January 2015 Update

Region 18 Conference at Pipestem Update


Hello folks,
We have made a lot of progress in the past month on filling in many of the details for the Region 18 Conference at Pipestem Resort State Park in Pipestem, West Virginia in the southern part of the state on Friday, March 20, 2015 to Sunday, March 22, 2015. We now have a registration site ready and open for business, Please visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/region-18-spring-2015-conference-tickets-15441834944. As previously announced, for AITP members, there is no charge for the conference, conference-related breakfasts and Saturday evening banquet. For non-AITP members there is a fee of $50 that covers all of the above. For non-AITP members that do not want to attend the banquet, there is a fee of $30 covers the sessions and breakfasts. Finally, for those attending that bring family members, there is a $20  banquet fee per guest. Each of these have a “ticket” on the Eventbrite registration website. Please select the right ticket when registering.

The hotel has given us a fantastic price of only $59.00 per room night ($66.08 with tax and fees). Call 1-304-466-1800 and press 0 and ask for reservations. Ask for a room in the AITP block.

While we have had a number of conferences and leadership retreats at Pipestem, this one will be different in a number of respects. We are giving you Saturday afternoon for you and your family (if you bring them) to explore the many outdoor activities in this park. By late March the weather should make for enjoyable outdoor activities. We will provide a hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday evenings, a continental breakfast on Saturday morning with a refresh at the break and a banquet dinner on Saturday before we open the hospitality suite for networking with old friends and making new ones. Sunday morning we will have a continental breakfast followed by a Board Meeting which all AITP members are welcome to attend.

We ask that each chapter attending bring a bottle of wine as their contribution.

The following schedule times and sessions are tentative and subject to change.


Arrive afternoon or evening. Explore Pipestem and dinner on your own or with friends.

Registration in the hospitality suite which will be open from 4:00 pm until – (after the last person passes out?)


Registration (for late comers) and continental breakfast from 8:00 am to 8:45 am.
Technical Session, Windows 10, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.
Management Session from 10:15 am to 11:15 am. Mark Dronzek.
Morning break from 11:15 am to 11:30 am.
Region 18 Direction panel discussion from 11:30 to 12:30 pm.
Saturday afternoon. More time on your own to explore Pipestem.
Banquet from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Hospitality suite open from 9:30 pm to ?


Continental breakfast and Board of Directors meeting from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.
Any AITP Region 18 member can attend this meeting.
Adjourn at 11:00 am.

Pipestem is about in the middle of our region time-wise. We hope to see as many of you there as can make it. Watch for future announcements both in the February CommuniGram and email blasts.

Chairing this conference is Carolyn Walters, Tarheel Chapter and Brad Moses, RTP Chapter.

Harvey Schoenman
Region 18 President

Kudos to Kent State University-Ashtabula Student Chapter and Appalachian State University Student Chapter

Kudos to Kent State University-Ashtabula and Appalachian State University AITP student chapters. Both won the SCOPA (Student Chapter Outstanding Performance Award). KSU-Ashtabula is a student chapter of the Northeast Ohio professional chapter and ASU is a student chapter of the Tarheel (NC) professional chapter.

KSU-Ashtabula is this year’s Region 18 Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year and as such is eligible to win the overall Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year award.

Congratulations and best of luck to both of these fine AITP student chapters and to the sponsoring AITP professional chapters!!

Harvey Schoenman
Region 18 President

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