Benchmarks - September, 2014

Campus Computing News

John Hooper

Campus CIO set to retire at the end of the month

By Claudia LynchBenchmarks Online Editor

John Hooper, pictured right, Vice Provost for Information Technology and UNT’s Chief Information Officer, will retire September 30. He was honored at a reception in the Gateway Center Ballroom on September 15, with many people in attendance who have worked with John over the years. Ironically, this month's "By the Numbers," on the right side of the front page, includes significant milestones in the history of computing at UNT including John's appointment to the position of Executive Director of Administrative Information Systems.

UIT Web Site gets an Update

UIT Logo

By Dr. Philip Baczewski, Senior Director of Academic Computing and User Services and Deputy Chief Information Officer for University Information

UIT staff spoke to many students, faculty, and staff members on campus during the information gathering phase of our recent strategic planning process. Two recurring themes during those discussions were, "how can I find out what IT services are available at UNT?", and "How can I get help with IT services at UNT?". In response, we have made some changes to the UIT website to better direct people to available IT Services and to the support infrastructures that can provide direct help for those services.

There’s a new kind of CDS in town… CDTS!

Old CDS logo

By Ray Banks,  IT Manager, Academic Computing Technical Services (ACUS) 

The fall semester has started! As mentioned in a previous Benchmarks Online article, Curry Searle led the Classroom Desktop Services project in 2008, supporting four heavily utilized collaborative computer classrooms at Discovery Park. Additionally, he provided technical management of the Sage Hall Academic Testing Center from the startup in the fall of 2012. He heavily contributed countless man-hours to make these areas successful and leave heavy shoes to fill!

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and More

EDUCAUSE Conference logo

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

You still have time to register for the EDUCAUSE 2014 Annual Conference, coming up at the end of the month. There is also a virtual Annual Conference, and EDUCAUSE Live! webinars remain free and available for viewing at a time of your choosing.

The Class of 2018

UNT Freshman pin

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

Every August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin has released a summary of characteristics typical of incoming freshman. This year's list emphasizes that the Class of 2018, most of them born in 1996, have grown up in a world where content and information have always been free and omnipresent. This has some interesting consequences.

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By the Numbers

Down the Corridor of Years


Benchmarks Online publications from 2005 note:

  • Oracle and PeopleSoft merged.
  • Adobe began offering free online instruction on the use of their products.
  • Dr. Philip Baczewski was named Director of  Academic Computing and User Services January 1, 2005.
  • UNT subscribes to, a "plagiarism prevention system."
  • The State allows UNT to sell surplus property to the general public through direct sales, providing the property is determined to be of no further use to the university.
  • Richard Harris retired after 42 years of University service and the "End of an Era" became official.
  • Matlab comes to campus.
  • A campus RFID interest group was formed.
  • John Hooper, technical project manager of the EIS implementation, was appointed in July to replace Coy Hoggard, who was retiring in August, as Executive Director of Administrative Information Systems: "The End of an Era II"
  • Denton, and UNT helped evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • The first issue of the InHouse newsletter was published in October.
  • A UNT Information Security Handbook for Faculty, Staff and Students was created.
  • Sandy Burke, Manager of the CITC Helpdesk, retired:The End of an Era, Final Cut

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