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SIM Memphis Quarterly Volume 3, September 2009
About the Newsletter
The Memphis Quarterly SIM Newsletter is designed to share information about its members, upcoming meetings and other events, to reflect on recent accomplishments, and to provide information about SIM.  It will also focus on opportunities to serve the chapter as well as to participate in SIM Memphis' philanthropic activities. 
In This Issue
SIM Membership Drive
Update on SIM Scholarships
Time to Elect a New Board
MIT Update
IT Career Day at the University of Memphis
Teen Tech Camp 2009
Member News
Spotlight on Members
August Social Night with the Redbirds
Call for Business Speakers
SIMI Transformation
Cyber Security Expo
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Board of Directors

Dick Vandenberg
John Oglesby
John Lewis
Judy Simon
Susan Caldwell
Tony Rooney
Jana Branham

Diane Coons
Steve Schaefgen
Rick Pride

Jana Branham
Susan Caldwell
Diane Coons
Christi Daigre 
Mary Jo Greil
Jana Markowitz
John Oglesby  
Dean Permenter 
Rick Pride
Tony Rooney 
Steve Schaefgen
Judy Simon 

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- Michael Rapken - CIO and Executive Vice President,
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more IT professionals to aggressively lead business
process design and implementation in their firms."
- Jeanne W. Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research,
MIT Sloan School of Management

The Strategy Series for Executives is the Memphis chapter's annual event designed to bring together business executives from the Memphis Mid-South area to exchange thoughts and insights on pertinent business issues. In addition to providing a idea exchange for CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CIOs and key members of the their staffs, the Series is the principal mechanism for funding Memphis SIM's community outreach programs. The proceeds are used to support SIM scholarships at the University of Memphis and Lemoyne-Owen, Teen Tech Camp, and our partnership with the Stax Academy and Foundation.
The event provides the opportunity to explore various experiences ranging from program design, marketing and communications, to sponsorship, venue and operations. Members who become part of the Series team will enjoy developing stronger relationships with Society members, expanding their business networks through program and sponsor development, spreading the event work load among many hands, and frankly, having a good time and the satisfaction of seeing success unfold around them. 
Planning and development of the 2010 Strategy Series for Executives is beginning. Ten of your fellow members will be part of the kick off in the coming weeks. Many hands make the individual load easy to carry. Can we count on you lending yours?    To become one of the Series "hands," please contact me. 

