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Good morning! Welcome to day 3 and our final day in Wilmington. We’ll have another full morning of sessions running from 9:15am until noon. After that you’re free to enjoy lunch as you wish or head straight home. We hope you’ve enjoyed the conference as much as we have.

Before you take off and forget about us completely, please fill out the evaluation for the conference. We really need to get your input on what worked, what didn’t, what you loved and what you… didn’t like so much. So please take a moment and give us your thoughts. We really appreciate it and it will make future conferences better!

Thanks again to all who came and participated. In particular, a big thanks to our speakers and our vendors- without you guys we really wouldn’t have a conference! Thanks again to all and hope to see you next year!

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Welcome back! We’ve got a full day ahead with dozens of wonderful sessions from vendor talks to security, communications, leadership, and more. Plus there’s the unconference! Visit the unconference page to see the schedule or swing by rooms 103 and 104 to see what we have in store!

Lunch will be a collaborative effort. Pick a topic of interest and sit in groups while we discuss popular topics and try to solve all the challenges of the day!

Finally we’ll finish up the day with our Tuesday evening event – a Social at the Brooklyn Arts Center! Join us for lively music, drinks, and dinner sponsored by our friends with HP, Systel, CDWG, and Intel.

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We’re here! The moment has arrived! Welcome to UNC CAUSE 2013!

Things kick-off this afternoon with a welcome and conference overview. We’ll talk about our evening events, the unconference, session resources, Table Topics on Tuesday and much more.

Then it’s off to an afternoon of BOF’s (Birds-of-a-Feather sessions) as well as a vendor track with some great talks. Don’t forget you have the afternoon to sign up for the unconference on Tuesday and Wednesday. Spend some time wandering around the beautiful Wilmington Convention Center (floorplan) and get acquainted with the place!

For the evening, it’s dinner on your own, followed by a delicious Dessert and Trivia event in the Hilton Wilmington Riverside ballroom! Do battle with your colleagues in team trivia (with prizes for the winning team!) while chowing down on a wide selection of desserts and enjoying drinks from the bar! Thanks to our vendors: Cisco, NWN, and NetApp!

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As in past years we will be spending Monday night teasing our brains and trying out some yummy treats. We’ll be spreading out in the Hilton Wilmington Riverside Ballroom and enjoy desserts and drinks provided by out gracious sponsors, Cisco, NWN, and NetApp.

Once you’re sated it’s time to pick your teams, come up with a good team name, and grab a Clicker because trivia is going “high tech” this year! Teams will be submitting their multiple choice answers using classroom Clickers for a new trivia experience. Don’t worry- there’s still plenty of challenges, including a short-answer “bonus” question at the end of each round. As in past years our winning team will be rewarded with some prizes from our vendors, and will win the right to brag and taunt for a least another year.

Once again, we hope to see you for our evening event! Doors open at 8:30pm and trivia starts at 9:00pm. Go teams!

Photo credit: Caroline at www.ProjectMinify.com.  

Brooklyn Arts Center

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Our Tuesday evening social event will be held at Historic Wilmington’s most stunning event venue, the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews. Located a quick 10-minute walk from the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, this former church has been refurbished to offer a lovely space for our evening social!

We have a modern and chic evening planned for conference attendees to network with peers throughout the UNC system. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a casual dinner with heavy hors d’oeuvres both passed and stationary by Middle of the Island Catering Company. There will also be a full service bar, lounge area, cocktail tables, and plenty of room for dancing to music provided by Active Entertainment DJ!

For those with travel concerns there will be a trolley available to shuttle participants to and from the event. The trolley will run from 6:00pm until 10:30pm and will make a loop to and from both the Hilton and Best Western hotels.

A big “thank you” to our sponsors for the Tuesday evening event: HP, CDWG, Systel and Intel!

USS Wilmington

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We’ve all been to conferences that don’t seem to have the topics we were looking for, or the latest and most relevant subjects. Our program committee worked hard to pick the best, most diverse sessions possible, but that was a couple of months ago! If you have a more timely topic, or some collaborative idea in the back of your mind, maybe it’s time you share it. That is what the Un-conference is for: making conferences more dynamic and inclusive of new ideas.

What this means for you and for the conference is two-fold.  First, you can be sure to find a wide variety of intimate talks that are hopefully relevant to your interests.  And second, you have the opportunity to sign up on the spot to speak about some topic about which you care deeply.  If you weren’t selected to speak at the main conference, then the UnCon is your chance at conference speaking glory!

