July 31 planning meeting notes


  • Mike Brinkman, president
  • Keith Instone, secretary
  • Steve Stiles, treasurer
  • Julie Barnes
  • Larry Dunning
  • Mark Chandler

1. We are all set for another year of existence from an ACM standpoint
– we have completed the annual report and such.

2. Most in attendance paid their annual dues = $10 for ACM members.

3. Mike is in charge of finding a local restaurant (probably in the BG
area) for regular social / dinner gatherings. We agreed $20 per person
was a good target. Thinking about once every other month. There might
be some discussion topics, but we were thinking mostly using these as
regular meeting times to stay in touch and also an easy way for people
to meet others.

4. We discussed the pros/cons of regular meeting times vs. having
events are various locations in the area. We will try the social /
dinner at regular times / same place but also have “special events”
(like guest speakers) at different locations.

5. Steve will contact the local ACM student chapters to see how they
would like to work with us. Ideas: Each student chapter takes a turn
hosting a NWOACM event (a joint student and professional chapter
event). Or, NWOACM puts on an event for students (e.g. a Saturday
morning “conference” or a practice job interview session where students
write resumes and apply for fake jobs, are interviewed and get feedback
on how they did).

6. We will continue to look for opportunities to have joint meetings
with related local groups. Starting list of people / organizations to
talk to –

Steve – FANUG
Mike – TALUX
Keith – MOCHI

7. We would like to have 2 “big events” this year. Invited speakers,
large attendance. Our Adobe speaker was 150 attendees – we think this
can be repeated, the “market” is there.

Julie / BGSU CS has agreed to host the first. Aiming for early/mid
November – possibly November 14 in conjunction with World Usability
Day. Keith to start looking for speakers.

We think U of T in the spring would be ideal for the other big event.

8. We need a new web site that makes it easy for us to add news,
announcements, blog entries and the like. Mark has agreed to help.

July 31 – NWOACM planning meeting for 2006-07

July 31 2006 – 7:00pm
Venue: BGSU Computer Science, Hayes hall

Purpose will be to wrap up our first year back in existence and plan 2006-2007.

Bring your calendars so that we can pick dates for events. (Even better, select some dates where you can host a meeting.)

Bring suggestions for speakers and other events.

Bring a list of what other groups are doing (student chapters, FANUG, TALUG, IEEE, etc.).

Bring a list of what you want NWOACM to do. Bring a list of what YOU want to do to help. Bring colleagues who have ideas and who want to help continue our revival.

And bring $10 if you are an ACM member, $15 if not, so that you
can pay for 1 year of membership so that we have some money in the

Location: BGSU, Hayes Hall (Building 49 on the campus map), 2nd floor, Computer Science Department, Conference room.

President of Adobe to speak at BGSU about the future of the Web

Shantanu NarayenMarch 30, 2006, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Olscamp Hall Room 221, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Sponsored by the BGSU Computer Science Department and NWOACM

Shantanu Narayen, President and Chief Operating Officer of Adobe, will be speaking on the topic:

Narayen leads the company’s day-to-day global operations, sets Adobe’s long-term market strategies and oversees all product research and development, corporate strategy and investments, and corporate and product marketing.

Narayen holds five patents and is a frequent speaker at industry and academic events. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and is on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula Association. Narayen holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Osmania University in India, a master’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business.

Narayen will also be receiving the Accomplished BGSU Graduate award during his visit.

Please join us to welcome Shantanu back to Bowling Green, hear about Adobe’s vision for the Web, and to meet with your colleagues who are interested in information technology, the web, and innovation.

Feel free to share this announcement with other groups in the area. This event is free of charge and no RSVP’s are needed.

Attendees can park at the Student Union (for a fee) and walk to Olscamp Hall. Or they can park near the football stadium (for free) and take the shuttle to Olscamp. More information is available at the Visitor Information center (see below).

Links to additional information:

November 30 – Applying Architecture and Design Patterns in .NET

Next NWOACM Meeting: November 30, 2005

In conjunction with Findlay .Net Users group.

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Marathon Findlay Offices, 539 S. Main St., Findlay, OH
Cost: Meeting is Free. Drawing held at end of meeting.
Pizza and pop will be served.

Topic: Applying Architecture and Design Patterns in .NET
Presenter: MartinL. Shoemaker – The Tablet UML Company
Meeting Sponsered by: INETA

Description: Investigate how particular design patterns are
represented in a mix of C# and VB.NET code.

In addition to hearing a great talk and free food, you will get to
meet others helping to revive the local ACM chapter. Please join us!

NWOACM kick-off meeting – September 13th

  • What: NWOACM kick-off meeting
  • When: Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 6:30 pm
  • Where: Bowling Green State University, Olscamp 103
  • Who: Anyone interested in meeting other IT / computing professionals in the area. Especially welcome: people actively planning events for related organizations (like student chapters and other professional groups).

Rough agenda:

  • 6:30 pm: Networking and socializing
  • 7:00 pm: Meeting begins. Introduce chapter officers. Review plan so far and get feedback. Attendee introductions. Open discussion.
  • 8:30 pm: Adjourn the meeting, with individual discussions continued as needed

We will be notifying a lot of people by email in the next few days. Feel free to spread the word to your colleagues.

NWOACM is alive

We have successfully revived the local ACM chapter – NWOACM. We updated our by-laws and created a “revitalization plan” and submitted them to ACM. The last record ACM had of any activity was in the mid 1980’s, so one can argue whether we revived the old chapter or made a new one. We have the same name, and it looked like less paperwork to revive than to create anew. So let’s call it a revival.