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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July 2019 – Updates from the Chair

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I have been playing around with the “Shortcuts” app on my iPhone, and one of the first shortcuts I created was a countdown to SIGUCCS 2019. Would you like to know how many days until we gather in New Orleans? (hint: we are under 100) https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/db1a52f0f6f54a419e2df3a70057623c

In other fun techie SIGUCCS things, Beth Lynn Nolen recently created images that we can use as our Apple Watch face! They are included in this article, and I also took a screen shot of my 38mm series 3 watch sporting SIGUCCS pride. Here are the quick directions of how to change your own watch face:

  1. Pick one of the images below (or both!) and save it to your iOS Photos app.
  2. From the Photos app, navigate to your new SIGUCCS photo.
  3. Tap the Share button (lower left corner).
  4. From the share options on the bottom row, find Create Watch Face.
  5. Tap Photos Watch Face.
  6. Set the settings and complications and then tap Add to send the new Watch Face to your Apple Watch.

The SIGUCCS Executive Committee has been looking forward to our 2020 conference – our location is selected and the core conference committee is being formed. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements and perhaps a sneak peek of the venue as the committee makes their site visit!

Consider joining the Book Club in August to read 2019 Keynote speaker Audrey Watters’ book “The Monsters of Educational Technology”. The Book Club also hopes to get together in person at the conference to discuss our October Book “Crucial Conversations”.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions – or would like to volunteer your talents and experience with us for SIGUCCS!

~ Laurie Fox

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 https://www.acm.org/chapters/professionals/how-to-start-a-professional-sig-chapter

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

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SIGUCCS Hall of Fame Nominations

The ACM SIGUCCS Hall of Fame Awards were 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.

Examples 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 it had.

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.

Nominations must be received by July 1. Submit your nominations today at https://siguccs.org/wp/participate/siguccs-awards/hall-of-fame-awards/

We look forward to celebrating all of our award winners at SIGUCCS 2019 in New Orleans.