Enhance the Physical Plant, infrastructure, informational resources, and instructional and other technological capabilities of the University.
Upgrading Data Network Structure and Capabilities
The campus began a process to upgrade outdated and non-serviceable network equipment in 2009. Network infrastructure had not been upgraded in more than 10 years and equipment needed ongoing servicing. The new network will feature state-of-the-art equipment, increase capacity of data transmission, and be more reliable for campus users to minimize interruptions and network down time.
Purchasing Only Energy Star Computers and Servers to Reduce Energy Consumption
Beginning summer 2008, Information Technology Services began purchasing all new computers and servers with an Energy Star rating. The Energy Star servers, desktops, and laptops can reduce power consumption by as much as 95 percent, allowing PSU to improve efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.
Extending the Computer Replacement Cycle from Three Years to Four Years
In the spring of 2009, Information Technology Services began Implementation of a four-year computer replacement cycle to stretch budget dollars and insure that all users have the technology tools they need to do their jobs. Monitors are only replaced if necessary. In addition, centralized computer and software purchasing via the tech-orders system allows PSU to take advantage of volume pricing.
Enhancing Use of Virtual Servers as a Replacement for Physical Servers to Reduce Energy Costs and Increase Efficiencies
Technology now exists to create several virtual services on one machine. Since 2007, Information Technology Services has progressively eliminated physical servers in favor of virtual servers. With this new technology, what once took many physical machines can now be condensed into a few higher powered servers to achieve direct savings in the form of lower electrical needs, reduced cooling needs, and through the reduction in purchase cost of the additional physical servers.
Implemented a Pay to Print Program that Decreased Overall Printing and Increased Campus Awareness
Each year, approximately 12 percent of PSU’s student, staff, and faculty community regularly exceed their 400-page print quota. About half of those users exceed their quota by more than 500 pages. To increase awareness regarding printing and to help eliminate wasteful printing, PSU’s Information Technology Services department, the President’s Commission on Environmental Sustainability, and the Student Senate worked together on the Pay-2-Print initiative, which went into effect in July 2009.
Shifted Installation of Classroom Technology to In-House Staff
Beginning in summer 2008, the Classroom Technology Service workgroup began doing all multimedia installations, saving PSU more than $20,000. This not only allows the campus to stretch limited dollars but also builds an in-house capability that can respond to more campus needs.
Installed Emergency Communications System for E-notification
Campus implemented an electronic notification system through a contracted service to enable emergency communications to faculty, staff and students. Communications can occur via e-mail, cell phone, or home phone virtually instantly. This notification system has been tested and used for actual emergencies on campus as well as for campus closings.
Installed External Campus Siren for Emergencies
A new campus siren has been installed on High Street in an effort to notify the campus and community in the event of an emergency.
Formation of the Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG)
This group was reinstated in 2009 to ensure there is increased focus on academic technology issues. This group is co-chaired by the director of Lamson Library and the chief information officer. They will examine the effectiveness of academic technologies currently in use and recommend new technologies that can be adopted to increase and support faculty and teaching.