Newsletter: BDPA Richmond (Mar 2002)


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Direct Access is the name of the newsletter published by BDPA Richmond chapter. This issue was published in March 2002.

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Newsletter: BDPA Richmond (Mar 2002)

  1. 1. DIRECT ACCESS Volume 11, Issue 1, First Quarter 2002 BDPA-Richmond * Voicemail (804) 751-5171 * Email www.bdparichmond.orgBDPA-Richmond Wins the 2002 Distinguished Service Award fromthe Metropolitan Business LeagueBy Bill MannsOn Saturday, January 19, 2002, the Metropolitan Business League (MBL), Richmond’s oldest minoritybusiness development organization, honored BDPA-Richmond. BDPA won the Distinguished Service Award,presented by Capital One. BDPA was recognized before an audience of over 900, including MBL membersand business and political leaders at MBLs annual Member Awards Banquet which was held at the RichmondMarriott. The keynote speaker was incoming Governor Mark Warner. Approximately 20 members represented BDPA-Richmond at the banquet. BDPA-Richmond members Gus & Sandra Walker BDPA-Richmond members Faye & Randy Greene As incoming BDPA-Richmond President, I accepted the award on behalf of BDPA. It was indeed an honor for me to represent you and accept the award for BDPA. The award recognizes the hard work and dedication of many BDPA- Richmond members, like you, who volunteer your time, energy, resources, and experience to advance our programs in the Richmond community. I am proud of all of your accomplishments and I want to thank each member and friend of BDPA individually for all that you do to help BDPA remain a leader in community service in Richmond. The longevity of our middle school, high school, and adult training programs is a testament to how organizations can give back to the communities in which they live. BDPA sets the example of Richmond Mayor Rudolph McCollum Jr. & BDPA-Richmond President Bill Manns high standards and quality, a bar that we easily reach and, 1991 Over Ten Years of Dedicated Service to Educate to Elevate our Community in Technology 2002
  2. 2. January 2002 DIRECT ACCESS Page 2 of 4 with your help, seem to exceed expectations each year. You should also feel proud for your effort, which is always well above what an organization can normally expect of its membership. BDPA is special, and your contribution to BDPA is sincerely appreciated. This is your award. A special news report about BDPA was videotaped by the Fox Network and presented at the MBL Banquet. A special report was shown on the Fox Network (Richmond Channel 35), during their 10 p.m. news each evening during the week of 21-25 January. MBL Award Winners Membership Meetings February – General Membership Meeting DetailsGeneral MembershipSecond Thursday each month Guest Speaker – Sparrow Mahoney6:30-8:30 p.m.SunTrust Bank “Getting a New IT Company off the Ground"919 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA "The Strategy, Contacts and Venture Capital That Make it All Possible." Thursday, Feb, 14 2002 - 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.BDPA-Richmond Exec Board MeetingsFourth Thursday each month SunTrust Bank6:30-8:30 p.m. 919 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA Corner of 10th & Main Streets 4th Floor (Piedmont Room) Upcoming EventsFirst Annual Golf TournamentSycamore Creek Golf ClubMonday, June 3, 2002 BDPA-RICHMOND &Microsoft Webcasts – Frierson InvestmentsLive, Interactive Training!Participate in interactive, synchronous, Cordially invite you to thelive online events discussing the hottest 2002 Scholarship Awards Banquettopics from Microsoft. Experiences &available now are open and free for the Computer Terminology Quiz Bowl Finalsgeneral public. Upcoming MicrosoftWebcasts include: Sunday, June 2, 2002How To Build Mobile Solutions Using the 3:00 p.m.Microsoft Mobile Internet ToolkitFebruary 5, 2002, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.PST at XML and Web Enabling Legacy Acropolis Applications Using BizTalk Server 2000 2001 E. Franklin Street February 19, 2002, 11:00 - 12:30pm PST Richmond, VA 23219 How To Develop Asynchronous Applications with .NET Framework Cost: February 26, 2002, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $30.00 for members PST $35.00 for non-members Visit Business Attire for more details 1991 Over Ten Years of Dedicated Service to “Educate to Elevate” our Community in Technology 2002
