Culminis has presented a number of $500 IT student bursaries and plans to continue,
and hopefully expand, the program in the future. Details about the bursary recipients
will be provided in this newsletter. The first two recipients are featured this
month. Our congratulations go to J F Richard and Kevin Levesque of CCNB – Campus
Bathurst, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada.
Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Sessions
Although this was the first time for Culminis as a volunteer organization the BOF
sessions were a great success. This was in no small part due to the hard upfront
work of Lee Benjamin [Global Board] and Russell Clements and Tim Vander Kooi [both
of the NORAM Board]. Our thanks go to our INETA colleagues whose past experience
was a huge help. We would also like to thank all of those who helped to run the
BOF sessions. The BOF sessions always get a high attendee satisfaction rating and
after 3 of the 4 BOF days indications were that would continue to be the case. A
huge “Well done” to the BOF team!
The Culminis booth in the Community Lounge area was a huge success. The booth was
staffed by the entire NORAM Board plus Graham Jones [Global Board Chair-Elect] with
support from Paul Hailey [Microsoft Regional Lead for NORAM] and Vicki Rodas [Microsoft
Regional Lead for LATAM]. With over 500 people passing through it kept everybody
very busy chatting with UG leaders, UG members, prospective leaders and members
and prospective Culminis volunteers. The XBOX Guitar Hero setup was one of the biggest
attractions in the show area. Quite a few “blue shirts” and “green shirts” [MVP’s
and MCT’s assisting at Microsoft booths] were even spotted spending time there!
The “grand draw prize” supplied by Culminis was a $500 gift certificate for the
purchase of an XBOX Guitar Hero system. This was won by Foday Kangbai of New York.
As part of the “guitar” theme, pins in the shape of guitars with flashing LED’s
were given away. These also proved to be a big attraction. Tim Vander Kooi was seen
to be wearing a large number at the BOF sessions and attendee party on Thursday
evening. Many people thought that Xmas had arrived early!
Apart from the importance and value of attending TechEd North America it was equally
pleasing that everyone had a good time and there was great team spirit in evidence.
We had the pleasure of the company of a few of our colleagues from EMEA; Thomas
Lee [speaker on OCS], Anders Pestaceci [“green shirt”] and Marcos Nogiveira [“green
Whist some of us were at TechEd North America some of our colleagues in APAC were
attending TechEd India. They had an equally rewarding and successful experience
and the details can be found at http://itcommunities.wordpress.com/ and http://www.ashwinkini.com/blog/archives/312.
Our thanks to the Culminis APAC team and the APAC Regional Lead [Sanjay Shetty]
for their continued solid efforts on behalf of Culminis.
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There is absolutely nothing like the Awards for Professionalism and it is getting
bigger and better every year. The widely acknowledged and the industry’s only international
Awards for Professionalism honors individuals for their outstanding achievements
in network computing while meeting the values of professionalism.
With sponsors like the Network Professional Association ,Culminis, and
Cisco Press ,winners receive recognition for professional
excellence in their career, for an exceptional design and/or implantation of an
IT project, for mentoring and for volunteering. Winners also receive prizes donated
by various sponsors including Microsoft as well as trophies engraved especially
for them. This prestigious award looks impressive on a resume as well.
Established in 1991, the non-profit Network Professional Association® is the leading
organization for network computing professionals. To be identified as true professionals,
the international membership adheres to a code-of ethics; demonstrates professional
development and knowledge, adheres to the latest best practice standards, and strives
for continual growth.
The eighth annual Awards for Professionalism were announced this year at Interop in Las
Vegas, May 17th through the 21st. Nominations for next year’s awards will be open
soon. If you are interested in nominating someone for next year, please fill out
the nomination form on the Awards for Professionalism website.
Nominate a colleague or mentor. If you yourself promote/exhibit ethics and professionalism
in your IT career, or volunteer time to support this vision, or mentor other IT
professionals - why not nominate yourself?
In the past eight years there have been winners from all over the world. Read more
in the most recent NPA Journal and stay tuned for interviews with the winners.
Last month we featured Barbara Liskov.This month we feature Jon Kleinberg who is the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation
Award Recipient, Past Multiple Awards Recipient, 2008 Discover Magazine's "20 Best
Brains Under 40", 2005 MacArthur Fellow, Member of the National Academy of Engineering
and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Internationally Noted Cornell Professor
and Researcher, and Celebrated Teacher.
This month’s interview in the MVP series is with Charlie Russell , Powershell MVP. Charlie has been a constant
in the MVP program for several years and is noted for his breadth of knowledge on
Microsoft operating systems. He is also a great supporter of the community and can
often be found presenting to User Groups. To find out more about the MVP Program
please visit http://mvp.support.microsoft.com.
Did you check out YouShapeIT last month? If not you missed all kinds of useful
stuff on security. Be sure to check out the May Edition
which focuses on Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 (beta).
RC = Culminis Regional Chair RL = Microsoft Regional Lead
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