A Student in SIGCSE-land or
How I Discovered Teaching
E. Anne Applin, Southern Maine Community College
From my first days in high school at least, I thought my teachers were sort of mystical beings. They walked
into a room and started speaking and they just KNEW
everything. The knowledge was there on the tips of their
tongues. They held court, and mostly I hung on every word.
When I went back to college majoring in Computer Science
my professors were titans in my mind. Their very thought
processes amazed me. And then I went to SIGCSE.
SAN ANTONIO, 1991
As chair of both my university student ACM and our chapter
of UPE, going to the national UPE meeting sounded like a great
idea. The faculty advisors for both clubs encouraged me to attend. It was the ACM Annual Computer Science Conference
which overlapped with the SIGCSE conference 1991 in San Antonio, Texas. I remember reading the programs and marking
interesting sessions to attend. I remember hearing one plenary
session that was mostly over my head, but bits of it have stuck
with me to this day and although I don’t remember the speaker’s name, I quote him in Computer Organization every term.
“They shouldn’t have called it a bus,” he said, “they should have
called it a cab because it moves one
piece of data at a time.”
What I remember so vividly from
that SIGCSE conference was not the
papers or the panels which were not
yet of interest to me since I thought I
This year is my 26th year in the classroom, it will be my 24th
SIGCSE. I was at the first ICER (Seattle) and I’ve attended three
ITiCSE conferences (Italy, Spain, and Scotland). Where else can
a casual conversation in a bathroom lounge end up as a proj-
ect that is still active 15 years later? I have learned much and
continue to be a student in this community. The picture? A me-
mento from the reception that first year.
E. Anne Applin
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Road
South Portland, ME USA
DOI: 10.1145/3230690 Copyright held by author/owner. Publication rights licensed to ACM.
When I went back to
college majoring in Computer
Science my professors were
titans in my mind. Their very
thought processes amazed me.
And then I went to SIGCSE.