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News 04-04-2003

Sponsor: hp MP1200 digital projector with warranty

Want your school's money to go far? Buy the reliable and mobile HP MP1200 Digital projector and you'll get a three-year warranty that even includes unlimited bulb replacements (a value of at least $600). No other manufacturer offers this extended warranty support. So act now, visit

Finalists for Best Collegiate Software Programmer Named

Sun Microsystems Inc. and TopCoder Inc., a company that specializes in finding computer programming talent, announced 16 finalists, including five regional champions, to compete in the upcoming final rounds of their 2003 tournament to name the top university software programmer. The tournament will award a total purse of $100,000, with the winner receiving $50,000. The five Regional Champions are:

  • Northeast: Bogdan Stanescu (George Mason University)
  • Southeast: David Arthur (Duke University)
  • Midwest: Tony Chang (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • West: Benjamin Mathews (California Institute of Technology)
  • International: Jiazhi Wu (Zhejiang University in China)

There are 12 wildcard finalists. The semifinal and championship rounds will be today, April 4, and tomorrow, April 5, at the University Park Hotel at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

Make Plans Now to Attend Syllabus2003: July 27-31

Syllabus2003 is celebrating its 10th annual summer conference for education technology professionals with five days of don't-miss keynotes, general sessions, break-outs and more. Monday, July 28, will be spent at Stanford University where you'll see and experience the latest education technology in action. Four days of high-level programming at the San Jose Marriott feature five new tracks on topics of strategic importance. Plus, you'll enjoy networking and exhibits in Syllabus' traditional collegial atmosphere. Don't miss out. Early Bird registration in effect until June 27--Save up to $200 on the Gold Package and attend all five days. For details and to register go to:

IUPUI Develops Electronic Portfolios for Higher Ed

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will complete its first version of an electronic portfolio software system this month, which it is marketing to college faculty and students. The Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI developed the software system, called Epsilen Portfolios, in December 2001. It is designed to enable users to develop a personal Web-based portfolio, with resume, bios, papers, presentations, a learning matrix, movies and other multimedia pieces. Starting next fall, incoming freshmen at Bowling Green State University and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be among the first group of students to use the Epsilen Portfolios system. Those schools, together with Maricopa Community Colleges, Penn State, and UCLA, are part of a new consortium directed by IUPUI to further define, design, and develop the framework and compatibility of the software system.

U. New Orleans Designs Engineering Management Curriculum

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is teaming with two IT management and business consulting firms to develop a methodology for business process engineering that will form the basis of a curriculum in the engineering management program at the university’s School of Engineering. The two companies are IDS Scheer Inc. and PMOLink Inc. The team will create a business process "competency" based on the ARIS (ARchitecture of Integrated Information Systems) framework, a solution for designing business process improvements. UNO's faculty is currently undergoing training on ARIS and plans to roll out curriculum this fall.

New Products: Mobile Solution for Higher Ed Admissions

SCT announced this week the PocketRecruiter, a new software application that works with wireless technology and Pocket PCs to help higher education admissions staff work from the road. PocketRecruiter uses Pocket PCs and SCT Banner or SCT PowerCAMPUS administrative system, to provide mobile access to data on current admissions prospects. SCT says it delivers remote access to event management tools, information about applicant institutions, and convenient communications tools for tracking notes and tasks.

New Deals, Awards, Contracts in Higher Education

DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS—NYU Medical Center selected Information Builders' WebFocus business intelligence application to deliver monthly financial reports via the Web. The Center expects to cut its financial reporting time by 50 percent with the tool. Currently it takes three to four weeks to deliver reports after the books have been closed. The new system will make them available online days after the final numbers are calculated. The intranet-based reporting application, dubbed the NYU Report Dashboard, will also give managers the ability to see financial information relevant to their areas swiftly, rather than having to wait several weeks for specific reports.

AUTHENTICATION SYSTEMS—The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System (UPMC) is using RSA SecurID two-factor authentication in connection with the school’s virtual private network. The software provides doctors at UPMC two-factor user authentication to help ensure secure, remote access to vital medical records. The company said the system helps increase the productivity of physicians by enabling the flexibility and convenience of viewing X-rays, test results, and patient records over a high- speed Internet connection, while preserving the privacy and integrity of patients' personal medical files.

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