September 2008 IT News
The University of Utah has been ranked number three in this year's PC Magazine's "America’s Top Wired Colleges." The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Kansas State were the only two universities ranked higher. Others in the top 20 include MIT, Stanford, USC, Rice, Carnegie Mellon, Boston College and Villanova.
The evaluation was completed by the Princeton Review’s data collection team which annually identifies the best 368 colleges in America. The criteria focused on four areas:
1. Academic use of and teaching of IT,
2. IT Services and Resources available to students,
3. Quality and Availability of IT Infrastructure, and
4. Technology Support.
This is a prestigious recognition of a focused team effort by IT staff and faculty in support of President Young’s strategic initiative to provide high quality IT services and academic programs. This honor required hard work from many at the U in providing these services and making the University of Utah one of the top three tech-friendly wired campuses in America.
It is a further recognition that the University of Utah is a great place to attend college.
You can read the full article at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2329359,00.asp.
Earlier this year, Trapeze Networks nominated the University of Utah for an ACUTA award honoring excellence in communications technology. The U utilizes Trapeze hardware for much of the campus' wireless networks infrastructure. The nomination was based on the recent project to implement ubiquitous wireless coverage in campus buildings.
ACUTA is the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. The award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology is ACUTA's most prestigious, recognizing information communications technology excellence and professionalism. While the U didn’t receive the main award, we did receive:
Honorable Mention, 2008
ACUTA Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology
For Outstanding Achievement,
Wireless Network Implementation.
Congratulations and thanks to our wireless staff.
2008 QWEST DEX WHITE AND YELLOW PAGES DELIVERY
University of Utah Hospital and SOM Administrators may pick up 2008 Qwest DEX White and Yellow Pages telephone books at the entrance to the Pavilion hallway on ‘A level’ (east of the patient elevators) as early as Monday afternoon, September 22, 2008.
Campus departments will have the Qwest DEX telephone books delivered directly to their building as early as Monday, September 22, 2008.
CD-ROMs on order are scheduled to arrive October 2008.
PLEASE HELP US RECYCLE!
- HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER – September 22-26, 2008, place old telephone books on recycling cart in designated pick-up area in the Pavilion hallway.
- LOWER and UPPER CAMPUS – Custodial crew leader in your building will set-up placement location for the old telephone books.
- HERITAGE COMMONS – Place old telephone books in the blue recycling bins.
- UNIVERSITY STUDENT APARTMENTS – Place old telephone books in the West Village recycling bin by main office.
- RESEARCH PARK – Place old telephone books in the recycling bin at 606 Black Hawk Way.
If you have questions, call Robin Horton, University Information Technology, at 585-7205.
by Starlee Holman, ACS
Wouldn’t it be nice to know if campus was closed for a snow day - before you get there? Or if a major road to campus was shut down - before you were in the traffic? Wouldn’t it be nice to know about any out-of-course events that are happening on campus so you can be prepared?
With the help of Administrative Computing Services, alert messages are now available through voice message, text messaging and email. This new system will “allow us to effectively communicate with the campus community in an emergency,” said Les Chatelain, director of the center for emergency programs.
The University of Utah is the first to have this extensive of a program in the entire state. Since it is still new, only about 15 percent of students and staff have taken advantage of Campus Alert, but the enrollment continues to rise. “The hardest thing is getting people to sign up,” said Chatelain. “They don’t want to admit that they may need it in an emergency.”
To be prepared and start receiving notifications, sign up by logging into your CIS homepage. Staff will click the U of U Campus Alert link under the My Human Resources/Payroll menu and students can access it under the Update Student Profile menu.