News Update March 1, 2005

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Growing, Maintaining and Securing Wireless Networks:
Two Schools Meet the Challenge

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News for Tuesday, March 1, 2005

* Santa Clara University to Stage High Tech Barn Raising
* Collegiate Programmers Advance in Global Coding Tourney
* Canadian Educators Cool on New Federal Higher Ed Budget
* Space Agency Wants Students With ‘Revolutionary Ideas’

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Santa Clara University to Stage High Tech Barn Raising

Santa Clara University is breaking ground this spring
on a leading edge commons building that involves
students and faculty in both its design and
construction. The new Kennedy Commons building,
incorporating straw bale walls, photovoltaic cells,
recycled textiles, and locally made wood furniture,
will be one of the first entirely “green” buildings in
the U.S., Santa Clara officials said.

Architect Sean Huang, from the San Francisco firm
Kaplan Mclaughlin Diaz, said the new Mission style
building would integrate “sustainable elements from the
past with new technologies to create iconographic
design that provides a sense of excitement, flexibility,
transparency and modernity.” The building will
accommodate smart classroom technology, and will be
designed with movable walls to create flexibility and
a variety of uses. Green materials would be used to
maximize energy use, including natural ventilation.

"Throughout the planning and design phases, a constant
dialogue between the design, city and University teams
will promote the cultivation of ideas for the student
commons," said J'e Sugg, vice president of operations
at SCU. Students may even have an opportunity to “roll
up their sleeves and assist with the construction,”
said Michelle Marvier, assistant professor and
executive director of SCU's Environmental Studies
Institute. This would “reinforce the University's
practical method of educating and will ultimately show
a student commons facility that is a true collaborative
effort between design, education and the environment.”

Growing, Maintaining and Securing Wireless Networks:
Two Schools Meet the Challenge

Whether a campus has 2,900 or 29,000 students, when it comes to
wireless solutions both schools have something in common:
implementing wireless networks that attract students while
being affordable and secure. In this exclusive white paper
sponsored by Proxim, you’ll learn how two schools worked
through the challenges of cost, implementation, maintenance,
and security.

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Collegiate Programmers Advance in Global Coding Tourney

Software programmers from 21 colleges in 12 countries
beat rivals to advance to the championship rounds of
the 2005 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge, a global
programming competition sponsored by Yahoo. The finals
are scheduled for March 10 and 11 at the Santa Clara
Marriott in Santa Clara, Calif.

The students are competing for $150,000 in prizes.
TopCoder is a company that specializes in finding and
evaluating software development talent. More than 1,300
students from around the world began the competition in
December. The field has been narrowed via a series of
online rounds down to 31 final competitors in two
categories: 24 finalists in the algorithm category and
seven in the component category. The final round is
face-to-face competition in Santa Clara.

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Canadian Educators Cool on New Federal Higher Ed Budget

The Canadian higher education community offered faint
praise to the Canadian federal budget released last
week. The budget invests in university research--including
funding for the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council--but it d'es not go far enough to
support indirect costs of university R&D, says the
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

The budget earmarks an additional $15 million for
indirect costs, which include operation of equipment
and research labs, technology transfer and
commercialization services, and ensuring compliance
with regulations in areas such as ethics and
environmental protection. The AUCC said the additional
funding “while welcome, will in fact see the average
rate of indirect costs funding received by universities

Student groups were more blunt: "I don't see how the
government can merely pick and choose which major
promises they would like to fulfill, let alone major
social funding promises such as post-secondary
education," said James Kusie, National Director of the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). “All
of these areas are equally important to our country's
well-being. Apparently our government d'esn't think so."

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Space Agency Offers Prizes to Students With ‘Revolutionary Ideas’

NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is
offering four $9,000 fellowships to students “with
ideas that can dramatically advance the Vision for
Space Exploration [via] revolutionary advanced
concepts in aeronautics, space, and the sciences.”

NIAC said it wants ideas “that stretch the imagination
and that are based on sound scientific principles.”
Student fellows are required to team with an
experienced mentor in an aerospace-related field from
academia or industry. Deadline for proposal submissions
is April 15, 2005. Awards will be announced in May.

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eSuds Update: Web Laundry Service, Blackboard, Link Systems

USA Technologies, Inc., which pioneered the integration
of campus laundry service and the Internet, has announced
a further network advancement: a connection to the campus
course management infrastructure. The company said it
had successfully integrated its e-Suds service with
Blackboard Inc.’s Blackboard Transaction System, which
enables students to use debit cards to pay for campus

The first installation of e-Suds integrated with
Blackboard was installed earlier this year at Goucher
College in Baltimore Maryland.

Students can use the Blackboard Transaction System to
make payments at the cafeteria, bookstore, or
neighboring retailers and restaurants. The new deal
will allow them to use the same card to pay for laundry
services as well as check the availability of washer
and dryers online and get notified via email when their
laundry cycles are complete. The e-Suds online laundry
system has already been installed at a number of
campuses, including Carnegie Melon, Cedarville College,
and Bluffton College.

Be True to Your School: Flash Drives with School Logos

Promote academic pride, stay organized and improve data
storage all at once, says PNY Technologies, with a
Collegiate Attache USB 2.0 Flash Drive. The firm offers
flash memory devices custom-printed with college and
university logos. The drives will be available in Q2
2005 for purchase at university bookstores, regionally
through select retailers and directly from PNY Technologies Web site.

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