NJEdge Annual Conference | NJEdgeCon2018

DIGITAL LEADERSHIP & ENTERPRISE TRANSFORMATION

Thanks to all who attended NJEdgeCon2018 on January 11-12 and made it a record-breaking event!

January 11 & 12, 2018 | Whippany, NJ

Featuring internationally-recognized digital economy leader, Amber Mac, as our Keynote Speaker Thursday evening, please join us for a two-day conference to participate in discussions and demonstrations and learn about modern-day educational and instructional technology solutions, cybersecurity, big data analytics and digital transformation. The conference agenda is full of action-packed, interactive sessions relevant to decision makers, educators, IT specialists and librarians from NJEdge’s membership.

 

Join us and let us help you gain your edge!

Agenda:

Big Data & Analytics – Dive into the proliferation of HPC and DMZ infrastructure and explore what the future holds for Big Data and the engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses.

Education & Technology – Explore best practices, innovations and the effectiveness associated with current learning management systems and online learning tools. Presenters discuss and share situational examples of effective infrastructure, resources, sustainability models and integrated assessment tools.

Networking & Data Security – Examine national security standards and data security threats as they relate to the organizational action plans and security solutions.

Customer Support & Service Excellence – Address the need to do more with less by changing institutional realities. Explore the different approaches and methods of use with today’s technologically-sophisticated and smartphone/device-focused student populations..

Aligning Business & Technology Strategies – Address  the growing business concerns and dilemmas presented by connected devices that impact all facets of daily activity — everything from data capture and storage, to accessibility requirements, to the necessities of universal design, to the ethical dilemmas and challenges related to having a smart campus. The concept of ecosystem-based thinking is a focal point for this track as it acknowledges that IT has transcended the information tecnology group of the enterprise and necessitates strategic thinking from across the organization.

Transformation Products & Services – Explore a wide range of topics to reflect the complex realities of IT transformational products and services in our enterprises. Sessions range from efforts to convert literary works to useable data, digital manipulation, adapting to technology to the cultural shift, pedagogic implications and sustainability planning.

At a Glance:

Pre-Conference Sessions – January 10

Come for these unique sessions and development opportunities. Stay for the conference! Free for NJEdge members. Registrations are separate from NJEdgeCon2018.

NJ-CIO Forum

Meeting for CIO members. Hosted by Brad Morton & Bob Heinrich, NJ-CIO Forum Co-Chairs

Agenda- January 10:

  • 12:00pm – Lunch with NJ Community College IT Affinity Group
  • 2:30-5:30 – Meeting sessions
  • 5:30pm – Buffet dinner

Leading The Organizational Change Process

Acquire the organizational change management skills needed to lead change in the enterprise

  • January 10, 9:00-4:00
  • Thursday, January 11 from 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
  • Friday, January 12 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Must be registered for NJEdgeCon2018

Key Topics

THURSDAY

Creating a Data Informed Culture: Paving the Road to Big Data and Analytics - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter: Richard Riccardi, Sc.D., Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Libraries, Rider University

Summary: Data-driven.  Predictive analytics.  These buzzwords appear in everything from the news to our hallway discussions to our strategic plans to our accreditor’s reports.  In this era of “big data,” the ultimate question has become: “How are we using data to make good decisions?”  Universities collect boatloads of data, so why are we drowning in data but starving for information?  To be successful, we need access to quality, timely information, but many lack both the knowledge and resources to address their critical issues.  This presentation will examine the terminology and its impact on the institution, describe the challenges and benefits of its implementation, illustrate the resources/skill-sets needed, and offer real-world examples of analyses that help to predict future student demand by identifying the data elements necessary for success.  In this age of “doing more with less,” this presentation will offer methods and metrics that target roadblocks and red flags to student success and faculty productivity, providing best practices in creating a culture informed by data and not driven by anecdotes.

Outcomes: How to leverage big data insights for improving business processes and research opportunities.

Panel on Data Access- 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



Moderator: David G Belanger, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow, Stevens Institute of Technology

Panelists:
Gilbert E. Gonzalez, Coordinator of Assessment Technology and Data, New Jersey Department of Education
Stephan Meyer, Senior Director, D2L Higher Education

Summary: We live in an age of Information driven culture where resources feed analytic driven decision making processes. Predictive analytics is being used to understand data resources in different vertical domaines. Data access comprises data standards, data security, data compliance and data retention and this panel discussion steps you through these perspectives and evolution.

Outcomes: Industry experts discuss data standards, including responsibilities in storing data. Deepen your knowledge of how data is being used and better understand your data dependencies and risks.

A Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem to Support Research - Scaling from Local to National - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: James Barr von Oehsen, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), Rutgers University

Summary: This session features a focus on the research and data DMZ landscape highlighting Rutgers’ statewide three campus funded project as the use case exemplar. With a proliferation of HPC and DMZ infrastructure among the members throughout the state, discussion includes interests and advantages to interconnect them via NJEdge.

Outcomes: NSF Grant Opportunities, Understanding of the national landscape, Possibilities for Science DMZ collaboration

New Jersey Big Data Alliance: Providing leadership and driving transformation in advanced computation - 2 :00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Summary: The session provides an overview of the NJBDA programs and resources designed to fulfill the organization’s goals to serve New Jersey academia, industry and government. Discussion is welcome on the future of Big Data in the New Jersey landscape and the engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses.

Outcomes: Overview of NJBDA programs, Discussion on the future of big data, Opportunities for engagement of higher educational institutions and businesses with the NJBDA.

Big Data and Analytics Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenters: Roundtable Format:

    

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance.

Edward Chapel, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

Summary: Big Data & Analytics Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Big Data & Analytics COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJBDA.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Big Data & Analytics Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

FRIDAY:

Virtual Data Collaboratory (VDC): A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter: Anthony Simonet, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Associate, Rutgers University

Summary: The Virtual Data Collaboratory (VDC) is a NSF-funded project aimed at designing a federated infrastructure that integrates the state of the art data-intensive computing platforms, storage, and networking, with an innovative data services layer across three geographically distributed Rutgers University campuses in New Jersey, multiple campuses in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania State University, Drexel University, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh) and beyond (City University of New York), coupled by a high-speed network managed by NJEdge and KINBER.

Outcomes: VDC will build on and integrate with existing data repositories such as the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and the Protein Data Bank (PDB), and leverage existing Cyberinfrastructure such as XSEDE, the Open Science Grid and campus resources. Driven by use cases and their prototypes, this talk will present the audience Cyberinfrastructure requirements and challenges, skills requirements, as well as workforce gaps in big data, data science and analytics.


Northeast Big Data Hub: Data Streams, Online Platforms and Cybersecurity - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: René Bastón, Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Hub

Summary: This session provides an overview of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s mission, recent activities, partnerships across sectors, and opportunities for collaboration. Current projects highlighted in the talk include: ExposomeDB, a first-of-its-kind data warehouse integrating clinical and environmental data streams for health research; Big Data Map and Assets Platform, an open online platform for sharing data sets together with well-defined, domain-specific tasks derived from target stakeholders, in a way that facilitates collaboration between domain experts and data scientists; and the Cybersecurity Risk Consortium, a growing community of cybersecurity experts from across industry and academia, working to define the interrelated cybersecurity landscape across sectors and develop baselines for measuring and managing cybersecurity risk.

Outcomes: How to leverage big data insights for improving business processes and research opportunities.


Data Cyberinfrastructure for End-to-end Scientific Workflows: Experiences from the Ocean Observatories Initiative 11:15 AM-12:15 PM

Presenter: Manish Parashar, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers University

Summary: Large-scale experimental and observational facilities have become an important part of science and engineering. These facilities provide shared-use infrastructure, instrumentation, and data products that are openly accessible to a broad community of researchers and educators. As these facilities grow in scale, they are providing increasing volumes of data and data products that have the potential to deliver new insights in a wide range of science and engineering domains. However, fulfilling this potential requires a robust and scalable infrastructure that can support end-to-end data-driven workflows. Further, this infrastructure must support the transformation of data into insights in a flexible and automated manner. In this session, learn about Rutgers University’s experiences in constructing, deploying, and operating the data cyberinfrastructure for the Ocean Observatories Initiatives (OOI).

Outcomes: This session shares recent research that leverages cyberinfrastructure to support end-to-end data-driven workflows.


The Visual Appeal of Big Data as Experienced through VR & AR - 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

     

Presenter:
Jeanne Nevelos, Managing Director, Rowan Innovations, South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University
George Lecakes, Jr., Director, Rowan Virtual Reality Center, South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University

Summary: This session is focused on exploring and presenting big data through the lenses of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Highlights include sponsored projects for NASA, FAA and Rowan’s two medical schools as performed by Rowan students and staff.

Outcomes: Diverse applications of big data and harnessing visualization technologies for simple expression of complex datasets / systems.


2020 Employment Outlook for Data Science & Analytics Professionals - 3:00 PM- 3:45 PM


Presenter:
Matthew J. Sullivan
President/Co-Founder, TalentFleX Solutions

Summary: This session will provide an overview of the types of Data Employment opportunities that exist today across industries such as education, healthcare, finance, government, professional services and manufacturing.  It will dive into the future employment outlook for Data Professionals as we approach 2020.

Outcomes: Specific trends will be presented that offer insight to the education and industry audience about staying current, or even ahead, of the curve when educating and hiring future data professionals.


THURSDAY

Online Student Retention and Recruitment: Integrating Technology and Stem - 9:15 AM - 10:00 PM

Presenters:

     

Kathleen Michell, Ed.D., Director of Allied Health, Raritan Valley Community College.

Beryl Stetson, Associate Professor of Nursing and Chairperson of the Health Science Education Department, Raritan Valley Community College

Summary:

The session examines workforce, stackable curriculum and e-learning that encourages sequential accomplishments and employability, highlighting the example of the Smart Start program.

OutcomesThe session focus has particular interest for community college healthcare and online educators as well as those interested in increasing recruitment.

A Bridge to Everywhere: Learning Space Design and Immersive Cloud Learning - 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Presenter: Joshua Gaul, Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies in the Division of Information Technology Services, SUNY Empire State College

Summary: This session has a focus on how innovative institutions nationwide continue to search for leading-edge takes on distance learning and cloud-based instruction. In a practical manner, learn how one institution with 35 remote campuses across the state of New York optimizes instructional resources and extends its reach to locations previously unavailable.

Outcomes: Innovations for online learning for K-12 and higher ed, including a national perspective with concrete suggestions.

