One Volunteer Needed for American University Event

Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Hello All,

NOGLSTP-CR will be participating in American University’s LGBTQ Fall Mixer & Information Fair on Thursday, August 28, from 7 to 9 pm. The organization can be represented by up to two people, and I’ll be one of them. It would be great to have a staffing partner, so please let me know if you’re available that evening. It would be ideal if you were able to pick me up at the Tenleytown Metro station and drop me off there (or elsewhere on the Metro system), as I’ll be transporting the organization’s materials. The Fall Mixer is a great annual event, and pizza and snacks are provided!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Upcoming Social Events

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Hello All,

Each summer, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region organizes social dinners in Baltimore and DC as an opportunity for all of our current and prospective members, especially the most recent additions to our mailing list, to network in a relaxing environment. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet us and each other, and we hope to see you there. See below for specific details.

What: NOGLSTP-CR Baltimore social dinner
Where: Marie Louise Bistro (904 North Charles St., Baltimore, http://www.marielouisebistrocatering.com/)
When: Tuesday, August 5, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 1

What: NOGLSTP-CR DC social dinner
Where: Meze (2437 18th Street, NW Washington, DC, http://mezedc.com/)
When: Wednesday, August 13, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 8

The officers will arrive at each restaurant by 6 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated at 6:30 pm. The officers will be wearing name tags for those who haven’t met us yet, and we’ll also make sure the host or hostess knows where to find us. Attire for Meze is business casual, while Marie Louise is casual. We hope you’ll be able to join us. We look forward to answering your questions about NOGLSTP-CR, learning more about you and your interests, and hearing your thoughts on possible future activities for the group.

Please note, RSVP deadlines are for convenience; following them would serve as a courtesy to us. Certainly, though, we (and the restaurants) will make every effort to accommodate you if you decide to attend on short notice.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Call for NOGLSTP-CR Board Election Nominations (Due July 21)

Posted: July 9th, 2014

Fellow NOGLSTP Chesapeake Region Members,

The following announcement pertains to dues paying members of NOGLSTP who affiliate themselves with the Chesapeake Regional Group:

It’s once again time for the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals-Chesapeake Region, Inc. to solicit its members for their interest in leading the organization for the term of August 2014 through July 2016. (NOTE, we have a two year election term.)

As we prepare to hold our biennial officer elections, the current officers wish to express our hope that more of our current members and longtime associates will take an interest in running for office. All offices (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) are now accepting nominations. The current board of five officers includes three people who were founding officers of our regional group in 2006, and we feel that it would benefit our organization to have some new blood in our leadership. In particular, David Kaplan (Chair) and Bob Ryan (Representative to the National Board), while both eager to remain active, engaged members of NOGLSTP-CR, would welcome the opportunity to step down from their current roles so that a new crop of NOGLSTP-CR members can contribute their unique ideas and perspectives to the steering of our group. If you are interested in becoming Chair, your best path is to run for the office of Vice Chair this year, so that you can be prepared for the role of Chair over the course of a term of office. The post of Representative is appointed by the Chair; any interested party may put oneself forward by emailing David Kaplan at CR-chair@noglstp.org.

NOGLSTP-CR has been in existence for over seven years. During our seventh year as a regional group of NOGLSTP, we have had regular meetings and events including networking opportunities such as the Baltimore Symphony Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei, visits to places of technical interest, participation in NOGLSTP national events (co-event with SWE, Lobby Day, USA Science & Engineering Festival), and outreach to local schools with STEM programs through judging and sponsorship of science fair awards. We also have continued recruitment drives at the Washington, DC and Baltimore Pride Festivals.

Being a NOGLSTP-CR officer is a great opportunity for you to lead an emerging LGBT technical professional group. We are incorporated in the State of Maryland and are a registered 501(c)(3) corporation. The officer positions are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. You can nominate yourself by filling out an Officer Position Statement of Interest, located in the “Files” section (BOD_SOI.doc) (or by request to the email that follows) and e-mailing the completed form to NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com by Monday, July 21. The statements will then be consolidated and made available to the membership when voting opens the later part of July. We will remove any specific contact information you provide before distributing as part of the election ballot.

Please note that you must be a dues-paying member of NOGLSTP for at least one year to run for and hold an officer position. Officer responsibilities are described in our Bylaws available by request (also available in the “Files” section on the Yahoo Group, http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/NOGLSTP-CR).

