AFCEA NOVA is pleased to honor Connie Zhong as the SuperNOVA of the Month for December 2011.
Connie Zhong is the Director of Federal Healthcare Solutions at Capital Region at Emergint Technologies and our SuperNOVA for December. Connie is one of our go-to AFCEANs, volunteering for almost every AFCEA NOVA event over the last few years. She has been of great help with inviting the speakers, assigning escorts, handling logistics, and creating small business tracks and other tasks for all of our IT Days and the Valentine Ball.
Casey Coleman, GSA CIO, spoke at our 11th annual IT Day focused on the Army. Ms Coleman discussed GSA’s Leadership in Moving to The Cloud.
In June 2011, GSA moved 17,000 users to the cloud-based Google email and collaboration platform with a projected five year savings of $15 million. This move reduced waste/redundancy including decommissioning 45 servers. The yearly carbon savings is equivalent to taking 60 cars off the road. It also included cost avoidance of roughly $5M to refresh legacy infrastructure.
The move provides improved productivity, collaboration and security. This architecture supports Telework, Mobility, and the New Office Space enabling GSA employees to do their work in a secure environment on any device. GSA’s Drive to the Cloud enables the transformation of the Headquarters at 1800 F Street with the needs of a mobile workforce in mind.
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AFCEA NOVA Education and Grant Committee awards discretionary grants in Fall and Spring of every year. We are pleased to announce a grant of nine thousand dollars to five area schools. The Fall 2011 grant winners are:
• James Madison High School
• Seneca Ridge Middle School
• Lake Braddock Secondary School
• Dominion High School
• Robinson Secondary School
“When Melissa Booker’s IB physics students found out that the robotics program was awarded this grant for purchase of equipment for them to work with… you could hear LOUD whoops of joy resonating inside and outside of Melissa’s classroom! The students were thrilled! Because of this grant, our physics students will have an opportunity to enter the Science Olympiad Robotics Competition that will take place on February 25th,” said Deb Duncan, Assistant Principal and High School Science Department Administrator, Robinson Secondary School.
AFCEA NOVA is pleased to honor Steve Costolo as the Young AFCEAN of the Month for November 2011.
Steve is the Federal Account Manager for Gigamon, LLC - a provider of intelligent Traffic Visibility Networking solutions for enterprises, data centers and service providers. Steve assists DoD and Intel customers with architecting a Traffic Visibility Network that provides their Cyber Security and Network Analysis tools the data they need to support Continuous Monitoring and Situational Awareness missions.
Steve runs the audio-visual equipment for every AFCEA NOVA IT Day. He volunteered to run the audio-visual equipment for all of our luncheons, has served as a Junior Escort at our IT Days, and was an instrumental part of the Luncheon Committee in helping secure corporate table sponsorships. He always volunteers to help and shows up for almost every chapter event to offer his support. AFCEA NOVA is glad to recognize Steve as one of our outstanding Young AFCEANs.
In December, the Honorable Elizabeth A. McGrath, deputy chief management officer for the U.S. Defense Department, addressed the chapter's luncheon attendees. She reminded the audience of approximately 500 people that the managing the Defense Department requires a focus on efficiencies and effectiveness while always looking at the holistic view. One example of improved efficiencies has been to reduce the security backlog from 365 days to 54 days. The strategy for the back office is critical and must support the core mission. There is also a full court press on the auditability requirement.
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At the December luncheon, the chapter recognized its Young AFCEAN and SuperNOVA award recipients. Shana Muhammad received the Young AFCEAN Award. She is a business development manager for Strategic Resources. Muhammad co-lead for the Beltway Collaboration Reception and the chapter's last Warfighter IT Day. In addition, she serves as the Young AFCEAN lead for the Luncheon Committee. She provides exceptional support to make sure the luncheon programs continue to be successful. Connie Zhong, director of federal healthcare solutions for the Capital Region at Emergint Technologies, received the SuperNOVA Award for December. Zhong is one of the chapter's outstanding AFCEANs, volunteering for almost every event over the last few years.
In December, Casey Coleman, chief information officer, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), spoke at the chapter's 11th annual IT Day focused on the Army. Coleman discussed GSA's leadership in moving to the cloud. In June 2011, the GSA moved approximately 17,000 users to the cloud-based Google email and collaboration platform with a projected five-year savings of $15 million. This move reduced waste/redundancy including decommissioning 45 servers. The yearly carbon savings is equivalent to taking 60 cars off the road. It also included cost avoidance of roughly $5 million to refresh legacy infrastructure. The move provides improved productivity, collaboration and security. This architecture supports telework, mobility and the new office space, enabling GSA employees to do their work in a secure environment on any device.
In December, Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, chief information officer/G-6, U.S. Army, served as the keynote speaker for the chapter's annual IT Day focused on the Army. It was another successful event with almost 900 people attending. The general discussed the new environment based upon current budgets and emphasized that life is different. She said that the Army must be cost conscious and stressed the need to partner with industry to meet the mission of the Army and the mission of the United States in this economic crisis. The goals of Army must meet the goals of the nation. Everything must be done to carry on beyond current assignments. She also recognized that this is hard to do after 10 years of overseas contingency operations funding.
2012 Scholarship Applications Now Available!
AFCEA NOVA provides over 30 merit-based scholarships each year, to qualified students who are pursuing degrees or advanced training in technology-related fields supportive of our national security.
Scholarships are for $4,000 for full-time students, and $2,000 for part-time students, paid over the course of two semesters, and can be applied to undergraduate degree programs, graduate degree programs, or a certificate.
Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2012
Sweating for Vets – the Northern Virginia Chapter continues to support the Wounded Warrior program. AFCEA NOVA sponsored a team of seven riders that took part in a three-hour endurance event on Saturday November 12th for Project VisAbility. Sweat for a Vet is a nation-wide event focused on providing fitness equipment for Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and other facilities supporting our Wounded Warriors’ rehabilitation.
Team members included Major Chad Rogers, Steven Wells, Paul Smith, Ryan Cox, Jake Zimmerman, Omar Quintero, and Stephanie Spano.
Congratulations to our team and thank you to everyone who sponsored. More information can be found at sweatforavet.org .