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News 11-13-2001

Syllabus fall2001...Like Dessert After Thanksgiving

The full menu of sessions offered at this year's Syllabus fall2001 conference is a feast for anyone who relies on IT within higher education. Choose from tracks on emerging technologies, ERP, Web-based environments, evaluation strategies, case studies, and an all-new series from the TLT Group.

Less than three weeks remain. Make your plans now to join us in Danvers, Mass. (just north of Boston) for the main conference (November 29-30) and post-conference workshops (December 1-2). Register online at

HP, Red Hat Provide Linux Software Grants

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Red Hat, Inc., will donate the Red Hat Linux 7.1 operating system software to 40 universities chosen as part of HP and Intel Corp.'s Itanium-based Systems Grants program. Via the $2.5 million joint effort, HP servers and Itaniam processor-based workstations will be donated to the universities, which plan to use them in areas ranging from bio-informatics to data mining. The donation of Linux software is intended to support the use of open source software in education environments. Wen-Mei Hwu, a professor at the University of Illinois, said the grant "will enable us to accelerate our research in code optimizations and operating system performance and, in turn, make Itanium-based systems and Linux even more powerful solutions in the research community."

University Transmits Video for Orthopedic Surgery

Toronto-based Queen's University is using a collaborative video system to create a "virtual operating room" with Kingston General Hospital. Students in the program will develop a suite of diagnostic and surgical software tools to help surgeons plan and perform computer-assisted orthopedic surgery. Using laptops and software from Avaya Inc., 30 graduate students and professors can observe orthopedic surgeries, share documents, audio files, and high-resolution images such as x-rays, CT scans and arthroscopies. "Computer-assisted surgery is the way of the future and will be instrumental in providing improved health care services to Canadians," said Dr. Randy Ellis, a professor in Queens's Department of Computing and Information Science.

Financial Aid Companies Offer Assistance Via New Web Site

American Education Services (AES), a financial aid organization, and Allfirst Bank plan to provide affordable student loans to African-American students through, a new website providing information, electronic tools and applications for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Through a web interface, students can search for HBCUs that best meet their needs, take multimedia campus tours, communicate directly with schools via free email accounts and submit applications online. The system provides students 24-hour access to a virtual "mentor" that interacts with the student, counseling them according to their interests, academic abilities, high school course studies, extracurricular activities and special needs. During the website's first month online, it registered more than 7,700 visitors.

For more information, visit: <

Hong Kong U. Wins Automated Systems Award

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's Advanced Manufacturing Institute won a 2001 award for excellence in enterprise integrated manufacturing from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and its Computer and Automated Systems Association (CASA/SME). Neil Duffie, chairman of CASA/SME's award committee, said the group was impressed with the "excellence and dedication of the faculty and the focus on global manufacturing." The manufacturing program at Hong Kong, established in 1991 to enhance manufacturing competitiveness in the Pacific rim, focuses on product and process development, e-commerce driven logistics, and mass customization.

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U. Houston Starts Hospitality Finance and Tech Programs

The University of Houston's Conrad Hilton College and a hospitality industry professionals group has started an institute to provide research services in hospitality finance and technology. Frank Wolfe, chief executive officer of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, said "because (HFTP) has positioned itself as the source for hospitality finance and technology information, we continually receive questions and requests for research ranging from information on the uniform system of accounts to ways of using technology for streamlining operations." In addition, HFTP has developed an undergraduate degree program with Hilton College, with a curriculum focused on finance and technology in the hospitality industry.

U. Memphis Alumnus to Head FedEx Technology Institute

James Phillips, chief executive officer of media software company Interactive Pictures Corp., was named executive director of the FedEx Technology Institute at the University of Memphis. The Institute, a partnership between Federal Express Corp. and The University of Memphis, will prepare students for technical, cross-functional business environments. Its graduates are expected to be fluent in information technology and will have access to the most up-to-date information technology for learning and research. Ground was broken in May 2001 for the building that will house the Institute. Completion is expected in 2003.

Telecom Firm Awards Oklahoma U. $1.1 Million Grant

Williams Communications is giving $1.1 million gift to the University of Oklahoma's College of Engineering to help build a new student services center and endow a Williams Professorship in Engineering. The new facility will provide a consolidated location for engineering faculty and students, including a conference room with telecommunications capabilities available for student use as well as for the center's programs and a student lounge, which will be wired for laptop network hookups. Williams chief Howard Janzen said the center will provide "state-of-the-art technological tools for students, which will further high-tech innovation." He called the grant "an ideal way to build a robust workforce of the future."

Online U. Offers Continuing Ed Web Services

Online Capella University has launched a web-based assessment tool for adults considering continuing their education. The "2-Minute Advisor" is an interactive tool designed to provide people individual course and program recommendations based on their interests and specific needs. The Advisor online questionnaire provides recommendations on courses or programs that best match a person's interests and goals; an assessment of their learning style; reference and research material to help with their decision; and information on financial aid. "Everybody has questions about continuing their education, but few people take the time to meet with an advisor, said Steve Shank, chancellor of the school. The advisor gives people "quick access to the information they need to make an informed decision."

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Kentucky Virtual U. Adds Online Tutoring

Kentucky Virtual University opened registration for Spring 2002 with new online services, including free online tutoring, Sunday call center hours and an online writing center. Acting chief executive offier Daniel Rabuzzi said the services "are designed to create a high-touch environment for students plugged into class over the Internet. Live tutors are now just a click away, and in some subjects, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Students can schedule tutoring sessions in subjects ranging from basic math to Calculus II, accounting, chemistry, economics, Spanish and statistics. The tutoring will remain free through mid-May 2002 and is available through an arrangement with the University of Kentucky.

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Indiana Statesman Launches New Web Site

The Indiana Statesman, the campus newspaper of Indiana State University, launched a redesigned website to provide more comprehensive news and campus information. The site enables the staff to run breaking news, feedback on stories, and to use stories from other campus newspapers around the country. The newspaper developed the site with Digital Partners Inc., a Lincoln, Neb.-based company which provides technology and marketing services to online college newspapers. The company syndicates stories through a network that includes newspapers at the universities of Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Indiana Statesman publishes three times a week to 7,000 copies to students, staff and faculty.

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Don't Miss This Event from 101communications

Syllabus fall2001 "Next Steps: Moving Forward with Campus IT"
November 29-December 2
Danvers, MA.
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