Tag Archives: Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs)

Campus Upgrades to the Newest Versions of Microsoft Office Completed

The CTS MS Office Upgrade committee has been working hard over the summer coordinating with departments on upgrading their computers to the latest versions of MS Office (version 2010 for PCs, version 2011 for Macs).  To date, the majority of campus has been completed.  For any faculty and staff that were away for the summer with their machine, a self-install option is available for PC users and Mac users will need to call the Technology Support Center (x3456) to schedule an upgrade.

All computer labs and Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) have also been upgraded.

Several instructor-led workshops will be available in the fall.  A general overview workshop that covers new features in the overall suite as well as individual workshops on Word, Excel and Powerpoint will be offered.  They are in the process of being planned and once scheduled will be available for online registration from the CTS Training site.

This campus upgrade was accomplished through a Microsoft Campus Agreement which CTS purchased that allows Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus for PCs and Office 2011 Standard for Macs to be installed on all SUNY Oswego owned computers at no charge to departments/offices.  It also allows faculty and staff to purchase either Office 2010 or 2011 for a personally-owned computer at a low price of $9.95 plus tax.  For more information on the personal purchase, review the details at our Microsoft Home Use Program page.

Construction sign that says CTS Work Zone

Hardware and Infrastructure Upgrades

CTS continued the expansion of the digital, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones into Tyler and Mahar Halls this summer.   These new digital phones use the same VoIP technology installed in several buildings last summer.  Since the phones are digital, they use the campus data network to send and receive phone calls.  All users keep their existing campus phone number, but receive a new handset. More information is available in the VoIP Upgrade Frequently Asked Questions.

Infrastructure changes were completed in Cayuga Hall this summer  to support new wired and wireless connections.  A project to upgrade old networking cable began after the spring semester ended. New wired data jacks in all residence hall rooms now eliminates the need for network hubs previously required for residents to connect to the Internet.  A wireless network will be available in Cayuga residence hall rooms and common areas such as lounges by early in the fall semester.

Seven classrooms in Mahar Hall were upgraded to Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) over the summer – rooms 104, 107, 114, 118, 119, 309 and 314.  All these classrooms are equipped with a computer, document camera, Blu-ray player, sound and control systems, as well as  Internet access, providing faculty with access to the latest in digital presentation technology.

Five new Advanced Technology Classrooms were also created in Wilber Hall to replace classrooms lost with the closing of Park Hall. The Communications and Methods labs from Park were combined into a single  dual projector digital lab in Wilber B5.  In addition to the standard outfitting of these smart classrooms, B4, B5 and B7 also have interactive whiteboards installed.

The Cable TV infrastructure was also upgraded this summer.  Parts of the campus cable television system and the wiring dates back to the late 1980′s and were in need of replacement.  As the first phase of a three phase project to upgrade the campus CATV in all the residence halls, a new central cable TV distribution center was installed in Lanigan Hall.  The new Lanigan equipment will directly send analog and digital signals to new fiber nodes installed in each residence hall. This new equipment and design should provide a stronger and clearer picture to each residence hall room.  Additionally, new monitoring equipment will help detect signal degradation before it becomes noticeable to viewers.

Cayuga Hall was the first residence hall to have the old cable television wiring and equipment replaced this summer. Old cabling and amplification equipment in other residence halls will be replaced over the next few summers.  For now, just sit back and relax with your favorite cable television shows.