Monday, August 30, 2010

Dogon Village, 8/30/2010 (Wayne Hicks)

Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management Scholarship $2,000 for STEM-related degree in the Carolinas.  BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management (CESM) are proud to announce the first annual CESM Scholarship for BDPA Students. One rising high school senior will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to pursue a college degree focused on information technology.

Read the rest of the Dogon Village post.

Cambridge Who's Who, 8/30/2010 (Marvin Neal)

Marvin L. Neal Named to Exclusive Membership Organization. Marvin L. Neal, Business Manager IT for AT&T, has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in management.

Mr. Neal is a member of Troy University Alumni Chapter; BDPA Greater Birmingham; TechBirmingham; Birmingham Urban League; National Black MBA Association; National Society of Black Engineers; Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity; Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity; Community Network - African American Telecommunications Professionals of AT&T Pioneers; and many more.

Find the full Cambridge Who's Who announcement here.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Red Room, 8/29/2010 (Thaddeus Howze)

Where is BDPA When It Comes to Innovation? Where is BDPA in relationship to small business innovation and research? Nowhere, as far as I can tell. Despite its bold talk of bringing technologists from the classroom to the boardroom, BDPA has done very little publically to promote technological innovation amongst its members, and for the most part appears to be behind the curve of technology, let alone, innovation, not at the front of it. This is a broad generalization but having worked with BDPA in my area for a dozen years, and from watching other chapters at work, both locally and in the Internet realm, I feel I can say these things confidently.

Read the rest of the Red Room article here. The original comments by Thaddeus Howze were voiced on the BDPA Groupsite.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Slideshare, 8/26/2010 (Philena Rush)

Second Life: Your Interpersonal Communication. Philena Rush was guest speaker at the August 2010 program meeting hosted by BDPA Columbus chapter. Here is a copy of her .ppt presentation used at that meeting.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Evanstan-Review, 8/25/2010 (Robin Richmond)

Relatives, Friends Mourn Respected Engineer, 54. Even as a young girl, Robin Roberta Richmond showed a gift for taking on difficult challenges and putting things back together. Her parents would bring back Christmas gifts, the component parts scattered in a million pieces.

"Robin would put them all together," recalled Frieda Lynn Richmond-Morris of her younger sister, who died Aug. 13 after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 54.

Read the rest of the article here.

NOTE: Dr. Richmond served as an outside director on the National BDPA Board of Directors in 2002-2003.

Deloitte, 8/25/2010 (BDPA Chicago)

2010 Chicago Diversity Conference. Join the Deloitte Black Employee Network (BEN) and Hispanic/Latino(a) Employee Network (HNET) on September 9 for the 2010 Chicago Diversity Conference. Sponsored by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) Chicago Chapter and BDPA Chicago Chapter, the conference seeks to connect top talent with hundreds of opportunities throughout the United States.

Read the rest of the event information here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8/19/2010 (Wayne Hicks)

American Honda Foundation awards $25,000 to BDPA Education and Technology Foundation.  American Honda Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF), a nonprofit organization led by racially diverse CEOs and executive level management who promote educational programs for students of color in the information technology industry.

Read the full press release here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Technically Philly, 8/17/2010 (Hayward West)

BDPA Philadelphia Seeking Help for Student Mentoring. Hayward West likes to say that he’ll work with anyone from the classroom to the boardroom.
“I wanna expose as many kids in our areas as we can to career opportunities in tech,” says West, president of the Philly chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates. The BDPA, founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, is a national organization with over 4000 members that aims to increase the diversity in technology careers through a mix of community service and career coaching. We’re one of the best kept secrets and I’m tying not to be a secret anymore.”

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

KDSK Channel 5, 8/10/2010 (John Austin, Patrick McClendon, Christine Miller, Shannon Miller, Akeem Shannon)

Local High School Students Place in Top Five in National Computer Competition. A team of five local high school students representing the St. Louis chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates placed in the top five in the High School Computer competition that took place July 31 in Philadelphia.

The students chosen to represent St. Louis were John Austin (McCleur North), Patrick McClendon (Clyde C. Miller), Christine Miller and Samantha Miller (both from Visitation Academy), and Akeem Shannon (DeSmet Jesuit High School).

Read the rest of the KDSK article here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

SlideShare, 8/8/2010 (Elaine Jackson)

Drill Questions to Pass the PMP Certification Exam. Elaine Jackson, PMP, wrote:
"Thanks for allowing me to share great information related to the PMP Certification Exam Preparation. Here is the slide deck shared at the (2010 BDPA Technology) Conference with some additional changes and a huge surprise. Reading important material can be quite rewarding at times! See you at next year's conference in Chicago."

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management, 8/6/2010

Consortium announces scholarship for student members of the BDPA. The Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management is offering a scholarship for students members of the Black Developers Processing Associates. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Applicants need to be from South Carolina or North Carolina or attend a college in either of these two states.

Read the full CESM story here.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rochester Post-Bulletin, 8/5/2010 (Zack Garbow)

Programming Students Pick Up 4th National Title. Can you say dynasty?  A team of Rochester high school students representing the local Black Data Processing Associates chapter chalked up its fourth straight national championship in a programming competition in Philadelphia last weekend.

"They have become kind of a dynasty," said Elise Pemberton of Rochester, parent of a former BDPA participant.
Read the full Post-Bulletin article here.

SlideShare, 8/5/2010 (Lonnie Emard)

Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management Scholarship for BDPA Students. Deadline is September 30, 2010.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rochester Metro News, 8/2/2010 (Zack Garbow)

Local Students Win National Award. Five Rochester high school students just won first place at a national computer competition. The students are part of a national organization called Black Data Processing Associates, or BDPA.

There are about 60 students from southeast Minnesota who meet every Saturday for eight months of the year. At the end of the eight months, they select five of the top students to go to the national competition.
The BDPA helps minorities succeed in technology careers.

"In the school system today, there isn't enough computer science particularly to really prepare the workforce for what's needed," says Zack Garbow, an instructor for BDPA.
The Rochester team competed against 23 other teams across the country. Each of the students won a $2500 college scholarship, as well as a laptop from Hewlett Packard for coming in First Place.

KTTC Rochester, 8/2/2010 (James Arama, Yaa Kwansa)

BDPA Takes First.

I'm not certain that the video is displayed correctly on our blog.  The original video clip can be found here.

US Navy Website, 8/2/2010 (Yvette Graham)

Top Navy Officer Speaks at Black Data Processors Association Conference. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead was the keynote speaker at the 32nd Annual Black Data Processors Association (BDPA) Conference July 31.  At the awards gala, the Navy was awarded the Epsilon award for best company with growing diversity.  The National BDPA President, Yvette Graham praised the efforts of companies around the nation for their contributions towards developing and sustaining a successful work environment in the information technology field and the involvement with young people for the future.

Read the full US Navy article here.