Newsletter: BDPA New York (Mar 2011)


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Newsletter: BDPA New York (Mar 2011)

  1. 1. Volume 29, Issue 2 Spring 2011Inside this issue: 2011 Black Family Technology Awareness Week A Success2011 Black Family Tech- 1nology Awareness Week a reers in the Air Force, Commu- Heather Roberts, Cecilia Jen-Success nication is More than 160 kins, Ivan Mossop, Yinka Adeg-2011 National Conference 1 Characters, and Careers in the benl, and Lekan Ikotun. Gaming Industry. In addition,President’s Message 2 BDPA Delaware students pre- Lastly, the chapter would likeWomen’s History Month 3 sented their IT Showcase to thank the sponsors of thisSection presentations. year’s event:In the Community 4 Dr. Bilal Muhammad, an activeBDPA NY Featured in Di- 4 The BFTAW co-chairs, Damon BDPA member, was a dynamicversity Careers Magazine Holmes and Cheryl Nedwell, Master of Ceremonies through-Professional/IT Events 4 along with our other Executive out the event, sharing many Members worked very hard to gems of wisdom with thePhoto Gallery 5 make 2011 Black Family Tech- young adults in attendance.Student & Youth Opportuni- 7 nology Awareness Week a suc- There were also notableties cessful event. The event, held speeches by Brooklyn Borough as well as the Abundant LifeUpcoming Events 8 Saturday, February 26 at Abun- President Marty Markowitz and Christian Center for being gra- dant Life Christian Center, in NY State Senator Sampson (D- cious enough to provide a ven- Brooklyn, NY, featured local Brooklyn), both of whom ue for the event. politicians, professionals, and shared the importance of entrepreneurs, all of whom BDPA and the role of technolo- Photos from the event can be stressed the importance of gy on an international scale. viewed on page 5, and in our education and African Ameri- Fotki gallery at can involvement in Information We would like to thank the bdpanewyork. Technology. following speakers who helped facilitate our different work- Submitted by Damon Holmes Workshops included: Cyber shops: Denise Hamilton, Sean & Renetta English Security/Cyberbullying, IT Ca- Scott, Laquette Holmes,2011 Conference Fast Approaching The “Windy City”, a.ka. Chicago, IL, is set to be host for the 2011 National BDPA Conference, to be held from Aug 3—6, 2011, at the Hilton Chicago. The national conference is an annual forum dedi- cated to joining IT Professionals with the latest technology advances, and career and professional development opportunities. The mission is to provide access to the most innovative concepts in emerging technologies, theories, research and education. The 2011 Conference may be a few months from now, however National BDPA is providing the greatincentive to register early with discounted early bird registration. The early bird registration rates are $350 for members and$450 for non-members. To get this discount, you must register by 11:59 pm on March 31, 2011. Please visit for more information on the 2011 National Conference and to register. See you inChicago!Submitted by Danielle Cauthen Page 1
  2. 2. Volume 29, Issue 2President’s Message It’s 3 months into the new year and I, along with the rest of the BDPA NY Executive Board, have been working very hard to make sure BDPA is no longer the “best kept secret ‘ in New York. February was a very busy month for our chapter. As a new President, I learned so much by at- tending BDPA’s 1st quarter board meeting in Chicago. There, I had the opportunity to network with the officers on the National Board of Directors. Yvette Graham, our National President, and the National Executive Board have a number of goals that have been met to “Take BDPA To The Next Level.” One of the goals was to implement our new website. Have you logged onand updated your profile?On February 3rd we were featured on the TV program “Caribbean Classroom”. I, along with Denise Hamilton,Director of Education & Community Outreach, were interviewed by the host, John Crow, to discuss the im-portance of our organization to IT professionals, small business owners and students alike. BDPA NY was alsorecognized in print on and in the February/March 2011 edition of Diversity Careers Magazine.Moira Jack represented BDPA-NY as a presenter for Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) – Minority Student Day. GuyDuggins, Bilal Muhammad and Moira also represented BDPA at the Computer for Youth Family Computerevent. Lastly, I along with members of the board represented the chapter at the Pace University Career Fairand Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Martin Luther King and Black History Month events.On February 26th, we hosted our first community event for 2011 - Black Family Technology Awareness Week(BFTAW) at Abundant Life Christian Center in Brooklyn, NY. All in attendance felt BFTAW was an awesome andinformative event. I was also pleased that BDPA members Bilal Muhammad, Guy Duggins, Jasmine Miller,Daniel Jean-Toussaint, Terence Hall, Minta Royster-Burke, and Cheri Jack volunteered their time.On March 5th , we launched our IT Showcase Program at the Brooklyn Business Library. I would like to thankCarol Anthony, Director of IT Showcase for her hard work in recruiting our students. Please contact Carol if you are interested in being a mentor.Again, I want to remind everyone that we are actively seeking volunteers for our committees and 2011 eventsand initiatives. We need volunteers to lead and/or serve on committees in the following areas: Education,Membership, Community Service and Fundraising. I hope that many of you step up to volunteer in some capac-ity.Finally, the National BDPA Conference will be held from August 3-6th in Chicago, IL. Have you registered? Regis-ter now at .Renetta EnglishPresident, BDPA New York Page 2
