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The BDPA Insider - April 24, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, April 24, 2011

The BDPA Insider - April 24, 2011

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

In this issue:

First Annual BDPA IT-oLogy Scholarship Awarded to Charlotte High School Student

How Compuware Helps BDPA Detroit Help Young Programmers

Message from BDPA Los Angeles Chapter President

Take Five: Wanda Gray (BDPA Cincinnati)

Tech jobs boom like it's 1999

Nominations Open for 2011 Black Weblog Awards (Apr 18 - May 7)

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

Click here for the latest issue of "The BDPA Insider":

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/04/bdpa-insider-april-24-2011.html

Click here for "The BDPA Insider" Archives:

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


First Annual BDPA IT-oLogy Scholarship Awarded to Charlotte High School Student

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Managementawarded the first annual BDPA IT-oLogy scholarship to Jerron Jamerson.

Jamerson was selected based on the quality of his application, essay and letters of recommendation. In his essay, Jerron wrote, "Continuous advances in computer science have helped to make business processes more efficient and technology more cost effective for consumers, while computer applications become more and more user-friendly.”Jamerson, a senior at Phillip O’Berry Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina, plans use thisone-time $2,000 scholarshipto study Computer Science at South Carolina State University.

The scholarship was offered to student members ofNational BDPA. Applicants had to excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Applicants had to be high school seniors from South Carolina or North Carolina or planning to attend a college in either of these two states.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/04/first-annual-bdpa-it-ology-scholarship.html


How Compuware Helps BDPA Detroit Help Young Programmers

by Compuware "Community Clicks”

For more than 20 years, Compuware has been a major supporter of Black Data Processing Associates, and especially the organization’s National High School Computer Competition.

Founded in 1975, BDPA is a national non-profit organization of minority professionals working in the computer science and information technology fields. There are 40 active chapters, including BDPA Detroit, which is committed to delivering IT excellence to its members, strategic partners and community.

Developing the talents of young people is a priority for Anquanette Clegg, a Compuware Service Delivery Group project manager and also the company’s national liaison for BDPA Detroit.

Developing the talents of young people is a priority for Anquanette Clegg, a Compuware Service Delivery Group project manager and also the company’s national liaison for BDPA Detroit.

Click here for more:

http://communityclicks.compuware.com/bdpa.html


Message from BDPA Los Angeles Chapter President

Dear Members,

Tired of wondering which platform is the BEST? We finally settle the argument! Whether you have a smart phone, tablet, or are in the market for one; weinvite you to join usfor this month's program meeting,'Apple iOS vs. Google Android: Mobility Smackdown'taking place on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Each month we celebrate the talents and services of our most exceptional members. This month, we recognizeTemitope Sonuyi, our High School Computer Competition Lead Instructor.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/04/message-from-los-angeles-chapter.html


Take Five: Wanda Gray (BDPA Cincinnati)

by Wayne Hicks, BDPA Foundation

I've known BDPA Cincinnati chapter presidentWanda Grayfor a number of years. She was gracious enough to serve as the chapter's VP-Membership Management back when I was its chapter president. Our chapter had the 2nd-largest number of members in the nation during her tenure. Later I worked with Wanda when she was opening up a soul food restaurant and a IT consultancy.

I anticipate great things happening under her leadership asBDPA Cincinnatichapter president. I'm grateful that she agreed to participate in our ongoingTake Five interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/04/take-five-wanda-gray-cincinnati.html


Tech jobs boom like it's 1999

by Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Some 20 recruiters sized up Scott Mersy as they would a star high school running back. But instead of timing his 40-yard dash or checking his percentage of body fat, they were interested in his stats in cloud computing and online marketing.

Prospective employers from Silicon Valley to New York lined up for the 5-foot-11 225-pound Mersy, who weighed offers from several of them before settling on Service-now.com, a cloud-computing company in San Diego.

"It’s as close as I’ll ever get to feeling like an athlete of any sort,” Mersy, 40, says, laughing. He joined as senior director of customer acquisition and industry marketing in February.

Click here for more:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2011-04-20-tech-jobs-booming.htm


Nominations Open for 2011 Black Weblog Awards (Apr 18 - May 7)

by Wayne Hicks, BDPA Foundation

We want to encourage all of our blog readers to take a moment to support the 2011 Black Weblog Awards. You have the ability to nominate your favorite blogsabout any and every topic. The nomination service is open through May 7th. Not only do we want you to make nominations ...but, we hope that you will spread the word about this online award program to others in your sphere of influence.

Nominations:

  • Nominations are open from April 18 - May 7
  • The official Nomination site ishere.
  • You provide the web address (URL) for your favorite blog in each category as well as your name and email address on the nomination form and that's it.
  • There are 37 categories.

Voting:

  • Finalists will be announced the week of May 15
  • Online voting commences May 16 – June 17.
  • Again, you will need to cast your vote (your valid email address will confirm you are a person and not a bot).

Winners will be announced live at the Black Weblog Awards Ceremony during the 2011 Blogging While Brown Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/04/nominations-open-for-2011-black-weblog.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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