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IN THIS ISSUE:
- IEEE WEB SERVICES UNAVAILABLE DURING DATA CENTER MOVE
- CALL FOR SECTIONS CONGRESS 2002 SPEAKERS
- SENIOR MEMBER NOMINATIONS MADE EASIER
- IEEE GOLD AFFINITY GROUPS TURN 30
- NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE CALL CENTER HOURS
- IEEE PRE-COLLEGE TEACHER IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM
- IEEE JOB SITE
- MAXIMIZE RETURN ON YOUR UNIT'S CASH BALANCES
- REGIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD (RAB) MEETING SUMMARY - JUNE 2001

 

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IEEE WEB SERVICES UNAVAILABLE DURING DATA CENTER MOVE
From 20-22 July, the IEEE Operations Center will be moving its computing
equipment to its new data center. The move will cause disruption to most
internal and external electronic services. IEEE staff will not have access
to the membership database, and staff email and "out-of-office" messages
will not be functional. Unaffected by the move will be voice
communication services, the IEEE email alias services for members and
volunteers, and IEEE Xplore access.
 
The new data center will provide the IEEE with a modern environment to
efficiently provision, operate, administer and maintain the computing and
communication equipment necessary to support electronic services provided
to IEEE members and customers. For questions contact Kelly Cox - Data
Center Consolidation Project Manager - telephone +1 732 562 6525; email
k.cox@ieee.org.
 
CALL FOR SECTIONS CONGRESS 2002 SPEAKERS
The Sections Congress 2002 Program Committee is recruiting qualified
speakers for tutorials and workshops. SC 2002 will take place 18-21
October 2002 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The committee is
particularly interested in presenters with experience in the identified
subject areas, particularly at the grassroots level of the IEEE.
Self-nominations will be accepted. Please note that sponsors or funding
support should also be identified at the time the speaker is nominated. If
no funding support is immediately identifiable for a particular speaker,
the nomination may still be submitted, as sponsorship may be identified at
a later time.
 
The online response form includes a drop down menu with a list of the
subjects for which speakers are needed, and a space for funding support to
be identified. Please complete the form by 15 September 2001. It can be
found at:
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/sc/2002/program/suggestions.html
 
For additional information, contact Cathy Downer, c.downer@ieee.org or +1
732 562 5506.
 
SENIOR MEMBER NOMINATIONS MADE EASIER
When a Section or Society nominates a Senior Members, it is recognizes
worthy members, enhances the image of IEEE in the profession, gives
recognition to employers for having highly qualified professional staff,
improves membership retention, and encourages IEEE volunteerism. However,
some Sections and Societies wishing to nominate Senior Members face a real
challenge: they lack the personal knowledge of an individual's educational
and professional background that is necessary to complete the application
form. On the other hand, SM applicants regularly contact IEEE requesting
help in identifying other Senior Members who can serve as their references.
 
To meet these two needs, we have created a simple way for Sections and
Societies to better work with their Senior Member candidates. An
electronic SM nomination letter is now available for use by Sections and
Societies that can be sent to qualified Members with the necessary
nomination information and forms to be completed by the nominee. The letter
also contains an offer to assist them in identifying the necessary Senior
Member references.
 
The letter asks the nominee to complete the Senior Member application form
(available in three formats) and to forward reference forms to Senior
Members they know. If the nominee needs assistance in identifying Senior
Members to serve as references, contact information is also included in the
letter for follow up by the nominee with the local MD and/or SAMIeee
officer. You can request the Senior Member nomination letter and forms in
electronic format now by sending an email to senior-member@ieee.org. This
is just one more way for Sections and Societies to better assure that every
qualified member holds Senior Member grade.
 
 
IEEE GOLD AFFINITY GROUPS TURN 30
The growth of Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Affinity groups has been
phenomenal. The first GOLD group was established in 1999 and now, with the
recent formation of five new GOLD affinity groups, the total of GOLD groups
has reached 30 worldwide.
 
IEEE GOLD groups encourage young professionals and recent graduates to
remain active as IEEE members by providing GOLD members the opportunity to
initiate activities in their local IEEE Sections, Chapters and Societies
that meet their special interests.
 
