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Minutes provided by Sue Ellen Richey, Recording Secretary

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IRC Regular and Ex-officio Voting Members: Judith Adkison, College of Education; Donna Asher, Administrative Affairs; Craig Berry, School of Visual Arts; Lou Ann Bradley, Communications Planning Group; Cengiz Capan, College of Business and GALC; Bobby Carter, UNT Health Science Center; Matt Creel, Student Government Association; Christy Crutsinger, Faculty Senate; Jim Curry, Academic Administration; Don Grose, Libraries and University Planning Council; Joneel Harris, EIS Planning Group; Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Planning Group; Tom Jacob, College of Arts and Sciences; Abraham John, Student Development; Jenny Jopling, Instruction Planning Group; Armin Mikler, Research Planning Group; Kenn Moffitt, Standards and Cooperation Program Group; Ramu Muthiah, School of Community Services; Jon Nelson, College of Music; Robert Nimocks, Director, Information Technology, UNTHSC; John Price, UNT System Center; Philip Turner, School of Library and Information Science and University Planning Council (Chair, IRC); VACANT, Graduate Student Council; VACANT, Staff Council; VACANT, University Planning Council; Virginia Wheeless, Chancellor, for Planning; Carolyn Whitlock, Finance and Business Affairs;  IRC Ex-officio Nonvoting Members: Jim Curry, Microcomputer Maintenance and Classroom Support Services; Richard Harris, Computing Center and University Planning Council; Coy Hoggard, Computing Center/Administrative; Judy Hunter, GALMAC; Maurice Leatherbury, Computing Center/Academic; Doug Mains, UNT Health Science Center; Patrick Pluscht, Center for Distributed Learning; Sue Ellen Richey, Computing Center (Recording Secretary); Ken Sedgley, Telecommunications.

November 19, 2002

VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT: PHILIP TURNER, Chair, ELIZABETH HINKLE-TURNER, RAMU MUTHIAH, KENN MOFFITT, GINA TRAN (for CHRISTY CRUTSINGER), JIM CURRY, BRIDGETTE CARTER (for DONNA ASHER), CENGIZ CAPAN, WIL CLARK (for JOHN PRICE), PAUL HONS (for JUDITH ADKISON), CAROLYN WHITLOCK,  LOU ANN BRADLEY, JENNY JOPLING, NANCY MCCRAY (for VIRGINIA WHEELESS), ROBERT NIMOCKS, DUNCAN ENGLER  NON-VOTING MEMBERS PRESENT:  RICHARD HARRIS, JUDY HUNTER, JOE ADAMO, MAURICE LEATHERBURY, SUE ELLEN RICHEY  (Recording Secretary) MEMBERS ABSENT: JON NELSON, COY HOGGARD, JONEEL HARRIS, CRAIG BERRY, MATT CREEL, PATRICK PLUSCHT, DOUG MAINS, TOM JACOB, DON GROSE, ARMIN MIKLER, BOBBY CARTER, ABRAHAM JOHN GUESTS: JENNIFER LAFLEUR

President’s Staff Meeting

The Chair reported meeting with the President’s Staff (formerly called the IR Steering Committee) and presented the Computer Upgrade Guidelines as well as the Web Accessibility Policy. The President’s Staff will consider the Web Accessibility Policy and Dr. Turner will keep the Council posted on the action they take. The Computer upgrade Guidelines will be posted on the Web by Maurice Leatherbury.

DCSMT  

Maurice Leatherbury reported for the Distributed Computing Support Management Team (DCSMT) that Philip Baczewski has been chairing the most recent meetings, and that there has been no official action taken by that group. There was a report, however, that the wireless roll-out is planned with access points being set up in various places across campus, the first of which will be in the Information Science Building. The plan is to install access points in each building on campus, with approximately 3 to 5 access points required per building. Users will be required to log into the campus network to gain access to the wireless system.

Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund

Maurice also reported that he, as representative of UNT, attended a statewide joint meeting of the working groups of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund in Austin. At this first joint meeting, all of the working groups reported what they are doing with regard to public education, libraries, health care, community networks, and higher education. This joint group’s focus will primarily be to lobby for the passage of legislation to extend the TIF grant funding until 2009, as well as to increase the funding. At the same time, the TIF Board met and voted to fund a new round of public education grants in the amount of $100,000,000. Maurice explained a plan to establish a state-wide network to connect higher education institutions with high speed communications not to replace Internet2, but to provide an intranet for the State of Texas. This state-wide network would then be able to plug into the “National Light Rail” that is planned. An estimated 5 million dollars will be needed for the connection to the light rail system. Maurice said that the universities that were at that meeting agreed to contribute to this project. It is estimated that it could cost $50,000 per year for five years for UNT to participate in that system, but the funding source has not been identified.

Richard Harris added that the national light rail is going to happen, and he said he would like to see Dallas become the connection point. He also said he’d like to see the percentage of contribution from universities be based on the percent of sponsored research at each institution, rather than an equal contribution from each one. He explained that when the Internet2 contracts run out, this new high-speed fiber backbone could substitute for that at a lower cost.

Public Health Education Network  

Robert Nimmocks commented that HSC is working with Univ. of Houston and Texas A & M on a grant to build a public health education network. A big problem is the lack of a large scale data communications backbone in the state of Texas.Nimmocks believes that this plan has to happen.

Instruction Planning Group

Jenny Jopling reported for the Instruction Planning Group that it has not met, but plans to meet on December 12th to discuss College of Education’s request to establish a faculty support web page, as well as the use of PDAs in the classroom.

Communications Planning Group

Lou Ann Bradley reported for the Communications Planning Group that they met in October and discussed various wiring issues.

EIS Project Planning Group

Richard Harris reported for the EIS Project Planning Group stating that they have finished their fit gap sessions at which functional teams tried to match UNT’s business practices to the PeopleSoft software and decide how best to deal with the gaps. The Planning Group will now prioritize the gaps that have been identified. The preliminary project plan will be presented to the core committee in the week of December 9th; the implementation plan will be approved during the week of December 17th, with implementation beginning January 6th.

Cengiz Capan commented that it would be advantageous to consult with faculty as the data warehousing is being designed. Richard replied that the project team is very aware of the need for faculty input in this area.

Standards & Policy Planning Group

Kenn Moffitt reported for the Standards & Policy Planning Group that during their last meeting they worked on guidelines for resale of used UNT computers.

Student Computing Planning Group 

Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner reported for the Student Computing Planning Group that they were working on two projects:  1) the “What is my EUID?” poster project; and 2) the student computing survey for which they are developing questions. This group will not meet again until January.

Distributed Learning Team

Jenny Jopling reported for the Distributed Learning Team that they have just completed a week of training with WebCT on the Vista upgrade. During the week they began strategizing the implementation of the upgrade, defining course hierarchies, and setting up a schedule for a pilot program using Vista with ATTD this coming summer. They also discussed a plan for training and support of Vista. A week of “hands-on” training is planned for the week of December 2nd. Jenny also reported that a software product called NetOp (a teaching tool for application sharing over IP) will be used by SLIS in the Spring semester at a cost of $3,000 for two instructor licenses and 60 student licenses. She stated that they have looked into the use of a product called Tegrity, because there has been some interest in this software; however, it is extremely expensive and it is thought that NetOp together with WebCT can product similar results.

IRC Meeting Schedule

The IRC generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, from 2-4 p.m., in the Administration Building Board Room. From time to time there are planned exceptions to this schedule. There was no meeting in December. All meetings of the IRC, its program groups, and other committees, are open to all faculty, staff, and students.