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August 26, 2014

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

Classroom upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • New media classroom installation in Keck 208,
  • New media cart installation in the Galarza Room,
  • Full system upgrades in Weingart 209, Weingart 210; Berkus 242 to be completed by 8/27,
  • System components upgraded in order to add High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections in Fowler 110, 111, 112, 209, 302, and 309,
  • Mobile computer lectern added to Fowler 113,
  • ALL media classrooms fully tested and controls reconfigured where necessary both for consistency among the classrooms and to prepare for implementing a system that will assist with maintaining  media equipment in classrooms;...
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August 26, 2014

We are moving one step further into the world of all-digital classrooms and will soon greatly improve our ability to fix problems quickly, before they impact teaching plans.

This summer ITS applied for and received a grant from Extron Electronics, the manufacturer of the control systems in our media rooms. The systems allow us to upgrade the controls in all of our classrooms so that they will  alert ITS staff  when such trackable problems as a lamp failure occur. This will help our staff get to the room with the right information and tools to resolve problems quicker. Through the server we will also have a back-end view of the system status, adding the potential for remote support and troubleshooting for Oxy’s 70+ media rooms.

  • This system will not replace staff immediately going out to classrooms if we receive a phone call about a problem.
  • We will not be...
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August 26, 2014

Thanks to advances in technology, connecting through video is easier and better than ever!

Last spring we purchased a video conference cart for use in Johnson Hall and successfully handled a number of video conferences for classes and other events. As a result we now have a second mobile unit for use in other rooms on campus, as well as web-based software that can be used by faculty and staff to set up video meetings with anyone in the world who has access to the Internet through a computer or mobile phone.

The video conference system or cart can be set up on request by Media Services for classes or events. Please give at least a week's notice to be sure that the equipment is available, and allow time for setting up a test with the guest lecturer in advance of the class.

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August 26, 2014

This Summer, ITS has spent considerable time and resources on projects aimed at improving the basic technology infrastructure at the College.

ITS, working with Los Nettos, the College’s ISP (Internet Service Provider),  completed construction of a second fiber optic cable that will connect our campus to a Los Nettos hub at the USC Health Services campus.  Once Los Nettos completes their upgrade project, this cable will provide a redundant connection to the Internet for Oxy; a redundant connection will help insure Oxy against loss of Internet connectivity.

Below: how our redundant Internet link arrives to campus, starting at the corner of Rangeview Avenue and Avenue 49.

 

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August 26, 2014

Occidental College Library and partner organizations Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society (ERVHS) and Highland Park Heritage Trust (HPHT) are preserving 100 years of local history by building a digital archive of Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood newspapers.

Selected years from a dozen papers are now available online, for example, Belvedere Citizen, Highland Park Post-Dispatch, Highland Park Herald, and Eagle Rock Sentinel.

The papers with sample content thus far are the following:

  • Belvedere Citizen
  • Eagle Rock Advertiser
  • Eagle Rock Sentinel
  • Eastside Journal
  • El Sereno Star
  • Highland Park Herald
  • Highland Park News-Herald & Journal
  • The Occidental

To access them all, visit the...

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August 26, 2014

In the last three years, Library staff have been  implementing  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 building, the nature of library collections, and the conceptual and physical role of the building in campus intellectual life. Following an account of the general goals of the review, readers will find a history of the project beginning with the ACTF recommendations about the Library’s...

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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...

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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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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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