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A Message From the Conference Chair

September 20, 2010

The NESUG team has been a rather quiet in public lately as we’ve been busy preparing for this year’s conference. There’s still lots to do but things are coming together nicely. We have a great line-up of formal and informal presentations and discussions, posters, workshops and social activities planned for Sunday through Wednesday, November 14 – 17. There should be something for every SAS user, whether you’re new to the world of SAS or have been using it since the beginning of SAS, whether this is your first or your twenty-third NESUG.

I know that around this time of year, I get a bit of a back-to-school feeling and I’m especially hungry to learn something new. NESUG has satisfied that need for me for many years. While I may be too busy in Baltimore to pick up new SAS techniques myself this year, I hope that you will be able to participate in NESUG and take away new techniques to apply to your work.

We’ll start out on Sunday with some optional, extra fee events: We have 3 half-day workshops on Sunday plus an afternoon walking tour to Mount Vernon. From then on, the presentations and activities are open to all registered attendees at no extra cost:
· There’s a Warm-Up Session on Sunday afternoon which is a great start for those who haven’t been to NESUG before or haven’t been for a while. This session will help you get oriented to what’s happening during the conference and how to get the most benefit out of your next three days.
· The Solution Center will open on Sunday afternoon and will also be open on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
· Opening Session will include dinner and a keynote address by Dave Thomas of New Marketing Labs, “Social Media: What SAS Pros Need to Know”.
· Breakout presentations, posters and workshops, Code Clinic, Collaboration Cafe and access to SAS folks in the Solution Center will happen on Monday and Tuesday and until noon on Wednesday.
· During the lunch break on Monday, join us for “Spotlight on SAS” to hear what’s new and exciting at SAS.
· We’ll have sign-up sheets so that you can connect with like-minded attendees to have dinner on Monday at area restaurants if you’re looking for company. (Dinner will be at your own expense.)· The NESUG Game Show will be back — by popular demand — on Monday evening.
· On Tuesday evening, the NESUG Coffeehouse will provide an opportunity to relax with your fellow attendees and reflect on what you’ve learned so far.
· At Closing Session, held at noon on Wednesday, you can hear about plans for NESUG 2011.
· You can take advantage of an Early Registration Discount for NESUG 2010 until September 25. Look for more information or register now.
· Rooms at the Renaissance Harborplace will be available at a discounted rate if you reserve by October 14. Click here to reserve.

· That’s a very busy few days of NESUG content. Check for updates and schedule details as they become available. A detailed schedule of which presentations are happening at what time should be available early in October.

I’ve told you here about what’s included in NESUG. There will still be some time for you to enjoy Baltimore outside of the conference hotel. The Harborplace area is great. There’s some Tourist Information on the NESUG website or you can Visit Baltimore to learn more. Also, I know that many of our attendees know the Baltimore Harbor better than I do. Do you have restaurant or entertainment recommendations in the area for your fellow NESUGers? If so, please share them here.

See you in Baltimore!

Lisa Eckler
NESUG 2010 Conference Chair

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jessica Hampton permalink
    November 23, 2010 12:34 pm

    Where can I find a copy of Dave’s Keynote address? I really enjoyed his talk during the opening session. Thanks!

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