Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Mat Felthousen

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.

MatFelthousenHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
I was a recent graduate and my manager at the time (Fran Versace) thought it would be an important professional development opportunity for me. Plus, the timing of the fall conference was a perfect change of pace after back-to-school.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
I hadn’t considered being on the Executive Committee per se. I was asked by a couple people to consider running, and I wanted to give something back to an organization that had come to mean so much to me personally and professionally.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
There are dozens of people. I am inspired by the considerable contributions of our volunteers, from their generosity in sharing in online forums to the production of the annual conference. Almost all of my close friends are a part of SIGUCCS, and they have had a part in who, and where, I am today. I never met Penny Crane, but I did know Beth Ruffo. Her enthusiasm for SIGUCCS was contagious, and she encouraged me to take on my first official role as NY state captain in 1997. Later on, leaders such as John Bucher, Rob Paterson, Leila Lyons and Bob Haring-Smith were influential for their thoughtful commitment to the organization, and the people who are a part of it.

What do you wish you knew before you decided to be on the board?
The adage of “the more you know, the more you don’t know” applies. Being on a team of strong leaders means equally strong, and often differing, viewpoints. I had some training on emotional intelligence and ‘Meyers-Briggs’ leadership types, but putting all that theory into reality, particularly in a volunteer organization, was experience that will help me through the remainder of my career.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
I prefer listening to talking, so I can understand what is important to the person. I tend to try to solve problems, whether it is fixing something that broke, or thinking of ways for people to find common ground. You could start with telling me your goals in life, or a problem that you are having.

What do you do for fun?
This weekend I was on my back on a garage floor, completely failing at keeping transmission fluid from staining me, the floor, and everything in between. The previous weekend I worked on bringing modern wiring up to the second floor of my house, which by way of detour, will involve creating a new closet upstairs. Both of those are more fun than they sound. If it involves tools, chances are I’m going to like it. Traveling lets me work on photography and discover new music (love alternative stations on XM). I only get to read while on vacation now, and will usually go through a few books in a week.

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
Seeing all of my friends again, and hearing about their accomplishments. I’ve never been to Seattle, so it will be great to explore that area.

How do you take your coffee?
Cafe Mocha.

Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Chris King

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.

How did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
Some coworkers were presenting at the Baltimore conference in 2004, and I went along. I had heard a lot of good things about SIGUCCS from other folks, and wanted to check it out.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
Service is a hell of a drug. The more you volunteer for events, mentoring, and conferences, the more you see how crucial that service is to the sustainability of this organization. The Board is the next step, and will allow me to give that much more, and I can do my part to keep this great group running!

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
Wait, I can only give one answer? So many folks . . . Mo Nishiyama never fails to impress me how he can capture an audience in less words than it takes you to order at Starbucks. Trevor Murphy taught me that it’s the people who DON’T come up to introduce themselves that need (and are worth) attention. Of course, Laurie Fox showed me that life can throw all sorts of stuff at you, but as long as you stay strong, SIGUCCS will be there to prop you up, and then you owe it to SIGUCCS to prop up others after that.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I convinced one of my SIGUCCS mentees to ask to be promoted to CIO at his college — and it worked!

You could always stop and talk to me about…
The Green Bay Packers

What do you do for fun?
I read way too much, and when I’m not staring at a screen or a book I like to get outside — camping, hiking, fresh-air sorts of things.

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
Yet another chance to see a great group doing great things!

How do you take your coffee?
In a cup, preferably my SIGUCCS 2008 speaker mug.

Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Kristen Dietiker

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.

Kristen DietikerHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
I decided it was important for my career goals to be published and also improve my public speaking, and SIGUCCS conferences allowed me to do both. My first SIGUCCS conference was in 2008 and I’ve been attending ever since. Volunteering to help with various aspects of the conference was a natural extension of my participation- I got a lot of benefit from attending the conference, and I wanted to give back.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
I’ve been focused on advancing my career the past several years, and SIGUCCS has been an important part of that. Through SIGUCCS I’ve been mentored and have met valued friends and peers who constantly amaze, inspire, and challenge me to do better. SIGUCCS has helped me up my game, and I want to help build more resources so future participants gain the same benefit.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
LGBTQ and Women in Technology-related career and workplace matters, resume advice, baseball (especially the Giants), dogs, travel, and favorite beers or breweries.

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
Seeing good friends!

