ACUTA eNews April 2017 - Volume 46, Number 4 April 2017 / Vol. 46, No. 4 Hard to Say Goodbye Lisa Thornton Pat Scott Aaron Fuehrer Amy Burton Lori Dodson Drilon Gojani ACUTA as we know it ceased to exist after March 23, 2017. As the Director of Communications and Editor of the ACUTA eNews and the ACUTA Journal, I have the distinct privilege and enormous challenge of wording a final message from the ACUTA staff. Lisa McLemore (now Thornton), Nancy Unger (soon replaced by Bill Robinson), and Kevin Adkins were added over the next few years. In 1993, I (Pat Scott) came in as the third Communications Manager. First, a little history about how ACUTA grew its staff. In 1988 ACU- TA hired Del Combs, the primary member from the University of Kentucky, as the association’s first Administrative Director. Del brought his assistant, Kellie Byers (now Adkins), with him to ACU- TA’s first office in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Eleanor Smith, In 1993, with Del’s departure, we began the search for a new Ex- ecutive Director that ended in 1994 with the arrival of Jeri Semer. ACUTA bought a building on the south end of town in 1994 (photo below), and welcomed Jeri to our new offices. Jeri was a true pro- fessional, and she brought high standards to the staff and the continued on page 2 The ACUTA Story, Beginning to End ACUTA had its beginnings in 1970 and 1971 when Michigan State University conducted two “Telecommunications Planning Workshops,” attended by telecom professionals who represented more than a dozen colleges. Six of these individuals recognized that this kind of collabo- ration and information-sharing event had tremendous potential on a much larger scale, and, under the direction of Luther Robb from Penn State, they put their heads together and formed the Association of Col- lege and University Telecommunications Administrators—ACUTA. The initial mailing was an invitation to colleges and universities to join this new association, which was being formed to help answer three important questions: 1. Who is controlling telecommunications at your college or univer- sity—you or the telephone company? 2. What special services are other colleges and universities receiving from the telephone company? Are you possibly not getting equal treat- ment? ★ Page 3: How to Join the New Network! 3. What are other schools doing about security of telecom facilities and equipment, toll fraud, campus telephone directions, operator infor- mation listings, and operator staffing? The invitation was mailed in the late fall of 1971. By the following March, ACUTA had 53 paid charter members and one honorary mem- ber, and everyone had high hopes for the first annual conference, which was planned for July 17-20, 1972, in Chicago. The Planning Committee wanted the Annual Conference to be casual and comfortable, but professional and highly participatory. The atmosphere was to be conducive to sharing in sessions as well as at meals and in the hallways. That camaraderie was well established back in 1972 and has con- tinued to today. Through the years, ACUTA grew as schools continued on page 2