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Knight Owl always-open computer lab for students nests in Bollinger

By Brian Christiana, Amor Duran, Nasi Hayes, Katina Hocker, Laura Lee, Megan Smith, Quinyece Walker and Joel Zola

Students of COM 140, Summer 2017

Special to The Knightly News

In August, Central Penn College opened in Bollinger Hall what sources contacted for this story believe is the school’s first  24-hour, seven-day-a-week computer lab for students.

Students seem to like the additional resource, which includes 21 computers and a printer.

“It is great for the students that live in the apartments and Super Suites,” Student Government Association President Yuliani Sutedjo, a corporate communication major, said.

Valeri Hartman, IT help desk administrator, said the need for a new computer lab has been growing since the merger of the learning and writing centers at the start of summer term. The merger left students with only the library and Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC) computer lab, in 300, neither of which is open past 10 p.m.

Because Room 41 was across from the Security Department, IT and other personnel saw a perfect opportunity to make the lab 24-7 access.

The lab is open on holidays, even though the college may be closed, Hartman said. Some resident students remain on campus on holidays.

“One of the challenges professors face is not having enough computers for students both in and out of the classroom,” Hartman said. “We’re trying to find a solution for that.”

Prof. Micaiah Smith-Morris said the Knight Owl Computer Lab is good, because a limit on students’ “time is no longer an issue.”

It is, “Clearly communicating an emphasis on academic achievement,” Smith-Morris said.

Bollinger 41 was selected as the location for the room because of its proximity to the security office. Hartman explained that with the lab being open all night, having the office across the hall will put students at ease no matter the time.

The location also provides convenience for on-campus students who will no longer have to walk cross campus to access a computer.

 

Working on extended support time

IT support is not available at the Knight Owl Computer Lab after 3 p.m. Help is available from the Central Penn IT helpdesk from 8 a.m. to 3.

Hartman understands that’s a problem that needs to be dealt with.

“We are working on it,” Hartman said.

Hartman gave some examples of what IT can do to fix the problem.

“Maybe some of the staff can stay later in the evening, till 8-9,” Hartman said. “It’s just a thought.”

She added there is no deadline for providing on-site IT support after 3 p.m., or whether doing so will be possible.

 

Equipment nuts and bolts

“The computers, monitors, keyboards and mice in the Knight Owl lab are all brand new and include three-year warranties on the hardware,” IT Director Tom Parker said.

IT workers had to re-cable all of Bollinger 41, which had been a classroom without student computers, so the computers could match up with outlets.

“A new network switch was added, and a wireless access point was also added to increase the density of available connections in the room,” Parker wrote in an email.

“The total cost per computer is $695,” according to Parker. “That includes the PC with three-year warranty, monitor, keyboard, mouse and the needed video adapter to connect the monitors.”

The total for computers and their accessories came to $14,595. Parker said the re-cabling, network switch, wireless access point and other accoutrements cost about $6,000. He said the approximately $21,000 spent on the lab came from the IT budget and did not require extra funds. Central Penn recently made fiscal cuts across the college to set a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The school tries to buy the same computers that are used in other rooms, but it’s not always possible because hardware changes every year. The computers in the Knight Owl lab are Dell computers and are similar to the 100 computers replaced in 2016 in ATEC, Parker said.

No work should be saved to the computer desktops because the computers delete information stored there overnight, as in the rest of the labs.

A security camera was installed in the room as well. If there are any technical issues overnight or on holidays, then students can submit a helpdesk ticket by emailing to helpdesk@centralpenn.edu  or by calling (866) 291-HELP (4357), and leaving a voicemail explaining what the issue is. Students can expect to receive an email answer during the following day.

Hartman suggested using the OneDrive account through Office 365, and to always log out when finished.


To comment on this story, contact TheKnightlyEditors@CentralPenn.Edu.

Edited by media club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi, who directed this editorial project, and contributed a small amount of information to the reporting.

