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Elon embraces the National Week of Making

Elon students, alumni, and faculty participated in this year’s national Week of Making with conferences, faires, and White House exhibits. We led discussions, educated the public, and even took home awards – and we wanted to make sure that you heard about it.

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Elon student creates interactive games for children


Render of the Leap in action. Note the little piece of hardware plugged in in front of the laptop: this is the sensor and camera.

Peter Traunfeld, a senior Computer Science major, has been researching a way to offer parents a technology that can teach, entertain, and potentially therapeutic benefits to their children. It’s cheap, it can be used at home, and it’s ideal for children that are sensory-seeking. With his own personal codea Leap Motion sensor, and a Microsoft Kinect, Traunfeld has been spending two years at Elon developing interactive games that combine elements of music, manual dexterity, color, coordination, and creativity.

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Dan Harder presents at premiere IT educator’s conference

Dan HarderMr. Dan Harder, the Director of Campus Technology Support and Assistant CIO, recently represented Elon at the Miami 2016 Connect Conference for EDUCAUSE: the leading nonprofit organization for those seeking to ‘advance higher education through the use of information technology.’ In addition to leading two of the main stage speeches Harder was also a part of the team responsible for conceptualization and execution of the entire conference. This is the third year that Harder has spoken at EDUCAUSE and the first that he has been on the planning committee.

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Greg Colby receives Acorn Accolade

Greg Colby, systems infrastructure architect for Elon, has been chosen as the June recipient for the Acorn Accolade award.

Greg Colby receiving the Accolade from Assistant VP for Technology Christopher Waters

The award is given each month to an outstanding member of Elon’s Instructional and Campus Technologies team. 

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Summer computer replacements begin

With the arrival of summer, IMG_1435Campus Technology Support (CTS) is gearing up to start our annual summer replacement program for computers that have completed their four-year life cycle. This year is another record year for the program, with more than one-quarter of campus computers being replaced to newer models. The replacement program targets Elon University faculty, staff, and computer labs on the main campus, as well as at the Law School. If your computer is up for replacement, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help keep the transition as smooth as possible. Continue reading »

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WebEx now available for faculty, staff, and students

Elon University faculty, staff, and students now have access to webexWebEx, a web conferencing tool that allows you to meet with others in a virtual environment at any time from any location with an internet connection. Think of it like a super-charged Skype that works with your Elon account. Read on for more information about WebEx and its capabilities.  Continue reading »

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Students present Maker Hub Kickbox projects

Image of golf ball pendulum Elon Kickbox projectOn Thursday, April 28, the students who worked all semester on Maker Hub Kickbox projects presented their work. The Kickboxers discussed the progress they made over the past three months, the hurdles they overcame, and any future plans for continuing their projects. Continue reading »

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April Acorn Accolade goes to Christina Bonds

BondsAwardApril’s Acorn Accolade was presented to Christina Bonds, an Application Developer in Web Technologies. The Acorn Accolade is awarded each month to an Instructional and Campus Technology (I&CT) employee to recognize his or her exemplary service to Elon.

Bonds is recognized for her instrumental role in developing the Elon Payment Gateway. In her work on this project, she was successful in creating a project that not only exceeds the ability of other online commerce applications but also adheres to all standards for computer connection. Bonds is additionally commended on her teamwork, as she is known to work cooperatively with peers and seek the most fruitful solution to any problems that may arise.

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University accounts after graduation

With commencement right around the corner, many graduates might be wondering what actions they should take, in regards to their various University accounts. Here are some helpful reminders for students who are graduating. Continue reading »

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Media Services, and the important things they’re up to

Jenn Grimmett sits at her desk, the heart of Elon’s Media Services office. It’s her third year in the positionmedia services, and when asked about the evolution of Media Services, she has a lot to reflect on.

“Have things changed in the running of Media Services year to year? Oh, yeah. Of course they have,” she says. “In more ways than one.”

Media Services, for those who don’t know, is home to a myriad of technical equipment. A host to everything from laptops to film equipment, Media Services is an efficient, easy, and free way to checkout the tools you need, all with the simple tap of a Phoenix card. Media Services is just one of the many perks to being an Elon community member, yet its presence on campus often goes unrecognized. However, after sitting down with Grimmett, it’s clear to see that Media Services has evolved into a fine-tuned machine, and it never stops improving. Continue reading »

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