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The User Group Report Archives - 2002

Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco is almost here, and with it come User Group University and a host of MUG events throughout the week. Hear from the folks making those events happen, The Macworld/User Group University Planning Committee. You'll hear a brief summary of each event and a little about what it takes to put it all together. Lorene Romero, Vendor Liasion for the User Group Advisory Board, makes her monthly visit to tell us about the December vendor deals exclusively for MUG members.

(This abbreviated holiday edition is our last for 2003. Look for updates and info from Macworld Conference & Expo, and interviews recorded live at the show.)

Happy Holidays!


#220 Our look at the new Campus Group Advisory Board continues in this edition. We also talk about the many vendors who have signed up to support User Group University, and why their sponsorship is so important. Guests include:
Melissa Murphy of The Apple Student Core @ Emory talks about her busy personal schedule, how ACE is taking their activities from the campus out into the community, plans for their upcoming iMovieFest and why Apple products appeal to students.
Arman Assa of The North Carolina State University Mac Users Group discusses how starting his group was inspired by a MacCentral article, how they involve staff, faculty and students in both membership and leadership roles, and what about MacOS X is important to students.
Evan Chaney of the Western Mac Users Group at Western Washington University outlines how he started his group with a small number of people, why they count a strong social component as an important part of their group, and why he wants his MUG to be a long-term presence on the Western Washington campus.
#219 This edition features the first public interviews with members of the new Campus Group Advisory Board and more!
David Roemer of The Apple User Group Advisory Board talks about the creation of the Campus Group Advisory Board, the new offerings for campus groups on the Apple web site, and why high school MUGs are not out of the question.
Rowan Rozanski of the Colorado State Macintosh Users Group and Chair of the new Campus Group Advisory Board, talks about this new advocacy group for the campus user group movement, the members of the team and what the future holds.
Matt Davis of the Tarheel Macintosh User Group at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and member of the Campus Group Advisory Board talks about the young age and rapid growth of his group, how he is working with other Apple Student Reps and more.
Jose Jordan of the Club de Usuarios Mac of Bolivia discusses his group, what it is like to be an authorized Apple reseller in his country, and the iChat channel he created for MUG members and leaders throughout the world.
Lorene Romero, Vendor Liaison for the User Group Advisory Board will be stopping by on a monthly basis to update us on the month's new vendor deals exclusively for MUG members.
#218 The User Group Report covers a wide variety of Macintosh User Group news, events, history and more in this edition:

Ken Bereski of The Boston College Macintosh Users Group discusses his group's upcoming iMovieFest. The event has grown and evolved since it was first held on the their campus last year. Find out how it has promoted "switching," generated enthusiasm and will help bring the student population closer together.
Tom Negrino, Contributing Editor of Macworld magazine and author of Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Inside Out and JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide talks about why he enjoys both presenting to and attending MUG meetings, his past as a user group president, and his top 3 (ok, 4) tips for MUG leaders.
Matt Johnson of the Northern Ireland Macintosh User Group profiles his group, outlines some of the challenges of being a Mac user in a country with no authorized Mac dealers, and covers his group's fund-raising project to raise money for a new G4 for a local cancer organization.
Dan Berube of the Boston Final Cut Pro User Group makes his first appearance as our correspondent to the Final Cut Pro User Group Network. Dan talks about what the FCP User Group Network is, where they are, why they are just a little bit different than the average MUG, and why you should stop at the Final Cut Pro User Group Theater at Macworld Expo.
Patrick Crowley of tells us what his site is all about, what it offers, how it is growing, and how Macintosh User Groups are using it to help promote themselves to the larger MUG community (to the point he may add a special section just for MUGs.)
Keith Mueller, the organizer of Southern California Mac Fair 2002 talks about his upcoming regional Mac event, how and why Macintosh User Groups are included, why his business, a member of the Apple Consultants Network, supports MUGs, and more.
Christopher Sarson, Chair of the Board of Advisors and Secretary of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups, outlines what APCUG is, what it offers to user groups of all platforms, their upcoming annual conference in Las Vegas and why why regional events may be the wave of the future.
Chris Breen, columnist for Macworld magazine and author of Secrets of the iPod and Mac 911, discusses why he supports user groups, what he gets back from user group visits, and his recent keynote address at the North Coast Macintosh User Group's Mac Computer Expo.
Lorene Romero, the User Group Advisory Board's Vendor Liaison, reviews how she gets exclusive deals for Macintosh User Groups, where the information can be found and how it should be used, and summarizes the most recent offers for November.
Steve Welsh
Founder and Director of
You Don't Know Mac

