Elon Technology Blog

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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Elon’s Maker Hub at the largest maker faire in NC

Elon's exhibit at the Burlington Mini Maker Faire.

Photo by Leena Dahal.

On Saturday, April 23, Elon students, faculty, and staff participated in the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. The event drew thousands of people of all ages to the Holly Hill Mall, where various schools, organizations, business, individual hobbyists showcased their work and talked shop with other makers.

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 A quick hello and an app to help you cope with PDFs

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That’s me! Photo credit to John Martin

My name is Jess and I’m thrilled to be one of the new bloggers here at the Elon Technology Blog. As a senior Biology major with a minor in Communications, it likely comes as no surprise that I adore any opportunity to chat about science. I believe that science in the media is a societal necessity (plus it’s so much fun!).

Much of my love of science came from running around outside as a child in South Africa and picking up anything that wriggled, but a huge part of it also came from the media I was surrounded by. From Steve Irwin to Blue Peter to forest-critter fiction to hours of documentaries, popular science media was a constant source of joy and inspiration. In my future, I would ultimately like to go into research, yet more and more I’ve realized I want to be equally as involved in scientific communication – be that journalism, film, photography, or public events.

To start my foray into science communication by coming to you guys through the Elon Technology Blog is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to discussing a variety of innovations here on campus. With each upcoming blog post I hope to bring you stories of the awesome technology that your peers and professors are using.

In the mean-time, as an initial greetings gift, I offer you my newly-discovered panacea to those end-of-the-year research woes: Kami.  Continue reading »

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