  3. 3. Volume 29, Issue 2Women’s History MonthNew York Events Honoring African-American Women President Renetta English to be Honoree at Salute to Professional WomenSchomburg Center Celebrates Wom- Hosted by The Network Journalen’s History Month 11:00 am—2:00 pm In celebration of Women’s History Tickets:$325 Month, President Renetta EnglishMarch 19 Marriott Marquis has been chosen to receive the 1535 Broadway Chairmans Organizational Leader-Women of Color in Film: Chisholm ’72 - New York, NY ship Award at The ProfessionalUnbought and Unbossed Visit Network’s 10th Annual Salute to Professional Women.*Free* -black-women-award-luncheon for4:00 pm more info and to purchase tickets Please come out and join BDPARSVP to New York at the awards event, as March 24 we celebrate Renetta’s achieve-March 21 ment. The event will be held on Salute to Professional Women Thursday, March 24th, at 5:30pmWomen’s Jazz Festival: Maggie Sings Hosted by The Professional Network at The K. Lounge, 30 West 52ndAbbey - A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln 5:30 pm Street, New York, NY.Featuring Maggie Brown The K LoungeTickets: $20-$25 30 West 52nd St To RSVP please send an email directly to The Professional Net-Visit New York, NY work atnode/105880?lref=64%2Fcalendar For more info contact more info Former National BDPA andSchomburg Center for Research in March 28 New York President HonoredBlack Culture by United Way515 Malcolm X Boulevard Womens History Month - An EveningNew York, NY with Women of Excellence in The Arts BDPA New York would like to con- Featuring Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Carol gratulate Renee McClure, who wasMarch 22-29 Maillard, Ntozake Shange, Tamara recently honored at the United Tunie and Glory Van Scott Ways Fifth Annual "Power of Wom-Womens History Month @ Malcolm X Tickets:$10-$25 en to Make a Difference" Awardsand Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Riverside Theatre @ Riverside Church Luncheon at Cipriani’s, in New 490 Riverside Drive York City, on February 24, 2011.Educational Center For photos from the event, pleaseVarious Events New York, NY visit X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Me- Events/United-Way-Awards-morial and Educational Center For more info visit Luncheon/United-Way-5th-Annual- The/15970621_98f9H/2#119803940 Broadway calendar.php 36884_kZzUANew York, NYFor more info visit Renee is an exceptional who has made a huge impactevents.htm on BDPA as a former BDPA-New York and National BDPA President.March 24 Congratulations, Renee.25 Influential Black Women in Busi- Submitted by Renetta Englishness Page 3
  4. 4. Volume 29, Issue 2In the Community: March-May 2011 Professional/IT Events: March—May 2011March 24 March 18 Business Borrowing Basics Workshop L2 Clinic: Facebook, Indepth *Free* 9:00 am—3:30 pm Harlem Business Alliance New York University Stern School of Business 275 Lenox Ave 40 West 4th St New York, NY New York, NY For more info and to register visit For more info and to register visit l2facebookclin- March 23April 16 Structure Big Data Conference 2011 New York Cares’ 7:30 am—6:30 pm Hands on New York Day Pier Sixty at the Chelsea Piers Various Parks throughout NYC New York, NY For more info and to register visit For more info and to register visit bigdata/home/default.asp?ievent=463658 March 29May 15 Blog Well NY: How Big Brands Use Social Media Aids Walk New York 1:00 pm—5:00 pm For more info visit Columbia University, Lerner Hall newyork/ 2920 Broadway Avenue New York, NY For more info and to register visit newyork2011/BDPA New York Featured in February/March 2011 Diversity Careers Magazine March 31-April 1 BDPA New York is featured in the Geeky by Nature February/March 2011 edition of Di- 2 Days of Design, Art, and Code for Digital Designers/ versity Careers In Engineering & In- Developers formation Technology magazine. An School of Visual Arts Theatre article on our 2010 Scholarship & 333 West 23rd St Awards Dinner, submitted by Dan- New York, NY ielle Cauthen, BDPA NY VP of Com- For more info and to register visit munications, can be found on page14. In addition, our new president, Renetta English, May 25is recognized on page 98. BDPA New York thanks Di-versity Careers Editor-in-Chief Kate Colburn for includ- Technology, Engineering, and Security Clearance Career Fairing these articles. The magazine can be viewed online Hosted by Dice.comat Radisson Martinique 49 West 32nd StSubmitted by Danielle Cauthen New York, NY For more info and to register visit eventid=3509 Page 4
  5. 5. Volume 29, Issue 2President’s Message, continuedPhoto GalleryBlack Family Technology Awareness Event—February 26, 2011 1 1. BDPA members pose with Brooklyn Borough Presi- dent Marty Markowitz (3rd left) and Pastor Festus Adeyeye, Abundant Life Christian Center (3rd right) 2. NY State Senator John L Sampson (D-Brooklyn) (c) poses with BDPA members. 3. Audience members in attendance 4. Speakers and presenters at event. 5. Dr. Bilal Muhammed speaks during event 2 3 4 5 Page 5
