Lab-of-the-Month: The Labs of the College of Arts and Sciences
By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager
With the largest number of offered credit hours on the UNT campus, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) hosts a network of General Access Labs with a special emphasis on the computing resources needed for the fulfillment of its academic requirements. Covering the needs of majors in such diverse areas as psychology, computer science and aerospace studies, these labs contain a large inventory of hardware and software and feature almost every aspect of computing service.
The CAS General Access Labs (CASGAL) are located in four areas throughout the UNT campus: two are found in the General Academic Building (GAB 330 and GAB 550) while the remaining are in Terrill Hall Room 220 and Wooten Hall Room 120. The locations feature slightly different hours with the Terrill Hall and GAB 550 facilities open from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday while the Wooten and GAB 330 rooms remain open until midnight Monday - Thursday and have additional hours on Saturday (noon - 8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (noon - midnight). The manager of the CASGAL system is James Strawn and he is kept busy making sure his distributed facilities are running smoothly!
The number of computers available to students in these four labs is significant: over 150 PCs (PII 400s) running Windows 2000 are available as well as 32 new G4 Macintosh towers. The majority of these machines are located in the GAB labs and all of the Macintoshes are found there. The Terrill and Wooten Hall facilities are cozier with 28 and 19 PCs respectively. All four facilities feature flatbed scanners and laser printers and the GAB 330 area has a color printer also.
Each long semester, an average of 7,000 individual students visit the CAS General Access Labs at least once. This equals one-fourth of the entire UNT student population! Counting all their repeat visits, CASGAL provides service to over 75,000 patrons each long semester. With a large staff of qualified monitors and tech personnel, visitors to the CAS labs will find well-equipped areas with friendly service for much of their general computing needs. Additionally, the CASGAL network has an informative Website with a thorough overview of its policies and procedures at www.cas.unt.edu/gal/ .