Eastern's Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Student Chapter (formerly the BIS Club) received two honorable mentions at the 2011 National Association of Information Technology Professionals Collegiate Conference on March 26, 2011. There are more than 280 collegiate chapters of AITP across North America, with approximately 800 chapter representatives attending the national conference.
The chapter's database-driven website application team received Honorable Mention for their year-long information-sharing hub project. The team worked with 10 Windham area nonprofit organizations on this Internet application project, which has both a general public information sharing and search website as well as a more extensive information sharing hub to help the nonprofits operate more efficiently and share resources. For instance, they use the hub to better respond to shortages of winter items such as blankets, coats and pillows as well as food items. The nonprofit organizations involved are Holy Family Home and Shelter, Inc.; Covenant Soup Kitchen; Windham Area Interfaith Ministries (WAIM); Windham Regional No Freeze Hospitality Center; Project Genesis; Access Agency; Windham Regional Community Council, Inc.; Generations Family Healthcare; Town of Windham - Department of Human Services; and the Windham Region United Way.
Over the past four years, Eastern's AITP team of students has been one of the 10 top scoring teams across North America and has been selected to present at three Annual AITP National Conferences.