The University of Southern Mississippi's Office of Technology Resources
will have a new name and focus July 1 that reflects the university's
continuing commitment to its students and as a national and international
leader in higher education technology.
Technology) at Southern Miss will include a new gigabit network
and information center designed to give the university community
quicker access and "one-stop" convenience in obtaining
a lot of good technical opportunities ahead of us and we need to
take advantage of it," said Paige Strickland, director of technology
infrastructure at Southern Miss. "I see nothing but positives
with this move. The gigabit network and moving forward with that
will benefit the university as a whole, with increased network speed."
excited by it," said Chuck Knight, director of the administrative
software unit. "I believe it's an opportunity to make some
needed improvements in the technology area. We're going to make
the best use of our existing PeopleSoft (software program), taking
full advantage of the product's services, and this change will allow
us to do that."
An open competition
was held within the department to engage the technology staff in
the renaming processing. More than 150 entries were submitted, and
Jessi Stewart with Graphic Services submitted the winning entry.
recent graphic communication graduate from Huntsville, Ala., found
that many universities across the country name their technology
department Information Technology.
adds pizzazz to the term "information technology," she
said. "It projects a futuristic image, one with which our students
can identify and appreciate."
committee that chose "iTech" cited its futuristic image
as an embodiment of Southern Miss' goal of engaging the campus community
to challenge norms, forecast the future and create a dynamic culture
that continually evolves to position itself as an integral educational
and economic force in the state, nation and world.
of the university's academic units complements this change within
iTech. Each of the university's five new colleges will include a
staff member dedicated to the college's technology needs, with the
goal of making technology updates, enhancements and repairs faster
and easier to allow for less downtime. These technology personnel
will work closely with each college dean to determine and monitor
the needs within the college to allow for better service to the
university's internal customer base.