Distributed Computing Support
Management Team

Meeting Minutes

July 17, 2009

Meeting Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Chilton Hall, Room 245

Joe Adamo (Computing and IT Center), Troy Bacon (AVP Finance and Business Affairs and Controller), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair, Director of Academic Computing, Computing and IT Center), John Berra (Registrar), Craig Berry (Collegel of Visual Arts and Design), Ben Bigby (College of Music), Ginger Boone (University Union), Charlie Brien (UNT Facilities), Jim Byford (College of Engineering), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences), Chu Chuah (College of Public Administration and Community Service), Wil Clark (UNT System Center @ Dallas), Katy Gallahan (ABN Lan Mgmt), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Scott Jackson (Libraries), Abraham John (VP Student Development), Brenda Kirk (CITC PC/Lan Support), Gary Mathews (College of Information), Tom McElwee (Micro Maint/Class Supt Serv), Jason McMullen (Business Services), Richard Sanzone (Computing and IT Center), Chris Strauss (Computing and IT Center), Roy Zumwalt (Texas Academy of Math and Science)

Members Present
Ben Bigby (College of Music), Chris Strauss (CITC Remedy Administration), Chu Chuah (Col. Of Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Craig Berry (College of Visual Arts and Design), Dan Kidd (for Tom McElwee, CITC Micro Maintenance), Gary Mathews (College of Information), Katy Gallahan (ABN Lan Mgmt), Krysta Berry (for Joe Adamo, CITC Communications), Mike Hatch (College of Business), Paul Hons (College of Education), Philip Baczewski (DCSMT Chair (CITC)), Richard Sanzone (CITC Helpdesk), Shea Rogers (for Jason McMullen, UNT Business Services), Tim Christian (College of Arts and Sciences)

Angela Mosley (UNT Dallas), Bahram Paiani (CITC Network Computing Services), Charity Beck (CITC Central Web Services), Charlotte Russell (CITC Admin/Compliance), Claudia Lynch (CITC Academic Computing), Craig Terrell (CITC Network Computing Services), Curry Searle (CITC ACUS), Debbie Reynolds (UNT Purchasing), Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (CITC Student Computing), Gabe Marshall (CITC Security), Jackie Thames (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), James Strawn (College of Arts and Sciences), Jason Gutierrez (CITC Network Computing Services), Kory Booth (CITC Operations), Matt Graham (UNT Libtraries), Maurice Leatherbury (CITC AVP Comp/CTO), Nassos Galiopoulos (Public Affairs and Community Service), Patrick Pluscht (Center for Distributed Learning), Ramu Muthiah (Col. Public Admin & Comm. Svc.), Royce Tolley (UNT Dallas), T. J. Adamowicz (CITC Network Computing Services), Tom Bunten (HSC Academic Information Services)


Minutes from July 3, 2009, were approved as written.


Maurice Leatherbury (CITC AVP/CTO) introduced Debbie Reynolds from UNT Purchasing and Payment Services (PPS) and announced that new rules allow purchasing from hub vendor for Dell desktop equipment. Order fulfillment can now be made through Summus Industries. There will be no change to delivery or asset data provision. No cost increase should incur from dealing with Summus. Unless purchased directly from Dell, invoices for Dell equipment will come from Summus instead of Dell.


Maurice Leatherbury (CITC AVP/CTO) related that new State rules required development of an Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility Policy. UNT's policy was based on UT system model with modifications by UNT counsel. IT purchases must be certified as compliant with accessibility rules. The responsibility falls on state agencies to certify accessibility. Charlotte Russell (CITC Administration and Compliance) has been named the EIR accessibility coordinator as a resource to help purchasers. UNT PPS will include language in PO's for vendors to certify compliance. Departments could be audited to ensure compliance


Patrick Pluscht (CLEAR) explained that "clickers" are student response systems that allow immediate feedback within the classroom. UNT has adopted from Turning Technologies inc. a product named Turning Point which integrates with Microsoft's PowerPoint application. The software allows for polling of students with answers provided by the "clickers" which feature a numbered keypad for response selection. Anonymous or identified response are both supported. The system is meant to provide context for discussion or can be used as a means of assessment within a class. faculty can use the textbook adoption process to request clickers as part of their class. The clickers $40 for students and can be sold back at half price as long as they are in adoption.


Philip Baczewski reviewed the Microsoft SCCM training schedule slated for the last week in July and the first week in August.

Dann Kidd announced that Dell 2210 monitor previously approved by DCSMT members has been included with UNT's default Dell desktop configuration on Dell's Premier site. DCSMT members approved the replacement of the 9550 processor in the E6400 Latitude laptop default configuration once the 9700 is available.


Tim Christian (CAS) announced that the Information Technology Council approved adoption of Drupal as web content management system (CMS) for UNT. UNT has more than 1 thousand web sites and over 1 million pages associated with those sites. A web CMS will allow better standardization and update of web sites. An RFP for CMS was proposed but few responses were received. The decision was made to abandon the RFP in favor of existing standards in use on campus of which Drupal was the preferred. University Relations, Communication, and Marketing will support a web development center with up to 12 staff to help development and improvement of UNT web sites.


Craig Berry reported that the Art lab usage statistics showed 25% use of Windows and 75% use of Mac OS on their dual boot machines.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:56 a.m. The next meeting is scheduled for August 7, 2009.

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