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What to Expect When You’re Proposing (a Conference Session)

After attending my first SIGUCCS I realized I wanted more, and getting more from my next conference meant putting more in. I needed to present! I had only recently started in higher education computing support and had no idea what to present or how to get started. I felt that a poster was a reasonable start to my professional presentation career and picked a project I worked on with a colleague to be sure I had a support network while preparing the poster. 

Eric Handler, 2020 Conference Program Co-chair
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SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Introductions – Dan Herrick

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2020 Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Dan Herrick, IT Asset Manager at University of Colorado – Boulder, is the Executive Committee / SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Liaison.

Dan Herrick

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
10

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
I have too many favorites! Some highlights: My first SIGUCCS conference (fall 2005), because I was introduced to this fabulous community and couldn’t wait to get back; my first SIGUCCS presentation at a conference (fall 2009), because it inspired me to challenge myself and share my experiences with my peers; my first conference as a conference committee member (fall 2017), because it gratified me to give back to the conference and elevated my level of participation. And, of course, the last one I attended (fall 2019), because it’s fresh in my mind and the experience just seems to get better each time!

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I recognized that becoming part of the volunteer team helped me expand my networking reach, improve my organizational and planning skills, and gave me greater insight into what the SIGUCCS community values. Plus, I loved giving back a little something to the community that helps me grow!

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of (personal or work-related)?
I’ll never forget the first major presentation I gave, which was at SIGUCCS 2009. It felt like I’d reached the next level to be accepted as a presenter. Before my presentation, I worried that I wouldn’t do it right, that no one would come, that it wouldn’t be interesting. As I walked into the room (late!), I saw that the room was full and even overflowing into the hallway. They’d all come to listen to ME. That was when I felt the flash of pride and humility at the same time: I was proud that they were there for my presentation, and humbled because I knew I was just one of them, doing my best to teach what I had learned.

You can always stop and talk to me about …
Personal productivity topics of all sorts, life hacks, science (especially cognition and eusocial superorganisms), and coffee.

For fun, I like to …
I love to explore new places, learn new things, and discover the depths in people. At conferences, you’ll find me doing all these things. I love tabletop gaming (all kinds, but not Monopoly). The art of coffee enjoyment. (I’ll happily demo a pourover coffee technique!)

SIGUCCS 2020 San Diego… what kind of hot sauce do you put on your tacos?
Depends on the taco; I go for complementary seasoning, not heat. Cholula and sriracha are among my faves.

SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Committee Introductions – Tom Wilk

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2020 Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Tom Wilk

Tom Wilk, PC Engineering Manager for Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, is a SIGUCCS 2020 Program Co-Chair.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
2

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SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Introductions – Eric Handler

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2020 Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Eric Handler

Eric Handler, Academic Information Associate at Macalester College, is a SIGUCCS 2020 Program Co-Chair.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
5

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
How can I choose? There have been so many great conferences in recent years. I presented (a poster) for the first time in Seattle, I got to have an amazing meal with Laurie Fox and others overlooking the bay and it was my second trip to Seattle that calendar year so it reminds me of all the different opportunities and experiences SIGUCCS has in store for me and everyone else. Similar experiences in Denver (let’s not talk about the Wednesday morning though) and New Orleans are also highlights.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
At my first SIGUCCS I took advantage of the hospitality suite to meet new people and made enough suggestions of new games that I was asked if I’d like to be the suite host the next year.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of (personal or work-related)?
I’ve lost over one hundred pounds since October 2018. Now the hard part is being able to say I’ve kept it off for a year, 3 years, etc.

You can always stop and talk to me about …
Board and Card games. One of my favorite memories regarding games is when a fellow SIGUCCS attendee asked if I knew what game started with T and has hexagonal tiles. It only took a few extra clarifications before I identified Terra Mystica (and check out Gaia Project if you’d like to play the same game but IN SPACE!).

For fun, I like to …
Play board games, card games and tennis. I’ve been on a bit of an exercise kick the last year and a half so if I’m forced to sit still on an airplane I’ll read through a good sci-fi book in a flash!

SIGUCCS 2020 San Diego… what kind of hot sauce do you put on your tacos?
Something with citrus and vinegar, with a nice kick, but not overwhelming. I’m currently a big fan of Tia Lupita out of San Fransisco.

SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Introductions – Melissa Doernte

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2020 Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Melissa Doernte

Melissa Doernte, Service Desk Manager of Learning Environments at Standford University, is the SIGUCCS 2020 Conference Treasurer.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
8

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
Salt Lake City – I still remember the plenary speakers and use some of the lessons learned from them today.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
Since I lived in Chicago at the time and SIGUCCS was going to be there in 2013, I was roped in by Allan and Lisa to be the local arrangements chair.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of (personal or work-related)?
Proud of where I am in life, happy with a good job, friends around the country and family.

You can always stop and talk to me about …
Chicken wings and football. I love eating some good chicken wings and I grew up watching University of Michigan football – I could talk about it allllll day.

For fun, I like to …
I love traveling but if I can’t get away, hanging out with friends and going wine tasting is always high on my list.

SIGUCCS 2020 San Diego… what kind of hot sauce do you put on your tacos?
Tapatio

SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Committee Introductions – Mo Nishiyama

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2019 Conference Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Mo Nishiyama

What is your volunteer position for 2019 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?
Webmaster. Keep our community informed and apprised year-round about the conference-related events.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
13

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I was voluntold (it was a good thing).

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I was indicted into the ACM SIGUCCS Hall of Fame in 2018.

What do you do for fun?
Cook, bicycle, read, taste wines, and attend conferences

SIGUCCS 2019 New Orleans … what is your favorite french food?
Brie de Meaux

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SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Committee Introductions – Eric Handler

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2019 Conference Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

What is your volunteer position for 2019 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?
This year I’m serving as the Poster Session coordinator. The poster coordinator helps read the papers associated with poster presentation and also makes sure everyone has the supplies they need and the space they need in order to make our poster session awesome. Except for the snacks, our awesome conference planners help with that! Intellectual content is the focus of my position!

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
4

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
At my first SIGUCCS, I spent a lot of time in the hospitality suite and got to talking a lot about my love of board games. As I made suggestions throughout the conference to various folks around the room word of my interest spread and some time later I was approached to ask if I would volunteer to coordinate the suite the next year. Or at least, that’s how I remember it.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of
If you’d like to hear about a personal accomplishment I’m proud of, please come to my lightning talk in New Orleans this year. Saying more would be a spoiler. Professionally, I’m proud to be a member of a team of academic technologists that are beloved by the faculty that we support. As challenging as it can be to schedule work around visits from faculty to my office, the fact that they seek me and my teammates out around the campus when they need assistance is great. It takes a lot of work to maintain that kind of trust across the faculty.

SIGUCCS 2019 New Orleans … what is your favorite french food?
Garlic Confit, because spreadable garlic is great, but if I need to pick a whole meal, Moules Marinières

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SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Committee Introductions – Cate Lyon

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2019 Conference Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Cate Lyon

What is your volunteer position for 2019 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?
Newcomer/First Timers Coordinator – If you are new to SIGUCCS, I will be there to welcome you, answer any questions you might have and help you navigate the conference.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
Memphis was my first – so … 7?

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I introduced a couple CIO’s in a presentation – they didn’t give me any information so I made up their backstories (I believe one became a circus performer dropout and another who wanted to be the first female placekicker in the NFL?) – Melissa was in the session and it was all over from there.

chicken

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about …
Pugs and Chickens

SIGUCCS 2019 New Orleans … what is your favorite french food?
Beignets

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SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Committee Introductions – Cristina Koorie

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2019 Conference Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

What is your volunteer position for 2019 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?
I am the Social Media Coordinator. I am responsible for managing the conference’s presence on social media. Currently, that is primarily Facebook and Twitter.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
3

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
Mentioned to a few SIGUCCS members I was interested in volunteering and someone reached out about an open position on the committee.

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about …
Food!

SIGUCCS 2019 New Orleans … what is your favorite french food?
Croque Madame

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SIGUCCS 2019 Conference Committee Introductions – Beth Lynn Nolen

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2019 Conference Conference Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Beth Lynn Nolen

What is your volunteer position for 2019 and how would you explain it to someone new to SIGUCCS?
My position for 2019 is Publications Chair – in other words, if you’re looking at something in print at the conference, I likely designed it.

How many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
2

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I was asked to join the SIGUCCS marketing committee in late 2017, which I’ve enjoyed being part of – I get to help come up with all sorts of fun ideas for raising awareness of SIGUCCS and getting people interested in coming to the conference!

Something that you could always stop and talk to me about …
Crafting. I knit, crochet, quilt, and cross stitch – and you might have even seen me knitting while watching presentations at one of the recent conferences!

SIGUCCS 2019 New Orleans … what is your favorite french food?
I absolutely love crepes. There’s a French restaurant near me that makes crepes filled with Nutella, and they’re so tasty!

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