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Vol.32 No.1 February 1998

Professional Chapters News and Notes

Scott Lang
SIGGRAPH Director for Professional Chapters
Colleen Cleary
SIGGRAPH Professional Chapters Editor

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Figure 1:Local Groups button from SIGGRAPH90 Figure 2:Local Groups button from SIGGRAPH97 Figure 3:Local Groups button from SIGGRAPH92 Figure 3:Local Groups ribbon from SIGGRAPH87

Space for this column is dedicated to activities and issues connected with the SIGGRAPH Professional Chapters. Each quarter, I fill you in on some of the events being organized by our chapters and the ways in which the chapters and the parent organization of SIGGRAPH work with one another.

Student Chapters

Some of you may have wondered why I've never mentioned any of the SIGGRAPH Student Chapters in my column. There's a very good reason for this. SIGGRAPH (as well as all the other ACM SIGs) have never had student chapters before. Until now, that is!.

As of December 10, 1997, the SIGs will be able to form student chapters. This is a very exciting development for SIGGRAPH because of the large number of students and teachers that we have involved with our organization. SIGGRAPH Student Chapters can form by following the same procedure as ACM Student Chapters. This means that students at a school with an existing ACM chapter can form a SIGGRAPH chapter to address their graphics-specific desires.

If you are interested in forming a SIGGRAPH Student Chapter, I would love to hear from you. As always, you can send me email at or you can phone me during the day at +1-201-343-6000, ext. 3380.

Traveling Courses

Another item which may be of interest to many of you is an idea which was discussed at the December 1997 SIGGRAPH Executive Committee (EC) meeting. For several years, the concept of traveling courses has been discussed as a way for the organization and conference to share some of the content from the conference with those that may not have been able to attend the conference and to do this on a year-round basis.

By the time this issue is in your hands, we hope to have a plan in place to run several pilot courses. I'd like to hear thoughts from those of you in the membership. Do you think this is a worthwhile idea? If you weren't able to attend the conference, would you make a point of attending a traveling course if it was offered in your area? How much would you be willing to pay for such an event? Please let me know if you have feelings on this subject. Use the contact information I've provided above.

Scott Lang is SIGGRAPH Director for Professional Chapters and a Computer Visualization Specialist at the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology (AAST) in Hackensack, NJ. He teaches video production at the high school level and also works with students on projects involving computer animation and Web site design.

Colleen Cleary is the Computer Graphics Professional Chapters Editor. She works in sunny Florida at the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Colleen welcomes contributions from chapter members worldwide for possible publication in Computer Graphics.

Scott Lang
Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology
200 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel: +1-201-343-6000, ext. 3380

Colleen Cleary
Orange County Sheriff's Office
55 West Pineloch Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806

Tel: +1-407-836-4602
Fax: +1-407-858-4798

The copyright of articles and images printed remains with the author unless otherwise indicated.

Send Me Your Stuff!

I'm going to cut this column a bit short this issue because I need to ask for your assistance.

As many of you are aware, the SIGGRAPH 98 conference in Orlando is our 25th anniversary conference. Carl Machover (whose column usually follows this one) is serving as the History Chair for the conference and he in turn has assembled a team to help collect as much about past conferences as possible. One of these team members is Mary Whitton, who is rounding up conference memorabilia. I have volunteered to help Mary by gathering any pins, buttons, ribbons and anything else you may have attached to your person over the last 25 years.

We will be having a display of these materials on site but we are still working out the exact details of how this will work (display structure, security, etc.) Right now, I'm anxious to hear from those that might have collections of the objects. I will be setting up a Web site to display all the pins, buttons and ribbons that I have. I have a couple of folks from the chapters helping me but I'm sure we don't have everything. That's why I need your help. Even if you don't feel comfortable contributing your materials for an on-site display, perhaps you can send us some images of your stash for the Web.

Examples of what I'm looking for are pictured here. There's the Local Groups pin (back when Professional Chapters were called Local Groups) from 1990 (see Figure 1) and a chapter pin from last year in L.A. (see Figure 2). There's also a button from the Local Groups party at Kaboom at SIGGRAPH 92 (see Figure 3) and a Local Groups ribbon from SIGGRAPH 89 in Boston (see Figure 4).

The information we are looking for on each piece includes:

  1. Type (pin, button, ribbon, etc.)
  2. The origin of the item (conference + year, vendor name, conference venue, etc.)
  3. The original year of the item
  4. Who designed it (if possible)
  5. Any special information connected with the particular item
  6. Your name, so we can credit you

If you are interested, please get in touch with me.

Mary Whitton is very interested in collecting all the other SIGGRAPH memorabilia from throughout the years. How about the flip-flops from SIGGRAPH 91 in Las Vegas? Or the neon mugs from the Exhibitor's Reception at SIGGRAPH 92 in Chicago? These are the kinds of things we'd like to track down. If you have any items for Mary, you can email her at

Thanks for your help. We look forward to hearing from you