NOTRE DAME’S AMBITIOUS ‘TRANSFORMING COMMUNICATIONS’
PROJECT HONORED WITH ACUTA’S TOP AWARD
HOLLYWOOD, Florida, August 1, 2007 – The University of Notre Dame has won this year’s Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology Award, presented by ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.
Notre Dame was honored with ACUTA’s highest institutional award for its comprehensive communications infrastructure and business process upgrade, a project known as “Transforming Communications.” The initiative was based on a mobile communications model designed to be continually adjustable to the changing demands of the university community.
In the Transforming Communications project, Notre Dame installed a multi-carrier cellular distributed antenna system to provide enhanced cellular communications across its South Bend, Indiana, campus. It also added 500 new Wi-Fi access points in 27 residence halls, nearly doubling its number of campus access points.
In addition, the university removed 3,364 traditional land lines in student housing areas and redirected its financial focus toward newer IT priorities of students. Finally, Notre Dame introduced cable TV services in all its residential spaces.
The project involved collaboration with students, faculty, and administrators and maintained sensitivity to the historical architecture on the campus. As Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins noted, the Transforming Communications initiative “enables the university to achieve new ways of conducting our business and, more importantly, provide new ways to inform our students and enhance the quality of their educational and residential experience here at Notre Dame.”
“What Notre Dame has accomplished with its Transforming Communications project is an outstanding example of the innovation and technological progress we are seeing on ACUTA member campuses,” said Jeri Semer, executive director of ACUTA. “This project reflects very well the ACUTA mission of supporting our members in leveraging communications technology so they can help their institutions achieve their missions.”
Earning Institutional Excellence honorable mentions were the University of Idaho and the University of Cincinnati. The University of Idaho implemented an intensive two-year project to bring high bandwidth to the campus in Moscow, in rural northwest Idaho. The project gave the university access to a high-capacity computing network and increased its ability to participate in national and international research and collaboration. At the University of Cincinnati, the UC Mobile project brought significant improvement in cellular coverage, integrated the campus voice-data infrastructure with the mobile operator’s network, and brought public Wi-Fi to the campus.
ACUTA, which is meeting here this week for its 36th annual conference, is the only national association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education communications technology professionals, representing some 2,000 individuals at 770 institutions.
The Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology Awards are sponsored by PAETEC.
ACUTA, the Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at some 770 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information, visit www. acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.