Sincerely,
Scott Dale
Election Committee Chair and Secretary,
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals-Chesapeake Region

Out to Innovate Scholarships

Posted: May 29th, 2014

Hello All,

We are forwarding this information, provided by the national NOGLSTP organization, which will be of particular interest to the students on our mailing list, and those who have LGBTA students in their lives:

NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate™ Scholarships for LGBT STEM Students, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBT People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers.

Application Deadline: June 7

For all the details and application information, visit the NOGLSTP web page for these scholarships at: http://www.noglstp.org/?page_id=78

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Call for Pride Festival Volunteers

Posted: May 21st, 2014

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region will have a presence at both the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 8, and the Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, June 15. The Capital Pride Festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 4th and 7th Streets, NW, from noon to 7 pm (although we plan to close down our table by 6 pm). The Baltimore Pride Festival is at Mt. Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street from 11 am to 6pm. Please note, the Baltimore Pride Festival is at a different location than in previous years; it is not being held in Druid Hill Park this year.

We’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill up to 14 person-hours at each festival, and we need your help. The Pride festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.

I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout the day at both festivals. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be volunteering.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Volunteers Needed for USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

Posted: March 21st, 2014

Good Evening All,

NOGLSTP-CR is supporting the national NOGLSTP organization at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, DC, the last weekend in April. The Festival is a multifaceted gathering intended to engage the nation’s youth in STEM activities. As part of the Expo, we’ll be presenting information about NOGLSTP to the event’s attendees, who are expected to number over 300,000. NOGLSTP will provide all of the distribution materials and talking points, but we need volunteers to help staff the booth.

What: USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/)
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC
When: Thursday, April 24 - Sunday, April 27
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, April 11

Our needs throughout the event have not yet been fully identified. However, it’s possible we will need assistance setting up the booth Thursday 8 am - 5 pm and Friday 6 am - 9 am, staffing the booth Friday - Sunday, 9 am - 6 pm, and packing up the booth Sunday 6 pm - 11 pm. If you are available at all during any of these windows, please let us know. We hope you’ll be able to volunteer with us and also attend the event!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Judges Needed for Two Local Science Fairs

Posted: February 28th, 2014

Hello All,

In addition to our already-announced participation in judging at the Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair on March 8, NOGLSTP-CR will be helping to judge at both the Baltimore Science Fair (Saturday, March 22) and the Prince George’s Area Science Fair (Saturday, April 4). Once again, because judges will be representing NOGLSTP-CR and will be acting on the organization’s behalf, judges for this award must be NOGLSTP members; membership forms are available on the Yahoo! group, and completed forms can be mailed in or brought with a dues payment on the day of the fair if you are not currently a member.

Although the fairs themselves are 3 and 5 weeks away, respectively, we have been asked to register our judges sooner. (Both fairs request the information directly from us, so you don’t have to complete any registration yourselves.) So please check your calendars and let us know as soon as you can if you’ll be able to join us as judges at these two science fairs. If you are interested in volunteering to judge as a non-NOGLSTP member, we can let you know how to do that as well.

What: Baltimore Science Fair (http://www.baltimoresciencefair.org/)
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: University Union Building, Towson University (http://www.towson.edu/main/maps/)
When: Saturday, March 22, 9:00 am
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, March 5

What: Prince George’s Area Science Fair
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: Charles Herbert Flowers High School (http://www1.pgcps.org/charleshflowers/)
When: Saturday, April 4, 8:15 am
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, March 19

We are very excited that we will have the opportunity to award $900 in prizes to students at these two science fairs! We know it’s early in the morning on a Saturday, but we hope you’ll agree with us that this is an extremely worthy cause, giving us the opportunity to stimulate the critical STEM sector in America and to represent LGBT professionals in those industries. We hope you can join us.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Volunteers Needed for SWE 2014 Capitol Hill Day

Posted: February 25th, 2014

Hello All,

On March 5th and 6th (Wednesday and Thursday of next week), NOGLSTP will again be joining with dozens of other diversity-related STEM organizations to co-sponsor the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) Capitol Hill Day “Diversity and Inclusion Fuels Innovation in STEM.”

We are looking for up to four interested NOGLSTP members to join us at this event; because you will be representing the organization in a formal capacity, all participants must be current members or willing to establish membership now. In addition to networking with members of other STEM organizations, taking in informative presentations on the state of diversity in STEM, and attending a reception, we will be meeting with Congressional staff members to advance the cause of broad-based diversity and inclusion to enhance America’s STEM capability as a national interest. Those of us who participated last year had an enjoyable and productive time over the course of the two-day event, and we had the opportunity to visit the offices of Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Mark Takano (D-CA).

