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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2008ASU Logo

IT Faculty and Students Converge on ASU for Annual Conference

More than 200 information technology faculty and students from six states are expected to attend the annual Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Region III Student Conference Oct. 23-25 at Angelo State University.

Representatives of student AITP chapters from colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas will attend various workshops, including “Preparing for Your IT Future,” “Connecting with Knowledge and Abilities,” “Technology and Change Management” and “Networking – Building a Career” among others.

The students will also compete in contests, including office solutions, PC troubleshooting, database design, network design, applications development, and systems analysis and design.

Through its unique program design, the AITP conference is intended to supplement traditional IT education. Students will be exposed to top IT industry speakers covering the latest industry trends and issues and the conference will also include an exhibit area and networking opportunities with other IT students and professionals. Representatives of the Region III colleges and universities will be on hand and the ASU Career Center will be open to assist with resume writing.

Professional speakers will include Paul McWhorter, CTO of MEMX; Russ Finney, U.S. vice president and CIO of Tokyo Electron; Thomas Staab, president of Wind Ridge International LLC; Larry La Freniere, vice president of engineering and technical operations for Suddenlink Communications; and Dr. Nancy Woods Hernandez, organizational development consultant, as well as representatives from Microsoft, Verizon and Cisco.

The conference is being hosted by the student AITP chapters from ASU and Howard College along with the Concho Valley AITP professional chapter.

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