Director of IT speaks with student government

Written By Alex Grubbs, USG Beat Writer

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Some classrooms lack a projector or a Smartboard at Point Park, but technology services at the university plan to change this.

Costing roughly $25,000 to $30,000, the technology department on campus built an interactive classroom that allows instructors and students to use and write on technology on top of the desks.

“We went out and looked for something we can afford,” Tim Wilson, director of Technology at Point Park, said to student government on Monday.

“It’s been a great success,” Wilson said.

Multiple types of a classes are taught in the classroom, including computer sciences, math and business.

But no new furniture was bought for this new change in technology.

“[We] took the existing furniture and turned it around,” Wilson said.

Recording Secretary Davion Heron questioned how quickly new classrooms would be transformed to the interactive classroom.

Wilson hopes to have a classroom renovated during the summer.

Heron also asked how classrooms currently without built-in projectors or smart boards can be modernized while this new change is happening.

“We are wanting to move in that direction,” Wilson responded citing that it decrease the amount of time workers have to move equipment across campus and that professors have been requesting for these new upgrades.

The interactive classroom is currently in room 307 of Academic Hall.

Sen. Kayla Damazo also asked for more printers being available around campus including Lawrence Hall and the Student Center.

Wilson said that it was the first time receiving that request and it can be an easy adjustment.

Also at the meeting, Sen. Shayna Mendez brought attention to the inconsistent nursing hours on campus. The head nurse of the department is Coordinator Heather Capo.

“We understand she is the head of the health department,” Mendez said. “It is convenient for students to not know when the nurse is going to be there.”

Mendez hopes that students become more aware of when the nurse will be in the office. The current hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

President Blaine King also swore in freshman sports, arts and entertainment management major Nick Hesselbirg as a senator.

USG will not meet next Monday, Feb. 27 due to spring break. The next meeting will be held Monday, March 6 at 3:15 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Student Center.

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