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Inspired Use of Technology Earns Three Colleges Exclusive AMX Innovation Awards

Inaugural program recognizes education-transforming practices and accomplishments
University Business, Sept 2011
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Innovation and initiative are integral to higher education success, but three schools recently stood out to judges of the 2011 AMX Innovation Awards. The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine; Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada; and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey were selected from a field of over 500 nominations.

The awards, announced at EduComm 2011 in June, were established this year by AMX and the University Business Leadership Institute to recognize members of the AMX Education Alliance for transforming education through innovative accomplishment and practices. AMX products and services simplify technology implementation, use, and maintenance.

The University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Fla., received the New Learning Space Award, which includes $50,000 in AMX technology and equipment. The school transformed its older 25,000-square-foot small animal hospital into a state-of-the-art facility. A 100,000-squarefoot addition includes audio and video capabilities that enhance the learning experience for students. Surgical procedures are streamed down the hall and around the world for maximum impact.

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, received the Automation and Control Award, which includes $25,000 in AMX technology and equipment. The school worked with Memorial’s Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support unit on a redesign plan for its 346-seat lecture theatre, replacing analog with digital technology and creating a user-friendly environment that offers videoconferencing, lecture capture and more. Lectures are transformed into slick productions that engage students and teachers.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, N.J., received the Collaboration Initiatives Award, which includes $25,000 in AMX technology and equipment. College experts designed and installed a high-tech computer teaching facility at the FAA Tech Center located nearby. The new space, which is based on the college’s successful electronic classroom model, allows Federal Aviation Administration employees to take Stockton classes at the workplace and enhances the relationship between the two entities.

Representatives from each school said they will use the AMX equipment and technology that comes with the awards to continue campus improvements. “We strived to make this the best veterinary hospital in the world,” said John Haven, director of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. “We were proud to get the award, and we’re going to do even more to further benefit from it.”

AMX Innovation Awards: At a glance

Q: What are AMX Innovation Awards?
A: AMX Innovation Awards are honors bestowed on individuals and institutions that have changed higher education through the innovative use of technology.

Q: How are recipients selected?
A: One winner is selected from each of three categories: New Learning Space; Automation and Control; and Collaboration Initiatives.

Q: How many nominations were there in the latest round?
A: There were more than 500 nominations.

Q: Is there a financial reward?
A: The winner of the New Learning Space Award receives $50,000 in AMX technology and equipment. The winners of the Automation and Control and Collaboration Initiatives awards each receive $25,000 in AMX technology and equipment.

Q: Who sponsors the awards?
A: AMX, which provides solutions to simplify the implementation, maintenance and use of technology in education; and the AMX Education Alliance, which is designed to build community among education leaders and industry experts around the world.

Q: Who can apply for the awards?
A: Applications may come from any member of the AMX Education Alliance, a free program available to new and existing college and university customers of AMX.

Q: When are applications being accepted for the next round of awards?
A: Submission for the 2012 AMX Innovation Awards begins Sept. 1, 2011, and concludes at midnight April 30, 2012.

Q: Where can I learn more?
A: To join AMX Education Alliance, visit For information about AMX Innovation Awards, visit