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News for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003

* Datatel to Acquire Web Recruiter Firm LiquidMatrix
* N.Y.’s Schumer Proposes Remedies for Textbook Costs
* UCLA Anderson School of Management G'es Wireless
* Internet Telephony Smoothes Multi-Campus CC Network
* UCSD Tech Incubator Honors Innovative Firms, Products

Eleventh Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology

Plan to present at the Eleventh Annual Summer Conference
on Education Technology held in the San Francisco
July 18-22, 2004. Proposals for breakout sessions, panels,
and workshops are due January 5.

For details and further information, go to:

Datatel to Acquire Web Recruiter Firm LiquidMatrix

Higher-ed business platform vendor Datatel, Inc. said
it will acquire LiquidMatrix Corp., a provider of
Web-based student recruiting and alumni outreach software
and services, in a cash transaction. LiquidMatrix’s
ActiveCampus software supports the recruiting and alumni
management goals of colleges and universities by connecting
to individual Web site visitors. Datatel said it also
integrates easily with campus administrative systems.

Datatel chief Russell Griffith said the acquisition
would offer higher-ed buyers “one complete and tightly
integrated e-recruiting personalization solution that
includes Web site, e-mail, and financial need help."

Conference on Spam Fighting Strategies

The only industry conference addressing the issue of spam
from both a technical and business perspective takes place
March 17-19 in San Francisco. Hear from top experts working
on curtailing e-mail abuse including spam, worms and viruses.
Review the best tools, hear about current and upcoming
technologies and the latest legislation.

For details and to register, go to:

N.Y.’s Schumer Proposes Remedies for Textbook Costs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a study
showing that undergraduates at New York colleges and
universities are confronting skyrocketing costs for
textbooks, paying an average of $922 this year. The
study supported legislation proposed by Schumer that
would make up to $1,000 of textbook costs tax deductible
to help lower the cost of higher education for working

Schumer's office surveyed 150 courses that a typical
full-time freshman or sophomore will take this year at
over 30 colleges and universities across New York State.
In addition to a tax break, Schumer proposed other remedies
-- Guarantee textbooks are available for free in libraries.
-- Ensure students can buy only the texts they need for
classes without being forced to purchase unneeded extras
as part of a "bundle."
-- Guard against professors who take advantage of students
by assigning books they wrote.

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management G'es Wireless

UCLA’s Anderson School of Management said it will build
a wireless infrastructure on campus that would enable
its students to work and be connected anywhere inside
or outside its seven-building complex via one central
access point. "The major value of wireless is
convenience," said Dr. Jason Frand, assistant dean and
director of Anderson Computing and Information Services.
A two-month beta test by 5G Wireless Communications Inc.
was run to qualify distances and throughput in the school's
common areas, through the buildings and into the classrooms
via the same single access point. Installation of the
Wi-Fi roaming network will be completed by mid-December,
with plans to roll it out in January when school reopens
after the winter break.

Internet Telephony Smoothes Multi-Campus CC Network

Massachusetts’s Northern Essex Community College (NECC)
will go with Voice over Interet Protocol (VoIP) technology
to help tie in its voice communications network over
multiple campus centers. NECC has about 11,000 students
on campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites
in Andover and Methuen, Mass. It is also a regional center
for Gallaudet University, devoted to studies for the
deaf and hard of hearing. NECC said it would upgraded its
enterprise network using Avaya Enterprise Branch Connect
solution, which allowed it to reuse its communications
infrastructure, including its existing data network.

The IP network will help the school reduce costs related
to management and administration of independent switches
supporting each campus. It also provided a cost-saving
alternative to installing wiring for additional phone
lines in several buildings that had reached the limits
of capacity, according to Mark Cloutier, telecom manager
at the college. Cloutier said the ability to remotely
perform network management tasks ranging from launching
school-wide voice mail announcements to adding phone
lines was particularly important because the brutal winter
weather in his New England region can cause the college
to close.

UCSD Tech Incubator Honors Innovative Firms, Products

UCSD CONNECT, a non-profit associated with the University
of California at San Diego that nurtures fledgling high
technology businesses in the region, announced the
winners of its annual award program for ‘Most Innovative

In the information technology area, the 2003 winners were:

Hardware: Tarari Inc. -- Anti-Virus Content Processor --
scans for viruses at wire speed and accelerates complex
algorithms used by leading anti-virus applications to
increase performance and data throughput, thereby eliminating
performance penalties traditionally associated with
protecting data in networks and on servers.

Software: Preventsys Inc.. -- Network Audit and Policy
Assurance System -- designed to automatically and frequently
audit network security with regard to codified enterprise
security policies, allowing the organization to "close
the books" on security on a regular basis.

Telecommunications: Zyray Wireless -- SPINNERchip -- an
add-on WCDMA baseband processor that enables cellular
handset manufacturers to upgrade existing GSM/GPRS
solutions with WCDMA capability in a low cost and low
risk manner.

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