OHECC 2009, March 25-27 at Wright State University

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The Ohio Higher Education Computing Council (OHECC) invites you to attend OHECC 2009, Innovate to Transform, March 25-27, at Wright State University.

As with the economy at large, our campuses are all facing difficult times. Budgets are being reduced, projects are being eliminated and staff are being asked to do more with less. Now more than ever it's time to work together and find new ways to deliver technology services at Ohio's colleges and universities.

OHECC is a group of Information Technology organizations and professionals within institutions of higher education in the state of Ohio. The council also includes institutions from Indiana and Kentucky, and holds an annual conference each year in the spring. At these conferences, vendors and manufacturers of computing hardware, software, communications and networking devices and other technologies are invited as sponsors to exhibit and demonstrate the use of their products in higher education.

Innovate to Transform continues on the strong tradition of collaboration begun at the first conference in 1976. The cornerstone of OHECC is the sharing of best practices and expertise among the schools in our region. But now OHECC is taking on an even more important role: to aggressively facilitate collaborative projects and foster better communication between campuses.

The OHECC 2009 agenda is being shaped to focus in on these pressing needs and will be not just a showcase for existing collaborative projects, but a breeding ground for new ideas and new initiatives. Here are some of the key components of OHECC 2009:

  • Pre-Conference presentation by OARnet on the State of the Network & Collaborative Projects
  • Roundtables on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning
  • 25+ vendor/sponsors and many sponsor/school partner presentations
  • Keynote on industry trends by Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti of Cisco
  • "Enjoy the Ride" - a motivational speech by Steve Gilliland
  • 20+ presentations from schools across the region
  • Focus on collaboration and sharing of resources
  • Special evening event at Dayton's Schuster Performing Arts Center
  • After-party featuring This Side Up at W.O. Wright's Pub
  • Friday General Session on Outsourcing Student E-mail
  • Special OHECC parting gift distributed at the Friday lunch

OHECC 2009 takes place March 25-27 on the Wright State University campus in Dayton. The early bird registration fee is $175 through March 8, and is limited to the first 300 registrants. After that date, the fee is $190. Staff planning to attend should seek appropriate supervisor approval.

For information, registration, or questions visit www.wright.edu/ohecc or send e-mail to ohecc@wright.edu.

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