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SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting: Cloud Services for Today and Preparing for the Cloud Services of the Future ... May 24, 2012

SVTC Members Only Event - An Inside Look at SRI: May 30, 2012

SVTC Bits & Grits: June 19, 2012

2012 State Wind Energy Symposium: June 20-June 22, 2012...See Updates

Online Master of Education Program at JMU

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU: June 1-3, 2012

Member News: CIT Announces Host Committee for NOVA EDU Startup Weekend

Members: Electronic Voting for SVTC Class II Board of Directors Concluded...In-Person Voting Available May 24th


SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting: Cloud Services for Today and preparing for the Cloud Services of the Future

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker:  Kevin Walsh, Lumos Networks.  There's a buzz about Cloud Services - come and learn about what you can do today, and what you can do to better prepare your business for Cloud Services of the future.  Kevin Walsh, an SVTC Board Member, is a Product Manager at Lumos Networks, specializing in Business focused data and IP voice services.


Networking begins at 11:45am.  Lunch is Dutch treat.  All are welcome....membership not required. Reservations encouraged.


Register for SVTC Luncheon & Annual Meeting on May 24, 2012.


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Inside Look: SVTC members-only at SRI

Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm

140 Research Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802


[SVTC membership and event pre-registration required; first come, first serve. LIMITED SPACE: 50 ATTENDEES ONLY.]

SRI International is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Their new Shenandoah Valley facility in Harrisonburg opened in 2009 and they are the cornerstone of the  Rockingham Center for Research and Technology. 

Their facility 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.
During this SVTC members-only visit we will be treated to a tour of their new laboratories and learn what's new and exciting at SRI.
Light refreshments, beer & wine will be served.


Bits & Grits

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 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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2012 State Wind Energy Symposium
June 20 - June 22, 2012
East Campus of James Madison University


Update as of May 15th:  We have now locked in the majority of our speakers! Check out the recently updated schedule:

We are also happy to announce that Kris Ohleth will be our keynote speaker on Friday, June 22! Kris is the Director of Permitting for the Atlantic Wind Connection backbone transmission project. To read more please visit the symposium page at:

Be sure to check out our exhibitors and sponsors! There's still plenty of room for exhibitors and we are happy to continue to accept sponsorship. 


The goal of the symposium is to inform stakeholders and other interested parties about the progress that wind power made in the region over the past few years and opportunities for the future.  The Symposium will address timely issues pertaining to wind power development in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, through a series of workshops and panel discussions. 


This year the Symposium will be held June 20-22, 2012 on the East Campus of James Madison University.  We will be featuring:

  • Tours of our new Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
  • More exhibitors
  • A full 1.5 days of concurrent tracks and panel discussions
  • More time for Q&A in each panel discussion
  • A wind farm tour on the 22nd (limited availability) (TBD)

Visit for full information and to register


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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 3 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.



NOVA EDU Startup Weekend - Big Data Meets EDU

June 1-3, 2012

Microsoft, Reston VA

Sponsored by Apps4VA.


Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.


Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

For more information and to register visit:



Member News:  CIT Announces Host Committee for NOVA EDU Startup Weekend

Committee includes tech, university and government leaders to organize, promote event and coach attendees.

May 16, 2012 (HERNDON, Va.) - The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today the host committee for its NOVA EDU Startup Weekend event to be held at the Microsoft office in Reston, June 1-3.  The following list includes community leaders in the regional technology startup ecosystem:

  • Jonathan Aberman, Amplifier Ventures & Startup VA
  • Tony Bray, JustDevIt
  • Evan Burfield, Synteractive, Startup DC& National Piggy Bank
  • John Casey, George Mason
  • Mark Drapeau, Microsoft
  • Pete Erickson, MODEV
  • Allen Gannet, Acceleprise & EmployInsight
  • Ben Hatten, EverFi & HackEDU
  • Kendrick Jackson, InTheCapital
  • Ashish Jaiman, Microsoft
  • Derrick Maggard, Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
  • Michael Mayernick, Spinnakr
  • Zack Miller, We Are Titans, Start Norfolk & Hatch Accelerator
  • Tony Moura, & Sr. UX Architect
  • Minh Nguyen, Syllabuster
  • Todd Nuckols, Start RVA
  • Jennifer O'Daniel, CIT GAP Funds
  • Jonathon Perrelli, & the Fort
  • Paul Singh, 500 Startups
  • Elizabeth Terrell, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Lisa Throckmorton, SpeakerBox Communications
  • Tien Wong, Lore Systems & Opus8
  • Adam Zuckerman, & Discovery

The host committee will assist in building awareness around the event, and most members will act as startup coaches throughout the weekend.

NOVA EDU Startup Weekend is the kick-off event for the Apps4VA competition announced last month by CIT and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  It will bring together teachers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and others to generate ideas, applications, and even start a business to improve the use of K-12 education data.  It is the first Startup Weekend to focus exclusively on K-12 education data.

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events launched by the Kauffman Foundation to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Over 45,000 entrepreneurs and 5,000 teams have participated in 468 Startup Weekends, with 190 more planned.

The Apps4VA program stems from a federal grant to create a Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) to provide educators and policymakers aggregated data on Virginia public school students' progress toward college and career readiness. The Apps4VA program will encourage the development of new and innovative apps to improve education using VLDS data. For more information on NOVA EDU Startup Weekend and to register, go to To learn more about the Apps4VA program, please visit

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- Mary Sullivan, Training 

  Coordinator, Blue Ridge

  Community College, SV 

  Small Business Development



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 - Chip Harvill, VP Marketing
   Cadence, Inc.


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Members:  Election of SVTC Class II Board of Directors

SVTC members:  Thanks to all voted elecronically - the online voting portion of our annual election concluded this morning at 9 am and all links expired. In case  you did vote or would prefer to vote in person, please attend the May 24, 2012 Luncheon & Annual Meeting, 11:45am at the Wood Grill in Harrisonburg. 

The candidates in our election this year, in class II, are: 

There are 11 slots and 11 candidates. The bios of the candidates are available on our website on our SVTC Board Elections page.

The slate is as follows: 

  • Dr. Kim Blosser, BRCC, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Technology*
  • Ben Cash, BlueKey, Inc.*
  • Sarah Cheverton, JMU, Center for Instructional Technology*
  • Mike Goertzen, Serco, Inc.
  • Allon Lefever, Lefever Associates*
  • Daniel Martin, PBGH, LLP*
  • Kurt Plowman, City of Staunton*
  • Mike Rozmus, Rockingham Memorial Hospital
  • Bob Stolle, Center for Innovative Technology*
  • Robin Sullenberger, Shenandoah Valley Partnership*
  • Dr. Heather Watson, JMU, School of Engineering*

* Returning Board Member

If you have any questions, please contact Nicky at

Thanks in advance for your active participation!
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