Strategy Series Chair
SIM Membership Drive
          by Susan Caldwell 
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Members are the lifeblood of any organization and SIM is no exception. In the coming weeks, the Memphis Chapter Membership Committee will be rolling out a plan to draw in new members for our group. This will coincide with the membership drive that is being launched nationally by SIM International but, with a "Memphis" twist, of course!
While other chapters are focusing on an email campaign, we are planning to leverage what works best in Memphis and that's our relationships with our friends and business networks. The board is working on a list of senior IT executives from companies and industries not currently represented in our ranks. Chances are good that some of you know these folks. We'll be asking you to tell them about the benefits of SIM and our great Memphis chapter and to invite them to give us a "test drive". In addition, we'll be asking you to reach out to other people you know who would fit our membership profile of senior IT professionals and industry thought leaders.
So, put your thinking caps on about who you know and be watching for the details to arrive in your inbox soon!
Update on SIM Scholarships  
SIM Memphis supports two scholarship programs - one at LeMoyne-Owen College funded through the SIM James Robinson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund and one at the University of Memphis funded through the SIM Memphis Chapter Gary Lasko Memorial Scholarship.  The purpose of these scholarships is to help develop the next generation of effective information technology leaders while supporting deserving students.  Scholarships for 2009 have been awarded to three excellent students.    
Below  Jana Branhanm, LeMoyne-Owen Scholarship
Recipient Terry Smith and Christi Daigre
 LO Scholarship Recipient 2009
Terry Smith  is the recipient of this year's SIM James Robinson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund recipient.   Terry began his Junior year with LeMoyne-Owen College in August of 2009 and is majoring in Computer Science.  Originally from Greensville, MS, Terry has always loved working on computers - his passions are graphics design and systems engineering.  At this point in his life, Terry's #1 priority is focusing on his education and learning as much as possible in the computer field.  After finishing his undergraduate degree, Terry aspires to begin a full time job in Information Technology and he intends to pursue a Master's Degree. 
When not at school, Terry works part time at a local grocery store and has had several internships with computer and database focus.  His hobbies include football, basketball, running track and playing tennis.  He's a member of the "Man Up" social group at LeMoyne-Owen College and tutors math to high school students regularly.
This year, the University of Memphis had several well qualified scholarship applicants; one of those applicants, Vic Pitchford, is graduating in December of 2009.  Thus, we had a unique opportunity to award the scholarship to two recipients this year - one for the Fall term, and another for the Spring term. 
Vic Pitchford is a Memphian who is pursuing a degree in MIS and hopes to work for an IT department or network and security department upon graduation. He intends to work for a few years and then get a Master's Degree.  Vic is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program.
Stefan Erdedi is a Swedish student attending University of Memphis on a golf scholarship.  He became interested in MIS while helping his mother and father in their own businesses. He saw flaws in the effectiveness of their computer systems and realized that with proper knowledge, he could help others as well.  He has been a member of the Tiger 3.0 club and the Tiger Academic Thirty.  He was recognized for the achievement of Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in Spring, 2008.
Thanks to Jana Branham and Christi Daigre for working with LeMoyne-Owen and Jana Branham, Judy Simon, Judy Brown and Christi Daigre for working with the University of Memphis to select candidates for SIM scholarships. 
It's Time to Elect a New Board
The current Board has appointed a Nominating Committee to make recommendations for the 2010 SIM-Memphis Board. Committee members include: John Oglesby, current VP and committee chair; Dick Vandenberg, current President; Susan Caldwell, current membership co-chair; Steve Schaefgen, current Strategy Series chair; and Ed Charbonnet.

All Board positions are up for election this year. The positions are: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Program Chair, Membership Chair, Strategy Series Chair, Community Outreach Chair, and Marketing Chair.

A formal call for nominations will go out to the membership soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact any of the Nominating Committee members to suggest individuals you would suggest for specific Board positions.
Members in Transition (MIT) Update
The MIT group is planning a follow up "reunion" in the coming weeks. Part of any good project plan is checking progress. We'll be sharing what's working and what's not and adjusting the plan accordingly. If new sessions or brush up is indicated, we'll identify and schedule. But, most important, we'll be doing what IT people often neglect doing, celebrate the successes so far!
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IT Career Day at the University of Memphis
Thursday, October 29 at 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Fogelman College of Business & Economics, Room #118
The Memphis Chapter of the Society for Information Management is sponsoring and producing IT Career Day at the University of Memphis on October 29.  This annual event is produced to stimulate students' interest in a career in Information Technology.  It will feature speakers and interactive discussions about potential careers in the field of Information Technology in general and Information Technology Management.
All chapter members are invited to attend the session and to interact with students who attend.
Who is invited?  Current University and College Students
Why attend?  Discover what an information technology (IT) career can do for you, and enter a drawing to WIN a iPod Touch, 1 of 2 Blackberry Curve's and other great door prizes.   Learn more about the field and its future, and why you don't have to be a geek to enjoy a career in IT.  Refreshments will be provided. 

Master of Ceremonies:  Ed Charbonnet, Director, Applications Architecture for ACH Foods
Linda Peppers, Vice President and CTO, Information Services for MLGW - Technology and the business world. How will it impact you? What direction is MLGW and the industry moving towards with IT?

TBD, AT&T - We learn from the past and look to the future as we develop groundbreaking technology that connects you to your world.


Chad Pyle, National Account Executive for Career - As the global leader in human capital solutions, we help organizations target and attract their most important asset - their people. 

