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Syllabus News Update for September 2, 2003

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News for Tuesday, September 2, 2003

* Case Offers Cleveland Citizens Free Wireless Internet
* Chinese Government Places Million Dollar IT Book Order
* Minnesota, San Diego, Cornell Take Chip-Design Honors
* Cal Fullerton Rolls Out State E-Procurement Catalog
* Posts Its Millionth Rating

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Case Offers Cleveland Citizens Free Wireless Internet

Case Western Reserve University is opening more than 1,230
wireless access points this week, providing free Internet access
to faculty, students, staff and visitors. The move is the first phase
of a plan ædubbed OneCleveland – to blanket Cleveland with free
wireless Internet access. The university is working the Cisco, which
provided its Aironet 1200 wireless systems, and Sprint. "The network
we are designing is a way for Case to reach out to the community and
connect the University and Greater Cleveland into one cohesive whole,
" said Case CIO Lev Gonick. "In order to fulfill our vision of becoming
the most powerful learning environment in the world, we need to start at
home and become a force for change and improvement in our city and region."

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Chinese Government Places $1 Million Info Tech Book Order

The Xinhua Bookstore Corp., the largest Chinese government-owned retail bookstore chain with 10,000 stores across China, has placed a order with a Canadian textbook exporter for a million dollars’ worth of information technology textbooks. The order, for $1.32 million CDN, was made with Today’s Teacher’s Technology and Culture Ltd, the Chinese-based subsidiary of Canada-based China Ventures Ltd. The company said normally it would wait for months to be paid from the chain, but that Xinhau had taken the "highly unusual step of prepaying on behalf of the Educational Commissions." The admission of China into the World Trade Organization and the granting of the 2008 Olympic Games to Beijing have created a significant and growing demand for education, corporate training and extended learning in China, the company said.

Minnesota, San Diego, Cornell Take Chip-Design Honors

Student design teams from the University of Minnesota, the
University of California, San Diego and Cornell University won first,
second, and third place honors respectively in the 2002-03 SRC
SiGe (Silicon Germanium) Design Challenge sponsored by the
Semiconductor Research Corp. SRC s a global industrial consortium
that plans and manages the largest, continuous, industry-driven
basic and applied university research program in semiconductor
technology. SiGe technology has become key to the development
of high performance digital, mixed-signal and wireless integrated
circuit products.

Cal Fullerton Rolls Out State E-Procurement Catalog

California State Fullerton said it integrated its electronic procurement system with the online catalogue of the state’s Prison Industry Authority. Using iBuy electronic procurement software from AcquireX Inc., the university can choose products, obtain approvals, and finalize ordering from PIA in an electronic purchasing process. PIA operates over 65 factories that produce 1,800 goods and services including: eyewear, flags, coffee, sh'es, printing services, signs, binders, gloves, office furniture, license plates, clothing, and cell equipment. Cal State Fullerton CFO Sherri Newcomb said the deal had "freed management time to focus on managing existing
vendors and contracts, as well as qualifying new vendors." Posts Its Millionth Rating announced it had posted its one-millionth
college professor rating. The Web site, which runs a collection of
college professor ratings, has an automated system for quickly
researching and rating professors from colleges and universities
across the U.S. and Canada. The service is free of charge to over
half a million monthly visitors. The millionth rating was received on
Tuesday, August 26, for Professor James Egan of the anthropology department at the University of California, Irvine, and read, "He d'es a great job of explaining the subject matter and will keep you awake more times than not." The Web site has a network of volunteer student administrators from over 500 schools who review all data submitted to the site each day.

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