In the homestretch for fall
Published: 7-17-2013 8:05 am
You can feel it in the air - the energy starting to build on campus in
preparation for the fall term and yet it feels like just a few days ago that we
had Spring Commencement!
NATS, working with many other units on campus, has taken on a number of
significant projects this summer designed to help improve technology
- Renovating the technology in 32 classrooms, using new wall mount cabinets to
help alleviate wire clutter and make systems more reliable (as well as more
- Deploying wireless into the residential spaces and upgrading wireless in all
other areas of campus
- Upgrading the cable TV infrastructure to support High Definition broadcast
of several channels as well as working with KWSC-TV to provide HDTV capability
to their broadcasts from a number of venues on campus.
- Upgrading the room control technology in Frey conference suite and Gardner
auditorium to give presenters easier to use and much more reliable technology
- Issuing an Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Web Content Management System,
which was a component of improving communication in the strategic plan
- Working on an RFP for Electronic Door access for residence halls, which we
hope to issue in a few weeks.
- Finishing up the technology in the Carhart Science ground and first
All of these projects are still active and in various stages of completion,
with our eye to having all of them substantially finished before school starts.
With that in mind, we are going to be focusing our workload for the next
several weeks on ensuring that we have the campus as ready possible to start the
fall term in full stride. Our priority will be work which most directly impacts
classroom teaching and learning and the student residential experience. Other
requests may take us longer than normal to complete - we appreciate your
patience and understanding as we honor those priorities.
We will still attend to trouble tickets (existing systems that are not
working properly) with a high priority, with tickets impacting the student
learning experience as our highest priority.
If you have equipment move requests, new purchase requests or software
upgrade requests, please remember to send those directly to me rather than
submitting a trouble ticket; we will process them as quickly as we are able
given our priority projects and trouble ticket load.
Thanks for your patience and whether you are on campus or coming back soon,
we look forward to starting a new fall term with you!!