How do you take your coffee?
All the ways! At home I typically use a drip method with cinnamon in the grounds, sometimes black and sometimes with cream (real cream). Sometimes I cold brew, again with cinnamon mixed in the grounds. At work I have a Nespresso and usually aim for an intense ristretto, black because I dislike having to deal with storing or steaming milk in my office. At a coffee shop, I typically get a flat white, double soy latte, or an americano.

Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Dan Herrick

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.

Dan HerrickHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
My longtime former manager, Mark Ritschard, introduced me to SIGUCCS in 2005 by sending me to the fall conference. I was immediately hooked!

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
I’ve been inspired and challenged by SIGUCCS members, and I’m ready to return the favor. Truly, since I’ve benefited from the collective knowledge and spirit of this group, I want to contribute in my own small way, and support my colleagues so that they can get the most out of this powerful community.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
My mentors through the formal SIGUCCS mentoring program: Mat Felthousen, Sheri Prupis, and Brian Allen, for their individual wisdom and collective willingness to be my trusted advisers; Beth Rugg, for informal mentoring, pulling me into her circle, and always being amazing and accessible; my SIGUCCS “tribe”, including Laurie, Allan, Chris, Kristen, Lucas, Mo, Scott, and Shawn, for listening to my boring gripes, daily challenges, dumb questions, and bad jokes at times too numerous to mention; and every board member, ever volunteer, every presenter, and every person who’s worked in public or behind the scenes to make SIGUCCS great. Every volunteer moment is a blessing to the rest of us.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
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 could always stop and talk to me about…
Classic wet shaving. Also, brewing and roasting coffee at home.

What do you do for fun?
I write fiction, including novels (no, haven’t finished any). I also play and dabble in designing board games.

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
Networking with friends and colleagues, and celebrating their accomplishments of the past year.

How do you take your coffee?
Light to medium roast, fresh ground moments before brewing, pourover brew, 1:18 coffee:water ratio. Black or with a touch of cream, depending on the quality of the coffee.

Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Lisa Brown

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.

How did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
My director suggested I go to my first conference. Within a few years I was asked to volunteer for different conference positions and have been active on and off (mostly on) ever since.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
One of the things I learned in my early years with SIGUCCS was that working in IT in higher education was a career, and that I could grow into different positions and roles. Now, having been in these positions and after moving into management, I want to help keep this organization strong, provide direction, and help others see the potential of a career path in higher education.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
For a long time I was inspired by the people that were on the board. Their hard work and dedication to the organization were admirable… look where that got me.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
Getting my doctorate last year, walking 2 half marathons this year so far (with two more to go).

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Boy Scouts – my son is an Eagle Scout and I am still active in his old troop.

What do you do for fun?
Right now I am a 10U baseball groupie… I have been going to 10 and under baseball tournaments. And I don’t even have a 10 year old! It’s a lot more fun when you are going to see someone else’s child. (Our neighbor’s youngest plays)

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
I am looking forward to re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. I enjoy the relationships that I have built through the conferences.

How do you take your coffee?
I don’t 🙁 but am looking forward to Seattle anyway. Its not all about the coffee!

Meet the 2017-2020 Board – Laurie Fox

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.

Laurie FoxHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
One of my colleagues recommended I try the ACM SIG conference related to my career interests in 2006. To convince my boss to let me travel to Edmonton, I also presented that year.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
I have been fortunate to work alongside many amazing SIGUCCS volunteers on conference committees and the Board. Melissa Bauer convinced me to attend my second (magical) SIGUCCS. Kelly Wainright inspired me to increase my volunteer involvement beyond Session Chair in St. Louis. Rob Patterson taught me that if you want people to make new friends and mingle, don’t give them chairs.

What’s an accomplishment that you are especially proud of?
I recently led a project to replace our LMS. We implemented Canvas in 4 weeks, and migrated all of our faculty and courses in under 10 months!

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Time Management – I love exploring how to make the best use of time and managing my lengthy to-do list.

What do you do for fun?
This is actually a hard question for me to answer, because I try to find fun in everything I do. If I have “me time”, I usually spend it reading.

SIGUCCS 2017 LogoWhat are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2017 Conference?
The SIGUCCS 2017 conference committee is preparing a great event with lots of opportunities to network with other attendees. I enjoy meeting and talking with new people! I also have never been to Seattle so I am excited to visit a new city.

