Welcome to the May Edition of the CommuniGram!

Wow! Where did April go? We have another jammed-packed edition of the CommuniGram this month, including a recap from the National Collegiate Conference!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 04/28/2016.  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’re excited about what we can do to enhance Region 18’s value to our chapters and members. I think we’re making 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.

Jen Addair, addair.jen@gmail.com, is our Communigram editor. Please keep her updated on your 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.

Currently Region 18 has two websites, http://aitp-region18.org/ and http://r18communigram.com/. One of the action items from our 04/28 Region 18 RBOD meeting was for Harvey Schoenman to coordinate with Jen Addair and Bill Miller and look at consolidating everything into one web site. Harvey will present the results of their analysis at our May 26th Region 18 RBOD meeting. Please feel free to contact Harvey Schoenman if you have any input you’d like to make regarding this action item.

Joyce Moses, Region 18 Vice President and Harvey Schoenman, Region 18 Past President are actively looking for ways we can fulfill our mission to our members – to YOU, this year.  This will need to be a Team accomplishment and YOU may be contacted to assist in helping us deliver value to our members.

I’m going to repeat this one more time because I think it’s extremely important that this happens. At our Region 18 Conference in the Spring of 2015, there were several young professional members that attended and wanted us to keep Region 18 functioning and delivering value to our members. We hope these young professionals, together with all of our other members will step up to the plate and contact their Chapter’s RD or one of our Region Officers and let them know that you’re willing to give at least a few hours of your time to help The Leadership Region accomplish our mission.

We’re planning on having our Region 18 Conference/Retreat in the fall. Right now, we’ve reserved space at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV for the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016. Craig Kennedy, RD for our Richmond Chapter presented his research into possibly having the Region 18 Fall Conference/Retreat at Williamsburgh, VA or Richmond, VA. It was determined that it wasn’t feasible to do it at either location this year. A motion was presented and approved by your RBOD to have the Fall Region 18 Conference/Retreat at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV on the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016.  So, please start making your plans to attend.  As planning progresses more details will be provided. If anyone would like to be involved on the Conference/Retreat planning committee, please don’t hesitate to contact Joyce Moses at joyce@gpsolutionsinc.com.

Also, our Pittsburgh, PA Chapter is having their annual golf outing on August 6th. This will also be a Region 18/Pittsburgh, PA Chapter social event where the golfing members of our Region can mix, mingle and have a great time playing golf and networking.  All profits from this event are used for scholarships.  If you’re interested in participating, please contact Harvey Schoenman our immediate Region 18 past president.

Joyce Moses and I were able to attend the Wheeling, WV Chapter’s 50th Anniversary celebration on 04/13. It was a great meeting/celebration and it was great to see the members of the Wheeling Chapter and several Pittsburgh Chapter members that also attended.

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

NCC Recap

The National Collegiate Conference of AITP was held April 7-10 in Chicago. Over 675 attendees came to the event from all across the US! Attendees took the opportunity to meet with prospective employers, complete in contests, listen in on some great presentations, and complete certification testing.

Congratulations are in order for Appalachian State University (Tarheel Chapter) for achieving the Regional Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year! Out of more than 200 AITP student chapters from 45 states, only two other schools (Texas State University and Ball State University) won awards for their respective regions.

The AITP Outstanding Chapter of the Year award is based upon performance from the 2014-2015 academic year in five categories: Education, Membership, Public Relations, Meetings, and Association Participation.

Kent State University at Ashtabula (Northeast Ohio Chapter) took home 1st Place for both Professional Shirt and Artistic Banner!

KSUA Student Chapter and Akron Chapter


Cameron Joseph Hartley of KSU Ashtabula with the trophies he won for Professional Shirt and Artistic Banner

Cameron Joseph Hartley of KSU Ashtabula with the trophies he won for Professional Shirt and Artistic Banner

Chapter News

Akron Chapter

On Thursday, May 19th, the Akron Chapter will hold a Presentation on Introduction to Developing for Microsoft HoloLens with Unity. HoloLens is Microsoft’s new mixed reality device that blends 3D digital content into your physical world. Unity is a game development platform that can be used to build 2D and 3D games for PCs, mobile devices, consoles, and even HoloLens. In this talk, we’ll show you the HoloLens and teach you how to develop for it using Unity and C#. We’ll go from the very beginning of getting the tools, to creating your first holographic app, to capturing gestures. No Unity or HoloLens experience is needed for this talk.

