Come On Get Happy

You can't often start a blog post with a thinly veiled reference to the Partridge Family – this should be fun.

The next SWUGN Technical Summit event lands in what's known as Happy Valley on June 16th.  The actual city is State College, PA – home of Penn State University and the Nittany Lions.  According to Wikipedia, the name Happy Valley was coined during the Great Depression because the area wasn't as hard hit as the rest of the country.  It's also been ranked as one of the least stressful places in the US by Psychology Today.

Happy Valley is also the home of award winning educator and SolidWorks User Group leader Randall Bock who will be hosting the event.  Randall has done a lot of up front work to secure the facility, the food, and an impressive lineup of presenters including:

Educator and blogger Rich Hall who will actually be on vacation in the area and has agreed to make the stop.

John "Muggs" Ferguson, surfacing guru, entrepreneur, and all-around nice guy.

Rising start Kyle Mason, a former student and racing fan who will be making his first appearance (of many, I'm sure) at a Summit event.

Add in Greg Yohn of DesignPoint Studios, Jeff Beardsley of Prism Engineering, and Arthur Young-Spivey of CADD Edge and you've got a winning lineup.

I'll be there too, along with Mike Puckett and Mike Sabocheck of SolidWorks Corporation.  Registration has been open for a few weeks now, and it's looking really good for turnout numbers considering that most SolidWorks users register for these events during the week preceding them.  I'm amazed at the distances some of the registrants have decided to travel (Rochester, NY – really Ray?)

If you thought about traveling to a SWUGN Summit event outside of your immediate area, this might be the one to take a look at.  Some very good presenters. coupled with some very cool characters from the SolidWorks Community may make the Happy Valley SWUGN Summit something to talk about for a long time.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle