Technology Administration

Duane K. Jackson, Director of Academic Computing SBM
Patricia Burke-Black, Technical Manager
Obediah Nwagbaroacha, Technical Manager
Victor Payz, Technical Manager
Luther Moore, Technical Manager

Laboratory Assistants:
Charlene B. Brown, Sherwayne Stoute, Jason A. Witherspoon,
Felicia N. Johnson, Tyrone K. Thorpe

The Earl G. Graves
School of Business and Management
Technological Capability Statement
McMechen Hall

Mission Statement
The mission of the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management is to provide quality instructional, research and service programs that meet the educational needs of a diverse student population.

All classrooms include a standard computerized podium with a crestron touch panel control unit for all connected devices. The standard podium includes a networked personal computer, laptop computer interface port, document camera, CATV, VCR, LCD projector or monitor, wired microphone (large classrooms only) and a connection interface to the communication sub-center. All standard podiums have access to local file servers and the Internet. Each podium contains an alarm system, anchor pads, security cabling and tamper proof screws on peripheral devices.

Computing Facilities
There are six fully functional computing facilities. Two of the facilities each house forty three networked personal computers and four large scale laser printers. Four of the facilities each house thirty three networked personal computers and eight large scale laser printers. Each facility has a standard computerized podium. Also, all of the computing facilities are equipment with the minicom system. The minicom system enabled the instructor to control any workstation in the facility from the master podium station. The instructor may choose to capture a workstation's screen on the master podium station or take control of the workstation's keyboard and mouse to enter commands.

The Amphitheater is designed to function as a complete standalone multi-media room. In addition to the standard computerized podium and Communication Sub-center sources, the dedicated equipment includes a DVD player, a dual audio cassette deck, wireless microphone system, and three cameras. The cameras are used to record a given presentation.

The fully computerized boardroom was designed for "working" productivity meetings. The custom-built boardroom table includes sixteen integrated personal computers. GroupSystem Software by Ventana East Corporation is installed on a dedicated file server to service the on-board workstations. The software is configured to handle collaboration and decision making. Standard software tools use group automated processes such as brainstorming, list building, information gathering, voting, organizing, prioritizing, and consensus building. The audio conferencing system provides telephone conference capability to all sixteen workstation positions. Also, a standard computerized podium and three cameras for recording presenters are included.

Communication Sub-center
The communication media sub-center houses the nCube video server, mGen Multimedia authoring tool, rack of VCRs, rack of DVD players, digital editing system, wireless microphone interface control, camera controls and slide-to-video equipment. The nCube video server will provide streaming video "upon demand" via over Internet protocol. The mGen authoring tool provides a user friendly interface design to incorporate current forms of media such as pictures, text, graphics, sound, and video into web pages. Through the CATV backbone, the VCRs and DVD players allow the system to schedule recorded media for playback on the systems' internal channels. The digital editing system provides the ability to edit "raw" recorded video into a professional product for viewing. The wireless microphone system serves the amphitheater next door. The camera controls are for the camera in the amphitheater and boardroom. The slide-to-video system enables a presenter to use regular slides in an automated fashion.

Network Infrastructure
McMechen Hall is connected to other campus computing resources via single mode and multi-mode fiber optic cable. The computing facilities' local area network (LAN) is configured in a star topology. Connectivity is achieved via 100 base TX fast Ethernet over Internet Protocol using Cabletron smart switching technology. The cabling system includes category three cables, category five cables, coaxial cables, and IBM type one cables to support data, voice, and video applications internally.

Dial-up Capability
The dial-up server provides the faculty, staff, and students with dial-up access via modem to the campus computing resources and the Internet. There are thirty lines available, expandable to fifty.

Network Fax Capability
The network fax server provides the faculty and staff with the capability of sending and receiving faxed document using their office desktop computer connected to the LAN. Also, the fax server has fax-on-demand capability. Fax-on-demand enables the organization the ability to store common documents on the fax server. The common document can be accessed via the automated index of the fax server for user request without human intervention.

Digital Library
The CD-ROM Server Digital Library System provides storage and file access to common CDs of course, research data, and multi-media applications stored on CD. The digital library can be accessed via the LAN.

Interactive Teleconferencing Studio
The Interactive Teleconferencing Studio houses the Maryland Interactive Distance Learning Network System (MIDLN) and a Vtel Teleconferencing System. The MIDLN system is a collaborative synchronous video system intended for distance education in the state of Maryland. MIDLN is a full-motion video, fiber optic network managed by Verizon Video Division of Maryland (formerly Bell Atlantic). The system currently connects over one hundred and fifty sites of K1-12 schools, Community Colleges, Universities, and government agencies. A MIDLN classroom connects four sites interactively using compressed video. There are eight monitors in a classroom; four monitors in front for the student to see each connected site, and four monitors in back for the instructor to see each connected site. The Vtel Teleconferencing System enables the University to connect to other sites outside on the MIDLN System via dial-up.