February 2017 Newsletter 
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Celebrating Six Years of KINBERCON  

By now hopefully you have all marked your calendars and are planning to join us for our sixth annual conference, KINBERCON 2017, to be held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh April 3-5, 2017. The conference features an outstanding array of over 30 sessions across four tracks - General, IoT, Cloud, and Security that will offer something for everyone. In addition to the full day of track sessions on Tuesday April 4, we will again offer technical trainings with 11 full- and half-day workshops offered at a steal to KINBERCON attendees across a range of topics including IPv6, Preparing Your Successful NSF Grant Proposal, BGP, AR/VR/360 Video, The Future of E-Rate, and more.   

We could not be more pleased at how much the KINBER annual conference has evolved over the last six years. KINBERCON has grown tremendously since our very first conference held on the Montgomery County Community College campus in 2012 to now outgrowing even large hotel venues.

Looking forward to having you join the KINBER board of directors, staff, speakers, sponsors and invited guests at KINBERCON 2017 this April for training, networking, professional development and, as always, enhanced collaboration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


In This Issue  
Mark Your Calendar

Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Workshop
Feb. 24, 2017
New York City, NY 
Can't make it to NYC? Watch the LIVE Webstream 

Operating Innovative Networks (OIN) Workshop 
March 14-15, 2017 
Syracuse, NY

April 3-5, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2017
April 3-5, 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

Internet2 Global Summit
April 23-26, 2017
Washington, DC  

Tech Talk Live 2017
May 1-3, 2017
Lancaster, PA  

PAIUNet Conference 
May 31 - June 2, 2017 
Seven Springs, PA 
Webinars and Events
KINBER strives to bring relevant and timely technical and professional development opportunities to the community via our webinars, virtual trainings, and communities of practice. Check out the webinar archives and upcoming events for more details.  

KINBER Webinar Archives
Discover the Benefits of The Quilt VMware Convenience Contract [view archive | view slides]
Pittsburgh Arts & Lecture Series Virtual Author Event Chris Grabenstein [view archive]
Virtually Inspired, Innovations in Online Learning [view archive]

Upcoming KINBER Webinars & Events
Feb. 28 | 10-11 a.m. ET | KINBER Cybersecurity Working Group 
March 22 | 10-11 a.m. ET | 360 Video in Education at University of Pittsburgh

Upcoming Cybersecurity Trainings 
Available at significant discounts to KINBER members through a partnership with Merit 
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) | March 20-24, 2017 | Merit, Ann Arbor, Michigan | $3,195
Certified Professional Ethical Hacker–C)PEH | March 27-31, 2017 | Merit, Ann Arbor, Michigan | $2,700
Health Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) | May 30-June 1, 2017 | virtual online | $3,195

KINBER Welcomes New Staff 

Yana Edelman-Barber joined KINBER full time in Dec. 2016. Yana originally joined KINBER in March 2016 as a part-time document control specialist. Yana became full-time in Dec. 2016 and in addition to her responsibilities as document control specialist Yana provides executive support to KINBER's president and CEO as well as the KINBER board of directors and subcommittees. Prior to joining KINBER Yana was a document control specialist for Allocate Consulting. Yana graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Theater and American Studies. Contact Yana at

Alexis Kasowtiz joined KINBER as a full-time administrative assistant in Oct. 2016. Alexis moved to Carlisle, PA from southern Connecticut. Alexis was previously employed by The Clubhouse, a fast growing athletics company in Fairfield County, Conn. where she was responsible for office logistics, communications, marketing, administration, and billing. Alexis graduated from Ithaca College in upstate New York where she received a Master in Science in Occupational Therapy. With her recent move, Alexis is looking forward to exciting new opportunities at KINBER and her new home in PA. Alexis works full time in KINBER Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA. Contact Alexis at

Chuck Owen joined KINBER as a sales support engineer on Feb. 15, 2017. Chuck brings extensive experience with his knowledge of design, provisioning, implementation and operational support of both international and domestic data networks. In the past, he worked as a sales support engineer, network engineer and network services coordinator at a variety of technology and financial firms such as Lumos Networks and the Bank of New York Mellon. Chuck received the Kennametal Manager Award three times for his outstanding contributions to the achievements of the company goals and objectives and hopes to continue this tradition, contributing to KINBER’s on-going growth and success. Chuck lives in Greensburg, near Pittsburgh, and will be part of KINBER's western "office." Chuck reports to Ken Barber, KINBER’s director of business development. Contact Chuck at

With the addition of these three new staff members KINBER now has 10 full-time staff and two part-time consultants. 

Grants & Funding  

NIST - $30M Grant Fun
ds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity to accelerate research, development, production, and testing of key broadband technologies and capabilities for first responders.  Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, state and local governments, Indian tribes, hospitals, foreign public entities, and foreign governments. Applications must be submitted to by Feb. 28, 2017. Read full FFO Rules and Guidelines here

Beyond the Walls, Gigabit Libraries Network/TV WhiteSpace (TVWS)
Tens of millions of people in the U.S. rely solely or in part on public libraries to access Internet. Libraries are crucial in connecting communities. With TV WhiteSpace technology people can connect beyond library walls. The “Beyond The Walls” Awards will provide five $15,000 grants to libraries for the most innovative proposals to use TV WhiteSpace (TVWS) technologies to enable new library hotspots in the service of their communities.  First round deadline is March 6, 2017. Read application rules and eligibility here

KINBER From the Field - La Jolla, CA 

KINBER staff Wendy Huntoon, Mike Carey, and Jennifer Oxenford participated in The Quilt 2017 Winter Member Meeting in La Jolla, CA in February. Some of the topics addressed at this national meeting included Building the Cybersecurity Workforce of Tomorrow, National Broadband Policy Update - Preparing for a New Administration, Network Security, Science Engagement, and more. See full program and highlights "from the field" at this national meeting of research and education networks from across the U.S. here

Community Spotlight: Centre County Federation of Public Libraries (CCFPL) 

The Centre County Federation of Public Libraries (CCFPL) was established in 1990 to improve county-wide library services through coordinated efforts between the Centre County Library & Historical Museum and the Schlow Centre Region Library. All CCFPL library locations have been connected to KINBER's PennREN Network since July 2016 with primary connectivity to the Federation Headquarters at Schlow Library in State College, PA. 

CCFPL is deeply committed to providing the best library service to every resident of Centre County and is using its new PennREN connection to help serve that mission. In addition to children's and teen activities, all CCFPL locations host adult programming such as book discussion clubs and crafting groups, allowing the entire Centre County community to join the #LibraryMade revolution.

Photo Credit: Centre Daily Times
Recently, the Centre County Library in Bellefonte also launched a new program using therapy dogs to help young readers. KINBER looks forward to continued collaboration with the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries in support of enhanced network access and community programs serving Centre County, PA. 
Early Registration for KINBERCON 2017 Ends Friday  Feb. 24
Register Today and Save!! 

KINBER Diversity Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted. Deadline to apply is  Feb. 28.
Workshop Spots Filling Up Quick - Secure Your Place at KINBERCON 2017 in Pittsburgh this April!

#ICYMI - In Case You Missed It

  • KINBER participated in the 2017 Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) Conference in Hershey, PA Feb. 12-15.
  • KINBERCON has a new look and new website: Let us know what you think!  
  • KINBER board member Celeste Schwartz, VP for IT and Chief Digital Office, Montgomery County Community College, was featured in Educause's CIO Minute.
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