The Presentation will take place at The Software Guild (Map Detailed Map showing Parking and Building Entrance)

The speakers for the evening will be Henry Eastman and Jeff Mlakar. They have been working on Microsoft HoloLens at Case Western Reserve University since mid-2015. They are part of a newly established campus-wide institute called the Interactive Commons that is using visualization technology to solve big problems, starting with a holographic medical anatomy curriculum for Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic’s new Health Education Campus. Henry and Jeff have presented HoloLens material in the Keynote at the Microsoft Build conference and were developers on the first third-party holographic app in the Microsoft Store.

There is no cost to attend, however, registration required via Eventbrite. We reserve the right to turn away walk-ins based on room capacity.

Charlotte Chapter

The Charlotte Chapter will hold their May meeting on Monday, May 23, 2016.

The Chapter will partner with neteffect Technologies to provide this month’s program.  The topic will be “New Ways to Improve Corporate Efficiencies in 2016”.  Two top engineers will discuss technologies and best business practices to improve the overall efficiency of your organization.  Discover for yourself what technologies work best in your business’s environment.  This is the second in a series of quarterly events to Improve Corporate Efficiencies, brought to you by neteffect Technologies, Bridgehouse Law, AITP and Green Cloud Technologies.

Please click here to register for the Event.

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter celebrated their 50th Anniversary last month! The Chapter invited all of the Past Presidents of both the years as DPMA and those as AITP.

The speaker for the evening was Louis Yurkovitch. Louis Yurkovitch is a lifelong resident of Martins Ferry, Ohio. He received his BS degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry from Wheeling College. He returned to get his MBA from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1992.

Louis has worked for the Kroger Company in the retail sector for over 44 years. During that time he has seen the retail grocery industry go from mechanical cash registers and no computers to the current state of the industry which relies on technology for everything. Over the years he has been a cashier, stocker, office person, and overall expert in all things technology related in the stores. He currently works in Corporate Technology as an Operations Analyst Store Systems Support with responsibility over 36 Kroger stores in the Columbus Division. As such he is part of a world class technology organization that supports over a thousand grocery stores, thousands of convenience stores, manufacturing divisions, and even jewelry stores.

He discussed the evolution of technology in the retail industry and how it affects every one of us. We have all gone to the grocery store at some time to buy groceries. What you are not aware of is that technology is involved every step of the way from ordering to keeping the shelves stocked to checking out customers and how payments are processed. It will definitely make you think twice the next time you go shopping.

To see pictures from this event, please click here.

The Chapter’s May meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11th.The meeting will take place at White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling, WV. The cost for the evening will be $18 for members and $23 for visitors.

The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Terry Wallace, the topic will be The Future Direction for Education and How It Impacts Technology

Dr. Terry Allen Wallace is a Senior Fellow with Policy Foundation of West Virginia in Morgantown, and a Senior Fellow with the Government Policy Research Center at West Liberty University. He holds advanced degrees from Ohio University, George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. With a rich history in education, public policy and healthcare, Dr. Wallace has served in Cabinet positions in Ohio, as a healthcare CEO and a senior school district administrator. He is a longtime member of the graduate faculty at Muskingum University, has taught at universities in four states, is a licensed school superintendent in three states and writes syndicated monthly newspaper columns on a variety of public policy issues.

He is a primary architect of the Woodland Hills Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was recently named as one of the nation’s top 30 schools in only its second year of operation and has provided legislative testimony at both the State and Federal levels on a variety of topics ranging from education and developmental disabilities to veterans’ affairs and economic development.

A resident of the Wheeling area, he is active in community affairs and sits on several boards, including the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education and the West Virginia Access Center for Higher Education.

This is a special event with a great speaker and informative topic, so please RSVP early in order to allow the Wheeling Park catering staff the opportunity to prepare sufficient food for everyone in attendance and to ensure there is seating available for our group.

E-mail Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP, or register on our website. Reservations are essential.

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The April Meeting of NEO Chapter was hosted by the Student Chapter. The Professional Chapter learned about the Students’ experiences at the National Collegiate Conference.

The Chapter’s May meeting will be an Awards Night and Student Congrats Grad party!

Pittsburgh Chapter

Pittsburgh Chapter Golf Outing Open to All Region 18 Members & Friends

The annual AITP Pittsburgh Chapter Scholarship Golf Outing is open to all Region 18 members, their family and friends. AITP membership not required and no price differential. Identify yourself as being with Region 18 and we will put together foursomes made up of Region 18 members. You can also identify your own foursome or partial foursome.