Susan Caldwell, Sr. Partner for Corner Office Consultants, Recruiter -  "The Five Top Things You Can Do to Get a Job" - A Recruiter and IT Professional shares what you must do in order to get a job in this, or any economy.

Randy Wurth & James Knight, Cisco System -
See how people are using the network to change everything from sports and entertainment to the workplace and beyond.

Ted Raynor, Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC
- Legal and IT, what?  Learn how legal issues have significant impact on Intellectual Property, eDiscovery, and the world of technology.

John Lewis, CEO for Semmes Murphy
-  Semmes-Murphy Neurologic & Spine Institute has been a leader in the development of technology and procedures that improve the quality of care for patients with neurological and spine disorders.

4:15PM - 4:45PM
Panel Discussion
with all the presenters and 2 students, moderated by Kevin Morgan with Hilton Worldwide - Ask questions, get the straight scoop

4:45PM - 5:00PM
Here's your chance to win the iPod Touch, 1 of 2 Blackberry Curve's and many other prizes...
IT Career Day is being sponsored by:
ACH Food Companies, Inc.
Burch, Porter and Johnson
Corner Office
SIM Memphis
SIM Memphis recognizes Kevin Morgan for his leadership in producing IT Career Day.  Thank you Kevin!
2009 Teen Tech Camp - Another Resounding Success!
Using the words of the Beatles to describe Teen Tech Camp, "Got to admit it's getting better, getting better all the time." 
This year's Teen Tech Camp taught students Scratch - a programming technology designed to create video games, animated stories, and interactive art.  Scratch has "building blocks" that offer different types of commands or actions which help kids learn important computational ideas as they transform images and mix in sound clips and other integrated inputs.*

The development of Scratch was funded by the NSF in conjunction with Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab and the KIDS research group a UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. 
TTC 2009 Group with Judges
Teen Tech Class of 2009 was comprised of a diverse group of 23  kids who attend public and private schools as well as kids who are home schooled.  Projects undertaken encompassed a wide range of creative thinking and execution of newly learned Scratch technical skills resulting in everything from development of video games, such as "Mermaid Girl" that has a shark pursuing a mermaid with points being scored, a keyboard with a bouncing ball that plays music, to a collaboration project involving singing and avatars. The projects presented to SIM judges at the end of the week were so varied and demonstrated such creative thinking and application of new knowledge, it was challenging to decide who would win awards for the categories of best in Presentation, Art, Animation, Collaboration, Storyboarding, Creativity, and Gaming. 
TTC Rick and Jana Judging
Jana Markowitz and Rick Pride are hard at work judging projects!
TTC Jack with Kids
Above SIM Member Jack Beglinger with Keeshuna 14 of Westwood High School, Jarveous 13 from American Way Middle School and Jatayana 14 from White Station.  The kids met at the camp, became friends immediately and decided to collaborate on a project.  They developed a melody, wrote lyrics, recorded their singing, and developed avatars that represented each of them.  
 TTC Dennis and RIck Judging
Above Dennis Norton and Rick San Roman watch as Alexis, 15, of St. George's presented.  "TTC is a real good experience because it's a chance to learn.  I learned a lot of options about Scratch," Alexis shared.
Lydia TTC
Lydia who is 13 and home-schooled said, "I love TTC because I learned things I wouldn't have had a chance to learn.  I learned a lot about computer gaming." 
TTC Sue with Ruby
Sue Conklin observes as Ruby, who is 14 and is home-schooled, demonstrates her work.  Ruby said, "I learned how to animate and input sounds into programs. The camp helped me make up my mind to study IT." Ruby's mom shared that Jana Markowitz's talk on IT really made an impact on Ruby.
Rachel TTC 
"Fun and a cool experience" is how Rachel, 15 and home-schooled, described TTC.  She added, "I've never used Scratch before and thought it would be hard, but it was simple once I learned how to use it." 

