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SVTC Bits & Grits: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SVTC Luncheon: Electronic Medical Records, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Google+ for Business Workshop: December 5 or December 7, 2011

2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

FIRST Lego League Regional Competition Winners

Welcome Back Level III Member: JMU College of Business

Welcome Back Member: JMU Outreach & Engagement

Welcome Back Member: Frank Tamberrino

Governor McDonnell, Cisco CEO John Chambers and University Presidents Highlight New Technology Sharing Initiatives

H/R Chamber of Commerce Accepting Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year Nominations

Job Posting: IT Manager for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy


Bits & Grits

Tuesday, November 15, 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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SVTC Luncheon: Electronic Medical Records,  Thursday, November 17, 2011, 11:45am-1:15pm

The Wood Grill Buffet, Harrisonburg 

(Networking begins at 11:45am)


Speaker: Robert M. Underwood, MD, CPE, FAAEM, Chief Medical Information Officer, Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Underwood will discuss the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) from the doctor's point of view. This will include sharing of information among providers, tracking quality data, clinical decision support tools available to the provider. In addition, he'll discuss the various industry vendors for EMRs in both the hospital and clinic setting. He will also discuss EMR selection and implementation.

Dr. Underwood has been the Chief Medical Information Officer at Rockingham Memorial Hospital for three and a half years. He is also a practicing emergency physician, completing his residency at Wake Forest in 2001. He co-chairs the IT Task Force for the American College of Physician Executives and serves as a member of the Physician Advisory Group for Meditech, one of the largest healthcare IT vendors in the US. Dr. Underwood served in the Army and is graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Lunch is Dutch treat.  Membership not required.


Register for SVTC's November 17, 2011 Luncheon 

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Google+ for Business Workshop

Monday, December 5, 2011, 9:00-10:30am, or

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 1:00-2:30pm

National College, 1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg


Google has just announced the availability of Google+ to businesses.  This is a BIG deal!  Attend this workshop to consider how the features of this powerful new platform can help your business, and how they compare to those recently made available through Facebook.

Google+ may be better suited for a small business than Facebook. Its Circles Concept, Group Interaction, and Broadcast represent intriguing possibilities.

This Workshop will examine the features of Google+ and compare and contrast it with the new features of Facebook just introduced in response to Google's announcement.

Be among the first to consider using Google+ for your business needs.


2012 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast

December 13, 2011, 7:30-9:00am

Festival Conference & Student Center, JMU

Presented by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Research and Public Service, and the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out what the 2012 General Assembly will be discussing.  How do our legislators plan to improve our businesses' economic competitiveness, and ensure the quality of life we have come to expect? Get the insights and early prognostications at the premier Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley.

The following legislators have been invited to attend:

  • Senator Mark Obenshain
  • Senator Emmett Hanger
  • Delegate Steve Landes
  • Delegate Tony Wilt
  • Delegate Rob Bell
  • Delegate Todd Gilbert

FREE (including breakfast); however registration is required by December 8, 2011.



FIRST Lego League Regional Competition Winners


Join us in congratulating all the award winning teams from last weekend's FLL competition held atJMU's CISAT!


Pictured is Grayson Wood, a member of the Robotic Cupcake Crusaders from Grymes Memorial School, Checking Scores

Division I
Project Award, 1st Place: Crazy Pride Builders
Robot Design Award, 1st Place: Robotic Cupcake Crusaders
Core Values Award, 1st Place: Botcats
Robot Performance Award, 1st Place: Nanobots
Champion's Award, 1st Place: Nanobots


Division II
Project Award, 1st Place: Munch Bunch
Robot Design Award, 1st Place: MOO'Bsters
Core Values Award, 1st Place: I-Robotz
Robot Performance Award, 1st Place: J L Robotics Inc
Robot Performance Award, 2nd Place: Riverheads Robotics
Champion's Award, 1st Place: J L Robotics Inc
Champion's Award, 2nd Place: SPLAT


Don't forget the FLL state competition will take place in Harrisonburg on December 3rd & 4th at JMU's Memorial Hall (Sat) and Harrisonburg High School (Sun).  It's open to the public, so please come on out and help cheer on your favorite team.


The SVTC supports up to 3 new teams annually, and our members support the regional and then the state competition with their volunteer time. Learn more about these competitions at our SVTC FLL page.


Learn more about the non-profit organization called FIRST -and FLL in general visit:



JL Robotics Inc., Winners of Robot Performance Award & Champions Award, FLL Regionals 2011



Welcome Back Level III Member: JMU College of Business


Our sincere thanks to JMU's College of Business for their Level III membership renewal.  We appreciate their strong support of the SVTC.  A special thank you is extended to Rick Mathieu who is serving on the SVTC Board. 


The College of Business is committed to preparing students to be active and engaged citizens who are exceptionally well qualified leaders for success in a globally competitive marketplace. All undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. BusinessWeek magazine ranked JMU's College of Business in the top 5 percent for the past two years out of more than 1,200 undergraduate business schools in the nation.


