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Computer Services staff keeps campus connected


Members of the Computer Services team are (left to right) William Edison, Robert Crolius, Alan Mingen, Berry Stickel, Harriet Lettis, Tim Roberson, Phyllis Sturm, Jonathan Lewit, Paul Chauvet, Lucy Walker, David Dixon, Neil Sobrado and Bruce Locke. Not all staff members were present for the photo.

Story and photo by Kristin Charles

Computer Services staff members are the wizards behind the technological curtain at New Paltz. And they like it that way, according to Jon Lewit, assistant vice president of technology.

“The use of computers has infiltrated every aspect of the college,” says Lewit. “While our work is at the campus community’s fingertips, we want our presence to remain transparent.”

The work of Computer Services is far-reaching, with almost 1,000 faculty and staff computers and 700 computers in the student labs. The department is divided into the following areas: administrative computing; academic computing; and support networking. Administrative computing maintains offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid and Records and Registration. Academic computing keeps the computer labs, PC classrooms and the Blackboard system running. Support networking staff is responsible for such services as student Helpdesk and campus e-mail.

The department also determines the best technological matches for the college. Recent updates include such security-related items as switching to Symantec anti-virus to protect campus computers and adopting CounterSpy as the campus anti-spyware software.

As technology needs grow, so does the staff. There are 20 staff members split between offices in HAB 50, Wooster Science Building, and the former School of Business Building located on the south end of campus. “Technology never stands still,” said Lewit. “We’re always adapting.”

JANUARY 30, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 2

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