Welcome to the June Edition of the CommuniGram!

Region 18 News

Region 18 President’s Message

We had our Region 18 Board of Director’s meeting Thursday evening, 05/26/2016.  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 following Region 18 AITP Professional Chapters that achieved the Association’s requirements of the COPA (Chapter Outstanding Performance Award) for 2015:


Greater Wheeling


Research Triangle Park.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to the following Region 18 AITP Student Chapters that attended the 21st Annual AITP National Collegiate Conference & Career Fair on April 7-10 in Rosemont (Chicago), IL:

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Kent State University Ashtabula, OH

Kent State University at Salem, OH

Appalachian State University received a Special Award as the Outstanding Student Chapter of the Year (2014-2015) for Region 18 AITP.

Kent State University – Ashtabula earned 1st place in the AITP Student Chapter Banner Contest – Artistic Category and 1st place in the AITP Student Chapter Shirt Contest – Professional Category

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.

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.

Currently Region 18 has two websites, http://aitp-region18.org/ and http://r18communigram.com/. Harvey Schoenman, Jen Addair and Bill Miller are continuing their analysis to determine the best way for our Region to use our websites. Harvey will present the results of their analysis at our June 23rd 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.  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.

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.  The following Officers & Directors are your Conference planning team: Brenda Angle (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.

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 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.

Northeast Ohio Chapter

The Northeast Ohio Chapter’s June Summer Fun meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante (5585 OH-307, Geneva, OH 44041) beginning at 6pm. Enjoy dinner on your own.

The activity will be a Survey. During this meeting, the Chapter will review Building Leaders Workshops, share IPA Award pictures, and discuss volunteers for the Region 18 Fall Conference at Pipestem.

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. Following are some additions to what was in the last CommuniGram.

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 barbeque 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

Join the RTP-AITP chapter panel of Green technology professional’s discussion to better understand the opportunities and challenges for IT in implementing and delivering on Green Technology solutions.  The meeting will be on June 9 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. Click here for registration information.

Green Technology and IT

Green technology solutions are hardware-based, software-based or workflow strategies that save energy and/or promote sustainability. The energy savings or degree of sustainability can be quantified in a number of ways, including measuring the organization’s physical footprint, its carbon emissions and the amount of its e-waste. Increasingly, the CIO has become the thought leader in driving Green Tech Strategy, to identify and implement sustainability solutions that improve the bottom line.

How does IT support sustainability, and identify green technology products and solutions that impact the profitability? The June RTP AITP meeting will help to answer these and other questions about Green Technology and sustainability solutions. We will examine some key Green Technology concepts such as: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Data Center Cooling, Managing E Waste, Green Nanotech, and Cradle to Cradle Design. Panelists with links to their bios include:

Stephen Kaland  Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NCSU
Josh Wells  Sales Manager, Cloud / Software Sales, Cisco

Attention Job Seekers: Bring your resume

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