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About SIGUCCS Editor

The Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS) is an association of professionals who support and manage the diverse aspects of information technology services at higher education institutions. SIGUCCS is one of 36 special interest groups of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. SIGUCCS focuses on issues surrounding the support, delivery, and management of those services, and provides professional development opportunities for its members and the other individuals in the field.

A SIGUCCS Conference Panel Presentation

Are you looking for a chance to highlight some of the projects you have been working on or are in the process of implementing at your university? Can you share the workflow of your high profile technology projects and what steps you took to facilitate them? Would you like to collaborate with a group of like-minded individuals to lead a discussion on a topic that has made a positive impact in your organization? Collaboration and innovation are the heart of the SIGUCCS conference and we want to hear what your university is doing to stay innovative! How would you like to do a panel presentation at the SIGUCCS conference?

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Lightning Talks: Perspective of a Seasoned Presenter

For “those who are afraid of public speaking, Lightning Talks are a great gateway into giving presentations”: a partial quote from Mo Nishiyama’s SIGUCCS Newsletter article, Lightning Talks at the SIGUCCS Annual Conference. I presented my first Lightning Talks at the SIGUCCS 2018 Annual Conference: “Dance Class Benefits for the IT Professional” and “Saying ‘Yes’: Advice for Adventures, Volunteers, and IT Employees”. For me, those two short presentations were not a gatewayto getting started with public speaking. After all, I had written and presented seven conference papers and three panel discussions at SIGUCCS conferences over the years. I love to talk and had conquered my fear of public speaking in my early years as an IT trainer.

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Present a poster and you won’t be disappointed…or overwhelmed

We all know the saying “don’t bite off more than you can chew…” Well then don’t; present a poster at the SIGUCCS Conference instead! That is right, presenting a poster at SIGUCCS is a great way to bite off just enough so you will not feel overwhelmed. An added bonus is it gives you a taste of what it is like to present at a conference. That’s right, kill two birds with one little stone.

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January 2019 – Updates from the Chair

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For those of us in higher education, January is a crazy month – mid-year for our academic calendar, and a very busy time preparing for and starting a new semester. The weather in many areas also adds the challenges of bitter cold, snow, and ice. I am certainly missing Orlando on days like today!

The Call for Proposals is here! Share a presentation, panel, poster, or lightning talk at the SIGUCCS Annual Conference in New Orleans in November. Proposals are due March 8. Visit the 2019 Conference website for details.

The Executive Committee (EC) continues to meet monthly, and our committees are busy planning and working as well! Here are highlights of our accomplishments this quarter:

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Why Present?

When I attended my first SIGUCCS I came away thinking… “Why didn’t I present on that topic? I could have done that….”

So before you ignore this article, think about things you do every day that someone else might benefit from. It is often the easiest solutions, things you take for granted, that others can learn from. While we all have stuff to learn, we all have something to teach and share also, so how about submitting a proposal to present at SIGUCCS 2019 in New Orleans.

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Let’s Read Together

Do your New Year’s goals include personal professional development or a resolution to read more? Is there a stack of great books nearby that you’ve been meaning to read? Did you make a list of book(s) to investigate that you heard about at the last SIGUCCS conference? Are you nervous about reaching your Goodreads reading challenge?

Us too! Let’s work together to make it happen with SIGUCCS.

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Meet Tierney Jackson and Jennifer Ott

TOPdesk was looking for a great conference to reach the education sector and decided to showcase their product at the 2018 SIGUCCS annual conference. They wanted to do a presentation, but knew that attendees want to hear from their peers, not from the vendor. So they asked Tierney Jackson and Jennifer Ott from Rhodes College, who were actively involved in their schools implementation of TOPdesk, to present instead. Their story was one that TOPdesk felt was more relatable to the SIGUCCS conference attendees than a sales pitch would have been. This presentation by one of their partner schools was one that could share practical use cases and benefits and hopefully help the audience find a solution to a problem that they were facing in their own workplace.

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