Paving the way for future IT Professionals

Greetings everyone!

First off, welcome back! I hope your Spring Break was absolutely fantastic, refreshing, and got you recharged to finish out the semester strong!

March’s AITP meeting has been set for Monday the 27th in MC 149A at 11:45 am. This month our guest will be Ryan Adamson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Ryan’s presentation is titled “Fast Computers == Big Data: Analyzing System Logs in an HPC Environment.”

This presentation is  mainly focused on security and is geared towards everyone within the tech community that at some point will be needing to worry about security of their data and information. As always AITP will have FREE pizza on hand!

Hope to see all of you there!

It’s that time of year again and I’m sure on your 5th week back to school you are already deep into the grind but there will be a bit of a reprieve soon! On February 27th 2017 our first meeting of the semester will be kicking off with Cameron Presley from Pilot/Flying J and he will be covering a Code Review.  We will meet at 11:45 in room 149C and as always there will be free pizza! Come join us and get some great information and good food!

Look forward to seeing you there!

-Matt Clinard



By now I’m guessing you have visited with family, opened a few gifts, and enjoyed a few good home cooked meals with all the trimmings. In the busiest time of the year make sure you are allowing yourself to unwind during the break. Classes will resume their schedule sooner than you think and it’s important that you decompress before starting the new semester so you can come back fully recharged and ready to go.

On that note make sure you are keeping proficient in the skills you have learned thus far in your classes by just skimming over some materials and taking some time to reflect on past lessons learned. A little time spent on some subjects now will go a long way once we get back into our routine and allow you to focus on new concepts you will learn in the next few months.

It all boils down to taking time for yourself and mental preparation!

AITP will be meeting on January 26th and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there! More information will be following soon!

Once again Happy New Year!

-Matt Clinard




Hello and welcome!

Hopefully at this point everyone is doing well in their semester and you’ve gotten a second wind just in time to push through into the last month of classes!

As finals roll in and the holiday season moves ever closer, I wanted to be the first to invite you to help out with Toys for Tots hosted by AITP at PSTCC in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps. Toys for Tots is a program that functions specifically to bring joy to underprivileged children throughout the area. All you have to do it bring an unwrapped unopened toy to any of the drop locations listed below between November 14, 2016 and November 30, 2016. If you have any questions please feel free to email me, Matt Clinard at

Have a great day!


Alexander 108 – Angela Branson

Goins 2nd Floor next to copier

Goins 162 – College Center

ERC Entrance

McWherter 234 Gitti Negahban’s Office – AITP Advisor

McWherter 329 (workroom) – Michael Hurst

McWherter 149A, 149C, & 254 – CSIT Classroom/labs

Physical Plant – Karen Ghezawi

Bagwell Building Lobby

Division Street 101 – Marcia Coleman

Blount County – Laura Overton

Magnolia Avenue – Main Office – Patti Rogers

Strawberry Plains – Main Office – Cat Dees

Hello and let me be the first to welcome you to the AITP Blog! Here in the coming weeks and foreseeable future we will circulate important information regarding AITP events and gatherings right here as well as posted flyers around campus.

We will have our October workshop on Thursday, October 27th at 11:50 am in McWherter 149A. Anyone is welcome, especially if you have an interest in the Information Technology field! Oh and one more thing, there will be Pizza! If you’ve never been to a meeting before they are about an hour long and are usually filled with awesomely useful information.

Our speaker(s) this month Tripp Shewmake is the Director of Digital Engineering at the Scripps Network and some of his team members will be joining him as well. Their presentation, “How to prepare for an IT interview” will give you a little insight into how IT companies interview processes progress, what questions you are likely to be asked, or what questions would be wise for you to ask. If you’ve never had formal interview training it would be a great opportunity to get your feet wet! We look forward to seeing you there!

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other. – Bill Gates