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Welcome to CCSCNE 2009!

Welcome to the 14th annual conference of the CCSCNE and to SUNY Plattsburgh. The conference committee and board are to be commended for their efforts to create an outstanding program. We are honored to have Susan Landau of Sun Microsystems and Jeannette Wing from Carnegie Mellon University as our keynote speakers. Our program includes a broad range of paper presentations, panels, tutorials, and workshops, and a session for faculty posters. Two events (both with awards) will feature students: a pre-conference programming contest on Wednesday morning and a Friday evening poster exhibit showcasing undergraduate research.

We are all indebted to the conference committee, the CCSCNE board, and our reviewers for their hard work in putting together this excellent conference. All submissions were reviewed; paper reviews were conducted with full anonymity on both author and reviewer sides to promote objectivity in the refereeing process. Each paper received a minimum of three reviews; 14 out of 27 were accepted, giving an acceptance rate of 52 percent. As in past years, the proceedings will be published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges and in the ACM Digital Library.

Next spring the CCSCNE conference returns to the University of Hartford for the fifteenth anniversary of CCSCNE. Plan to attend, and if you have not yet been on a conference program, please consider making a submission to the conference or sponsoring a student research poster or programming team. Also note that the evaluation form for the conference has a place to volunteer to participate on the committee or to host a future conference.

We hope that you will also find time to explore our beautiful region. Plattsburgh is a small city on Lake Champlain, very close to the Adirondack mountains. Within an hour's drive are Montreal, Canada, Lake Placid, and Burlington, Vermont.

We hope you enjoy the conference. See you next year at Hartford.

Lonnie Fairchild, SUNY Plattsburgh
Tim Fossum, SUNY Potsdam
Conference Chairs