  6. 6. Volume 29, Issue 2President’s Message, continuedPhoto GalleryComputers for Youth—February 5, 2011 BDPA members attend the Computers for Youth Family event, held at IS 204 in Queens, NY on Feb- ruary 5, 2011.Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Black History Month Event—February 2, 2011 President Renetta English (l) and VP of Communi- cations Danielle Cauthen (r), pose with Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, at Mayor Mi- chael Bloomberg’s Black History Month event, held at Gracie Mansion on February 2, 2011.IT Showcase Kickoff—March 5, 2011 Carol Anthony, Director of IT Showcase, working with students at the IT Showcase Kickoff event, held at the Brooklyn Business Library, on March 5, 2011 Page 6
  7. 7. Volume 29, Issue 2Student & Youth OpportunitiesGoogle FUSE Summer Retreat Google is offering a select group of freshman computer science students the unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun at their New York City office, as a part of the Google FUSE program. Designed especially for underrepresented minorities, Google is providing up to 50 aspiring com- puter scientists the opportunity to participate in this all expense paid retreat. The application deadline is April 10, 2011. For more information and to apply please visit http://iStockPhoto York City Summer Youth Employment Program The New York City Summer Youth Employment Program provides seven-week summer employment opportunities to youth from the ages of 14 to 21. Those selected work up to 25 hours a week, earning $7.25 per hour in assignments ranging from government agencies, hospitals, and summer camps to museums, and sports and retail organizations. The application process begins April 1, iStockPhoto 2011, and applications are accepted until May 2011. For more information and to apply (startingApril 1) please visit York Summer Internal Drive (iD) Tech Camps iD Tech Camps offers summer computer camps for kids and teens (ages 7-17) at 60 universities in the United States and Canada. In the New York City area, the colleges offering these camps are Adelphi University,in Garden City, NY, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Fordham, Colum- bia, and New York Universities,in New York City. Depending on the location, iD Tech Camps offers 2D & 3D Video Game Camps, ProgrammingCamps, Robotics Camps, Web Design Camps, Flash Animation Camps, and Movie Editing Camps. To learn more and sign up for a camp, visit York City Summer Internship Program The NYC Summer Internship program provides internship opportunities to college and graduate students within the city government. Internships are available between May and September for a maximum of 13 weeks. For available positions and more information on the program visit http:// (Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland) Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) is a one-week summer program for high school junior and senior females, who have interest in studying and pursuing a career in engi- neering. All selected students live on the University of Maryland campus, and have the chance to participate in engineering activities, experiments, workshops, and seminars led by professional engineers. The cost of the program includes a partial housing scholarship. Application deadline is March 28, 2011. For more information and to apply please visit Page 7 Page 7
  8. 8. Volume 29, Issue 2BDPA-NY Contact Information BDPA-New York 2011 Executive BoardBDPA NY ChapterPO Box 808 President………………………………………………………...…………..Renetta English ( Hill Station VP of Finance………………………………………………………..…...….Wanda Jackson ( York, NY 10156-0808 VP of Member Services…………………………………………....….....Joshua Wynn ( VP of Strategy & Planning……….…………………………..….……………Alain Leroy ( Phone: 212-802-5431 VP of Communications…………………………….…………......Danielle Cauthen ( Fax: 212-591-6093 Director of Professional/Tech Development………..…….Damon Holmes ( Email: Director of Education/Community Outreach…..………..…..Denise Hamilton ( Director of IT Showase………..………………………….……..Carol Anthony ( Director of External Support ……………………………………………………………....………....Evelyn Poole Immediate Past President………………………….....….Judaea Yarde Lane ( Black Family Technology Awareness Week Chair…………..……………………………………………………………….Cheryl Nedwell ( Co-Chair……………..……………………………………………………….Damon Holmes ( About BDPA Founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and the latethe ClassroomWimberly, BDPA (formerly Black Data Processing Associates) is a premier Advancing Careers from David to the Boardroom networking organization for minorities and IT professionals alike. BDPA is a global, member focused organization that positions its members at the forefront of the IT industry. We are committed to delivering value to our members strategic partners, and to the community. BDPA-NY aspires to be a leading chapter in the national BDPA organization. Our members include individuals who are employed with corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, as well as high school and college students. The New York Chapter is the 5th largest chapter of BDPA. Chartered in September 1982, our chapter has successfully reached out to our community through networking, education programs, seminars, workshops, and the annual conferences. Also, we serve as community partner for the Community Technology Centers and engage everyone to learn about technology, careers, and higher education. BDPA-New York Upcoming Events April 21 Program Meeting topics are tentative and subject to change Program Meeting based on speaker availability. June 6-13 Program Meetings begin at 6:30pm. Location info will be Internet Week New York posted on our website when available. June TBD To attend a meeting/event it’s extremely important to RSVP Annual Scholarship & Awards Banquet to Please visit events.htm for up-to-date information on all our events. August 3-6 National BDPA Conference Chicago, IL Page 8