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April 29, 2016
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Introducing our Tech Nite 16 Keynote Speaker: Jim Schifalacqua
Announcing the Tech Nite 16 Nominees
SVTC MEMBERS: 2016 Class II Board Election
Harrisonburg First Tuesday Tech Meetup (May 3)
SVTC's May Bits & Grits (5/17)
Member News: Cadence, Inc. Announces Special Dividend and Results for First Quarter 2016
Introducing our Tech Nite 16 Keynote Speaker: 

Jim Schifalacqua | Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Serco Americas

Join us for Jim Schifalacqua's Keynote:

Collaboration in the Cloud - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Today's cyber environment and cloud solutions allow easy and ubiquitous information sharing and collaboration.  However this sharing is not always as we intend, and if some simple rules aren't followed can result in your valuable information reaching far beyond your trusted colleagues.  We'll discuss the benefits and pitfalls of this new way of cyber collaboration.

Sixteen Local Nominees Compete for Seven Awards

JMU Center for Entrepreneurship & JMU College of Business'
Recipient has successfully organized, developed, or managed a technology concept into a commercial product or service.
  • Darren W. Smith, Traipse
  • Sven Brueckner, AXON AI
  • Will Strickland, BrilliantBlaze, Coda Global
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver PLC's
Honors the company whose growth, accomplishments, or prospects represent a significant technological contribution to the Valley.
  • DASCOM Americas 
  • giv2giv 
Recipient's leadership has served as a catalyst for positive technology-related activity.
  • Dr. Ken Rutherford, JMU CISR
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in higher education and training.
  • Dr. Tom Richardson, University of Virginia
  • Nick Swayne, 4-Virginia
  • Drs. Heydari, Tjaden, and Wang, JMU
Virginia Robotics'
Honors innovative use and/or development of technology in K-12 education and training.
  • Stephanie Failes, Rockingham County Public Schools
  • JMU ISTE Standards for Teachers Certification Program
  • Dr. Michael Ormsmith, Brenda Lovekamp, Staunton City Schools
  • John Woods, North Fork MS, Shenandoah County Public Schools
Center for Innovative Technology's
Honors innovative use of technology in more traditional industries, such as agriculture or manufacturing.
  • Rockingham Group
  • Shenandoah Growers
JMU College of Integrated Science and Engineering's
Honors an area technology company, university, Individual or organization, who is making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices.
  • Dairy Queen

SVTC MEMBERS: 2016 Class II Board Election

Please check your inbox to vote electronically. Anyone who does not vote via the link that is sent to you (active until May 19, 11:59pm) can vote with a paper ballot at our luncheon and annual meeting on May 47, 11:30 - 1:30.   You can register for the luncheon here.

If you would like to become an SVTC Member here is our membership information.

Tom Voss working at CDC in the
Biosafety Level 4 Lab in 1994
SVTC Luncheon and Annual Meeting
May 24, 11:30am -1:30pm;  Wood Grill, Harrisonburg VA

Our topic -
Emerging Viral Disease Research at SRI International:
Taking the Next Pandemic off the Table

From Ebola and MERS to Zika, emerging or re-emerging viral diseases continue dominate the headlines. While the threat to public health, national security, and economic stability is real, efforts focused on addressing the challenge are underway in SRI International's Shenandoah Valley site and it's Center for Infectious Diseases. With unique and specialized facilities, experienced scientific professionals, SRI works with government and non-government organizations to solve the problem of emerging disease before they emerge. Combining expertise in virology, public health, epidemiology, medicinal chemistry, information technology, robotics, and engineering, we are focused on ameliorating the potential effect of emerging pathogens before the cross the species barrier from animals into humans. Our discussion will highlight efforts in the Shenandoah Valley site to understand the fundamental biology of emerging viruses to predict their explosive emergence, and to develop strategies to stop the next pandemic from occurring.

Networking begins at 11:30am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

SVTC Members only will have an opportunity to conclude their voting for the spring 2016 election for the class II of director (--> whoever did not vote online by May 19, can catch up in person). 


Many thanks to our luncheon sponsors!


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Harrisonburg First Tuesday Tech Meetup
May 3, 4:30-6:30pm;  Beyond Restaurant, Harrisonburg, VA

Please join us at the Harrisonburg First Tuesday Tech meetup. Everyone is invited, although those with a particular interest in technology may have more fun! Please spread the word.

Nothing formal (yet), just beers, conversation with others involved in tech and a GREAT time!

Thanks for helping to build the tech community here in Harrisonburg and around the Shenandoah Valley.

SVTC's Bits and Grits
May 17, 8-9am;  Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  


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Member News: 
Cadence, Inc. Announces Special Dividend and Results for First Quarter 2016

Cadence, Inc. announced unaudited results for the first quarter of 2016 including an 11% increase in revenue compared to 2015 to $23.0 million.  Earnings per share declined 1% over prior year to $.80 per share.  Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were up 3% to $3.8 million.  
"2016 is off to a good start from a revenue perspective" said Ken Cleveland, CFO.  "Earnings growth is being challenged by a number of growth initiatives current being funded."
At its April 25th meeting, the Cadence Board approved a special dividend of $1.00 per share payable to shareholders of record April 25, 2016 on or before June 1, 2016. Chairman Peter Harris said, "The Board routinely reviews the company's capital structure and other investment opportunities and is committed to maintaining an optimal capital structure. This dividend should not be seen as the beginning of a regular and predictable dividend policy. Rather, the Board will continue to monitor the company's performance, potential opportunities and take actions it feels are appropriate."

About Cadence, Inc.
Cadence, Inc. is a leading supplier of advanced products, technologies and services to medical device, life science, automotive, and industrial companies worldwide. Cadence develops solutions-oriented relationships with customers and provides highly technical solutions that enable improved product performance in clearly measurable ways.  Cadence employs more than 475 people worldwide with headquarters in Staunton, VA and other locations in Cranston, RI, Pittsburgh, PA, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Plymouth, MA, and the Dominican Republic.  More information on Cadence can be found at

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