IC EdTech Day - March 19th

The Computing Center will be participating in the 25th Annual Education Technology Day at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 19th. We will be working with our friends from Hewlett Packard showing their latest tablets, notebooks and computer systems. 

Ed Tech Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. National manufacturers will be in attendance  including Adobe Systems, Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft.

While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to everyone.  There is plenty of information that is of interest to K-12 education, the business and not-for-profit communities. At the event you'll be able to talk directly with representatives from major computer and technology manufactuerers and suppliers, explore educational applications, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education and see what can be expected in the coming years. 

The 2015 show will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Emerson Suites and adjoining areas of the Campus Center at Ithaca College. The show features a Vendor Technology Showcase, a College Showcase, and a series of seminars. 

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Entrepreneurship in Ithaca -- Competing with Silicon Valley

It's been a good month for Ithaca in the national press.  Lots of articles about our community.  The one that caught our eye is a story from CNN Money entitled "Can Ithaca, NY compete with Silicon Valley?"  cnnmon.ie/1C1wE4o  

Although the obvious answer appears to be "No", the reality is that good ideas and great companies can happen nearly anywhere. So why not here?  For decades, startups of all kinds have begun in Ithaca.  Inventions out of Cornell and from the minds of local entreprenuers have created companies that have thrived in our community.

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Cornell University Top Performer

 Cornell University Top Performer Supplier Recognition Award

The Computing Center has been recognized with a Cornell University Top Performer Supplier Recognition Award for 2014. The awards were presented to Becky Martin and Mary Stazi at the Supplier Recognition Event hosted by Cornell Procurement Services on June 11, 2014.

This is the third year that Cornell has made awards to its top performing suppliers. The awards recognize the companies that have consistently performed best in product and service quality, pricing, order fulfillment, customer satisfaction, and social responsibility. Cornell campus customers are invited to evaluate supplier performance through a customer satisfaction survey. Cornell is one of the first universities to recognize suppliers in this way. 

The Computing Center has been a local supplier to Cornell for most of our history going back over thirty three years. In addition to many products and services we provide to Cornell, The Computing Center is the primary supplier to the University for computer printer toners and inks. Since 2012, we have annually procured, managed and delivered over 10,000 printer toners and ink cartridges to the University. 

Velma German Retires

The year was 1982.  The Computing Center was just over four years old.  The IBM PC was released the summer before and we were still trying to figure out whether these "new fangled" micro-computers might have a place in business. 

We owned a DEC PDP11/34 mini computer and had written a full-service payroll processing program for it the previous year.  We collected weekly and bi-weekly timesheets from our clients, keyed in the payroll information, printed checks, and delivered the completed reports and employee checks back the next business day. This part of our business was growing and we needed someone to work "the evening" shift to process the days payroll that had come in. Velma German joined our staff as our second full-time outside employee and has been with us ever since!

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Computing Center - Lisa D'Annibale - SPCA Volunteer

In July, Lisa D'Annibale, The Computing Center's senior programmer and web mistress was featured in an Ithaca Journal article and video -  "Life in Tompkins:  SPCA of Tompkins uses foster homes to save lives".  Lisa has been fostering dogs for the SPCA for over eleven years.  

Here's the link to the Ithaca Journal Article: www.ithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article

In addition, The Computing Center is proud to be a Silver Sponsor for the SPCA of Tompkins County 2013 March for the Animals this September!

The March for the Animals is the SPCA's biggest fundraising event of the year. The money raised goes towards the medical care of the nearly 3,000 animals who pass through their doors every year!

In 2001 the SPCA of Tompkins County became the first "no-kill" open admission shelter in the country and has been committed to saving the lives of every adoptable animal ever since.

The March for the Aniimals will be held on
Saturday,
September 28, 2013
at the
F. R. Newman Arboretum,
Cornell Plantations
 

For more information about the March for the Animals and our local SPCA:   spcaonline.com/

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