Minutes of the June 2, 2000 SGB EC Conference Call

1) Review status of current action items -

The following actions were reported as completed:

Action: Ellis to notify ACM EC and SGB of the decision to remove grant and sponsorship income from the allocation assessment. (12/23/99)

Action: Ellis to ask SGB for input on Turner's committee on US policy office. (3/3/00)

Action: Baglio to let Cohoon know which of the reported SIG newsletters discussed during the 3/3/00 conference call have submitted newsletters to HQ. (3/3/00)

The following Action item was reassigned to David Notkin:
Action: Siegel to provide newsletter update to SGB EC by Sept. 15, 2000.(2/5/00)

2) Name Change to Society - SIGDA

SIGDA submitted a request to change their name to a society. The request was being made because a "SIG" designation in the DA community is viewed on par with the IEEE TC's. However, they compete for recognition, in terms of sponsorship and membership with the IEEE Societies (Computer Society and Circuits and Systems). They believe this has placed them at a disadvantage in terms of membership, volunteers, and recognition for contributions in the field. The leadership is happy with the current SGB structure and representation and is not seeking additional advantages other than to satisfy an external perception issue.

The SGB EC indicated that SIGDA has always been an outstanding citizen in the ACM community. As a result they believe that a proposal from SIGDA could easily satisfy the criteria outlined in the Zweben Society Report. SIGDA has demonstrated their willingness to go over and above for the good of the community time and again. They can easily itemize their activities for the leadership and build a case for society status. SIGDA has indicated that they are comfortable working within the general structure that has been established and are currently seeking no additional privileges. Since responsibility comes before privileges this should be an easy proposal to endorse. Ellis would like to have the proposal prior to the ACM EC meeting at the end of June as an informational item. This will allow her to update the outgoing and incoming committees. The proposal would then be discussed during the next SGB meeting and if endorsed by the SGB, brought to Council in the Fall.

Action: Baglio to contact Levitan and request he submit a society proposal as outlined by the SGB EC.

3) Publication's Update

There was no publication's update. Cohoon was on his way to the DAC and was unavailable.

4A) SIGBIO Discussion -

Baglio reported that based on input from SGB EC, Notkin was forwarding a recommendation for dissolution to the SIGBIO leadership. It was felt that nothing that the leadership could do would restore the reputation of the SIG. As a result, the SGB EC will make a recommendation to the SGB that SIGBIO be dissolved. Any activity in this specialty for the future should come from an existing or perhaps brand new SIG.

4B) SIGCUE Discussion

Baglio reported that Hightower submitted a letter of intent to dissolve SIGCUE. This letter was to be sent to all members. Members will have 60 days to respond with an acceptable program plan should they disagree with dissolution. Hightower's letter asks for input with regard to their fund balance. Members were asked to send comments to Notkin and/or Baglio.

5) SGB EC Member Reports -

There were no member reports.

6) Other Issues

Ellis asked SGB EC members how they'd like to handle the transition for the new board. It was decided that since so many of the candidates had SGB or SGB EC experience there was no need for a special meeting. The first call may be longer than 1 hour to be determined by the SGB Chair.

The SGB EC suggested that the elected SGB EC Chair handle the position assignments in the same way that Ellis did in July'99. Elected EC members will be asked which position they prefer and assignments will be made by the Chair based on those preferences.

Action: Baglio will secure monthly conference call dates and time once SGB EC election results are announced.



  • Jean-Loup Baer
  • Donna Baglio
  • Boots Cassel
  • Carla Ellis
  • Rick Furuta
  • Doris Lidtke
  • Mary Whitton
  • Alain Chesnais
  • Jim Cohoon
  • Mark Scott Johnson
  • David Notkin
  • Mary Lou Soffa