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April 11, 2014 
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Make a reservation for Tech Nite
April SVTC Lunch Topic "Departing Emplyees...Trade Secrets"
Member News: LFCC & BRCC recognized by Digital Community College Survey
Member News: Cadence, JMU & Va Bio to host Biotech & Beer event at JMU
Member News: LightCastle to host Hackfest this Saturday
Member News: Lumos announced 10 Gig delivery for data center
Bits & Grits Staunton April 15th
Welcome New Member Immerge Technologies

Tech Nite 14, Wednesday May 7th at 5:30 PM
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Tech Nite is the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's annual gathering highlighting Valley technology achievement and innovation in 6 categories. We have 33 nominees for these prestigious awards.  We will announce the winners live at Tech Nite.
On May 7th attendees will gather at the JMU's Festival Center for Tech Nite 14 to recognize and highlight the successes of technology firms, organizations and programs in the region and the entrepreneurs and innovators behind those successes.
The evening will start with a cocktail reception and appetizers.  Followed by served dinner and keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson.  With dessert, we will recognize the nominees and announce the award winners.
This is SVTC's biggest event of the year. 
Tickets are $75 per person and registration will be open until April 29th.  Make plans to attend today. 
Register using the link below or go to 
April's SVTC Lunch speaker will be Steven Brown from LeClairRyan
April 24, 2014 Wood Grill Harrisonburg

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Steven Brown, Attorney at LeClairRyan will present on " Departing Employees:  How Employers Can Protect Their Trade Secrets from Walking out the Door."  Mr. Brown is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2011-Present  He was also author and speaker of, "What the Future Holds: A Look at Labor and Employment Developments in 2013," American Forest and Paper Association, March 8, 2013.  Mr. Brown is also an enthusiastic alumni of James Madison University.


Networking begins at 11:45am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. The more the merrier. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed name tag and to anticipate seating.

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Member News:  LFCC and BRCC announced as winners in national Digital Community Colleges Survey

e.Republic's Center for Digital Education (CDE) announced in April the results and winners of the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.


"Community colleges across the country are employing technology in exciting ways to develop unique learning environments on campus and to expand online learning opportunities 24/7," said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. "Many of the colleges honored this year have employed various technologies and social media to improve resources to further instructional goals. We are honored to acknowledge these community colleges' technology advancements!"

Colleges were surveyed and examined on the use of digital and emerging technologies, such as use of mobile devices and technology integration into curriculum; strategic planning and data management; and professional development, including availability of technology tools and training for faculty and students.
  In addition, colleges were surveyed on their technology priorities, infrastructure and networks, collaboration and outreach efforts and use of technology innovations. All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate.  Colleges were ranked by size of enrollment with Virginia's community colleges well represented amongst all categories. 

Mid-Sized Colleges Category - Between 5,000 and 10,000 Students: 

1st Lord Fairfax Community College, Va.


Small Colleges Category - 5,000 Students or Less:

8th Blue Ridge Community College, Va.


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Member News:  Cadence, JMU, & Virginia Bio to host Biotech & Beer
April 24, 2014 at JMU.  Registration required

Mr. Jeff Gallagher, CEO of Virginia Bio "Virginia enjoys many great teaching and research institutions, and the Virginia Bio Foundation is committed to focused efforts to help promote STEM-H education and training, and facilitating school to industry connections.  This program (undergraduate Biotechnology B.S. program at James Madison University) is surely one of our finest and most innovative. If you've talked to any of the companies across the state which have hired young people from the program, you know how highly they speak of them. This administrators and teachers of this program deserve our praise and admiration, along with the students. The Biotechnology B.S. program is inter-disciplinary among three departments: Biology, Chemistry, and Integrated Science and Technology."

"In order to help grow connections between the Biotechnology B.S. program at JMU and industry companies and research institutions, on Thursday April 24 Virginia Bio will partner with JMU and Cadence, Inc to hold a Biotech and Beer social event at JMU from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Our Biotech and Beer gatherings are casual, fun and a great way to network. On this night a bonus will be an extra-large number of enthusiastic, focused and talented students, their faculty and administrators. You will get to see firsthand what the students are doing and capable of, and perhaps get a lead on an intern or employee in the months and years ahead." Says Mr. Gallagher.

More about Cadence, Inc. 

Virginia Bio is your connection to life science innovators, investors, policymakers and emerging talent within the state.  Virginia Bio is here to connect you with members of the innovative bio community across the commonwealth.


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Member News:  LightCastle to host giv2giv HackfestLightCastle Logo
Saturday, April 12th 10am to 4pm

21 Middlebrook Ave in Staunton or online 

What is giv2giv?
What is giv2giv?

, designers, and forward thinkers, lend us your brains. 
The ope
n source giv2giv project, , is holding a physical and virtual hackfest to bring contributors together to take the project to the next level.

For more info:
RSVP on or at .
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Member News:  Lumos Networks announces 10 Gig delivery for data center 

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Lumos Networks Corp. a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication based in Waynesboro, announced it has delivered 10-Gig wavelength connectivity to Iron Mountain's underground data center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"Our 10-Gig wavelength contract win with Iron Mountain sits at the convergence of several of our key Strategic Data growth strategies," commented Timothy Biltz, CEO and President of Lumos Networks. "Iron Mountain is a marquee win for Lumos, and we are delighted that they have chosen to be our partner for the delivery of secure, redundant mission critical fiber bandwidth in and out of their national data center."

Joseph McCourt, Chief Revenue Officer at Lumos Networks added, "We continue to believe that data center connectivity will be a key driver of our fiber Ethernet revenue in the coming years."

Full article on BusinessWire
For more about Lumos, click the logo above

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Bits & Grits Staunton,
April 15, 8am
On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant, Staunton. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on. Always good networking and always lots of food.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman   

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Immerge Technologies is the web development arm of McClung Printing.  Immerge's design and development team is entirely based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  McClung's primary offices are in Waynesboro, VA.  Immerge services clients throughout the Shenandoah Valley from Winchester to Roanoke and over the mountain to Charlottesville as well as around the country.




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