Iowa Lakes Trustees review technology

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Iowa Lakes Board of Trustees spent time reviewing the latest in technology at the college during their December meeting Tuesday afternoon in Estherville.

Bob L'Heureux, vice president of administration, introduced Jerimiah DePyper, the director of the technology department.

DePyper shared several advances in emerging technology which have been implemented recently. Technology is used in teaching and learning as well as administratively at the college.

Technology rich experiences for students reflect the innovative use of real world solutions.

Recent steps include a new firewall, tripling the speed of the college's Internet bandwidth and securing a redundant exchange server.

Other recent actions include leasing network printers -- and student computers -- which have both proven to be good cost saving measures.

In the near future, tech staff members expect to implement digital signatures on some college forms. In succeeding years, expected actions include installing higher performing routers to support growing bandwidth needs, upgrading the wireless infrastructure and beginning digital signatures in more of the college's areas.

In other business, the Trustees approved five grant requests and one mini grant request to be made to the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Commission.

Projects include an interior improvement project for the combined public and college library as well as a drainage upgrade for the Emmetsburg campus. Other proposed projects include equipment to enhance the local garden project, equipment for snow removal for parking and sidewalks of the Smith Wellness Center and library and an extrication system trailer to be used for training EMS personnel.

Jolene Rogers, Executive Director of Community and Business Relations, updated the Trustees on state training programs. Iowa Lakes has business training grants in all five counties again this year. Skill-up programs are gaining momentum as participant numbers are up significantly.

The scholarship application for the 2015-16 academic year is open. Rogers also reminded everyone that year-end giving opportunities are available to those who need a charitable contribution for the 2014 calendar year.

The Trustees set the housing and meal plan charges for the 2016 Fiscal Year. The rate will increase by 2.63 percent, which is $75 per semester.

The board will gather again next year on Jan. 20, 2015.

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