MAY 2009 [Volume 1, Issue 5]

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  • Culminis Bursary Awards

    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.

  • TechEd North America 2009 – May 11 – 15

    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!

    Community Lounge

    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 shirt”].

  • TechEd India 2009 – May 13 – 15

    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.

  • Microsoft Community Commentary (Graham Watson, Microsoft User Group Relationship

    Integrate your IT environment

    A series of free 4 hour TechNet roadshows on integrating heterogeneous IT environments [April 28 to June 11]


    Project Conference 2009

    Reduced price admission to the Project 2009 conference in Phoenix.


    Career Assist Package

    Up to 90% off the price of an e-Learning collection.


    Are you certifiable?


  • NPA Awards for Professionalism

    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.

  • Stephen Ibaraki Interviews (Chair of the Culminis Global Board)

    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.

  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP’s) - Independent Experts, Real World

    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.

  • Do You Shape IT? Let Microsoft Help You

    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).

  • Regional Contacts

    RC = Culminis Regional Chair RL = Microsoft Regional Lead

    RC Russell Clements Jose Espinoza Landa Thomas Lee Ashwin Kini
    RL Paul Hailey

    Vicki Rodas


    Emilio Mansur

    Sanjay Shetty & Jose Bonnin Sanjay Shetty