MacAdmins Conference Sessions

We are happy to announce our 2018 MacAdmins Conference Session schedule!

The full conference schedule is available on http://psumac2018.sched.com/. From there you can create a free account which will allow you to make your own custom conference schedule and download the schedule as a web app to your mobile device.

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Present & Future Managers Rejoice! Your Salvation is at Hand

Speakers: Jim Rispin

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: If you attend only one session on management before you die, this should be that session.

Description: Whether you’re already managing a team or planning for the management position of your future, ask yourself, “Do I approach management with the confidence of Batman wearing the Infinity Gauntlet or with the dread of Morty facing down a horde of rampaging Ricks?” Wherever you are on that spectrum, there will be something for you in this session. In fact, I can personally guarantee that this session will be so valuable you’ll be daring yourself to be a better manager by the end of it. You’ll come to marvel at the staggering hubris of the session speaker, but you’ll leave with a whole new perspective on what it means to manage well.

Have I piqued your interest, or at least your morbid curiosity – “Is this guy really that arrogant?!” Good, because here’s some of what you can expect:
* How to create one-on-one meetings so good your team will beg for them. That’s right, beg!
* How to approach performance evaluations like a Boss (pun intended).
* How to care deeply for your team but still be willing to piss them off when the situation requires it.
* How to survive the transition from individual contributor to team builder (i.e. regular grunt to great high muckety-muck).
* How to give positive feedback and criticism that is meaningful, actionable and, dare I say, fist bump-worthy.
* All this and so much more…


About the speaker

Jim Rispin (Twitter: @jimrispin) – Director of ITS – Fuller Theological Seminary

I’ve been an Apple Sales Rep, a webmaster, a tech support grunt, a dishwasher, a radio disc jockey, and even the backup singer of an a cappella Twisted Sister cover band made up of tone deaf Canadians (we were almost on Star Search #alt-fact). These days I’m mostly interested in exploring ways that leadership can serve as a conduit for my team’s success rather than a barrier.

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Banging Your Head and Crying Under Your Desk You Are Not Alone

Speakers: Andrew Claydon

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: What’s required of a Mac Admin seems to be growing and mutating every daybefore your work load and duties expand out of control, it’s time to ask for help. There is a community of experienced people inside and outside your institution ready to make your job easier but first you need to define exactly what your challenges are and then tackle how to ask for help.

Description: A little over 25 years ago, I started a pretty simple part-time job managing two small Mac labs for a graphic design department. That little job exploded into a more than full-time career setting up Mac systems to support twelve different labs for six departments, encompassing graphic design to music to video and animation. And I’m doing it all as the only Mac specialist on campus. With my responsibilities ever expanding, software and OS constantly changing, and security requirements shifting daily, it sometimes seemed impossible to keep up. But eventually I learned an important lessonI didn’t have to go it alone. You don’t either. There is a vast universe of help located online if you know where to look and how to seek answers. In addition, there are most likely resources inside your own institution that you should be utilizing. Learn how to define your challenges, how to break things down into specific responsibilities, how to assign those responsibilities, and exactly when and where to seek outside knowledge and help.


About the speaker

Andrew Claydon – System Engineer/User Support – Washtenaw Community College

A long long time ago I started a career in graphic design but then along came the Macintosh. In order to use these new-fangled machines, my obsessive brain needed to know how they worked. Soon after, understanding and maintaining a Mac was always a good skill to add to my design rsum. Until one day. Knowing how to use QuarkXpress, Aldus PageMaker, PhotoShop, and font and color management become the additional skills on my rsum. All of a sudden, I was a Mac Admin. For the better part of my career I have been at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I set up and maintain a system of labs for our Visual Arts, Music, and Communications departments. Oh, plus, I am the sole provider of user support for all faculty and staff working on Macs. I am the Mac team, party of one.

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Don’t even think about doing this work alone! – Finding and Maintaining Partners in IT

Speakers: Vi Lynk

Level: All Levels, Lecture

Excerpt: IT work is hard. You need partners. Regardless of your role, finding support within and outside your organization is essential to moving forward. In this session we’ll explore the importance of partners, allies and confidants. Using examples pulled from over a decade of tech work in various types of organizations (small-business, educational, non-profit, etc.) we’ll look at different ways to engage with the people around you. Through thoughtful and deliberate communication with others, you can begin to locate individual goals within the vision of the larger community leading to increased support and a more effective team.