In its fourth year, You Don't Know Mac is billed as the annual state-wide Mac trivia contest, but it is much more than that. Steve and his team have created a regional event that encourages invovement by all the Macintosh User Groups in Oregon, features celebrity guests and includes a MUG Leaders' Summit. Steve talks about how YDKM is organized, announces this year's guest host, how they involve both local and national vendors in the event, how the contest is organized and why he hopes it will inspire other MUGs to organize similar events .
Lesa outlines the many projects and improvements her group is involved in, including an interactive CD, adopting a local school, an HTML newsletter and more. She talks about how User Group University gave her ideas to use in her group, how they grew through publicity, and her Apple tattoo (yes, we said Apple tattoo). The importance of registering for Macworld Expo using the User Group Priority Code rounds out this edition.

Apple Regional Liaison
Yuan-Yuan Sun


MacUsers Switzerland

Yuan-Yuan talks about the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris, her own group of 2000 Mac users in Switzerland, how MacOS 10.2 is being viewed in Europe, the challenges of dealing with vendors due to language differences, and more. A look at a very busy month on the MUG Event Calendar concludes this edition.You can read additionl information on the happenings in Central Europe from Yuan-Yuan in The MUG Center's Apple Regional Liaison Report section.
#213 Spotlight On The
Southeast Regional Computer User Group Conference

Rose Lynn
of Gold Coast Mac

Michael Rogers
of The Atlanta PC Users Group

A new regional user group leadership conference takes center stage in this edition of the User Group Report. The Southeast Regional Conference will be held on September 13 - 15 in Atlanta and will feature a substantial presence by MUG leaders. Rose Lynn tells us about what kind of seminars and events are featured, and why any user group leader of any platform would benefit by attending. Michael Rogers talks about why his group decided to host a regional conference, why they are including all platforms, and some very interesting observations about Macintosh User Groups from the point of view of a PC user group leader. An introduction to The MUG Center's new Vendor's Voice section and the very special first article finishes off this edition. (8/25)

David Thomas

There is a larger world of user group activities and functions that many MUGs are only now starting to recognize. Regional events conducted by user groups of many platforms are perfect places for MUGs to exhibit...not only to get their word out, but to expose Windows users to a better alternative. Apple-Dayton is doing just that by participating in Computerfest in Dayton, an annual event which brings in 20,000 - 30,000 attendees. David Thomas talks about all the offerings at Computfest, what part their group plays, how their group functions as a Special Interest Group of a larger, multi-platform organization and some ambitious plans for next year's event.

Featuring interviews with:
Gail Glore
UGU Content Coordinator
Lorene Romero
UGU Vendor Coordinator
User Group University is the premier user group event at Macworld Expo. The event is produced by the User Group Advisory Board, and two of the members join us for this last UGR before Expo. Gail Glore gives us a summary of the sessions and instructors for UGU and how it all fits in with today's MUG scene. Lorene Romero then covers all the vendors who support the event, why they find it important to do so, and what they get out of it. A summary of all the user group events at Expo, including a special announcement about the Mega-MUG Meeting, round out this edition. (7/7)
#210 Special Edition: Live from
The Washington Apple Pi
Computer Show & Sale

Guests Include:

  • Pat Fauquet - President
  • Lorin Evans - Outgoing President
  • Dave Ottalini - Vice President For Publicity
  • Dave Gruver - Event Attendee

