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The BDPA Insider - April 10, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, April 10, 2011

The BDPA Insider - April 10, 2011

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

In this issue:

BDPA in the News – BusinessWire Article on Earl Pace

Message from New York Chapter President

Seeking TECHie Camp Instructors in Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington DC

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Seeks Applications for $5,000 College Scholarship

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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BDPA in the News – BusinessWire Article on Earl Pace

IT Hall of Fame Inductions Highlight Final Day of CompTIA Annual Member Meeting. Induction of the Class of 2011 into the IT Industry Hall of Fame and educational sessions on opportunities for technology companies in healthcare IT, security and cloud computing highlighted day two of the second CompTIA Annual Member Meeting here this week. The new IT Hall of Fame Class inducted Thursday includes the late Phil Katz, creator of the .ZIP file format, and Earl Pace, co-founder of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). Both men were inducted into the IT Innovators Wing of the hall.

Pace guided the expansion of BDPA’s activities from a Philadelphia-based organization to a national initiative. Today, BDPA is the largest U.S. professional organization representing minorities in the IT industry. Pace continues to promote the mission of BDPA, telling meeting attendees the organization "gives underserved youth the soft skills and expertise needed to move up in IT industry.”

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Message from New York Chapter President

Dear Members,

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the following events. You will have the opportunity to assist the chapter and to network with BDPA members and other professionals.


Urban Network's - No Limits Career Day

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 8:30 pm - 3:00pm

  • Career Table Volunteers (Shifts available)
  • Workshop - "A Future Career as a Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Professional"
  • Moderator and Panelist Needed
  • Concurrent Sessions I: 9:45-10:45; II: 11:00-12:00

Scholarships Awards and Dinner Chairperson

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Theme: "Using STEM to Innovate our Future"
Location: UBS
Duties: Coordinate all aspects of the Dinner - publicity, tickets, awards and journal.

Board Positions

Would you like to share your gifts and talents on the BDPA NY Board? The following positions need to be filled Recording Secretary, Fundraising and Publicity Chairpersons.

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Seeking TECHie Camp Instructors in Cincinnati, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington DC

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has been working with Tech Corpsto see if we could encourage local BDPA chapters toexpand their STEM-based trainingto include elementary- and middle-school students. Our planning has reached the point that we are now ready to interview andhire instructorswilling to work with these 3rd-8th grade students.

There is awonderful opportunityfor our BDPA members who are unemployed, underemployed ... or for those of you that are consultants open to a quick1-week contract opportunity... or for those of you that are college students seekingsummer employment opportunity.

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Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Seeks Applications for $5,000 College Scholarship

It’s our pleasure to announce the availability of the Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) scholarship for the 2011/12 academic year.

This year, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors, who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years. We encourage you to please share this opportunity with your network.

Scholarship Details

  • Support Period- Academic Year 2011 - 2012
  • Application Due-05/01/2011
  • Anticipated Award Notification- 05/31/2011
  • Awards- 2 scholarships will be awarded ($5,000 per person)
  • Application Method-Apply electronically viathe Washington Scholarship Coalition
  • Renewable- Yes. This scholarship is renewable for up to a total of 4 years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship criteria of a 3.3 GPA each year.

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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!

Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

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