Start of a New Year

The start of classes in the Fall does take a toll on IT. We went into this New Year down a couple of people, working with a brand new ERP and changing our WiFi over to Radius authentication through Aruba. It has been a tough couple of weeks but all is working out just fine. There have been many good topics to blog about in the last month. The New York Times article, In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History, generated a lot of discussion. H1N1 Flu virus has us all planning for increased absenteeism. And the usual debate over going to Cloud computing, Google or Microsoft. I’ll touch on some of those topics in future posts. But I’ll finish this post with a recap of our 11th annual Serve Day at GFU.

George Fox University totally shuts down so that all undergraduate students, faculty and staff are allowed to serve the surrounding communities. This works out to be about 1500 servants offering a solid 6 or 7 hours of hard work for about 60 different organizations. We ask for nothing, we just want to give back in a way that is representative of our Christian commitment. We start the day with Praise and Worship and end the day with a dinner, activities fair and carnival on the Quad. It was a great day.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

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