November 2011

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) will hold its Wednesday, November 9, 2011 meeting at the White Palace at Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV. White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003 (map via bing).

Greater Wheeling Chapter 2012 Officer Nominations

Election of Officers – the following Greater Wheeling Chapter members have been nominated for next years slate of officers:

President: Jim Clark West Liberty University

Vice-President: Bruce Koegler Oglebay Resorts

Secretary: Bill Fairbanks Ohio Valley Coal Company

Treasurer: Joe Bland Valley Hospice

Director (3 year terms 2012-2014)

Karen Kovacs Diocese of Wheeling Charleston

Richard Harrold Diocese of Wheeling Charleston

Elections will be at the November 9th meeting.

IPA Update

Marilyn Perhacs will give an update on the yearly IPA forms and how they should be filled out.

Speaker and Topic

 Dr. Terry Allen Wallace is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Innovation in Education at West Liberty University and a Senior Fellow with the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia.  He holds advanced degrees from Ohio University, George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  With a rich history in education, public policy and healthcare, Dr. Wallace has served in Cabinet level positions in Ohio, as a healthcare CEO and as a senior school district administrator.  A longtime member of the graduate faculty at Muskingum University, he has taught at universities in four states and writes syndicated monthly newspaper columns. 

He is a primary architect of the Woodland Hills Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was recently named as one of the nation’s top 30 schools in only its second year of operation and has provided legislative testimony at both the State and Federal levels on a variety of topics ranging from education and developmental disabilities to veterans’ affairs and economic development.

        A resident of theWheelingarea, he is active in community affairs and sits on several of boards, including the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education and theWest VirginiaAccessCenterfor Higher Education. 

 Institute for Innovation in Education

In his monthly campus report for October, West Liberty University President Robin C. Capehart said the university’s new Institute for Innovation in Education will be a resource throughout the state of West Virginia for the advancement of teaching, learning and leadership.

 Capehart said the institute, headed by senior fellows Susan McGowan-Koyzis and Terry Wallace and executive director Ron Witt, was created to take the “good ideas” contributed by faculty and staff and put them into practice for the benefit of WLU and education throughout the state.

 Wallace explained that WLU, the only institution of higher education to participate in all of the Higher Education Policy Commissions statewide forums this fall,  has been asked by the HEPC chancellor to contribute to the commission’s higher education strategic planning process. He explained that there has been a “culture change” in West Virginia. The number of graduating high school seniors has peaked and the state finds itself around 8,000 four-year college graduates short of replacing the current workforce.

 “Job openings are going begging in this state,” Wallace said, “and business growth is stunted for the lack of qualified college graduates.”

 The role of the Institute for Innovation in Education is to work toward graduating students who can fill that void. Toward that end, Wallace said, the institute will endeavor to recruit the very best high school seniors and non-traditional students, such as military veterans, to be the “next generation” of leaders in the state.

 Capehart also reported that fall enrollment at WLU is 2,788, an increase of 2 percent over 2010, and that freshman class enrollment is up 5 percent over last year. The number of Elbin Scholars is up 44 percent.  PROMISE scholars constitute 14 percent of all full-time students, he reported, and incoming freshmen had higher grade point averages and ACT scores than the previous freshman class.

 “This is a reflection of the quality of education we’re providing at West Liberty University,” Capehart said.

 He cited new academic programs, such as the physician assistant program slated to begin in July, 2012. “This will be a significant program not only for WLU but for the entire state,” Capehart noted.

 Several new programs in the College of Education, a new Office of International Education and an Honors College also are being created. Groundbreaking on the new Health Sciences building is set for the spring of 2012 and an international Masters of Business Administration program is being prepared for submission to HEPC.

Event Schedule

We will meet on the first floor of the White Palace. Social time and registration will be from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. The buffet style dinner will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the presentation will start after the meal. Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $10.00 for AITP student members, and $23.00 for guests.

We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us

E-mail Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP. Reservations are essential to ensure there is sufficient food and seating available for our group. Please respond early to give the restaurant ample time to prepare. No shows will be billed for the reserved meal.

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