June message from the SIG-III Chair

Greetings everyone,

I just wanted to take a moment to update you all about what has been going on in SIG-III for the past two months. I (Aaron) have been working on the SIG-III website, examining each of the site’s pages for currency and focus. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve completed my refresh of the website, and each page that required revision (which translated to every page on the site except one) is up to date. You can see it here.

This however is only phase one of the project to redo the SIG’s website. I have begun a conversation with the SIG Advisory Committee on phase two, which consists of a redesign of the site’s graphical appearance. The Advisory Committee has offered some excellent ideas and suggestions for accomplishing this task, but they have also indicated a need/desire for some additional elements to the site to archive the history and activities of the SIG. At the Committee’s request, I have added a discussion item to the agenda for considering this archival project, and how to integrate it into the existing components of the site. I will keep you all posted of the results of this discussion – I mention it here because it is a discussion that needs to take place before I can pursue options for redoing the site’s graphical interface. (We need to know what elements out site will have and how they will be arranged before we can consider how they will appear graphically).

Beyond that, Hong Xu reports that the current International Paper Contest (for which she is Chair) has received eleven paper submissions. She will send them out to the Contest reviewers shortly, and the reviewers will begin the process of selecting a Contest winner. We should be able to announce a Contest winner in my next message!

Last but not least, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions, or if you have facilitated or partaken in any activities on behalf of SIG. My fellow officers and I would love to hear about anything you have done as a SIG member!

Thank you, and enjoy the remainder of the week,

Aaron Bowen
Chair, SIG-III

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