[VOIPSEC] FW: ACUTA seeking presenters for July Conference
bbarrett at ccri.edu
Wed Oct 26 20:24:09 BST 2005
ACUTA is presently accepting proposals for the annual conference to
be held next July in San Diego. ACUTA is a non-profit organization
consisting of over 800 colleges and universities (www.acuta.org). It
provides educational programs and forums for higher ed computer networking
and telecommunications professionals. One of the major conference tracts
will be VoIP with security being a major issue. Security threats, practices,
policy and privacy issues would all be of interest to the membership. An
update on the VoIP Taxonomy initiative, for example, would be a great topic.
Presentations must be relevant to higher education and cannot strictly
feature corporate products and solutions. It is not uncommon, however, for a
corporation and higher education customer to co-present on a project.
Generic discussions and model practices, technologies and policies are
especially welcome. Please consider sharing your expertise and experiences
with your professional peers at this national event. Donna Hall at
dhall at acuta.org can assist with any specific further questions or other
issues. Thank you for your consideration.
From: ACUTA [mailto:kbowman at acuta.org]
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:56 PM
To: bbarrett at ccri.edu
Subject: ACUTA seeking presenters for July Conference
ACUTA invites proposals for educational presentations at the 35th Annual
ACUTA Conference & Exhibition. We will appreciate your help in suggesting
topics and presenters on the important issues of communications technology
in higher education. Please join us in making the Conference a winner!
The Annual Conference will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San
Diego, California, July 23 - 27, 2006. The Conference theme will be "Sailing
We urge members and other communications technology professionals to take
advantage of the opportunity to share experiences, innovations, and
successes. ACUTA presenters face a very welcoming audience and consistently
report that presenting is a very positive experience. Presentations may
offer a case study, help members develop new skills, address a policy issue,
or demonstrate a lesson learned. Sessions can be lecture with question and
answer, interactive workshop, or a panel of individuals from different
institutions. Presentations by university CIO's and other senior higher
education leaders are especially welcome.
This year, the Program Committee is especially interested in proposals that
address the following priority areas:
a) Managing the evolution to IP. This includes campus deployments of VoIP,
video over IP, wireless VoIP, and value added IP applications.
b) Strategic planning for communications technology. This includes
strategies to migrate to converged technologies, tactics to prioritize IT
needs, and planning methodologies.
c) Securing campus networks and other communications technology resources.
This includes network security, physical security, 911, disaster
preparedness, and business continuity.
d) Business and financial models in communications technology. This
includes funding models, chargeback systems, ROI calculations, financing
technology upgrades and/or security, and customer billing.
e) Communicating effectively with senior leadership. This includes
persuasive communications, presentation skills, strategic thinking, and
f) Related technologies and applications that rely on communications
technologies. This includes service-oriented architecture, content
distribution and management, and network-based storage.
g) Wireless issues. This includes deployment of wireless data networks,
cellular telephony, Wi-Fi cellular, handhelds and mobility strategies.
h) Research into new technologies. This includes development from
institutional and corporate laboratories to create or test communications
technologies that might be beneficial for higher education.
i) Infrastructure issues. This includes information about new standards as
well as methods to accommodate converged technologies, and to configure new
construction or retrofitted facilities.
j) Legislative/regulatory issues. This includes timely information that
might involve spectrum developments for wireless technologies, E911,
disability access, national security, consumer regulations, industry
consolidations or next generation of IP-based services.
A detailed but not exhaustive list of possible topics that are considered
part of communications technologies is posted on the web at
http://www.acuta.org/?1235. This list might stimulate creative ideas for
proposals and explain the scope of interest of ACUTA members.
Preparing Your Proposal
Your proposal should answer the questions listed below and should be
submitted via e-mail to dhall at acuta.org.
1. Title of Presentation
2. Indicate the preferred length of your presentation. Time options
__ 15 to 20 minutes, as part of a panel
__ 60 minutes (including time for Q & A)
__ 90 minutes (including time for Q & A)
3. Provide the following information about each presenter: Name, Title,
Institution, Address, City State Zip, Phone, Fax, E-mail.
Please include a paragraph of up to 80 words about each presenter. Include
information about the scope of their professional responsibilities and
accomplishments, their expertise regarding the issues they will address, and
their speaking experience.
4. Please provide a preliminary indication of the audio-visual
equipment you might use in your presentation. We will confirm this
information about one month prior to the conference. Audio-visual equipment
that can be arranged includes the following:
__ LCD Projector for PowerPoint or other computer projection
(presenters are asked to supply their own computers)
__ VHS VCR
__ Analog phone line
__ Internet connectivity (subject to availability and cost)
5. Describe two or three things that conference participants would
learn at your session.
6. Submit a description of the presentation that could be used in the
conference brochure. The description should be between 100 and 150 words in
length and should explain the topics you plan to cover, the types of
individuals who might benefit, and what they might learn.
>From Proposal to Presentation .
Step 1: Prepare a Proposal
Complete as much of the proposal as you can, even if your idea is not fully
developed. Your suggestion may be helpful to Program Committee members as
they design panel discussions, roundtables, and hot-topic forums.
Step 2: Email proposal by December 1, 2005 to dhall at acuta.org.
Step 3: Program Committee Selects Presentations
The Program Committee will review proposals. If your presentation is
selected, the information in the proposal will be used to develop the
session description in the conference brochure. Committee members may make
suggestions, invite you to participate on a panel discussion, or repeat your
Criteria for Selection:
The following factors will be considered in the review of proposals.
Proposals do not need to address every factor.
1. Covers a topic that is relevant to ACUTA members
2. Offers advice or solutions to problems experienced by ACUTA members
3. Suggests new programs or innovations
4. Does not promote the products of a particular vendor.
If your presentation is selected, you will gain visibility for both yourself
and your institution plus the satisfaction of helping fellow ACUTA members.
In addition, a $50 honorarium will be provided for institutional members.
Presenters and panelists are encouraged to participate in the entire
conference and to pay the full registration fee. Individuals who are able
to participate only during their own session are not required to register
for the full conference.
Phone Donna Hall at (859) 278-3338 ext. 231, or e-mail dhall at acuta.org.
December 1 -- Proposal Deadline
December 2 -- January 31 -- Program Committee Review Period
February 1 -- Speakers Notified of Acceptance
June 2 -- Deadline for Handouts
July 24 - 27 -- Presentation Dates
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