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Joseph D. Rubertone is associate vice president for Facilities Administration at

Although it causes IT support employees to cringe, with reason, people sometimes recall passwords by writing them on Post-It Notes and sticking them to a computer monitor. In the past at Chippewa Valley Technical College (Wis.), that tactic would have begun to obscure the screen.


"If you build it, they will come." That's easily one of the most overused movie lines of last century. But it applies to much in higher ed.

The prospect of an avian flu epidemic in the near future makes most disaster films pale in comparison. As a newly mutated form of the H5N1 virus spreads rapidly from human to human, public transportation comes to a sudden stop, public events are canceled, and public schools-and many workplaces-shut down.

The ubiquitous cell phone: Almost all students have one. With at least nine out of 10 college students using a cell phone, and few using landlines, is it any wonder that colleges and universities are developing new ways to use this technology to communicate with students?