Kansas State University


IT News

Category: Staff changes

Perez accepts position at California State University Northridge

By Information Technology Services

Ernie Perez, manager of instruction technology, has accepted a position as director of instructional technology at California State University Northridge effective Oct. 15.

Perez began at K-State as a student employee and worked his way up to his current position as manager, where he leads a team of five full-time employees and 10 students. Continue reading “Perez accepts position at California State University Northridge”

Vaile named chief information security officer

By Ken Stafford

Robert Vaile has been selected as the chief information security officer effective Nov. 1.

As the director of the information security and compliance office, Vaile will be responsible for leading information systems security while protecting unauthorized access, working collaboratively with the campus community on the development and implementation of university IT security policies, IT security architecture, policies, and standards; risk management including assessment, incident management, IT security systems management and security awareness and training. Vaile will also lead K-State’s security incident response team.  Continue reading “Vaile named chief information security officer”

Open forums start Aug. 13 for K-State IT security administrator (CISO)

Three candidates for the position of Chief Information Security Officer will be on campus over the next few weeks. The schedule for candidates is

  • Aug. 13-14 – Cheryl O’Dell
  • Aug. 16-17 – Robert Vaile
  • August (schedule pending) – Arif Basha

The first open forum is for Cheryl O’Dell, at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library. All K-Staters and the general public are invited to attend the open forums. Continue reading “Open forums start Aug. 13 for K-State IT security administrator (CISO)”

Harvard Townsend retires as chief information security officer

photo of Harvard TownsendHarvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer (CISO), retired in June after more than 31 years of service to Kansas State University. He recently moved to Illinois, where he’s accepted an IT security position at Wheaton College, a Christian liberal arts institution west of Chicago. His wife, Dana, accepted a faculty position at the same institution earlier this year.

Continue reading “Harvard Townsend retires as chief information security officer”

Loren Wilson named new director of ISO

photo of Loren Wilson, K-State's new ISO director
Loren Wilson, new director of ISO

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.

Continue reading “Loren Wilson named new director of ISO”

Alloway and Williams honored for 40 years of service

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.

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson with Rich Williams at state ceremony Aug. 20, 2010
Rich Williams receives his 40-year service pin from Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson at the Aug. 20 state ceremony in Topeka (photo courtesy Jay Alloway)

“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.”

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson with Jay Alloway at state ceremony Aug. 20, 2010
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson congratulates Jay Alloway on his 40 years of service at K-State (photo courtesy Jay Alloway)

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.”

Continue reading “Alloway and Williams honored for 40 years of service”

Carlin returns to position as special assistant to provost

Last week, Lynn Carlin stepped down from serving as Interim Vice Provost for Information Technology Services (ITS), a position she has held since July 2007. Under Carlin’s watch, ITS:

  • Completed assessments of K-State information technology services and the network
  • Updated the ITS website
  • Realigned the units and combined Academic Services and Technology with the Office of Information Systems
  • Updated IT security policies
  • Deployed the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (e-mail and calendar)

and more. ITS staff wish Carlin all the best in her role as special assistant to Provost Mason.

Nominations open Dec. 16 for 2010 IT awards

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.

Continue reading “Nominations open Dec. 16 for 2010 IT awards”

Allard to retire as director of TELENET 2

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”