 


More than a Plan: SOP in Action - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Natalie O’Neil, Instructional Design Specialist, Rutgers School Nursing and team member of the Rutgers School of Nursing IT Department

Summary: This session demonstrates ways to effectively create and implement an action plan to design and re-brand an IT/Instructional Design department with a focus on sharing best practices, success and failures while providing samples that can be easily turn-keyed. Using Design Thinking and the iterative process, Natalie’s discussion combines methods of innovative creation with business solutions while bringing humor to an often-stressful task.

Outcome: Design thinking is used to bring creative IT innovations to business practice in higher education. Audience members will depart with material that is both relatable and usable to create successful enhancements within their own departments.


Transforming Teaching and Learning at PCCC with Open Educational Resources (OER) - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenters:

        

Martha Brozyna, Ph.D.

Alexandra Della Fera, Professor, English Department, Passaic County Community College

Gregory Fallon, Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Passaic County Community College

Jennifer Gasparino, Human Services Instructor, Passaic County Community College

Kenneth Karol, Technology Resource Specialist

Summary: To date, PCCC has developed nearly 50 OER courses, including a Z-degree (zero textbook cost) in Liberal Arts (A.A., Humanities option). Discussion in this session highlights student savings of nearly $100,000 in textbook costs in Fall 2017 by taking OER courses and the faculty-developed innovative pedagogies through collaboration with librarians, instructional designers and fellow faculty members.

Outcomes: Exemplar leadership of the need for OER with concrete examples of effective infrastructure, sharing resources, sustainability and assessment for all educational technologists.

Education and Technology Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Facilitator: Brynn Deprey, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement, NJEdge

Shelley C. Kurland, Ph.D., Dean, Virtual Campus, County College of Morris

Summary: Education and Technology Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Education and Technology COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members from higher education institutions, K-12s and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Education and Technology Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

 

FRIDAY

Developing a Distance Learning Course: Faculty Satisfaction Levels and Self-Perceived Barriers - 9:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Presenters:

          

Robert Adelson, Academic Technologist, Saint Peter’s University

Nicole Luongo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Director of Distance Learning, Saint Peter’s University

Sara O’Brien, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Saint Peter’s University

Summary: This joint session draws on their face-to-face, hybrid and online course teaching experience to present best practice lessons learned from teaching from a distance. During the session, discussion regarding best practices and challenges of designing and teaching an effective distance learning course is welcomed. Additionally, Saint Peter’s University  showcases findings from a study completed with distance education faculty at the university, including methods of designing and providing professional development opportunities for higher education faculty members.

Outcomes: Latest thinking on online learning and faculty satisfaction in higher education with design methods and professional development examples.

Screencasting for Improving Student Learning - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Douglas Harvey, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Stockton University

Summary: This session provides attendees with a new perspective on the use of screencasting technology for improving student learning and assessment of learning outcomes. The session discusses why using student-created screencasts can be effective for engaging learners with course content, both individually and in collaborative groups. Special attention is given to modeling tools and methods for teaching students to create screencasts as well as prepare faculty for assessing screencasts to measure student learning. Attendees are guided through the process of designing assignments and assessments of screencasts.

Outcomes: Robust instructional or how to on screencasting for faculty and students.  This is ideal for educational technologists or anyone interested in online learning tools.


Leveraging Technology in Teaching and Learning - 11:15 AM -12:15 PM

     

Presenters:
Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap
Chairperson, Art & Design Department and Associate Professor, County College Morris

Shelley C. Kurland, Ph.D.
Dean, Virtual Campus, County College of Morris

Summary: Technology has become a constant in education. Despite its potential to enhance the teaching-learning experience, technology is not meant to drive the experience. Technoedlogy is more meaningful when it is used purposefully with considerations to learning theories and teaching practices. This session will discuss and provide examples of various ways technologies are used in educational settings. Particularly, how a project based, flipped classroom moves towards creating a community of inquiry.

Outcomes: Participants will gain an understanding of the various ways technology may be used in an educational setting. They will also see actual classroom teaching practices and examples using technology with pedagogical considerations. Insight and reflection on how the design of a flipped model, using technology as a critical component can lead to a diverse community of inquiry.


What Effect Does the Hybrid Class Format Have on Classroom Interactions? - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Alice Seneres, Ph.D., Director for Integrated Academic Support Programs, Rutgers University

Summary: This session focuses on the hybrid (or blended) class model that moves direct instruction out of the classroom by assigning course-content videos for homework. Sharing results from a recent study that compares the hybrid section and one traditional format section taught by the same professor. A sample excerpt from the hybrid course transcript illustrates both how students assist each other with the material and how the professor becomes the ‘guide on the side’ to student learning.

Outcome: Specific take away points are shared with the audience on best practice and implementation suggestions for hybrid classrooms in your institution with a pedagogic focus.


Panel on Professional Development for the K-12 Community of Technology Directors - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

          

Moderator: Laurence Cocco, Digital Learning Consultant
Panel:

  • Mr. Steven A. Forte, Superintendent of Schools, Denville Board of Education
  • Adam D. Fried, Ed.D., Superintendent of the Harrington Park District
  • Joshua Koen, Chief Innovation Officer, New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE)

Summary: The role of the Technology Director in K-12 has grown in recent years to include supporting an ever-increasing diversity of users, devices, platforms and applications, all while maintaining a robust, safe and secure digital environment. The session will include an interactive discussion with the audience regarding what essential elements would be required for a series of courses and/or resources designed to help K-12 Technology Directors cultivate a common core of knowledge and capabilities to meet the ever-morphing challenges of digital learning.

Outcome: This panel will explore the possibility and practicality of creating a framework for Higher Education professional development programs to engage, train and develop K-12 Technology Directors regarding timely topics, activities and challenges that are common to Higher Education and K-12 (i.e., security, classroom technology, networking/DDoS mitigation).


THURSDAY

Cybersecurity and Strategic Issues for the Enterprise: Threat at Your Doorstep - 9:30 AM -11:00 AM

Presenter: William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Cyber Security and Executive Director, Michigan Cyber Range/Merit Network

Summary: This 90 minute session covers an in-depth analysis of the current threat landscape to ensure your organization is prepared to addressed cybersecurity incidents and threats. This will include:

* Cost factors and mitigation options for cyber incident response in higher ed.
* Incident response team creation and planning.
* Incident response execution and reporting.

Outcome: Learn key insights from a veteran industry expert that can guide simplify the cybersecurity challenges for your enterprise for future planning.

Cloud storage and computing: Current design of the NJEdge network - 11:15 AM -12:15 AM

     

Presenters:

Jim Stankiewicz, Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Bruce TyrrellSenior Director, Programs and Services, NJEdge

Summary:  TBA

Outcome: NJEdge members and industry partners learn about NJEdge’s network capabilities.

Networking Community of Practice - 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

     

Roundtable with Facilitator:
Dan Ginsberg, Network Engineer, Montclair State University
Jim Stankiewicz, Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Summary: The Networking Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth the Networking COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Networking Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

Stop the insanity. A simplistic, yet radical, approach to cyber security in Education - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Presenter: Matthew Schneider, Senior Director – Government, Education, & Healthcare – Networking and Security, VMware

Summary: This session features discussion around the state of Cybersecurity in our data centers today and how others are implementing a layered strategy for a comprehensive security posture.  More and more malicious threats are attacking our networks as we have seen with global spreads of Malware, like Ransomeware and Cryptolocker, that are holding our most critical government data hostage.

Every node and process inside a network must not be considered any more trustworthy than unknown nodes outside the firewall. Once a network has been penetrated, the perimeter defenses become more of a trap than a protection.

Outcome: Learn how to leverage the Software Defined Data Center to create a layered approach to security (Micro-Segmentation) to mitigate attacks. Deploying network and security in software, while also lessening the operational burden of network and security administrators, to build a truly secure Defense in Depth data center strategy.

 

FRIDAY

Understanding Cybersecurity Risk for School Administrators: Concerns about Information Security - 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter: Robert Costanza, Principal Architect, DynTek Services

Summary: Join Robert for a discussion on security issues that specifically concern schools. He provides an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management process for K-12 executives. Additionally, he explains how to develop security safeguards, incident response plans and communication plans to enable schools and districts to responsibly address these risks. Lastly, he provides a simplified process, with templates to assess your current state and to plan and architect for a future state.

Outcome: Gain an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management for K-12 executives within the backdrop of realistic staffing, operational and capital budgets.

The Enemy Within - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Steve Gold, Regional Sales Director, Varonis

Summary: This session focusses on ransomware as both a scourge and savior and shares information on how organizations are using ransomware to identify and confront vulnerabilities that expose them to rogue employees, abusive administrators and hackers.

Outcome: Take home a well-defined, concrete action plan for defending against ransomware and insider threats.

EdgeSecure and EdgeCloud: How we can help you secure the enterprise and the cloud -11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

     

Presenter:
Adam Bathiard, Network Support Engineer, NJEdge
Michael Reekie, Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Summary: A step towards advancing Cybersecurity maturity is to utilize information discovery techniques to obtain the right information that will aid in identifying the security controls that are critical to your organization. This talk will highlight standards, frameworks, controls and EdgeSecure solutions that stitch together in order to obtain actionable information for an organization to implement within their cybersecurity program.

Outcomes: Learn about security solutions available to you as an NJEdge member.

Security Community of Practice - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

     

Roundtable with Co-chairs as Facilitators: 

Michael Reekie, Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Demetrios Roubos, Assistant Director of Information System & Security Administrator, Stockton University

Summary: The Security Community of Practice convenes to set forth the Security COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners. This group’s focus is on workflows and cybersecurity processes to prevent losses and how to efficiently utilize resources and strategies to maximize the ROI on security-centered applications and infrastructure investments. An added emphasis is on the adoption of national standards to inform local policy and development of metrics and common threat indicators to monitor risk.

Outcome: Security community of practice members meet to lay out their priorities for the year ahead and in line with promotion of national security standards. Group is open to NJEdge members.

 

Easing Enterprise eDiscovery, Ransomware, & Sensitive Data Loss Challenges - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Presenter: Tom Atanacio, Director, Product Management

Summary: Explosive data growth present a unique set of challenges to Public sector agencies – availability, compliance, regulation, discovery, cost, continuity, data dislocation, consolidation, federation, sovereignty, locality, identification, retention, retrieval and protection are complicated enough before considering the introduction of cloud infrastructures. Join us to learn how other organizations are leveraging internal, external & hybrid cloud as well as other “cloud native” services to address their data management challenges – meet discovery demands, manage costs, etc. – while facilitating and accelerating digital transformation and modernization efforts. This session will help shape a strategy addressing these key considerations, becoming an integral part of an agency’s tool kit while also helping to support digital transformation and modernization efforts.

