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News Update 04-29-2003

Illinois to Integrate Computing Across Three Campuses

The University of Illinois plans to integrate administrative computing systems at its three lead campuses—Chicago, Springfield, and Champaign-Urbana—in a $197 million project. SCT Corp. will be the primary integrator on the project. The project will integrate finance, human resource work, and student administration departments across the university. Nancy Herpstreith, assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions Processing and Articulation, told the Daily Illini that the old system was difficult to maintain. She said she is excited about the new system, particularly the program's ability to access statistics, as well as its ability to speed up the processing of admission letters to be sent to incoming freshmen.

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.

Key Conferences on Higher Education and Technology

California Virtual Campus Annual Conference

CVC is holding its 4th Annual Conference May 8-9, in San Diego, Calif. The focus of the conference is online student support and instructional services. Breakout sessions will cover issues, models, and best practices for serving students' educational needs at a distance. CVC will enable attendance via streaming video synched to PowerPoint or Web content in an integrated Web delivery using an application called SoftTv. Viewing the conference requires newer Web browsers, Real Player, and a fast Internet connection (DSL, T1, Cable).

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Jenzabar National User Conference

Course management system provider Jenzabar Inc. will hold its annual National User Conference June 8-11, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The conference will include sessions on Jenzabar products and hands-on product training sessions and lessons. Hands-on labs will provide customers with the opportunity to test-drive new products or learn ways of improving their current applications from colleagues and industry experts. Keynote address will be from Rick Belluzzo, the former president and CEO of Microsoft.

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Purdue Nears Funding Threshold for New CS Building

Purdue University said it would be constructing a new building for its computer science department, having finally grown out of the campus gym where it originated 20 years ago. The initial phase of the new project will cost $20 million. So far, $18.5 million has been secured through alumni, friends of the department, and the state of Indiana. Construction will begin once the remaining $1.5 million has been raised. Plans include space for 10 classrooms, 10 instructional labs, 10 research labs, meeting rooms, a lecture room for speakers, and offices for 40 faculty, 240 graduate students, and staff. "For students, some of the appealing features of the new building include labs and classrooms designed specifically for team project work, student organization office space, and food service," Mary Jo Bartolacci, development director for the department, told the Purdue Exponent.

Dartmouth Installs Location-Based Wireless Server

Dartmouth College has standardized on the use of a "location-based" wireless network designed to push content to students based on their location on campus. The technology is LocaleServer from Newbury Networks Inc., which works with 802.11-based wireless LANS. Dartmouth's School of Engineering is currently using the application to "push" class notes and course information to students in classrooms using 802.11b-supported handheld or notebook computers based on their location. The application ensures that only students in that particular classroom receive the timely, location-aware information.

Latest Awards, Deals, Contracts, in Higher Education

CAMPUS PORTALS—The University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) has launched a new portal using Vignette software, which will enable content to be posted much more easily on the system. In turn, this will enable the site to become more timely, as content can be put up and taken down faster. The new portal will support the schoolĂ•s PeopleSoft infrastructure, making online course registration an easier task.

SECURE E-MAIL—The University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC) signed a contract with Zix Corp. to provide secure e-mail for 12,000 physicians, students, and staff. UUHSC purchased Zix Virtual Private Messenger, a gateway solution that provides policy-driven, secure e-mail, and ZixPort, an integrated secure e-messaging portal that mirrors the look and feel of the organization's existing Web portal. UUHSC will encrypt Protected Health Information (PHI) to comply with the privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

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