Hello members of the Skidmore College community,

Here we are, beginning another academic year.  This year begins with many things happening in the world of technology on our campus.  We are in the early stages of implementing Banner as our next Student Information System, this will be our first academic year connected to Internet2, our residence halls now have wireless data networking for our students, a small number of faculty (and their students) will be testing Blackboard 9, in preparation for a full migration for the Spring semester, and this fall we will be migrating everyone’s e-mail to Live@edu and leveraging the power of “cloud computing”.  You will hear about each of these items (and more) later in this newsletter.

I wanted to focus on another important change.  Last year, the IRC (Information Resources Council) discussed at length its history and current role.  The outcome of the open forums and committee deliberations was to discontinue the IRC, which was approved through the college’s governance processes.  One of the closing recommendations of the IRC was that the Chief Technology Officer would hold an open meeting as well as address the Student Senate once a semester on technology matters.  My IT colleagues and I will be working on the timing, content, and format of this forum and will announce the details within the next month for a forum to be held later in the Fall semester.  I look forward to creating a venue to allow for important two-way dialog regarding our current as well as future technology services and resources.  We must have community engagement in assessing needs and priorities as we advance our services and resources.  I hope you take the time to be a part of this process.

Lastly, I’d like to draw your attention to personnel changes within the IT ranks.  As I reported in our spring newsletter Tom Travis retired in March and now I’m happy to report that Kathy Kinnin has joined us as an End User Computing Specialist in IT User Services.  I also reported last spring that Betty O’Connor was retiring.  We have yet to fill this open line but do have a search underway which we hope to conclude successfully in the coming months.  Finally, Kathy Guay left us this summer to pursue other career interests.  We are working this fall to assess the future of that position.

I hope you have an excellent academic semester.
Justin Sipher
Chief Technology Officer

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