Outcomes: Challenges for Public sector in using cloud infrastructures and data management are identified along with strategies to overcome them.

THURSDAY


Automating package management in Windows with Chocolatey - 9:15 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter: Dan Franciscus, Systems Administrator, Institute for Advanced Study

Summary: This session addresses how Chocolatey helps reduce complexity by automating and transforming the way users manage and deploy Windows software packages.

Outcomes: Learn how using Chocolatey can help reduce complexity by automating, saving time and money.


Online Program Development at Montclair: Lessons Learned from Online MBA Program Implementation - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Presenters:

Carolyn Demefack, Senior Instructional Designer, Montclair State University
Jonida Dervishi, MBA Assistant Director, Montclair State University
Nicole Koppel,Ph.D., MBA Director, Professor of Information Management & Business Analytics
Yanling Sun, Ph.D., Director of Instructional Technology and Design Service, Montclair State University

Summary: The demands for online programs and courses continuously remain high both nationally and internationally. The design of instructional environments still requires attention from academic institutions to enhance teaching and learning outcomes. Montclair State University launched their first online programs in spring 2013. Over the past five years, the University has delivered several additional online programs. How have the online programs been designed and developed for delivery? The Instructional Technology and Design Service unit will share their structure and models of course design and faculty support. The Online MBA program from the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University will be presented as an example to show and tell their experience and lessons since its initial launch in Fall 2016.


Ransomware Stories from the Front Lines - 11:15 AM -12:00 PM

Presenter: Thomas Pace, Director, Consulting Services Cylance

Summary: Ever wonder how ransomware negotiations look? How much they actually cost? How successful the negotiations are? During this session, you will learn the answer to all of these questions and more including attackers sending the wrong decryption keys to having to acquire Bitcoin in a very non-traditional manner.

Outcome : A comprehensive session on the highs and mostly lows of dealing with a ransomware incident.


Panel: Research and Education Networks - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Moderator: George Loftus

Panelists:

            

Jennifer Griffin, Program Coordinator, The Quilt

Stephen Kankus, Chief Operating Officer, NYSERNet

Jennifer Oxenford, Director of Community Engagement, KINBER

Paul Tarsa, Member Relations Manager, CEN

Heather Todorov, National Member Engagement Manager and Senior Procurement Specialist, Merit Network

Summary: This panel is comprised of a selection of individuals affiliated with counterpart organizations to NJEdge from across the region and the nation. The panelists organizations’ all participate in a broader entity known as the Quilt which helps the research and education community mobilize around matters of common national interest and to facilitate shared services models for procuring technology goods and services such as broadband and access to Internet2. The panel contemplates an interactive conversation with attendees to familiarize them with the missions and opportunities to be gained by working in concert with colleague REN organizations. [ /toggle]

Presenter: Perry Heliger, Senior Solutions Architect, Integration Partners

Summary: Over the past 15 years, the business demands for bigger, more secure and more resilient enterprise networks have resulted in additional network protocols, equipment and support being implemented to deliver on these demands.  Unfortunately, often the fixes and changes to secure these networks have trended toward infrastructures that are more complex and require more staffing to address the new risks as a whole.  Where do we go from here? Today’s session focuses on reversing the “complexity” trends associated with network security with discussion on how businesses, transportation authorities, service organizations and educational institutions are using an innovative Ethernet technology to deliver on their network requirements for scale, network resiliency and simplicity while enhancing their overall security and management capabilities.  This technology is based on the industry standards-based Shortest Path Bridging (SPBm) and is flexible enough to be implemented into any Ethernet-based enterprise.  As part of this session, we give real-world examples of how networks using SPBm have shifted the paradigm from networks that are complex and inflexible to simplified and resilient infrastructures.  This shift drives virtualization to the network and allows for organizations to expand and deploy new network services with minimal effort and decreased risk to the organizations that have chosen to depend on it.  

Outcomes: Learn how this technology is capable of securely extending network-wide, end-to-end services from the data center(s) over the campus into geographically dispersed locations while providing secure service segmentation for applications including PCI, HIPPA, DSS.

 

FRIDAY

Next-Generation Collaboration in Higher Education: A Case Study from Fairfield University - 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

     

Presenters:

Joshua Elliott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Technology and Secondary Education Programs, Fairfield University

Jay Rozgonyi, Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies, Fairfield University

Summary: This joint session explores the rich collaboration features today’s smartphone-wielding students have come to expect, yet don’t receive with current learning management systems such as Blackboard or Canvas. Enter Quip, a collaborative authoring and communication tool that is well established in such major companies as 21st Century Fox, Electronic Arts, Facebook, and Dell, but not in use for teaching and learning. This session traces Fairfield’s implementation of Quip as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the application, and features examples of its use in from the IT, classroom, academic program and professional development perspectives.

Outcomes: For those using LMS, learn about a new tool that allows for rich collaboration features for today’s smartphone-wielding students and learn examples of its use from the IT, cost savings, classroom, academic program and professional development perspectives.

Purchasing and EdgeMarket: Learn from experts about procuring the best solutions at the best prices - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Presenters:  
Maeve Cannon, Shareholder, Stevens & Lee
Patrick Kennedy, Shareholder, Stevens & Lee
Joe Rearden, Chief Financial Officer, NJEdge

Summary: This session covers  NJEdge’s lead agency status as an educational research and services corporation under N.J.S.A Section 18A. To find out how your organization can avoid some of the fear and frustration inherent in acquiring highly technical and complex products and services while leveraging the group purchasing power of the consortium, join this discussion.

Outcomes: Learn how your organization can avoid fear and frustration inherent in acquiring highly technical and complex products and services while leveraging the group purchasing power of the consortium.

Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice - 11:15 AM -12:15 PM

Format: Roundtable with Facilitators

Summary: Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth this COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

 

Why Most Schools are NOT Prepared for a Lockdown - 2:00 PM -3:00PM

Presenter: Paul Jenne, Sales Manager, Eastern DataComm

Summary:  When developing a comprehensive plan for school safety and technology, schools must understand all of the various components and how they best work together. Without this, a school will not be fully prepared to effectively lockdown in a crisis event.  From this session, you learn how Delaware Valley Regional High School, Midland Park School District, Weehawken Township School District, Warren Hills Regional High School District and other schools improved their day-to-day communications and school safety – all within budget. With a comprehensive technology plan, schools are able to upgrade and save money, improve communications between students, teachers and staff and most importantly improve school safety and prepare for a crisis event.

Outcomes:  Learn the three  principles for school safety and security technology solutions and walk away with actionable ideas to improve school safety.

THURSDAY

Programmatic Approaches to Improving Accessibility and Faculty Commitment to UDL- 9:15 AM -10:00 AM

Presenter:

Emily Ravenwood, Senior Instructional Designer for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Rutgers University

Summary: This session’s core focus is on accessibility. Accessibility is an increasingly urgent issue, but many schools still face difficulties, both with educating faculty sufficiently in accessibility and with motivating faculty to create accessible materials. This session suggests some programmatic solutions to these difficulties, transforming the common legality-centered approach to a faculty-as-learner approach. Faculty are learners of accessible design, as well as content creators. Therefore, successful programs will provide rich content in multiple formats to educate faculty; will provide rewards and encouragement such as micro-credentials and award dinners; and will prioritize the steps of ensuring accessible online content to help prevent faculty rejection and apathy. In this session, participants: Analyze the ways in which faculty can be assisted and encouraged as learners of universal design and accessibility requirements; List some resources available to create rich accessibility education and rewards for faculty accomplishment; and Discuss how to prioritize accessibility improvements for each participant’s school.

Outcomes: Aimed at faculty to improve usage of universal design and accessibility requirements including how to prioritize accessibility improvements for each participant’s school.

Who Secures Our Security? Ethics, Responsibilities & Privacy Concerns in Managing InfoSec - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter:

Darren Carroll, Director, Security & Risk Management Practice, SHI
Terry Herbert, Administrative Supervisor, Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Supreme Court

Summary:

This session is intended to provide participants with a macro view of the inherent challenges in ethically and responsibly safeguarding the data and metadata screened by, monitored by and stored in our IT Security and forensics systems and services.  In an era of Big Data, Machine Learning, Social Networks and the Internet of things, methods for gathering information about our lives—and the threat vectors by which such information could be compromised—grow at a staggering rate.  Professionals in the Enterprise must not only secure and protect their user and endpoint bases, but also the very solutions that are put in place to secure and protect them.  Encryption, obfuscation, sanitization, digital chain of custody and internal auditing processes will be explored, and we will discuss appropriate considerations for effectively producing information, such as in response to legal obligations or public records requests.

Outcomes: State and national perspectives on how security concerns and privacy law affect our data management.

Internet2 - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Presenter: George Loftus, Associate Vice President, Network Services for Internet2

Summary: TBA

Outcomes: TBA

Interconnection Bandwidth Growth Projected to Outpace Public Internet by 2020 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Rob Cibrario, Solution Marketing Senior Manager, Enterprise Vertical Marketing, Equinix

Summary: This session shares the results of the Global Interconnection Index, run by Equinix, the first study of its kind to take a detailed look at Interconnections role as an essential building block of the global digital economy. The Global Interconnection Index is an in-depth review of the insight needed by industry to deliver strategies for digital transformation and business success. Deeper understanding of Interconnections fuels digital transformation by unlocking the ability to scale multicloud, providing proximity to digital services and reducing cybersecurity risk.

Outcomes: Insight on digital transformation and business success with technical underpinnings regarding the ability to scale multicloud, providing proximity to digital services and reducing cybersecurity risk.

Data Security for the Cloud Era - 3:00 PM - 3:55 PM

Presenter: Mike Ainsworth, Director Public Sector Engineering at Skyhigh Networks

Summary: Rapid growth of cloud adoption and “cloud first” initiatives have created security and compliance issues for many organizations.  As educational organizations adopt cloud technology, a host of data security issues have arisen. Technology is changing how schools and universities deliver IT, but these changes have also led to a loss of visibility into how faculty and staff access and use sensitive data. Moreover, universities looking to foster collaboration between themselves, their departments and faculty have adopted cloud storage and collaboration services. Gain complete visibility into data, context, and user behavior across all cloud services, users, and devices. Take real-time action deep within cloud services to correct policy incidents and stop security threats. Apply persistent protection to sensitive information wherever it goes inside or outside the cloud.

Outcomes:  In this session, you will learn how a cloud access security broker uncovers cloud application usage, including the use of unsanctioned and high-risk applications.

