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Vicki Waldman, Editor; Tracy Hawkins, Manager S/CS
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- Kudos To Reporting Sections
- Technical Symposia Grants
- Training Materials Available
- Section Chairs Can Make It Happen!
- Free Career Video For Sections
- Industry Relations Request To Section Chairs
- IEEE Exhibits Program Offers Cooperative Display Incentive
- Call For RAB Awards
- Call For GOLD Awards
- IEEE Xplore(TM) Releases New Version
- Test Dates For Software Development Certification Exam

 

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KUDOS TO REPORTING SECTIONS
 
Kudos to the 263 out of 297 Sections that have submitted all required
annual reports necessary to earn the 2002 rebate for 2001 activity! And
special congratulations to the 240 Sections that submitted those reports by
the 22 February deadline and received a 10% bonus to the rebate.
 
Remember, meeting reports can be submitted throughout the year from the web
at http://www.ieee.org/scsreports (print the confirmation page for your
records). Section officers: please pass on this information to your
Chapter Chairs.
 
TECHNICAL SYMPOSIA GRANTS OFFERED AGAIN IN 2002
 
Based on the success of last year's program, the IEEE Regional Activities
Board has approved limited funding a second year for Technical Symposia
grants of up to $500 for the year 2002. The purpose of the program is to
encourage IEEE geographic units to provide an opportunity for members to
participate in more intensive technical presentations than is possible in a
typical meeting, but short of a full-scale conference.
 
Guidelines are as follows:
1. The Symposium is expected to last a full day and should include at least
5 hours (300 minutes) of technical presentation.
2. The Symposium should be planned or supported by at least one IEEE
Technical Society or Chapter.
3. The proposal should include sufficient information about technical
content, possible speakers, and probable attendees to permit evaluation of
the proposal
4. The proposal must include a budget for the Symposium.
5. The grant will be provided after the IEEE RAB/TAB Section/ Chapter
Support Committee approves a proposal.
6. A report must be provided within one month after the Symposium occurs.
The report may be brief, but should include specific information about the
program and a financial summary.
 
To apply, Sections and Chapters submitting proposals must be active and in
good standing (all required reports current). For a submission
questionnaire, contact Tracy Hawkins at t.hawkins@ieee.org or via fax to +1
732 463 9359.
 
 
TRAINING MATERIALS AVAILABLE
 
IEEE Section/Chapter Support Staff have been working with volunteers to
develop a handbook for Section and Chapter Officers. Plans are to publish
the materials on a CD to be distributed at Sections Congress in October.
In the interim, the information is available on the web, and feedback is
much appreciated. To view job descriptions, guidelines for volunteers, and
a PowerPoint training presentation, visit the URL:
http://ewh.ieee.org/cmte/leadership/. For more information, contact Tracy
Hawkins at t.hawkins@ieee.org.
 
 
SECTION CHAIRS CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
 
Section Chairs can now review an Associate member's academic training and
request the IEEE Admission and Advancement committee (A&A) to approve the
Associate member for Member grade. All you have to do is complete and
return a signed "Section Associate to Member Grade Recommendation Form."
You can find the form on the web in PDF format at
http://www.ieee.org/ra/md/section_req_elevation.html. Upon review by the
A&A Chair, the grade of IEEE Member will be approved in most cases. This
will be particularly useful if a volunteer does not qualify to hold an
officer position because of Associate member grade.
 
On a related note, did you know that by completing a REP (Recognized
Educational Program) approval form, the Section chair can help all future
applicants with that same REP information receive immediate IEEE Member
grade approval? The higher the IEEE membership grade held, the better the
IEEE membership retention. Make sure that all members in your Section hold
the highest IEEE membership grade for which they qualify. Find the form at
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/rab/Committees/REPINFO.html.
 
 
FREE CAREER VIDEO FOR SECTIONS
 
Can you use a free video to motivate pre-college students to consider
careers in Information Technology? Something you can take to your local
school on career day or use as the basis for a Section program about
pre-college activities?
 
Educational Activities, in cooperation with the IEEE Computer Society, has
recently completed one. Young engineers, working for companies like
Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Expedia, explain what it takes to do their
jobs, what backgrounds they come from, and what they studied in school.
 
The video was funded by an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant and is part of
the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series. Contact Celeste Torres,
c.torres@ieee.org to arrange your free copy.
 
