Category Archives: SIGUCCS Commuity

Local SIGUCCS Chapters — the NYCHES Story

Did you know that New York State has a local chapter of SIGUCCS? Or that you could start your own local chapter? For information on ACM SIG local chapters, see

NYCHES (New York Computing in Higher Education Symposium – was formally established in 1997 based on efforts of IT professionals from Syracuse University and Cornell University.  

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Celebrating Women in Computing – Frances Elizabeth Holberton #SheIsWhyICode

Frances Elizabeth Holberton (1917 – 2001)

During World War II, Betty was hired as a “computor” – women that were hired to manually compute ballistic trajectories for the Army. These manual calculations were complex and took 30 hours to solve. But in 1945, the Army built a machine to replicate the work and Betty was part of the team of six women commissioned to program the ENIAC machine. All six women earned a place in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

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Celebrating Women in Computing – Sister Mary Kenneth Keller #SheIsWhyICode

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller (1913-1985)

An American Roman Catholic nun, she was the first woman to earn a PhD in computer science (1965, University of Wisconsin-Madison) in the United States. During her graduate studies, she worked with the National Science foundation workshop in Computer Science at Dartmouth College (all male at the time) and participated in the implementation of the BASIC programming language. She later went on to found the computer science department at Clarke College (now University) and directed the department for twenty years.

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Celebrating Women in Computing – Grace Hopper #SheIsWhyICode

Grace Hopper (1906 – 1992)

Known for creating COBOL, the first programming language, Grace Hopper is referred to as a pioneer computer scientist. After earning a PhD in mathematics from Yale and teaching at Vassar College, Grace Hopper joined the Navy Reserves during World War II. There she began working on the Harvard Mark 1 computing team.

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Celebrating Women in Computing – Ada Lovelace #SheIsWhyICode

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)

As the daughter of poet Lord Byron, her mother wanted to make sure that she did not have her father’s artistic temperament and insured that she was taught sciences and math as a young girl. Her work brought her into collaboration with Charles Babbage, “father of computers” where she was asked to translate an Italian article about a military machine – the Analytical Engine.

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#SIGUCCS18 – How to Make It Work

You’ve seen the hashtag, but wonder “how can I contribute?”

This post by Lisa Nielsen (The Innovative Educator) provides tips on using social media to its fullest during conferences and events –

People with social media conceptLet’s make #SIGUCCS18 a hashtag that people who cannot attend the conference want to follow. Let’s make this a conference that people wish they were attending. Let’s make people say “I want to attend that conference next year!”. Contribute to #SIGUCCS18 during the conference by providing quality posts about our content to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Join our SIGUCCS Slack Team

slack_cmykThe SIGUCCS Board is piloting Slack to explore facilitating communications among SIGUCCS colleagues. Stay connected with desktop and mobile apps that are available to download from Slack’s website.

Our SIGUCCS Slack domain is: There are already a few channels established in our domain – #general, #marketing, #academictechnology, and #random

TSlack_Mark_Webo join Slack, visit this Slack invitation link.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding SIGUCCS’ use of Slack, please contact Allan Chen or Laurie Fox.

SIGUCCS Online Newsletter

Mat FelthousenI am excited to introduce the inaugural edition of the SIGUCCS online newsletter. This issue involves a few transitions, including making the newsletter content available to the entire SIGUCCS community, and not just our members. Please join me in congratulating Laurie Fox, Information Director for SIGUCCS, and the Marketing Committee in their efforts in making this new publication a reality.

SIGUCCS’ origins can be traced back to 1963 and what was primarily a Chairman’s newsletter format. In 1971 it was expanded to include updates from other officers and committees. By that point what is now the Fall Conference had been established, and the newsletter was also used for promotion.

Rather than a top-down approach to communication, we intend to ‘flip’ the newsletter. On behalf of the Marketing Committee, we want to hear from you, our audience. What do you think of this new format? What content would you like to see? This newsletter is intended to be an outlet for the community, as well as SIGUCCS leaders. We look forward to seeing what you have to share.

Mat Felthousen, ACM-SIGUCCS Chair