Near the Un-Conference rooms, 103 and 104, there will be a whiteboard on which you can sign up for a spot to speak about whatever is on your mind. This year we will have two rooms available for presentation times on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sign up for a time and we’ll add you to the schedule! Keep in mind that the sooner you sign up, the more people will see your topic, and that will make it more likely that you’ll have lots of people attending your session. Take a little time before you even head to Wilmington and think about how you might be able to contribute!

Remember – keep an eye on the UnCon schedule board, and if you’d like an alternative conference experience, jump in as a presenter or a participant! We hope to see you there.

Wilmington Bridge

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The core of the CAUSE conference is our sessions so we want to do everything we can to facilitate a great experience, both for those presenting and those attending. As in past years we’re using some online tools to share session content, and to evaluate the event.

There is always interest in accessing session slides after the conference, so we are asking our speakers to distribute their slides via SlideShare (http://slideshare.net).  Presenters can tag their talks as #unccause, and attendees can find sessions by searching the site for the “unccause” tag. Keep an eye out for presentations from past year’s as well – you might find other sessions of interest!

Conference attendee input is very important to us, so we strive to collect speaker evaluations for each session at UNC CAUSE. This year we will once again be using an online service called Joind.in. You can visit the site now: the UNC CAUSE page on Joind.in has been uploaded with all of our sessions and speakers can “claim” their talks online. Each session is available for review during and after the conference, so please take some time to provide feedback for our speakers. You can access the conference page at https://joind.in/event/view/1621, or for those of you with smart phones, Joind.in has Android and iOS apps free of charge!

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Well, it took awhile but good things are worth waiting for! We received nearly 100 proposals and had quite a task picking out the best of the best for inclusion in this year’s event. You can browse the schedule grid to pick your favorite sessions, or browse by session type. The grid is mobile-friendly so it should be useful, along with your conference materials, for making last-minute decisions on which sessions to attend.

Please note that there are still a couple sessions that have not been confirmed with their speakers. Any session that does not link to more details is still awaiting confirmation.

See anything missing? Got a topic that you didn’t get submitted on time? Don’t forget about the unconference! An unconference is a dynamic collection of presentation that are formed and scheduled once folks begin to arrive at the conference. We will have two rooms available for unconference space this year, and talks will be scheduled on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference. We encourage anyone and everyone to come to the conference with a topic in mind or presentation in hand. We’ll announce more information at the opening presentation, including instructions for signing up for our unconference spaces.

Thanks again to everyone who submitted a talk for this year’s event. We wouldn’t have a conference without our speakers and we really appreciate the efforts of all those who took the time to offer a session.

Looking forward to seeing folks in November!

classroom technology

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UNC staff that support technology in classrooms, should consider sticking around after UNC CAUSE concludes for the Classroom Summit. The Classroom Summit will be held November 20th and 21st in the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Starting at 2pm and concluding the following day at noon, this mini-conference is dedicated to a range of classroom and instructional technology topics, including budget strategies, equipment standards, managing relationships with other campus support units, benefits/pitfalls of in-house integration, and managing faculty expectations.

Given the current state of budgets for universities in the UNC system, we are all having to make compromises on levels of support, equipment replacement schedules, introduction of new technology, etc.  At the same time the expectations of faculty and students continue to increase. Identifying areas where we might collaborate to reduce costs and improve services is more important than ever.

Interested in participating? Registration for the Classroom Summit is separate from UNC CAUSE registration, so please sure to let us know if you intend to attend. We’ll also be asking some background questions on your school and the technologies you use.

A big thank you to our sponsoring vendor Extron for their continued support of this event, which allows us to hold it at no charge to the attendees!

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UNC CAUSE has always been a great way to connect with, and learn from, people throughout the UNC System. This year we’re helping to facilitate that connection with a pre-conference workshop focusing on Web Accessibility. This workshop will take place in the morning, prior to the opening address, and is free to those registered; we have space for 30 attendees.

This 2-hour workshop will be lead by Greg Kraus, University IT Accessibility Coordinator at NC State University. The topics will include an overview of Web accessibility laws and standards, as well as accessible coding patterns, and common accessibility testing tools. Participants should have an understanding of HTML. Participants may attend with only pen and paper, but if you would like to try some of the testing tools during the workshop please plan to bring your own computer!

If you are interested in attending you must first register for the event, which has limited space. Please note that the session will begin at 10am, so plan to be in Wilmington in time to attend! If you have questions please contact us. Hope to see you there!