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ACM College Interest Group Honors Contributions to IT Services on Campuses

ACM College Interest Group Honors Contributions to IT Services on Campuses

The Association for Computing Machinery
Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession

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Portland, OR, October 19, 2008 – ACM's Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services (ACM SIGUCCS)  presented its highest achievement recognition, the Penny Crane Award, to Jerry Smith for significant service to higher education and the computing profession, and its Hall of Fame awards to Jack McCredie, John Lateulere, Rob Paterson and Jerry Smith for specific contributions to their respective institutions and SIGUCCS.  The award recipients received their awards at the ACM SIGUCCS conference in Portland, OR October 19-22. ACM SIGUCCS also announced 24 colleges and universities as recipients of its 2008 Communications Awards.  The awards recognize outstanding web sites, publications and promotional materials produced by these higher education computing centers.

Penny Crane Award

The Penny Crane Award is named in honor of the individual many people identify with service to SIGUCCS. Crane was actively involved in SIGUCCS from the mid-70s until her untimely death in January 1999.  She served in many capacities for both ACM and SIGUCCS; she was board chair of SIGUCCS from 1986 to 1990.  Her death left a huge void in the ranks of volunteers, and the SIGUCCS Board could think of no better way to honor her memory than to establish this award.

The 2008 award recognizes Jerry Smith for his years of service to SIGUCCS since 1972.  Smith became involved with computers while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the 1950s.  He earned a BS in Mathematics at the University of Dayton, and worked as an undergrad at the UD Research Institute where he learned to program on a Burroughs 205.

Smith first met Penny Crane at that conference and she persuaded him to chart the following year’s conference with her.   He has won several communications awards and believes in the team approach to problem solving.  He was a member of the UC Berkeley Internet Kit team which received the CAUSE 1996 “Best Practices in Service” award and he carries on Penny Crane’s tradition of mentoring and service. His efforts and dedication were further honored by his Hall of Fame recognition.

Hall of Fame Awards

The Hall of Fame awards celebrate SIGUCCS members who volunteer their time, talents and energies to help make SIGUCCS a vital and successful organization. The award was established to recognize individuals whose specific contributions have had a positive impact on the organization and therefore on the professional careers of the membership and their institutions.

Jack McCredie has spent the past 16 years at the University of California, Berkeley as the Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor. He retired 18 months ago, and now carries the title of emeritus.  This title signifies that he wants to remain involved in the ongoing process of demonstrating how information technology can significantly improve research, learning, and the management of resources in higher education. He pursues this goal as a senior fellow of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR).

He participated in several early SIGUCCS conferences in St. Louis as an attendee, panel member, and presenter. More recently, he presented the keynote address at Computer Services Management Symposium (CSMS) 2001 in St. Louis, and made presentations at CSMS  2003 in Monterey and CSMS 2004 in Santa Fe. McCredie believes strongly in on-going professional development, and encouraged his staff to not only attend SIGUCCS events, but to actively participate in many facets of the organization.

John Lateulere is Executive Director of Information and Technology Services at Otterbein College in Westerville, OH. He attended his first SIGUCCS at Cincinnati in 1990 on the advice of his boss that information is good but it is important to cultivate professional contacts. Lateulere found invaluable professional contacts throughout the years and many have become good friends. He began volunteering for the 1992 Cleveland Fall Conference. Since then, he has been a workshop presenter, frequent session chair, program co-chair for the Spring Management Symposium in 2000, and a member of the Spring Management Symposium committee since 2003.

Robert Paterson has been in the Information Technology field since 1985. He began as a user support specialist, served as Director of Academic Computing and Dean for Computing and Telecommunications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He was Executive Director of Information Technology at the University of San Francisco and Capital University in Columbus OH, and Chief Information Officer at Salem State College, in Salem, MA. Paterson served on the EDUCAUSE Current Issues committee and the Seminar for Academic Computing board.  He was  program chair of the SIGUCCS 1991 Fall Conference in Seattle, server on the SIGUCCS Board in numerous roles for almost 10 years, and chair of ACM SIGUCCS.

Paterson is Vice President for Information Technology, Planning and Research at Molloy College on New York's Long Island. He manages all phases of academic, media, telecommunication and administrative support and is responsible for college-wide planning efforts and institutional research. He has presented and published numerous papers on IT management.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  



The ACM Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services (SIGUCCS)  focuses on issues surrounding the support, delivery and management of information technology services in higher education. These services include network management, technical systems support, end user services (training, documentation, consulting, etc.), operations, administrative and academic programming services, database management, curricular support, audio-visual services, and educational technology issues. SIGUCCS’ primary goal is to provide a forum for the professional development of individual members, through conferences, publications, and other services.

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