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September 2015 President’s Letter

09/13/2015 12:45 PM | B. Eugene Jones (Administrator)

President’s Letter – September 2015

Dear Academy Member,

We have four important updates in this newsletter, a couple with action required if you plan to attend the events:

1) Annual Dinner, New Member Induction and Business Meeting

2) Academy member, Dona Bailey, will speak at the Venture Center for the series Code-IT

3) U of A CSCE receives almost $1M to train Computer Science teachers

4) Techtober

 

ANNUAL DINNER, NEW MEMBER INDUCTION AND BUSINESS MEETING

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am excited to announce the registration for our Annual Dinner, New Member Induction and Business Meeting on October 9 and 10.

Register now for the Dinner and New Member Induction: Friday, October 9

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-academy-of-computing-annual-banquet-tickets-18558113818

Register now for the Business Meeting: Saturday, October 10

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-academy-of-computing-annual-business-meeting-tickets-18558799870

Agenda:
Friday, October 9

Pleasant Valley Country Club (Business Attire)

1 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, AR

Members, New Inductees, Spouses/Significant Others

6:00 – 7:00 Cocktails
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner and Distinguished Guest Speaker (Governor Asa Hutchinson invited)

8:00 – 8:30 New Member Introductions

Saturday, October 10

UALR EIT Building (Business Casual)

2801 S. University Ave, Little Rock, AR
Members Only 

7:45 – 8:30 Coffee/Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AAoC Update

9:00 – 9:10 Dr. Frank Liu, Dept Head U of A CSCE

9:10 – 9:20 Dr. Lawrence Whitman, Dean UALR EIT

9:20 – 9:30 Break

Members and Invited Guests
9:30 – 10:20 Walter and Vance Smiley (Smiley Technologies)

10:20 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:30 Entrepreneur Panel Discussion
11:30 – 12:00 Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira – Data Visualization
12:00 Closing

12:30 Optional Data Visualization Tour

A formal invitation will go out in the mail soon.

Please register now for the event (dinner and business meeting) by clicking these links.  Note: You must register for both events.

Register now for the Dinner and New Member Induction: Friday, October 9

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-academy-of-computing-annual-banquet-tickets-18558113818

Register now for the Business Meeting: Saturday, October 10

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arkansas-academy-of-computing-annual-business-meeting-tickets-18558799870

 

ACADEMY MEMBER, DONA BAILEY, TO SPEAK AT THE VENTURE CENTER

Academy member, Dona Bailey, will speak at the Venture Center for the series Code-IT.  Dona is known as pioneer in programming computer games.  In 1981, she helped create the video game Centipede.

Please register using the below link for the Venture Center series Code-IT on Tuesday, September 22, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

https://www.venturecenter.co/codeitregister/

 

U of A CSCE RECEIVES ALMOST $1M TO TRAIN COMPUTER SCIENCE TEACHERS

Professor Dale Thompson at the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department in the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville lead an effort on an almost $1 million NSF grant entitled Training Arkansas Computing Teachers (TACT).  This grant will be used to train approximately 50 high school teachers to teach computer science in Arkansas high schools.  The news release, link below, has an excellent comment from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

http://news.uark.edu/articles/32239/u-of-a-researchers-to-lead-effort-to-train-teachers-in-computer-science?utm_source=Newswire&utm_medium=email2015-09-10&utm_campaign=u-of-a-researchers-to-lead-effort-to-train-teachers-in-computer-science

 

TECHTOBER

John Chamberlin has been leading an effort to recognize all the computer science and related STEM activities occurring in the state, most of which have key events in October.  John has aptly named this Techtober.  Please check out all the great work occurring in Arkansas!

http://startuparkansas.com/techtober

If you have any questions about our Annual Meeting, please email me or call (501) 463-6311.

Sincerely,

Gary Dowdy

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