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Residence Halls Go
When students living in one of the 3 LCSC Residence
Halls return to college this fall, they will be able to go “online” from
their rooms. As part of a major technology upgrade to the entire campus,
all rooms in Talkington Hall, Clark Hall, and Parrish House have been
equipped with network ports which will provide each student a direct
high-speed link to the Internet. Installation of the Residence Hall
networks was completed on schedule on August 12th, with final
buy-off on August 19th.
This is just the first of several major technology improvements scheduled
for the campus this fall. Over the next several months, wireless networking
will be installed in the Student Union Building (SUB), the Library, and
outdoors in the Centennial Mall and surrounding grounds. In addition, major
enhancements to the network capability in most offices and classrooms around
the entire campus are scheduled to be completed by the end of December. In
total, approximately 1,800 additional network drops will be available.
“Our goal is to make the campus the classroom”, commented Carmen Rahm,
LCSC’s Chief Technology Officer. “Students, faculty, and staff need to have
easy access to the Internet and other online resources.” He added that “…
faculty, staff, and students all played a major role in helping to shape
this technology facelift across the campus”.
DeeDee Kanikkeberg, LCSC’s Director of Housing and Residence Life echoed the
importance of this milestone. “Internet access [from the Residence Halls]
has been anticipated and requested by the students for a long time. Now
students living on campus will have 24x7 access from their rooms, without
tying up their phone lines, and at a lower cost. Everyone wins.”
In addition to the rooms in the Residence Halls, student’s wanting to go
online at LCSC will have several options at their disposal. As in the past,
all students will have access to the numerous technology classrooms and the
2 primary student computer labs located in the SUB and in the Sam Glenn
Complex. Smaller computer labs are being planned for each Residence Hall,
and additional “kiosk” stations such as those in the Jitterz Coffee House
are under consideration. Students will also be able to checkout laptops (at
no cost) from the SUB Information Desk to go online wired or wirelessly.
Students with their own laptop computer will be able to purchase network
cards at the LCSC Bookstore, to go online “unplugged”.
Strom Electric of Troy, Idaho, and Precision Communication of Eagle, Idaho
are the major contractors on this project. Jerry Hindberg and Doug Combs (both of
Information Technology) and Tim Baerlocher (Physical Plant) are the primary
participants from LCSC.
Employees of Strom
Electric and Precision Communication worked to provide online capabilities
for residents on the LCSC campus