Student Game Activity
"The Big Reveal"

Date:Tuesday, November 18
Time:5:30 (Deli snack) - 6:00 (Meeting)
Location: Cooper Standard
2110 Executive Hills Court
Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326 (map)
Use the front entrance.
Emcee:Laura Ubelhor
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Thanks to the sponsors for the game activity including:

Maxava, Jim Thompson, Consultech Services, Inc., Joy Chen, Charles Nalbandian, Len Suchta, Ed Berryhill, Melinda Lanski, SEMIUG and WMSUG

Students have been busy working on games coded on the user group iDevcloud box since the kick off during the September user group meeting. We have 13 students participating in the activity.

The meeting will kick off with an introduction to the students including school, course of study, when they will be done with studies and what career path they would like to pursue after school. (More ...)

From the President

Dear Members:

We're very excited to have our student game activity building up to the big finale. We have 13 students participating in the activity. Not many rules other than all of the tools used must be IBM i tools. We are pleased to having students from 3 schools in our area participating: Lambton College located in Sarnia Ontario Canada, Ferris State University located in Big Rapids and Muskegon Community College located in Muskegon Michigan. There are also other schools in our area that include IBM i curriculum and we hope to have future activities that include students that other schools will also be able to participate in.

Engaging the next generation is critical for the future of the platform. We're pleased to have this fun activity included as a user group activity and look forward to seeing what the students have come up with. Please join in onsite at Cooper or join in remotely in webinar format. Once students have shown their games we will have a vote for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.

If you would like information about students or College contacts you can email Laura at .

Thanks to Maxava and to group member generosity and enthusiasm encouraging the next generation we will be distributing $1,000 among students that have participated. First prize $300, second $200, third $100 and $40 each to remaining students for participating and completing games. We also have IBM cups and notepads to distribute to students and books provided by MCPress.

Prior to showing games and voting on winning games we'll introduce the students and schools that participated during the activity. Special thanks goes out to Leonard Payne from Lambton for organizing the activity as part of a student project to engage and enthuse students.

User Group due renewal will be coming up soon for membership renewal. If you receive the email and aren't the appropriate contact please forward the information on. Membership dues help us fund activities and make possible extra activities and benefits including use of the iDevcloud box.

We will be breaking for the holidays and will return in January. Our topic for January is RDi. Stay tuned for an update on meeting details.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Regards, Laura
President Southeast Michigan iSeries User Group
Phone: 248-701-7410

Letter from
Power Systems Initiative

Dear Power User Group:

Recently, I was given the opportunity to move from the field and join the Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to share with your User Group the latest happenings of the PSAI. As the Power Brand continues to it efforts to expand our ecosystem through OpenPower, ISV and MSP growth, and PowerLinux initiatives, we are similarly increasing our ongoing investment in the PSAI. Throughout PSAI's 17 year history, we have continued to focus on the following objectives:

We currently have 67 schools teaching AIX, IBM i and Power Linux skills in North America (192 worldwide) and our goal is to double this number by 2015. These schools are very interested in partnering with our business community. We offer both entry level and professional level job boards for our clients and business partners to utilize - FREE of charge. These openings are publicized to our current member schools.

We need students to fill the pipeline of the next generation of Unix Administrators and RPG programmers. We get more students by partnering with the academic community and offering internships and jobs, serving on advisory committees helping guide curriculum and sometimes even teaching as adjunct professors.

Please share this message with your User Group. Ask them to share it with Clients, Business Partners and any Academic Institutions. Our clients and business partners need skilled individuals, our schools need students in their classes, and students need opportunities for internships and jobs. This is WIN, WIN, WIN for all involved.

You can find out more about the Power Systems Academic Initiative, including the list of participating schools and the job boards, at the link below. If anyone has any questions about the program, is interested in finding skilled talent or knows of any potential academic partners, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

(See attached file: Building Power Skills 2014)

Peter T. Glass
Program Manager, Power Systems Academic Initiative
IBM Corporation, North America
Cell: 845-332-5478
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