News History

 

Director of Information Technology Hosts Regional Webinar

 

McKendree University's Director of Information Technology, George Kriss presented a webinar sponsored by the St. Louis Instructional Designers and Technologists group. This organization is comprised of faculty and staff from St. Louis-area higher educational institutions who converse and collaborate regarding the best practices of using technology in education. The webinar, “Tips & Tricks for Staying Productive,” was presented in partnership with Maryville University.

 

Four Technology Collaboration Tables Encourage Student Communication

 

McKendree University has four state-of-the-art technology collaboration tables installed across the campus. These tables help students communicate and exchange ideas in shared spaces. To support creative teamwork, students can share their laptop screens on a large television screen. The tables enable to students to jump from computer to computer at the push of a button. All members at the table can see the computer screen via the large television screen.

 

First Robotics Technology Challenge

Members of the Research, Planning, and Technology Division volunteered at the First Robotics Technology Challenge held on the McKendree University Lebanon campus on Saturday, January 14th, 2012. Providing technology expertise at the tournament were:  

 

Alan Boerngen, Educational Technology
George Kriss, Information Technology
Adam Huffman, Information Technology
Steve Loftus, Information Technology
Adam Reed, Information Technology
Mary Bornheimer, Research

 

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Microsoft Lync Instant Messaging Implementation

An implementation of Microsoft Lync 2010 Instant Messaging occurred in Spring 2012 for faculty and staff. Microsoft Lync 2010 gives users real-time presence information and enhanced instant messaging (IM) to help them connect more efficiently and effectively. Users can start an IM session with a colleague for quick responses to questions. As  more engagement is needed on a subject, invite multiple parties to join in on the same conversation. Also, get reconnected to the topic by rejoining existing conversations.  Lync 2010 interfaces with Microsoft Exchange Server so that contacts and conversations  are manageable through Microsoft Outlook. Presence can now display user location and photo while giving users control through enhanced privacy settings. Presence status can be set by a user or automatically based on calendar, login status, and more Microsoft, (2010). Microsoft Lync. Instant Messaging and Presence. Retrieved from   http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/Workloads/Pages/instant-messaging-presence.aspx

 

New Student and Employee IDs Available

A new university identification card system has been implemented. The proximity identification   (ID) cards can be used in the dining halls for meal plans, munch money, and in the  library for material loans. Students, faculty, and staff can visit the Information  Technology Department in lower level Pearson’s for a new ID card. The ID cards are  also available at the Louisville and Radcliff, Kentucky campuses.      

              

Coming Soon: Microsoft Lync Instant Messaging


An implementation of Microsoft Lync 2010 Instant Messaging is planned for Spring 2012 for faculty and staff. The software is currently being testing by some departments. Microsoft Lync 2010 gives users real-time presence information and enhanced instant messaging (IM) to help them connect more efficiently and effectively. Users can start an IM session with a colleague for quick responses to questions. As more engagement is needed on a subject, invite multiple parties to join in on the same conversation. Also, get reconnected to the topic by rejoining existing conversations. Lync 2010 interfaces with Microsoft Exchange Server so that contacts and conversations are manageable through Microsoft Outlook. Presence can now display user location and photo while giving users control through enhanced privacy settings. Presence status can be set by a user or automatically based on calendar, login status, and more (Microsoft, 2011).

Microsoft, (2010). Microsoft Lync. Instant Messaging and Presence. Retrieved from http://lync.microsoft.com/en-us/Product/Workloads/Pages/instant-messaging-presence.aspx


Campus Bandwidth Doubled in Fall of 2011


The bandwidth of the McKendree University Lebanon campus was doubled in the fall of 2011 thanks to collaboration between the Information Technology Department and Charter Communications. The bandwidth determines the speed of the Internet connection for the McKendree University community.


eFridays Continue Success in Fall of 2011


The popular eFriday technology information series offered a myriad of topics in the Fall of 2011: Microsoft Outlook, Securing Your Home Wireless, Tracking Document Changes in Microsoft Word, Electronic Transcript Ordering, and a special evil eFriday for Halloween. Thank you to this fall’s terrific speakers: Alan Boerngen, George Kriss, Debbie Larson, Steve Loftus, and George Manning. Thank you to the eFriday mastermind, George Kriss! eFridays are held at noon on Fridays in PAC 222 and are 28 minutes in duration in honor of McKendree’s birth year, 1828. Do you have a technology topic for an eFriday? Contact George Kriss. Watch your email for upcoming eFridays!


Computers Upgraded to Microsoft Office 2010


All campus computers have been upgraded to Office 2010 which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, among other applications. This includes a significant upgrade to Microsoft Exchange 2010. Microsoft Exchange 2010 offers even higher levels reliability and performance, simplified administration, reduced IT overhead, more secure communications, and greater support of mobile devices.


Director of Information Technology, George Kriss, Named ACI Fellow


The Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) named George Kriss as one of two ACI Visiting Technology Fellows (VTF) in the state of Illinois for 2011. The VTF Program strives to provide opportunities for ACI institutions to host VTFs from other ACI member schools on their campuses for collaboration and exchange of technology skills, knowledge, and expertise.  George spent three days at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois working with technology staff, administration, and faculty as a technology consultant.


eTraining Reaches 9 Courses, 37 Offerings, 268 Enrollments


Six Microsoft Office training courses were offered multiple times for a total of 26 offerings of Beginning and Advanced Word, Beginning and Advanced Excel, and Beginning and Advanced PowerPoint. There were 195 enrollments (duplicated) in the Microsoft Office courses. In addition to Microsoft Office training, training courses were offered in Elluminate, Sharepoint Calendars, and Turning Point Beginning and Advanced. In total, nine courses were offered multiple times for a total of 37 offerings. There were 268 enrollments (duplicated) in eTraining courses.


New Residence Halls Includes Proximity ID Card System


The new residence halls feature an advanced door locking system enabled by proximity identification (ID) cards. The ID cards create a small radio field that merely needs to be near the card reader. This card system is also being used in the dining halls for meal plans and munch money and in the library for material loans. Students, faculty, and staff ID cards are available in the Technology Department.


Faculty Members Receive Upgraded Computers


This fall, over 100 new computers were deployed to faculty members as part of a scheduled three-year rotation. The custom built computers have a high-end quad core AMD Phenom II X4 840 CPU, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 160GB hard disk drive, and a high-quality graphics processor. In 2012, new computers will be deployed to staff members.


eFridays Begin for Fall of 2011


The popular eFriday technology information series has started again this fall. eFridays are held at noon on Fridays in PAC 222 and are 28 minutes in duration in honor of McKendree’s birth year, 1828. Watch your email for upcoming eFridays!


McKendree to Participate in National Survey of Student Engagement


The university is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a nationally recognized study that measures student learning activities inside and outside of the classroom. In the Spring of 2011, our first year and senior students at all locations will receive email invitations from NSSE to participate in the online survey.