 

FRIDAY

The Libraries of Tomorrow - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

     

Panelists:

Linda Dempf, Librarian, The College of New Jersey

Kate McGivern, Media Librarian, Bergen Community College

Kurt Wagner (Panel Moderator) , University Librarian, Monmouth University

Summary: The panel includes fellow university librarians for a discussion about the advantages and challenges of digital media management on the cloud.

Outcomes: Best practices, common pitfalls and emerging technologies take center stage with this presentation.

 

In Case of Emergency, Move to Higher Ground: Madonna University’s Transition to Cloud Media - 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

Presenters: 

Edward Chapel, Ph.D.,  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

Beth Hoffman, Blackboard System Administrator, Madonna University

Summary: The session discusses a situation wherein Madonna University’s successful navigation of a massive hardware meltdown results in cut costs, reduced IT demand and increased student digital engagement by transitioning their digital media to the cloud, using the digital media platform provided by illumira®

Outcomes: Learn how to cut costs, reduced IT demand and increased student digital engagement by transitioning digital media to the cloud.

Record, Tag and Share: illumira - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

   

Presenters:

Grant Hansen, Engagement Engineer, NJEdge – illumira

Purva Thakur, Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

SummaryJoin us in a workshop that leads you through the entire process of uploading and managing your digital media on illumira. Bring your own internet-connected device (we recommend a laptop or tablet), and we’ll bring our team to show you how it’s done.

Outcomes: From this hands-on workshop, you will learn how easy it is to upload and maintain an online digital library. Subscription management and cost savings advantages are also highlighted.

The Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Presenter: Jeremy Reich, Program Coordinator, Future Ready Schools-New Jersey, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Summary: Future Ready Schools – NJ, a coalition of the New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a certification program designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to schools who are dedicated to fostering successful graduates in college, career, and citizenship. The program is based on the national Future Ready framework and the successful design of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In this session, attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the certification program, how their schools and districts can get involved and benefit from the program, as well as the process for being certified as Future Ready.

Outcomes: K-12 schools can learn how to become Future Ready Certified.


Record, Tag and Share: illumira - 03:00 PM - 03:45 PM

           

Presenters:
Pam Fallivene, Technology Trainer, Montclair State University

Grant Hansen, Engagement Engineer, NJEdge – illumira

Patrick Scioscia, Instructional Designer, Montclair State University

Purva Thakur, Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

Summary: Join the illumira team along and Montclair University as they lead you through the entire process of uploading and managing your digital media on illumira. Bring your own internet-connected device (we recommend a laptop or tablet) and, by the time the session ends, you’ll have learned everything you know to start building a digital media library of your own.

OutcomesIFrom this hands-on workshop, you will learn how easy it is to upload and maintain an online digital library. Subscription management and cost savings advantages are also highlighted.


THURSDAY

Digitization of the Jane Addams Papers - 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter: Cathy Moran Hajo, Ph.D., Editor and Director, Jane Addams Papers Project, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Summary: This session’s focus is on the digitization of the Jane Addams Papers, a historical editing project that works out of Ramapo College to digitize and publish as a digital edition all of Jane Addams’s correspondence and writings (1901-1934 for the time being). Addams was an important Progressive figure, chiefly associated with the settlement movement and social work, woman suffrage, and peace. In explaining the process of converting microfilm edition of her papers to digital images and creating metadata for each item, dates, creators, subjects, and also identifying all the people, organizations, and events mentioned in the documents. This session gives a concrete case study of efforts to make the data useable and shares ideas on further digital manipulation in bridging archival work with technology

Outcomes: For librarians and archivists converting literary works to useable data, shares ideas on digital manipulation in bridging archival work with technology.

Why Digital Transformation? - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Presenter: Kris Subramaniam, Practice Director – Smart Process Applications, Optima Global Solutions, Inc.

Summary: This session explores digital transformation from an individual and enterprise perspective with case study examples relevant to education and technology sectors.

Outcomes: Learn about digital transformation from an individual and enterprise perspective with examples relevant to education and technology sectors, taking a smart process application approach.


Evolution of VDI - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Patrick Shelley, Systems Engineer, PKA Tech

Summary: Over the past decade, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has transformed from an expensive, slow solution into a cost effective, easily manageable, and high performing one. Not only will it provide better campus digital security, it will also centralize your environment, allowing IT to accomplish a whole week’s worth of updates and changes within a day or two.

Outcomes: Learn about the campus-wide benefits VDI can provide.


ERP Landscape from the Industry Perspective - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Presenter: Liz Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, CampusWorks

Summary: Drawing upon over thirty years of leadership in the technology services arena and her deep experience working with the higher education community on ERP systems programs and projects, Liz Murphy will share with attendees her perspective on the ERP landscape. Changing student demographics and personas are emergent as the traditional first-time-full-time student population shrinks. The arrival of some disruptive technologies and some of the new ERP vendors on the scene are gaining traction.

Outcomes: This session will explore and provide answers to the following: How do we define value and success amid the changing campus landscape? What must we do to provide students with the best possible user experience? How do our work flows and processes need to change to achieve service excellence? How do we realign our business to be responsive to these new student personas and their associated journeys?


ERP Systems & Implementation: The Campus Technology Leaders’ Perspective - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Moderator: Liz Murphy
Chief Executive Officer, CampusWork




Panelists:

Colin K. Currie, Associate CIO for Administrative Information Systems, Princeton University
David Dodd, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO, Stevens Institute of Technology
Candy Fleming, CIO and Vice President for Information Technology, Montclair State University
Chuck Keeler, General Manager and CIO – Ellucian, Mercer County Community College
Christopher R. Markham, Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Empire State College/SUNY
Camille Shelley, CIO/Executive Director – Ellucian, Yeshiva University
Matthew J. Stevenson, Associate Executive Director – IT Services, Seton Hall University

Summary: There is a re-emergent focus on ERP Systems as a cog in the technology ecosystem of our enterprises among higher education CIOs and the NJEdge membership in general. The long established leaders in the ERP arena continue to evolve and there are new players on the scene such as Unit4, Workday and Campus Management. Attendees will enjoy a moderated discussion among a panel of senior technology leaders regarding the manner in which the ERP System mitigates for and, at times, against institutional effectiveness and student success. In addition the panel will share perspectives on several aspects of ERP System implementation. Focal points include: enterprise readiness from an organizational change management perspective, overall enterprise systems integration and the manner in which hybrid cloud has impacted this, the pros and cons of on premise vs. purely cloud-based and multi-tenant solutions, as well as single source vs. multi-source, best-in-class solutions.


Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

     

Roundtable with Facilitator: 

Bruce Tyrrell, Senior Director, Programs and Services, NJEdge

Karen Kemp, Associate Director, IT Support Services, Montclair State University

Summary: Service Desk & Customer Support  Community of Practice (COP) convenes to set forth this COP objectives for the year ahead and collaboration points with the NJEdge members and industry partners.

Outcomes: Opportunity to become a member of the Service Desk & Customer Support Community of Practice and shape the agenda for the year ahead.

 

FRIDAY

How to Build a K-12 STEM Lab: Tips for School Leaders - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Presenter:  Deborah Nagler, Adjunct Professor, New Jersey City University and Gratz College (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary: Deborah presents a template for developing a school-based Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab based on the successful example of the Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City. In her session, she describes how to address the challenges of stakeholder engagement, administration, budget development, curriculum integration and professional development for faculty. This is a practical approach that can be replicated in schools aiming at a more powerful STEM-environment supported by the presence of a STEM Lab.

Outcomes: A highlight of the session is tips about how to maximize funding through partnerships with  businesses, universities, museums and nonprofit organizations.

 

Transforming Teaching and Learning with mobile devices in Elizabeth Public Schools - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

          

Presenters:

Tracy Espiritu, District Instructional Technology Coach, Elizabeth Public Schools

Alberto Marsal, Coordinator, Computer & Network Services, Elizabeth Public Schools

Bruno Tirone, Founder, CEO and President of MRA International

Summary: EPS is known as a creative, fearless leader in transforming teaching and learning for all of its students through innovative approaches in all levels and areas of district organization and strategic partnerships such as MRA International, HP and Microsoft Education. The systematic distribution of 18,000 mobile devices for individual students in grades 2-12 and electronic devices for Pre-K through 1 classrooms; the installation of Wi-Fi in every building and interactive whiteboards in every classroom; and the creation of Microsoft Office 365 accounts for every EPS teacher, staff member, and student solidified EPS’ commitment to innovation. Guided by extensive research on the implementation of one-to-one initiatives in school districts throughout the United States, EPS developed a one-to-one instructional technology model that enhances teaching and learning while optimizing the probability for student success. The adoption of new instructional models that personalize instruction, the implementation of a web-based assessment system and upgrades to the digital infrastructure has deepened their commitment. EPS’ value to the education community are its experiences, motivation to collaborate, enthusiasm to try new ideas, and drive to be a leader of innovation in teaching and learning.

Outcomes: Learn about large (18K) mobile deployment and also the cultural shift, pedagogic implications and sustainability planning needed in a K-12 school setting.


Digital Transformation for Market Leadership - 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Presenter: Jonathan Bingham, CEO, Janeiro Digital

Summary: This session discusses how real digital transformation occurs with a clear strategy, stakeholder buy-in, and a succession of projects that aim to improve user experience, increase revenue streams, and set your organization up for continuous future innovation.

Outcomes: Using a client case study, this session illustrates how organizations can move beyond just developing one-off technology solutions to lead a digital transformation initiative and give clear takeaways to make your organization an industry leader.


Higher Education Panel on Digital Leadership - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM




Moderator:  Samuel Conn, Ph.D., President and CEO, NJEdge

Fadi Deek, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Executive Vice President, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Harvey Kesselman, Ed.D., President, Stockton University
Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, President, County College of Morris
Steven M. Rose, Ph.D. President, Passaic County Community College
Mr. Rob Stirton, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and CIO, County College of Morris
Gillian Small, Ph.D., University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Summary: Today, more than ever before, higher education enterprises recognize and appreciate the inextricable link between technology investment and institutional effectiveness. Attendees will hear, first hand, from this panel of senior executives from across the range of higher education institutions in New Jersey, their perspectives on the promise of technology to drive student success and transform the business of higher education.


