Apr 15, 2024  
2007-2008 University Catalog 
2007-2008 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

Academic Computing

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Ken Kramar

Director of Academic Computing

The Department of Academic Computing is dedicated to the support and integration of appropriate digital technology within the University’s academic programs. The department maintains 26 separate computer labs equipped with industry-standard software located throughout the campus, including additional facilities in our state-of-the-art Terra Building. In addition to multiple high-end graphics labs using enhanced Macintosh Intel Core 2 Duo systems, three music labs, and an animation lab, the University hosts a New Media Center comprising four dual-platform digital laboratories that enable the integration of animation, graphics, text, music, and sound. Other specialized digital facilities include a computer-driven loom for fabric making, and a facility incorporating a three-dimensional printer for creating objects and a laser-scanner for digitizing objects. Academic Computing facilities are networked using gigabit bandwidth, accessing a cross-campus fiber-optic backbone. In addition, there is a robust wireless network in all academic buildings. The University is proud to be a member of the New Media Centers, a group of the nation’s leading academic institutions and technology corporations dedicated to the advancement of technology in education.

Open access to the computer labs is available daily for all students to facilitate individual exploration and to ensure adequate time outside of class for independent work.

Starting in the Fall 2007 semester, all freshman students and College of Art & Design sophomores are required to participate in the Anytime Anywhere Creativity laptop program, and all non-required students may opt-in for participation prior to the end of the drop/add period in the Fall semester. For a yearly fee, participants in the Anytime Anywhere Creativity program will receive a current model MacBook Pro computer preconfigured with general-use & major-specific software, an external hard drive, extended warranty, insurance, technical support, and access to loaner systems in the event of loss damage or theft.

Students owning existing systems that meet participation requirements (Apple MacBooks or MacBook Pro) may opt to receive only the general software package for a lesser fee, but are not eligible for the benefits of warranty service, insurance or access to loaner systems. The University does not accept responsibility for the installation, maintenance, repair, or security of computers not provided by the institution.