SIGUCCS 2018 Volunteer Introductions – Winnie Ling Luper

What is your volunteer position for 2018 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?

I am the social chair. As social chair, I come up with different networking and social events so that participants can get to know one another and enjoy the conference beyond the sessions.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

This will be my 3rd conference.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

I filled out the web form. 😉 After my second conference, I felt a bigger sense of community with the participants. I wanted to help foster the same experience for other attendees, so I volunteered to be social chair. Plus, the Orlando location is perfect for my planning abilities since I visit annually and I have extensive knowledge about navigating the Disney resort.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?

My husband and I are building a house. It has been a multi year project and we are finally nearing the end (it should be ready in July). In the process, we were able to subdivide our lot and sold it to my brother so he could build a house next to us. I grew up in a very tight knit extended family, so having our children grow up together is very to me.

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

Disney!

What do you do for fun?

I read, spend time with my family, and constantly plan the perfect house.

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

Mary Poppins! I would love to have a bottomless carpet bag filled with everything I needed, a sunny attitude, and the ability to use magic to clean!

SIGUCCS 2018 Volunteer Introductions – Kelly Wainwright

Kelly WainwrightWhat is your volunteer position for 2018?

Registration Chair

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

25! Between Fall Conferences, Management Symposium and combined conferences.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

First by writing and presenting, but my first committee position was as the program chair for the 2001 Fall Conference in Portland, OR.

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

Traveling! I have lived in Japan, led a student overseas program to Vietnam, went on a student program to Costa Rica & Guatemala and just, in general, love to travel. One of my happy places is eating guacamole on a beach in Mexico.

What do you do for fun?

Reading for pleasure, running, cuddling with my kitty Rufus!

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

Tough question. I would say it is a toss up between Winnie the Pooh and Happy.

There is Life after College, Part 1

Jeffrey SellingFollowing up on College (Un)bound, Jeffrey Selingo explores ways a young professional can jumpstart their career in There is Life after College. A job after graduation is no longer a given. Many college students struggle to succeed upon graduation. His research takes him to various parts of the country where he talks with recent and soon-to-be college graduates about what helped and hurt their employment prospects.

While his advice and recommendations take many forms, his chapter entitled “What the Economy Needs, What Employers Want” is especially insightful. In this chapter, he provides a list of five pieces of advice for young college professionals:

  1. Be Curious, Ask Questions, and Be a Learner for Life
  2. Build an Expertise, Take Risks, and Learn the Meaning of Grit
  3. Every Job is a Tech Job
  4. Learn to Deal with Ambiguity
  5. Be Humble and Learn from Your Peers and Mentors

This leads us to his keynote address at SIGUCCS – how can we in higher education information technology help the students at our universities and colleges gain valuable experiences that will help and support their future employment prospects? How can we provide our students with the opportunities to learn the lessons listed above and gain valuable insights into what future employers want?

Join us at the Opening Plenary for SIGUCCS 2018 on Monday, October 8 at 9:00am. For more information, visit the SIGUCCS 2018 Plenary & General Session web page.

July 2018 – Updates from the Chair

ACM SIGUCCS LogoI hope you’re all enjoying your summer – although it is the busiest season for higher education technology support professionals, it also is a great time to relax and enjoy life away from the office.

Here are highlights of the SIGUCCS Board’s accomplishments this quarter:

  • Each year we submit an annual report to ACM which summarizes the highlight of our activities during the past fiscal year. The 2017-2018 report is available on the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes page. Our report will be combined with other SIGs and the SIG Governing Board’s annual report and available on the ACM website.
  • The Core Conference Committee for SIGUCCS 2019 is in place and soon they will be visiting our conference site! Stay tuned for the big reveal of our conference location!
  • The Board held a special meeting on the topic of completing the recommendations made by our marketing consultant. We identified areas to complete this summer. You may already notice some changes to our website. Kudos to Lisa Brown and the Marketing Committee for the work they continue to perform!!
  • We hosted three webinars on communicating in tech support, identifying core competencies, and enhancing cross functional teams. If you missed them, check out our YouTube channel.
  • Laurie was recently elected to the SGB Executive Committee (SGB-EC) as a Member-at-Large. I’m excited to serve SIGUCCS and ACM in this new capacity! As I learn more about what my responsibilities are, I will share that news with the SIGUCCS community.

