May 2009

Train-ee Student Launches Site for National Brand

It’s with a “proud parent” feeling that I announce that Train-ee student Nick Rivera of 2GoCreative has launched an ExpressionEngine-based site for Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home program. For those of you not familiar with Walk at Home - it’s quite a big deal.  Walk at Home materials can be found at Wal Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Target, K Mart, and Best Buy, and Leslie has been featured on the Today Show, The Morning Show and The 700 Club.

Nick was another Train-ee Scholarship winner - so all of you in the EE community who sponsored the Southern Fried ExpressionEngine last January can take a little pride in this site launch.  Congrats Nick!

Train-ee and Students Making News

Train-ee and former Train-ee student Lauren Gray are featured in an article on  After being laid-off the week before, Lauren won a scholarship to the Southern Fried ExpressionEngine class last January.  She has gone on to start her own company - FlipBox Studios. What the RapidGrowth article didn’t make clear is that Lauren’s scholarship was made possible by a number of generous sponsors from within the ExpressionEngine community. 

I can’t say it enough - I’m proud to be part of a community where people are able to look past themselves and help others in need.

Another ExpressionEngine Class Wraps

After a busy holiday weekend I can finally sit down and collect my thoughts about last week’s TipToe Through ExpressionEngine class.


Boyink to Speak at EE/CodeIgniter Conference

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the first European ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter Conference to be held in Lieden, The Netherlands October 22-23, 2009.  More details and speaker announcements to follow, but so far I’ll be joining fellow EE mavens Ryan Ireland of EEInsider and Brandon Kelly

Not only will this be my first trip abroad —but I’ll be leaving my hometown of Holland, MI USA to visit my ancestral homeland.  I’m really curious to see how our local representation of the Dutch culture is similar or different to the actual culture of The Netherlands. 

If you are in that part of the world stop by and say Hello in a language of your choosing.

Water from a Website Wrapup

The Water from a Website auction is a wrap - and I’d like to thank everyone who helped out by promoting the event or supporting via a purchase here on 

The church site was purchased by the Okotoks Evangelical Free Church in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Total monies recieved between the auction proceeds, donations and other fundraising was $1674.00.

Winners of the drawing for promoting the event were:

I’ve had initial conversations with the George - the pastor of the church - and work to move the site over will begin in a couple of weeks (just a better schedule for both of us).

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