Grant to enhance ACU technology
For immediate release
May 24, 1999
Abilene Christian University will receive a $309,000
Higher Education Technology Advancement Grant. The
Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board, a state agency
in Austin, has notified K.B. Massingill, director of Adams
Center for Teaching Excellence and project coordinator of
the grant committee, of this award.
Massingill and Marsha Harper, director of Mabee Library,
worked together in applying for this grant.
According to Massingill, the grant money will be divided
into thirds for making improvements across campus.
One-third of the grant money will be used for library
improvement. Most of the planned improvements for the
library will focus on transferring existing paper, sound and
video documents into electronic documents that will be
available on student servers and may eventually be available
on the internet. Other additions to the network include a
color printer and a CD-ROM server that will allow more than
one person to use the database at a time.
Harper is excited about the service opportunity this
equipment will create. She hopes to provide more electronic
opportunities for people in Abilene to use the resources of
the ACU library.
One-third of the money will be used for video
conferencing and distance education. Video conferencing has
been a valuable asset to ACU's education opportunities, and
more groups are wanting to use this medium, Massingill said.
A second, larger facility will be built to accommodate more
people and to reduce scheduling conflicts with the existing
video conference room.
The other third will be used to improve student servers
on campus and possibly alumni services. The student servers
are already being improved as part of the CTE's 5-year plan
of technological improvements, so this money will assist in
upgrading the equipment, he said. One potential benefit may
be a lifetime email system for ACU alumni.
"The grant money leverages what we are already trying to
accomplish with our 5-year plan of improvements," says
Massingill. "This just makes our plans more robust."
Massingill discovered this grant by looking at the state
of Texas website which publishes grant opportunities
including those available from the Telecommunications
Infrastructure Fund Board. Up until this year, ACU has not
been eligible for any because the first ones offered by the
board were for state universities and 2-year colleges.
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