Campus Briefs

:: NEWS

SPOT-ON WIRELESS COLLABORATION. Students at Loyola Marymount University (CA) are flocking to a new, 24/7 high-tech computing lab where they work in groups via wireless connection to a host system running Tidebreak’s TeamSpot, software that lets students work simultaneously on documents displayed on one of the lab’s 50-inch flat-panel screens. The lab is also home to the Student Help Desk, where an AirWave Management Platform is used to troubleshoot wireless issues anywhere on campus.

INNOVATION FOR ACCESS. Xythos Software recognized the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with its 2006 Innovator Award, for UWM’s application of the Xythos file-sharing and -storage software system in the Student Accessibility Center Alternative Textbook program.

PRESERVATION WITH PORTICO. The Johns Hopkins University Press has signed an agreement with Portico to preserve the press’s entire collection of journal titles electronically. Combined with the archiving of select JHU Press titles with JSTOR since 1996, the initiative ensures that future scholars, researchers, and students will have access to the most complete electronic archives of JHU Press titles possible.

RX TO FEND OFF MALWARE. Last year, the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO), which provides its busy PharmD students with laptops for use both on and off campus, had to address more than 100 IRCbot infections over a 30-day period. The school needed a way to stop emerging threats in their tracks—before any signifi- cant disruption. This fall, all student laptops have ESET’s NOD32 Antivirus 2.5 installed, and the college is counting on the product’s ThreatSense technology (a detection system based on advanced heuristics) to identify, in real time, previously unknown viruses, Trojans, spyware, and phishing attacks.

:: PEOPLE

Claudia Santin

ON TOP OF SOARING ENROLLMENTS:
Santin takes the reins at Northcentral.

NEW PRESIDENT FOR FAST-GROWING NCU. Claudia Santin assumed her new role as Northcentral University’s (AZ) president this fall, moving from academic vice president, provost, and chief operating officer. She takes the reins from president and founder Don Hecht during a period of expansion—the fully online university experienced a 40 percent growth in the first eight months of 2006, reaching an enrollment of more than 3,600 students. Hecht will remain a member of NCU’s Board of Directors.

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GOOD NEWS FOR SCHOOLS in need of high-end projection capability. Campus Technology magazine will be following the campus use of four Canon REALiS SX6 multimedia projectors— equipment that boasts new levels of razor-sharp projection for intricately-detailed applications (including small text)—to see how advances in “smart classroom” technology (such as Canon’s brand-new “AISYS Enhanced” LCOS technology) are actually impacting classroom work. Results of the study will be covered in the magazine and on our website. The editors of this publication will select four (4) schools to be the lucky recipients of the projectors; the projectors will become the property of the schools. We are looking for venues with super-high-resolution requirements (SXGA+): medical schools, schools of engineering, art/design/architecture schools, and the like. Interested schools should submit a brief explanation (100 words or less) of study environment and need, emphasizing compelling study challenges and innovative use of the projection technology. Special consideration will be given to programs with budget constraints. E-mail entries to: rkelly@1105media.com, by December 30, 2006.

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