For Approved by ATC Jan 21st, 2009

To Faculty Senate Feb 9th, 2009

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF MEETING OF January 14th, 2009

 

The Academic Technology Committee was called to order on January 14th, 2009 at 4:04 PM.

 

Approval of the Minutes:

The minutes of December 3rd were approved without any changes.  There were 14 people present.

 

Agenda Items:

 

STF Proposal Review

Ten proposals were presented to the committee and several questions arose.

 

The first proposal discussed was #7, Upgrade Video Editing Capability, from Fairhaven.  Gary noted this proposal could possibly be cut in half.  If the proposed amount is considered too high, Fairhaven would be better off with at least a couple of new editing stations as opposed to none.   

 

John McLaughlin discussed #18, The Microscopy Digital Lab Project, from the Biology department.  The question brought up was whether or not it would be useful to split this proposal into two parts.  One idea was to fund everything but the camera. 

 

Bob went over #4 from ATUS Video Services.  It is the Enhanced Digital Video Services for Students, Phase III.  Bob clarified ATUS is requesting 3 separate items in the proposal Ė additional cameras, SAM disk, and two undefined kits.

 

Gary explained PEHRís proposal #12 for the Kinesiology Lab Enhancement.  Bob indicated he saw the justification in asking for the force measurement equipment but questioned why PEHR canít work with the recreation center to use their BODPOD.

 

Michael presented proposal #6 from CBE, PH 108 Behavior Research Lab.  A question was brought up regarding why a separate server was needed.  Lawson explained the issue is not confidentiality but rather isolation of the network.

 

The Fairhaven Recording Studio Update (#8) was the next proposal discussed.  Gary noted the class this proposal pertained to has more campus wide students in it than any other Fairhaven course.  In addition, it has course fees of $70.  John asked whether or not the course fees would still be high if the proposal was funded. 

 

Chris went over the Huxley Class Water Purification System (#16) proposal.  Bob asked if site modification would be required and if the input into the machine was tap water.  It was established that there would be no installation costs and the machine would simply be put on wall next to tap water.

 

Max presented the Teaching station for Biology 365, proposal #19.  Two questions came up.  First, how many hours a day will there be students using the lab?  Second, why isnít the university taking care of it? 

 

Proposal #20 was discussed by Madge and covered the Accessible Computer Availability Information brought forth by the Western Libraries and ATUS.  One question that arose was why a 42Ē screen is necessary.  Also, would there be some sort of demo for students?

 

The final proposal of the meeting was #21, the Microform Scanner for the Western Libraries.  It was requested that, if the proposal is funded, the existing equipment not be removed. 

  

Reports/Announcements:

 

Thin Client Computing Investigation

Lawson announced that ITS is looking into the idea of thin client computing.  Servers with virtual machine capability would provide the processing power and small desktop clients would provide graphics capability.  If this were to occur, one server could provide the processing power for many clients and the result could be lower operating and management costs.  A person could log in and all of their files and personalization could be pulled up no matter where they logged in from.  The biggest cost is the initial acquisition of the server capacity but considerable savings could occur through lower client costs and easier maintenance.   

 

IRS Issues

IRS has begun looking closely at college and university cell phone usage.  Using a university cell phone to make personal calls is considered a taxable benefit.  The IRS is also looking at the usage of University laptops for personal use.  Policies are being developed to guide the institution through this issue.

 

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:16 PM.

 

Academic Technology Committee, Winter Quarter 2009

 

 

Name

Area

Term Begins

Term Ends

Meeting

of 01/14/09

1

Bob Thomas

Library

2007

2009

P

2

Christopher A Suczek

CST - Geology

2006

2010

P

3

David Bover

Chair of CS (CST)

2006

2010

 

4

Derrick Mears

PEHR

2008

2009

P

5

Gary L Bornzin

Fairhaven

2007

2009

P

6

John McLaughlin

Huxley

2006

2010

P

7

Lauren G McClanahan

TeachEd-DIV

2008

2010

P

8

Madge Gleeson

CFPA - Art

2007

2009

P

9

Michael T Seilo

CSD

2008

2010

P

10

Steven C Ross, Chair

CBE - DecSci

2002

 

P

11

Vacant

Student Representative AS

2008

2010

 

X

John Lawson - VP, Info Telecom and CIO

InfoTech

 

 

P

X

Frank Roberts

Director, ATUS

2007

2009

P

X

Justina Brown

CII, Info Tech Spec

 

 

P

X

Max Knittel

InfoTech Professional Group

 

 

P

X

Rob Galbraith

ATUS

 

 

 

X

Lincoln Nesheim

ATUS

 

 

 

X

Megan Schuler

Student Recorder, Sen Office

2008

2009

P

 

Total Attendance

01/14/2009

 

 

14