If you are a current or prospective NOGLSTP member who is interested and able to participate in this event, please email me at CR-chair@noglstp.org as quickly as possible; an online registration must be completed by tomorrow. I apologize for the short notice.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair–Judges Needed!

Posted: February 3rd, 2014

Hello All,

Since 2010, NOGLSTP-CR has presented an award at the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. We are eager to continue this tradition at this year’s fair on Saturday, March 8, and we are also preparing to expand to additional science fairs in the region, starting this year. At Anne Arundel, we will be giving out as many as 5 monetary awards totaling $275 or more. This is a very large science fair, so we want to have any many judges as possible. Because judges will be representing NOGLSTP-CR and will be acting on the organization’s behalf, judges for this award must be NOGLSTP members; membership forms are available on the Yahoo! group, and completed forms can be brought with a dues payment on the day of the fair if you are not currently a member. The judges will divide up the exhibits to determine which ones might qualify for the award’s criteria, which involve ethics and responsibility in science, and then we will consider the exhibits together to pick a winner.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools have set no particular deadline for registering, but online registration should be completed as soon as possible; if you plan to participate, please fill out the registration form at http://www.aacps.org/science/judges and also RSVP directly to us. When filling out the form, identify yourself as a “Special Award Judge” on question 3 and answer “National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region” on question 4. (You do not need to include the name of the organization in your answer to question 2.) Please make sure you can arrive at North County High School in time for the 9:15 am judges’ orientation. More information about the science fair is available at http://www.aacps.org/science/secondscifair.asp. If you choose not to become a NOGLSTP member at this time, please still consider volunteering as a judge, independent of our involvement.

What: Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: North County High School (http://www.northcountyhs.org/)
When: Saturday, March 8, 9:15 am to 12:30 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com and http://www.aacps.org/science/judges, by Friday, February 21

We are also finalizing plans to volunteer as judges at other science fairs in the Chesapeake region, so watch for further news on that front; and if you are already involved in judging one, or are aware of one, please let us know so that we can consider establishing a presence there in a future year. Or if you are unsure of what science fairs take place in your local area but are interested in becoming involved, let us know where you are located and we’ll help you look into it. Additionally, if you wish to make a donation to NOGLSTP-CR, earmarked for science fair prizes, we would gladly accept it; please email NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com for details. Donations to NOGLSTP-CR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with the local community, and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Upcoming Social Events

Posted: September 24th, 2013

Hi Everyone,

So as not to clog your inboxes, this email concerns two separate social events being organized by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region. The first is a dinner in Columbia on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 and the second is the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Sci-Fi Spectacular! with George Takei on Sunday, February 23, 2014. So please read below for full info on both events.

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Because our social dinners tend to be popular and well-attended, we have been working on expanding them beyond the two we typically hold each summer. They are a great opportunity to network in a relaxing environment. So we invite you to join us for dinner on Tuesday, October 8, at Clyde’s of Columbia.

What: NOGLSTP-CR social dinner
Where: Clyde’s of Columbia (10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, http://www.clydes.com/columbia)
When: Tuesday, October 8, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, October 4

The officers will arrive at 6 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated at 6:30 pm. The officers will be wearing name tags for those who haven’t met us yet, and we’ll also make sure the host or hostess knows where to find us. We hope you’ll be able to join us. The RSVP is only for convenience, to ensure we have reserved the right size table; please, don’t hesitate to let us know you’re coming even if the requested RSVP date has passed.

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In February of next year, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be performing just four shows of Sci-Fi Spectacular!, hosted by Star Trek star and LGBT advocate George Takei and featuring selections from favorite sci-fi films, as well as a stage show. We would like to organize a group to attend the 3 pm performance on Sunday, February 23, and we will also plan a lunch or dinner outing closer to the date. But we need to hear from you soon about the concert itself, because tickets are already on sale (and are $40 or less for most seats). If we have at least 15 people who will attend, we can take advantage of group sales to get a discount.

What: Sci-Fi Spectacular!
Where: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, http://www.bsomusic.org/main.taf?p=1,1,1,1&EventID=P4_1314)
When: Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, October 4

If we can get a group of at least 15, we want to do that as quickly as possible. If others decide to attend after a group sale is completed, we will likely encourage them to purchase their own tickets and of course they will still be invited to join us for any social activity we plan for lunch or dinner.

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We hope that many of you will be able to join us for one or both of these events.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR