Welcome to the February Edition of the CommuniGram!
I hope you all are having an enjoyable winter! Spring will be here before we know it and things are already heating up!

In this month’s issue, we’ll have a look at some of the many events that are being held in our Region. There are a lot of very interesting topics being discussed. Kudos to the organizers and presenters!

Chapter News

Charlotte Chapter
The Charlotte Chapter will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 24th.

Alan Fitzpatrick, COO of DC74 Data Centers and co-founder of Charlotte Hearts Gigabit will provide this month’s program. The topic will be “Gigabit Internet and The Impact on Charlotte”.

Alan will talk to the audience about the impact Gigabit Internet can have on Charlotte for fostering entrepreneurship, attracting talent, and economic development. He will also discuss the city’s efforts on Digital Inclusion, and creating a ‘Game Plan’ for how the city can leverage the new infrastructure.

In addition to his COO role at DC74 and his work with Charlotte Hearts Gigabit, Alan teaches entrepreneurship at the Charlotte campus of Johnson and Wales University.

Greater Wheeling Chapter
The Greater Wheeling Chapter will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. The speaker for the evening will be Kevin Matusik.

Kevin is the Electrical Coordinator at Ohio Valley Coal Company. He has degrees in Avionics and Electronics. The topic of discussion in his presentation will be “Remote Controlled Models”.

Kevin has been involved in radio control models for 30 years. At the age of 13 he assembled a 1/10 scale car from a kit. Shortly after that, he started racing at local tracks until attending college. After marriage and having children he returned to the local race circuit teaching and enjoying the hobby with his son.

Five years ago, with the help of the internet and YouTube, he taught himself and then his son to fly radio controlled models. After hours and hours of cutting models out by hand, he scratch built a CNC router table to aid in the building and designing of remote controlled models.

Kevin has designed a number of models and freely released them to the RC community to further the hobby. He has been building models and drones from scratch over the last 4 years with which he enjoys line of sight flying and first person view flying.

Northeast Ohio Chapter
The Northeast Ohio Chapter’s student organization at Kent State University at Ashtabula will host a Virtualization Workshop on Saturday, February 27th. Participants will learn practical hands-on Storage, Network, and Server virtualization skills needed by businesses and datacenters across the globe!

This Workshop will be presented by Tom Addair who is a Systems Engineer at Chi Corporation. Tom has years of experience and skills in networking including switching and routing setup and configuration, setup and configuration of iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage networks, virtualization, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity. Tom’s customers range from Social Service, Law Enforcement and Government agencies, to professional sports teams.

Pittsburgh Chapter
The Pittsburgh Chapter’s February Meetup will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 5:30pm. The topic will be a Google Apps Discussion.

The chapter will get familiar with Google Apps including cloud printing. Their expert will be George DeShetler, Jr., a Certified in Google Administrator.

Richmond Chapter
The Richmond Chapter’s February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th.

The chapter will host a panel discussion from several local cutting edge IT professionals. Their topic for the evening will be “A Gig Economy”.

2016 AITP National Collegiate Conference

The National Collegiate Conference is AITP’s premier event for IT/IS/CIS/CS college and university students all over the country. This year’s AITP National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair will be held in Chicago, Illinois. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel from April 7th – 10th.

For a complete list of information including Registration information, Contest information, and the tentative schedule, be sure to check out the AITP NCC’s website. For detailed contest information, check out aitpncc-contests.org.

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!

Enjoy the day,

Jen Addair, Editor