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?


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)