News From IEEE Region 3



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The Section wants to encourage all its members to apply for the IEEE
Senior Member grade. In addition to providing you with personal
satisfaction, this brings you recognition from your peers and helps in
your professional advancement. To be eligible a candidate should have at
least ten years active professional practice with five or more years of
significant accomplishments in engineering, publications, management,
education or professional contributions. All newly elected Senior
Members will receive a Senior Member certificate and if requested, a
letter can be sent to the member's employer by the President of the IEEE
conveying the prestige the Senior Member grade signifies.
Senior Member application forms are available with Dr. Parveen Wahid
( or could be obtained from IEEE field Services
Department. The application requires at least three references form IEEE
Fellow or Senior Members.
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News From IEEE Region 3
 Happy New Year! I hope IEEE has proven to be a valuable organization to you and we want to make it even more valuable (and efficient) in 2000. An ever-increasing increasing number of member services is available through the web and/or e-mail. Check out the IEEE Site at and your Region's site at . I look forward to working with Director Riddle and his EXCOM to make IEEE more valuable to Region 3 members.
One of the never ending challenges for IEEE (as well as other organizations) is tracking the addresses of its members. Be sure to keep IEEE informed of your address so that the services to you can continue uninterrupted. You can use the web as discussed below, send e-mail to, call 1-800-678-IEEE, or by postal mail. You can also do this through the web using the information you were given with your renewal package. Remember to tell them of any telephone area code changes or e-mail addresses that have occurred. Section leaders should make sure that IEEE Section/Chapter Support is kept up to date on your officer roster. The staff contact for updating address is Peggy Kovacs .
You can also access the Region 3 Web Site (listed elsewhere in this issue) for current Region officer information as well as Regional events such as SoutheastCon 2000. These volunteers are trying to make your IEEE membership valuable to you. Contact them if you have any issues in their designated areas of responsibilities or to volunteer to help out.
One of the exciting things going on in Region 3 is the use of E-Conferencing technology for holding meetings. The Region 3 EXCOM will be meeting on-line for its first meeting and the various committees of the EXCOM are also planning on using the technology. This initiative has three major impacts: ability to control expenses during time of rising costs of holding conventional meetings, reduction in time a volunteer needs to commit in order to participate in a meeting, ability to have broader participation in the committees due the lower costs of expanding participation. The Region's present e-conferencing guidelines detail the use of IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and can be found at . Contact the specific chairs of committees to volunteer to participate in areas of interest.
IEEE, both local and global, is beginning to use e-mail and the web to deliver content to you that used to be sent through the postal system. The major reasons for this are cost and timeliness. We are going to continue to go through some growing pains as we tune the usage to be effective and in line with member desires. IEEE is developing guidelines for usage of e-mail to members but these probably need tuning and e-mail senders need to become familiar with these guidelines.
I would like to close with some e-mail usage suggestions for the recipients of e-mail:
1. When replying, check who the reply is going to. Some mailings are to lists and have a large number of Cc's (carbon copies). Consider whether everyone needs to see your reply. In many cases, only one or two folks need to see your reply.
2. Consider NOT using HTML-based mail and limiting yourself to plain text formatted to about 65 character width lines without tabs. Many members have mail systems or preferences that can not handle the HTML content. If the HTML does not add any value to the message, consider turning it off especially for wide distribution messages.
3. Consider the recipient when composing your reply. Include the important parts of the message you are responding to and be sure that the original message "parts" and your reply are clearly delineated. There are several styles that are in use. Consider using the one that is most appropriate for the present communication.
4. Finally, practice patience. Some folks will not follow these guidelines. If you get unneeded messages that is related to IEEE, consider a) just deleting the message and moving on, b) send a message to only the sender if this message seems to be unnecessary for you to receive or c) send a message to the list owner if you don't think you should be on the list that is the target of the message. Use your e-mail client to examine the detailed headers of the message to deduce who the list owner is.
Region 3 Secretary
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IEEE-USA has installed a new Nortel Networks phone system. All IEEE-USA staff have been assigned new extensions, but our main number remains the same: (202)785-0017. During regular business hours, our receptionist will be able to connect you directly to your party or your party's voice mail. We are currently working to establish an automated directory for use during non-business hours. As soon as staff extensions are finalized, we will forward that information on to you. Please bear with us during this transition period as we continue to resolve existing glitches.
1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 1202
Washington, D.C. 20036-5104
Tel: 202-785-0017
Fax: 202-785-0835
Pender M. McCarter, APR, Fellow PRSA
Associate Communications Director
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Updated 01/01/2000