Welcome to Community Day 2012

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Dear Friends and Colleagues:

North Carolina continues to set a high national networking benchmark by leveraging the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) to provide true high performance broadband connectivity throughout the public sector. Each year, we recognize and celebrate progress and achievements from all over the NCREN community with our annual NCREN Community Day. Our theme this year is “Think Big”.

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Together, we have faced and are nearly finished with surmounting the challenges of building an owned statewide optical fiber network to become the new and advanced NCREN. This new infrastructure affordably and effectively removes bandwidth restraints from how we conduct public service, education, healthcare, and economic development in North Carolina. So now it is time to “Think Big” as we look forward…into expansive scientific development at our research extensive universities and at the North Carolina Research Campus…into giant leaps forward in education outcomes driven individually with precise informatics shared from our data bases…into life-saving medical advances such as telehealth in schools, sharing of individual and institutional knowledge, and global disease prevention and protection…and into quality sustainable job creation stimulated by our momentum.

I cordially invite you to participate in this year’s event on Thursday and Friday, November 15-16, 2012 at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. This year we continue to involve our constituents in hosting Community Day. Elon University provides an ideal environment for this year’s event. A strong and growing member institution, Elon is centrally located in the piedmont “swoop” with terrific conference facilities and parking. Please be sure to thank our member host for providing a venue to Think Big at this year’s event.

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.

Our Think Big theme provokes all speakers and attendees to be stimulated and rewarded as we “break out of our boxes” and embrace needed disruptive change. We will also recognize members of the NCREN community with our annual awards – the Robyn Render 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 expand service to additional community institutions and grow our service portfolio. Please be sure and register for an exciting opportunity to come together as we “Think Big”.

I hope you will join us in November.

John Killebrew Vice President of NCREN Community Support MCNC