AAoC President’s Newsletter – May 2015
Dear Arkansas Academy of Computing Members,
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I am pleased to provide our membership an update on the following:
* Governor’s Task Force on Computer Science / Input Needed
* Save the Date! October 9th & 10th is our annual meeting in Little Rock
* Call for Membership Nominees – Due June 15
* UALR signs MOU with the Academy
* Changes at U of A CSCE Department
* The Academy Launches New Chapter for The University of Arkansas
Governor’s Task Force on Computer Science / Input Needed
In February, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law an act requiring all public High Schools in the state to offer a Computer Science class. Along with this new law, the Governor formed a public/private Task Force to help execute on near-term priorities, as well as create a five year vision for how the state can leverage the Computer Science Initiative to have the greatest impact.
Academy member James Hendren is the Task Force Chair and members include Gary Dowdy and Carl Frank. Here’s proof the mission of the Academy as a statewide resource to make a difference in computing is working!
Very important: As your representative on the Task Force, I would greatly appreciate any input to maximize our contribution on this important initiative.
Read more about the Law and Task Force:
Act 1183 (Computer Science Law)
Task Force Members Press Release
Save the Date!
The Academy’s Annual Banquet and Business Meeting is set for October 9 and 10 in Little Rock
Our annual banquet and business meeting has moved to the fall. Please make note of our new meeting date and location. On Friday, October 9 at 6:00 PM, we will have the Annual Banquet and New Member Induction at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock. On Saturday morning, October 10, we will have our Annual Business Meeting in the EIT College Building on the UALR campus. A formal invitation and agenda will be mailed this summer. Please save the date now.
Call for Membership Nominees
* Charles Blackstock
* Steve Brothers
* Gary Dowdy
* Kim Clower, Treasurer
* Rex Eads, President
* Lang Zimmerman
* Dr. Robert Crisp (Academic Member)
* Dr. Craig Thompson (Academic Member)
* Rodger Kline (Honorary Member)
* Charles Morgan (Honorary Member)
Arkansas Academy of Computing