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Change Happens: Include Technology in the Plan
One certainty in the life cycle of a university is the
inevitable necessity of construction, renovation and demolition. In over 140
years, Alcorn has certainly seen its share of each, especially in recent years.
Since technology has become more prolific and more integral to the academic,
administrative and social life of the university, the staff of CITS has had to
become more involved in the construction, renovation and demolition process as
early in the planning stages as possible.
From reviewing construction blueprints to position hubs,
routers, network /phone jacks, and wiring closets, to developing transition
strategies for when those things have to move, to planning the overall
technology infrastructure for the university and making sure all the pieces fit
well, CITS takes seriously our responsibility to support our dynamic user
community with high performance and minimal service disruption.
Renovation usually requires employees to move their
operations to a new, temporary location. For instance, both Student Affairs and
ROTC will be moving to new locations this summer. This process can be
physically and emotionally taxing, especially since office work doesn’t
necessarily stop for this major upheaval. While CITS does not physically move
or setup computers, phones or peripherals, we do ensure that telephone and
internet services are on and ready in the new location and our help desk and
user support technicians are available to help with any problems that arise.
As our university continues to grow and expand,
so also must we expand our capacity to provide and support the current
technologies our user community demands and expects. It is the goal of CITS to
do this seamlessly, transparently, securely, reliably and cost effectively to
the extent possible. To learn more about CITS services and initiatives, visit
our website at www.alcorn.edu/CITS.