Welcome to the July Edition of the CommuniGram!

Despite how hot this summer has been, things have cooled down just a little around the Region.
Relax and enjoy your summer!

Region 18 News

Region 18 Conference at Pipestem

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Region 18 President’s Message

Region 18 President’s Message – 07-08-2016

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 06/23/2016.  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.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Pittsburgh Chapter for being selected as the 2015 ROCA (Region Outstanding Chapter Award) for Region 18 – The Leadership Region. Their Chapter set the bar for 2015 for other Region 18 Chapters with their Chapter’s and member’s overall activities and contributions to both our Industry and their Community.

The Akron Canton, Research Triangle and the Greater Wheeling Chapters also did great jobs in attaining their COPA (Chapter Outstanding Performance Award) awards. Perhaps one of them or one of our other Chapters will be the 2016 ROCA winner next year.  We need to continue to provide benefit/service to our Industry and our communities. I want to thank them for continued hard work/efforts in delivering education, networking and community service to their professional and student members.

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 Conference/Retreat will be held at Pipestem State Park Resort, Pipestem, WV for the weekend of 11/4-11/6/2016. Please start making your plans to attend.  Brenda Angle (Northeast Ohio) has volunteered to be 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). 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 any of the team members.

The 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.

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.

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.  We received very good input from our Region 18 Chapters in May regarding what they’d like to see the Region provide for their Chapters. Joyce and Harvey will be reviewing and consolidating these recommendations/desires and a consolidated list will be presented in the very near future. 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 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

Chapter News

Greater Wheeling Chapter

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, July 13, 2016 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. The White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Meeting Topic & Speaker
John Reasbeck – Omni Strategic Technologies

John Reasbeck serves as President of Omni Strategic Technologies. John possesses a wide array of professional experience, having worked in public accounting as well as in a variety of roles within the technology industry. Prior to joining Omni, he was the Chief Operating Officer at a telecommunications company based in Wheeling, WV. During his tenure in telecommunications John developed a reputation as a creative and innovative technology provider, and he secured more than two million dollars in state grants to promote the growth of broadband in rural areas of West Virginia.

With his background in executive management, accounting, and business consulting, John brings a wealth of knowledge to the daily operations of Omni. His leadership ensures that Omni remains at the forefront of the industry and that clients remain our foremost focus. John earned a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University. He was named one of Ogden Newspapers’ “Faces of the Future” in 2006 and was designated a “Young Gun” by West Virginia Executive Magazine in 2011.

John is actively involved in community organizations and currently serves as the president of the Wheeling Jesuit University Athletic Club, a board member of the Wheeling Area Soccer Association, and a member of St. Vincent de Paul parish. An avid sports fan, John is just as committed to success in the athletic realm as he is in the business world. He is a repeat competitor in “Tough Mudder” events, which are designed to test strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit.

Education Session
The Education Session will be presented by Bruce Koegler. RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favorite Arcade, home-console, and classic PC games with the minimum set-up.

Event Schedule
We will meet at the White Palace. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentations will follow the meal.

Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, and $23.00 for non-member guests. We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us
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

There will be no July Meeting for the NEO Chapter. In June, the Chapter held a summer fun meeting at Ferrante’s Winery.

Members Brenda Angle and Irene Edge were awarded Lifetime Gold IPA Awards. Jen Addair was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Pittsburgh Chapter

For the AITP Pittsburgh Annual Scholarship Golf outing on August 6, 2016, we want to make this outing user-friendly for everyone in Region 18. Sign up sheet.

For those coming up on Friday and staying overnight, we can meet for dinner at the Butlers Golf Course restaurant that evening. You can view the menu at http://www.butlersgolf.com/inn_menu/inn_menu.htm. There are also other restaurant options on Rt 51. If you are interested in doing this, please send an email to aitp.pgh@gmail.org.

Places to stay overnight.

Butlers Bed and Breakfast
See http://www.butlersgolf.com/stayplay_rates/stayplay_rates.htm.
800 Rock Run Rd
Elizabeth, PA 15037
(412) 751-9121

Econo Lodge
1303 Route 51, Clairton, Pennsylvania 15025
Address: 1303 Clairton Blvd., Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Phone:(412) 384-5811

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh West Mifflin
3122 Lebanon Church Rd, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122
Book online or call: (800) 315 26211 or (800) 315 2621

Comfort Inn West Mifflin
1340 Lebanon Church Rd, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15236
Phone: (412) 653-6600

Every golfer will receive a very nice blue 19-1/2” x 11” x 11-1/2” AITP duffle bag with a sleeve of golf balls. See picture below. This is in addition to morning donuts and coffee, a hot dog and drink at the turn and the picnic barbecue lunch after golf. This year’s main raffle prize will be a 48” TV. There will be lots of other raffle prizes as well.


For detailed information about the outing, including golfing and sponsorship forms, please visit http://www.aitp-pgh.org/golf-outing/.

RTP Chapter

Telecommuting: To Telecommute or not to Telecommute; sorting out the opposing camps

While many companies are expanding their telecommuting strategies, some such as JetBlue, building their company on work-from-home schedules, other large companies have cut back on or eliminated telecommuting. Marissa Mayer at YAHOO caused much uproar by requiring everyone to return to the office in 2013. Best Buy followed suit only a few months later, by changing their flexible work schedule, and requiring over 4,000 non-retail employees to get approval to telecommute from management. What is driving these seemingly opposite trends?

Some may argue that there needs to be a reason for the job function to have remote capabilities while other strictly prohibit it. On the other hand, companies such as Dell and Aetna see Telecommuting as a core corporate strategy, to entice and keep hard to find top talent and to reduce costs. Even at these companies Telecommuting is not seen as a viable option for all employees, is the trend growing to work-from-home or reverting back to the days of old where everyone has a nice commute to and from work? Come join our July panel discussion to hear some differing viewpoints on the Telecommuting debate.

Join the RTP-AITP chapter panel of Telecommuting professional’s discussion to better understand the opportunities and challenges for IT in implementing and delivering on Telecommuting solutions for the Research Triangle Park area.  The meeting will be on July 14 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

To make a reservation, please click 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