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CIS team lands second place in regional IT conference competition
By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative
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Posted: 11/03/2010
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Ten Computer Information System (CIS) students at The University of Texas-Pan American recently had the opportunity to gain some real world experience while showing off their knowledge and skills at the 2010 Regional Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Conference Oct. 21-23 hosted at the University of Houston main campus.


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UTPA's CIS team recently participated in competitions at the Regional Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Conference held at the University of Houston main campus. Pictured front left to right are Dr. Kai Koong, Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (CIS/QM) professor and department chair; CIS student team members Mario Rosas, Jose De Leon, Diana Chairez, Zulma Ramirez and Eduardo Ortega. Rear left to right are CIS student team members Joshua Sanders, Josue Elizondo, Evan Brough, Juan R. Macias, Raudel Rosales and Dr. Jerald Hughes, CIS/QM assistant professor and faculty adviser. (Photo courtesy of COBA)

In the five areas of competition held at the conference, UTPA students Jose DeLeon and Mario Rosa placed second in the Security Assessment Contest. A UT Pan Am team was also a competition finalist in the PC Trouble Shooting Contest. Other students participating were Evan Brough, Diana Chairez, Josue Elizondo, Juan R. Macias, Eduardo Ortega, Zulma Ramirez, Raudel Rosales and Joshua Sanders. Accompanying the students to the competition were Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods faculty members, Dr. Jerald Hughes, assistant professor and faculty adviser, and Dr. Kai Koong, professor and department chair.

"The team did an excellent job. Throughout the three days, the members learned that they have the needed skills to compete successfully in the real world," Koong said. "By meeting with prospective employers at this conference, the students also learned how to better prepare themselves for the work place. Most of all, by participating in the conference, the students were energized about their future and are looking forward to competing in the 2011 AITP Conference and Competition."

Nineteen universities were represented at the conference and in the competition held by AITP's South Central Region, which includes not only Texas but New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi. During the regional event, students got to hear presentations from and network with leading IT professionals. Competitions were also held on application development, database design, network design, and systems analysis and design. In addition, there was a Microsoft Office Solutions contest.

Financial support for the students to participate in the conference and competition was provided by Xerox Corporation, Saint Gobain, UTPA Student Government Association and the Dean of the College of Business Administration.

Founded in 1951, AITP is a professional organization providing lifelong learning opportunities to develop leadership and business skills and keep abreast of technology changes as well as a professional network to utilize for mentoring and fellowship. More information can be found on the AITP website.

Learn more about the UTPA CIS program at their website.