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Call for Nominations – PhillyCHI Officers 2009

It’s that time of year again — election time! PhillyCHI has grown significantly in the past two years in meeting attendance (average 40) and mailing list recipients (over 400). We are looking for nominations to lead PhillyCHI through 2009. Being an officer of PhillyCHI is rewarding as it allows you the opportunity to foster greater communication and interaction of the UX community in Philadelphia while increasing your visibility to the community at large.

If you are interested or know someone who would do a great job and may want to get involved, we want to hear from you. Help us keep up our great momentum. Nominate yourself or someone you know.

Positions Available
All officer positions are up for election.

– the principal officer responsible for leading and setting the direction of PhillyCHI
– manages activities in accordance with the policies and procedures of the ACM and its bylaws
– presides at all meetings of the Chapter

Vice Chair
– presides at meetings in the absence of the Chair
– assists the Chair in management of the Chapter
– performs other duties that may be assigned by the Chair

- maintains records of Chapters activities and communications
– responsible for all print and electronic communication of Chapter meetings and announcements
– assists in coordination of meetings and events at direction of Chair or Vice Chair
– manages and maintains PhillyCHI website, LinkedIn group, email list, members list, etc.
– performs other duties as assigned by the Chair or Vice Chair

– prepares and submits the annual report to the ACM
– collects all dues, sponsorship fees, pays bills and maintains Chapter’s overall financial records
– completes and submit the Annual Financial Report to ACM Headquarters
– perform other duties as assigned by the Chair or Vice Chair

Note: To hold an officer position, you must be an ACM SIGCHI member; however, membership is not needed until the start of the 2009 term. All new officers will have the full support of retiring officers throughout the upcoming year.

How to Nominate

To nominate yourself or someone you know, email us the following information to by Monday, November 10, 2008:

Reason for nomination:
Recommended by:

If you can’t run for office, there will be a number of additional volunteer positions available for 2009 where you can help out.

We look forward to 2009 and your help in keeping our great momentum!

Video On-demand: The Role of Failure in Design (panel discussion)

PhillyCHI’s November 2007 presentation recording of a panel discussion on the topic: “The Role of Failure in Design”

-Michael Atwood, PhD:
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Research, The iSchool at Drexel University

-Tom Hewett, PhD:
Professor of Psychology and Professor of Computer Science, Drexel University

-Jim Morris:
Lead Human Factors Analyst, Electronic Ink

-Mathieu Turpault:
Senior Designer, Bresslergroup

Happy Hour with PANMA

Come out and join PhillyCHI and PANMA for a beer, or two!

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time: 5:30 – 7:30
Location: National Mechanics, 22 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106,
RSVP: (nice, but not necessary)


The Philadelphia Area New Media Association serves individuals and companies involved in digital development. By offering a professionally and socially friendly environment, PANMA enhances the interconnections in our community, encourages locally trained and educated professionals to make their homes in the Philadelphia region, and increases employment and business opportunities for our industry.

The Philadelphia Area New Media Association supports the regional digital development community.

We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals.

PhillyCHI User Experience Panel at WCU

PhillyCHI has been invited by West Chester University to meet with students to discuss opportunities in the field of user experience. We’ve put together a small group of practitioners to present an introduction to user experience as a career and to discuss our personal experiences, detailing how we ended up in our current line of work.

The panel will be made up of PhillyCHI members who work in user experience but whose undergraduate work was not in design, information systems, or HCI in order to demonstrate the possibilities of finding a career in user experience from other backgrounds.

We’d like to encourage PhillyCHI members to attend, as this event is part of PhillyCHI’s outreach initiative. The evening will end with Q&A, so the more perspectives in the room, the better.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending the event, please feel free to forward this information on.

Event: PhillyCHI UX Panel at WCU
Date: March 27, 2008
Time: 7 – 8PM with discussion following
Location: Philips Hall Autograph Library
West Chester University
RSVP: Not required

Location Details: Philips is at the corner of University Avenue and High Street.

Note: The Autograph library is in the administrative offices section of the building, not the other section where there is an auditorium. There is tunnel dividing two sides of the building, and the Autograph Library is on the east side of the building, the side closest to High Street.

* Parking is available in a garage one block north and one block west of that location, at the corner of Sharpless St. and Church St. for $1 per hour. *

Event Flier

The User Experience and You
An Evening with PhillyCHI*

Learn more about an exciting career opportunity. Join professionals from PhillyCHI, a professional organization for those who work on the design of computing systems for human use—in other words, people whose business is making information on the Web and computer software more intuitive.

Date: March 27
Time: 7:00–8:00
Location: Philips Autograph Library

The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that in today’s world of work, students can anticipate having 6-8 career changes following graduation. Of those, two will probably be in areas that have not been identified or defined currently. “User Experience” might be the field you didn’t know you were looking for.

What are the benefits of attending this event?

  • Network with professionals in this rewarding, cutting-edge field.
  • Find out how your writing and critical thinking skills can be translated into a challenging and rewarding job in IT.

*More about PhillyCHI—PhillyCHI is a Philadelphia-area professional group for those interested in Human-Computer Interaction, User Experience, Usability and other related disciplines. PhillyCHI members work in a wide range of industries and have various educational backgrounds, and they all share a common desire to discuss the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. PhillyCHI is a chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIG-CHI).