TTC Malika 
Marika who attends Snowden and is 13, learned about using multiple variables using math.  She created a pong game with scoring and a background that changed colors every 10 seconds. 
TTC Judges
TTC Judges - SIM Members and Libarary Staff
SIM Memphis thanks the BSO speakers Ed Charbonnet, Kevin Dufur, Pat Ruckh,
Colin Onita, and Jana Markowitz along with judges Jack Beglinger, Sue Conklin,
Jana Markowitz, Dennis Norton, Rick Pride, Rick San Roman and Dick Vandenberg for their support of Teen Tech Camp 2009. 
Very special thanks goes to Dennis Norton and Rick San Roman who did an outstanding job coordinating this year's camp. 
 * Information about Scratch is from

A Message to SIM Membership from Kay Mills Due, Manager Public Services, Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Dear SIM members,
Thank you so much for your continuing sponsorship and enthusiastic participation in the 2009 Teen Tech Camp!  We were thrilled to have such a large contingent of SIM members involved in BSOs and judging and networking with the campers. Rick and Dennis pulled together such a rich variety of BSO presenters.  The presentations were mentioned positively several times in the evaluations (attached). They really learned something in addition to enjoying the technologies illustrated.   Again this year, Jana's talk on technology careers was a hit!  You could just see the wheels moving in their brains as they tried - unsuccessfully - to think of a career that does not utilize technology!
We really do especially appreciate those who served as Judges and photographers giving up a Saturday morning for the Awards Ceremony!  In dealing with our young library customers, MPLIC staff all try to follow the guidelines of a Search Institute program called "How To Help Young People to Succeed."  One of the touchstones is a list of "150 Ways To Show Kids You Care."  #1 on the list is - Notice them!  Well, you certainly did that - and much more -- during Teen Tech Camp week!  You've made a difference in their lives.  The evaluations do show that several campers really are interested in a technology career, so job well done!
Thank you!  Please pass along our thanks to your entire membership.  We'll be in contact soon as we start planning TTC 2010!
Kay Due & the TTC Committee

Member News
Susan Caldwell recently joined Corner Office Consultants as Sr. Partner. Corner Office Consultants, a professional services organization headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Memphis, specializing in human resource solutions for the Information Technology industry.
This spring, Mary Jo Greil completed the masters certification in somatic work from the Strozzi Institute, Petaluma, CA. She is one of only sixty-six people who over the past fifteen years have received this designation. The Strozzi Institute leadership program develops leaders who are confident,authentic, and skillfully capable of executing their commitments. She has been integrating this new field of leadership development into all of the services from the Carson Greil Group.

From the Commercial Appeal, October 3, 2009.   Rhodes VP of Information Services, Bob Johnson, was appointed with 16 other college administrators and higher education leaders to the 2009-2011 National Advisory Board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. The Texas-based institute helps liberal arts colleges and universities explore and implement digital technologies.

John Lewis was recently named CEO of Semmes-Murphey.   Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute has been a leader in the development of technology and procedures that improve the quality of care for patients with neurological and spine disorders.
John Oglesby was recently named Executive in Residence at the University of Memphis. He will be helping the Department of MIS professors and students focus more on the practical implications of their work plus help the department better connect with the area IT community. He will also give several guest lectures to Executive MBA classes, plus participate in a special IT research project he believes will be of benefit to IT executives.