Description: IT work is hard. You need partners. Regardless of your role, finding support within and outside your organization is essential to moving forward. In this session we’ll explore the importance of partners, allies and confidants. Using examples pulled from over a decade of tech work in various types of organizations (small-business, educational, non-profit, etc.) we’ll look at different ways to engage with the people around you. Through thoughtful and deliberate communication with others, you can begin to locate individual goals within the vision of the larger community leading to increased support and a more effective team.


About the speaker

Vi Lynk – Creative Technology Consultant –

Working as a creative consultant I help individuals expand their technological abilities and empower them to connect with others in a collaborative way. I use various digital platforms such as video, photo, websites and audio clips to tell the stories of individuals and non-profits. I leverage the expansive reach of technology to facilitate ongoing dialogues between various communities, finding creative ways to bring unique voices to the conversations. With an artistic and relational approach technological challenges become opportunities to adapt and engage with a world increasingly connected through digital means.

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AutoPkg Level-Up

Speakers: Anthony Reimer

Level: Fundamental, Lecture

Excerpt: So you’ve recently found AutoPkg and have been using the AutoPkgr GUI to run recipes created by others. Things are going well (except perhaps for those pesky trust info warnings) but there are other software titles you’d like to add that don’t currently have recipes. This session will help you “level up” with AutoPkg, including understanding how to read recipes, various methods to create your own recipes, recipe best practices, and how to use AutoPkg at the command line to help develop recipes and manage trust info.

Description: So you’ve recently found AutoPkg and have been using the AutoPkgr GUI to run recipes created by others. Things are going well (except perhaps for those pesky trust info warnings) but there are other software titles you’d like to add that don’t currently have recipes. This session will help you “level up” with AutoPkg, including understanding how to read recipes, various methods to create your own recipes, recipe best practices, and how to use AutoPkg at the command line to help develop recipes and manage trust info. While this session will be best suited to people with some familiarity with AutoPkg, a general overview will be included so that people who are not currently leveraging AutoPkg can also benefit.


About the speaker

Anthony Reimer (Twitter: @AnthonyReimer) – Head Technician, Integrated Arts Media Labs – University of Calgary

Anthony has been the Head Technician of the IAML at the University of Calgary since 1996, supporting work with Macs and other digital technology in Music, Art, Drama and Dance. He has given presentations on technology to artists and non-artists alike at major conferences like this one, MacTech, MacAD.UK, and MacIT. He is one of the founding organizers of the MacDeployment Conference and meetups in Calgary. When he’s not busy being a Mac Admin, Anthony conducts Foothills Concert Band and is an avid curler.

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We Should Write This Down Somewhere — Documentation for Beginners

Speakers: Dennis Wurster

Level: Fundamental, Hands-on (BYOD for attendees)

Excerpt: Documentation. It sounds like a great idea, but how do you get started? Before you can start over-thinking which tool to use, we’re going to help you figure out what’s important, how it’s related, and how to keep track of it.

Description: When it comes to documentation, the considerations can be paralyzing. Everyone wants to have effective documentation, but they’re not sure how to get started, or how to improve what they already have. We’re going to discuss a simple and achievable framework based on people, stuff, and events that anyone can start with. We’ll also help you identify what’s important in your particular environment, and the relationships each of these entities have. We’ll walk through a few aspects like accessibility, expiration, and formatting but without over-complicating things.


About the speaker

Dennis Wurster (Twitter: @wildeep) – Associate Director of Computing Services – Eastman School of Music

Dennis Wurster prides himself as a user-advocate, and constantly works to untangle complexity and establish efficiency. By day, he is the Associate Director of Computing Services at the Eastman School of Music. By night, he consults with small businesses in his hometown of Rochester, New York. Dennis has been published in TidBITS, the Mac Administrator’s Journal, and MacAuthority. He has presented at the MacAdmins Conference and the User Group Leadership Conference, and at his local Apple User Group, AppleCIDER. Away from the keyboard, Dennis is a fan of automotive engineering, vintage arcade games, and an avid cyclist.

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