iTech is revamping software and swapping out old equipment across campus.
Lonnie Nagel, associate chief information officer, provided the South Texan with some insight regarding to how the process of replacing technology takes place. Nagel noted that on JNet, there is a tab labeled Tech Help where many can seek assistance.
Although replacements occur at the digression of individual departments, it takes a specific amount of funding to replace older computer models. This specifically targets Windows PCs. The criteria for renovation includes being within five to seven years of operation that have not receive federal grant funding. The modifications do not include any auxiliary, residence halls, or Aramark based equipment. The iTech team will first attempt to refresh the entire system, along with software before actually swapping out the old with the new.
Software programs are another story. Texas A&M University-Kingsville does not have the proper licensing to distribute all of the Microsoft Office programs as well as the Adobe software. Only the music, art, and communication departments have approved Macintosh computers.
All computers are federally mandated to operate through single sign on in order to monitor all activity.
One student is making it his mission to revamp an outdated computer lab. Lelyan Adams, business major is going above and beyond to find ways to increase funding within his college.
“I have created surveys asking students who walk in whether they prefer Macs or Pcs and how they feel about the confined space,” said Adams. He’s hoping that the demand for an update will make way for a collaborative study integrated lab.
Adams feels as though the numbers are not there and feels as though the College of Business is seen as inferior. He plans to propose his efforts to Natalya Delcoure, dean of College of Business, hoping that a committee will emerge and find ways to receive donations and additional funding.
Jesse Ochoa, RTF major, feels that it is great to have iTech taking the time to maintain all computer systems across campus.
“Hopefully each TAMUK College will receive enough grant funding to provide state of the art equipment across the board,” Ochoa said.