What does this grant mean for you as student members and chapter officers? The student affairs program has been selected by the Society to serve as the pilot for developing the style and content of the WWW interface. A substantial portion of the grant will be used for upgrading the useful, but limited, TMS OnLine bulletin board system that you may have used. The new hardware and software will allow us to implement the WWW server. Many of you are already familiar with the web and the spectacular graphic, audio, and video interfaces that it provides on-line through packages like Mosaic and Netscape. Some of you may have even tried writing your own web materials, using the html scripting language. Soon, the web will give you the opportunity to tell all your fellow student members about your chapter and its members, all through TMS OnLine. We are soliciting input from as many chapters as possible in developing a forum to bring our student chapters together to share ideas, resources, and information.
We are also interested in your ideas for what form the web should take and what should be included. Some suggestions for items to be included in the web are a discussion section on chapter activities and fund raisers, information on jobs and the job market, on-line scholarship applications, and examples of winning chapter contest reports. Remember, this is your web, and we are depending on your input to shape it.
As a first step, we would like to the collect electronic mail addresses and biosketches for as many of chapters and officers as possible. If you have your own web site and/or page, then let us know that too. In short, send anything you think will help us to put chapters in touch with TMS and each other. We plan to show a prototype of the result to the Board of Directors at the Las Vegas meeting; if all goes as planned, it should also be viewable at the TMS OnLine display booth at the meeting.
We are all excited about this opportunity to shape the Society's future. Now we need your help in getting started. You can send your ideas to Mark Munson at email@example.com and Vicki Koebnick at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
William A.T. Clark
The Ohio State University; TMS Student Affairs Committee
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