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AITP Aggies Make Their Mark

By Alexandria Trujillo, Collegian on 11/08/2016 AITP Group photo- Front row: Yesenia Chavarria, Grant Sparkman, Alexandra Garcia, Madilyn Rider, Brittney Bergner, Brian Martinez, Cesar Quinonez. Second row: Cole Tolbert, Yanira Chavarria, Jorge Rosas, Obie Telford, Cale Curry. Third row: Colton Fuerstenau, Kyle Myers, Hayden Ukens, Ricardo Quezada, Stetson Elam, Martin Jurado, Alex DeBoer. Backrow: Chance Hayden, Elias Pitterle, Travis Pitterle, Peter Guerra, Skylar Behne, William Weaver. AITP Group photo- Front row: Yesenia Chavarria, Grant Sparkman, Alexandra Garcia, Madilyn Rider, Brittney Bergner, Brian Martinez, Cesar Quinonez. Second row: Cole Tolbert, Yanira Chavarria, Jorge Rosas, Obie Telford, Cale Curry. Third row: Colton Fuerstenau, Kyle Myers, Hayden Ukens, Ricardo Quezada, Stetson Elam, Martin Jurado, Alex DeBoer. Backrow: Chance Hayden, Elias Pitterle, Travis Pitterle, Peter Guerra, Skylar Behne, William Weaver.

Goodwell, Okla. — Fall break at Oklahoma Panhandle State University may have been a great time to relax with family and friends, but the Panhandle State Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Club had one that is no less than exciting and eventful. On Oct. 20, 2016 the club members travelled down to Amarillo College where Panhandle State was co-hosting the 31st Annual Region 3 Collegiate Conference. The students expected great things from their teams, but little did they know that they would make a huge impression by being one of the top schools there.

Over the course of three days, the Panhandle State AITP members competed in seven of the nine contests. Our very own students won first place on three of those contests, along with receiving a handful of honorable mentions.

Winning first place in Network Design were brothers Travis and Elias Pitterle. Elias also received another first place award with teammate Cole Tolbert in Database design. In Office Solutions, teammates Cale Curry and Martin Jurado won first place as well. After the Cyber Security multiple choice test, Panhandle State’s AITP received three honorable mentions for the scores attained by Grant Sparkman, Cesar Quinonez and Chance Hayden. In the PC Troubleshooting multiple choice test, Grant and Cesar also received honorable mentions for placing top 10 scores, as well as one for their performance in the Network Design contest.

Travis Pitterle explains the Network Design contest as “a real-world example of what a business might actually want you to complete. They wanted you to create a network for the many branches of their credit union. I was excited to put our [Elias and mine] experience in class and at our internships to good use.”

Travis works as a Broadband Department Intern at PTCI and Elias works as an IT Intern at Hitch. Cole Tolbert also reacts to receiving first place, saying, “I was glad to put my names alongside the AITP champions of years past.”

Elias Pitterle elaborated on their success, saying, “I think that what won it for us was the detail that we put into it. Travis had seen real networking diagrams that are used at PTCI and we used some similar backup procedures.” This just goes to show how valuable those real-life experiences can be. This is one of the reasons that joining AITP is a great way to get internships which open up doorways to career opportunities.

Panhandle State University’s AITP members are excited to compete in Nationals this upcoming April. Faculty Sponsor Kim Tuttle mentions that “several companies such as USAA and State Farm, sponsor these competitions and host a career fair where students can apply for internships or full time positions after graduation.” She also states, “Region 3 consists of seven states. We were very successful competing against a variety of schools from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri.”

Students involved in Computer Information Systems are urged to join AITP for these very opportunities. For more information, contact Kim Tuttle in Carter Hall in her office Rm 104, or by phone at 580-349-1446 and email at Kimberly.tuttle@opsu.edu.

Congratulations to all of the AITP members for their gained experience through participation as well as their success in making the Aggie namesake shine in such a large region! Panhandle State is a mighty competitor!


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