IT Leadership Present and Future: Identifying Core Competencies - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM


Panel Moderator: Jerry Waldron, Partner, Fortium Partners


Panelists:

Chris Darrell, Chief Information Officer, Drew University
Jeff Giacobbe, Associate VP of IT, Montclair University
Milos Topic, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Saint Peter’s University (need bio)

Summary: TBA


Registration:

There are three options for participation at NJEdgeCon2018:

  1. Full Conference Attendance (Both days of the conference + One evening of overnight accommodation at the conference venue, the Hanover Marriott.) $695
  2. Conference Attendance Only (Both days of the conference. No hotel.) $595
  3. One-day Conference Attendance. $495

The conference begins at 9:00 on Thursday January 11, 2018 (with breakfast being served at 8:30).  Breakout sessions will run throughout Thursday and Friday and details will be shared as speakers are confirmed. The keynote, Amber Mac will speak Thursday evening at 5:00 pm preceding dinner. The conference will conclude on Friday January 12th at 4:00 pm.

Capture the Flag Challenge:

Are You Prepared to Face Cybersecurity Threats Head on? Prove It.

Sharpen Your Skills with NJEdgeCon2018’s “Capture the Flag” Group Competition

January 11 & 12 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join a competitive, interactive and insightful Capture the Flag challenge at NJEdgeCon2018, designed to address the spectrum of cybersecurity threats. This free and fun competition will give you a chance to expand your risk awareness, and deploy advanced tactics that minimize risk.

Participants will use open source tools to launch live attacks on networked systems in real-time across a variety of real-world situations. The winner(s) will be announced at the closing session of NJEdgeCon2018.

Space Is Limited to Only 20 Participants – register yourself or your team today. The Capture the Flag competition is FREE for all NJEdge members coming to the NJEdge annual conference. Note: Separate registration and attendance at the conference is required to participate in Capture the Flag.

Presenters:

Amber Mac, Keynote

AMBER MAC talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, anticipate, and capitalize on lightning-quick changes—from leadership to social media to the Internet of Things, from marketing to customer service to digital parenting and beyond. It’s not about innovation, she says; it’s about adaptation.

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Amber Mac began her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish agency and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. During this time, she was also a judge for The Webby Awards, an international organization that recognizes the best of the web.

Amber Mac left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. While continuing to work for the software giant, Amber Mac spent two years coaching people on television about building their businesses online with G4TechTV titan, Leo Laporte. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins, who has this to say about Amber Mac work: “Amber Mac understands how important it is for all of us, both as individuals and as businesses, to be able to use social media to connect with people. I think she is a leader in this space.”

Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations. In 2010, Amber Mac wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). Her new book, released in May 2016 and co-authored with Michael Bazzell, is Outsmarting Your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents.

Amber Mac has keynoted more than 300 events across the USA and Canada, and as far away as Australia, in which she addresses the topic of business innovation and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio. In December 2015, she served as an entrepreneur advisor on new reality TV series Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, created by Mark Burnett. She also hosted a one-hour holiday special of Bloomberg Brink for Bloomberg TV.

While building her own business brand as President of Konnekt, she has amassed more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, 450,000 fans on Facebook, 1.6M friends on Google+, and 10,000 followers on Instagram. “With few equals,” writes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, “Amber Mac continues to demonstrate a keen insight towards the continually evolving fabric of the social web.” As a child, Amber Mac went to a one-room country schoolhouse and shared a party telephone line. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.

John Boyer, Featured Speaker

Breakfast Thursday January 12 8:00-9:15

  • Virginia Tech Faculty
  • Reinventing the 21st Century Professor

 

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When it comes to teachers and technologies: EMBRACE not REPLACE! The best teachers will EMBRACE the technologies that help them better communicate with students, but those technologies will never REPLACE human to human interaction. But blending the best communicators with the best technology has to offer will produce some amazing and unpredictable opportunities!

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Standardized testing, MOOCs, automated systems, complex pedagogies, and adoption of all manner of trendy technologies into every classroom situation are currently presented as the “solutions” to current educational challenges. Nonsense. 21st century students certainly interact and engage in entirely new ways, but great teacher/student communication is still at the core of building great learning environments, be they live lectures or entirely digital online courses. There are tons of great new tools out there to facilitate great communication but they should not all be automatically ignored by older generations, nor immediately embraced as a solution in and of themselves. Professor Boyer will share his two decades of experience with new technologies and evolving student mindset in creating both record-breaking super-large live courses, as well as the transition to fully digital courses that actually increase student engagement and flexibility, while serving 3500-4000 students each academic year. The time has come to totally disrupt the standard operating procedure of the classic college classroom by encouraging educators to find their voice (amplified by selective use of technologies suited to them and their subject matter), to focus on bringing passion and inspiration back to the forefront of their profession.

Wayne Brown, Ph.D., Featured Speaker

Lunch Thursday January 11 12:15-2:00

  • Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Center for Higher Ed CIO Studies (CHECS)
  • The Higher Education Technology Executive in 2017

Wayne’s featured session focuses on longitudinal higher education CIO research and the importance of technology leaders aligning technology innovations and initiatives with the needs of the higher education institution. Wayne’s unique two-part survey methodology enables him to compare and contrast multiple perspectives about higher education technology leaders. The results provide essential information regarding the experiences and background an individual should possess to serve as a higher education CIO. In collaboration with NJEdge, Wayne will collect data from NJEdge higher education CIOs and will compare the national results with those of the NJ CIOs.

Timothy Renick, Ph.D., Featured Speaker

Breakfast Friday January 12 8:00-9:00

  • Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University
  • Using Data and Analytics to Eliminate Achievement Gaps

By implementing a series of student-centered and analytics-informed programs, Georgia State University has raised graduation rates by 22 percentage points and closed all achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and income-level. It now awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other college or university in the nation.

Through a discussion of innovations ranging from chatbots and predictive analytics to meta-majors and completion grants, the session covers lessons learned from Georgia State’s transformation and outlines several practical and low-cost steps that campuses can take to improve outcomes for underserved students.

Greg Davies, Featured Speaker

Lunch Friday January 12 12:15-2:00

  • The Power of Mobile Communications Strategies and Predictive Analytics for Student Success and Workforce Development

The technology that has been used to transform, to both good and bad ends, most other major industries can connect the valuable resources available on campus to the students who need them most with minimal human resources. Technology has been used to personalize the digital experience in such industries as banking, retail, information and media, and others by reaching consumers via mobile technology.

Higher Education has, in some cases, been slow to adapt innovative and transformative technology. Yet, its power to transform the student engagement and success experience has been proven. With the help of thought leaders in industry and education, Greg discusses how the industry can help achieve the goal of ubiquity in the use of innovative student success technologies and predictive data analytics to enable unprecedented levels of student success and, as a consequence, workforce development.

Session Presenters:

William J. (Joe) Adams, Ph.D.


Vice President for Research and Cyber Security, Michigan Cyber Range/Merit Network

In his role, Joe places an emphasis on understanding the inherent risks associated with IoT devices and ways that users can safeguard their privacy and information. Joe joined Merit Network after retiring from a 26-year career in the United States Army where he achieved the rank of Colonel. Adams was previously CIO of the National Defense University. He has also served as a Professor and research scientist at West Point, and Network Engineer for the Supreme HQ, Allied Powers Europe.

Robert Adelson

Academic Technologist, Saint Peter’s University

In his role at Saint Peter’s University, Rob serves as the Blackboard Administrator and Instructional Technology trainer. He supports students, staff and faculty, educating them on the functions and features of Blackboard, Google tools, Smartboards, and other instructional technologies. Additionally, he addresses questions, conducts workshops and training sessions and constantly explores new ways to bring better technology to University community.

Mike Ainsworth

Director Public Sector Engineering at Skyhigh Networks

Mike Ainsworth has been serving US Defense, Federal/State/Local Gov’t and large enterprise customers for over a decade and a half in the ever-changing and rapidly evolving task of securing and managing cloud, datacenter and mobile infrastructures.  He has dedicated his career to helping industry understand the unique requirements of public sector and bringing the best of breed technology to bare.  Mike has published several papers on defending cloud and critical infrastructure networks on FDCC, CIPv5 and FedRAMP.

Tom Atanacio

Director, Product Management

With over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology, Tom has managed servers, networks, customers and colleagues in numerous different roles and efforts. Tom’s primary focus today is in product management at Commvault where he strives to deliver products to market that solve for the increasingly difficult data and information management challenges created by modern computing systems.

James Barr von Oehsen, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC), Rutgers University

James provides strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure. His interests are in high performance computing, high throughput computing, data science, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things, mathematical modeling, parallel programming, campus level distributed cloud environments and hardware architecture.

René Bastón

Executive Director, Northeast Big Data Hub

René has over 20 years of experience in innovation, alliance building, public/private collaborations, entrepreneurship, technology transfer and commercialization. René has served in roles in academia, industry, and non-profits at Columbia, Ernst & Young, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the City University of New York. He has created a broad range of public/private partnerships and has founded three startups based on the transfer of university, NIH, and NIST technologies.

Adam Bathiard

Network Support Engineer, NJEdge

Adam Bathiard brings his extensive knowledge of systems integration on the network side to enhance NJEdge’s network management and support. His experience with big data analytics, cloud computing, automation and open source software aligns with the organization’s vision for network infrastructure. Adam was working for the past 10 years with NJEdge as a systems administrator before transitioning to the role of network support engineer. He received a Master’s degree in Information Systems and a BS degree in Management Information Systems from NJIT.

Jonathan Bingham

CEO, Janeiro Digital

Jonathan is CEO and co-founder of Janeiro Digital, a digital business consultancy solving mission-critical business objectives with creative technology solutions. Having spent over fifteen years as part of the technology ecosystem, Jonathan’s vision fostered Janeiro Digital’s groundbreaking approach, rooted in the scientific method, using Rapid Alignment, Design, and Development (RADD) to ensure alignment with its clients’ objectives at every stage. Through this unique transformative approach and its XFORM platform, Janeiro Digital provides service offerings that drive the products, processes, performance and success of its clients.

John Boyer

Senior Instructor, Virginia Tech

John Boyer is an award-winning Senior Instructor in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech where he has taught ever-expanding courses on World Regional Geography and the Geography of Wine: in last decade, enrollments have grown from average class size of 50-60 to 550-600, and at one time taught World Regions to a record-breaking 2850 students for multiple years. Most of his courses have now gone entirely online, where routine enrollments are 3500 to 4000 students each academic year. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Geography and has been teaching since 1998. He has published textbooks on world geography and wine, developed a graphic novel series, produces podcasts and an educational website for his classes, and actively incorporates all manner of technologies into the classroom in order to increase interaction and learning for the students, and the world.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Economic Development at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Co-founder and President, New Jersey Big Data Alliance

Margaret is also the Associate Director of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic growth initiatives at Rutgers. She is also the President and Co-Founder of the New Jersey Big Data Alliance.

Wayne Brown, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Center for Higher Ed CIO Studies (CHECS).

