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SVTC Bits & Grits: July 17, 2012

Welcome Back Level III Member: ComSonics

Welcome Back Member: Wildlife Center of Virginia

Online Master of Education Program at JMU

Member News: CIT Announces 2nd Round Awards of the FY2012 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund

Your 2 cents worth: SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 8:00am


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Welcome Back Level III Member: ComSonics


Our sincere thanks to ComSonics for their Level III membership renewal.  We appreciate their strong support of the SVTC.


ComSonics is an electronic telecommunications firm headquartered locally in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The company was incorporated in 1972 and today is 100% owned by its 235 employees through an ESOP.


ComSonics is involved in three distinct business units - Repair Services, Manufactured Products, and Electronic Manufacturing Services. As a leader in high quality CATV repair services and the largest provider in the United States, ComSonics presently offers nationwide coverage from three strategically located facilities in Harrisonburg, VA; Indianapolis, IN; and Sacramento, CA, and services Distribution, Headend, Test, Power Supply and Fiber Optic equipment. The company also has a related Mobile Calibration business that provides on-site calibration labs at the customer's location for checking performance on all types of test instruments. In addition to offering CATV repair services, ComSonics began manufacturing CATV Test & Measurement instruments in 1975.  ComSonics first major product, the Sniffer, has since been followed by a full line of RF detection products and today is the de facto standard for leakage detection in the industry.


After many successful years of manufacturing their own products, ComSonics began offering its manufacturing services to other organizations by diversifying into contract manufacturing. In 2001, a new wholly owned subsidiary of ComSonics became incorporated as CEMSI - ComSonics Electronic Manufacturing Services Incorporated. CEMSI later relocated to a new state of the art facility in Weyers Cave, Virginia in December of 2003.


For more information visit or call (540) 434-5965.



Welcome Back Member: Wildlife Center of Virginia


Please join us in thanking the Wildlife Center of Virginia for their membership renewal.


The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one of the world's leading teaching and research hospitals for wildlife and conservation medicine. The Center uses an impressive array of technology to provide state-of-the art veterinary care to injured wildlife, professional training to veterinary and conservation professionals from 32 countries, and environmental education to the public, all in pursuit of its mission, "teaching the world to care about and care for wildlife and the environment."


for more information visit: or call (540) 942-9453.


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Online Master of Education Program at JMU

James Madison University offers an online Master of Education (M. Ed.) degree with a concentration in Educational Technology, and three related certificate programs that may be of interest to SVTC members.  In each program, learners explore and research emerging technologies and their effective integration into a variety of professional settings, including both K-12 and business areas.


The Master of Education program with a concentration in Educational Technology is appropriate for individuals who hope to earn a graduate degree in this field. Successful candidates will complete 36 credit hours, a qualifying exam, a portfolio and an applied research project that meets or exceeds professional and program standards. The program may be completed in five semesters to six years' time, depending upon student pacing. For more information about the JMU Educational Technology Masters program, visit the program website at


Related certificate programs are offered in the following areas: eLearning, Educational Technology, and Educational Technology Leadership. Certificates are appropriate for individuals who seek credentials without the completion of an entire Masters degree, although earned certificate credits may be applied to the Educational Technology Masters program. Successful certificate students will complete 12 to 16 credits in a specified area. For more information, visit at to learn more about the certificate programs offered.


Contact: Dr. Michele Estes, Interim Director, Educational Technology Masters Degree Program and Coordinator, Educational Media Minor Program; and 540-568-4311.



Member News: CIT Announces 2nd Round Awards of the FY2012 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund

Awards leverage private investment match to spark innovation, company formation in the Commonwealth


July 11, 2012 (Herndon, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) today announced 22 awards totaling $3.1 million for the second round of the FY2012 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF). The awards were made to 20 organizations from academia, the research community and industry across Virginia for the purpose of funding targeted areas of research with commercial promise aligned with the Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap.

The second round of the CRCF solicitation brought in 90 eligible proposals, totaling nearly $14.6 million, and spanning a spectrum of industries identified in the Roadmap as priority areas for Commonwealth investment. Awarded projects represent the areas of advanced manufacturing, aerospace, communications, cyber security, energy, environment, information technology, life sciences and modeling and simulation.

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, "This second round of awards only reinforces what we are seeing in the marketplace: innovation is strong in Virginia, and investing in these ideas will help the Commonwealth strengthen its economic base in an increasingly competitive global economy."


[ Due to space restriction, please click this link to see a list of the CRCF proposals that will be awarded:



"CIT was delighted to receive nearly 100 eligible proposals this round. The proposals that were awarded continue to support goals and industry opportunities identified in the Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap and were reviewed using the multi-step assessment process developed in the fall," said Nancy Vorona, CIT VP Research Investment.


The multi-step process consisted of four layers of review beginning with CIT for guideline compliance. Acceptable submissions were then subject to an external review by subject matter experts from industry, academia and government. Those proposals advancing from the expert review were ranked and selected by the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC). The RTIAC made recommendations to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA), which approved the final awards.


Award recipients will be contacted over the next two weeks to review award terms and conditions. CIT staff will be available to discuss the selection process beginning July 18, 2012.  


CIT will publish information on the next CRCF solicitation as it becomes available through distribution resources including webinars, newsletters, press releases, Federal Funding Assistance Program (FFAP) events and on the CIT website at:

About the CRCF and R&T Roadmap
The Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia and to encourage collaboration among its institutions of higher education and partnerships between these colleges and universities, and business and industry.


The Commonwealth Research and Technology (R&T) Strategic Roadmap is a comprehensive planning tool the Commonwealth uses to identify research areas worthy of economic development and institutional focus. It provides elected and other officials with priorities in key industry sectors that have commercial promise and that are eligible for new CRCF awards.


In FY2012, the General Assembly approved $6 million for the CRCF; five programs were eligible for funding in FY2012: Commercialization, Facility Enhancement Loans, Eminent Researcher Recruitment and Matching Funds.


The reforms and funding were part of the McDonnell Administration's economic development package and spearheaded in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session by Delegates Scott Lingamfelter and Joe May, and Senators Mark Herring and Stephen Newman. Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) and other technology councils, the Virginia Biotechnology Association (VABio) and universities and colleges were instrumental in the passage of new legislation and funding, as well as the development of the Roadmap.


As part of the CRCF funding package, the General Assembly created the Research and Technology Investment Advisory Committee (RTIAC), comprised of university, industry and economic development experts, to review applications and make award recommendations to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA).



"As a technology user and training coordinator, I find the SVTC luncheons a great source of information and networking.  I have developed contracts with businesses and trainers as a result of conversations at the meetings.  SVTC helps me to serve the needs of my customers and clients."

- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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"SVTC membership has been an invaluable asset to Cadence over the years.  As a growing company in this area, our ability to leverage the many available networking activities continues to be an integral part of our on-going success.  Cadence has also benefited from recognition by the SVTC as the High Tech Company at the annual Tech Nite awards event." 


 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

The SVTC Events and Programming Committee meets over the summer to plan for the upcoming year and there's still time to submit your topic suggestions for their consideration.


The committee would like to hear from you ... what topics, speakers, locations would you like to hear about or visit in 2012-2013. What are the trends? What makes a techie's heart skip a beat? What could we schedule for the tech user? What does a non-techie want to hear about? Remember, we are "techies and non-techies"-- technology users & creators!

Submit your suggestions using this very brief and painless form:
SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Survey


FYI - Our online calendar does not list past events (only future events) - if  you wonder what speakers and luncheons we have 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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