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The BDPA Insider - March 13, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, March 13, 2011

The BDPA Insider - March 13, 2011

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

In this issue:

2011 Nominations for National BDPA Epsilon Awards Now Open

Message from BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter President

Three-Time BDPA Scholarship Winner: Hung Vo (Georgia Institute of Technology)

BDPA Technology Project: Dawud Roman (Baton Rouge)

Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age

Summer Camp * Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (Howard University)

Empowering Leadership Alliances Seeks High School Students of Color Interested in Computing Fields

Program Directory of STEM Projects Around the Nation

Best Practices Conference (BPC) for SharePoint

Black Enterprise Magazine 40 Best Companies For Diversity: They Want YOU!

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2011 Nominations for National BDPA Epsilon Awards Now Open

In this economy, many African Americans in technology are concerned about opportunities for both employment and advancement. It is important to recognize exceptional companies that provide African Americans with challenging and fulfilling career opportunities in Information Technology. The Best Companies for Blacks in Technology are announced each year and recognize the outstanding achievements of companies who have demonstrated a commitment to people and an understanding that Diversity has a bottom line business case value.

BDPA Epsilon Awards Recognizing Outstanding Achievement are awarded to companies and technologists who are nominated by BDPA Chapters or sponsor government organizations, companies and corporations.

Click here for more:

http://www.bdpa.org/?page=Corporate_Awards


Message from BDPA Greater Columbia Chapter President

TheBDPA Greater ColumbiaHigh School Computer Training Program (HSCTP) will start up on Saturday, March 12, 2011 and run through Saturday, July 23, 2011. The first class has an orientation hour starting at 8:30am. All students and at least one parent are requested to attend. Class will then start at approximately 9:30am and go to 1:30pm.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/message-from-greater-columbia-chapter.html


Three-Time BDPA Scholarship Winner: Hung Vo (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Hung Vois a young man who understands the value of his BDPA student membership. He joinedBDPA Atlanta chapterin 2008.Since that time he earned three (3) scholarships from BDPA to support his college education at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The scholarships earned by Hung are:

  1. BDPA-Oracle Scholarship, 2011
  2. BDPA-Oracle Scholarship, 2010
  3. Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students, 2009

Hung shared hisBDPA testimonialwith us back in 2009.He updates the story today.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/three-time-bdpa-scholarship-winner-hung.html


BDPA Technology Project: Dawud Roman (Baton Rouge)

Dawud Roman is a student member of ourBDPA Baton Rouge chapter.He regularly attends the computer camp sessions hosted by his chapter on Saturdays.

BDPA Baton Rouge co-founderGlenda Chappell wrote,

"Dawud Roman is one of our students here in Baton Rouge. He is a middle school student who is always actively participating in class, and does extra research outside of class. He has presented to our membership at a program meeting, after making this presentation to the class.

He is one of our brightest up and coming, and we are so PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

We are proud to shareDawud's technology presentationwith our blog readers as well!

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/bdpa-technology-project-dawud-roman.html


Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Age

A new report published by Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) provide the findings of year-long research project that looked at how computer science education standards were reflected in current state standards and the results are both startling and worrisome.

Running on Empty: The Failure to Teach K-12 Computer Science in the Digital Agefinds that roughly two-thirds of the country have few computer science education standards for secondary school education, and most states treat high school computer science courses as simply an elective and not part of a student's core education. The results are particularly shocking because computer science and the technologies it enables now lie at the heart of our economy, our daily lives, and scientific enterprise. As the digital age has transformed the world and workforce, U.S. K-12 education has fallen woefully behind in preparing students with the fundamental computer science knowledge and skills they need for future success. To be a well-educated citizen as we move toward an ever-more computing-intensive world and to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century, students must have a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/03/running-on-empty-failure-to-teach-k-12.html


Summer Camp * Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (Howard University)

The Howard University Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (HU MSEIP) is hosting its second annual summer camp from June 19 - July 14, 2011.

Please encourage rising students who will be classified as seniors in the 2011-12 school year to consider applying to take advantage of this opportunityto participate in this program. The uniqueness of the program is based on the continual engagement in web based research throughout the academic year with the guidance of research mentors. HU MSEIP will host this program with the intention of providing high school students an opportunity to explore the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/03/summer-camp-minority-science-and.html


Empowering Leadership Alliances Seeks High School Students of Color Interested in Computing Fields

In conjunction with Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA) is startingan initiative to reach out to high school seniors interested in computing fields before they matriculate on their respective university campuses.

ELA is an NSF-funded program that engages underrepresented minority (URM) students in computing disciplines at research institutions in a nationwide network composed of leading universities including Rice University, UC Berkeley, and UT Austin.

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Program Directory of STEM Projects Around the Nation

The Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating underrepresented youth to pursue careers in computer science.

The purpose of theCSCP Program Directoryis to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on computer science related projects. The Directory contains Program descriptions, resources available within each organization, Program or organization needs, and contact information. Submitted entries undergo review and verification prior to publication.

Click here for more:

http://www.cscproject.org/index.php?q=pd/newprogram


Best Practices Conference (BPC) for SharePoint

by Ricardo Wilkins

This past week I attended theBest Practices Conference (BPC) for SharePointin La Jolla, California. This is a 3-day conference that discusses not only "how'” to do things in SharePoint, but also asks the question "should you”.

It's that very question – "should you” – that I think is makes this particular conference so important. As more organizations ‘implement' (there's a loaded word) SharePoint in their environment, there is a danger of falling into the belief that a Click Next wizard and knowing how to get to Site Actions means you're good-to-go. In fact, there are a ton of questions along each step of the way that we need to ask in order to discover how best to use & configure SharePoint for our particular needs, while leveraging and complementing the functionality that SharePoint was meant to provide. Each presentation in the BPC was meant to try to give a small slice of that answer, centered around audiences ranging from End Users to Developers.

Click here for more:

http://rixbits.blogspot.com/2011/03/best-practices-conference-2011.html


Black Enterprise Magazine 40 Best Companies For Diversity: They Want YOU!

The organizations on our list know that hiring diverse employees and leveraging differences sharpen their competitive edge.

Regaining its footing after one of the worst economic downturns in our nation's history, corporate America continues to shift its strategic priorities. Black Enterprise has found that a disturbingly high number of C-suite executives have scratched diversity from their action plans. Recently we highlighted results of a two-year global study, Developing the 21st Century Leader (See "Global Diversity Ranks Last,” Diversity Watch, May 2010). Conducted by the consulting group AchieveGlobal, the study ranked six areas critical to leadership success. Business initiatives to drive profits ranked No. 1. Diversity fell dead last.

Click here for more:

http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/06/15/they-want-you/


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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