Welcome to the October Edition of the CommuniGram!

Happy October! The leaves may be falling, but our Region is as busy as ever. The Fall Leadership Retreat will be here before we know it! Check out this month’s CommuniGram for all the latest on what our Regional Chapters are up to this month.

Region 18 Fall Leadership Retreat Info

November 4th-6th, 2016

Student Contest Deadline


Members and Guests, there are still rooms available at the resort!

Please review the flyer and information in the October CommuniGram to make your reservations.

Contact Brenda Angle kangle77@gmail.com or any other Committee Member for more information!

To register for the conference via EventBrite:

For more information about the Conference/Leadership Retreat, including tentative schedule:

Student Competition Information and Problem Statement:

Chapter News

Charlotte Chapter

Charlotte Chapter will hold its October meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

The Chapter is excited to collaborate with AccruePartners to provide this month’s program.  The topics will be “Current Hiring Trends in IT Market” and “Power BI for Managers”.  Hilary Maskas – Senior Executive Recruiter – IT at AccruePartners will give a brief overview of current hiring trends as it pertains to the greater Charlotte IT market for both the candidate and prospective hiring managers. Hilary’s bio can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilarymaskas.  Darren Jones – Director of AccrueConsulting and seasoned IT Leader will be leading a discussion focused on the use of Power BI for Managers.  Darren’s bio can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrencjones.

Details for this event are listed below:

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

  •            5:30 – 6:00pm – Networking/ Food/ Drinks (complimentary beer and wine)
  •            6:00 – 6:05pm – AITP Update/Introduction – Larry Bumgardner
  •            6:05 – 6:15pm – Current Market Trends in IT Market – Hilary Maskas
  •            6:15 – 6:45pm – Power BI for Managers – Darren Jones
  •            6:45 – 7:00pm – Q&A/Wrap-Up

Location: AccruePartners
1000 W. Morehead St., Suite 200
Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
(704) 632-9955

Directions: AccruePartners is located on the top floor of the three-story brick building beside Bank of America Stadium.  The building has an American Flag and a NC State Flag on the top. The parking lot is open to guests.

Enter and take the elevator to the second floor. More detailed driving directions can be found on our website:


Cost: FREE
Parking: FREE
Program:Current Market Trends in IT Market” and “Power BI for Managers” presented by AccruePartners

We look forward to seeing everyone at our October meeting.  To register for the event, please send an email to aitp@aitpcharlotte.com.

Northeast Ohio Chapter

WHEN:  6:00 PM – Wednesday, October 19th
WHERE:  Kent Ashtabula Campus Blue/Gold Room

Trek Activity:  Star Trek 50th Anniversary  Discussion
What novelty items displayed in the show have truly inspired inventors?


TOPIC:  ‘Primerica’s growth over its 40 years in business in regards to technology’. They have built a multi-million dollar online system (including virtual base shops for representatives). Their most recent focus has been on the up-and-coming generation of millennials, their knowledge of technology, and how they have incorporated that to make the company more attractive and easier to use. Rachel will also share a little about how they use technology resources to provide instant advice/quotes/solutions for our clients, and how improvements have made it easier than ever to plan for the future.

Speaker:  Rachel Kennedy, Senior Representative for Primerica
Dinner Menu:  Baked Penne Pasta with Mozzarella Cheese and Meatballs, Salad, Rolls, Soft drinks, and Coffee
Cost:  $14.50

Please RSVP by Oct. 17th, 2016  to Brenda Angle at kangle77@gmail.com or 440-993-1074

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter will host a Dinner and Presentation on Wednesday, October 12th.

Topic: Overview of AITP Chapter and Student Motivations Regarding Online Security Implementation: A Qualitative Case Study

Presenters: Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone and Jackie Galvan, Ph.D. Candidate

Where: Wheeling Park White Palace
5:30 Sign In & Networking
6:00 Dinner & Presentation

RSVP to Karen Kovacs at KKovacs@DWC.org
Members $18.00
Guests $23.00
Student Chapter
Members $12.00

Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone – Program Director, Information Technology

Dr. Watson-Stone is currently the Program Director for the Graduate and Undergraduate Information Technology Programs at American Public University System (APUS), where she serves an aggressively growing department. She has over 13 years of experience in the Information Technology field. Recently, Dr. Watson-Stone presented her research e-Books Fad or Revolution at the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (April 9-11, Las Vegas), she co-published her research, Community College Survey Data: The Impact of Quantity and Quality on Informed Decision Making, at the Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum, Jun 5, 2012 in New Orleans,Louisiana; and presented her research entitled Watch Gaming and Simulation Replace PowerPoint in the Classroom, January 4, 2012 at the Air Education and Train-ing Command Symposium, San Antonio, Texas. She further co-published several other articles to include “RFID with Real Implications”, “Artificial Intelligence in Information Security”, and the “Evolution of Information Security.”

Jackie Galvin – Information Systems / IT Instructor
Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

Developed courses in Web Analytics Intermediate and Advanced assigned as Course Lead. A few courses I have instructed: Web Page & Web Site Design, Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop, Illustration & Design Using Adobe Illustrator, Motion Graphics Using Adobe Flash, Web Development Fundamentals, Introduction to Web Analytics, Advanced Web Analytics, Web 2.0 Fundamentals, Web Development Using JavaScript, Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver, Web ecommerce Development, Search Engine Optimization, Web Development Using XHTML, Security Planning and Policy, Local Area Network Technologies, Network Telecommunications Concepts, Systems Engineering and Application Development.

Richmond Chapter

Topic: Information Security
 Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Time: 5:15 pm
Location: Stratford University, 11104 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Program Description:

In this month’s panel discussion the Richmond Chapter will delve into the current trends and challenges of information security.  Their diverse panel will include perspectives from leadership, project management, and development.  We look forward to a lively discussion, and we hope to see you there!

Networking @ 5:15 pm and the panel discussion will start promptly @ 6 pm.

Registration Information


Mike Bickford
IAM Program Manager

GE Digital

Joseph Eckhout
Information Security Engineer
Bon Secours

Discussion will be moderated by:

Kevin Smith
Chief Architect

Bob Wokaty
Fraud Modernization Strategy Manager
Capital One

RTP Chapter

CIO Spotlight – Panel Discussion

The October meeting of the RTP Chapter of AITP is our annual CIO Spotlight, which is typically our most heavily attended meeting of the year. We have invited a panel of IT Leaders in the Triangle share their insights on the current challenges, opportunities, trends and disrupters in the Information and Technology Space.  The panel discussion will provide IT professionals with a unique opportunity to learn, interact with, and be informed by front line executives.  Panelists include:

Jon Meyer Chief Technology Officer / Senior Director at CapTrust
Jason Botts North Carolina Executive Roundtable/ Former VP Information Technology/Information Service at Martin Marietta
Snehit Cherian Sr. Director, Product Development, LexisNexis

Thursday October 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM  at the NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC (near the I 440 Hillsborough Street exit)

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM         Networking
6:30 PM – 7:10 PM         Dinner and Chapter Business
7:10 PM – 8:30 PM         Panel Discussion – CIO Spotlight Panel Discussion

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