Pat Fauquet

David Ottalini
The User Group Report goes to suburban Washington DC for our first live remote. We talk with the new president of Washington Apple Pi, Pat Fauquet talks about taking over the largest physical group in the world, the challenges that face her and their upcoming summer camps. Lorin Evans, the outgoing president, touches on his distinguished career as Pi president and what he'll still be doing with the Pi after passing the torch. David Ottalini talks about the many benefits and projects that Pi provides, and the history of the Computer Show & Sale. Finally, Dave Gruver, an attendee scooped out of the crowd, confesses to blowing his budget on the deals at the sale. (6/23)
Amaya Gergoff
of the
Caracas Macintosh Users Group
Amaya has become a driving force for Latin American Macintosh User Group issues and visibility. She talks about her group and their recent anniversary event, her web site,, what she tries to accomplish as an Apple Regional Liaison, and the challenges of being a Macintosh user in Latin America. This edition of the UGR concludes with an outline of the user group chats on World Without Borders, including the LatinMUG chat hosted by Amaya. (6/9)

Casady & Greene
Casady & Greene is a well-known supporter of the user groups, and Bonnie is the architect of their program. Bonnie talks about the components of their program and why she feels so strongly about it and why user group product reviews are so important. She also covers things you need to know about vendors supporting user groups, and what user groups can do for vendors. A reminder about the Macintosh User Group Event Calendar on The MUG Center concludes this report. (5/26)
David Empson
Graeme Moffatt

The Wellington Macintosh Society
Wellington, New Zealand
David and Graeme talk about a wide variety of topics, including why their group decided to hold a Mac Expo & User Group Conference, and how they are involving local Apple resellers, Microsoft, PC users and even The Lord Of The Rings in the project. Their preliminary efforts to form a country-wide connection between the MUGs in New Zealand are also described. A review of some of the MUG Center's most recent and significant additions on the third anniversary of the site's launch round out this report. (#207)
Rowan Rozanski
of the
Colorado State Macintosh Users Group
Rowan is one of the new breed of MUG leaders on campus. She talks about how her group came into being, what they do, how they involve students and faculty alike, her experiences at Macworld Expo and User Group University in San Francisco, why you don't have to be a Mac expert to be a user group leader, and why she would recommend getting involved in a MUG to any young person. A reminder about the regular reports filed by the Apple Regional Liaison Team concludes this edition.

Rose Lynn
Gold Coast Mac
Florida Association of Computer User Groups
Rose talks about what it means to be a user group leader and what they offer, regardless of platform, the regional approach of FACUG and what they do, her own group, the FACUG Spring and Fall conferences, and much more.The MUG Center's partnership with the User Group Advisory Board and Regional Liaison Team in covering special vendor offers to MUGs rounds out this edition. (#205)

Dan East

Mid-Atlantic MUG Team

Dan talks about his regional MUG organization, recently expanded from the Tri-State MUG Team, what MAMUGS is all about, the services they offer, and why a regional approach is a good thing for any group of MUGs to consider. Details on the first stops on Shawn King's "Shawn Tour" of Macintosh User Groups and why The MUG Center has added a discussion forum to its offerings rounds out this report. (3/30)
Dan Berube

Boston Final Cut Pro User Group
Dan talks about the largest Final Cut Pro User Group on the East Coast, how they outgrew their meeting place in one meeting, the concept of digital storytelling and why it is important in today's world, what their group offers, how they hope to expand into the campus environment and much more. An update on why the User Group Report will receive more frequent updates finishes off this edition. (3/18)
Sandy Foderick
Regional Liasion
for North Central United States
Regional Liasion for Virtual & Online Macintosh User Groups
Sandy has served as Regional Liasion to the North Central United States for the past year, and was appointed as the Regional Liasion for Virtual & Online User Groups at Macworld Expo San Francisco 2002. Sandy talks about her own online group, VMUG, a panel discussion on the subject at Macworld, the advantages and pitfalls of virtual MUGs, and much more. A summary of what it takes to get your event listed on the MUG Event Calendar rounds out this edition. (3/6/02)

Elsa Travisano

Appointed to the User Group Advisory Board in January, Elsa talks about her group and what makes them special, her family background in user groups, and a chance encounter with Steve Jobs. (2/20/2002), Inc.

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