If you are interested in reading more details of our activity in the Board’s meeting minutes, they are posted online: Executive Committee Meeting Minutes.

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference LogoThe annual conference will be here in just over 70 days. Are you counting down, too? Join us in Orlando on October 7-10, 2018. Early registration prices end September 9.
SIGUCCS 2018 Conference; Orlando, FL

 

SIGUCCS Volunteer Introductions – R Kevin Chapman

What is your volunteer position for 2018 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?

I am this year’s Hospitality Room Coordinator. Essentially, it’s my job to ensure that there’s a room or two in which folks can relax after a long conference day; where they can socialize, play games, sing songs, and get to know another side of their fellow SIGUCCSians.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

7

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

I’ve attended and presented enough times, it was about time that I volunteered. Plus, Eric Handler sort of volunteered me to take over from him.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?

On the work front, it has to be establishing the Drop-Off Center, a repair service for our students, which is staffed and managed by a select group of our own student staff. It started with just me, then a couple of my students helped out, then it was six student staff, then we added a student manager…<<FFW>> Now, it’s 10 student staff: a manager who handles hiring and other administrative tasks, 2 lead techs (Mac & Windows), and 7 “Drop-Off Consultants”. In it’s 13th year, the service is now pretty much entirely student run, with professional staff operating in a consultative role.

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

Whisky, mostly single-malt Scotch. I love the variety available in something with only three ingredients, and the passion that whisky makers themselves have for their art. I’m a regular at WhiskyFest Chicago, whisky tastings, and have about 20 distillery visits under my belt. I’ll happily have a dram and talk about it with anyone.

What do you do for fun?

Board games, role-playing games, and movie night, all with family & friends. Build lego & other things with my daughter. Sample whiskies with friends. Stare at a clear, night sky for hours.

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

The Genie. <sniff>

SIGUCCS 2018 Volunteer Introductions – Eric Handler

What is your volunteer position for 2018 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?

Eric HandlerThis year I’m coordinating volunteers. I’m going to be making sure that the front desk has friendly faces answering questions and helping point people in the right direction. Additionally, I’ll be scheduling all of the session chairs, a volunteer position that helps introduce our colleagues before they present and assists in making sure every session goes well.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

3

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

I like board games a lot and found myself spending time in the hospitality suite at my first SIGUCCS. I kept recommending games that we should have in the library and then the next thing I knew, someone suggested I should run the suite the next year.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?

I’ve done 2 charity bike rides of over 70 miles to raise money for charity

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

Board Games. I have more information than I care to admit in my brain about board games. Did you play a board game once, describe it to me and I can probably tell you who designed it and the name if you forgot.

What do you do for fun?

Pokemon Go, Board Games, Tennis, Bar Quiz/Trivia

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

Genie

Nominate a SIGUCCS Volunteer for the Hall of Fame

The ACM SIGUCCS Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals whose specific contributions have had a positive impact on the organization and therefore on the professional careers of the members and their institutions.

star StatuetteExamples of contributions that may be considered appropriate include serving as a Board Member or an officer, playing a major role in a conference, or participating on a SIGUCCS committee. What is considered important is not the breadth or length of the contribution, but the effectiveness or positive impact of it.

Recipients are listed on the online Hall of Fame. They also receive a physical token of the award and partial support to attend the annual conference to receive their award.

2018 conference logoThe Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service and the SIGUCCS Hall of Fame awards are great opportunities to recognize volunteers and leaders in our organization and beyond. Nominations must be received by July 1.

We look forward to celebrating all of our award winners at SIGUCCS 2018 in Orlando!