John Oglesby and Rick Pride have formed the CIO Services Group, an IT consultancy composed of local and national experts that is focused on optimizing IT performance and providing experienced and expert help in a wide range of disciplines to both business and IT executives. Their web site is
Recently Dean Permenter received his CISSP certification and became part of a three person team starting a new company, The Hospitality Security Consulting Group, LLC (HSCG), located in Memphis, Tennessee and Reno, Nevada. The company was founded by Thomas G. Daly, Thomas R. McElroy, and Dean Permenter, all long tenured hospitality industry executives. Previously with Hilton Hotels Corporation, these partners bring more than 80 years of combined experience to their new enterprise with professional board certifications in one or more safety/security related disciplines. The company provides hotel, restaurant, operators and insurers expertise on risk management as well as safety and security assessments and proven solutions for their businesses.
Spotlight on SIM Members
SIM Memphis Member, Bob Johnson, Featured as Role Model for Culture Change in Campus Technology Magazine
Bob Johnson Head Shot
few years ago Bob Johnson, CIO and VP of Information Services at Rhodes College, took on the challenge of combining the library and IT staffs into a cross-trained, unified team.  Since they neither knew what each other did nor particularly enjoyed each others' company, this was a non-trivial task, for which Bob was recognized in an article in Campus Technology Magazine in June 2007.  According to the article this is a challenge that only a handful of schools across the country have taken on.
Since that time Bob has taken on another challenge.  He added "VP of Student Services" to his CIO and VP of Information Services title, taking on with the new title the integration of admissions, financial aid, residential life, athletics, counseling and major student programs and services.
To do all of this he must change not only the culture of the groups, but their daily work processes and supporting systems.  And to make his organization one-stop-shopping for his "customers" (parents and students) he is also cross-training his teams so there is no need to point people to several different organizations for help with a student's admissions, financial aid, dorm etc.
If this sounds as complex and challenging as an ERP implementation, that's because it is.  The same issues face corporate IT executives as they struggle to re-design processes, implement new technology and get stakeholders to accept the change in order to make their companies more efficient and effective.  We sometimes fail to recognize IT practitioners in the academic industry because we forget they face similar challenges to those at for-profit corporations.  
Congratulations, Bob, on the new title and on successfully changing the culture, processes and systems at Rhodes College.  SIM Memphis is proud to have you as a member.
Interview with John Lewis, SIM Memphis Finance Chair and CEO of Semmes-Murphey
John Lewis
Tell us a little about Semmes-Murphey.
Semmes-Murphey was founded almost 100 years ago.  It is a practice that focuses on diseases and illnesses related to the nervous system.  We currently have approximately 50 medical service providers (Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Physiatrists, Pain Management specialists, NeuroPsychologists and Nurse Practitioners) and 200 other employees. 
We have two full-time offices in Memphis, one in Jackson, TN, and several part-time out-clinics in West Memphis (AR), Union City (TN), and Grenada, Desoto, Oxford and Columbus, MS. At our Humphreys office, we also have radiology services as well as a busy ambulatory surgery center where we perform outpatient surgery and block procedures.
What types of technology and process changes have you implemented at Semmes-Murphey?
When I first arrived at Semmes-Murphey Clinic (SMC) about 8 years ago, they were about to begin replacing all of their major systems.  I identified vendors, arranged presentations and site visits to select a practice management (PM) system as well as an electronic medical records (EMR) system.  We began implementation of the PM system in 2004.  Patient demographic and billing data are in the PM system and integrate with the EMR system.
When we completed the PM system implementation, we began the EMR implementation in a stair-step fashion since we had so many doctors.  We automated 3 to 4 doctors a month until we completed the process in 2005. 
Then we began looking for a picture archival and communications system (PACS) to digitize all of our images and eliminate our dependence on films from MRIs, CTs and X-rays.  We completed implementation of the PACS in 2005 and integrated it so everyone could access the images through the EMR system.
We also implemented a voice recognition (and response) system as well as a digital dictation system.
And we designed a new website for SMC which allows patients to make appointments, print various documents, pre-register and do many other activities online, saving a tremendous amount of administrative and clerical time.   We have approximately 85,000 patient visits per year so improving efficiency in the work related to making visits is a tremendous time-saver for us.
