Community Day 2012 Program

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NCREN Community Day

November 15 - 16, 2012

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Venue: Elon University
Moseley Campus Center
Elon, NC 27244
Venue & Directions

*All sessions are located at the Moseley Center unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time Session Title Speakers and Topics
6:45 am

Shuttle Service Begins From Elon Hunts Softball Field Parking Lot to Moseley Center

7:30 am

Registration Desk Opens

8:00 am


Available for workshop attendees

8:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop: Grant Writing

This hands-on, interactive workshop is designed to take you from just thinking about grants to learning about grant options, the process for finding opportunities, and completing exercises that will leave you with more knowledge and resources to find and pursue grant funds. (Pre-registration required. Bring your laptop.)

Darryl McGraw, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Wake Technical Community College

8:30 - 11:30 am

Workshop: Social Media

Learn about the philosophical reversal of pulling content today instead of pushing it as well as best practices on channel development and use, legal and privacy concerns, apps everyone should be using, reputation and brand management, how to build, engage and maintain your audience, how mobile devices are changing the landscape even more, and finally hear from others who will share some of their experiences. We'll also delve into social media's impact on society, the mastering of new mannerisms and lingo, and discover together some of the new platforms quickly being adopted. (Pre-registration required. Bring your mobile device.)

Noah Garrett, President, NGC Communications
David L. Elliott, Director, Victims and Citizens Services NC Department of Justice
Jennifer LaGarde, Educator on Loan, Division of Digital Teaching and Learning, NCDPI Michael Vaughn, Instructional Technologist, Elon University
Moderator: Michelle Webster, Documentation and Web Content Manager, MCNC

10:30 - 11:30 am

Elon University Campus Tour

Explore the beautiful Elon University campus on this walking tour lead by Elon students.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm


Available for all attendees

1:00 - 1:05 pm


Chris Fulkerson, Assistant Vice President for Technology/CIO, Elon University

1:05 - 1:30 pm


MCNC Senior Leadership

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Imagining the Internet (The Impact of Big Data)

Anderson illuminates people’s hopes and fears about the possible, probable, and preferred future as high-speed, digitally-networked human connectivity changes everything. She will share early 1990s predictions and recent results from the Elon University-Pew Research 2012 Future of the Internet survey.

Janna Anderson, Director of the Imagining the Internet Center and Associate Professor of Communications, Elon University

2:15 - 3:00 pm

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Museum scientists bring to light the work of the Nature Resource Center as they showcase recent investigations and research projects.

Meg Lowman, Director, Nature Research Center,
Michelle Trautwein, Associate Director, Biodiversity Laboratory

3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:05 pm

We now have clouds - how do we walk on them? The VCentennial and vRTP vision

NC State University (NCSU) is embarked on an ambitious vision to change the paradigm for higher education and research by “virtualizing” its award-winning Centennial Campus. Centennial Campus is a small city made up of NCSU research, teaching and outreach facilities, entrepreneurs, academic entities, private firms, and government agencies. NCSU wants the ability to replicate services and functionality of this physical environment and its virtual avatars ‘anywhere, anytime’ in the world, amplifying Centennial capabilities and service thousandfold, using a cloud of clouds computing platform, and the concept of virtualized "facilities". The initial operating systems for this platform is NCSU’s Virtual Computing Laboratory (VCL) technology, a powerful, but low cost, and easy to use, open source private cloud. The vision extends further - to Research Triangle. This presentation will discuss the what and how of vX (RTP, Centennial) and is intended to serve as an invitation to vPartnership that would take North Carolina education, research, outreach, entrepreneurship and innovation, and manufacturing capabilities far into the future.

Mladen Vouk, Professor and Department Chair for Computer Science and Associate Vice-Provost for IT at N.C. State University

4:05 - 4:50 pm

Community Choice Topics

Jones presents select technology topics based on votes by the NCREN Community.

Paul Jones, Director of and Clinical Associate Professor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and SILS at UNC Chapel Hill

4:50 - 5:15 pm

First Day Closing Remarks

Robyn Render Endeavor Award
Empower Award

MCNC Representatives

5:30 - 7:15 pm

Reception *Koury Business Center


Friday, November 16, 2012

Time Session Title Speakers and Topics
6:45 am

Shuttle Service Begins From Elon Hunts Softball Field Parking Lot to Moseley Center

7:30 am

Registration Desk Opens, Breakfast

Available for all attendees

8:00 - 9:00 am

Business with Bacon

This breakfast session is an opportunity to meet and become engaged with MCNC staff who lead many of the projects and services offered to the NCREN Community. Topics include: Identity and Access Management, Client Network Engineering, Data Center, Network Operations, a refreshed website, and a new DNS - GUI. You will also get a look at our financial health and hear general MCNC news and updates.

MCNC Staff

9:10 - 10:00 am

MCNC Historical Perspectives

In this panel you will learn historical perspectives about the beginnings of MCNC and NCREN from four of our earliest and most influential community members. Included will be the early reasoning for the establishment of MCNC and why the network was developed. A name from the past, CONCERT, will be explained, along with the path to NCREN, one of the finest broadband networks in the USA. Influential people and companies will be identified along with the challenges of being successful over 32 years of growth and change.

Alan Blatecky, Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation
Fred Brooks, Distinguished Professor, Computer Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
Jane Smith Patterson, President, Jane Patterson & Associates
Sherwood Smith, Former Chair, MCNC Board of Directors
Moderator: Sam Averitt, Former Vice Provost Information Technology, NCSU

10:00 - 10:40 am

Rural School-based Telemedicine for Students

The MY Health-e-Schools program provides comprehensive school-based health care services to students in Mitchell and Yancey counties through the use of telemedicine. Students who use school-based health centers have: higher rates of attendance and graduation; improved health physical and mental health; and use the emergency room less frequently for non-emergency issues. The MY Health-e-Schools programs is one of the few community-based school-based telemedicine programs in the nation and is frequently viewed as a model program for rural communities. This session will examine the benefits of school-based health centers, national trends in the implementation of school-based telemedicine, and the development and implementation process used by the MY Health-e-Schools program. A live telemedicine demonstration will be included in this session.

Steve North, Family Physician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Bakersville Community Medical Clinic

10:40 - 11:00 am

Community Choice Award


11:00 - 11:45 am

NC Legislative Leadership

NC Legislative leaders discuss the affordability and scalability of broadband services and their impact on digital learning, technology education, health care, and economic prosperity.

Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, Jr.
Rep. Linda Johnson
Moderator: Joe Freddoso, President and CEO, MCNC

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Can You See Me Now? Using Video Services to Extend the Modern Classroom

Jonathan Vester, Chief Information Officer, Nash Community College

Vester delves into how the community college recently converted underutilized and costly video endpoints into interactive two-way instructional portals. This discussion will highlight some current uses and the many possibilities video technology brings to all MCNC member institutions.

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Second Day Closing Remarks

Door Prizes

MCNC Senior Leadership

12:30 pm

Box Lunch

Available for all Attendees
Formal Adjournment

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Elon University Health Sciences Building Tour

Join Elon staff on a tour of the School of Health Sciences, located in the Gerald L. Francis Center. The school serves graduate students in the doctor of physical therapy and physician assistant program and facility features classrooms, simulation/exam rooms and observation rooms, and a variety of clinical laboratories.

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Meetings of Verticals (informal)

3:00 pm

Shuttle Service Ends