Monday, June 29, 2015

Network upgrades coming soon

I wanted to share a brief update on our plans to upgrade the campus network. As you know already, we are working on an ongoing project to update the campus network. A few years ago, in partnership with the Office of Information Technology, we modernized the campus network and increased desktop speeds for everyone. Since then, we continue to improve wireless network coverage across campus.

This Summer, we plan to update the wireless network in the Regional Fitness Center, the Library, the Dining Hall, and the campus apartments. This will bring much-needed improvement to these high-traffic areas.

Looking ahead to other projects, we are scheduling work in Pine Hall, Spooner Hall, Blakely Hall, Education, and the MRC. We are also examining ways to provide wireless access to the campus Mall area, and perhaps expanding wireless coverage in other campus buildings such as PE.

Don't see your building on this list? If you think we have missed an area, or simply to put another campus building on our "radar," please let us know! We are always listening to campus needs. We also seek campus input twice each year, as part of our IT planning process. In the Fall, we solicit IT feedback and project ideas as part of the "Big Block of Cheese" week. And in the Spring, we again meet with campus leadership and governance representation as part of OIT's IT Input Cycle. Project ideas are filtered through the TechPeople group, and acted on by various teams in the technology Partnership.
image: Jonathan Briggs

Friday, June 19, 2015

Campus Codefest 2015

I wanted to share this update from Chad Fennell on behalf of Campus Codefest 2015:

Campus Codefest 2015 registration is open. Register now!

What is Campus Codefest all about?
Campus Codefest is an event that allows IT staff from across the University to organize and work together based on common interests and skills rather than upon organizational structures and reporting lines. Primarily, it is about professional development and strengthening relationships within our community. Secondarily, it is an opportunity to explore solutions to cross-organizational problems.

Who should attend Campus Codefest?
Many talents and interests contribute to making a great Campus Codefest. Designers, operations engineers, educational technology professionals, business analysts, aspiring programmers, and anyone else interested in building stuff, documenting stuff, automating stuff, designing stuff, or otherwise helping out with or having ideas for projects are welcome to attend.

What kinds of projects are right for Campus Codefest?
Have a look at a projects from a previous year to get some inspiration. At the same time, don't let these ideas limit your thinking! We are a welcoming and friendly group. Don't be shy, post your idea today!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of the Campus Codefest 2015 committee members: Alison Link, Kemal Badur, Michael Berkowski, Chad Fennell, Craig Gjerdingen, or Paul Rubenis.

When and Where
Thursday, August 20, 8:00am–4:30pm Humphrey 50A/B HHHSPA
Friday, August 21, 8:00am–4:30pm Humphrey SPA 50A/B HHHSPA
image: Pablo BD