  3. 3. January 2002 DIRECT ACCESS Page 3 of 4Trigon Supports the Black Data Processing Associates’ High School Computer TrainingProgramBy Annette YatesFor the past eight years, Trigon has been a proud supporter of the Black Data ProcessingAssociates’ (BDPA) computer training program. In addition to supporting the program financially,the companys employees volunteer with the program. And, prior to the recent growth of theprogram, students even used Trigons computer training labs to develop their skills. Designed tohelp Richmond area students in grades 8 - 11 learn more about technology, the BDPA computertraining program covers topics including managing databases, client-server technology, Webdesign, operating systems, programming languages, and communication and presentation skills.In addition to the personal achievement that inevitably results from the positive relationships thestudents and volunteers develop, a select group of participants receive $500 scholarships to thecollege of their choice. Students commit to attend class every Saturday between March andAugust. When the training is complete, five are selected to travel to and compete in the nationalBDPA conference. At the national conference the students compete as a team. They mustparticipate in an oral exam, complete a programming exam and make a formal presentation to apanel of judges. Each member on the winning team receives an additional $1,000 scholarship.For more information contact 2002 High School Computer Class Kickoff & Call for VolunteersBDPA-Richmond’s Education Committee plans to kickoff the 2002 HSCC training on March 2, 2002. We are insearch of volunteer trainers and classroom assistants. Your expertise and that of your friends, co-workers, andfamily members is needed. Please post this notice at your office, church, recreation centers, etc. If you areinterested or know of others who have the skills listed below and the interest in volunteering time on Saturdays9 a.m. – 12 p.m. between March and August to educate our high school youth, please contact Juan Potts at(804) 560-9663. Our plans are to cover the topics below by segmenting the training into specific blocks oftime. We are hoping to recruit enough trainers to have 2 trainers per class as well as a minimum of twoclassroom assistants to remove the stress of the same faithful few trainers conducting all the training this year.We are seeking volunteer trainers with the following skills: • MS ACCESS • HTML • Active Server Pages (ASP) • ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) • VBScriptWe are seeking volunteer classroom assistants with the following skills: 1. Very familiar with the Windows environment, 2. Willing to learn along with the students in order to provide assistance, 3. Familiar with some type of programming language, 4. Familiar with Web applications database/SQL experience and ad hoc reporting (Crystal Reports) (Competition class)For more information or to volunteer, contact BDPA Mission Statement: Our mission is to become the leading provider of technological resources for business and education. This positions BDPA members and the community at the forefront of the information technology industry, assists in sustaining a network of IT professionals, acts as a positive influence in the IT industry, provides informational and educational opportunities, and performs community service. Membership in BDPA is open to all who advocate these objectives. 1991 Over Ten Years of Dedicated Service to “Educate to Elevate” our Community in Technology 2002
  4. 4. January 2002 DIRECT ACCESS Page 4 of 4 BDPA Richmond 2001 AccomplishmentsQuiz BowlMiddle school technology training was held during the Spring at 10 middle schools with the single eliminationcompetition in May. The final competition of the Quiz Bowl was held in June and the 4 members of the winningteam received laptop computers, donated by Avaya Communications.HSCCHigh School Computer Competition training began in the Spring with 30 students and classes were held atPhilip Morris each Saturday morning through the first of August. Two class levels were held, our first timestudents and advanced students. Our competition team of 5 students went to Chicago for the NationalConference and competition. A total of 60 people, including 20 students, represented Richmond.New WebsiteThe web team worked on the new website each Monday evening for most of the year. The new web site iscontinuously updated with new information and the team is preparing for the next development phase.ElectionsThe organizational structure changed to match the structure of the National BDPA. The Bylaws were updatedwith organizational structure changesNew RelationshipsNew partnering relationships were established with the Richmond Leadership Network and the MetropolitanBusiness LeagueFamily Fun DayFamily Fun Day was held at Haddads in August.Holiday Celebration was held in December.Member TrainingA 4 Hour Introduction to Oracle Workshop was held and the Oracle Database Training had 24 students. DIRECT ACCESS Published quarterly by Newsletter Committee: BDPA-Richmond Joyce Wilkerson, Editor Sandra J. Gray Ruth Hunt, Publisher Gloria D. Armstrong P. O. Box 26243 Joyce Wilkerson, Web Publisher Ken Smith Richmond, VA 23260-6243 STAMP BLACK DATA PROCESSING ASSOCIATES Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter, Inc. P.O. Box 26243, Richmond, VA 23260-6243 1991 Over Ten Years of Dedicated Service to “Educate to Elevate” our Community in Technology 2002