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August 12, 2011 newsletter - click headlines for quick navigation


SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Informal Lunch Meeting in Harrisonburg to Talk about Social Media: August 16, 2011

Remember to Share your Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestions With Us

Welcome Back Member: JMU School of Engineering

Welcome Back Member: JMU's Information Technology Department

FIRST Lego League: Call for SVTC Sponsored Teams

Member News: Alex Phillips Elected to BOD of WISPA

Job Posting: Enterprise IT Consultant, E-N Computers

Job Posting: Marketing Manager, Virginia Panel Corporation


Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 8:00am

Mrs. Rowe's, Staunton


Our regularly scheduled breakfast event is held on the third Tuesday of every month. See you there! Reservations or membership not required.


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Informal Lunch Meeting on Social Media, August 16, 2011, 12:00 noon

Dave's Taverna, Harrisonburg 


A group of local business people are meeting informally on a monthly basis to discuss social media for business. If you would like to join them, they will be meeting at noon on August 16th at Dave's Taverna in Harrisonburg.


Contact with questions.


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SVTC 2011-2012 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey


Our Events and Programming Committee will be meeting next week to plan for the upcoming year. 


Take a minute to share your speaker & topic suggestions with us on our super short form. Your input is important to this process - the tech council is only as good as the sum of its parts.


Very brief and painless form:
SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey.


Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if  you wonder what speakers and luncheons we hosted in the past, check this out:
history of SVTC luncheons and special events (pdf) .


Our thanks in advance for your participation.


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Welcome Back Member: JMU School of Engineering


Our sincere thanks to JMU's School of Engeering for their membership renewal.


At JMU's School of Engineering students experience a broad, interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum on their way to receiving a BS in Engineering. Rather than splitting into separate departments that address sub-disciplines of engineering, we offer a single, integrated, engineering degree that focuses on sustainability, design, and systems analysis in order to produce \engineering versatilists\ who can address the wide range of ever-changing engineering challenges of the 21st century.


Graduates will be prepared to succeed in the engineering workforce or pursue an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a wide range of engineering disciplines or in other professional fields (e.g. law or business).  Our inaugural class graduates in May 2012.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-8110.


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Welcome Back Member: JMU's Information Technology Department


Our sincere thanks to JMU's Information Technology Department for their membership renewal.


Information Technology at James Madison University is an essential element of academic life, enabling study, research and personal communication.


As a means to excellence in achieving its education, research and service missions, the University provides and supports computing and electronic communication services for all its students, faculty and staff. The department is headed by AVP Dale Hulvey.


For more information visit  or call (540) 568-7063.


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FIRST Lego League ... Call for SVTC Sponsored Teams


The Shenandoah Valley's FLL regional competition is scheduled for November 5, 2011 at JMU's CISAT, and we are happy to announce that that the SVTC will again be sponsoring up to three teams!


Now is the time for teams to apply for SVTC sponsorship and start a new team. Team members can come from anywhere - the neighborhood kids, a school, .. you get them and a coach/mentor together and we'll fund them (first come, first served).

What do we give? There are start-up costs for each team (equipment and registration) and we reimburse approximately half of the cost (up to $365).

If you are interested in an application for a start-up team, please visit the
FLL page on our website to learn more and to complete the application form.

Contact Nicky  if you would like more information.

What is FLL? The FIRST LEGO League (FLL), considered the "little league" of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.

With the help of LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

While we give 3 grants a year in support of new teams, the competition is put together by Dr. Ralph Grove at JMU's CISAT and he coordinates the teams as the tournament director. For more information you may contact him at

or call (540) 568-6228.


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Member News:  Alex Phillips Elected to BOD of WISPA


[August 2011]  Alex Phillips, CEO of High Speed Link of Harrisonburg Virginia, has recently been elected to the Board of Directors to the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA).


High Speed Link is a wireless Internet service provider/(WISP) serving four counties in the Shenandoah valley. WISPA is a national industry organization which works to promote the development, advancement and unification of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry.


Mr. Phillips serves on WISPA's FCC, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and Legislative Committees where he works directly with law makers as well as several Federal agencies to help shape rules to allow for more broadband Internet options in the US.


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Job Posting: Enterprise IT Consultant, E-N Computers

As an Enterprise Consultant you'll be one of our most capable experts, working with clients to solve their business challenges through the use of technology across the entire organization. Technology used in solutions includes server operating systems, virtualization platforms, wide area networking, centrally managed security tools, and disaster recovery tools. Enterprise Consultant's deliver reporting to client managers or executives, present business cases, develop solutions in coordination, and provide direct client relationship management.

Preferred Education:  Associates degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Technology, related field of study or equivalent work experience


Required Technical Skills: 

  • Virtualized Server Cluster, VMWare Server groups with attached SAN
  • Expert server support skills and understanding of Windows 2003 and 2008, Active Directory, and DNS
  • Advanced knowledge of Exchange, SQL and other Microsoft core network systems
  • Networking, Internet connection issues, as well as the ability to configure and secure Cisco network devices such as routers, access points, and managed switches with VLANs
  • Cisco based Wide Area Network and VPN design, configuration and connectivity troubleshooting
  • Centrally managed security software such as filtering firewalls, antivirus, antispam, antispyware and other security related technologies
  • Backup systems


For more information and details click here for the job posting.


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Job Posting: Virginia Panel Corporation, Marketing Manager (Waynesboro)


The ideal candidate will have:  

  • A bachelor's degree in marketing, business, or engineering
  • An upbeat personality & enjoys working with others in a team environment
  • Project management, & highly competent writing & analytic skills
  • Well versed skills in technology, including knowledge of word processing programs, internet, & customer/sales database tracking programs

Background Preferences:   

  • Technical or Engineering background preferred
  • Masters or MBA a plus
  • 2 years experience in technical sales and familiarity with diverse sales channels (i.e.:  distributors, representatives, value added remarketers, and internet sales) preferred

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Strategic Marketing 
  • Marketing Communications 
  • Marketing Operations 
  • Internet Marketing 

For full description and to apply visit VPC's Career Page.



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