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NESUG is doing what??? (part 2)

August 29, 2011

Hi NESUG friends,

Once again, work has a way (as I’m sure you can understand) of getting in the way and keeping me from giving you the frequent updates I intended to, so with less than two weeks ’til opening session in Portland, it’s about time I got you caught up on some of the conference activities.

For starters, if you haven’t been to Maine before – or even if you have – one great way to see it by a day trip to Freeport.

Freeport ( is a beautiful coastal Maine village with over 200 upscale outlets, designer shops, eclectic boutiques, B&B’s, hotels, great restaurants and casual cafes. It is home to world-famous L.L.Bean and to numerous outdoor adventures. We invite you to shop, play, and snack in Freeport! Enjoy an authentic Maine experience. The bus will leave the hotel early Sunday afternoon, drop you off in the center of Freeport, and return in time for the Opening Session dinner and events.

This year NESUG is also offering a Monday morning feature presentation prior to the start of concurrent sessions at 8:00.  Mike Zdeb is a veteran NESUG presenter who always gives his audience the perfect combination of entertainment and quality content.  In this presentation, he gives us The Lifetime Warranty.

Mike is an Assistant Professor in the University at Albany School of Public Health.  He has been using SAS for over twenty years.  During that time he has presented papers and conducted  workshops at numerous SAS user conferences.  He is a frequent NESUG contributor and the author of the popular SAS book Mapping Made Easy with SAS.  At the University at Albany he teaches SAS courses and notes that one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching is when you discover that your former students are using what you taught them in your courses.  Mike’s courses come with lifetime technical support, and he often gets emails with “Lifetime Warranty” in the subject heading.  The feedback Mike gets in these emails inform his teaching and give him additional insight into how SAS skills helped students find positions and how these skills are used on the job.

Mike’s presentation explains what he teaches and discusses a number of the lifetime warranty questions he’s received, as well as his suggested solutions.  The questions and answers range from simple data steps to creating non-standard maps with SAS/GRAPH.  There’s something for everyone in this talk by someone who is not only an accomplished SAS programmer and teacher, but also an entertaining speaker as well.

I’ll have a few more goodies over the next few days to get you excited for Portland.  Any questions?  As always, we’d love to hear from ya!

See you in two weeks!

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  1. Christianna Williams permalink
    August 29, 2011 8:00 pm

    I love Mike’s idea of the “lifetime warranty” on his classes…. what better way for an educator of any type to maintain a link to his/her students, see how they are using what they learned and keep it current! I bet Mike feels he benefits as much from this as do his alums!

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