Every year the Pittsburgh Chapter awards a scholarship to a deserving area IT or MIS student.

For $95.00 you get 18 holes of golf, a golf cart (per two people), a hot dog and beverage at the turn and a Bar-B-Que picnic lunch at the outdoor pavilion. Plus, there are plenty of prizes that will be raffled off, including a 48” flat-screen TV. There are also skill prizes and a pink ball contest with a final putt-off.

For those that just want to come up and reconnect with friends and partake of the lunch, the cost is only $25.00 per person.

Registration and forms are on the Pittsburgh Chapter website golf outing page at http://www.aitp-pgh.org/golf-outing/. Let’s make this a great Region 18 get together to reconnect with friends in the great outdoors and not in seminar sessions!!

Saturday August 6th, 2016 at Butler’s Golf Course, Elizabeth, PA

Format: 4-person scramble                      
Time: 8:00am Shotgun Start
Cost: $95 per person

Entry Deadline:  July 22, 2016

Information on inexpensive area motels forthcoming.

The Chapter’s June meeting will be a Joint meeting of the Pittsburgh and Greater Wheeling Chapters to be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott Washington Meadowlands. The subject of the meeting will be Job Search and Career Management aka Survivor: Pioneers vs. Settlers

Topics we’ll cover:

  • Do’s and don’ts in the Job Search process
  • What benefits should I expect
  • Protocol steps in 2016 and beyond
  • The secrets to selection no one is ever going to tell you

The speaker for the evening will be David J. Baker, the Founder, President and CEO of Human Capital Advisors, has almost 30 years of corporate and executive entrepreneurial leadership and business experience spanning multiple industries and functions. He is particularly adept at linking human capital strategy and operations with organizational goals and objectives. His first book, The Everything HR Kit was published in August 2010 by the American Management Association.

Prior to forming and launching Human Capital Advisors, Dave established and led the Human Capital Solutions practice for Adams Capital Management, one of the largest venture capital firms in the country. He was accountable for all executive, management and professional assessment, coaching, recruitment and talent programs in the US. He served as the internal HR consultant to the entire portfolio of companies. Services comprised implementing a broad range of HR initiatives including: executive coaching, recruitment and selection, compensation, benefits, training, workforce development, and leadership and organization development. Prior to Adams Capital Dave was the Director of Human Resources for ADC Telecommunications in Minneapolis and earlier in his career was the first human resources executive for WQED Communications, home of Mister Rogers, the National Geographic Specials, Project Literacy, The Infinite Voyage, and numerous other national productions. Dave started his career with the Swiss Aerospace company, Contraves Goerz where he was the HR Manager for their Charlotte, North Carolina operations.

Dave holds an MA in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and a BA in Psychology and Industrial Relations from Saint Vincent College. Dave has served on the Board of Directors for McGuire Home, the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association the Marcellus Resource Group and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and other organizations focused on advancing the field of human resource management.

He is a frequent speaker on current human capital best practices, including effective executive coaching in a dynamic market, metrics and analytics, compliance and litigation, human capital technology, and the impact of changing workforce demographics.

In 2003, Dave was awarded Lifetime Distinction as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Virginia, which recognizes extraordinary leadership within the human resources profession.

RTP Chapter

The RTP Chapter’s May Meeting will be held on May 12th. The subject will be DevOps – From the Hype to the Bottom Line

DevOps is generally defined as software development movement that encourages automation, integration and greater collaboration between software developers and operations staff. By bridging the gap between those two sometimes warring factions, DevOps establishes a consistent, repeatable way for IT to manage its production environment, resulting in faster time to market, higher productivity levels and smoother server and application deployment.

What does this definition really mean? Does the DevOps movement really deliver on the bottom line? Are organizations buying in to DevOps at all levels, or is it just the latest in a long line of the latest and greatest software development methodologies? What are the key elements of a successful DevOps initiative? What skillsets should IT professionals grow to be successful in a DevOps environment? Should organizations replace existing successful best practices with DevOps methodologies?

Our panel discussion of IT leaders in May will answer these questions helping sort through misconceptions about DevOps and its impact on the software development and delivery cycle. Panelists with links to their bios include:·

Frank Isaacs  DevOps Engineer at IBM
Salill Soman   Director, Application Development at MetLife
Josh Wyatt    Director, Global DevOps at LogicNow.

The meeting will be on May 12 at The NC State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.  Registration and networking starts at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6:30. The feature presentation will be from 7:15 pm to 8:30 p.m.

Attention Job Seekers: Bring your resume

Make Your Reservation here

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