Meeting called to order at 4:05pm.
Present: Bloomsburg -- Bob Montante; Edinboro -- Joseph Molnar; Indiana -- Gary Buterbaugh; Kutztown -- Joe Cannon; Millersville -- David Hutchens; Shippensburg -- Joseph Thomas; Slippery Rock -- Beverly Gocal; West Chester -- Tom Ahlborn.
Minutes from September 21, 2001 were distributed and approved.
Joe Thomas presented the Treasurer's report:
The current balance is \$4595.37.
As of November 11 the PACISE account with Sovereign Bank was closed and a checking account was established with the PSECU (Pennsylvania State Employees' Credit Union). A nominal savings account was also established, to satisfy credit union requirements; interest payments were waived to simplify our tax situation.
A check card was also issued. The account password is to be shared between the treasurer and president. The account number and the account's Tax I.D. number are available in the secretary's Executive Board records.
Bills were distributed to the board members for schools' membership dues.
Motion to accept the treasurer's report was approved on voice vote.
Following Tom Cunningham's retirement, Gary Buterbaugh is serving as Indiana's representative to the Executive Board.
The Board President still needs to write a letter of appreciation to State Farm Insurance for their donation to the 2001 conference. The relevant contact at State Farm is Ellen Zimmer.
Gary Buterbaugh proposed a "get-together" at the 2002 conference of attendees from IUP's 2001 security workshop.
Gary Buterbaugh announced that IUP will repeat its successful 2001 cybersecurity conference, for August 2002. The 2001 conference included around 50 participants from 22 schools.
Joe Thomas reported that Shippensburg will form a new Computer Science Department by splitting its Computer Science program off from the Mathematics Department.
Bob Montante announced that the CCSCE-2002 conference, hosted at Bloomsburg, has established a web site. He requested that the web site be linked on the PACISE web site. Discussion deferred to a subsequent topic.
Beverly Gocal reported on the 2002 Slippery Rock Conference:
The conference topic will be "Usability and the User Interface".
The weekend of April 5-6 has been chosen for the conference.
The Holiday Inn Express (in Grove City) has set aside a block of 40 rooms for the conference. Reservations should be made during March.
A list of other hotels will be added.
Siegfried Treu has been selected as the keynote speaker.
A question was raised about the registration fee. Previous conferences have charged $40 to $50 registration fees, and half that for student registrations. Board members advised that fees primarily need to recover meal costs and speaker honoraria, and that funds are available from the PACISE treasury to assist with costs. It was pointed out that meals are often less expensive if catered from off-campus.
There was consensus that the guest speaker should be invited to recruit student attendees for his school's graduate program. This is seen as an informal inducement for the speaker.
The conference topic is not meant to be exclusive. All paper topics are encouraged for the conference.
Suggestions were solicited for the schedule, including Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. Possibilities include
. Web-based curricula
. Web programming
. security topics to be solicited from Mary Micco (IUP)
. a Tech Support staff presentation on firewalls
A suggestion to invite schools' Tech Support staffs as attendees received consensus support.
(The Board paused for supper.)
David Hutchens reported that future Spring Conference locations are in good shape. The current schedule is:
2002 - Slippery Rock
2003 - Shippensburg
2004 - California
2005 - Bloomsburg
2006 - Kutztown
Tom Cunningham offered a motion to include retired faculty in PACISE member activities. One concern is that a formal assertion of voting rights would require a change to the by-laws. After discussion, a response was phrased as “The Board welcomes retired faculty to participate fully in PACISE conferences.”
Robert Montante reported that the domain name “PACISE.ORG” has been registered with the Dotster domain registration service.
Future Board meeting minutes will be posted on the web site.
Information such as bank account numbers and access codes should not be included or available online. Hard-copy records of such information are required for legal purposes, and will be retained in meeting archives maintained by the secretary.
Robert Montante offered a motion to include links to related sites and conference materials, subject to Board officer approval and Board approval. The CCSCE-2002 conference, to be hosted at Bloomsburg, is the particular site of present interest. Motion was approved.
Gary Buterbaugh remarked that IBM Corporation has donated a System/390 mainframe computer to SSHE, for shared use. There was little awareness of this resource.
Discussion was opened on the idea of a PACISE journal, previously proposed and given preliminary support:
Gary Buterbaugh wants a real journal as opposed to a conference proceedings. This includes an Editorial Board, and will need startup funding.
Joseph Thomas is focused on conference proceedings as a vehicle for enhancing PACISE.
GB Is not interested in being involved with a proceedings publication. He sees a journal as a publication medium that would be beneficial to computer science faculty within SSHE.
Robert Montante observed that some journals include conference proceedings as part (or all) of one issue. The ACM SIGCSE Journal is an example.
JT agreed to collect and distribute abstracts from the Spring Conference, as a first step toward a proceedings.
Tom Ahlborn raised a question about costs involved in a journal.
GB proposed the Executive Board as an ad hoc initial Editorial Board for the journal. He will solicit three volunteers to edit and publish one.
The printing run should include at least a few copies per member school, for distribution to departments and school libraries.
PACISE will cover the production costs.
After discussion, the sense of the Board is to support GB in pursuing an initial edition of a PACISE Journal.
The Board President will write a formal letter of greetings to the new SSHE Chancellor, Judy Hample.
The meeting adjourned at 6:21pm. The next meeting will be Friday, April 5, 2002, at 5pm.