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Big summer projects in Information Technology Services

Summer months are when Information Technology Services (ITS) prepares for the next academic year. This summer may prove to be the busiest summer on record for ITS, and it got even busier with needed support for the NCAA regional tournament in June.

K-State hosted the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament June 2 at Tointon Stadium
NCAA Regional baseball tournament hosted at K-State

K-State recently hosted the NCAA Manhattan regionals (June 2), and ITS staff had a mile-long to-do list in support of the  tournament, including providing wired and wireless coverage for the press during this event. ITS ran ISDN and analog lines for ESPN to support Media Broadcasting from Tointon Stadium. In the Brandeberry Complex, staff installed wired and wireless Ethernet locations. In the merchandise tent, cabling was installed to provide connections for credit card transactions. 

Zimbra central email/calendar services will be migrated to Office 365 hosted by Microsoft. This is one of the biggest IT projects of the summer and will impact more than 60,000 K-State student and faculty/staff user accounts.

An IT Help Desk consultant videoconferences with Willie the Wildcat during 2013 Orientation and Enrollment
Willie Wildcat interacts with an IT Help Desk consultant during K-State Orientation and Enrollment

K-State’s IT presence at New Student Orientation and Enrollment June 5-8, June 11-15, and June 18-21 is supported by almost 30 iTAC staff including booth attendees, IT Help Desk student consultants available this year for the first time through Zoom videoconference, plus tech staff who are providing antivirus installs and wireless setups each day to  students who buy or bring their computer.

Network entry connections for 17 buildings are being upgraded from 100MB to 1GB.  This means all campus buildings will be connected to the core routers at a minimum of 1GB, which will improve bandwidth to support an ever-increasing demand for network connectivity.

New wiring at the west side construction of Bill Snyder Family Stadium
New wiring in the west-side construction at Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Network infrastructure is being installed for several new buildings and major renovations, to be completed this summer.  Projects include the West side construction of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, OH Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, Honors House Residence Hall, Human Ecology Research Center, Intercollegiate Rowing Center, Danforth Chapel, and the completion of the Chet Peters Recreation Complex renovation.

Network infrastructure improvements are slated for the Data Center, Bushnell, Chem/BioChem, Durland/Rathbone/Fiedler Complex, Moore, Nichols, and Throckmorton halls.

Virtual Desktop Initiative (VDI) is a project that will allow for easier management and updating of software in the K-State InfoCommons (in Hale Library), the university computing labs, and the university technology classrooms.

Data Center improvements are driven in part by the VDI project. K-State is moving from 2GB connections to 20GB connections to the Data Center. This will allow more bandwidth for the VDI project.

Twelve department classroom/conference rooms are in the process of getting new technology installed by Information Technology Services, and six of these rooms are being remodeled.  Three additional department spaces are getting technology upgrades.

All Faith’s Chapel will be updated with an added projection system and a new sound system.

Bluemont Hall 101 technology classroom is getting a complete facelift in sumer 2013
Bluemont 101 technology classroom is being completely renovated this summer and getting updated technology

Bluemont 101 technology classroom is getting a complete facelift with ceiling to floor improvements, new seating, improved acoustics, and updated technology. By May 24, contractors had removed 249 seats and ceiling tiles and were ready for the next renovation stage.

Five new general-use technology classrooms are being added this summer (Facilities Room Scheduling handles usage requests for general classrooms). This will raise the total number of university technology classrooms to 107 by the start of the fall semester.  Ten other tech classrooms are getting technology upgrades, remodeling, or both. Details are in the chart below.

General-use technology classrooms Technology changes
Bluemont 101 Major upgrade, plus new lecture-capture system (plus major room remodel)
Cardwell 144/145 Upgrade, plus new lecture-capture systems
Dickens 207 Upgrade, plus new lecture-capture system
Eisenhower 227 New technology classroom
Gym 204 New technology classroom
Gym 205 New technology classroom
Kedzie 106 Total replacement, plus new lecture-capture system
McCain 325 New technology classroom
Seaton 161 New technology classroom (plus room remodel)
King 4 New replacement lectern
King 209 New replacement lectern
Leasure 13 New lecture-capture system
Umberger 105 New lecture-capture system
Willard 114 New replacement lectern

Stay tuned for more updates on ITS summer projects.

About Betsy Edwards

• Web/information specialist in Information Technology Services • Editor/writer, K-State IT communications • IT News blog moderator • ETDR specialist