by Audrey Taggart-Kagdis, Union marketing sales manager
The K-State ID Center and Information Technology Services announces the conversion of the “smart chip” technology to the prepaid Cat Cash systemeffective Monday, Oct. 5. At the start of every fall and spring semester, $10 in funds is placed on each student’s eID to be used for limited free printing at participating university computing labs ($5 during the summer). Once those funds are exhausted, the student will now use Cat Cash rather than reloading at a “smart chip” station.
“Transferring this service over to Cat Cash has allowed for a significant savings in technology expenses as well as the consolidation to one standard payment system on campus,” said Craig Johnson, assistant director of the K-State Student Union.
Starting Oct. 5, students, staff, and faculty wanting to print in the K-State InfoCommons and the university computing labs will be required to swipe their Wildcat ID card for both limited free printing and pay-for-print.
On Aug. 20, limited free printing in the university computing labs and K-State InfoCommons was reset to $10 for the fall semester. This service is available to all students with an active K-State eID, and is available via printers in those facilities as well as the Media Development Center (Hale 213).
Double-sided (duplex) black-and-white printing is the default in the labs and InfoCommons. Duplex printing costs 18 cents, and single pages are 10 cents.
Below is a short list of suggestions to save money using technology. If you have other suggestions on using technology to cut costs, send to TellTuesday@k-state.edu.
Set the default on printers (when possible) to print double-sided instead of single-sided pages. (This one change to printers in the K-State InfoCommons and university computing labs resulted in a reduction of more than 400,000 fewer sheets of paper used, which is equivalent to 800 fewer reams of paper or 32 boxes.)
Send communications including memos, notices, and updates via e-mail, thus eliminating paper.
Purchase an inexpensive scanner such as a ScanSnap and connect it to an administrative assistant’s computer. Any information on paper that needs to be shared with staff can be scanned, quickly converted to a PDF, and then e-mailed as an attachment. Continue reading “Spotlight: Using technology to cut costs”→
In February, Information Technology Services staff completed the addition of technology to the new Q-Center in Cardwell Hall, Rooms 144-145. The lab officially opened Monday, April 13, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
This new lab has 20 computers with space for 60 students. A partition in the middle of the room allows it to be divided in half so that two different classes may be held simultaneously.
The Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) will be working over the winter break refreshing technology in K-State’s technology classrooms, and updating software and computers in the university computing labs and K-State InfoCommons. Here’s a list of some ugrades and projects that will be undertaken over the break:
Install 22 iMacs in the InfoCommons and university computing labs
Upgrade 11 projectors in technology classrooms
Install a new course-capturing system in Justin 109
Upgrade media link technology in 15 technology classrooms, bringing mobile media player compatibility to these rooms
Install a new software image on all computers in the university computing labs and InfoCommons
Install technology in the Quantitative Center (Q Center) studio classroom in Cardwell Hall (estimated completion is early February 2009)
Q. Where can I find information about software available in the university computing labs?
To learn about software available in the university public computing labs and InfoCommons, see www.k-state.edu/infotech/labs/software.html