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The BDPA Insider - January 9, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, January 9, 2011

The BDPA Insider - January 9, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!


In this issue:

BDPA stresses access at national conference

Call for Presenters: BDPA Webinars

Greetings BDPA Chicago Chapter Family!

BDPA Legacy: Marvin Walker (Chicago Chapter Founder)

Where Are They Now? BDPA Chicago Chapter SITES History (1989-2008)

BDPA Cincinnati High School Computer Camp (2011)

Where Are They Now? BDPA Cleveland Chapter Presidents

Message from Columbus Chapter President

Message from Columbus Chapter Past President

Message from New Jersey Chapter President

Flyer: BDPA Detroit HSCC Computer Camp (2011)

Google Releases a Preview of its Honeycomb Android 3.0 Tablet Operating System

Newman Networks News January 6th, 2010

Registration now open for the Microsoft blink Web Design Competition

IT Profession: Peril or Opportunity for African Americans?

Will there be a jobless recovery for IT in 2011?

2011 tech priorities: Are you ready to shake things up?

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open


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BDPA stresses access at national conference

By Kate Colborn, Editor in Chief

Diversity/Careers Magazine

National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) returned to its Philadelphia roots in late July for its thirty-second annual national conference. The society was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1975, and had its first national conference in 1979 in Washington, DC. This is the sixth conference since then held in Philadelphia, the "city of brotherly love and sisterly affection," which also offers convenient access to eastern U.S. IT venues.

"Access for all" was the theme of this year's event. "The founders of BDPA wanted to provide African Americans access to a community where they can grow in the field of technology," says Yvette Graham, National BDPA president. "Access was and continues to be the direction of National BDPA for everyone, no matter how old or how young!"

Click here for more:

http://www.diversitycareers.com/articles/pro/10-octnov/soc_news_bdpa.htm


Call for Presenters: BDPA Webinars

Your career is enhanced when you are able to show your skills. One way to show your skills is to be a presenter at a workshop. These opportunities are available on a monthly basis at the program meetings hosted by local BDPA chapters around the nation. These opportunities are also available at the annual BDPA Technology Conference.

And now ... these opportunities are also available twice per quarter in the BDPA Webinar Series. National BDPA isseeking presenters for webinarsthat will be conducted via the Internet and conference call. I hope that our BETF-Blog readers will take a close look at this'Call for Presenters'.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/call-for-presenters-bdpa-webinars.html


Greetings BDPA Chicago Chapter Family!

Best wishes to each of you and your families for an abundance of blessings and joy! As I reflect on our journey together, I realize that BDPA has been and remains a great source of support, opportunity and empowerment for so many of us. I am especially proud to stand with you in service at a time when our community needs the BDPA Chicago Chapter most. Corporations are beginning to hire and there is a need to locate top IT talent! There is so much work to be done, and as a volunteer organization, we look to our dedicated members, supporters and friends to help us not only continue our endeavors, but to exceed our goals.

Click here for more:

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/greetings-bdpa-chicago-chapter-family.html


BDPA Legacy: Marvin Walker (Chicago Chapter Founder)

BDPA Chicago chapter, founded in 1986, is the largest chapter in the nation.In fact, the chapter is one of themost honoredin our history.

Did you ever wonder what was in the mind of those visionary brothers and sisters that dream of creating an organization like BDPA that advances the careers of African Americans in the IT industry from the classroom to the boardroom?


We have a chance to hear directly from one of those visionaries.Marvin Walkeris the founder and first president of BDPA Chicago chapter. He was kind enough to share thoughts he wrote down in 2006 when his chapter was celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Take a moment to enjoy words of wisdom from Marvin Walker.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2008/01/bdpa-legacy-marvin-walker.html


Where Are They Now? BDPA Chicago Chapter SITES History (1989-2008)

We have a strong commitment on theBDPA Foundationto find the money to grow theStudent IT Education & Scholarship (SITES) programaround the nation.The odds increase as we develop a strong history of success in our efforts to impact on the lives of young people.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2009/01/where-are-they-now-bdpa-chicago-chapter.html


BDPA Cincinnati High School Computer Camp (2011)


BDPA Cincinnati chapteris recruiting 8th-12th grade students for itsannual Computer Camp.The orientation takes place on January 22. The first session of the camp takes place at Cincinnati State on Saturday, January 29.The chapter hopes to have at least 24 students in the computer camp this year.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/bdpa-cincinnati-high-school-computer.html


Where Are They Now? BDPA Cleveland Chapter Presidents

BDPA Cleveland chapterwas founded in November 1980. The idea of BDPA was brought to Cleveland byNorman Mays. Norman served as president of theBDPA Washington DC chapterwhen he moved to Cleveland in 1980. He found like-minded people in Cleveland who wanted an organization that would help advance the careers of African Americans in the information technology industry.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/where-are-they-now-bdpa-cleveland.html


Message from Columbus Chapter President

Deborah E. Smedley, MIS
Chapter President, BDPA Columbus

Greetings BDPA Members,

BDPA is off to a new year and new beginnings as I step into the role of President for the next 2 years. I am excited and honored to lead the Columbus Chapterto higher heights, new initiatives and re-investment strategies into the BDPA members and community. I am committed to enhancing the BDPA brand and establishing a greater footprint in the community.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/message-from-past-columbus-chapter_04.html


Message from New Jersey Chapter President

Greetings and Happy New Year!

