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August 25, 2013

This Fall, Occidental College will reopen Johnson Hall for classes after closing the building for renovation at the end of the 2011/12 academic year. 

The results are well worth the wait. Johnson Hall is the new home of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, which is named in recognition of Oxy alumnus Ian McKinnon (’89). The Center includes the departments of Politics; Diplomacy and World Affairs; Spanish and French Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; and German, Russian, and Classical Studies as well as the International Programs Office. In its new form, Johnson Hall reflects a fundamental reconsideration of how people think, communicate, act, and learn in the emerging world communities of the 21st Century.

This high-profile Center is powered by state-of-the-art digital media technologies. A dramatic two-story...

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August 25, 2013

ITS made significant progress on our plan to improve classroom AV equipment.

Learning space upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New system installation in Fowler 108
  • Full system upgrades in Mosher 1, BioScience 113, CAE Seminar Room (to be completed by 8/30)
  • AV Control Systems configured/upgraded:
    • Dumke Commons
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, Mosher 1
  • Projector and Screen replacements:
    • Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302
    • Rangeview 232, 243, 244

ITS upgraded all public lab and lectern computers to Windows 7.  We upgraded memory and installed new hard drives in 150 lab/lectern computers to increase the performance of the machines. 25 lab/lectern computers were replaced with newer machines.  The oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows.

James Uhrich (uhrich...

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August 25, 2013

Since President Veitch first articulated the vision for a library renovation and creation of an Academic Commons, the college has taken many steps toward  "making visible our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.” Among them are the 2010 Mellon Grant, the 2010-11 Task Force on the Academic Commons (part of the integrated planning process), the 2011 IR Reorganization, Brown LearnLab remodel, and the integrated InfoCenter. The Academic Commons is a key component of curricular and scholarly transformations in Occidental’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: “Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support,...

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August 25, 2013

In the last couple of years, Library staff have begun to implement the 2011 recommendations of the Academic Commons Task Force (ACTF), a component of the Integrated Planning Process of 2010-2011. The recommendations include items for the offices and programs that will be housed in the renovated library, the nature of library collections, and the building itself, ongoing planning, and the conceptual role of the commons in campus intellectual life. Following a review of the ACTF recommendations about the Library’s circulating collections, readers will find an update about the completion of the first major phase of the collection review.

Based on the following assumptions about the future of the Library’s general, circulating materials--

  • readers and...
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August 25, 2013

In keeping with the Academic Commons Task Force’s 2011 recommendations regarding Library collections, the Library has taken memberships in two organizations, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the OCLC Research Library Partnership (ORLP)  in order to augment access to materials, particularly specialized, research-level, historical and archival materials. Both organizations have a national membership base among large research libraries as well as some college libraries, and both speak to Occidental’s need to support ambitious programs of student and faculty research.

The Center for Research Libraries in Chicago (http://www.crl.edu/...

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August 25, 2013

ITS implemented an aggressive upgrade plan for the campus wireless network this summer. 224 new and more powerful wireless access points(APs) were installed in the following buildings:

  • Fowler Hall - previously had 7 APs, now has 24 APs
  • Hameetman Science Center - previously had 3 APs, now has 20 APs
  • Mosher 1,2,3 classrooms - previously had 2 APs, now has 7 APs
  • Johnson Hall - previously had 8 APs, now has 30
  • Rangeview Residence Hall and Classrooms - previously had 38 APs, now has 70 APs
  • Wylie - 14 APs replaced
  • Bell Young - 14 APs replaced
  • Erdman - 10 APs replaced
  • Norris - 24 APs replaced
  • Chilcott...
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August 25, 2013

In the winters of 2009, 2011, and 2013, Information Resources administered a national survey called MISO (Measuring Information Service Outcomes, http://www.misosurvey.org/). The survey, which has customizable versions for faculty, staff, and students, was developed for internal purposes at Bryn Mawr College over ten years ago; it is now used nationally and maintained by a team from several liberal arts colleges. The survey results help IR

  • better understand how the College community views library and technology services,
  • concentrate on improving the service areas most important to the campus, and
  • compare survey results to those of other schools in order to determine best practices.

The survey asks about frequency of use, importance of, and satisfaction...

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August 25, 2013

The Michael J. Connell Foundation granted Occidental's request for approximately $70,000 to establish a Digital Production Studio to support multimedia and computational work across the curriculum, especially in departments that do not have their own equipment and training programs. The grant will fund the purchase of video and audio production equipment, GPS devices, digital cameras, post-production software, and a suite of physical computing equipment. The production equipment will be available for checkout and use by students and groups on campus. At the same time, the CDLR will offer a series of workshops, studio sessions, and labs on topics such as digital storytelling, oral/video history methods, web design, and critical making. These offerings will provide training to students from any major.

Please be in touch with Daniel Chamberlain (chamberlain@oxy.e...

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August 25, 2013

Dr. Jessica Blickley

Dr. Jessica Blickley will join the Instruction + Research team in Scholarship Technology to serve faculty and students across the sciences. Dr. Blickley earned her PhD in Ecology from UC Davis and her BS in Biology at Pomona College. She brings experience in mentoring undergraduate student research and instructional design through her work at UC Davis and in the Los Angeles Community College District. Her skills in science-related techniques and technologies range from computer programming (Python) to statistical analysis (R, Matlab, GIS) to field research devices (for collecting geospatial and audio data).

Samuel Boland ‘13

Sam Boland  is Oxy’s first CDLR postbaccalaureate fellow in a position funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sam is a self-taught programmer who has worked on multiple...

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November 30, 2012

A few months back, Google announced that it would stop supporting Internet Explorer 8.  The reason for this is because Google's practice is to only support the two latest versions of any given browser and once Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10, that meant IE8 was now outside of that scope.  As a result, at some point in October, Google began displaying a warning to anyone using Google's suite of services with IE8.

You can dismiss this warning if you want to, but you won't have access to all of the features when using services like Gmail...

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