Effective June 11, Loren Wilson has been selected to fill the role of director of the Information Systems Office (ISO). ISO is a central IT support unit at K-State that installs, develops, and maintains enterprise application systems in support of central administrative functions such as accounting, payroll, budget, human resources, admissions, student records, student financial assistance, facilities management, and parking.
K-State IT staff Jay Alloway and Rich Williams were recently honored for 40 years of service as state employees at an Aug. 20 ceremony in Topeka. They both started in academic computing at K-State and have continued working in central IT throughout their careers, albeit with many technology changes along the way.
“The K-State mainframe computer that I started with in 1969 required a 1,200 square-foot room, and now people have more power in the palm of their hands with cellphones than that first computer had,” said Williams. He started as a computer operator Sept. 15, 1969, “which will be right at 41 years this week, and I think just a few weeks after Jay was hired.”
Alloway said he started his full-time career at K-State as a system programmer and recalled his office was right next to the Computer Center, which was housed in the basement of Cardwell Hall. “That was an unclassified position from the start. My current title is assistant director of Computing and Telecommunications Services.”
Is there an outstanding information technology employee or technology team that has been especially helpful to you and your unit? Do you want to recognize that person for his/her contributions to technology advancement at K-State? Nominate them for a 2010 Information Technology Award! Nominations are open Dec. 16, 2009-Jan. 18, 2010, so start thinking about whom you would like to see recognized at the upcoming awards ceremony.
Effective June 30, 2009, at the end of this fiscal year, John Allard will end his service as director of the Kansas Regents Network, a.k.a. TELENET 2, and also as the Division of Continuing Education’s (DCE) military liaison with the Fort Riley Consortium of Universities.
For the past 13 years, Allard has served as the Kansas Regents Network director. TELENET 2 is a video and audio conferencing system that connects communities across Kansas, providing credit and professional educational opportunities conveniently for people in the state. Continue reading “Allard to retire as director of TELENET 2”→