[opensource] The Future of Open Source Club & Spring Workshops

Alexander Moore moorea at cse.ohio-state.edu
Sat Mar 31 15:43:09 EDT 2007

I always had an idea to start a CSE Department Social at a bar or
something like that. If you've ever been in bolz you've probably seen
fliers for other engineering departments doing it, so why not us ?  Yes
I know that alot of CSE students would be more comfortable meeting in a
chat room(lol), but it's not a bad idea.

This would let us get to know other CSE people better, and perhaps some
of the faculty better as well, and from there we can invite them to come
to meetings.

Having been in a fraternity, I know how to set all this stuff up so it's
completely feasable, and it would get some of us CSE'ers outside for once.

My two cents,
Alex Moore (Big Alex)

Alexander J. Lingo wrote:
> Hello all,
> Spring Quarter is here, and Open Source Club is still alive. But, I am
> unsure how long. Nothing threatens us immediately; but there is a threat
> that I have felt -- stagnation.
> Our format has generally been to have someone give a presentation on a
> topic that they either know about or are interested in learning about.
> These presentations are a great learning experience, both as a presenter
> and as an attendee. But there is a factor working against us: We have a
> small meeting-going membership, with few new faces. This tends to mean
> the same awesome people are always presenting equally awesome things.
> I am not sure that this format is sustainable. We do not advertise our
> presence to the outside university. We offer few outward-reaching
> services/events. The only way we can grow is through word-of-mouth,
> which sadly is not enough to reach all those who could be interested in
> Open Source.
> Computer software is something that most people interact with on a daily
> basis. Students today grew up alongside the personal computer. Very few
> computer users know about open source and the awesome operating systems
> and applications that are readily available to them. We are an
> organization that is too inward-facing. Student organizations are
> supposed to work for students and other interested parties, and I
> believe we are not giving back to the OSU community as much as we could
> and should.
> I think that we should work to advertise, explain, and showcase the open
> source offerings to the students of Ohio State. For the most part, we
> have been preaching to the choir -- those who know what open source is
> and what possibilities it offers.
> We've made an outreach before, with the Open Source Workshops of last
> Spring Quarter. We had a moderate attendance at those meetings. This
> quarter, we should work to offer another series of workshops. Last
> quarter we thought that workshops revolving around OpenOffice.org/media
> creation would be a good idea.
> So, I'm asking, what ideas do you have for club format, outreach, and
> Spring Workshops do you have?
> It could be as simple as us standing on the Oval handing out Ubuntu
> CD's. I'd love to hear everyone's ideas.
> -- alex

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