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eBlack C-U Community Technology News: Oct. 4

This e-mail contains some news and updates on community technology in Champaign-Urbana. Please send news items to for distribution.

1. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter Present Workshop on Microsoft Office Basics at Champaign Public Library - Friday, October 7

2. Central Illinois Broadband Summit - October 12

3. Volo and Parkland offer refurbished computers for $125

4. Digital Divide Lecture Series - Fall 2011

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1.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter Present Workshop on Microsoft Office Basics at Champaign Public Library - Friday, October 7

What: Microsoft Office Basics Workshop
Where: Champaign Public Library
When: Friday, October 7, 6-8 p.m.

*See attached flyer for details and please bring your personal laptop.

Please visit for more public computing instruction in Champaign-Urbana, and take a moment to send us updates for any outdated information on the site.


2. Central Illinois Broadband Summit - October 12

You are invited to the Central Illinois
Broadband Summit
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 9:00 AM
 and the Illinois Broadband Deployment Council Meeting
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:00 AM
 to be held at National Center for Supercomputing Application University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Register for Illinois Broadband Summit / Broadband Research Symposium and Central Illinois Regional ARRA Meeting in Urbana, IL at

You are invited to the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for PCI's third Broadband Summit and the quarterly Illinois Broadband Deployment Council meeting. These events will be taking place over a two-day period and are occurring less than a month after the groundbreaking of the important UC2B project in Urbana-Champaign:

On day one, a morning state-wide Broadband Research Symposium will look into the various broadband research projects taking place throughout the state of Illinois. An planned agenda for the Broadband Research Symposium is available (click to view the agenda:

In the afternoon, the Central Illinois recipients of federal BTOP and BIP stimulus awards will report on their projects at the Central Illinois ARRA Broadband Awardees Meeting.
The meeting host, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois, will also provide an update regarding statewide broadband initiatives. We also expect to hear from John Horrigan, a legislative panel of state and national representatives, and panel of state and national broadband providers, as well as a special presentation by PCI Chairman Charles Benton.

On day two, in the morning, the governor's Illinois Broadband Deployment Council will meet at the same location. This meeting is also open to the public. We hope to be able to offer a tour of a project site or research facility in the afternoon for those who don't need to rush home.

Central Illinois Broadband Summit
October 12, 9:00 a.m. - State-wide Broadband Research Symposium
October 12, 1:00 p.m. - Central Illinois Regional ARRA Broadband
Awardees Meeting

October 13, 9:00 a.m. - Illinois Broadband Deployment Council Meeting

National Center for Supercomputer Applications (directions)
1205 W. Clark Street
Urbana, IL 61801


3. Volo and Parkland offer refurbished computers for $125

Volo Broadband and the Parkland College Workforce Development Dept. have partnered together to Bridge the Digital Divide. By providing access to FREE computer literacy training at the Illinois WorkNet Center, we're also providing access to low cost complete computer
systems for families and individuals.

The complete system will include at least: (1) refurbished desktop computer with XP Pro Operating System with Anti-virus and many other applications, (1) NEW flat screen LCD Monitor, (1) keyboard, (1) mouse and all cables and connectors. We accept cash, money order, cashiers checks and credit cards at this time (no personal checks).

If you'd like to buy one of our computers, fill out the form below. We will contact you as soon as the machine is available. Machines can be picked up at Volo Broadband, 822 Pioneer St. Champaign, IL.


4. Digital Divide Lecture Series - Fall 2011

The Fourth Annual Digital Divide Lecture Series explores the changing concept of the digital divide in the world. While several societies and institutions have become immersed in the digital information age, many local and global communities are without the presence of
technology in their daily lives. As technology continues to evolve, so does the digital divide in all parts of the world and in library and information science. Join us at 11:00 on Thursdays for this lecture series, as we consider how the digital divide impacts the library, society, and local community. Video recordings of this series will archived and available for viewing.

Upcoming speakers:

October 6, 2011

·         Debra Lissak, Executive Director, Urbana Library

·         Marsha Grove, Director, Champaign Public Library

October 13, 2011

·         Bradford Cronk, Technology Supervisor, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD)

·         Stephen Wanzek, Airport Manager, Willard Airport

October 20, 2011 (This week's lecture is 10:30 am-12 pm and in Illini Union Room 407)

·         Professor Lynette Kvasny, Pennsylvania State University

November 3, 2011

·         Fred Halenar, Information Technologies Director, City of Champaign

·         Bill DeJarnette, CIO, City of Urbana

November 10, 2011

·         Brian Bell, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant Coordinator, Computer Science and Information Technology Department, Parkland College

·         Jon Gant, Research Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, U of I

November 17, 2011

·         Carol Lewis, Salem Baptist Church

·         Wilma White, Clark Lindsey Village (invited)

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