Welcome to Community Day 2010

Enhancing the Learning Experience


Dear Friends and Colleagues:

North Carolina has been a world leader in leveraging the presence of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN). Each year, we recognize the tremendous work being done in the NCREN community with our annual NCREN Community Day. Our theme this year is Enhancing the Learning Experience.

I cordially invite you to participate in this year’s event on November 18-19 at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, N.C. It is our way to say thank you for helping MCNC continue to positively impact student achievement and economic development in North Carolina.

NCREN is one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks and has been the foundation for accelerating innovation, provide cutting-edge infrastructure to give tremendous potential for education and commerce, and increasing the economic vitality of the state. Since 1984, when a microwave network and a few modems were state of the art, forward-looking leaders in the state saw the value of connecting education institutions and researchers to each other and to the beginning of this thing called the Internet.

Fast forward 26 years, and high-bandwidth connectivity is ubiquitous. And in 2009, thanks to a governor and General Assembly with great vision, NCREN now brings the great minds of North Carolina’s nearly 3 million students, instructors, researchers, and administrators across K-20 education to the world -- and the world to 3 million North Carolinians.

MCNC has hosted NCREN Community Day since the late 1990s. It is an ideal setting for users and constituents to hear from leaders in the community and to share applications, best practices, successes, and ideas experienced by peers through the use of NCREN and its related services.

This year our program will paint a vision for our future where opportunities are unlimited with what we can create together. We will also recognize members of the NCREN community with our annual awards --the Endeavor Award, the Empower Award, and the Community Choice Award.

As technology continues to evolve, MCNC continues to serve as a platform for enhancing the research and education experience as we move to serve additional community institutions. Please be sure and register for what will be a wonderful and informative look at how the NCREN Community is Enhancing the Learning Experience.

I look forward to seeing you in November.


John Killebrew
Vice President of NCREN Community Suppor