The technical program is the heart of the conference. With this year's theme, "Moving Mountains, Blazing Trails," we will share with each other the abilities and knowledge we put to use every day - out we travel to our successes, the caveats when making both big and small changes or innovations, and even our failures, using these to help others in their efforts to move a mountain, lead and educate each other.
Each SIGUCCS Fall Conference features two and a half days of technical presentations, the real heart of the conference. The technical program consists of over 100 paper and poster presentations on topics such as:
Pre-conference workshops are half-day sessions that offer an in-depth focus on management, specific technical skills, or professional development. All pre-conference workshops are optional, require pre-registration and are not included in the conference registration fee. Before starting the registration process, please review the detailed pre-conference workshop information to make your selection, as desired.
Two dynamic keynote speakers will appear at the 2008 Fall Conference:
Larry Johnson, and Bryan Alexander. We expect both talks to be relevant and dynamic and filled with new perspectives that will help us as we work towards "Moving Mountains and Blazing Trails."
Following the adage that "Birds of a Feather flock together", Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are informal opportunities for you and your colleagues to meet and discuss topics of common interest. BOF sign-up sheets will be available at the Conference Information area. You can attend a BOF that interests you, or create your own BOF. Topics come from people who want to further a discussion that started at a technical session, or to address a specific mountain that needs to be moved or trail to be blazed at their home campus.
SIGUCCS highlights a poster exposition at every fall conference. The Poster exposition is a 2-hour, walk-up event that allows people to share their campus experiences with colleagues on a one-to-one basis. As the name suggests, each person who is presenting in the event prepares a poster. Presenters illustrate their topic through a set of prepared materials attached to a poster board and via laptops/screens, handouts, or other visual or tactile methods. Their poster exhibitions explain their research or experience topic. Poster presentations state the problem, emphasizes the methods of approach, and address the solutions (completed or pending).
The fun run is back. What better way to start the conference than with a nice walk/jog or run around and over the Willamette River. This year's run will start at the hotel, take you to the riverfront park and north on the river's edge, cross the river on the Steel Bridge, run south on the east side of the river to the Hawthorne bridge, back over the river, then north ending at the pavilion area in the park - just about a 5K on the nose. Going back to the hotel at a walk when recovered, which is about 3 tenths of a mile The Run starts at 2pm on Sunday Oct 19th. Make sure you sign up when you register for the conference. A complete route map and starting location information will be available at the conference registration desk when you arrive.
For further information about becoming a presenter, please contact this year's Program Chair, Elizabeth J. Wagnon, at siguccs-programacm.org.