SECURING DONORS. The
University of Florida Foundation
(fundraising arm of the University of
Florida) has turned to Enterasys Networks for identitybased
policy enforcement, to protect
private donor information and help security
administrators comply with payment
card industry and state of Florida regulations.
The system will help IT security
staff automate compliance, and operates
seamlessly with existing multivendor
SPEEDY BACKUPS. Rio Hondo
College (CA) is reporting a 50 percent
reduction in its nightly backup window,
thanks to a disk-based backup solution
from ExaGrid Systems. ExaGrid combines backup compression
along with data de-duplication,
which stores changes from backup to
backup instead of storing full file
copies. Weekly full backups of Rio
Hondo's servers now take 12 hours, and
nightly differential backups have been
reduced from eight to four hours.
PURCHASING POWER. Rice
University (TX) has selected SciQuest's eProcurement solutions
to support the school's online purchasing
program. The SciQuest system
will help the university streamline and
electronically route orders from users
for approval; consolidate purchasing
power and negotiate more favorable
contracts with vendors; and collect
more detailed information about university
GREENNOTE provides social-networking access
to student loans.
STUDENT LOANS GO WEB 2.0.
Web startup GreenNote has launched a social networkbased
service that enables students to
obtain low-cost student loans from
family, friends, and others. To obtain
a loan, a student uses GreenNote to create
a profile and request loans from
individuals in his or her social network.
GreenNote then formalizes the agreement
for students and lenders into
legally binding loans and handles all
the details, from loan documentation
ONLINE HOUSING OFFICE.
Baruch College (NY) has implemented
Lifetopia Roommates and Lifetopia Housing, customized
online roommate and housing
solutions that will allow Baruch students
to access their own centralized,
online community to find prospective
roommates and housing. "We can now
attract students from a much larger geographic
region—students who will no
longer be so concerned about finding
roommates and housing when considering
Baruch," enthuses Ben Corpus, VP
for student development & enrollment
management and dean of students.
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JOINING FORCES FOR
enrollment, and retention solution
provider Hobsons has acquired
College Confidential, a
web community for collegebound
students and their
parents. The site features
information from experts,
and forums where students
and parents can discuss topics such as
financial aid, test preparation, admissions,
study abroad, and more.
CONTENT. Cengage Learning, a provider of customized
learning solutions, has acquired publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's College
HM College assets will expand and complement
the range of textbooks, study
guides, custom publications, and digital
solutions that Cengage Learning provides
to professors and students in two- and
four-year colleges and universities.
SONIC EXEC. Sonic Foundry has
appointed Robert Lipps as executive
VP of sales. Lipps' background
includes sales and channel management
at Adaytum (now Cognos).
CHANGING OF THE GUARD.
announced that Chairman and Chief
George Platt will
retire as the company's
will be succeeded
by President and
COO David Stoner.
In addition, Stoner
has been appointed to ViewCast's
board of directors. Platt will remain
chairman of the board.