MN GIS/LIS 2007 Fall Conference Planning
By Rebecca Foster, 2007 Conference Chair
Planning has begun for the 17th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference and workshops. This year’s event is scheduled for October 10-12 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. I am excited about the new opportunities Rochester has to offer. The Consortium will be making history, since this will be the first time we’ve held a fall conference in the southern part of the state. Hopefully, we will be bringing further educational and networking possibilities from new attendees to our conferences who live in southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and southwestern Wisconsin.
Workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 10, and a committee is forming to develop a selection of educational, low-cost workshops. The workshops will be half-day, full-day, hands-on, or lecture-style and will range from introductory to advanced topics. Entertainment will be planned for Wednesday evening following the workshops to welcome both workshop attendees and early conference arrivals.
The conference kicks off on Thursday, October 11 with a keynote speaker followed by multiple tracks of morning and afternoon concurrent sessions and a noontime awards luncheon. A committee to develop the sessions is also being formed and will be sending out a “Call for Presentations” in the early spring. Remember, this is a member-driven conference - please consider presenting GIS/LIS-related activities that YOU have been involved in over the past year.
Following Thursday’s sessions will be the annual poster session and vendors’ reception. Free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages are served and a cash bar will be available. This event provides an excellent time to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes!
Entertainment will be planned for Thursday evening following the poster session and vendors’ reception to continue networking and relaxing with your GIS/LIS colleagues after a long day of sessions.
Friday brings more concurrent sessions and a closing luncheon recognizing scholarship recipients followed by an engaging speaker, brief annual meeting, and of course – more door prizes! Additionally, there will be a product demonstration track running throughout the conference to showcase the latest in GIS/LIS technology.
Much of the conference is run solely on volunteer effort. There are a number of ways to contribute to a successful and fun event. Committees are formed around the following topics: workshops, sessions, facilities, entertainment, silent auction, and communications. The planning committee would be grateful for any and all volunteers. Contributing as an instructor, presenter, speaker, etc. is also very helpful.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or simply to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Mayo Civic Center and making Consortium history. If you’d like to do some touring of Rochester now, visit their website at http://www.VisitRochesterMN.com