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SVTC Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey...There's Still Time to Participate!

SVTC Bits & Grits: August 21, 2012

2012 Governor's Technology Awards: Call for Nominations

CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for Nominations

Welcome Back Member: Brown Edwards & Company LLP

Welcome Back Member: SRI International

Governor's K-12 Education Reform Summit: August 15-17, 2012

Online Master of Education Program at JMU

SVTC 2012-2013 Luncheon Topic & Speaker Suggestion Survey

The SVTC Events and Programming Committee will be meeting shortly to make plans for the upcoming year ... there's still time to submit your topic suggestions for their consideration.


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.



Bits & Grits

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:00am


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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2012 Governor's Technology Awards:  Call for Nominations

Entries now are requested for the prestigious Governor's Technology Awards program.  Awards in ten categories will be presented to honorees on behalf of the Governor at a special ceremony During COVITS (September 6-7, 2012).

For 15 years, the prestigious Governor's Technology Awards (GTA) program has recognized the success of public sector information technology (IT) projects which have improved government service delivery and efficiency. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon officially invite entries to the 2012 awards program in recognition of this important work.

Entries by Virginia public bodies should be submitted by August 2, 2012. Nominations will be evaluated by a committee of judges including IT leaders from state agencies, localities, the legislature, courts and education. Executive summaries of winning entries will be posted online to provide inspiration and best practice examples to peers and partners.

The 2012 Governor's Technology Awards categories are: 

  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration on IT Initiatives
  • IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Citizen

        IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Business

        IT as Efficiency Driver - Government to Government

        Innovative Use of Technology in Economic Development

        Innovative Use of Technology in Local Government

        Innovative Use of Technology in Education

        Innovative Commercialization of Technology Research

        Innovative Application of Modeling and Simulation Techniques

  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration on Modeling and Simulation Initiatives 

For full descriptions of the award categories and information on making a nomination visit  

Deadline and Submission: All entries must be received via the online submission form by August 2, 2012. Hard copies of materials are not accepted. 


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CIT GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards: Call for Nominations to Recognize Most Ground Breaking Entrepreneurs

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) has announced the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards, a new statewide entrepreneur award program, designed to identify and celebrate Virginia's next generation entrepreneurs in the areas of life sciences, technology and energy.

They are seeking nominations from all corners of the Commonwealth, CIT wants to honor innovative business entrepreneurs creating high-growth companies.

Nominating criteria includes: 

  • Individuals who are most likely to found a high-growth tech, life science or energy venture in the next 5 years

        Individuals both with or without current involvement in a start-up

        Individuals with strong ties to Virginia (but not required to be Virginia residents)

        Individuals must exhibit substantive involvement in Virginia's technology or entrepreneurial ecosystem

        In order to qualify for final voting individuals must be nominated by 3 people

  • CIT Board members and employees are not eligible  

CIT GAP Funds is the driving force behind the entrepreneur awards. They provide seed-stage equity investments in Virginia's top life science, technology and energy enterprises, propelling economic development and bolstering innovation statewide. Please see for more information.  

Nominations for the GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards can be submitted through the website

Final GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be determined through a peer voting process. CIT will send an electronic ballot to nominees to vote. The final 2012 GAP 50 Entrepreneur Awards recipients will be honored at an award banquet in McLean, Va. on October 18th. 

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Welcome Back Member: Brown Edwards & Company LLP


Our thanks to Brown Edwards & Company for their membership renewal.  Welcome back!


Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P is a regional accounting firm whose creation dates back to the 1920's. During 2008, the Harrisonburg based firm of S.B. Hoover & Company merged with Brown Edwards. Today the firm has offices located in Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Bristol, Christiansburg, and Lynchburg, Virginia and in Bluefield and Charleston, West Virginia.


The size and diversity of our practice allow us to have functional specialists in accounting and assurance services, tax, and management advisory services who are readily available to support your client team. We take pride in giving you the assurance that the personal assistance you receive comes from years of advanced training, technical experience and financial acumen.


The growth of our firm is directly attributable to our fulfillment of an unyielding commitment to excellence in every aspect of our professional activity - a commitment that has earned us a reputation for quality service at reasonable costs.


For more information visit or call (540) 434-6736.



Welcome Back Member: SRI International


Our thanks to SRI for their membership renewal.  A special thank you goes to Ian Ray for his service on the SVTC Board.  


SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for more than 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations in areas such as information technology, engineering, pharmaceuticals, physical sciences, and public policy. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates spin-off companies.


SRI's Shenandoah Valley facility in Harrisonburg, Virginia features SRI's Center for Advanced Drug Research, which will advance the state-of-the-art in drug research to improve the productivity of the pharmaceutical industry, help our nation respond to biothreats, and develop life-saving treatments for neglected and orphan diseases. SRI plans to add other high-technology programs in areas such as homeland security, engineering, nanotechnology, energy, information technology, and education at this new site.


For more information visit or call (540) 438-6600.



Governor's K-12 Education Reform Summit

Investing in Students Today, Creating the Workforce of Tomorrow

August 15-17, 2012
Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 North Third St., Richmond, VA


Among many topics, this Summit will feature experts and key leaders in the areas of teacher quality, strategies for successful classrooms, school choice and workforce development. The Summit will host more than 500 educators, policymakers, elected officials and thought leaders from the education and business community.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Bill Bosher, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Education and the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Policy Institute
  • Barry DuVal, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce
  • Eugene Hickok, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education
  • Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City Schools 
  • Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • Dave Myslinski, State Director at Digital Learning Now!
  • Susan Patrick, President and Chief Executive Office of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
  • Dr. Tom Shields, Director of The Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Richmond
  • President Charles Steger, Virginia Tech
  • Kate Walsh, President and Chief Executive Office of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
  • Russ Williams, Executive Director of Appletree Early Learning PCS
  • Governor Bob Wise, former Governor of West Virginia
  • Brett Vassey, President and Chief Executive Office of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA)

The early-bird rate has been extended through Friday, July 27th.  Click here for full information and to register.

"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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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


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


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



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