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           MARCH 2008, HOUSTON, TEXAS

From the fifteen tracks, the SWDSI 2008 conference team received a total of 148
submissions. After a double blind review process, 132 papers were accepted for
presentation and/or publication in the proceedings. This year, the Proceedings is
available in CD format as well as from the SWDSI Website. Based on data provided by
the Treasurer of the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD), there were 162 registered
delegates and 154 persons that actually attended the conference.

While it is true that most of the papers were from institutions in the Southwest region, a
good number of papers were received from other parts of the United States and from
other countries such as China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United Arab
Emirates. Management information Systems, Innovative Education, and Student Tracks
are the three tracks that had the most submissions. Not only did we have a record number
of student paper submissions, the papers submitted were from all three categories;
namely, doctoral, masters and undergraduate students. In addition, there were also a
good number of faculty-student authored papers that were included in the regular tracks.
The student delegates were from:
     Alcorn State University,
     Jackson State University,
     Lamar University,
     Our Lady of Holy Cross College,
     Prairie View A & M University,
     The University of Houston,
     The University of North Texas,
     The University of Southern Mississippi,
     The University of Texas – Arlington,
     The University of Texas – Brownsville,
     The University of Texas – Pan American, (highest number of submissions) and
     The University of West Florida

This year, we have added a social hour to promote more networking among peers. The
purpose of this event was to help new members get acquainted with SWDSI. For existing
members, this was a useful retention initiative. This session was be hosted after the
General Business Meeting on Thursday evening and was probably the first time that this
SWDSI activity is sponsored by an educational institution. The institutional sponsorship
was provided by the generosity of Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, Dean of the College of Business
Administration at the University of Texas – Pan American.

Two panels, one addressing critical thinking skills in the decision sciences and one
dealing with enterprise computing challenges were featured on the first day of the
conference. New to SWDSI in 2008 is the Mini Consortium for students and new
faculty. In addition to a keynote by Dr. Rob Robinson, the Director of the UTTC
Telecampus, The University of Texas System, on “Enhancing access via online
technologies”, the Consortium will also have three major sessions that deals with job
search strategies to assuring continuous effectiveness via instructional innovations. The
other three panels on the second day were on (a) job search and promotion and tenure
strategies – panelists were all university administrators, (b) writing publishable journal
manuscripts – panelists were all editors, and (c) innovation in education – panelist were
all tenured faculty members.

Our sincere congratulations to the recipients of the following prestigious awards:
    Dr. Thomas Jones for receiving the Outstanding Educator Award.
    Dr. Wayne Headrick for receiving the Distinguished Service Award.
    Dr. Hsu, Dr. Wang and Dr. Chiu for receiving the Best Paper Award.
    Dr. Lu and Dr. Linda Haynes for receiving the Alpha Iota Delta Innovative
       Education Award (money is still pending to be awarded).
    Ms. Diaz for receiving the Best Doctoral Student Paper Award.
    Ms. Beeler for receiving the Best Graduate Student Paper Award.
    Mr. Luke Koong and Ms. Shirley Yu for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper

Overall, it can be said that the SWDSI Conference that was held in Houston was a major
success. As usual, SWDSI provided the largest number of delegates to this joint meeting
that was held under FBD. Based on recent statistics, this is probably the largest number
of delegates and attendees that have attended SWDSI in the city of Houston. In addition,
the new Student Consortium sessions and keynote and the other panels were all well
attended. All these accomplishment were made possible by an excellent team that has
worked hard at promoting SWDSI as desirable opportunity for professional development.
In addition, the conference was a success because of the contributions and mentoring
efforts of our Regional Vice-President and several past Presidents.

Dr. Kai S. Koong
SWDSI 2008 Program Chair

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