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Syllabus News Update for September 16, 2003

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Syllabus News Update: An Online Newsletter from Syllabus Press

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News for Tuesday, September 16, 2003
* CollegeNET Awarded $1.2 M in Patent Infringement Case
* 4.6 Billion in Federal Tech Grants Available to Higher Ed
* UC Press Partnership to Launch Online Journal Service
* Study: College Students Drive Campus Technology Issues
* Saint Vincent College Opens Center for Children's Media
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CollegeNET Awarded $1.2 M in Patent Infringement Case

A federal jury awarded CollegeNET, a Web-based higher-ed
service provider. $1.2 million in damages for infringement
of two patents covering its Universal Forms Engine by Apply
Yourself, Inc. The patents describe features important to
outsourced Web-based forms processing for institutions of
higher education. ApplyYourself is a provider of online
admissions applications for colleges and universities. The
jury found that ApplyYourself’s i-Class systems infringed
the patents. ApplyYourself said it filed post-trial motions
asking the court to reverse the verdict, to vacate the
decision, and to reduce the damages found by the jury.
A post-trial letter to the judge from one of the jurors
complaining of jury-bias in the case can be viewed at:
Syllabus Fall Conference Returns to Boston Area December 8

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$4.6B in Federal Grants Available to Higher Education

More than $4.6 billion in technology-oriented federal
grants are now available to institutions of higher
education, according to a report by Input, a government
market research firm. The report looks at three federal
grant recipients Carnegie-Mellon, MIT, and UC Berkeley,
who collectively received over $730 million in awards in
2002. Meredith Luttner, manager of state and local market
development at Input, said, the federal government is the
largest funding source for information technology projects
in higher education. The majority of federally granted IT
funds are used to purchase hardware and software for
colleges and universities.

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UC Press Partnership to Launch Online Journal Service

University of California Press and electronic publisher
Atypon Services formed a partnership to create a full-text
online journal service that will manage and host the
university's expanding set of journals. The press will
transfer all of its scholarly journals to Literatum --
Atypon's electronic publishing system that gives publishers
control over content production, packaging, and presentation
to customers.

For more information, visit

Study: College Students Drive Campus Technology Issues

A study of more than 400 campus leaders from 195 colleges
and universities has concluded students are the driving
force behind the technology-related decisions of college
and university presidents. The study was sponsored by
Collegis Leadership Alliance and conducted by the Sara
Fine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Colleges
is a higher education services company that sponsors the
Alliance, a forum for higher education executives that
provides members with research and information about
emerging trends in higher education.

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Saint Vincent College Opens Center for Children's Media

Latrobe, Pa.-based Saint Vincent College established a
research center for children's media studies. The resource
was planned in collaboration with the late Fred Rogers to
promote early learning, the primacy of caring relationships
between children and adults, and responsible uses of media.
Rogers, a native of Latrobe, which he described as his "very
first neighborhood, died of cancer on February 27 at the age
of 74 after working in children's television for nearly 50
years, including more than three decades as host of public
television's "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Further information is available by contacting Don Orlando
of Saint Vincent College at (724) 537-4560 or [email protected]

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