’t paid your dues or just recently joined AITP,  make sure you pay your dues! $25 will ensure you get to utilize your points towards USITCC, and will gaurantee you get a cord at graduation.

February Chapter Meeting:

This February the 6th we will be having our February Chapter meeting with USAA! Afterward, we will also have an info session with USAA, in which you will be able to get more information on what a career with USAA may look like. So make sure you don’t miss this great kick off!

Officers:

This semester we are welcoming two new officers, and the promotion of one of our own! First, is Rodrigo Lopez who joins us as VP of Promotions. Second, Diego Abelar Morales joins us as VP of Chapter Affairs. Finally, our own Ryan Mann has been promoted to Executive Vice President! So make sure you congratulate them if you see them around!

Check the Calendar:

With all of the exciting opportunities coming up, make sure you check our calendar frequently so that you don’t miss a thing! And if you have any questions on involvement or specifics, shoot us an e-mail at info@txstateaitp.com.

We are looking forward to a great Spring semester together!