 
INDUSTRY RELATIONS REQUEST TO SECTION CHAIRS:
 
On behalf of the RAB Industry Relations Committee (IRC), we need your help!
One of the goals for the IRC is to develop a list of local
industry/corporate firms segmented by IEEE Section. We are especially
interested in firms you have had contact with in support of your Section's
activities, or would like to reach out to for their support. This list
will become available to volunteers through a searchable database. The
database will enable you to search for specific information on a company
such as product line, number of employees, number of IEEE members employed
with the firm, and contact information. It will also identify an active
IEEE volunteer member within the firm. The members of the RAB IRC will be
involved as a resource and catalyst in this project. Here is a list of
some of the information we want to capture in the database of industry
contacts. Your suggestions are very much appreciated.
 
1. Name of Firm
2. Product Line
3. CEO
4. Engineering Manager for IEEE contact
5. Estimated number of total employees
6. Estimated number of EE/IT employees
7. Estimated number of IEEE members employed by the firm
8. Discipline of existing and potential members
9. Address/telephone/e-mail contact information
10. Web Site
11. Identify an Active Volunteer IEEE Member if such employed
 
Your response of a list (up to 10) local industry/corporate firms would be
appreciated by 1 June 2002. For your convenience, please send via email to
Felicia Taylor at f.taylor@ieee.org .
Thank you.
Joe Kalasky, 2002 RAB Industry Relations Chair
 
 
 
IEEE EXHIBITS PROGRAM OFFERS COOPERATIVE DISPLAY INCENTIVE
 
IEEE Marketing is offering various incentives to volunteers who sponsor a
Cooperative Display at a conference. The IEEE Exhibits program recruits
new members and provides information on the latest IEEE products and
services to both members and institutional customers. Individuals who join
the IEEE at one of these shows also receive one free IEEE Society
membership for that year. For more information, contact Beverly Banks, IEEE
Sales & Marketing, at b.banks@ieee.org.
 
CALL FOR RAB AWARDS
 
The Regional Activities Board Awards and Recognition Committee (RABARC) is
currently soliciting nominees for the:
 
1) RAB ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2) RAB INNOVATION AWARD
3) RAB LARRY K. WILSON TRANSNATIONAL AWARD
4) RAB LEADERSHIP AWARD
5) RAB WILLIAM W. MIDDLETON DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
6) GOLD AWARDS
 
These awards, the most prestigious RAB has to offer, are designed to
recognize outstanding efforts by IEEE volunteers. These are NOT technical
achievement awards.
 
The deadline for the submission of nominations for the William W. Middleton
Distinguished Service Award is 31 May 2002. The deadline for the
submission of all other nominations is 15 October 2002.
 
For more information and a description of the awards, please visit the RA
Website at:
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/rab/Awards/RABAWARDS.html or contact
the Regional Activities Staff at rab-awards@ieee.org
 
CALL FOR GOLD AWARDS
 
The GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) Awards recognize outstanding
achievements of GOLD Committees at the Section, Society and Region levels.
The following are the RAB GOLD Awards:
 
Section GOLD Leadership Recognition Award
Society GOLD Leadership Recognition Award
Region Outstanding GOLD Program Award
Outstanding GOLD Program Award
 
Additional information on GOLD Awards is located at the following URL:
http://www.ieee.org/organizations/rab/rab/RABARC-Manual/Sect05-index.html
or contact the Regional Activities Staff at rab-awards@ieee.org.
 
IEEE XPLORE(TM) RELEASES NEW VERSION
 
IEEE Xplore(TM) 1.4, released 1 April, includes the following new features
to make research faster and more efficient:
*A welcome message with the subscriber's name or institution.
*A subscription identifier, called a "What can I access?" button,
determines a user's content access rights.
*Forward linking from abstracts to show "documents that cite this
document."
*Links from author names for quick searches.
*Downloadable citations that let subscribers import citations directly into
their bibliographic software.
 
For more information, visit http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xref/DynWel.jsp or
contact Barbara Lange, IEEE Publications, at b.lange@ieee.org.
 
TEST DATES FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATION EXAM
 
The IEEE Computer Society will offer its Certified Software Development
Professional (CSDP) examination now through 30 June and again from 5 to 26
Oct. The 3.5-hour exam covers topics such as software design, requirements
and testing. The new CSDP credential is intended for mid-level
professionals. Candidates are required to have a baccalaureate or
equivalent university degree and a minimum of 9,000 hours of experience in
at least six of 11 knowledge areas. The exam will be offered at more than
300 testing centers in the United States and Canada, as well as in Brazil,
China, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan and Russia. For more information,
visit http://computer.org/certification/.
 
  
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