Ten percent of all IEEE Sections now have GOLD Affinity groups. While this
is certainly good progress, what about the other 90%? What are you waiting
for? GOLD groups help retain recently graduated Student members, encourage
more involvement in IEEE activities, inspire volunteerism and help develop
future IEEE leaders. Tell your recently graduated members to keep in touch
with their peers and to get involved in the local Section by helping them
form a GOLD Affinity Group. For more information, send a message to
gold@ieee.org.
 
 
NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE CALL CENTER HOURS ANNOUNCED
Effective Monday, 2 July, the IEEE Customer Service Call Center's new hours
of operation will be 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.
Members who call after hours or on weekends can either leave a voicemail
message or call back during regular business hours.
 
 
IEEE PRE-COLLEGE TEACHER IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM
Thanks to funding from the Verizon Foundation, IEEE Life Members, the IEEE
Foundation, and IEEE-USA, the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) will
be able to expand the Pre-college Teacher In-service Training Program. The
monies will enable EAB to help IEEE Sections to replicate the successful
pilot program run this spring by the Florida West Coast Section (USA).
Volunteers from FWCS planned and coordinated two programs to instruct
teachers in methods of conveying engineering, design, and technology to
their students. FWCS was able to influence 40 teachers and through them
will be able to raise the level of technological literacy of an estimated
5,000 students.
 
Training for Section volunteers will take place on 28 July in Chicago,
Illinois. Several US Section volunteers and one from South Africa have
already confirmed attendance. If you are interested in volunteering for
this project, contact Doug Gorham at d.g.gorham@ieee.org or at +1 941 753
4758. For the full story of the pilot run by FWCS see
http://www.institute.ieee.org/INST/may2001/fflorida.html.
 
IEEE JOB SITE
A new IEEE Job Site at www.ieee.org/jobs features the IEEE e-Recruiter? job
service that makes the job-hunting process easier and more effective for
technical professional job seekers. The online service, sponsored by
IEEE-USA and IEEE Spectrum, allows IEEE members worldwide to create and
submit a profile of their background and the characteristics they'd like in
a new job.
 
The service, powered by Hire.com's e-Recruiter? software, then scours its
extensive database for positions that match what the job hunter is looking
for in employment. New job postings are continually being added, and the
job seeker is notified by e-mail if there is a profile match. And the
process can be conducted anonymously. The job service is free for IEEE
members. For more information or to register and submit a profile, visit
www.ieee.org/jobs.
 
MAXIMIZE RETURN ON YOUR UNIT'S CASH BALANCES
Are you maximizing the return on your Unit's cash balances? IEEE offers a
concentration banking account that pays a higher interest rate than
traditional business checking accounts. The interest rate is based on the
6 month Certificate of Deposit rate posted in the Money Rates section of
the Wall Street Journal at month end, currently 3.83%.
How does it work? The IEEE Concentration Banking account is just like a
regular checking account. You make deposits, write checks and earn interest
on the daily ending balance for the benefit of your IEEE Organizational
Unit. There are no minimum balance requirements or monthly service fees.
Statements are mailed monthly, and daily activity can be viewed via the
Internet.
 
What other benefits does it offer? Section rebates and internal funds
transfers can be automatically deposited into your Concentration account.
You receive the funds quickly, efficiently and without a trip to the bank.
To date 157, of the IEEE's Organizational Units in Regions 1-6 have opened
Concentration accounts and are enjoying the benefits of increased earnings.
Shouldn't you? Plans are currently under development to address the
banking needs for Non-U.S. units.
 
If you are interested in opening a Concentration Banking account, please
email concentration-banking@ieee.org for the required documentation. For
more information, program highlights, and FAQ's, please visit our web site
at http://www.ieee.org./concentration.
 
REGIONAL ACTIVITIES BOARD (RAB) MEETING SUMMARY - JUNE 2001
The Regional Activities Board is responsible for maintaining, enhancing and
supporting IEEE geographic organizational units. This includes Regions &
Sections, Technical Chapters (with IEEE Societies), Affinity Groups,
Student Branches and Student Branch Chapters. In addition, RAB is
responsible for all aspects of membership & membership development.
 
The summary of the RAB meeting held on 22 June 2001 is available at the
following URL:
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/rab/Summaries/june2001.html
 
For additional information CONTACT Dan Toland - IEEE Regional Activities
- telephone +1 732 562 5515; d.toland@ieee.org

 

  
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