How do you take your coffee?
Light and sweet! (Caramel is a bonus)

 

2017 SIGUCCS Executive Committee Election Results

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has notified us of the results of our election for the SIGUCCS Executive Committee (the ‘Board’). The following people will serve as elected officers for a three year term, beginning on July 1, and ending June 30, 2020:

Chair: Laurie Fox
Vice Chair / Conference Liaison: Dan Herrick
Secretary: Kristen Dietiker
Treasurer: Lisa Brown
Information Director: Chris King
Past Chair: Mat Felthousen

Please join me in extending congratulations to those who were elected, and in thanking everyone who ran. We had a strong slate of candidates, with a remarkable depth of experience. There are appointed positions to the Board that will be announced at a later date, by the incoming Chair, Laurie Fox.

Please also join me in thanking the current Executive Committee, some of whom have served on the Board for multiple terms:

Vice Chair / Conference Liaison: Melissa Bauer
Secretary: Beth Rugg (also Professional Development Coordinator, an appointed role)
Treasurer: Allan Chen (also responsible for vendor relations)
Information Director: Laurie Fox (also responsible for the Marketing Committee, an appointed role)
Communications Awards Chair: Lisa Brown (appointed position)
Past Chair: Kelly Wainwright

This team worked on crucial issues including reinforcing the viability status for SIGUCCS as a Special Interest Group for ACM, restructuring the annual conference to reflect changing needs and market trends, expanding the professional development options, and revamping our marketing and outreach efforts. It has been my privilege to have served alongside them as Chair, and to have had the opportunity to contribute back to an organization that has meant so much to me personally and professionally for more than 20 years.

Regards,

Mat Felthousen, Chair, SIGUCCS Executive Committee

Call for Proposals: Connect, Discover, Share at SIGUCCS 2017

The SIGUCCS 2017 Program Committee is pleased to announce that the SIGUCCS 2017 Call for Proposals is open. We invite you to Connect, Discover and SHARE your expertise in Seattle this October 1-4, 2017. Write a paper, display a poster, present, or participate in a panel. By contributing to SIGUCCS 2017 and sharing your knowledge and experience with colleagues, YOU help shape the conference. In addition, you can become a published author and enhance your public speaking experience.

Submit your proposal by February 17, 2017 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=siguccs17

Program Tracks

The Program Committee has developed the following program tracks:

  • Help Desk and IT Service Management Track
  • Instructional Technology Track
  • Lab Management and Desktop Support Track
  • Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies Track
  • Training and Documentation Track
  • Management & Professional Development Track
  • Poster Track

Head over to the SIGUCCS 2017 conference website for details and a list of suggested topics. We’re excited to bring you an engaging program in Seattle this October 1-4, 2017, and we want you to be a part of it!

Your SIGUCCS 2017 Program Co-Chairs,

Chris Wiesemann, University of Oregon
Kristen Dietiker, Menlo College

SIGUCCS 2016 – Elements of our Logo

SIGUCCS2016_LOGO_landscape_transparent-300x148SIGUCCS 2016 promises to be a fantastic adventure in Denver this November! By now, you’ve probably been to our website and noticed the logo and other graphics created by the very talented Jean Tagliamonte from Vassar College. Let’s take a look at the different adventures depicted in the logo:

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Mountain Adventure
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City Adventure

Denver is a vibrant city located just east of the Rocky Mountains. The logo includes graphics of the city skyline and the breathtaking mountains nearby.

 


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I See What You Mean

Perhaps you don’t recognize the animal in the blue square. I See What You Mean is a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a bear peering inside the Colorado Convention Center next door to our conference hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver. The bear can be seen from many of the conference spaces at the Embassy Suites!


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RAWR!

The last square depicts a dinosaur — we will not be hunting dinosaurs at SIGUCCS 2016. According to Wikipedia, Dinosaur Ridge is “one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities”, and it’s located about 15 miles from our hotel.


 

The SIGUCCS 2016 Conference Committee is gearing up to deliver another exceptional program for you, and we need your help. Please consider submitting a proposal for this conference. The SIGUCCS conference is a great opportunity for professional development, and regardless of your experience presenting, you’ll find a welcoming environment.

Abstracts, a compact 150-to-250-word summary of your idea, are due February 15 and should be submitted through the link on the Conference Website: http://siguccs.org/Conference/2016/

Join our SIGUCCS Slack Team

slack_cmykThe SIGUCCS Board is piloting Slack to explore facilitating communications among SIGUCCS colleagues. Stay connected with desktop and mobile apps that are available to download from Slack’s website.

Our SIGUCCS Slack domain is: siguccs.slack.com There are already a few channels established in our domain – #general, #marketing, #academictechnology, and #random

TSlack_Mark_Webo join Slack, visit the SlackBot Invitation page hosted on our WordPress instance.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding SIGUCCS’ use of Slack, please contact Allan Chen or Laurie Fox.