Portal Conference Speaker Announced

Mark Albert a colleague of mine at Gettysburg posted this on the High Ed Web List serve and I thought it was worth repeating here.

Greetings all,

“2009: One Hundred Katz” and how all of this ties together. Well, allow me to explain, and no, it doesn’t involve herding cats.

Portal 2009: users uses usability, set for June 2-5, 2009 at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Katz, Richard N. Katz to be exact – vice president of EDUCAUSE, and author, co-author, or editor of dozens of books, monographs and articles on a variety of higher education, management, and technology topics. His book, Web Portals and Higher

Education: Technologies to Make IT Personal, published in 2002 is still considered one of the definitive sources on portals in higher education.

Now, about the one hundred. For the fourth year in a row, the portal conference at Gettysburg College continues to be one of the best values in higher education conferences. Portal 2009 will continue with the $100/person (non-profit) registration fee. The fee covers all conference materials as well as all meals and breaks (opening reception June 2, breakfast lunch and dinner June 3-4, breakfast June 5). Those that have attended past conferences know that the food is first rate and not just bread and water. With the difficult economy, we think Portal 2009 is still the most affordable conference for higher education colleagues.

The conference can afford to be the best value in conferences through the generous support of corporate sponsors, that help off-set the costs.

We are currently working with local hotels to provide the best rates for lodging for the conference. Are hope is to keep rooms to under $100/night to help make the overall cost of attending the conference cheaper than just the registration fee for most conferences.

The call for presentations is open and the online form is available at http://cnav.gettysburg.edu/portal/portal09/CallForPresentations.html and we hope that if you have a story or experience regarding portals you will consider this opportunity to share it with other. There is also a form to sign up for a reminder when registration opens in March 2009.

For complete information on the conference, go to http://www.gettysburg.edu/portal


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