In addition to system implementations, what are your other accomplishments as COO of SMC?
We serve as a show site for the GE PM and EMR systems.  And I have presented at a couple of national conferences to help other administrators understand the value of EMRs and key performance indicators related to healthcare. 
I have accredited all of our MRI and CT equipment and we are in the process of getting all staff and technologists certified in their respective areas.  We are also in the process of accrediting our neurophysiology department.
I have developed and set up all of our major compliance plans including HIPAA, OSHA and Red Flag Rules.
Two months ago I opened up new revenue-generating exam space that was once occupied by thousands of paper charts that are no longer needed due to our EMR system.
What are some of the challenges you are facing in the move from COO to CEO?
I came into the role suddenly and unexpectedly. [Note: The previous CEO died very unexpectedly in July while John was on vacation.  John returned to step in temporarily as CEO and was soon elected  by the Board to make the new role permanent.]
There were a number of strategic decisions in process, so with the loss of a significant resource (the CEO) progress has been delayed somewhat although all projects are on track currently. 
Additionally Healthcare reform has created a major unknown situation that is making it significantly more difficult to make long-term decisions.
I think one of the key challenges has been developing a different relationship with my doctors.  They have known me in the COO role for years, but now I'm the primary "go-to" person for them.  They come to me with all issues - both personal and professional.
What are some of the challenges you overcame as COO?
Every time we have implemented a new system it has required significant changes to workflow processes.  Usually these changes are positive, but changing the mindset of a physician and his/her staff when they have been working a certain way for many years is not easy.
In addition to changing clinic workflows, systems have had an even bigger impact on front and back office processes.   We have no paper charts so there is no room for system downtime which has been a major shift for our IT staff.  Additionally, some types of jobs have simply evaporated while other staff members have had to take on new and more significant roles.  It is always difficult for people to adjust to change.
What is your background and how did you get into IT?
I've been in the field for about 10 years, but I started out in accounting over 20 years ago as a CPA for Price Waterhouse.  I decided early on that I didn't want to limit myself to  "accounting only" so I took advantage of any opportunity to take on new roles.  I've been a controller in a manufacturing company, been responsible for safety compliance, moving barge-loads of material (logistics), implementing ERP systems, been an IT manager, done accreditation for healthcare testing equipment and developed compliance plans for HIPAA and OSHA.   I'm certified in IT Project Management, certified in IT through the AICPA and just completed my certification for Medical Practice Executives earlier this year through the Medical Group Management Association.
How many years have you been a member of SIM and how long have you been on the Chapter Board?
I joined SIM in 2002 - I was recruited by Susan Caldwell.  I also joined the Board as Treasurer that year.  I have been on the Board as the Finance Chair ever since.
How has being a member of SIM helped you in your career?
For me the best part has been the networking and relationships I've developed with other members.   Of course the monthly programs and strategy series are always good.  And the national SIMposium offers some of the best and most useful programs.
Thank you, John.  SIM Memphis values you as a member, appreciates your quiet service as Treasurer/Finance Chair for 8 years and hopes you will continue to provide us your skills as a CPA as well as your perspective as a healthcare industry executive and an IT professional.
August Social Night with the Redbirds 
           by Tony Rooney   
AutoZone Park
AutoZone Park 
It was hot and threatening rain all night at the August 20th Redbirds game but inside the well appointed Cardinals suite, the air was cool, the food and beverages were plentiful and delicious, and most importantly, our fellow SIM Memphis members were having a great time!
August is usually a low attendance month for the Memphis SIM chapter with vacations winding down and back to school activities gearing up.  So, this year we decided to change the scenery and offer a more social setting for our membership with a night at the ballpark that included networking, good food, and what turned out to be a winning night for the Redbirds.  All in all everyone had a great time and believe it or not, the rain stayed away until literally the last out.
Have an idea for offering something a little different from our regular monthly meeting venue?  Send your ideas and suggestions to Tony Rooney, Program Chair.

