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AITP receives second consecutive National Chapter of the Year award

aitp_winners_t.jpgBOONE— For the second straight year, Appalachian State University’s Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student chapter has received the AITP National Chapter of the Year award.

left, Puttachart Kasemthaveechok, Hunter Van Lear, Janie McLaughlin, Kristin Houck, Dr. Scott Hunsinger (faculty advisor), Alice Culbertson, Kristen Mann, Michael Ferrise and Sergio Garcia.jpgAppalachian’s AITP chapter received its second National Chapter of the Year Award during the AITP National Collegiate Conference held in in San Antonio. This is the second consecutive year the chapter has received the honor. Members of the winning team are, from left, Puttachart Kasemthaveechok, Hunter Van Lear, Janie McLaughlin, Kristin Houck, Dr. Scott Hunsinger (faculty advisor), Alice Culbertson, Kristen Mann, Michael Ferrise and Sergio Garcia. (Photo submitted)

The award was presented at the AITP National Collegiate Conference in San Antonio on March 29. Appalachian’s AITP chapter outperformed more than 200 student chapters from 45 states including Arkansas, Baylor, Brigham Young, Florida State, Iowa, Mississippi and Purdue, as well as regional rivals shown at http://www.aitp.org/?page=FindStuChap.

The chapter also won the AITP Outstanding Chapter of the Year award for its region.  Kristin Houck, AITP president, won first place in the Best IT Tech/Geek Video Contest.

Students from Appalachian’s AITP chapter held a silent auction fundraiser on March 26, raising more than $3,500 to help pay for the trip.  The club also received support from other grants and fundraising efforts.

A total of 775 individuals from 71 colleges and universities traveled to this year’s conference.  Next year, the club will compete in St. Louis at the 2013 AITP National Collegiate Conference.

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