Communication Initiatives - School of Science
Regular communication currently takes place between the Dean and the Director for User Support Services. There is also regular communication between the IT support specialist and the faculty for identifying issues, communicating any problems or changes, and problem solving.
IT will meet at least once per academic year with the School of Science department liaisons and department chairs.
The AD for USS and the support specialist for the School of Science will meet with the department liaison and department chair to discuss outstanding issues or upcoming projects for their departments. These meetings will help IT better understand what the faculty would like to accomplish using technology and will also help the faculty members learn what initiatives are being undertaken by others on campus that may result in collaborative efforts. Separate meetings will be held for each department at least once a year, but more often if needed.
Spring 2006 Update
Computer Science-discussed lab operation and software licensing for X-win32; equipment purchases; Canon copier to be setup as networked printer and the status of wireless in Holman.
Math - discussed remote access to computers; creating a computer cluster for the department; renewal of statistical packages; data and electrical wiring issues in the lab.
Physics - discussed adding workstation to student office; Canon copier to be setup as networked printer; media room layouts with recently placed pcs. Skylab program needs to be replaced as there are currently a few glitches when running with Windows 2000.
Still to meet with:
Summer 2006 Update
Computer Science - card swipes will be active for the beginning of the fall semester so that students can swipe into the computer labs during hours of operation using their TCNJ ID card; X-win32 is available through SAL so students can use it from any computer lab; Canon copier will be setup to print prior to the beginning of the fall semester - will removed HP black and white networked laser printer (Compsci2) when printer drivers are available for Unix printing; color laser printer has been purchased and received - will install when configured for network printing.
Math - remote access was setup for interested faculty members; shared computer cluster was purchased with Dean's funds and will be setup and configured when received; Statistica has been added to the College's Institutional Commitment for automatic license renewal; symbolic toolboxes for Mathematica were purchased with Dean's funds; installed USB extension cables in A config media classrooms.
Physics - student workstation will be installed in student office prior to beginning of the fall semester; Canon copier will be setup as networked printer after the beginning of the semester; b config media rooms will have flat panel monitors with flexible arms installed prior to the beginning of the semester. Removed laser printer Physics1 as part of the network printer reduction program.
Offer partnership testing of computer lab applications for different software packages.
The support specialist for IT will send out email 2 - 4 weeks prior to each semester asking individual SOS faculty if they would like to go through a "test run" of the software that they will be using in the computer labs for the upcoming year. This will help to identify problems before they arise in the classroom.
Additional info - The summer upgrade for computers assigned to full time faculty and staff that are due for replacement in the Science Complex and Biology Building will begin May 17, 2006. The Computer Science upgrade will begin May 24, 2006.