 

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Media Club Commissioned To Produce Promotional Videos

By Norman Geary

Media Club Reporter

The Knightly News Media Club at Central Penn College will be doing a video project during the summer term on the Summerdale Campus to promote a local real estate group and to give communications students an opportunity to have hands-on marketing experience.

The real estate group is donating money for the project to cover operations, prizes for videos the students produce and for the club’s treasury.

The Bill Gladstone Group, of Wormleysburg, a commercial-industrial realty office, contacted Central Penn Education Foundation Director Matt Lane and asked whether some Central Penn students would be interested in getting involved with a marketing project that involved a bobblehead figurine of Gladstone that will be used in the company’s marketing projects on social media and other channels.

The idea is for the students to make videos featuring the bobblehead in various locations, such as by industrial and commercial properties. The Education Foundation will match Gladstone’s grant, with foundation money earmarked for student needs.

Gladstone said he wanted to give students an opportunity to get some hands-on marketing experience they will use in the field of communications.

Cutline: A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

A media club video project that the Bill Gladstone Group will use in promotions will feature this Bobblehead figure of Gladstone. Photo by Michael Lear-Olimpi.

How did the project get to the desks of club advisers Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi and Prof. Paul Miller?

“Bill Gladstone approached the Education Foundation about a way for his bobblehead, which is a brand for his business, NAICIR The Bill Gladstone Group, to be featured in some promotional material,” Miller said.  “He asked the media club to have a video project club competition.  The Gladstone Group would provide scholarships or money to the winning teams, and also make a contribution to the media club.”

Three teams were set up: Christine Hoon, media club president, and Yuliani Sutedjo, media club secretary, will be one team; Lawrence Wilson and Nasir Harris, who are active in the club’s podcasts, are another team; and Norman Geary, vice president, and Keith Gudz, advertising and promotions,  are the other team. Club member Sherri Long, graphics specialist, will assist the teams with final editing. The club advisers will guide the teams.

The faculty support center will play a role in helping the club teams polish their videos. The marketing department is also helping by lending the club some equipment.

“We appreciate both contributions from marketing and the faculty support center,” Miller said.  “They have been invaluable to the Media Club’s work and will certainly be an asset with this project.

The project deadline is Week 8 of the summer term, and will be presented to the Gladstone Group in Week 10.

“The media club welcomes Mr. Gladstone’s offer and support,” club co-adviser Michael Lear-Olimpi said. “The contribution to our treasury the Gladstone Group is making for prizes for the videos and for general funding will go a long way in building our inventory to provide learning opportunities for club members. Bill came up with a great idea. Good marketing! And we thank the Education Foundation.”

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Soup’s On!

The Knightly News Media Club is selling soup to raise money for podcasting equipment

By Christine Hoon

Media Club Reporter

The Knight News Media Club – in its third term now – has elected officers and boasts a robust roster of members.

But as with many start-up clubs, it has little equipment, and so is holding a soup sale fundraiser.

The sale began last week, with members, and coadvisors Paul Miller and Michael Lear-Olimpi, taking orders.

The soups are Maryland crab, which costs $4 a cup, and chicken-corn noodle, chili and a vegan option of hearty vegetable soup, each at $3 a cup.

Pre-orders will be taken through tomorrow (Tuesday).

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People can order from any media club member, or by contacting Prof. Miller at paulmiller@centralpenn.edu or Prof. Lear-Olimpi at michaellear-olimpi@centralpenn.edu.

The club will have a table with the soup in the second-floor ATEC lobby on Thursday from 11 a. m. to 1 p.m.to ladle it out for delivery to buyers/club supporters, and to sell on site (while it lasts!).

Media Club members are reporters and photographers who write blog articles and take photographs to illustrate those stories, which focus on Central Penn student life and campus happenings. They also help with other club activities as needed.

The club is looking to start podcasting, but must share equipment, and so is holding the soup sale as its first official fundraiser for cash to buy its own podcasting equipment.

Bon appétit!

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