Director of Academic Computing
The Department of Academic Computing is dedicated to the support and integration of appropriate digital technology within the University’s academic programs. The department maintains 30 separate computer labs equipped with industry-standard software located throughout the campus, including additional facilities in our new, state-of-the-art Terra Building. In addition to word-processing labs and multiple high-end graphics labs using enhanced Power Macintosh G5s, three music labs, and an animation lab, the University hosts a New Media Center comprising four dual-platform digital laboratories that enable the integration of animation, graphics, text, music, and sound. Other specialized digital facilities include a computer-driven loom for fabric making, and a newly built facility incorporating a three-dimensional printer for creating objects and a laser-scanner for digitizing objects. Academic Computing facilities are networked using gigabit bandwidth, accessing a cross-campus fiber-optic backbone. In addition, there is a robust wireless network in all academic buildings. The University is proud to be a member of the New Media Centers, a group of the nation’s leading academic institutions and technology corporations dedicated to the advancement of technology in education.
Open access to the computer labs is available daily to facilitate individual exploration and to ensure adequate time outside of class for independent work. Students are not required to bring personal computers, but may find it beneficial to have their own depending on their major, individual schedule, and needs.
Students interested in purchasing their own computers are welcome to contact the Academic Computing office for advice on hardware and software selection and information on the educational discounts available. The University does not accept responsibility for the installation, maintenance, repair, or security of student-owned computers.