Retail Security Is
Subject of Luncheon
At the chapter’s October luncheon, Gary
Sparks and Guillermo Rosas, both fac-
ulty members in the information technol-
ogy and e-learning department at the Met-
ropolitan Community College, Omaha,
Nebraska, spoke about retail security. In
the last three to four years, retail fraud has
risen. Sparks said education and awareness
are the keys to combating retail and iden-
tity fraud. He said to consider reloadable
cards for online use and near field commu-
nication (NFC) to make contactless pay-
ments. Rosas discussed credit card con-
cerns, including how easy it is to extract
card information using a small hand-held
device. Rosas concluded that consumers
must be wary of their environment before
using their credit cards.
STEM Grants Awarded
at Holiday Mixer
The chapter held its fourth annual holi-
day mixer in December at the Platteview
Country Club in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Janel Nelson, the chapter’s vice president
of academics, said the mixer presents a
great opportunity for the chapter to show
program sponsors’ dollars at work by
awarding science, technology, engineer-
ing and mathematics (STEM) grants. Nel-
son added that these grants provide area
schools a much-needed shot in the arm for
STEM programs that need a little financial
assistance to improve. She pointed out that
the next undertaking for the chapter will
be in the spring, when several scholarships
will be awarded to deserving students that
meet the selection criteria. Anyone want-
ing additional information should contact
her directly at academics@afcea-omaha.
org or visit the chapter website at www.
Chapters Host Social
The Hampton Roads and Tidewater chapters held a joint holiday social in December
at the Sewells Point Golf Course clubhouse
BELVOIR—Lt. Col. Jeff Etienne, USA, product
director for Defense-Wide Transmission
Systems (DWTS), engages with members at
the chapter’s November luncheon.
BELVOIR—Alvie Johnson (r), the chapter’s
executive vice president of the board, welcomes Col. Etienne to the November luncheon.
BELVOIR—Chapter board member Beth Kelly
surprises Col. Etienne with a birthday cake at
the luncheon in November.
DAYTON-WRIGHT—The chapter’s former
Chairman of the Board Rick Wegmann (l)
receives an honorary award from current
Chairman of the Board Thomas Wells at the
speaker David Drake (l), technical adviser,
Information Technology, Communications
and Information Directorate, National Air and
Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, Ohio, receives a gift of thanks
from Chapter Vice President Dennis Drayer.
GREATER OMAHA—At the October
luncheon (from l), Gary Sparks of Metropolitan
Community College; Christopher Finnigsmier,
chapter executive vice president; and Guillermo
Rosas of Metropolitan Community College pose
for the camera.
GREATER OMAHA—Finnigsmier (l)
congratulates Sgt. Mason McCoy, USAF,
recipient of the chapter’s meritorious service
award, at the October luncheon.
GREATER OMAHA—Lt. Col.
Sarah Cleveland, USAF, chapter
president (c), and Janel Nelson,
chapter vice president of
academics (2nd from r), present
local educators with $1,000
science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) grants
at the December event. Educators
receiving grants are (l-r) Stacy
Bartels and Tara J. Petersen, Mary
Our Queen School; Stephen J.
Hamersky, Gross Catholic High
School; and Leisa K. Kolberg,
St. Vincent de Paul School. Not
pictured is Sandra Rhoades, St.
John the Baptist Catholic School.