Student-Focus Project Updates

October 14, 2013

Without our students, we have no purpose. Supporting students’ academic, social, and professional endeavors with up-to-date technology is one of our top goals.  Recently we shared with the Student Senate a list of summer and fall technology projects and improvements that benefit our students.  (Psst: Many of these projects will help staff and faculty, too.) 

Completed projects that benefit students (and others):

  • Card access updates including:
    • Ability to put money on Pioneer Passports via the web -- students and employees; family members as well; go to
    • Ability to pay for laundry with money on Pioneer Passport.  Students can view laundry machine activity via:
    • Access to all residence halls is now Pioneer Passport-controlled. 
  • Security cameras installed in Bridgeway Commons for increased security
  • Also at Bridgeway Commons: cable television, digital signage in dining area, and high tech meeting room
  • Use of credit cards in dining and snack bar areas
  • Ability to access PASS via an iPad
  • Electronic refunds on student accounts
  • Added new on-line knowledge base which is a repository of self-help documents for campus technology. Find IT at
  • Class schedules in PASS can now be imported into Zimbra.  See OIT Knowledge Base for steps to import.
  • Implemented on-line software learning tool (Atomic Learning)
  • Addition of 75 wireless points (54 in the Bridgeway Commons)
  • New or renovated classrooms in Russell Hall 122 and 130; Doudna 141 and 129; Ottensman Hall 129, 129a, and 124
  • Completed Phase One of cable television infrastructure migration from hard line to fiber
  • Projector replacements in 27 locations across campus
  • Added 12 HD video camera kits for student checkout in Media Technology Services
  • Increase of our Internet bandwidth from 1G to 10 G (10 times the internet connectivity speed) – completed Friday, Oct 4

Coming Soon:

  • New class scheduling tool for student registration (announcement by Registrar’s Office soon!)
  • Additional wireless points for yet more wireless connectivity
  • Improved wireless and wired connectivity in the stadium including improved streaming of games
  • Mobile App for PASS access - easier for students to use PASS
  • 24-hour access to generate transcripts from anywhere
  • Campus-wide license for Adobe products for use on all college machines
  • Virtual desktop (virtual machines) available to more students, moving from pilot project in the spring to production this fall

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