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The BDPA Insider - June 12, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, June 12, 2011

The BDPA Insider - June 12, 2011

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

In this issue:

BDPA Member-Get-A-Member Drive - Grand Prize is an Apple iPad

Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students, Deadline: July 1, 2011

BDPA HSCC Midwest Regionals 2011

Take Five: Stan Washington (BDPA Chicago)

12 Dumb User Mistakes That Will Get You Hacked

2011 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology

BDPA National Conference Career Fair Registration Now Open

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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

http://blacksgonegeek.blogspot.com/2011/06/bdpa-insider-june-12-2011.html

Click here for "The BDPA Insider" Archives:

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


BDPA Member-Get-A-Member Drive - Grand Prize is an Apple iPad

BDPA recently launched its new 2011 Member-Get-A-Member Recruitment Drive with an Apple iPad as the grand prize! Current members are the ideal ambassadors to communicate the advantages of joining BDPA to prospective members, and those who participate by telling friends and colleagues about BDPA may be eligible for valuable gifts and special recognition. BDPA's Online Member-Get-A-Member program is interactive, easy to use, and rewards members for helping to recruit new members. The drive ends December 31, 2011.

Welcome to the 2011 BDPA Member-Get-A-Member Drive-- your opportunity to share the value of a BDPA membership with your friends and colleagues, and receive free gifts in the process!

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/bdpa-member-get-member-drive-grand.html


Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students, Deadline: July 1, 2011

The BDPA Education and Technology Foundationis proud to open up the application periodfor any graduating high school student or current college student interested in the2011 Eli Lilly and Company Scholarship for BDPA Students!

The purpose of the Lilly/BDPA Scholarship is to recognizeoutstanding minority students, with an interest in information technology, who make significant contributions to society.Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on theircommunities through service to others.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/05/eli-lilly-scholarship-for-bdpa-students.html


BDPA HSCC Midwest Regionals 2011

posted by Ricardo Wilkins

Today I'm in Cincinnati at theMidwest Regional Mock Competition for HSCC, supporting our high school student team, and helping to serve as one of the judges during the competition.Regional competitions are a great way for our students to begin to get a feel for what they can expect in the actual national competitionin August.

Aside from a slightly abbreviated time schedule and fewer teams to compete against, the regional mock competition offers a pretty accurate representation of the real thing. The Cincinnati chapter of BDPA put a lot of work into bringing this together, with special thanks going to Cincinnati State Technical and Community Collegefor providing their facilities.

Among the teams represented at this year's Midwest regionals are Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, and even Los Angeles (the West Coast did not have a regional event this year, so LA is participating virtually in our competition this year via Skype).

Click here for more:

http://www.rixbits.com/2011/06/hscc-midwest-regionals-2011.html


Take Five: Stan Washington (BDPA Chicago)

Entrepreneurs are a key stakeholder group for BDPA on both a local and national level. BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) would love to see more IT entrepreneurs taking a philanthropic interest in BDPA programs and scholarships. As such, we were very happy to learn that Stan Washington agreed to chair BDPA's Entrepreneur Advisory Group.

This special interest group assists BDPA entrepreneurs with programs, policies and opportunities that will allow them to continue to grow both in knowledge and influence. We have a wide-range of entrepreneurs within BDPA ... from those who are in the annual Black Enterprise Top 100 list to those who were forced into business ownership as a result of downsizing or outsourcing in the IT industry.

We were pleased that the Entrepreneur Advisory Group chair, Stan Washington, agreed to participate in our 'Take Five' interview series.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/take-five-stan-washington-bdpa-chicago.html


12 Dumb User Mistakes That Will Get You Hacked

by Julius Clark

Ok, I had to write this blog for those people who just won't learn until its too late and one day they get hacked.

  1. Not having Anti-Virus Software installed which does not get automatically updated.
  2. Not having your computer automatically downloading and installing operating system patch updates.
  3. Turning off your computer's firewall.
  4. Not using a strong password at least 8 characters or longer that uses upper & lower case alpha, numeric and special characters.
  5. Clicking on unfamiliar email and web site links.
  6. Allowing other people to use your computer; especially little kids who visit game sites.
  7. Installing unfamiliar applications, games and utilities that you have not researched.
  8. Being tricked to enter your login and ID into an email or website that says they need your login credentials.
  9. Using a public computer and not logging off after you finish using it.
  10. Doing on-line financial transactions on a public computer; you can still use a phone you know to do this with much less risk.
  11. Sharing your login ID and Passwords with other people.
  12. Installing a new device and software and not changing the default out of the box or install login information. Example: login ID: Administrator, admin, 0000 and password.

Click here for more:

http://clarkthoughtleadership.blogspot.com/2011/06/12-dumb-user-mistakes-that-will-get-you.html


2011 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology

National BDPA and WorkplaceDiversity.com announced Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, BlueCross BlueShield of IL, NM, OK, & TX , Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Northrop Grumman, State Farm Insurance, Wal-Mart Stores, WellPoint and Wells Fargo as the winners of the 2011 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award.

"These companies deserve special recognition for promoting a significant number of African Americans into their IT management ranks and for their outstanding community outreach and minority vendor programs,” said National BDPA President, Yvette Graham.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/2011-best-companies-for-blacks-in.html


BDPA National Conference Career Fair Registration Now Open

Are you taking your career in a new direction?

...or are you just entering the workforce?

...or are you undecided about your career path?

Then this EXPO is for you!!

August 5-6, 2011

Chicago Hilton

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

Click here to download the Career Fair Flyer to give to a friend:

http://www.bdpa.org/resource/resmgr/2011_National_Conference/2011Flyeronly.pdf

Click here to register for the Friday event:

http://www.bdpa.org/event/Career_Expo_Friday

Click here to register for the Saturday event:

http://www.bdpa.org/event/Career_Expo_Saturday


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.

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

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

 


 
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