Gearing Up For The Offseason

By offseason, I mean summer.  Which, while it is an offseason for students and faculty, really isn’t an offseason for MITS.  We go all year.  Like the weather, we’re always doing something…or fixing to do something.  It’s like when the wind starts blowing and someone says, “It’s fixing to do something!”  That’s us.   What, you may ask, is MITS fixing to do now?  I’m glad you asked.  We have a huge – nay, stupendous -quantity of upgrades and additions lined up for this summer to enhance the ANC educational experience.  Allow me to elucidate.

First and foremost, the new Allied Health building is getting closer and closer to completion.  When it’s almost complete, we’ll be installing a new nursing lab, and EMT lab, and several classroom teaching stations.  We’ll also be moving several instructors PCs from Burdette and a few from Paragould as we further consolidate on the main Blytheville campus.  We can’t wait.  Of course, before that happens, we’ve got quite a bit of wiring and network infrastructure to finish.  More on that in a bit.

In another exciting innovation by the state of Arkansas, ANC will be completing a complete math curriculum redesign.  That may not be exactly correct; teaching paradigms are another department.  But, what ‘is’ our department is that we’ll be adding three new math labs on campus!  Yay, more computers are always welcome.  Hold on ANCTech, you may be saying.  With a minimum of 125 new computers on campus, won’t that suck bandwidth down to insanely low levels?  Great question! 

Remember that infrastructure upgrade to which I alluded earlier?  That’s right!  It includes increased bandwidth!  ANC will be adding another 20MB of dedicated bandwidth to support the new math labs and the Allied Health building.  Once usage patterns are developed and analyzed, we anticipate doing some load balancing which should also benefit all the existing labs and users on campus.  We’re pretty excited about it.  We’re not so excited that we’re relaxing the web filter or anything crazy like that, but we’re still pretty fired up. 

Other than that we just have the normal stuff going on; replacing faculty and staff computers, updating the web page, installing new software, cleaning and updating the labs, and replacing obsolete equipment.  We’ll also be performing maintenance on anything that needs maintaining as well as fixing anything that breaks.   You know…the stuff that collectively we refer to as “our jobs.”  EOL

Happy Computing,

2 Responses to “Gearing Up For The Offseason”

  1. Kammie Says:

    Elucidate? Really? :P

  2. Cindy Says:

    You write just like you talk!

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