Call for Business Speakers - Have You Volunteered Yet?

Can you find two hours in your work to make a difference in the life of a Memphis City School Student? 


SIM Memphis is helping make it possible for Memphis students at the Stax Music Academy to be educated in the technology of making music by partially funding the renovation of the Stax Music Academy's Recording Studio and Control Room.  The Stax Music Academy is one of the major programs of the Soulsville Foundation, a non-profit organization, created to serve the South Memphis neighborhood of Soulsville, USA.   

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"In Class" at Soulsville Charter School 
The mission of the Soulsville Charter School is to produce students who will be able to read, communicate effectively and possess high-order thinking skills through the interconnectedness of academics and music.
What can you do to help with this mission?   Be a business luncheon speaker!


The Soulsville Charter School is asking business people to visit the school at lunchtime and talk about their job, the education needed for their profession, and what they like about their job.


There are four lunch sessions - one for each grade, six through nine.  You may speak to one, two, three, or all the grades.


The business luncheon exposes their students to various career opportunities that they might not have known about or considered for themselves.


Please contact Lamonn Daniels at (901) 946-2535 ext. 360, identify yourself as a SIM Member, and arrange a time to speak.

Please contact Sue Conklin with any questions.  Thanks and you will have a great time! 

Special Thanks
Thanks to Sue Conklin for initiating the SIM Business Speaker Program with Stax and for its ongoing development! 



SIMI Transformation                                     

In response to concerns from SIM Chapters and members about International priorities, solutions, and support, the SIM International Board has worked for many months to re-invent SIM to improve the value proposition to members and to make SIM more responsive to Chapter needs. Recommendations for change have included the structure of the Board, the makeup and structure of the SIM support organization, membership requirements, clarification of our principles and values, and so forth.
One of the most important changes is the reconfiguration of the Board to provide chapters with a bigger voice. Of the nine members of the Board, four will specifically represent the needs of our chapters. Since the By-laws require change, the representatives were put forth and appointed for 2009 and will be on the ballot for election in 2010. These individuals are:

Kristin Valters      Extra Large Chapters
Eric Gorham        Large Chapters
Rick Pride            Medium Chapters (Includes Memphis)
Nicole Brouillard   Small Chapters
The chapter representatives will solicit others to help them with the task of communicating with the chapters, listening to issues from their representative chapters and identifying opportunities to make SIM better. The objective is to find the best ways for the SIM International organization to better serve the membership and better assist the Chapters. Forums such as conference calls with your chapter board, visits to your chapter meetings, and meetings at SIMposium will be discussed and established.

With a strong SIM International organization and strong Chapters, our members will be better served and our society will continue to grow and remain the premier society for information technology leadership.
Thanks to Rick Pride who has been working on this effort for the last year and for representing our chapter and others.
CyberExpo Banner 2009
Mark Your Calendars to Attend Cyber Security Expo 2009 at the
University of Memphis

Agenda* for

hursday, October 15th 

7:30 - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45am Welcome Remarks
Dr. Judy Simon, Co-Director, Center for Information Assurance, University of Memphis
Shaye Mandle, Executive Director, Fed Ex Institute of Technology, University of Memphis
My Harrison, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Memphis Field Office

8:45 - 9:15am Keynote Speaker - Denise D. Wood, Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, FedEx Corporation. Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Risk with the Business Demands of a Global Enterprise

9:15 - 10:00am Symantec (Speaker TBA)
10:00 - 10:15am Morning Break (Sponsored by FedEx)
10:15 - 11:30am Scott Augenbaum, Federal Bureau of Investigation Organized Cyber Crime
11:30 - 12:15pm Patrick Gray, CISCO Systems
Hackers, Crackers, Phishers, Botnets, Malware and Web 2.0, Oh My!
12:15 - 1:15pm Lunch (Sponsored by CISCO Systems)
1:15 - 2:00pm Joe Jarzombeck, National Cyber Security Division Global Issues in Software Security
2:00 - 2:45pm Garth Bruen,
Online Pharmaceutical Fraud
2:45 - 3:00pm Afternoon Break
3:00 - 3:45pm Michael Geraghty, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
3:45 - 4:30pm (Speaker TBA), Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Department of Justice
4:30 - 4:45pm Closing Remarks
Dr. Doug Hurley, Vice President for Information Technology, University of Memphis

*Agenda is subject to change as we move closer to the event. Please check back frequently for updates.
Questions? Contact:
Tammy Alexander, 901.678.1521 or