Goldie Bonney

2010 was yet another successful year forBDPA New Jersey Chapter. We continued in the tradition of providing great programs and events for our corporate sponsors and members. We had a great showing of over 300 participants for our Families in Technology Day (FIT) event (where we provided various workshops for participants and ended the day by raffling off over 100 refurbished laptops to students) and our Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet proved to be a great fundraiser for us as well as an amazing evening of celebration. One of our biggest accomplishments was gaining our 501c3 status thanks to our Immediate Past PresidentCoram Rimes!

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/message-from-new-jersey-chapter.html


Message from Columbus Chapter Past President

Reggie Hillery

Happy New Year from theBDPA Columbus Chapter

We have finally reached the end of the year. This is a special time of year where we reflect on the highs and lows. It's also the time of the year where we start to reflect on the upcoming year. On that note, I'm excited because BDPA Columbus is about to move to new heights as a chapter. We are about to welcome a new era of leadership.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/message-from-past-columbus-chapter.html


Flyer: BDPA Detroit HSCC Computer Camp (2011)

BDPA Detroit chapteris a traditional powerhouse in the annual national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships. One reason for their success is the comprehensive computer camp that they host each year.BDPA Detroit chapter is now recruiting students in grades 8-12 to participate in their 2011 High School Computer Camp. Here is aflyer with the details.

The chapter seeks to fully fund theBDPA Detroit HSCC Scholarship Fundas well.Please share this information with any of your colleagues who live in the metro Detroit area!

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/01/flyer-bdpa-detroit-hscc-computer-camp.html


Heartland Community College, (Javelin Lawrence)

Javelin Lawrence

IT Showcase for Local HS Students Jan. 29. The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Central Illinois Chapter is looking for area high school competitors as it prepares to sponsor an information technology showcase Saturday, January 29 at Heartland Community College's Workforce Development Center, located at 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal. Students and community members are welcome to attend this free event.

Click here for more:

http://bdpa-news.blogspot.com/2011/01/heartland-community-college-192011.html


Google Releases a Preview of its Honeycomb Android 3.0 Tablet Operating System

by Julius Clark, Clark Thought Leadership Blog



Yesterday Google Released a Preview of its Honeycomb Android 3.0 tablet operating system designed specifically for tablets.

Click here for more:

http://clarkthoughtleadership.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-releases-preview-of-its.html


Newman Networks News January 6th, 2010

Marketing Tips: Create the Foundation for Wealth TODAY

Business Ownership is a process. I started my first business as an adult selling used baby clothes on E-bay. Then I became an associate with the network marketing business Quixstar which gave me the inspiration to build Newman Networks. I eventually found my home with a mentor working as an associate in Pre-paid Legal.In America, owning a business is the key to living the life style of your dreams. Am I there yet? No , but I am so close that I am thankful everydayfor granting me the opportunity to live this life style. Now my children areschool age andmy lifestyle allows me to be there daily at 3:30PM to watch their eyes light up when they get out of school.

Click here for more:

http://community.icontact.com/p/newmannetworks/newsletters/socialmedia/posts/newman-networks-news-january-6th-2010


Registration now open for the Microsoft blink Web Design Competition

by Kai Dupe, Where are Blacks in Technology?

* Register for online training and virtual labs

* Download classroom-tested learning resources

* Order free Expression Studio software for your school

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/01/registration-now-open-for-microsoft.html


IT Profession: Peril or Opportunity for African Americans?

Posted by Don Tennant Jan 2, 2011 11:06:52 PM

I’ve written fairly extensively about African Americans in IT over the years, not because I claim to have any brilliant insights about the challenges faced by African Americans in this industry, but because I feel strongly that the topic warrants a lot more attention than it tends to get. So when I came across a blog post that lambasted "racism, prejudice and oppression” not just in IT, but specifically in social networking and cloud computing, my interest was piqued.


Click here for more:

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/tennant/it-profession-peril-or-opportunity-for-african-americans/?cs=44935#cf


Will there be a jobless recovery for IT in 2011?

Hiring experts line up on both sides of this critical debate

By Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Network World
January 03, 2011 06:05 AM ET

That's the most important career-related issue facing IT executives today, as they make staffing decisions for next year while also worrying about their own job prospects amid a steady stream of corporate downsizing and off shoring announcements.

Ask any IT pro who is out of work right now, and the answer to this question is a resounding yes. They'll point out that more IT infrastructure and support jobs are being outsourced, and that it's harder than ever to find full-time employment.

Talk to recruiters and placement firms, and a different picture emerges. They report a rise in corporate IT shops looking to hire application developers, project managers and mobile device experts -- if not on a full-time basis, then at least for short-term projects.

We polled five experts in IT hiring trends, and here's what they had to say about tech job prospects for 2011.

Click here for more:

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010311-outlook-careers.html


2011 tech priorities: Are you ready to shake things up?

Six hot technologies that can help reshape the business and equip employees to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively

By Network World Staff, Network World

January 03, 2011 12:05 AM ET

Concerns about the economy haven't evaporated, but companies aren't standing still waiting for a bailout. They're working to expand their businesses and find new opportunities for growth, predominantly outside of their current markets.

IT will play a critical role in business transformations, says Mark McDonald, group vice president for executive programs at Gartner. "If you're going to change where you operate to include other countries, if you're going to take your product into adjacent industry markets, you need technology to give you the scale and connectivity to reach those markets and work with new customers in an effective way," McDonald says.

We've identified six key areas where IT can help reshape the business and equip employees to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Are you ready to act?

Click here for more:

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010311-outlook-tech-priorities.html


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

Early bird registration for $350 now open!

Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/?page=Conference2011



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