We are getting closer to our annual Arkansas Academy of Computing Banquet and Annual Meeting. (http://araoc.org/2013-annual-induction-banquet/) This year the Banquet will be held in Springdale on Friday evening April 4 and the Annual Meeting will be Saturday morning April 5 in Fayetteville. This promises to be another great event and we have lined up some terrific speakers as well as another excellent class of Academy inductees.
Check out the photo banner on the website. (http://araoc.org/) To call attention to our upcoming meeting we have posted some pictures from the first AAoC banquet in 2006. Hopefully those folks have not changed so much that they can still be recognized! We also posted a few pictures from last year and to test your memory included some old equipment photos thanks to John Chamberlin. If you think you know what this equipment is write me back with the model number in an email and I will let the Academy know who gets the correct answers first.
Hopefully you have seen the results of this year’s scholarship drive from Gary Dowdy – $25,000 raised for 50 $500 scholarships to be given to students at ten Arkansas colleges. That is an outstanding effort by our membership and will to an even greater degree “make a difference” for computing in Arkansas. Your Scholarship Committee has recommended that we hold our number of scholarships for next year at a maximum of 50 and begin looking for other ways to make an impact on computing education in Arkansas. I think this will continue to be significant for the state and look forward to next year’s awards. If you would like to be involved on this very active and important committee please let me know.
I hope you have had a chance to review some of the video interviews on our History Project tab. (http://araoc.org/history-project/) This project has taken a life of its own and will become an even more active effort in 2014-2015. We think we will be able to record short video interviews of each of our new inductees this year and will also do a good number of additional in-depth interviews of our senior members over the coming months. It looks like we will be able to house photos of computing artifacts and our History Project Committee is working with a starting set of those photographs now. More to come on this project!
Finally, your Executive Board will conduct a one-day planning session early in March to review the Academy’s purpose, accomplishments and objectives as well as set goals for next year. We held a similar session two years ago which was very helpful in establish direction and helping us understand how to expand. We expect this year’s review will accomplish a similar purpose, keep us on a productive track, and help us guide this organization for the next couple of years.
Thank you all for your involvement in the Academy, for your dues and scholarship contributions. I look forward to seeing you in April!