1. CHANGES IN SUL/AIR COMPUTING AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT MODEL...and RELATED PARTY INVITATION
December marks the initiation of a revised organizational model for SUL/AIR's computing and technology units. RITS (Research and Instructional Technologies Suppport) and Residential Computing, along with the staff and public desktop support components of the Systems Office, have been merged into one organization to be managed jointly by Lois Brooks and Jeff Merriman. This new model furthers some of the goals in bringing Residential Computing into SUL/AIR last year, and was designed to foster better continuity and synergy across SUL/AIR's technology support programs for faculty and students. Additionally, we hope to benefit from economies of scale on the operational side, resulting in better service and support to both the University community and to our own SUL/AIR staff.
Lois Brooks will be responsible for the programmatic services side of the new organization. This includes the expanded Academic Technology Specialists Program; our Expert Partners; program-related technology support within SUL/AIR; a re-examined model of technology program support for Residential Education; the Academic Technology Lab in Meyer; and several new Language Lab program initiatives.
Jeff Merriman will be responsible for technology operations and development within the new organization. This includes all of the RITS and Residential Computing operational support functions, a newly formed cross-organization networking services group, the documentation group, and a newly-conceived small programming cohort that will work especially to develop tools and other infrastructure software for the organization's broader program initiatives.
Ed McGuigan, who has served as an extraordinary designer and leader of RITS since its conception, is stepping into the role of senior technician and technical advisor in the programming area mentioned above.
In January, Jeff and Lois will set up meetings with various departments within SUL/AIR to talk about their new organization and gain input as they initiate new support models. This announcement will be followed by more detailed information as the new organization takes shape. Please continue to contact the same sources you have been contacting for information and technical support; any changes to support models will be announced as they are made.
NOW FOR THE PARTY...
PLEASE MARK NEXT THURSDAY AFTERNOON ON YOUR CALENDARS FOR AN OPEN HOUSE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF MEYER. STOP BY ANY TIME FROM 2:00 TO 5:00 P.M. TO CELEBRATE THESE TRANSITIONS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.
The festivities will be centered in the Flexible Class-Lab and will include: