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News Update 05-02-2003

Sponsor: the 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 today. So act now.

SAP Enters U.S. Campus Management System Market

Administrative software giant SAP said it would begin marketing a student administration system in the United States. The software, SAP Campus Management, is now being used at the University of Mississippi and Israel’s Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo to streamline processes, including student financial accounting, course planning, admissions, registration, and degree auditing. SAP said the next release of the software scheduled for next spring will include U.S.-specific reporting requirements, including IPEDS, veteran's certification, and the federal SEVIS mandates. SAP Campus Management enables a range of service offerings, from electronic class registration to bill presentment and payment. Prior to the U.S. launch, SAP Campus Management was first deployed in the United Kingdom in 2002.

Sponsor: Syllabus2003 to Offer Special Day at Stanford

This summer's 10th annual Syllabus Education Technology Conference features a day of learning and exploration at Stanford University -- a special day to see, feel, and experience the latest in technology for higher education. You'll learn about high-performance learning environments, including Wallenberg Hall and the Stanford Center for Professional Development, plus have the opportunity to select breakout sessions covering areas of strategic importance to higher education professionals. The day promises to be an insider's look at one of the nation's premier campuses and is limited to the first 500 registrants. Sign up now to attend Syllabus2003 July 27-31 at the San Jose Marriott and Stanford University. Early Bird discounts are available until June 27. To register or for more details go to:

Ohio Northern Pilots Online Student Loan Administrator

Ohio Northern University (ONU) has replaced its manual process of sending hard-copy financial aid award letters to its students with an online system that delivers the award package electronically, along with estimated billing. The system, which the school says speeds notification and minimizes its costs, is provided by student loan provider Sallie Mae as a service called "Your Electronic Award." The online notification contains links to tools and resources to help students evaluate and obtain their financing. Award recipients respond electronically to the school to revise or accept the award as offered. ONU helped design and implement the Bill Estimator, a new feature that calculates a student’s total education costs, the aid they have been awarded, and the remaining funds they must obtain to fund their education costs.

Satellite Service, CompUSA Team on Distance Learning

A provider of low-cost, secure satellite broadband Internet services has teamed up with computer retail behemoth CompUSA to deliver eLearning content throughout North America. SkyFrames Inc. said it would provide its resellers distance learning content supplied by CompUSA. The companies said they would target rural communities, where broadband connectivity is scarce. "This interactive virtual connectivity brings the teacher, trainer, or mentor to the rural client versus having the client come to the metro area. This empowers the rural client to compete with and have access to the educational resources of the metro client, said SkyFrames chairman Chet Noblett.

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B-School Brothers Launch Web MBA Talent Finder

Two students at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business have launched, a site dedicated to matching companies with top business student talent. Asher Epstein, who developed the service with his brother Jeremy Epstein, said companies can fulfill short-term project needs and also use the service for screening potential long-term candidates. Students "explore their business interests and strengths so they can capitalize on their experiences in the post-school market," he said. A preview version of this Internet software is now available.

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Meetings, Gatherings, Conferences in Higher Education

Best Practices in Information Literacy in Undergraduate Education Online workshops led by Nancy Becker of St. John's University and Margit Watts of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, members of the Project Team for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). There will be three synchronous Web casts on each Thursday at 2 p.m. ET between May 12 and May 30. Best practices, elements of model programs, feedback, and discussion will help participants advance their information literacy programs.

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