The event was held at the Segue Technologies office near Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base. Shofner spoke to military, industry and government professionals about his
three keys to success: maintaining a positive
attitude, working your boss’s priorities and
trying new things. Shofner also discussed
what he looks for in young professionals:
He said they should be themselves and help
keep morale high. He suggested getting to
know people through small groups or professional organizations. Getting plugged in
is essential to overall development. Shofner closed the session with questions and
answers on leadership topics.
Chapter Gives $41,000 in STEM
Awards to Students, Teachers
The chapter distributed more than
$41,000 in scholarships and grants to students and teachers during a May luncheon.
Students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees
received scholarships ranging from $1,000
to $3,000. Industry partners ANDRO Computational Solutions, Alion and SRC donated to the scholarship program. Six local
teachers received Teaching Tools Awards.
The chapter also awarded $3,000 to provide
two scholarships for Project Fibonacci, a
STEM leadership conference for local high
SAIC Vice President Speaks at
General Membership Meeting
The chapter held a general membership
meeting in June at the Gen. George Patton
Museum in Fort Knox, Kentucky. AFCEA
International, the chapter and the Science
Applications International Corporation
(SAIC) were sponsors. The guest speaker was
Sanjay Sardar, vice president for data science
at SAIC. Chapter President Bill Heidenreich
kicked off the event by welcoming new chapter board members Col. Edward Prem, USA,
and Richard Garner. Jenifer Spencer, the
chapter’s vice president of awards, announced
that Martin Harbolt and Luke Hill received
AFCEA International awards for exceptional
professional career performance. The chapter
also received the 2015 Model Chapter Award.
The Scholarship Committee has reviewed 14
applications and will select three individuals
for awards of $1,000 each, to be presented
at the next general membership meeting.
Next, Sardar began his presentation, “
Redefining Ingenuity: Effective Use of Metadata
to Increase the Value of Data.” He highlighted the rise of knowledge workers and the
importance of business agility. New roles,
rules and strategies have emerged to provide
increased value to customers.
State of the Chapter Luncheon
George Beck, past chapter president, provided an overview in June of the chapter’s
DAYTON-WRIGHT—The chapter’s Young AFCEANs gather for a June mentoring session at
Segue Technologies’ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base location.
ERIE CANAL—Students receiving scholarships in May include (front, l-r) Emily Filmer;
Savannah Decker; Blake Haddad; Claire Parisi; Ryan Roseboom; Timothy Zarecki; Jarrett
Winders; Joshua Zvirzdin; David Jeselson; Heather Hayes; (back, l-r) Alex Filmer; Matthew
Preisendorfer; Clyde Vanderpool; Brandon Pugh; Kendra Walker; Issac Burmingham;
Ashleigh Crawford; and Nicholas Melchiore.
ERIE CANAL—Teaching Tools recipients in May are (l-r) Michael Comet of South Lewis
Central School; Dana Cook of South Lewis Central School; Anne Huntress of South Lewis
Central School; Jana Brown of South Lewis Central School District; Eric Wojtalewski of
Solvay High School; and Karla Williams of Whitesboro Central School District.
president (r), presents
a check to Project
Andrew Drozd of ANDRO
(l) and Daniel Kostelec,
arts and mathematics
coordinator, in May.