Welcome to the September Edition of the CommuniGram!

Summer is reaching its end. The Fall semester has begun and our student chapters are back in action. It’s a very busy month throughout the Region. Be sure to check out what our Regional Chapters have been up to as well as our updated information regarding the Fall Leadership Retreat at Pipestem!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message – 09-01-2016

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 08/25/2016.  Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month except for the month of November. The meetings are held via teleconference. If you’d like to participate, please contact your RD for the dial in numbers or any of your Region Officers. If you’re not an Officer or RD, please contact Mary Jane Scruggs and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.

We continue to make progress setting our goals and planning activities for 2016 that will, as our Region 18 Leadership Region Mission states, add long-term value to our members by:

  • Providing professional and leadership development for IT Professionals
  • Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and prepare for the future
  • Staying on the forefront of information technology through education.

Our Region 18 Leadership Retreat and is back by popular demand and will be held at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV for the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016. We’ll also be having a Region 18 Board of Directors meeting Sunday morning. You need to start making your plans to attend, now. We have a limited number of rooms and all the other rooms at the Inn are already reserved. You’ll be receiving additional information in separate mailings.

Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio) is the Chairperson for our planning committee. The following are your Conference planning team: Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio), Irene Edge (Northeast Ohio), Gireesh Gupta (Charlotte), Karen Kovacs (Greater Wheeling), Joyce Moses (Research Triangle), Harvey Schoenman (Pittsburgh), and Carolyn Walters (Tarheel).

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our Communigram editor. Please keep her updated on your Professional and Student Chapter activities so they can be included in the next Communigram, which she normally publishes during the first week of each month. Please submit your updates/articles to Jen NLT than the end of the last week in the current month.

Our webmaster is Bill Miller, wbmpm@earthlink.net. If you have any suggestions for improvement to our website or updates/changes that you think need to be made, please don’t hesitate to contact Bill.

I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a great team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to its’ members – but, we can’t do it alone.  We need your help also. So, please step up to the plate and volunteer a few hours of your time and talent to your Region.

Thank you and let’s continue to have a great year!

Brad Moses
AITP Region 18 President
mobile# 919-395-7926

Region 18 Fall Leadership Retreat Update

The 2016 Leadership Retreat/Fall Conference will be held November 4th – 6th at the Pipestem Resort in West Virginia. Please make your reservations by October 4th!

Student Contest Content and Rules

The Student Chapter Contest returns to the AITP Region 18
Leadership Retreat. What do you need to take on this challenge?

A Creative Mind! The computer is nothing without the HUMAN Interface!
Student Contest Information

You can also download the conference flyer via: http://r18communigram.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Region-18-Leadership-Region-flyer.pdf

About our Keynote Speaker:
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley will be our Keynote Speaker at the Region 18 Leadership Conference this fall.

Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley is currently Department Chair Davis iTEC at Forsyth Technical Community College, she formally held the position of Information System Security Program Coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College. Dr. Cranford -Wesley is a cybersecurity professional and has appeared as a subject matter expert on Fox8 and Time Warner News discussing recent advances in cyber security vulnerability. She also teaches information security, computer forensics and networking courses in the Business Information Technology Department. Additionally, Dr. Cranford-Wesley has presented at various conferences including several presentations at The Colloquium Information System Security Education Conference.

Dr. Cranford-Wesley holds a PhD in Education Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology and a Master of Art in Administration. Furthermore, she has obtained the following certifications; Security +, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Instructor (CCAI).

There will be a lot of great events throughout the conference weekend! We hope to see you there!

Chapter News

Akron Chapter

The Akron Chapter’s September meeting will be on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

Topic: Windows Server 2016 – A First Look

Learn about Microsoft’s new Server OS

Windows Server 2016 will be released by the end of September with all its new features. Join us as Microsoft’s Kevin Parr gives us a first look at new features such as Containers and Nano Server and discusses changes to compute, storage and networking. In addition, we will discuss Cloud Service Delivery using the Azure Stack.

Kevin Parr is a Principal Cloud Infrastructure Technology specialist within Microsoft Corporation’s Great Lakes District focusing on Microsoft’s enterprise accounts within Michigan and Ohio. He is responsible for evangelizing and driving Microsoft’s Cloud platform to include Microsoft Azure, Windows Server and System Center within his district. In this capacity, he works closely with Microsoft customers and partners to identify and implement technical solutions on the Microsoft platform. With over 19 years in the technology industry, Kevin joined Microsoft in 2000 and has spent the last 6 years engaging on Datacenter and Hybrid Cloud related solutions.

Food Sponsored By: Expedient www.expedient.com

Networking: 6:00 – 6:30PM
Presentation: 6:30 – 7:30PM

Location: The Software Guild
526 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44311

Register via Eventbrite

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The NEO Chapter’s September dinner meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM in the KSUA Blue/Gold Room

The topic of discussion will be Artificial Intelligence’s Role in Industry

AIPresenter:  Tim Zee, Software Engineer

The main topic is going to be artificial intelligence. Tim will first explain exactly what AI is. Then introduce a sub topic in AI called machine learning.  Another major point in this will be facial recognition. Tim will talk about the general approach on how it is done, and then share his research paper and a DEMO with us.

