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April 18, 2014 
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Make a reservation for Tech Nite
April 24 SVTC Luncheon "Departing Employees,,,Trade Secrets" with Attorney Steven Brown
Member News: Cadence, JMU & Va Bio to host Biotech & Beer event at JMU
Meet your candidates for SVTC Board Elections
Member News: Leadership Postions announces at JMU
Open Source Staunton at LightCastle, April 23rd
Madison Engineering Xchange, April 26


Tech Nite 14, Wednesday May 7th at 5:30 PM
Make your reservation by April 30th

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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.
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.

The evening will start with a cocktail reception and appetizers.  Followed by served dinner and keynote address by Virginia Secretary of Technology, Karen Jackson.  Her topic will be "Technology Priorities In the Commonwealth."  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 30th.  Make plans to attend today. 
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"Departing Employees:  How Employers Can Protect Their Trade Secrets from Walking out the Door." with Steven Brown from LeClairRyan
SVTC Luncheon
This Thursday 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:  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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SVTC Board Elections
How does it work?  Who's running?


The SVTC's Board of Directors has two groups for governance purposes, called classes. Each class serves a 2-year term ending with elections alternating so that there is always a mix of new and seasoned members on the board. The election of the class II of the SVTC Board of Directors is being conducted in May of this year, and again we are conducting the election electronically.  We will send each member of the SVTC an email containing a link for voting (please note that each email and link is individually generated and can only be used once), using a company called SurveyMonkey. We will identify our members who are eligible to vote as of May 1st. (If you are not a member but would like to be, and would like to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to become one by then). Members should expect this email from SurveyMonkey around May 8, 2014.  Each link will be active until May 21, 2014. Each member, whether individual or corporate, receives one vote per membership. On May 21st we will have our annual meeting and any SVTC member who did not vote electronically can then vote in person.


SVTC election 2014 -- all  the details


Our election slate for Class II is as follows: 

  • Dr. Kim Blosser, Lord Fairfax Community College
  • Karen Bowman, Rockingham Group
  • Dr. Sarah Cheverton, JMU Ctr for Instructional Tech.
  • Tamara Funk, LightCastle Technical Consulting
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco, Inc.
  • Dan Martin, PBMares, LLP
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton, IT Dept.
  • Dr. Tom Richardson, Drawbridge Technologies, LLC
  • Michael Rozmus, Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Dick Shimp, Comsonics, Inc.
  • Robert Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology
  • Robin Sullenberger, Consultant
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU Department of Engineering


Lots of details for each candidate are posted online on the SVTC's election page:
Informational paragraphs for each candidate 


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Member News:  Leadership Positions Announced at JMU


Dr. Jerry Benson, James Madison University provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, announced April 11 several additions to the James Madison University's academic leadership team.

"It is important to have leadership throughout the university, but especially in the Academic Affairs division, that can be innovative visionaries and can facilitate the type of integrated, high-impact learning engagement we seek to achieve," Benson said.  "I am extremely happy to announce that we have successfully completed three major academic leadership searches this year and look forward to working with these three talented individuals."


Dr. Robert Kolvoord will immediately assume the position of dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.  Kolvoord has been serving as interim dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering since its founding.  Kolvoord has been a faculty member in Integrated Science and Technology since 1995 and in this capacity served as a faculty leader in the development of innovative interdisciplinary and integrated academic programs including the original ISAT program, the intelligence analysis program and the engineering program.  He holds a doctoral degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University.


Dr. Yvonne Harris will assume the role of vice provost for research and scholarship as of July 1, 2014.  She currently serves as the associate vice president for research administration at Chicago State University in Illinois. Harris' experience brings a unique blend of demonstrated effectiveness and innovation in the integration of research with teaching and service and the administration of research and compliance activities.  She holds a doctoral degree in biology, with emphases in molecular and cellular radiation biology, from Northern Illinois University.


Dr. Sharon Lovell will immediately assume the position of dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.  Lovell has served at JMU as the interim dean of the College of Integrated Science and Technology and then interim dean of the newly formed College of Health and Behavioral Studies for the past 6   years.  She holds a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University.


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April Open Source Staunton at LightCastle (Mondrian, Saiku)

Wednesday, April 23 at 6:00 PM

21 Middlebrook Ave, Staunton  


Matt Walters will be presenting on Mondrian , an open source Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) server known for its simplicity and speed and Saiku , a handy user interface that helps you visualize data.  Refreshments include pizza from Byers Street Bistro, and craft beer from Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company



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Madison Engineering xChange -- open to the public
Saturday April 26, JMU's ISAT/CS/HHS building starting at 10 am  

The annual event (formerly the Engineering Symposium) has been redesigned and now includes a full day of student presentations, posters, and prototypes from capstone and research projects.  

Mr. Zack Murter, JMU Inaugural Class of 2012, Performance Engineer at Volvo will be the  special guest and keynote speaker!

Stop by to learn about the research and projects our students are working on, talk to alumni, chat with faculty and staff. Also meet the new Engineering Department Head, Dr. Kurt Paterson .   


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