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August 5, 2011 newsletter - click headlines for quick navigation


Deadline for CIT's RFI is August 8th

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

SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FIRST Lego League: Call for SVTC Sponsored Teams


Deadline for Response to CIT's RFI is August 8th


If you are interested in receiving Commonwealth funding to support your Virginia-based research and commercialization, then the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) wants to hear from you!


The Commonwealth of Virginia appropriated $6 million for the FY2012 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). In order to gauge the level of interest in and understand the need for future state funding for Virginia-based research and commercialization, as well as assist in financing science and technology facilities used to commercialize research, CIT is issuing a Request for Information (RFI). The RFI is open to any individuals or groups from Virginia public and private institutions of higher education, the private sector, federal labs, other research institutes, and political subdivisions.
To learn more and to submit your RFI, please visit Individuals and organizations may submit multiple RFIs. If you have questions or comments, please contact
Responses are needed on or before Monday, August 8, 2011.
This RFI is independent of the FY2012 CRCF call for proposals. Program areas and qualified research and technologies for that solicitation will be defined in CRCF proposal guidelines and issued in early FY2012. More information on the CRCF can be found at . For more information contact:;
 (703) 689-3027.


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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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Bits & Grits

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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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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SVTC 2011-2012 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey


We have received some great suggestions for topics/ speakers ..... please keep them coming.


The SVTC Events and Programming Committee will meet shortly to plan for the upcoming year. Take a minute and give us a quick idea 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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