Meet the Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)

Student Technology Advisory Committee 2016-2017
January 25, 2017

The Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) is charged with prioritizing and recommending projects for disbursement of the Student Technology Fee (STF).  That fee is a tuition surcharge, which is part of the UW systems’ GPR/Fee budget.  The fee was established to provide students with adequate technology to enhance the quality of the academic experience, increase access to technology, and to enhance technology training opportunities.   STAC has developed policies, a process, and ranking tools to guide them when recommending funding for projects on campus.  This recommendation is given to the Chief Information Officer (CIO)  for final approval.

Projects range in size and complexity.  Last year STAC recommended the use of student technology funds to purchase phone charging stations and stand-up laptop tables with outlets (see pictures below). You will find stations and tables in Karrmann Library and other buildings on campus.

A more complex and ongoing initiative is connectivity.  STAC member and Student Senator, Quinten Lisowe explains, “The most important project that STAC is working on at the moment is the outdoor wi-fi. This is a long term project that will hopefully lead to campus wide wi-fi both indoors and out.”

As of Summer 2016 all academic buildings and residence halls at UW-Platteville have full wireless coverage with exterior coverage in the areas surrounding the Markee, Karrmann Library, and the Fieldhouse.

What if I have an idea to share?

Current STAC membership includes Quinten, Hannah Muehlenkamp, Ben Bruenig, Tyler Wilson, Courtney Wallin, Jared Heeg, Lucas Frey, Vince Seely, Jessica Rieff, Skylar Lopez-Kohler, Thomas Pecora, and Tyler Fincutter.

Contact these representatives with your feedback and suggestions regarding campus technology. You will find their contact information on the STAC webpage linked above.

How do I become a STAC member?

Veteran STAC member and Student Senate Director of Finance Hannah Muehlenkamp thinks that is a wonderful idea! “[Joining STAC] a great way to be more involved on our campus. It is important to have knowledge of STAC's decisions since it directly impacts students’ experiences here at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.” 

Quinten echoes that sentiment. “STAC is important because it gives me a voice in what technologies are developed on campus that students use every day.”

STAC meets every first and third Friday at 4:00 p.m. in Karrmann Library. If you are interested in joining this important student committee, contact STAC advisor and Director of Media Technology Services, Colleen Garrity at garrity@uwplatt.edu by February 1, 2017.

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