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By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

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Believe it or not, it is time to start planning for the next EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference (formerly EduTex). It is being held in Dallas, again, February 25–27, 2004. The theme this time is "Being Resourceful in Challenging Times."

If you would like to participate as a presenter, the deadline for submissions of presentation proposals is October 15, 2003. You can submit a proposal online at:

According to the conference Website, a focal point of the conference will be practical "how to" sessions that will emphasize ways to save time, effort, and money while maintaining  important services and without burning out talented staff.

Sessions will follow four key tracks:

  • Leadership and Management Skills

  • Teaching, Learning, and Support

  • Technology and Solutions

  • Corporate Presentations

Prior to the sessions, preconference seminars will be held on the morning of February 25.

EDUCAUSE 2003 Anaheim California November 4-7, 2003

Coming up also is the EDUCAUSE 2003 Annual Conference, November 4–7 in Anaheim, California. According to the Conference Website, "If you can attend only one conference in 2003, make it the premier IT event in higher education —EDUCAUSE 2003 . . . You'll participate in an outstanding, peer-developed program designed to help you tackle the issues you face each day and prepare you for future challenges."

This year's theme is "Balancing Opportunities, Expectations, and Resources." The program includes preconference seminars, track sessions, corporate exhibits, workshops, presentations, and small group meetings.

As their Website says, "The annual conference draws attendees from all professional levels, all sizes and types of institutions, and from across the United States and around the world. You'll leave with an even stronger network of colleagues and friends in the field."