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The General Access Computer Lab Managers: What We Did This Summer

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

It is hard to believe that another September has rolled around and it is time to do my 'What we did this summer' lab manager report. Boy, were we busy! And in many cases we will continue to be busy updating, rebuilding, and improving throughout the rest of the year.

This article begins with the massive amount of work done at the Discovery Park by the Engineering General Access Computer Lab and new Discovery Park occupants, the SLIS lab. The two labs are located above and below each other so if one is full just go up or down the stairs to the other lab. Between the two facilities, 60 machines as well as many printers and scanners are available for student use.

The Engineering Lab got new paint, furniture, and carpet and is currently installing new machines:

engineering lab paint and carpet

As reported above SLIS has a brand new facility fully featured in these photos:

slis lab view

slis lab view

slis lab view

slis lab view

A few Benchmarks ago I did a feature on the College of Education General Access Computer Lab which was able to complete its renovation work early in the season. Since that time, however, COE has replaced all UPS units and purchased 6 small Dell printers for its team area.

The lab in Chilton Hall did much work adding new desks, name it! They installed 62 Dell OptiPlex 755 SFF Q6600 2.4 GHz computers with 4 Gb memory, and 22” wide flat panel monitors; a smaller check-in counter in preparation for their transition to self-service checkin, and heavy-duty printer cabinets. Plus new art work is on loan from the UNT Art Gallery:

view of Chilton view of Chilton view of Chilton

The College of Arts and Sciences replaced G4 Macs with 24” Intel iMacs. Old LCD monitors have been replaced with 24” wide screens, except in Wooten Hall where there is space for only 21” monitors. Another place you will find new iMacs is in the Willis 24-hour lab. These iMacs are 'dual boot' so students can use either the Macintosh or Windows operating system. And they look awesome too!

The College of Business labs have all new PCs: 285 machines and stands with 22” monitors, and new Dell 5310 printers. Labs in Art, Music, and at the System Center Dallas only had minor upgrades and changes this year.

Finally, the ACS / Adaptive Lab had no new equipment changes for now but has a PERSON change instead. The new manager of the ACS GAL is Mikal Hensarling - congratulations Mikal! Mikal is rolling up his sleeves and getting ready for next spring when this lab will begin building a new facility in a new location with a move-in date of late May 2009. More on the ACS / Adaptive renovation and move as the info becomes available. Well - that's all for this last summer. We still haven't caught our breath! As always check out the UNT General Access Computer Lab Website for all lab information including hours, location, and software and hardware availability.


Originally published, September 2008 --  Please note that information published in Benchmarks Online is likely to degrade over time, especially links to various Websites. To make sure you have the most current information on a specific topic, it may be best to search the UNT Website - . You can also search Benchmarks Online - as well as consult the UNT Helpdesk - Questions and comments should be directed to


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