SIGUCCS 2018 Volunteer Introductions – Kendra Strode

What is your volunteer position for 2018 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?

Kendra Strode

I am the Poster Track Chair. I didn’t know what this meant until I started doing it, and love it so far. For conference participants who have Poster Presentations in 2018, I am helping coordinate and complete readings of their required papers, getting them ready for publication, and then will help assist with the long-distance coordination and assembly of actual posters for the conference.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

4

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

I helped chair sessions in 2016, looking for a way to engage myself in sessions I might not otherwise attend. During 2017 a last-minute volunteer coordinator was needed. One of my colleagues knew I’d done similar work in my swing-dance pursuits, and volunteered me!

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?

We just implemented mandatory two-factor authentication on campus and had an aggressive deadline and goal – have 80% of our student population voluntarily enrolled by the date we said we’d require 2FA. With just over a month for publicity, events, and outreach (spanning our spring break) we hit our goal just in time!

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

Lindy Hop (swing dancing) – it’s a hobby and passion that has taken me across the country and around the world!

What do you do for fun?

Board Gaming, Traveling, Swing dancing, Curling, Knitting & Crocheting, Random DIY Home Improvement, Occasional woodworking, Handbell choir ringing – and whatever new adventures lie ahead!

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

MOANA!!!

SIGUCCS Penny Crane Award Nominations due July 1

It’s nomination season for SIGUCCS – hopefully you are already thinking about who you will nominate for the Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service and the SIGUCCS Hall of Fame. These awards are great opportunities to recognize volunteers and leaders in our organization and beyond. (Nominations must be received by July 1.)

Here are the qualifications for a Penny Crane Award nominee:

  • Been a member of SIGUCCS over a relatively long term (but would not necessarily have to be a current member).
  • Been nominated via a 500-word statement from a current member of SIGUCCS (no self-nominations).
  • A record of long-term service to higher education and the computing profession, as indicated by a statement covering that service (normally a complete resume).
  • A record of extensive service to SIGUCCS, over a significant period of time (normally ten or more years), which could be checked against the records of SIGUCCS and ACM.
  • Received additional endorsements from at least four current or former members of SIGUCCS who are familiar with the contributions of the candidate.
  • Services which might qualify an individual include: SIGUCCS officer or board member, Conference or Program Chair, Conference Presenter, Chairing a SIGUCCS Committee, Serving in the Peer Review process, conducting workshops, representing SIGUCCS on an ACM Committee, representing SIGUCCS/ACM to another information technology organization

For more details about the award and nomination materials, visit http://www.siguccs.org/penny-crane.shtml

About Penny Crane

Penny CranePenny Crane was was an enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer for ACM and SIGUCCS including SIGUCCS board chair from 1986 to 1990. The Penny Crane Award for Distinguished Service was established by the SIGUCCS board to honor her long-time service and contributions.

SIGUCCS Conference attendees have heard the famous Penny Crane quote:

The rookies don’t have to go to all the sessions, and the old guys have to go to at least one.

That’s a pretty humorous sentiment, but more importantly one that shows deep value in the opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals in higher education at a SIGUCCS conference.

Penny’s SIGUCCS friends gathered their thoughts into a tribute document in 1999. http://www.siguccs.org/Conference/50/assets/PennyCrane.pdf

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference Attendance Grants

Would you like to attend the SIGUCCS Conference this year, but lack financial support from your institution?  You may be eligible to apply for partial suppport in the form of a Conference Attendance Grant.

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference LogoApplications are accepted through July 31, 2018. Details: http://siguccs.org/grants.shtml

The purpose of the SIGUCCS Grant program is to provide partial support for individuals in institutions of higher education to participate in the annual SIGUCCS Conference. This support is funded by SIGUCCS and consists of a full registration to either the Management Symposium or the Service and Support Conference; hotel room accommodations; and registration for one half-day workshop or executive seminar. (“Business Behind the Magic” is not included as a pre-conference workshop option.)

The Awards Committee hopes to hear from you!