Martha Brozyna, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in History at Passaic County Community College

Martha is an Assistant Professor in History at Passaic County Community College where she teaches courses in Western Civilization, U.S. and Latin American History.  She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Southern California.

Darren Carroll

Director, Security & Risk Management Practice, SHI

With over 26 years of experience, Darren is a risk management and information security leader with diverse experience in operational, technical, management and architecture roles. Recently, Darren has been focusing on applicability of actionable threat intelligence against clients’ environments. Gathered from numerous disparate intel sources, he has worked to align these datasets to potentially vulnerable IT assets. His experience in this arena includes numerous open-source humint and signint sources, NCIC and other platform-specific intel data.

Edward Chapel Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NJEdge

In his role, Ed is committed to active collaboration with industry partners, peer organizations and higher education institutions. Working closely with illumira users, he guides NJEdge’s team to ensure features and user experiences most relevant to higher education institutions.

Laurence Cocco

Digital Learning Consultant

Laurence Cocco is a digital learning evangelist whose goal is to actively promote and facilitate the transformation of educational practices through the design and implementation of 21st-century teaching strategies and learning environments. Formerly the Director of Educational Technology for the New Jersey Department of Education, he served on the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and was recognized in 2014 as the State Leader of the Year. A proponent of Game-Based Learning, Laurence co-founded Games4Ed to assist educators who want to incorporate gaming strategies into teaching and learning.

Samuel Conn, Ph.D.

President and CEO, NJEdge

Samuel brings a history of fostering the advancement of technology across several areas including information technology management, administrative and educational technologies, e-Learning networks, and enterprise transformation. By harnessing the potential of digital networks to advance teaching, learning and research, he maintains NJEdge’s commitment to push the boundaries of innovation and achievement as a national model of excellence for purpose-built research and education networks.

Robert Costanza

Principal Architect, DynTek Services

As a DynTek veteran, Rob Costanza has been with the company for over 10 years serving as a senior consultant and now principal architect. He architects and designs solutions for clients centered on Enterprise Networking, Data Center, Security, Wireless and Collaboration.

Chris Darrell

Chief Information Officer, Drew University

Chris Darrell is a Partner in the Philadelphia office of Fortium Partners. He brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in technology and business operations. Darrell has worked at and consulted with dynamic, demanding organizations in a variety of industries including higher education, managed healthcare, software, nonprofit, legal, manufacturing, retail, and professional services.

Greg Davies

CEO, Full Measure Education

Greg founded Full Measure Education™ based on his passion for combining student success initiatives and student outcomes with scalable technologies and predictive data analytics. Full Measure Education helps reimagine and redefine how institutions interact with their students. By developing a flexible and purposeful platform that redesigns the student experience, Full Measure Education enables students to achieve success through comprehensive Guided Pathways Management. Greg’s mission is to improve outcomes for students and enable student success, which ultimately contributes to workforce development initiatives nationwide.

Fadi Deek, Ph.D.

Provost and Senior Executive Vice President, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Fadi P. Deek is Provost and Senior Executive Vice President at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) where he began his academic career as student in the early 1980s. He received his B.S. Computer Science, 1985; M.S. Computer Science, 1986; and Ph.D. Computer and Information Science, 1997, all from NJIT. Dr. Deek’s faculty appointment is in two departments: Information Systems (in the College of Computing Sciences) and Mathematical Sciences (in the College of Science and Liberal Arts). He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty – Rutgers University Business School. Dr. Deek maintains an active funded-research program. His research interests include software engineering and open source software development, with applications to learning/collaborative/decision-support technologies and computer science education.

Alexandra Della Fera

Professor, English Department, Passaic County Community College

David G Belanger, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Belanger is primarily involved in the M.S. program in Business Intelligence and Analytics, and Data Science offerings. He is also Chair of IEEE’s Big Data Initiative (bigdata.ieee.org), which includes conferences, standards, publications and social networking related to Big Data.

Brynn Deprey Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Member Engagement, NJEdge

In her role, Brynn brings a new level of insight and expertise to NJEdge with her extensive background in the areas of program marketing strategy, communications, relationship management and social media promotion. Combined with her collaborative and outcome-based leadership style, she is uniquely qualified to bring NJEdge’s mission and vision to life through a combination of fully integrated traditional and non-traditional communication, member engagement and marketing mediums.

Linda Dempf

Music and Media Librarian, The College of New Jersey

Linda Dempf is the Music & Media Librarian at The College of New Jersey, where she oversees the Media Access Services department and develops and maintains TCNJ Library’s media collections. She is the subject librarian for Music and for Women’s and Gender Studies, performing collection development, library instruction and liaison duties in these areas.

Jonida Dervishi

 

Jonida has over ten years experience in academic affairs, managing student recruitment, admissions, advisement, and retention, and also serves as the Project Manager for the Online MBA Program.

Joshua Elliott Ed.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of the Educational Technology and Secondary Education Programs, Fairfield University

Joshua’s research and teaching goal is to help teachers improve their ability to incorporate technology into their teaching for optimal student learning. As a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, he also conducts professional development workshops structured to provide teachers with strategies for effective technology integration.

Tracy Espiritu

District Instructional Technology Coach, Elizabeth Public Schools

In her role, Tracy coordinates district-wide technology initiatives and professional development on the pedagogy and integration of technology in instruction.

Pam Fallivene


Technology Trainer, Montclair State University

Pam is a Technology Instructor within the Information Technology Division of Montclair State University. Pam has 25+ years experience in the technology training field. As a Technology Instructor as MSU, Pam creates, promotes and delivers training solutions that support the university community. She enjoys working with faculty and staff supporting them with instructional technology.

Gregory Fallon

Associate Dean of Learning Resources, Passaic County Community College

In his role, Greg provides leadership in the library, in distance education, and in the writing center, as well as serving as project manager for major federal grant-funded initiatives at the College, the most recent involving general education course redesign.

Candace Fleming

CIO and Vice President for Information Technology, Montclair State University

Candace C. Fleming is the CIO and Vice President for Information Technology at Montclair State University, a public research institution with 21,000 students and over 300 programs. Previously, Ms. Fleming has held CIO and other executive IT roles at Columbia University, Cadbury-Schweppes, Pfizer, Inc., Warner-Lambert Company, Schering-Plough Corporation, and PSE&G. Ms. Fleming is a member of the Board of Trustees for NJEdge. She received her BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and her MBA in Finance from New York University.

Steven A. Forte

Superintendent of Schools, Denville Board of Education

Steven was Superintendent of the Verona Public Schools prior to taking on that role at the Denville Board of Education. During his time in Verona, he was successful in passing a $16.5 Million referendum for badly needed upgrades/repairs district-wide and developing relationships with several colleges and universities and offering college credit courses on the campus of Verona High School.

Dan Franciscus

Systems Administrator, Institute for Advanced Study

Dan is a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) who specializes in VMware, PowerShell and other Microsoft-based technologies. In addition, he is a public freelance technical author.

Adam D. Fried, Ed.D.

Superintendent of the Harrington Park District

Adam is an effective and dynamic school leader with an expertise in the development of Digital Education and Curriculum, with a focus on community involvement.  During his tenure as Superintendent of the Harrington Park District (NJ) he has overseen the successful implementation of numerous sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture of the district while increasing student achievement and staff engagement.  Currently, Adam is a pedagogical leader of staff through a research based evaluation model, which has been recognized as a best practice for the NJ Department of Education.

Joshua Gaul

Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies in the Division of Information Technology Services, SUNY Empire State College

In this role, Joshua helps research and develop tools to support learning development and service management, implement and support new technologies to find new and innovative ways to deliver instruction. In collaboration with ITS and other leaders across the college, he finds ways to utilize educational technology to push the college-wide strategic mission to become a leader in learning space design, online/hybrid education and varied modes of instruction.

Jennifer Gasparino

Human Services Instructor, Passaic County Community College

In her role, Jennifer teaches courses in Mental Health, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and recently developed the Honors capstone course in Leadership.

Jeff Giacobbe

Associate Vice President for Enterprise Technology Services, Enterprise Technology Services, Montclair University

Jeff is responsible for the operation of all centrally managed underlying technology infrastructure at the University including the campus wired and wireless network, telephone services, data storage and backup, and server equipment running ERP, email, web services, file and print services, databases, and web applications. Mr. Giacobbe is also responsible for information security within Information Technology and for developing security policies and best practices to safeguard University data.

Dan Ginsberg

Network Engineer, Montclair State University

Dan is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and daily support of the wired and wireless infrastructure for Montclair State University and has his Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional certification. Additionally, he is the liaison for the Facilities IT operations and actively supports the Fire & Safety Alarm, Access Control, and Industrial Control System networks.

Steve Gold

Regional Sales Director, Varonis

In his role at Varonis, Steve coves the company’s State, Local & Education (SLED) vertical. Steve’s focus on data security and experience with SLED processes (budgetary constraints, security initiatives, shared services) informs organizations how to protect their largest investment of sensitive information…their unstructured data.

Gilbert E. Gonzalez

Coordinator of Assessment Technology and Data, New Jersey Department of Education

Gilbert coordinates the technology and data related aspects of New Jersey’s statewide assessment program within the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Assessments. He supports the administration of computer-based standardized assessments, such as PARCC, DLM, and NJSLA-S, across approximately 650 school districts throughout the State of New Jersey. In his role as a member of several data governance committees within the Department, Gilbert also collaborates with stakeholders across various internal program offices to inform how the Department’s information assets are managed. Additionally, Gilbert serves as an Adjunct Professor within Rowan University’s Computer Science Department, where he develops and teaches courses in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics.

Jennifer Griffin

Program Coordinator, The Quilt

Jennifer Griffin is the Program Coordinator of The Quilt, a national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education representing 36 networks across the country with the goal of promoting consistent, reliable, interoperable and efficient advanced networking services that extend to the broadest possible community; and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of advanced network services. In this role, she provides program and project coordination and works closely with the President and CEO, Quilt members, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and technology vendors.

Rob Cibrario

Solution Marketing Senior Manager, Enterprise Vertical Marketing, Equinix

Rob has a 30+ years across a variety of technology roles and industries with skills developed in real-time embedded computing processing, Electronic Warfare, system test and integration, product management, solution delivery, and service operations improvement. His experience spans the military defense industry where he served in product engineering, test and integration as well as in commercial industries as a pre-sales engineer. Rob comes to Equinix from a Wall St bank where he served as Vice President in such roles as hardware engineer in their Computing Platforms Engineering product team, Manager of their Enterprise Test Center and as a Senior Technical Analyst in the bank’s Global Data Center team designing service requirements to plan and build compute capacity across data centers worldwide.

Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap

Chairperson, Art & Design Department and Associate Professor, County College Morris

Nieves has been an educator for seventeen years, teaching traditional, hybrid and online courses. As a visual artist, her areas of interest include technology and visual perception.

Douglas M. Harvey

Director, Institute for Faculty Development, Stockton University

In his role at Stockton, Douglas uses screencasts for “flipping” the classroom as well as in his online courses to provide lectures and tutorials. He also has students create their own tutorials on technology tools, reflect on their learning experiences, and present and share their course portfolios.

Grant Hansen

illumira Engagement Engineer, NJEdge

Grant Hansen serves as the primary point of contact for illumira account holders. He helps field questions, arrange demonstrations, and develop relationships between NJEdge’s illumira team and their customers. Grant comes from a background in both educational technology account management and marketing, as a graphic designer.

Perry Heliger

Senior Solutions Architect, Integration Partners

Perry has spent the past five years designing business-critical fabric networks for customers, enabling them to extend their existing server and storage over a virtualize enterprise networks.   Perry’s focus has been on removing fifteen years of industry-driven complexity while enhancing secure segmentation, supportability and the inclusion of hybrid Cloud-based computing over a virtualized network. His current efforts include showing customers and consulting professionals how easy it is to build the next generation networks using the Extreme Fabric Connect/Fabric Extend/Fabric Attach technologies; these are networks with more features, functionality, resiliency and manageability with less complexity.  

Terry Herbert

Administrative Supervisor, Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Supreme Court

In his role, Terry oversees major technology initiatives, electronic case and document management practices, e-filing, cyber-forensics and other key areas of information processing. He has extensive experience with forensic software tools and the preservation and production of electronically stored information (“ESI”) in both evidentiary and discovery capacities. He has conducted cyber-forensic examinations and provided investigative and litigation support in dozens of ethics cases, and has designed curricula and presented on cyber-forensics at both the State and National levels.

Beth Hoffman

Blackboard System Administrator, Madonna University

In her role, Beth provides all levels of LMS training and support for faculty, staff and students. She also provides support for a variety of software related to classroom instruction including illumira®, polling response units, video capture and synchronous communication.

Paul Jenne

Sales Manager, Eastern DataComm

Paul Jenne provides communication and network solutions to clients that increase productivity while saving them money. By understanding the goals of the organization and how their school or municipality operates, he utilizes the expertise and experience of his team along with “best in class” technologies to deploy customized solutions that streamline business processes for customers, maximizes investments in school safety technology and improves communication.

Stephen Kankus

Chief Operating Officer, NYSERNet

Steve’s present responsibilities include providing executive leadership for NYSERNet’s technical operations (data center, dark fiber and network), product and service development, education services, project management and information technology. NYSERNet, the New York State Research and Education Network, is one of the original NSFNET regional networks and is in the midst of its largest network expansion since its founding in 1986.

Kenneth Karol

Technology Resource Specialist

In addition to his role as Technology Resource Specialist, Ken also teaches Comparative Religion as an Adjunct Instructor, is a Librarian as well as Instructional Designer.

Karen Kemp

Associate Director, IT Support Services, Montclair State University

Karen is responsible for client (Faculty, Staff and Students) facing operations which includes: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Desktop Support, Tier 1 Application Support Services and the University IT Call Center at Montclair State University.

Harvey Kesselman, Ed.D.

President, Stockton University

Harvey Kesselman is the fifth President of Stockton University. He has more than 35 years of experience in higher education and is a tenured Professor in Stockton’s School of Education. As Stockton’s fifth President, Dr. Kesselman is responsible for the executive management and conduct of the University’s administrative divisions, academic schools, supervisory departments, and instructional sites. President Kesselman oversees a $228 million budget which serves 1,200 faculty and staff and supports more than 9,200 students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Joshua Koen

Chief Innovation Officer, New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE)

Joshua Koen is Chief Innovation Officer with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE) who leads the statewide efforts to provide guidance, resources and technical assistance to schools and districts on how to leverage technology to enhance effective classroom practices and promising school-wide efforts to re-envision schools. Prior to joining the NJ DOE, he served as the Executive Director for Data, Assessment and Education Technology with the Newark Public Schools and led the PARCC implementation deploying over 10,000 devices to students, data driven instruction, and leadership on the design and implementation of the district-wide educational technology strategic initiatives.

Shelley C. Kurland, Ph.D.

Dean, Virtual Campus, County College of Morris

Shelley has been an educator for almost twenty  years and involved with distance education for over ten years.  Her areas of expertise and interests are in active learning, faculty learning, and use of digital technologies with pedagogical considerations.

George Lecakes, Jr.

Director, Rowan Virtual Reality Center, South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University

As Director, George’s responsibilities include managing the Virtual Reality Center and numerous sponsored research projects along with cultivating students to become familiar with VR and AR. George and the Rowan VR Center have appeared on Michio Kaku’s Physics of the Impossible television show.

George Loftus

Associate Vice President, Network Services for Internet2

George is responsible for business development and implementation services for customers of the Network Services division. Loftus is currently engaged in developing the Cloud Connect and DDoS Mitigation Services for Internet2 members. Prior to joining Internet2, Loftus served as the President and CEO of OSHEAN, Rhode Island’s non-profit research and education network from its founding in 2000 until 2012. He was the Director of Network Services at Brown University from 1991 -2000.

Nicole Luongo

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Distance Learning, Saint Peter’s University

In her role, Nicole teaches a blend of online and face-to-face graduate and undergraduate courses.

Christopher R. Markham

Associate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Empire State College/SUNY
Christopher has nearly two decades of combined higher education, corporate and U.S. military experience. At SUNY Empire, Markham serves as the senior executive of the college’s Information Technology Services division, a member of the president’s cabinet, and his responsibilities encompass strategic IT planning, co-sponsored initiatives, and maintaining technology related to the support and education of the college’s nearly 20,000 students.

Alberto Marsal

Coordinator, Computer & Network Services, Elizabeth Public Schools

Katherine McGivern

Media Librarian, Bergen Community College

In addition to serving as the Media Librarian, Kate also provides reference and instruction services for the college. She holds a Library Science Masters degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a Liberal Studies Master’s degree from Thomas Edison University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Community College Leadership program through National American University.

Stephan Meyer

Senior Director, D2L Higher Education

Stephan has been working in the Education industry for over 20 years, and with D2L for 13 years. He is an Engineer by training, and currently manages new business for D2L Higher Education. He brings wealth of experience working with hundreds of institutions across North America. He has been a strategic enabler for D2L, solving educational challenges with D2L technology. He brings unique passion for solving challenges related to retention and student success, and how data should and can play critical role.

Kathleen Michell, Ed.D.

Director of Allied Health, Raritan Valley Community College.

In her current role, Kathleen successfully designs, plans, implements and administers Allied Health courses and curriculum.

Cathy Moran Hajo Ph.D.

Editor and Director, Jane Addams Papers Project, Ramapo College of New Jersey

In her current role, Cathy teaches an undergraduate course at Ramapo College and co-teaches a one-week institute on digital editions at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and the Institute for Editing Historical Documents.

Anthony J. Iacono, Ph.D.

President, County College of Morris

Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, a community college graduate, became the third president of County College of Morris (CCM) on September 1, 2016. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Indian River State College (IRSC) in Fort Pierce, FL, where he was a core member of the team that helped IRSC earn recognition by the Aspen Award Committee as one of the top three community colleges in the nation. He began his career in education as a professor of history.

Deborah Nagler

Adjunct Professor, New Jersey City University and Gratz College (Philadelphia, PA).

Deborah Nagler is a veteran educator, administrator, teacher trainer and lecturer. She teaches Educational Technology to graduate students at New Jersey City University and at Gratz College in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to her work as an online Instructional Designer for Hebrew Union College, she is an educational technology consultant at the Alexander D. Sullivan School in Jersey City. She is completing doctoral research in Makerspaces.

Jeanne Nevelos

Managing Director, Rowan Innovations, South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University

Jeanne as Managing Director of Rowan Innovations, a technology development and economic development arm of Rowan University, works with faculty, staff, students and entrepreneurs in the University community and beyond to provide the services and resources that foster business incubation and startup companies in partnership with Rowan’s Offices of Sponsored Programs and Technology Commercialization. Among her responsibilities are building relationships with industry, economic development organizations and government agencies seeking technology expertise, as well as coordinating the development of the Technology Park.

Sara O'Brien Ph.D.

Professor of Education, Saint Peter’s University

In her role, Sara trains educators on the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also teaches courses in African and Multicultural Literature and is currently learning how to teach online under the mentorship of Dr. Nicole Luongo.

Natalie O'Neil

Instructional Design Specialist, Rutgers School Nursing and team member of the Rutgers School of Nursing IT Department

Natalie has been an educator throughout her career, as a K-12 classroom teacher, technology coordinator and Adjunct Professor.

Thomas Pace

Director, Consulting Services Cylance

Thomas ensures best-in-class services delivery as well as technical expertise throughout the entire service offering lifecycle and has extensive experience in deployment of multiple security tools and services in complex environments. This includes intrusion detection and prevention systems, enterprise detection and response systems, as well as customer incident response offerings.

Manish Parashar, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers University

Manish is the founding Director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2). His research interests are in the broad areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. Manish is also the founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC).

Emily Ravenwood

Senior Instructional Designer for Teaching and Learning with Technology, Rutgers University

In her current role, Emily is the Office of Instructional Design’s team lead for faculty training and development and also supports Rutgers faculty in developing hybrid, online courses and face-to-face courses. Working with both front- and back-end design has given her considerable experience in how users interact with online material, and how to create effective information architecture.

Michael Reekie

Director of Network and Security Operations, NJEdge

Michael is NJEdge’s subject matter expert who actively manages the organization’s network and security operations. His responsibility includes the programmatic implementation of policies and procedures to conform to NIST security controls, while obtaining operational efficiency and rapid deployment control of new network additions and network integration.

Joe Rearden

Chief Financial Officer, NJEdge

In his role as CFO, Joe takes an active collaboration approach across all facets of NJEdge’s strategic efforts and disciplines. In addition to managing and monitoring the year’s budget, objectives and deliverables, Joe is the liaison between NJEdge’s corporate partners and members. As such, he keeps a sharp eye on everything from licensing agreements to service agreements to federal funding opportunities for the NJEdge consortium.

Timothy Renick, Ph.D.

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University

Timothy  is Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University.  He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program.  Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level.  Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House.  He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally.

Richard Riccardi Sc.D.

