WOW 2008 – in Memoriam of Dr. David Shrimpton, University of Kent in the U.K

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this message finds you doing well and rested from the holidays. 

From all appearances, 2008 is lining up to be a great year for the Web profession and I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the best for the New Year! 

As I mentioned in my earlier video cast, WOW intends to notch up the interaction and educational resources for WOW members and the Web professional community at large in 2008. To that end, we’ve got a lot of great things in store. For starters, we’ve published our 2008 Webinar series and I’d like to ask you to take a minute and take a look at WOW’s training portal at www.webprotraining.org.
 
We’ve lined up a series of 18 Webinars for 2008 that promise to be packed with great content, a terrific lineup of speakers and education and training resources that you can use and implement today, all at an affordable rate. 

As you well know, time is money and with travel cost and limited budgets, online Webinars makes a lot of sense. Simply stated, WOW Webinars will save you time, money and will reduce the added carbon emissions of travel.  And because their recorded and archived, you’ll have access to them anywhere at anytime for the entire year.

Also, WOW’s Webinars series qualify for Certification Accreditation Maintenance Credits and are CEU approved. Registrants that are WOW Certified qualify for points for recertification for educational and training activities required by the WOW every two years. WOW has also arranged for CEU and college level credit for a nominal fee.
I’m also pleased to announce WOW?’s participation in the WWW2008 Conference in Beijing in April of this year. 

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out of your chair, see the world and get WOW certified then you should seriously consider this a  must-attend event. For more information, follow the links below to the WOW website or check out www.Webprofessional.org

Sadly, Dr. David Shrimpton of the University of Kent in the U.K will not be joining us again this year at the WWW2008 event. David passed away Dec 29th from a year long battle with cancer. David was scheduled to present at WOW’s annual Best Practices in Web Design with Certification Option in Beijing later this year as he did in years past and we will miss him.

In memoriam, I’d like to say that Dr. Shrimpton was a Web professional and an educator of the highest caliber. His passion to teach, his zest for life and his love of his family was admired by all that met him.

In honor of David and his strong interest in bells of all kinds, I’d like to conclude this video cast with a picture of David and of the sounds of the bells at the old North Church where I had the pleasure of spending time with David on his first and last visit to Boston, MA. in 2006.

In anticipation of his trip to the U.S. to support WOW’s Best Practices in Web Design workshop at the Hilton Hotel in Boston, David made arrangements to meet with the Bellmaster and had an opportunity to ring the bells which was a highlight of his visit.  The eight change ringing bells at the Old North are the oldest in North America and still ring today. Our condolences to the Shrimpton family and his friends and colleagues everywhere.

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