Computing interest groups are a great way to supplement interest in specific areas of technology. The most familiar technology learning resources at Penn State are seminars and courses, available either as credited University courses or as ITS training or Web-Based training seminars. While courses and seminars reach an endpoint, members of computing interest groups have the benefit of an ongoing learning dialogue that keeps them up to date in their area of interest.
The following computing interest groups meet at Penn State's University Park campus and present a variety of activities that enrich their member's knowledge and abilities:
The Pennsylvania Macintosh Users Group (PAMUG)
PAMUG members learn about new technology in a hands-on, personal environment and network with other people with similar interests. They also receive discounts from some local and national vendors, have the opportunity to shop at the Apple MUG store, and are included on a listserv that features PAMUG news and updates from the group along with other press releases.
The PAMUG will be holding its annual swap meet in March, when members and non-members are invited to bring their used Mac equipment to sell or swap. To find out more about PAMUG, join them at their meetings the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm in 189 Materials Research Lab on Hastings Road. Upcoming events and presentations are posted on their Web site,http://www.pamug.org/
The Information Technology Club (ITC)
To learn more about the Information Technology Club, visit their Web site (http://www.clubs.psu.edu/itc/) or join them Mondays or Tuesdays in 11 Sparks during their Web design sessions. Brian Eschbacher, ITC president, invites interested students to come observe the Web meetings and to approach him with questions or for more information.
The SAP Student Interest Group (SAP SIG)
The SAP SIG is also working on a series of SAP tutorials for its members that would allow them to run sample business interactions. Because SAP is a database driven software with a user-friendly interface, the greater learning interest is in the business interactions that can be run after data is entered. To learn more about the SAP Student Interest Group, visit their Web site at https://intranet.smeal.psu.edu/studorgs/sapsig/ for information and listings of upcoming meetings and activities.]
The Penn State Student Chapter of the Association
for Computing Machinery
Penn State Student Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society (PSU ACM / IEEE CS)
Ongoing projects include improving ANGEL content for members, including information like digitized versions of lectures and talks and a database of results from a recent survey on job interviews. Members are also working on a new computer science-oriented magazine, which they hope to publish in late February. Another of the perks for ACM / IEEE CS members is free pizza at meetings.
To learn more about the PSU ACM / IEEE CS, visit their Web site at http://www.cse.psu.edu/~psuacm/ for information and listings of upcoming activities.
The Linux Users Group (LUG)
The Linux Users Group (LUG) promotes the use of Linux, Unix, and open source software. Members share information and increase their exposure to Linux through presentations and other
The LUG meets weekly alternating Tuesday and Monday nights at 7:00 pm in 306 Hammond, and more information about their meetings and upcoming presentation topics and activities is available on their Website, http://www.lug.psu.edu/about.cgi