Senior Associate Provost and Dean of Libraries, Rider University

Prior his role at Rider University, Richard was the Associate Vice President for institutional effectiveness at Southern Connecticut State University, overseeing institutional research and assessment and planning. He served Southern as a Systems Analyst, Assistant Dean for Special Activities and the Summer School, Banner Student Team Leader, Assistant Vice President for Banner Project Implementation, and Director of the Office of Management Information and Research, an office created for him to be the “one-stop-shop” for campus informational needs. He also served on an interim basis as Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Library Director.

Ken Ronkowitz

Learning Experience Designer, Passaic County Community College

Ken has worked in higher education since 2000, as the Manager of Instructional Technology at NJIT and Director of the Writing Initiative at PCCC. Ken has taught at PCCC, Montclair State University and at NJIT.

Jay Rozgonyi

Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies, Fairfield University

Jay Rozgonyi the Director of Academic Computing & Director of Learning Technologies at Fairfield University, as well as a faculty member in the Educational Technology program.  Prof. Rozgonyi was  named one of 2015’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, & Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education.

Steven M. Rose, Ph.D.

President, Passaic County Community College

Steven M. Rose has served as President of Passaic County Community College since 1996. During that time the College opened three new campuses in Wanaque, Wayne and Passaic and renovated and expanded its main Paterson Campus. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Vermont, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Muhlenberg College.

Steven M. Rose, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Information System & Security Administrator, Stockton University

Demetrios supports his role at the university with certifications as AMX Certified Expert, AMX Certified Designer, AMX Certified Installer, AMX Certified Programmer combined with extensive programming experience ranging from C/C++/C#, to ASP.NET/PHP, to MS/MY-SQL, to Java and The Web.

Matthew Schneider

Senior Director – Government, Education, & Healthcare – Networking and Security, VMware

Matthew leads VMware’s Networking and Security (NSX) Business Unit for the Government, Education, and Healthcare markets. Matthew and his team of sales and engineering specialists support Federal, State, Local, Education, and Healthcare customers to leverage VMware’s software defined networking (SDN) and virtualization technologies. With 20 years of working with customers in networking and security Matthew and his team help address the unique customer mission challenges around security, compliance, operations, and resiliency.

Patrick Scioscia

Instructional Designer, Montclair State University

Patrick works within the Instructional Technology and Design Services (ITDS) group at Montclair State University and his responsibilities include instructional design, managing Montclair State’s illumira streaming media repository, LMS management, and support. In addition to his role in ITDS, he is also an adjunct instructor for the First-Year Writing department. Patrick earned his MA in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Alice Seneres Ph.D.

Director for Integrated Academic Support Programs, Rutgers University

Alice Seneres is the Director for Integrated Academic Support Programs. She has taught mathematics full-time at the college level.  She  received a Fulbright to conduct research in Mathematics Education in Germany for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Gillian Small, Ph.D.

University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Gillian joined FDU in 2016, where, as the chief academic officer, she oversees academic policies and activities university-wide. She leads efforts at the University to support student retention and success and also leads new initiatives including expanding the University’s online programming.

Camille Shelley


CIO/Executive Director – Ellucian, Yeshiva University

 

Camille Shelley is an Ellucian Chief Information Officer currently serving as Executive Director for Information Technology Services at Yeshiva University, in which she oversees the day-to-day operations related to networks, user services, system admin, and programming, among other functions. She provides leadership of strategic and tactical activities in support of the university’s technology strategic goals, promoting operational excellence supporting student success. Camille is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and EDUCAUSE, and she has served as President of the New Jersey Regional Users Group. Camille received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University (AL) and an MBA with an Information Systems concentration from Troy University (AL).

Patrick Shelley


Systems Engineer, PKA Tech

Patrick Shelley is a Systems Engineer that has been with PKA Technologies for over seven years. His main responsibility at PKA Tech is using his technical expertise to develop and refine datacenter infrastructure concepts. By holding the highest level Hewlett-Packard Enterprise certifications (Master ASE), Patrick is able to provide pre and post sales support related to both hardware and software, to test the recommended concepts and assure the best solution is implemented. His knowledge related to VDI has helped him with both large and small deployments across multiple education and commercial environments.

Anthony Simonet, Ph.D.


Post-Doctoral Associate, Rutgers University

Anthony received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Lyon at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) in 2015. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institude (RDI²) of Rutgers University. His current and past research span over multiple domains including distributed data management, models and middleware for hybrid distributed computing infrastructures and energy.

Beryl Stetson

Associate Professor of Nursing and Chairperson of the Health Science Education Department, Raritan Valley Community College

As a registered nurse for 44 years and a nurse educator for 26 years, Ms Beryl Stetson’s experience includes teaching and development of face-to-face- and online credit, noncredit and continuing education courses and curriculum development and revision.

Jim Stankiewicz

Principal Network Architect, NJEdge

Jim leads the technical management team with a future-forward approach that embraces a long-term vision of an integrated K-20 portal for the New Jersey educational community. With responsibility for the NJEdge network infrastructure, Jim guides his team through complex engineering project activities that drive customer performance, utilization, problem resolution and the overall effectiveness of the Edge network.

Rob Stirton

Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and CIO, County College of Morris

Rob Stirton, with 25 years of experience in leading change and embedding effectiveness in institutions’ core internal operations, became Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness / CIO at County College of Morris in August 2017. He has served in institutional research, institutional effectiveness and business intelligence roles at Research I universities, private religiously-affiliated universities, as well as community colleges across the nation.

Kris Subramaniam


Practice Director – Smart Process Applications, Optima Global Solutions, Inc.

In his role, he develops digital transformation marketing strategy, conducts regular webinars and develops Proof of Concepts for clients and prospects. Additionally, Kris drive organizational adoption of Digital Transformation technology, contributes and promotes delivery methodology and best practices to clients and prospects.

Matthew J. Sullivan


President/Co-Founder, TalentFleX Solutions

Matthew is the President and a co-founder of TalentFleX Solutions (TFX), a business and technology consulting firm offering recruiting solutions in the Information Technology, Data Science & Analytics, Finance & Accounting and Human Resource fields. As President, Matthew is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm. He leads the acquisition of new business and works with clients to find and hire the best talent for their organizations. Matthew has nearly 20 years of experience as a talent acquisition professional and is a trusted business advisor to executives regarding their talent acquisition solutions and strategies to enhance their companies’ human capital advantage.

Paul Tarsa

Member Relations Manager, CEN

Paul Tarsa brings an extensive background to CEN with over 25 years experience in engineering and operations management focusing on business development and customer service. At CEN, Paul serves as Member Relations Manager leading the team in developing strategies and programs for business growth through improved sales, service, brand positioning, member engagement and digital marketing.

Purva Thakur

Business Analyst & DevOps Manager, NJEdge – illumira

In her role, Purva closely works with the faculty, instructional designers, librarians and administrators to design requirements and finding solutions with the illumira platform. She manages illumira platform integration on the client side with existing solutions and services on their campus. She is also responsible for website design and software development teams, testing and monitoring progress and handling client transition after updates and new releases.

Bruno Tirone

Founder, CEO and President of MRA International

Bruno is responsible for the success of MRA International. MRA International has 50+ employees and offers hundreds of products and services to the public sector.

Heather Todorov

 

Heather has over fifteen years of experience in program and project management, as well as considerable experience in network services, member outreach, and contract/proposal writing, primarily gained through work in higher education and research-related endeavors.

Milos Topic

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Saint Peter’s University

Milos has 20 years of experience in leadership, innovation strategies, technology implementation and business development while his formal education is a blend of science, technology and business. His journey in the Information Technology (IT) profession started in 1997 and over the past 20+ years he has worked on nearly all aspects of IT. He got underway with networking/cabling installs; tech support to programming in C++, C#, Java; web development; system/network security/administration to his most recent positions of leading teams of amazing people providing technology solutions and services while supporting a multitude of organizational needs.

Bruce Tyrrell

Senior Director, Programs and Services

In his role, Bruce’s roots with Higher Education, State Government, K-12, local and county government IT environments have served as a foundation for defined solutions and transformative engagement experience for all NJEdge members. With a keen emphasis on realizing the strategic goals of the consortium, his member-focused approach continues to drive maximum benefit for all NJEdge constituents.

Kurt Wagner

University Librarian, Monmouth University

In addition to his role as University Librarian, Kurt is a member of the Executive Committee of VALE, New Jersey’s academic library consortium and serves on the editorial board of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Jerry Waldron

Partner, Fortium Partners
Jerry Waldron is currently a partner with Fortium Partners LP where he provides strategic consulting and interim CIO leadership. He was previously the Chief Information Officer at Arcadia University (PA), The College of New Jersey (NJ), and Salisbury University (MD) for a total of 16 years. While at TCNJ he served on the Board of Directors of the Oracle/Peoplesoft Higher Education Users Group.

Sponsorship Packages:

Industry partner sponsorship registration is open. Allocation is made by sponsorship level and in order of registration. As space is limited, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Payment is due in full by December 15, 2017. Sponsor registration includes hotel rooms for Thursday evening, limited space available.

All Industry Partners also receive complimentary WiFi access. Additional needs (such as hard wire internet) are available a la carte and are outlined in the sponsorship materials to be sent to confirmed registrations.

Exclusive Sponsorship Opportunities: These are intended to complement Gold/Silver/Bronze sponsorships. The options below do not include exhibit space.

Breakfast (option for Thursday or Friday meal)

Brand recognition for breakfast sponsorship with signage in dining area. Table with your company and invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion. Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Lunch (options for Thursday or Friday meal)

Brand recognition for lunch sponsorship with signage in dining area. Table with your company and invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion. Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Dinner and Keynote (Thursday evening)

Brand recognition for keynote and dinner sponsorship with signage in dining area.  Along with announced sponsor recognition and appreciation, NJEdge will acknowledge and thank the dinner and keynote sponsor during the introduction of the keynote speaker. Table with your company and invite members to join you for a more targeted discussion. Logo included in conference materials: program, mobile app, website and on social media.

Lanyard

Brand recognition featuring your company’s logo on the lanyard for conference name badges. Recognition on social media.

NJEdgeCon2018

is supported by these great sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR

GOLD SPONSORS

 
Carahsoft / VMware
eplus
PKA
 

SILVER SPONSORS

 
Campus Management
Cisco
Full Measure Education
MRA International
Optima Global Solutions
Skyhigh Networks
Varonis
 

BRONZE SPONSORS

 
Computer Design & Integration
Core BTS
Cylance
D2L
DynTek
Eastern DataComm
Integration Partners / Extreme Networks
Millenium
NWN Corp
Vital Source
 

 

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