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Cast Your Ballot by Sept. 15

Voting in the PASS Board of Directors election is in full swing with one week to go. All PASS members in good standing as of May 2010 are eligible to vote for the three seats up for election. Check your email for your secure voting link, and make sure you submit your ballot by Sept. 15.

You can begin your elections research at the following links:

  • Find elections procedures, NomCom ratings for interviewees, and many other details on the Elections portal.
  • Catch up with the latest blog posts on the Elections Discussion page, updated twice a day.
  • Participate in forum discussions about everything from election processes to candidate positions on leveraging volunteers, enhancing Chapter support, and supporting Women in Technology.
  • Visit the Candidate Campaign space to see candidate applications and platforms.
  • Follow and join in the twitter discussion at #passvotes.

Positioning SQLRally in the PASS event universe: Before SQLRally, the world of PASS consisted of PASS Summit—our annual mega-event—the European Summit, SQL Saturday, chapter meetings, and the occasional launch event. With all that going on, asks Andy Warren, did we need another brand? What market void does SQLRally fill? And how is it different from our other events?

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1 Week to 24 Hours of PASS!

Next week at this time, we’ll be knee deep into an exceptional lineup of SQL Server and BI experts presenting a sneak peek of PASS Summit 2010 in 24 free live webcasts. This installment of 24 Hours of PASS, sponsored by Dell, delivers the hottest SQL Server and BI content directly to your computer in two 12-hour days Sept. 15-16, with each day beginning at 12:00 GMT (UTC). And just when you thought 24 hours wasn't enough, we are adding four bonus sessions from Microsoft. Stay tuned for details, and register now for your favorite sessions!

Take the PASS “Database Security 2010” survey and enter to win one of two $200 American Express gift cards or one $100 gift card! You’ll find your survey invitation, sent last week, in your email. Share your feedback by Sept. 27, and help create a strong PASS community knowledge base. All participating PASS members will receive the final results to help you assess your organization's security practices and preparedness for database security breaches.

An interview with Cindy Gross: Kathi Kellenberger talks with Microsoft’s Cindy Gross, Dedicated Support Engineer in the Premier Field Engineering organization, in this Q&A from the PASS Professional Development virtual chapter.

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Designing High Performance I/O for SQL Server
Sept. 8, 12pm MT

Building your 1st Performance Point Dashboard in Sharepoint 2010
Sept. 14, 12pm ET

Indexes and Other Free Performance Boosts
Sept. 14, 12pm ET

PASS SQLSaturday - San Diego
Sept. 18, 8am-5pm PT, San Diego, CA

PASS SQLSaturday - East Iowa
Sept. 18, 8am-5pm PT, Iowa City, IA

PASS SQLSaturday - Raleigh
Sept. 18, 8am-5pm ET, Raleigh, NC

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Chalk Talk Call for Speakers Now Open

If your Summit session wasn't selected--here's your chance. Read about these unique, 40-minute sessions in Jeremiah Peschka’s Chalk Talk 2010 – It’s Not your Senior DBA’s Chalk Talk. And submit your abstracts by Sept. 13.

We’ve added 4 new "Mission-Critical" pre/post-cons and an Oracle and SQL Server post-con to PASS Summit 2010—that's 18 phenomenal full-day seminars to choose from! The 300-level "Mission Critical" seminars, based on a Microsoft curriculum, focus on the mission-critical features and functionality in SQL Server. Register for your favorites today to start and end your Summit experience with a bang!

PASS Summit Savings Only Available Until Sept 30
Sign up soon to take advantage of our discounted registration pricing. You only have until Sept. 30 so don’t delay!

Photowalk is on again: Bring your camera and walking shoes to the annual PASS Photowalk, Monday, Nov. 8, as Pat Wright, Tim Ford, and crew take in the sights before PASS Summit. Any skill level is welcome, along with any camera—even if you only have your camera phone. Stay tuned for the exact starting time and location. In the meantime, follow the #photowalk Twitter tag and explore some photos from last year.

WIT Luncheon welcomes 4th panelist: Nora Denzel, Senior Vice President and General Manager - Employee Management Solutions at Intuit, joins Microsoft’s Tom Casey, Intuit’s Denise McInerney, and Data Inspirations’ Stacia Misner for this year’s discussion, “Recruiting, Retaining & Advancing Women in Technology: Why does it matter?” Plan to attend Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Chapter members: Save $200 on PASS Summit 2010 and enter to win a PASS Summit 2010 DVD set in the Chapter Registration contest. Just register with the Chapter members discount code, available from your local chapter, for $200 off the current rate. Plus when you identify your local chapter during registration, you’ll be helping your chapter in the Chapter Registration contest, with Summit DVD sets going to members of the winning chapters.


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