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PASS Goes Global

We are excited to introduce some changes to PASS in an effort to connect global SQL Server communities and foster relationships between our professionals – wherever they’re located. Three key regions - Nordic region, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand- have been identified as having vibrant and healthy communities. And, as a first step to strengthen and connect global communities, the regions’ respective leaders, Raoul Illyés, James Rowland-Jones, and Rob Farley have been unanimously appointed as non-voting members of the Board for a period of one year. Read the full story.

NomCom Finalized
The 2011 Nomination Committee (NomCom) – a team that assesses and reviews all PASS Board of Director applicants – has been finalized. Three community members have stepped forward to serve in this important role: Bradley Ball, Jack Corbett and Roy Ernest. Find out more.

Know an Outstanding Volunteer?
Seeking nominees for this year’s PASSion Award! The award recognizes one volunteer for exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring the community to collaborate, learn and grow through knowledge sharing and peer-based learning. Nominate someone today. Email Sanjeet Gandham with the subject line 'PASSion Award' and provide the info listed below:

  • nominee name
  • PASS committee involvement
  • years of service to PASS
  • goals or activities accomplished this year
  • why you feel this person should be awarded the PASSion Award

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 7.

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Announcing Microsoft Sessions, Final Countdown to Summit Savings

As if selecting which sessions to attend at PASS Summit 2011 wasn’t hard enough already, Microsoft has upped the ante with 40+ presentations from more than 70 top developers, SQLCAT experts, and CSS troubleshooters. Browse the sessions by keyword and/or track to see the Microsoft additions or find your favorite Microsoft presenters on the Speakers page. Haven’t registered yet? There’s only 3 weeks left to save $400 – register now!


Ready. Set. Action.
Calling all budding videographers and general SQL Server enthusiasts! “This is community” will be our focus for the incredible gathering of SQL Server professionals at PASS Summit this year - and we want to hear what you have to say. Keep it simple (simply recording yourself via your webcam will work) and let us know, through video or voice recording or email how you feel about the community. We may play your video during the conference...

What should you say? Well, we’re looking for advice for our first time attendees at Summit or we’d love to capture a few quick words on how you feel about the community. Start sending in those submissions to by October 1!

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Aug. 27, 8am – 5pm, Oklahoma City, OK

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PASS HQ Spotlight: Craig Ellis

In the hectic leadup to his fifth PASS Summit, PASS’s Operations Manager shares some behind-the-scenes secrets and his excitement around SQLSaturdays, SQLRally, and working with inspiring community volunteers. Read on.

24 Hours of PASS: Going, Going, Gone!
Space is filling up for the free 24 Hours of PASS Summit Preview event so register now while you still can! This 2-day free event runs Sept 7-8 and beings at 12:00 GMT (5am PT / 8am ET) each day. Check out the impressive roster of SQL Server experts as they preview their PASS Summit session topics over these free technical webcasts. Learn more.

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1 Week to Save on PASS SQLRally Nordic
Community sessions have been selected for PASS SQLRally Nordic, Nov. 8-9, rounding out a program of world-class presentations from top international speakers. Space is limited and filling up quickly – register by August 31 to save 50 EURO and reserve your place today!

CTP3 is Here!
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