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Cincinnati Students Earn $15,625 in STEM Scholarships at BDPA Conference

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati, Sunday, August 17, 2014


BDPA Cincinnati chapter, led by chapter president Dalric Webb (GE), sent a contingent of seven high school and college students to the 36th annual BDPA Technology Conference earlier this month in Indianapolis. Those students participated in a variety of STEM-based competitions that including a high school computer competition (HSCC), IT showcase and mobile application showcase. These young people came home from the conference with $15,625 in college scholarships!

The chapter trained 14 students at Cincinnati State Technical College in a computer camp that met for 4-5 hours each Saturday for the first six months of the year.  The computer camp was led by volunteer instructors Deborah Prince (xpedx) and Frank Hill (Hiltronics Computer Associates).

L-R: Dalric Webb, Yaw Asante, Jon Carr, Wayne Hicks, Austin Murph, Deborah Prince, Hasani Harrigan, Frank Hill

Four high school students were selected to compete as part of the chapter's national HSCC team in a comprehensive 3-part competition (oral, written and 7-hour coding)
.  The The four HSCC students are: Yaw Asante (Walnut Hills High School), Jon Carr (St. Xavier High School), Hasani Harrigan (Seven Hills High School) and Austin Murph (Seven Hills High School). These four students earned a 5th place finish (out of 46 eligible teams) during two days of the competition. Each of these students earned a $500 Jesse Bemley Scholarship as a result of their high performance.

Hasani Harrigan added to his college scholarship booty by earning a $3,125 college scholarship from Oracle
. The Oracle Corporation Scholarship goes to student members pursuing careers in engineering, computer and information science, computer engineering or mathematics. Hasani is a very deserving young man who has been engaged in STEM-training from BDPA over the past three years.

Dylan Gunn is a college student member who left Cincinnati to attend North Carolina A&T University
. Dylan won a $5,000 Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students. The scholarship recognizes outstanding 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 their communities through service to others.

Another remarkable talent who shined brightly during this annual technology conference was Itobore Odje (University of Cincinnati). Itobore participated in the 1st annual BDPA Mobile Application Showcase and came away with the silver medal as well as a $5,500 college scholarship funded by State Farm.

BDPA plans to honor each of these students ... including BDPA IT Showcase participant Brian Pulliam (Sinclair Community College) ... at its 18th annual BDPA Education Banquet on Sunday, October 4, 2014 at Receptions in Fairfield, Ohio. We encourage you to join us for this wonderful event in which we have a chance to celebrate the positive accomplishments of students and volunteers in our community!

Tags:  2014 BDPA conference  Austin Murph  Bemley Scholar  Brian Pulliam  Dalric Webb  Dylan Gunn  Eli Lilly Scholar  Hasani Harrigan  HSCC  Itobore Odje  Jon Carr  Oracle Scholar  scholarship  Yaw Asante 

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Message from the Chapter President (Feb 2014)

Posted By BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President, Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dalric Webb

BDPA Cincinnati chapter members,

As we begin our celebration of Black Family Technology Awareness Week, I would like to encourage each member of our chapter to get engaged with community efforts in and around your communities. Together we can accomplish miraculous works!

Your BDPA Cincinnati chapter is strong and growing, but we still need more hands on the oars of this mighty ship as we sail towards the great destinations of giving back, networking, professional development, leadership, and mentoring. Please consider taking either a role on the board or volunteering your time to assist with the many areas where we are working 'from the classroom to the boardroom'. You can view a list of the open board positions here.

We have a lot going on in the weeks ahead!

  • Feb 22, 2014 - Our youth technology computer camp kicked off on January 11th with almost 20 high school students focused on a STEM based curriculum. We are inviting the entire Cincinnati community to visit our computer camp to see our young people in action! We will be joined on this day by a leader from Procter & Gamble who is recruiting for this year's Resident Scholar Program.

I’d also like to ask for your feedback.

  • How is your BDPA membership working out for you?
  • How can we improve the value of your membership?

Send me a note or pull me to the side at the monthly program meeting. This is YOUR chapter! Are you feeling engaged?

Finally, I encourage you to take a few minutes to look around on In particular, take a look at the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter pages. Are they informative, relevant, accurate, and professional? What are your thoughts on improving the look and feel of our web presence?

Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter
(513) 549-6991

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Happy New Year from your new President

Posted By Dalric L. Webb, Thursday, January 9, 2014

BDPA Cincinnati Chapter,

I would like to thank Clarence Larcarte and his powerful support team for their "job well done” efforts executing the strategic plan developed by the team over the last two years. Clarence and his team have not only laid the foundation for continued success and growth of the Cincinnati chapter, but have developed and strengthened relationships with corporate sponsors and other powerful individuals in the technology communities we live in that can only further grow and support the mission of this wonderful organization. Under Clarence’s leadership, the Cincinnati chapter moved from 10th largest chapter within the National BDPA rankings to the 5th largest chapter in the nation while re-establishing the chapter’s reputation as one of delivering exceptional ROI value for our members and supporters.

I endeavor to continue the outstanding work Clarence has started by continuing the outstanding Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship program efforts; reconnecting with the Black Family Technology Awareness Week program; enabling additional scholarship opportunities; improving our monthly program meeting offerings; implementing value added professional development workshops; and building and strengthening both our corporate and professional networks. I also look forward to input from our members as to how our chapter can better serve their needs – and how they want to get involved in our mutual success. There are several vacancies on our board for leaders to step forward and join our team.

I endeavor to increase active membership through a concentrated focus on Special Interest Groups that will build or expand existing relationships with local institutions of higher learning from the high school level to the college level. We are actively seeking interested members to participate in our programs and committees as a means of discovering the true power of networking and of being a BDPA Cincinnati member.

Working closely with both our VP-Finance and VP-Fund Raising, I will insure our chapter is fiscally sound and seek additional opportunities to expand our fundraising work and corporate sponsorship to insure the chapter has a steady flow of income to fund its programs, scholarships and services. We strongly encourage member participation in any chapter fundraising events or activities.

I will work to strengthen and grow our current partners and sponsors, working closely with our Corporate Advisory Council and will look to establish new relationships with Technology and New Media companies. BDPA Cincinnati strives to grow stronger as a premier resource for employers’ pool of talent for Technology jobs.

And of course, a short note about our members. BDPA chapter members are the lifeblood of our organization and we earnestly seek and request your active participation to help us expand and grow our organization to the next level. The sky is the limit when we put our collective mental capacity to work on our common goals. Together Everyone Achieves More! There are a still a few open positions on our board and we encourage members to consider joining the team. We have lofty goals and plenty of work to do. More hands make lighter the work load so we welcome and encourage your support. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation.

Finally, I want to personally thank Dr. Prince Ellis (Brown Mackie College), Ernest Gause (Luxottica Group), April Gillespie (Starseed Consulting), Steve Gutter (The Kroger Company), Wayne Hicks (Hicks Enterprises), Frank Hill(Cincinnati State College), Clarence Larcarte (Procter & Gamble), Yolanda Lauderdale (Hewlett-Packard), Brenda Hogan (Duke Energy), Patrick Nelson (Unique Expressions Management Services), Joseph Parker (Procter & Gamble), Deborah Prince (XPEDX) and Braxton Washington (Procter & Gamble) . These are the individual who have built the strong chapter over the last two years that I now take leadership of. Thank you all and again, a JOB WELL DONE!


The New Year is off to a great start. Wishing each and every one of you a blessed New Year!

Dalric Webb, president
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

Tags:  April Gillespie  Braxton Washington  Brenda Hogan  Clarence Larcarte  Dalric Webb  Deborah Prince  Ernest Gause  Frank Hill  Joseph Parker  Patrick Nelson  Prince Ellis  Steve Gutter  Wayne Hicks  Yolanda Lauderdale 

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Election Results: BDPA Cincinnati (2012-2013)

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 4, 2011
BDPA Cincinnati recently concluded its election for leadership in the next two years.  Prince Ellis (Information Technology Department Chair, Brown Mackie College) was re-elected to a second 2-year term as the chapter's vice president of finance.

The election turned on Prince's past BDPA achievements.  He helped organize the annual awards banquet, served as an instructor during the chapter's computer camp and worked closely with the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to generate a record-breaking amount of revenue for the Cincinnati chapter.  He attended most of the chapter events and successfully managed the chapter's funding.
Prince said, "I will continue to ensure zero-based budgeting and ensure that the chapter has funding for our events and programs."
The BDPA Cincinnati chapter leadership for 2012-2013 is:

Dalric Webb, Wanda Gray, Prince Ellis and Clarence Larcarte
BDPA Cincinnati has been around since 1989.  It is a 4-time winner of the 'Chapter of the Year' honors on a national level and remains a powerhouse on both a regional and national level. The eyes of the nation will be watching Clarence as he takes the chapter to higher levels in the coming months and years.

Tags:  Clarence Larcarte  Dalric Webb  elections  Joseph Parker  Patrick Nelson  Prince Ellis  Steve Gutter  Wanda Gray 

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