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I Caught You Caring (ICYC)

by Rachel on August 21, 2014 in Spotlight

I Caught You Caring

During July 2014, the following members received “I Caught You Caring cards for providing exceptional service:

Ben Li, (Helpdesk)

Haylee Friel (Helpdesk)

Vincent King-Spezzo (eLearning)

Kinard Thomas (Technical Support)

Brian Anderson (Technical Support)

Amanda King-Spezzo (eLearning)

Sheila Hall (Training & Communication)

Joseph Mitchell (Media Services)

Kyle Culpepper (Media Services)

Na Ding (Enterprise Applications)

Annon Beepath (System Operations)

Clinton Cauley (Technical Support)

Matthew Flannigan (Technical Support)

Rex Devane (Media Services)

 

The cards can be completed by anyone to recognize any VSU employee for going the “extra mile.”  To learn more about the program, visit the ICYC site.


 

 

May/June 2014 Super Techs

by Rachel on July 10, 2014 in Initiatives, Personnel, Spotlight

 TSS Super Tech Award Recipients for May – June 2014
Technicians are assessed using a developed rubric emphasizing initiative, professionalism, quality of work, reliability, and uniqueness. Recipients of the award receive a certificate and a $25 gift card.



Image of Clint Cauley                              Image of Matt Flannigan
Clint Cauley
, Student Tech                            Matt Flannigan, Lead Tech

 


 

V-State Mobile TV Interview

by Rachel on June 30, 2014 in Initiatives, Spotlight

Sterlin Sanders, assistant director of TSS, conducted televised news interviews spotlighting V-State Mobile and its approach towards integrating mobile technology with communication between faculty, staff, and students. In the two news segments aired on June 26, Sterlin estimated approximately 400 downloads since the app’s launch.

He expects the number of downloads to rise in the fall as more students arrive on campus. The TV interviews also show large support for V-State Mobile by members of the VSU community who find the app convenient and helpful. Great job Sterlin and all those involved in developing the app!

Watch the TV News Interviews on WCTV TV and WALB News!

 

Person with Globe For more on the university’s new app, read V-State Mobile: Official VSU App.


 

IT Student Assistants Recognized

by Sheila Hall on April 22, 2014 in Initiatives, Spotlight

Student Employee of the Year

 

Congratulations to the following IT student assistants who were nominated and recognized at the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Program on April 17:

 

  • Rachel Martin (Training and Communication) – a Top Ten Nominee
  • Benjamin Garcia (Technical Support Services) – a Top Ten Nominee
  • Kinard Thomas (Technical Support Services)
  • Matthew Flannigan (Technical Support Services)
  • Taray Eady (Technical Support Services)

 

Thank you for your unequivocal work ethics, professionalism, and down-right, hard work!


 

Spotlight: IT Techs present at VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

by Sheila Hall on April 15, 2014 in Spotlight

We are very proud of the following IT Techs who presented at the 2014 VSU Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Taray Eady
  • Cameron Thomson
  • Chad Lawson
  • Kinard Thomas 


Research Abstracts:

A SURVEY OF COMPUTER ASSISTED DRIVING (Lawson, Thomas)
Examines the advances of technologies in the automobile industry that are used to assist drivers. The rapid development of computer and communication technologies has a broad and deep impact on all aspects of our life, including our daily driving. In recent years, various technologies have been developed to allow drivers and vehicles to determine their locations on the map, to display rear views, to diagnose mechanic and electronic problems, to communicate with monitoring and emergency centers, and to prevent vehicle theft. However, most of these technologies have not been integrated together as a driving assistant system to help with tedious driving and to avoid accidents and life losses. This paper reviews various driving aid technologies including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), OnStar, Cruise Control and Wi-Fi with an aim to analyze the need and feasibility to integrate them into a computer assisted driving system.

Undergraduate Research Presenters1
Pictured: Edward Lawson, Kinard Thomas, and Willie Lawrence
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SURVEY OF WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (Eady, Thomson)
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a wireless technology for transmission over shortranges. Because of its ease of use, security and versatility, it has been included in almost all mobile devices being released today. Typical applications of NFC include contactless payment to replace various credit cards, building keys, subway passes and movie tickets. The technology is rapidly growing and various other markets have adopted the use of NFC chips and tags into their products, including appliances and automobiles, for device-to-device communications, data transfer, monitoring and automatic control. However, the use of NFC is still fairly new to many users and thus has had a rough start as a mobile payment system. In this paper, we will explore the many different uses of Near Field Communication today, security risk associated with using this technology and its future.       View NFC Poster

Undergraduate Research Presenters 2
Pictured: Taray Eady and Cameron Thomson