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									Technology Task Force 2002 Minutes
(January 17, 2003)

Members Present: David Crockett, Co-chair; Wade Swenson, Co-chair; Les Bakke, Kristin Bentz (student),
Tim Borchers, Rhonda Ficek, Glen Guida, Ron Jeppson, Bryan Kotta, Brian Oxton, John Sherman, Eejay
Smith, Mark Wallert, Carolyn Zehren.

Members Absent: Cory Coners (student), Barbara Vellenga.

The meeting opened with the discussion of the proposed meeting dates: January 31, February 28, March 14,
April 4, April 18, and May 2. With the exception of April 18, these days work well for the committee
members, with only a few conflicts. The meetings will be held at 11:45 in Owens 207C.

Dave Overby, Information Technology Department, Northwest Technical College, will meet with members of
the Task Force Committee on Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. The committee will view Northwest
Technical College’s wireless installation. Committee members are to meet on the south side of Owens Hall at
9:45 a.m. to travel to Northwest Tech.

February 7 has been scheduled for members of the committee to view Mankato State University’s wireless.
Dr. Crockett will arrange the transportation.

Less Bakke discussed the infrastructure of MnSCU and our campus. The handouts, Network Services and IT
Infrastructure, were distributed to the committee members. There are 96 strands coming from St. Paul to
Moorhead. The central hub for all of the MSU Moorhead, MnSCU, and InterTec equipment and cabling is the
computer room, LI 207. From LI 207, the connection goes to Nemzek, the dorms, class buildings, Owens, and
the MSU Moorhead houses and church. Fiber cable is installed to each of the campus buildings. Within each
building is a LAN cable. It goes to offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, wherever there is an Ethernet
connection. The PC’s, Mac’s, and printers are connected to this. The MSU Moorhead hub is also connected to
Concordia as well as other state offices. MSU Moorhead’s connection is as fast as any other hub in the state of
Minnesota. At times, when the internet is slow, it is because all of the state of Minnesota goes through that
same connection. Hub technology is slower than if we moved to switch connectors. If the University does
goes wireless, we will give up speed for convenience.

Bakke distributed the Master Technology Plans handout. The Information Technology Master Technology
Plan web site is now in place and fully accessible. It can be accessed via http://www.mnstate.edu/it/technology.
It addresses the three main master plans: Planning Alignment and Integration, Statement of Technology
Initiatives, and Assessment. Les Bakke should be contacted if you need to edit or update this site.

Les Bakke moved that the minutes of December 16th be approved. Bryan Oxton seconded the motion. The
minutes were approved unanimously.

A discussion followed as to the parameters of the Task Force charge, in addition to MnSCU’s request. The
question was raised, “What does the term technology mean and where do we draw our boundaries?” Possible
discussion topics that were suggested include ergonomics, HVAC, computers, networks, classroom technology,
lab technology, card access, video conferencing, workstation configuration, online reserve in library, audio-
visual technology, instrumentation, PDA, and tablet PC. It was suggested that the committee needs to focus,
and limit, the topics to be discussed because of the time frame involved. But, that they also must be careful to
include all needed topics because of the way things on campus are interrelated and integrated.

Dr. Crockett suggested that classifications be established on classroom technology capability. For scheduling
purposes, if faculty need certain capabilities, they would know immediately what classrooms have that
capability.
Wade Swenson passed out the Survey, “What Would You Like To Do With Technology.” The committee was
asked to look it over and e-mail him, or send inter-campus, their suggestions regarding the survey before the
next meeting. Two questions, which should be addressed, are: 1) What are you doing and accomplishing with
technology today? and 2) What would you like to be able to accomplish? The third page of the survey
addresses the skill level of the survey participant. It is hoped that a survey of this kind, to be completed online,
could be sent out to the campus community at a later date.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 31.

The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
Diane Stokes

								
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