This edition of the ITS newsletter comes to you in an effort to keep you informed about our summer projects for 2010. We welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact us at the ITS Help Desk x3005 or firstname.lastname@example.org if we can be of assistance.
Enhanced 911 Upgrade
On June 17th, the system that provides location information to our local Fire and Rescue department was upgraded. The transition was required because our old system was obsolete and no longer supported by the vendor. The cutover was completed without incident and the new system is in place and functioning properly. This upgrade has the added benefit of saving the university approximately $300 per month.
Banner 8 Upgrade : Conversion over July 4th Weekend
Over the July 4th weekend when most folks are away from campus the ITS Administrative Programming group will be hard at work upgrading our Banner system from version 7 to version 8. In order to perform this upgrade, the Banner system will be totally unavailable for use beginning on Friday July 2 at 5:30PM, and will remain unavailable that entire weekend. The Banner system is scheduled to become available for production use again at midnight Tuesday July 6, 2010.
Although inconvenient, this upgrade is absolutely necessary for maintaining JCU’s investment in Banner. Therefore, we ask you to plan accordingly. Questions regarding this upgrade can be directed to Dennis Rowinski, ext. 1956, email@example.com.
Classroom Multimedia Upgrades
As part of our routine maintenance work to ensure a quality classroom experience, the following classroom equipment is being replaced this summer:
In the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, all of the remaining original projectors are being replaced with new projectors. In a few of the smaller rooms, we are investigating the possibility of replacing the existing projector with a large LCD display. If you teach in one of these rooms, we will be contacting you directly for your input before this change would take place.
In the Administration Building and The Boler School of Business, the document cameras will be replaced with new document cameras.
The PCs in the following classrooms and labs will be replaced with new PCs:
Dolan Center for Science and Technology
W134 - 2
W136 - 1
E122 - 8
E132 - 1
E140 - 3
A111 - 1
A202 - 1
A203 - 1
W116-W334 – 16
Library Computer Commons - 44
OC203 - 26
OC25 - 1
OC26 - 1
B272 - 1
GY102 - 1
Network Rewiring and Equipment Upgrades
A number of improvements / upgrades are being made to the physical network infrastructure this summer. These projects are being performed in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, the O’Malley Center classrooms OC211 and OC201, Millor Hall, and Sutowski Hall. These upgrades are necessary to support the increased bandwidth required to deliver media-rich content.
Routine network equipment replacement is being performed in Pacelli Hall, Millor Hall, and in some areas of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology.
Faculty & staff in areas affected by these upgrades will be notified in advance of the work and any disruptions will be minimized.
Summer PC Acquisition and Installation
The new centralized PC acquisition and installation process is well underway. Some of the new computers have arrived on campus and the remainder of the equipment is due in near the end of June. All new and reconditioned PCs will be installed with the Windows 7 operating system. Training opportunities for Windows 7 will be announced shortly.
As in prior years, temporary technical staff will assist the ITS department with the installation process. It is very important that the recipient of each new PC be present to verify their installation has been performed correctly. Thank you in advance for your assistance with the installation process.
We thought you might like to know that all retired electronics are sent to a local company that recycles the equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. This past year we recycled over 16 tons of electronic equipment using this group. In addition, we are continuing our normal procedures of buying equipment that is Energy Star and EPEAT rated, thus minimizing our daily power consumption and the associated environmental impact.