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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.

SIGUCCS 2018 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

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!!!

Meet the 2017 – 2020 Board – Allan Chen

This article is part of a series introducing the 2017-2020 SIGUCCS Executive Committee. Each Board member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Allan ChenHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
My first conference was in 2005, in Monterey. I was at Stanford at the time so it was a “short” trip down the coast for me. We stayed in a separate hotel and had to walk over a mile each way. I got so much out of the conference, I didn’t mind the extra time on my feet each night, at all.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
I feel I can contribute at a different level and have a part in guiding the organization forward by being on the Board.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
There is no one answer to this. I have been motivated and inspired by so many in SIGUCCS over the years that I can’t point to anyone one person. And at each new conference I meet more inspirational folks.

What do you wish you knew before you decided to be on the board?
I think the breadth of what the Board does is quite expansive. Guiding an organization such as SIGUCCS is a large task, one that must be definition involve the community itself. I don’t think I was caught unawares, but I do wish I had had a better understanding of how broad the mission of the Board is. It’s both impressive and intimidating.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Photography, especially traditional film work. I still shoot whenever I can, in medium and large format, though I usually bring digital on trips.

What do you do for fun?
Photography, a bit of hiking, and then it’s spending time with the kids (ages 3 and 6).

What are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2018 Conference?
Reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and making new connections.

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference Committee Introductions – Melissa Bauer

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2018 Conference Core Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Melissa BauerHow many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
16

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
It’s hard to pick just 1 favorite after attending 16 of them. Some conferences I loved because of the location (Monterey, Portland, Providence, San Diego) and some I loved because of the educational value of a particular conference (Orlando, St. Louis, Seattle). And some because of the time I was able to spend before and/or after the conference with close friends I’ve made at SIGUCCS (San Diego, St. Petersburg, Denver Seattle). Also, I was chair of the 2010 conference in Norfolk – it went well and was a lot of fun. If forced to choose just one, I would pick Providence…my first conference was so good that I kept coming back. And, I fell in love with the city of Providence…so much so that I encouraged my daughter to attend college there and because she now lives there, I get to spend a lot of time in the area.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I met Lynnell Lacy (retired, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) on the shuttle to the hotel in Providence and she encouraged me to get involved so that I would get more value out of the conference experience as well as the SIGUCCS orgaization.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I was honored to be inducted into the SIGUCCS Hall of Fame at the 2017 conference.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Memory-keeping: photography and scrapbooking

What do you do for fun?
See above 🙂 But, I also love to travel, read, spend time with friends and family.

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character??
Cinderella

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference Committee Introductions – Alexa Calvin

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2018 Conference Core Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Alexa CalvinHow many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
6

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
Memphis will always be special as my first SIGUCCS, but I really enjoyed this year in Seattle. Wonderful people, good food, lots of great sessions, and a rousing three hour game of Trivial Pursuit!

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I was “voluntold” that they needed someone to help orient the First Timer’s for a conference, and it was great. They haven’t been able to get rid of me since. Volunteering is such a great way to give back after all this conference has done for me.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
Getting my “The Insane” title in World of Warcraft? Seriously though, I’m really proud of how much I’m able to do as an “IT Department” of just one. Supporting three independent projects is a challenge but I love it!

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Pretty much anything! I love to learn, and have a ton of hobbies so feel free to educate me on what you like, or see if we have some overlap. I’m a huge nerd though, so geeky interests have a high percent chance of hitting the mark

What do you do for fun?
I’m all over the place, I have so many hobbies and no free time! Video games, build/water cool computers, wire things to other things, hang with my pets (dog and cats), table top gaming, D&D/Rolemaster style RPGs, ride my motorcycle, watch copious amounts of Netflix, it’s a long list.

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character??
That’s a really big question. Probably Belle, she loves to read and is sassy.

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference Committee Introductions – Julio Appling, Program Co-Chair

 This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2018 Conference Core Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Julio ApplingHow many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
Four

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
SIGUCCS 2012 in Memphis, which was my first. I went in hardly knowing anyone and came away from it feeling like I’d been part of it for years.

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I was invited by my boss and grandboss, who have both been conference chairs. At this rate, I’m projecting I’ll be the 2021 SIGUCCS Conference Chair.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I’m a huge advocate for the use of social media for career engagement, and I’ve spoken on the subject for college workshops, conferences, and at local high schools.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
The San Antonio Spurs #GoSpursGo

What do you do for fun?
I am an upright bassist. Performing music is my very-time-consuming-somewhat-lucrative hobby, and it’s where most of my non-work hours go. In the little time I have left, my wife and I can be seen at comic and anime conventions—in costume, of course.

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character??
Kronk – The Emperor’s New Groove

SIGUCCS 2018 Conference Committee Introductions – Miranda Carney-Morris

This article is part of a series introducing the SIGUCS 2018 Conference Core Committee. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Miranda Carney-MorrisHow many SIGUCCS conferences have you attended?
11

Which previous SIGUCCS conference was your favorite, and why?
It’s really hard to pick a favorite! St Louis in 2009 stands out as special as that was the first year I volunteered on the program committee. Not only was my stint as a track chair an incredible professional development opportunity, but celebrating the success of the technical program with authors and other committee members was very special and brought home how uniquely special SIGUCCS conferences are as a professional development experience!

How did you get involved as a volunteer in SIGUCCS?
I started out presenting and then volunteered as a session chair to connect with other program authors. I often rotate attending SIGUCCS with other colleagues and started to volunteer on the program committee as a reader and track chair as another way to stay connected!

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I’m proud of the work I’ve done to keep the Lewis & Clark Annual Faculty Technology Institute relevant and engaging for our faculty.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Vegetable gardening, Yosemite National Park, and epic fantasy fiction.

What do you do for fun?
Gardening, hiking, cheer on the Portland Timbers and Thorns, gaming, reading

SIGUCCS 2018 Orlando … who is your favorite Disney character??
Tigger

Meet the 2017-2020 Committee Chairs – Shawn Plummer, Exhibitor Relations Chair

This article is part of a series introducing the 2017-2020 SIGUCCS Executive Committee and our appointed positions. Each Committee member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

How did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
My good friend Laurie I implemented a new ticketing system at our College in 2005. A colleague recommended SIGUCCS to us and we decided to submit a paper on our project. We were delighted to be accepted, and I was off to make my first professional presentation at SIGUCCS 2006 in Edmonton.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
Allan Chen has always impressed me. His encouragement to be more involved and how he made juggling so many responsibilities look easy has helped me see that I could do it too. Well, I hope I can anyway, there are some big shoes to fill!

What accomplishments are you especially proud of?
Implementing configuration management (puppet) at my work was a very large undertaking that I am proud of. It has not only made my work more enjoyable and easier, it has helped my entire team to collaborate and provide better support to our institution.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Games, I love games, from growing up playing D&D with my friends, to the many different board games I play every week at my weekly game night and with the student gaming club I am advisor for.

What are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2018 Conference?
I am looking forward to everything, but especially the opportunity to meet and learn from other people that do what I do.

How do you take your coffee?
Dark and plain.