The Year 2000 (Y2K) problem is real, and by this time it is clear that the question is not whether there are going to be difficul- ties, but how severe the inevitable difficulties are going to be. Articles about Y2K appear in the popular press on a daily basis, and web sites related to the issue continue to proliferate. This popular attention offers an opportunity, and perhaps an obligation, to connect academic teaching and research with the real world. The goal of this panel is to illustrate and encourage the incorporation of the Y2K problem into university information systems courses at all levels.