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Bruce Grant, NEC’s assistant general manager for product management and an expert on VoIP, explains this technology and how to prepare for it.

A: Voice-over IP is the ability to transmit voice over your data network. In its simplest form, it’s moving voice from traditional telephony standards into an IP environment.

Saving the environment isn’t just a goal at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. It’s a way of life. Concerned about its impact on the environment, the college is taking aggressive steps to reduce its energy consumption.

"We were concerned about reducing the college's carbon footprint and the amount of energy consumed," says Matt Carver, Medaille’s chief financial officer. For help, the college turned to ARAMARK Higher Education, its facilities management provider, to design and implement a comprehensive energy management program. The program provides the college with extensive environmental benefits, and financial savings with no reduction in services or comfort.

For more than 35 years, Barton County Community College in central Kansas has been preparing students for success through a blend of classroom and practical hands-on education. A majority of the school’s degree programs incorporate the use of technology to prepare students for today’s workforce, while its wired buildings and computer labs ensure that technology access is at the fingertips of its more than 5,000 students. Although the Internet fosters increased communication and research capabilities, Barton’s seven-member IT staff must also maintain vigilance against online threats to protect its 1,200-PC network.

 

Kathy Paschke is network specialist for voice at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California. She manages a telecommunications system that serves the college’s nine locations.

Nearly a decade ago, Oklahoma City Community College installed state-of-the-art administrative system technology from Datatel that linked its student, finance, and human resources information systems together. It worked wonderfully - until staff turnover and training lapses diminished its utility.

“Our front-line people over the past decade really did not have the opportunity to stay current with the platform’s functionality in all areas,” said Marion Paden, OCCC’s vice president for enrollment and student services. “If you don’t have people actively engaged in the training, then things get lost. So the efficiency was not there.”

 

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has enhanced security in three of its largest parking lots with the addition of video surveillance systems from ADT Security Services. The ADT system has already helped solve several break-ins and auto theft cases, according to campus police.

 

Today's campus communities are more connected than ever, but at many colleges and universities the task of immediately notifying everyone about an emergency remains a challenge.

The green movement focuses on four factors: clean energy, energy efficiency, environmentally friendly production, and the conservation and reduction of waste materials. Information technology offices at institutions can exercise great control in energy efficiency benefitting not only the institution, but the surrounding community as well.

Karli Green, Senior Product Manager, Campus Management:

"Pilot programs at many institutions show that you can save money and the environment at the same time.

Flat is good. By replacing old CRT monitors you get both a cost savings and a reduction in energy as well.

With Expansive views of the mighty Hudson River and a campus that consistently ranks among the nation’s most beautiful, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, offers students an idyllic setting for learning. Still, like every other school, Marist faces serious threats to its IT network, and its unique campus, with 49 buildings spread across 180 acres, posed special security challenges to its IT staff.

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