Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,
Welcome to Wilmington! As President of AITP Educational Special Interest Group, I am proud to represent a unique group of educators who genuinely care about their colleagues, their profession, and especially their students. I joined the organization 8 years ago and have been increasingly impressed by the level of research and commitment that you have exhibited each year at our conferences. I am especially proud of the camaraderie that only this group can exhibit. I humbly follow in a line of great leaders of this organization and I am committed to continuing the traditions that we have come to expect from ISECON and CONISAR.
This year is a special opportunity as we gather and share our challenges in the turbulent economic and educational environments. I encourage you to actively participate in our workshops, panels, and presentations, since now more than ever we face a global environment requiring our students and our profession to move ever forward at an accelerating pace. Cloud computing, HTML 5, Social Media Marketing, CSS 3, Mobile Apps, Microblogging, and Geolocation are only a few of the many new technologies or processes that are new or have seen significant growth since last year. We gather yearly to help us as educators to keep up with these new ideas as well as learn new ways to incorporate them in our pedagogy. The amount of information I have gathered from the conferences over the last 8 years has been enormous, and invaluable.
This year is a special treat as well, as we gather in the beautiful port city of Wilmington, N.C. Please take some time to enjoy the beautiful sights of this nearly 300 year old city. Walk the boardwalk, visit TV and film locations from Matlock and One Tree Hill, visit the restored downtown, and tour the USS NC. I guarantee you will not run out of activities or Southern hospitality in this one-of-a-kind city.
We are thrilled to have you as part of this year’s conference. It is has been a busy and challenging year for EDSIG as we continue our initiatives on our primary mission of ‘IS Educators helping other IS Educators’ to improve their instructional abilities and increase the quality of their research. Besides the conference EDSIG has been working with AITP and FITE to work together to increase the quality of our graduates and our programs.
A conference of this size is the work of many individuals. We (the EDSIG board) would like to thank the following leaders of the conference who work diligently to help all of us improve our research capabilities. Kevin Jetton is the conference meeting planner and works tirelessly to ensure your experience is first class. Tom Janicki is our Past President but also our ISECON/CONISAR chair. His indefatigable efforts in bringing us to Wilmington and planning our conference are unparalleled. He has prepared us to truly see this great city in its entire splendor and has arranged for you to see the highlights of its Southern charm.
The papers, panels, workshop and case teams work hard to insure higher quality papers each year. Special thanks to Scott Hunsinger, Li-Jen Shannon, Muhammad Miah, Mike Smith who spearheaded these efforts in 2011. Our third class of EDSIG fellows will be welcomed on Friday. Thank you past fellows for recommending a select group of special contributors to EDISG. Thanks also to Bill Tastle, Gerald DeHondt, Chuck Wortaschek, and Terri Lennox and all team members. We are always looking for more volunteers, so please step up with your unique talents.
Finally, put New Orleans, Louisiana on your calendar for November 3 to 6, 2011. The conference will make a triumphant return to one of the most interesting cities in the world. The conference will be hosted directly in the French Quarter at the Historic Hotel Monteleone. We expect a record crowd for our 29th annual conference.
Thank you for all you do and especially for joining us here in here in Wilmington. Have a productive and fun conference.
Penn State University