NOVEMBER 18, 2009

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OPSU Programming Team Earns Regional Honors

Photo of OPSU's Programming team at AITP regional competition in Dallas.
Winners and sponsors for this year’s regional AITP contest include back row, left to right, Jonathan Faulkner, Blake Davis, Lance Shelite, Diane Murphey, Zane Greene, JB Test, Tim Justice, Josh Armstrong, Steve Martin, and Joe Breeden. In front row are Blake Westbrook, Nick Tuttle, and Klay Kuban.

The OPSU programming team competed at the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) regional competition Oct. 22-24 at the University of Texas-Dallas.

Region 3 for the AITP includes members in six states from New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. There were approximately 200 students who attended.

The contests featured this year included Application Development, Microsoft Office Solutions, Network Design, Systems Analysis and Design, Database Design, and PC Troubleshooting. The OPSU team placed in four of the six contests: first place in Network Design, Blake Westbrook and Klay Kuban; second place in Network Design, Blake Davis and Jonathan Faulkner; third place in Application Development, J. B. Test, Nick Tuttle and Jonathan Faulkner; third place in Microsoft Office Solutions, Zane Greene and Lance Shelite; third place in PC Troubleshooting, Tim Justice and Josh Armstrong.

Sponsors of the conference included USAA, Argo, Microsoft, AT&T, Walmart, IBM, NTPCUG, Fujitsu and Texas Instruments. Another member of the team, Tim Justice said, "For CIS Education, AITP is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You get hands on experience, networking opportunities with sponsors and other schools, and build lifetime relationships with colleagues."

AITP also started up a custom T-shirt fundraiser this year and in doing so, the team made their T-shirts for competition. The T-shirts resembled a jersey style with the team member’s last name on the back; however, to add the computer nerd touch, the number on the shirt was translated to binary code.

The team will travel to Nationals in St. Louis at the end of March 2010.