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ISECON 2003 - San Diego, California

Wednesday, December 24, 2003   (0 Comments)
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The ISECON 2003, sponsored by the Foundation for Information Technology Education, and managed and coordinated by the AITP EDSIG (Educator Special Interest Group), was held at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego on November 6-9. Educators from around the world attended and presented papers. 150 IS educators were in attendance with 23 attending pre-conference workshops on Thursday. The workshop topics included: "Teaching the Complete Object-Oriented Development Cycle including OO Analysis, Design and Programming with UML," "Moving from VB.60 to VB.Net" and "Developing Mobile Database Centric applications using VB.Net and ASP.Net." Four other workshops addressed information assurance programs and security, the MS.Net Framework and ASP.Net, and developing a mobile networking laboratory.

Bruce White, professor at Quinnipiac University and ISECON chair, was chiefly responsible for the day-to-day management of the conference, and many thanks go out to him for a job well done.

A total of 103 excellent papers were presented during the conference on topics surrounding the teaching of IS in the college classroom. Dr. David Feinstein and Dr. Bart Longenecker were principle speakers on the subject of the "2002 IS Model Curriculum and the Importance of IS Accreditation."

The highlight of the conference was the naming of Dr. Ephraim McLean as 2003 Educator of the Year! Dr. McLean is Regents professor, George E. Smith Eminent Scholar's Chair of Information Systems at Robinson College of Business at George State University. He earned his Ph.D. and S.M. from MIT and his BME from Cornell University. Dr. McLean worked for Proctor and Gamble prior to entering the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He was then with the Anderson Graduate School at the University of California, and was their first Chair of IS. Dr. McLean has published more than 120 articles in publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review and MIS Quarterly. He has served on the National Executive Council of the Society for Information Management (SIM). Dr. McLean consulted with IBM, GE, Atlantic Richfield, DEC, Bell South and National Science Foundation, and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

The Regents of the Foundation for Information Technology Education (EF) were in attendance. The regents included President Bill Reaugh, Ms. Dorothy Smith, Dr. Brian Reithel, Mr. Bill Lackey, Mr. Larry Schmitz and Ms. Teresa Hickerson.

The EDSIG Board and officers are chiefly responsible for the management and coordination of the annual ISECON. The EDSIG wants to thank all of the many educators for making this conference such a success. The board wants to especially thank Bruce White from Quinnipiac University for his hard work. Thanks also goes to the registration team (Kathy Ford and Keith Lynn) from the University of South Alabama. Others to be recognized for their hard work include: EDSIG President Jack Russell of Northwestern State University, Dr. Stuart Varden of Pace University, Dr. Bill Tastle, Papers Chair, Don Colton, editor of Information Systems Education Journal, ISECON Web Master Keith Lynn, Mark (Buzz) Hensel, Awards, and Chuck Brown, Local Arrangements. Please visit for a complete story on the 2003 ISECON.

The EDSIG selected its slate of officers for the coming year and the site of the 2004 ISECON. The slate of officers will be placed on a ballot and voting will occur by December 15.

The 2004 ISECON will be held in Newport, Rhode Island right on the Atlantic seaboard. Stay posted for information about conference accommodations.

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