The College of Business at JMU takes a different approach to learning than most business schools. We attempt to emulate the business world, where business disciplines such as accounting, marketing, and computer information systems are integrated. This synthesis prepares students to understand the interrelationships among business systems and gives them an advantage when entering the business job market. We embrace entrepreneurship and innovation. And our faculty use research and expertise in their fields to enhance classroom learning.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-3062.



Welcome Back Member: JMU Outreach & Engagement


Our thanks to JMU's Outreach & Engagement for renewing their membership with the SVTC.


Outreach and Engagement is part of the Division of Research and Public Service. Outreach and Engagement offers credit and non-credit programs as well as targeted one-time courses, certificate programs, and complete degree programs at a distance.


The mission of Outreach and Engagement is to extend the resources of JMU's campus by encouraging the creation and implementation of innovative educational opportunities. The office fosters partnerships while encouraging and engaging individuals and communities to reach and exceed their personal and professional goals. Outreach and Engagement works with faculty, academic units, students and community organizations to design, market and deliver a wide array of courses.


Outreach and Engagement also oversees the enrollment of non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students are individuals who enroll in offered credit courses but do not seek a degree.


For more information visit or call (540) 568-4253.



Welcome Back Member:  Frank Tamberrino


Our thanks to Frank for his renewed membership.


Frank Tamberrino was named President of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in December 2009. He has over 27 years experience in economic development and Chamber management in Florida and Tennessee before returning to Virginia.


Frank earned a B.A. in Urban Affairs and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He has served on regional and statewide economic development boards, regional planning and workforce development boards and helped create one of the first regional technology councils in Florida in the late 1990s.



Governor McDonnell, Cisco CEO John Chambers and University Presidents Highlight New Technology Sharing Initiatives

- 4-VA Public-Private Partnership Supports Top Jobs Act's Goals of Awarding 100,000 Additional College Degrees and Greater Efficiency in Delivery of Higher Education -


This is an excerpt from a press release; for full release visit


FAIRFAX [November 3, 2011] - Today Governor Bob McDonnell joined John T. Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer of Cisco and university presidents Alan Merten (George Mason University); Linwood Rose (James Madison University); Charles Steger (Virginia Tech) and Teresa Sullivan (University of Virginia) via Cisco TelePresence to discuss the progress of the 4-VA initiative and the pilot projects for instructional and resource sharing among Virginia's higher education institutions.

4-VA is a consortium of four Virginia universities formed to launch a pilot program using Cisco TelePresence, an immersive video technology, to establish a shared infrastructure that is designed to eventually be offered to all Virginia higher education institutions in order to improve the quality and affordability of, and access to, higher education.


Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Education Laura Fornash, who moderated the live demonstration, participated from George Mason University along with President Merten. John Chambers appeared from Cisco's headquarters in San Jose, CA, while presidents Rose, Steger, and Sullivan participated from their respective campuses' newly installed Cisco TelePresence facilities.


The four university presidents formed 4-VA in response to Governor McDonnell's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment which called for the reforms outlined in landmark legislation passed in 2011 "Preparing for the Top Jobs of the 21st Century: The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011."


The Top Jobs Act will increase access and affordability of higher education in the Commonwealth, creating a pathway towards awarding 100,000 more degrees over the next 15 years and will bring more innovation and accountability and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concentration to Virginia's colleges and universities. The Act provides for sustained reform-based investment and innovation in delivery of higher education services, as well as extending college degree opportunities to more citizens in creative, cost-effective ways. Institutions' six-year plans will address strategies and use of incentives for, among other initiatives, technology-enhanced instruction and resource-sharing across the higher education system.


.....continued, including announcement of  first course offerings via Cisco TelePresence & other priorty

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"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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H/R Chamber of Commerce Accepting Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year Nominations

Nominations for the Business Person of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year are due by November 15, 2011. 


To submit a nominate please select the correct form below and return to the Chamber either via email, fax or in person.


- The Business Person of the Year award is given to one who has demonstrated exceptional personal and professional leadership within the business or non-profit community. This person has grown their company and given back to their community.


- An entrepreneur is defined as someone who has taken risks in business - started a new venture; expanded into a new area; taken on a difficult project; someone whose thinking is "outside the box"; an astute businessperson with a vision for the future.

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Job Posting: IT Manager for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy is seeking qualified candidates for the position of an IT Manager.  The Batten School is the newest school at the University of Virginia in more than half a century and the School has experienced rapid growth since its founding in 2007. The IT Manager will plan and execute the strategic and operational management of the Batten School's information and technology needs, including the implementation and integration of system and technology initiatives necessary to achieve organizational goals.


This position entails both administrative and operational responsibilities. Administrative responsibilities include: effective leadership, developing and documenting plans, policy, standards, procedures and checklists; managing technology assets; assists in the development of the Information Technology (IT) budget; network management and operations; assessing, designing and providing system and technology training; analyzing requirements and developing functional design specifications; and, recommending and implementing system and technology solutions and improvements. Operational responsibilities include: providing system and technical support to users; assisting users to maximize technology; troubleshooting systems and technology; multitasking and automating organizational tasks. 


The successful candidate must have excellent customer service skills, be a high performing team player, and possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. This position will report directly to the Director of Administrative Affairs.


To express interest in this opportunity please apply online at

Contact Lara Jacobsen, Director of Administrative Affairs, at with any questions.


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