Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 15:25:38 -0400
Reply-To: "F. J. Kelley" <jkelley@UGA.EDU>
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From: "F. J. Kelley" <jkelley@UGA.EDU>
Subject: Re: First Time SUGI in Montreal
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... what he said ...
ok, seriously, go to
you can get overviews of each day as well as listings of presenters and
the abstracts. SAS also has a "Personal Agenda Builder" at
You really will be exhausted if you try to attend sessions every moment,
but there are a lot of new folks as well as old pros presenting here
(you'll recognize a number of SAS-L contributors), so having some sort of
plan doesn't hurt. In the old days the proceedings were mailed about 3
months after the conference, later they were handed out at the conference,
now you'll receive the proceedings on a CD when you collect your
registration materials. A laptop is handy if you want to look over this.
be sure to look over all the _stuff_ you pick up at registration. it
includes tickets (of all sorts) - you may need some of them Sunday
evening. Attend the First Timers Session on Sunday afternoon. There are
also BOFs Monday and Tuesday evening. I always try to attend Futures
Forum (Tuesday afternoon this year). The SAS Demo room will have new
stuff in development (at _my_ first SUGI they had "SAS on a 64-bit
machine" - a CDC Cyber running NOS/VE) as well as developers, tech
support, sales reps, a lot of folks. lots of good stuff.
On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, David L. Cassell wrote:
> Craig Lake <theNOOOlakerSPAMMM@ACDDOOT.NET> wrote:
> > My company is sending me to my first SUGI this year. Unfortunately
> > it's a small company, I'm going alone. So if you see someone sitting
> > themselves...
> Hey, don't do that! Look for the special info for first-timers, and
> take advantage of all that. Look for people you sort of know from SAS-L
> and introduce yourself. Talk to people who are interested in the same
> papers you are.
> Above all, be sure to come to the SAS-L BOF and introduce yourself.
> your chance to see just how peculiar we really are. :-) It doesn't
> if you're a lurker or a once-a-year poster, you'll still be welcome.
> > Anyway, can someone tell me what the dress code is like? It looks
> like this
> > question came up in the newsgroup in years past, but I wanted to know
> > the latest word is. My company is pretty casual, so I'm used to just
> > wearing tennis shoes, jeans, and either a button down oxford or polo
> Considering that you just described *dressed up* for Curt, you're in
> shape. :-) There will be tons of people dressed far more casually than
> and tons dressed far more formally. You'll fit in just fine. A sturdy
> shirt may also be heavy enough to overcome the vicissitudes of
> air conditioning that seem to occur in every conference ever. But
> having a
> windbreaker along can be helpful on occasion. Expect to see a lot of
> wearing SUGI t-shirts and such.
> > Anything else that people typically bring (laptops, SAS reference
> > source code)?
> Don't bother with source code unless you want Code Doctors or SAS
> experts to
> take a look at it. Don't bother with SAS reference manuals. A laptop
> is handy
> for reading the proceedings off the CD, but you don't need to cart it
> with you to the talks. You'll get some sort of notepad and carry-all at
> conference as part of your registration package. (In Seattle we even
> got free
> umbrellas.) So travel light. You may want to have a few business cards
> David Cassell, CSC
> Senior computing specialist
> mathematical statistician