Cost: $18
Dinner: Macaroni, Meatballs, Roasted Chicken, Scalloped Potato, Toss salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Iced Tea, and Water

RSVP to Brenda Angle kangle77@gmail.com  or call 440-993-1074 by Sept. 12th, 2016

Pittsburgh Chapter

The Pittsburgh Chapter’s September meeting will be held on Monday, September 26th. The topic of discussion will be Making Macs, PCs and Linux Devices Work

Registration starts at 5:00 pm, dinner will begin at 6:00 pm

Venue: Birmingham Bridge Tavern
2901 Sarah St

Cost: No charge other than what you eat and drink.
Order from menu

By Dave Sevick
Continuing our discussion from May 2016 on Mac vs. PC vs. Linux … We’ll conduct a hands on lab explaining how to install software on all of these devices! Bring your old laptops and mobile devices (not production computers) and we’ll show you how Computer Reach refurbishes computers and mobile devices to serve people locally and globally. Macs will be loaded with the Mac OS. PCs will be loaded with Ubuntu Linux. Both include software suites. You can then donate your old laptop to Dave’s 501(c)(3) organization or take it home for your use.

My Ubuntu Desktop
Ubuntu Linux desktop (customized) on a 2007 HP laptop

Dave Sevick, Computer Reach Founder, Apple Consultant works as an Apple computer consultant, now in his 26th year serving Western PA, WV, OH, MD. In addition to serving Apple clients in homes, schools and business, Dave formed the North Pittsburgh Macintosh Users Group in 1996. That organization spawned the Mac Missionaries volunteer-based recycling effort, later expanding operations in 2010 to create Computer Reach, a 501c3 designated public charity. In 2012 Dave expanded Computer Reach beyond Apple refurbishing to include PCs running Linux and mobile devices.

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter will hold its September Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th. The meeting will be held at Wheeling Park White Palace.

Topic: From Pong to Playstation 4

A technical and commercial history of home video games”. Video games are an entertainment and artistic medium comprised of graphic art, music, storytelling, game theory and engineering, both

hardware and software. What began as moving dots on a TV screen has become online multiplayer epic adventures that span procedurally generated worlds that can even be live streamed to other players across the globe. This presentation will show how video games and the consoles changed throughout their generations as well as the influences, fierce competition, innovations and big players that made the industry what it is today.

It will also examine the commercial side, including the video game crash of 1983, the successes, the failures and the killer apps that drove the industry.

The speaker for the evening will be Jeremy Doolin. Jeremy is a Computer and Information Technology instructor at West Virginia Northern Community College with 10 prior years of experience in IT and Software Engineering positions throughout the Ohio Valley. He has lived here his entire life and wishes to help develop the Wheeling area technology work force through education and relationships with local businesses and industry. He is also a musician, homebrewer, culinary enthusiast, video game player, hobbyist historian and life hacker.

The schedule for the evening will be:
5:30: Sign In & Networking
6:15: Dinner
6:45: Meeting & Speaker
RSVP to Karen Kovacs at KKovacs@DWC.org

Members $18.00
Guests $23.00
Student Chapter Members $12.00

RTP Chapter

On Thursday September 8, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, the RTP Chapter will host a panel discussion at the NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC

Topic: Compliance and IT: Why should I care?

As if IT departments didn’t have enough to worry about these days… Now we also have to ensure that the organization is in compliance with various industry and federal regulations (PCI, Sarbanes-Oxley, and HIPAA) designed to keep sensitive customer data safe:  an increasingly difficult task in today’s decentralized, mobile, app-filled world.

This month the RTP AITP Chapter will discuss the key compliance issues facing IT:

  • What is the importance of addressing them?
  • What is the impact of failing to properly address compliance?
  • What can IT professionals, from CIO to developers, do to ensure that they remain in compliance?
  • What are some of the biggest IT compliance challenges facing organizations?
  • What is the role of the Chief Compliance Officer in protecting corporate integrity and ensuring compliance?

Our September panel discussion will address these and other compliance issues, and why each of us in the IT profession should care about ensuring that we are conversant with the relevant compliance standards for the sectors we work in.  Panelists include:

  • Darryl Meeks Executive Director of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA)
  • Anthony J. Faust Technology [Leader|Strategist|Evangelist| with Business Systems Group (BSG) at United Therapeutics
  • Jim Koob US IT Lead for Digital Farming at Bayer Crop Science

Tickets are required, click here for details.

Chapter Leaders, Members, and Students, do you have a news item or article that you would like to see included in the next CommuniGram? Drop me a line! Region Members would love to hear about what your chapter is up to!

Jen Addair, Editor