Thursday, June 13, 2013, 6/13/2013 (BDPA New York)

Bonnie Sandy, Creative Industries Advocate to Present at Microsoft for BDPA New York Chapter. BDPA New York announced today that Bonnie Sandy, Creative Industries Advocate, will provide critical technology tips for BDPA New York members, small business owners, and technology enthusiasts at their upcoming professional development meeting. The Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program, which consists of the IT Showcase and High School Computer Competition, will also be highlighted at this program meeting.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/7/2013 (Herchran Singh)

John Marshall High School Top Seniors. Herchran Singh, daughter of Gurninderjit Singh and Surinder Kaur, was a participant in science fair, Business Professionals of America, Black Data Processing Associates, Computer Programming, Speech, National Honors Society and mentorship at the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Research Lab.

She was involved in track, swimming and Indian Dance. She is a National Honors Society president, HSCC project manager, Punjabi School principal, BPA president, Society of Women Engineers Award, National Latin Exam, Rochester Regional Science Fair, swimming, track, speech, Business Professionals of America and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. Community service includes Punjabi School, National Honors Society, tutoring, Habitat for Humanity, school carnivals and Christmas Anonymous. She plans to major in biology and minor in computer science at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Diversity/Careers in Information Technology, Milt Haynes (6/1/2013)

Milt Haynes
Sears’ Milt Haynes Oversees Knowledge Management. This former national BDPA president graduated with U.S. President Barack Obama. Now he's a knowledge manager at Sears, and runs a global group for Blacks in technology. Haynes is a knowledge manager at Sears Holdings Corporation (Hoffman Estates, IL), where he ensures that IT knowledge, intellectual capital and experience are shared throughout the organization.
"My interest in computers started when I was a kid in Chicago, with Star Trek," he says. "Mr Spock always seemed to have a logical solution to any problem. That made me think that if I had a computer, I could do that too."
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Diversity/Careers Magazine, 6/1/2013 (Monique Berry, Pamela Sexton, Viola Maxwell-Thompson)

Monique Berry
BDPA Conference to Spotlight Change and Innovation. The National Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA, will hold its 35th Annual Technology Conference from August 13 to 17. The event, which includes a wide variety of activities, will take place in Washington, DC at the Washington Hilton.
"Washington is a great conference location,” says Monique Berry, National BDPA president. “This is going to be one of our biggest conferences ever."
The theme of the conference is 'Diverse Opportunities in The Age of Convergence,' which speaks to the changes taking place in the world of information technology.
"Technology changes every day, and the focus is no longer just on computer programming,” says Berry. “With the emergence of social networking, cloud computing, and smart appliances, and the need for graphic interfaces [Pamela Sexton, conference director, notes that some interviews will happen on the spot.] everywhere, a variety of new career opportunities allow for greater creativity within the IT field."
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