In the January newsletter an offering from Toastmasters was described. It should have been pointed out that items 1) and 2) are free services but items 3) and 4) do incur some cost.
3) They can help members of your user group join a local Toastmasters club. (There is a fee associated with joining a Toastmasters club)
4) They can set up a Toastmasters club as part of your user group, specifically for your user group. (This Toastmasters club would have a fee to join.)
You should contact Toastmasters (1-949-858-8255 x273 or CorporateRelations@Toastmasters.org) for the details.
In conjunction with Culminis, INETA and PASS Microsoft has been developing UGSS for some time. Microsoft and Culminis are very pleased to announce that the UGSS site has now officially gone live at 9AM PST on Monday, February 16th. This will mark the end of the Codezone branding and launches the UGSS mission.
User Group Support Services exists for one reason and one reason alone – YOU! The UGSS mission is to support Developer and IT Professional User Groups worldwide in their success!
REGISTER NOW ON USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES (UGSS.CODEZONE.COM) and get access to the following:
Attending TechEd North America in May? If so, consider moderating a Birds-of-a-Feather
(BOF) session. BOF sessions are open discussion topics of mutual interest to TechEd
attendees. They give IT professionals the opportunity to meet with people who have
similar interests and challenges in an open-forum environment that promotes discussion
and interaction. The BOF submission site is open now and entries must be received
by March 9, 2009.
By voting for the submitted BOF topics you most want to see as sessions at TechEd
North America 2009, you are more likely to have scheduled discussions with your
peers on what interests you most. Visit the BOF voting
site> often, as new sessions are posted.
Still debating if you will attend TechEd in Los Angeles? The product session content
is now available on the TechEd Web site The Session Catalog tool on the site allows
you to search and sort through the Breakout Sessions, Pre-conference Seminars, and Interactive Theater discussions.
The Network Professional Association® (NPA), in conjunction with Interop, Culminis
, and Cisco Press is proud to announce the eighth annual Awards for Professionalism
program, which honors individuals for their outstanding achievements as professionals
within the network computing industry. The Awards for Professionalism winners will
be announced at Interop Las Vegas May 2009. The winners’ professional profiles and
achievements are to be displayed as leading examples of professionalism.
Awards for Professionalism winners demonstrate the best balance of professional
responsibilities including technical competency, ethics and a proper professional,
education and industry credentials, community and industry contributions, leadership,
professional affiliation. Each award winner receives a specially designed personalized
trophy and gifts. Previous winners may be viewed at
The NPA is now accepting submissions in the following categories:
On behalf of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the National Council
of IT Deans, thanks for your incredible support of our recent summit in Toronto,
Your Culminis Community efforts resulted in the resounding success of our summit.
We were able to clearly see the specific and measurable value of community, associations;
and Microsoft support centered on community. This resulted in direct improvements
to our curriculum in programs across Canada and the world as many of our Colleges
and Institutes deliver ICT programming worldwide.
I spoke directly to the Deans during the summit and there was excitement, energy,
and passion coming from community programs. As I noted to your Culminis Chairman,
Stephen Ibaraki, who keynoted our conference, with a 100% positive rating based
on our evaluation survey, and then advised us for the remainder, “I am sure no ICT
focused conference anywhere in the world had the quality of keynote speaker we had
We were “blown away” that the Microsoft-sponsored Culminis community would dedicate
so much time, energy, and elite one-of-a-kind expertise in support of our academic
ecosystem in creating opportunities to grow our programs and address the critical
decline in ICT program enrolment. We could see the hundreds of hours of community-driven
research provided to us and translated into a context we could use.
The academic community is global and intimately connected. Success is based on relationships,
relationships are built on trust and shared value and communities are collections
of the relationships resulting from this. Culminis clearly understands and lives
this as does Microsoft through their significant support for communities. This trust
based shared value activity is a clear differentiator and a business necessity in
these challenging economic times.
Keep up this excellent work! It’s real, it has immediate impact; and most importantly, it builds trust.
The Microsoft MVP Program has recently launched The Microsoft MVP
Award Program Blog,showcasing some of the amazing and inspiring contributions
of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals!
With a fresh new post each day, learn how MVPs are helping technical community watchers
like you to find information and share knowledge with a global audience. Take a
look at the blog, be inspired and tap into the rich knowledge and connections of
our awesome community! The blog is currently in English but we do feature non-English
Want to get involved?
Support them by linking back to their blog from your own site! If you enjoyed the
blog, you might also want to take a look at our Twitter site
and Official Facebook Fan Page
The MVP’s hope you enjoy reading the blog and find it a valuable and enriching experience.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the blog moderator.
Some of you may know that Stephen Ibaraki is the Chair of the Culminis Global Board
but very likely don’t know what he does with some of the rest of his time. Stephen
is a prolific interviewer of highly notable and influential people in the ICT industry,
some of whom are literally industry icons. The fact that he is able to carry out
these interviews indicates his standing in the industry and the very high regard
in which he is held. We are very privileged indeed to have him as the current Chair
of Culminis. Starting this month we will feature one of his interviews each month.
We urge you to read what these important industry influencers have to say. We will
start with a fairly recent interview with Professor Dame Wendy Hall from the UK. If you can’t wait
to see more and wish to peruse Stephen’s already large, and still growing, list
please use the Interviews link on the Culminis website home page.
Microsoft would like to extend their sincere thanks to those who completed the recent
User Group satisfaction survey. At some point we hope to be able to provide some
feedback on the very useful data it provided. There is still an opportunity to complete
the survey and/or get your members to complete it. More data can only help to validate
the initial tentative results. Although this is a Microsoft survey your feedback
is VERY important to the future of Culminis. So on behalf of Culminis we urge you
to assist. Although English only at this point can be a serious limitation, Microsoft
would like to see input from as wide a geographic spread as possible. So far the
responses have a NORAM weighting and a better balance would provide greater confidence
in the data. You can use the following link to access the survey:
Last month we mentioned some great new benefits that are in the pipeline and we
are now in a position to give you an update.
Occasionally it is brought to our attention that Culminis members are not making
full use of existing benefits. So as a quick reminder of what some of these benefits
are, we have chosen 3 of the most popular and most useful to focus on here:
If you need assistance with any Culminis benefits please contact your Microsoft Regional Lead (RL) and/or your Culminis Regional Chair (RC).
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