Welcome to the November 2017 edition of the CompTIA AITP Region 18 CommuniGram! It’s another very busy month across our region. Be sure to check out what our Region leadership and Chapters have been up to.
Region 18 President’s Message – 11-10-17
Our Region 18 BOD teleconference meeting was held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Our next Region 18 teleconference meeting will be scheduled shortly, due to the 4th Thursday in November being Thanksgiving Day. Our Region 18 Board of Directors meetings are normally on the fourth (4th) Thursday evening of every month. The meetings are usually held via teleconference. If you’d like to participate in future RD meetings, 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 at “email@example.com” and let her know you’ll be attending so you can be added to the roll call.
Our Region 18 Mission:
- Providing professional and leadership development for the IT professionals and students attending.
- Creating opportunities to network with other IT Professionals and students.
- Staying on the forefront of information technology through
Your 2017 Region 18 Officers are:
- President – Brad Moses – Research Triangle Chapter
- Vice President – Carolyn Walters – Tarheel Chapter
- Treasurer – Nick Regopoulos – Akron-Canton Chapter
- Secretary – Mary Jane Scruggs – Akron-Canton Ohio Chapter
- Immediate Past-President – Harvey Schoenman
Your 2018 Officer’s slate was presented and approved at our October 26th RD meeting. Your 2018 Region 18 Officers will remain the same as in 2017. As things progress in relation to Region 18 status and the ongoing merger with CompTIA, there may be Region 18 Officer changes occurring during 2018.
Jen Addair, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
I’m proud to have the opportunity to be your Region 18 President. We have a dedicated team of Region Officers and RDs to help your Region deliver value to 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 and/or Chapter.
Thank you and let’s have continue to have a great 2017.
AITP Region 18 President
The Akron Chapter will be hosting a Past President / Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Mustard Seed Market (Hyland Square) 867 W. Market St. Akron, OH 44303
Colleen Loeffler Phonwiang, Director CompTIA-AITP, will be attending and will be presenting on the AITP-CompTIA merger, the future of the organizations and what that means for members.
Greater Wheeling Chapter
The Greater Wheeling Chapter held its November meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV.
The topic of discuss was Virtual Reality and was presented by Andrew Snyder.
One of the promising future technologies for an immersive computing experience is “Virtual Reality.” It’s such a compelling technology that Facebook made a $2 Billion acquisition in it back in 2014, and is investing heavily in the technology since.
Andrew Snyder was an early adopter of the technology since it started shipping in early 2016, and will be sharing his experiences with it, and sharing where he believes it will be going in the future.
Andrew Snyder is currently a System Administrator at Wheeling Hospital. He has been working with Technology since early in his life via gaming, building and working on PCs. He also has won the 13th, 14th, & 15th Tiger Direct’s Build your own PC race. He has been working with the Occulous Rift since release in 2016.
The Pittsburgh Chapter’s November meeting will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Birmingham Bridge Tavern, 2901 Sarah Street, Pittsburgh, PA. The topic of discussion will be Windows Mixed Reality.
“Software is the only art form in existence that is not bound by the confines of physics. You are only ever bound and constrained by lack of imagination.“ – Alex Kipman, the chief inventor behind Kinect and a driving force behind HoloLens
On a base level, we have the constraints of physical reality. But think about how you interact with your phone—how that provides a window into the digital world. In the future we’ll be living in a holographic realm where we can actually project digital realities into the physical world. The technology we use to interact with our environment will be very different in just a few years.
Over the course of this discussion, we’ll talk a little bit about Windows Mixed Reality—the platform and ecosystem. And we’ll discuss the HoloLens vision: Where customers are going to realize value with HoloLens, and how organizations are already using HoloLens and getting value out of those experiences
The speaker for the evening will be Jeff Morris, MCSE, CNE Surface Technical Specialist – Microsoft Corporation.
A 19 year veteran at Microsoft, Jeff helps commercial enterprises digitally transform the way they innovate, how their employees work, and how they engage with customers. For the past 12 years, Jeff has worked in Microsoft’s mobile end client business, including Windows Mobile and Phone, and most recently, the Surface portfolio of Pro, Book, Studio, and Hub. He is an AITP Pittsburgh Chapter member and resides in Allison Park, PA with his wife Pamela and their three children.
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The RTP-AITP Chapter held their November meeting on November 9th. The topic of discussion was Smart Machines/Internet of Things.
How do Smart Machine devices and systems integrate with IT systems?
- Ron Pascuizzi, SVP of Sales at Bridgera
- Jake Vestal, Founder of Vestal Industries
- Jason Nagy, CEO of J&M Security Solutions
- Moderator: Michael Wayne, VP Business Development of Qualia Networks
That’s all for this month!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