Before & After – What will you gain from SIGUCCS 2018?

2018 conference logoWith the ACM SIGUCCS 2018 Conference (October 7-10, Orlando, FL) approaching in few weeks’ time, it’s time for attendees to start strategizing about what they can gain from the conference.

Here are several tips for conference preparation, from a learning standpoint.

Before the conference:
  • What are your learning objectives? Can you find sessions which hit the sweet spot between your institution’s business needs and your professional learning goals?
  • Have you identified any subject matter experts whose brain you want to pick, or exhibitors who may offer potential solutions for your institution’s needs? It may be a good idea to reach out to them before the conference (be sure to bring business cards to the conference).
  • Have you created an itinerary of the sessions that you want to attend? Be sure to use SCHED for up-to-date session information.
After the conference:
  • Have you joined the SIGUCCS Community Facebook page yet? Stay in touch with SIGUCCS all year long at https://www.facebook.com/groups/siguccsfolks/?ref=bookmarks.
  • Are you on the SIGUCCS-L listserv? This email list offers an opportunity to ask questions throughout the year, as well as keep informed about upcoming events.  See our Email Lists page for more information on how to subscribe.
  • If you want to learn from the experts in the SIGUCCS community (or want to share your expertise), consider becoming involved with the SIGUCCS Mentoring Program (learn more about the program during the conference, or on the SIGUCCS website).
  • Were there conference sessions which you wanted to attend but missed out on? Fear not—many of the popular conference sessions may be reprised as SIGUCCS webinars, which are hosted throughout the year. Additionally, be sure to check out the digital library (https://dl.acm.org/dl.cfm) to see if the sessions you missed have associated papers.
  • Were you excited about the vibe and the mission of SIGUCCS? Please help spread the word by letting your colleagues at your school and other institutions about our annual conferences. We’d love to see you again next year!

~Mo Nishiyama

A SIGUCCS Celebration!

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference General Session & Awards

Tuesday, October 9th  10:30am – Fiesta 5

On the second full day of conference activities in Orlando, attendees will gather to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of SIGUCCS volunteers and award winners.

2017 Hall of Fame winnersJoin the SIGUCCS Board as we recognize our Award Winners: the 2018 Penny Crane Award winner, new Hall of Fame inductees, and SIGUCCS Communication Award recipients. We will also discuss accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year, including the location of SIGUCCS 2019!

To add the General Session to your conference schedule via Sched, visit https://siguccs2018.sched.com/event/FRGb/general-session-and-awards-celebrate-with-siguccs

Bob Haring-Smith Tim FoleyAt first glance, this might seem like an opportunity to skip outside for some Florida sun … but we hope to see all attendees in Fiesta 5!

 

 

 

SIGUCCS 2018 Volunteer Introductions – Karl Owens

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

I am publicity chair for the 2018 Conference. The publicity chairs primary responsibility is to track when publicity is to occur and then confirm that publicity and announcements took place when they were planned.

When I volunteered, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to attend the annual conference. There are lots of positions to server year around either in support of the organization or in preparation of the annual conference.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?

10

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?

About the time I joined SIGUCCS I also became very interested in photography. Volunteering to take photos was a great opportunity to practice taking pictures. It also turned out to be a great way to meet people at conference.

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

Family is number one, but I am particularly proud of the work I did establishing the large-format printing facility for the College of Design at the University of Oregon. It provided a reliable service to the students and faculty that it served and generated a substantial revenue stream that let that IT organization do many projects that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about

I’m definitely a fan of nerd pop culture. Not a walking encyclopedia, but love talking about it and participating.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy most things Sci-Fi, board games, movies, books, etc…

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character?

Classic Disney (Mickey Mouse), Pixar (Baymax), Marvel (Hulk), Star Wars (Ewoks)

There is Life after College, part 2

… Miss Part 1 ? Read the first article.

Jeffrey Selingo offers college students great advice for making the most of their college years in his most recent book, There is Life after College. But how do we as IT professionals in the colleges and universities that these students attend fit in?

2018 conference logoIn his chapter, entitled “Learning to Launch”, he provides four tips to students:

  1. Find a Rhythm to your Day
  2. See Models for How to Fail
  3. Cultivate a Sense of Confidence
  4. Seek Out a Mentor

What opportunities can we, as IT professionals in the colleges that these students are attending, provide that support “learning to launch”? Do we provide students with enough opportunities to fail or to succeed? Are we providing mentorship opportunities to students?

Think about these before joining us at his keynote address at SIGUCCS 2018. For more information, visit the SIGUCCS 2018 Plenary & General Session web page.

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