Proposal Archive




Approved FY11 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee during FY12 to receive funding from the FY11 Student Technology Fee.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Student Advisory Board

Project Title: Tech Lab in Cambridge Community Center

Project Scope/Description: We propose to install a small computer lab in the Cambridge Community Center. The lab would have 4 computers, and a printer. The computers should have all of the software that is needed in order to succeed as a student in the Cambridge Community. This software includes Microsoft Office, ProEngineer, Matlab, and all other software in the campus software package. We would like the printer to have scanning and copying capabilities, and to operate like the printers in the library where students could pay per page with their terrapin express account. Access to this room would require swipe-access.

The lab would be open during the same times as the CCC for convenience. Since there will only be a few computers and a printer, there shouldn’t be too many maintenance issues. This lab will be very useful to the residents of the Cambridge community, because it will provide them with close computer access that they currently don’t have.

We have been notified by Dr. Dave Eubanks, the Associate Director of the Scholars Program, that the College Park Scholars program is willing to help fund this project.

Approved Funding: $4,600


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Astronomy

Project Title: Expansion “Yorp” Computer Custer for Student Research

Project Scope/Description: We are requesting funds for the purchase of a high-performance computer cluster node. An appropriate model would have 24 GB of RAM and two Intel Xeon X5670 2.9 GHz CPUs of 6 cores each.

Approved Funding: $5,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Public Health

Project Title: Psych Data Survey Supporting Faculty Mentored Student Research

Project Scope/Description: PsychData is an online vehicle for conducting secure, accurate, and reliable online research in the social sciences. The program was designed for and by social science researchers, and it can be used in multiple kinds of research projects, including brief surveys, dissertations, and complex, grant-funded studies with thousands of participants. It is much more advanced than the free, online survey options available at this time (e.g. SurveyMonkey). The program also helps with preparing required IRB materials for conducting research with human subjects and has live support services. PsychData also makes downloading data collected through the program simple by offering four different commonly-used formats: SPSS, Excel, Tab Delimited, and CSV.

For a unit to purchase use of PsychData for multiple users, it requires a yearly contract, which allows unlimited use of PsychData’s services. Once a contract is purchased, users can access surveys and data 24/7 from any computer. The unit can also add and remove users to the database as needed throughout the contract with associated fees.

Some of the major benefits associated with purchasing a contract with PsychData include professional and responsive customer support and daily backups for data. Also, IRB’s routinely approve online research conducted using PsychData, which demonstrates its efficiency and reliability as a vehicle for online research. PsychData even includes an IRB tutorial on their website detailing important concepts associated with IRB’s, including informed consent and the security challenges that arise during online research. PsychData integrates multiple security measures, including 100% SSL encryption and password protected security access. PsychData makes downloading data collected through the program simple by offering four different commonly-used formats: SPSS, Excel, Tab Delimited, and CSV. This mechanism will greatly aid researchers with the organization and analysis of their data. The customer support component of PsychData includes live online support, detailed video tutorials on different aspects of the program, access to articles on relevant topics, and general contact information.

Approved Funding: $5,750


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Project Title: Memorial Chapel Lobby Kiosk and Digital Signage System

Project Scope/Description: We seek funds to create kiosk and digital system in the Chapel Side Lobby. We plan to remodel the entrance are by removing cluttered bulletin boards and old directory glass case. bulletin board will be replaced by a computer kiosk and digital signage system. The computer system will serve as an information system for customer to use basic internet services and entry to access chapel website information. The television system will include a digital signage program called AxisTV. The system will display publicity information on upcoming events and services. This will be controlled through an online web-based system in which an undergraduate student will administer publications and coordinate with Stamp tech office on website maintenance.

The following are the technical equipment required for purchase:

  • Dell computer kiosk with wall mount
  • TV kiosk with wall mount
  • Data jack (self-support) – 2 network jacks
  • Axis TV program (pro version)

Approved Funding: $6,750


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Project Title: Symons Hall Open Workstation Lab, Student Lounge and Peer Mentors Office

Project Scope/Description: Construction and infrastructure for this new combined facility was recently completed. The need is to equip the facility with 20 iMacs for student use.

Approved Funding: $11,980


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Computer Science

Project Title: Teaching Assistant Room Tech Renovation

Project Scope/Description: The University’s Strategic Plan states that, “Students will succeed in completing their education in a timely manner…because institutional support will be available where needed.” The purpose of the Teaching Assistant (TA) Room is to provide a space where graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants can hold “office hours” to assist students in computer science classes. However, the room’s current state does not allow students to take full advantage of receiving help from a teaching assistant. Students must take the time to search for their teaching assistant amongst the crowded room and they are limited to working with minimal table and whiteboard space. The attached pictures show the list of TA hours mixed with coding for computer problems on the whiteboard. This unorganized system makes it not only difficult to find out the availability of a specific TA, but also to write and understand code. The lack of technology in the room further hinders students from receiving proper help. Furthermore, this space is currently not able to be utilized for any other purposes that could benefit students, such as holding web conferences with companies. In the current economy, increasing the number of interactions students have with companies is vital. In fact, Microsoft has already expressed an interest in this type of meeting if we had the capability.

The purpose of this project is to renovate the current TA Room to include technology that can help students receive the support they need. This will align with UMD’s Strategic Plan which envisions that students will have the resources needed to succeed. More specifically, we are requesting funding for the following equipment: two electronic whiteboards and a stand, ten 24-inch monitors, three Dell computers, a 47-inch flat screen television with cables and mount, a 42-inch monitor, a webcam and a card swipe. We believe each of these items is necessary to address the previously discussed problems and provide the type of services students need when they visit the TA Room.

Approved Funding: $13,660


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Animal and Avian Sciences

Project Title: Embryology: Expanding Existing Experimental Classroom Equipment

Project Scope/Description: Six additional dissecting microscopes would be purchase so that 20 students can view and manipulate fish, chicken and cattle embryos during the laboratory class. The current number of 12 dissecting microscopes has limited the number students that can participate. Owing to the demand (each year there has been a substantial waitlist), the student number has been increased to 20, however, this means that students will have to share use of the dissecting microscopes.

Approved Funding: $15,300


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Public Policy

Project Title: Audio Visual Upgrade for Public Policy Seminar Rooms

Project Scope/Description:

VMH 1113 and 1101 - An audio visual integrated system installation for classroom presentations and video; Equipment that include computer, 52in LCD Screen and a DVD player.

VMH 1101 - Seminar Room - Video camera needed to record classroom lectures and seminars, as is the case with all campus technology class rooms.

Five (5) Tablet PC's for interactive PowerPoint Presentations.

Approved Funding: $15,457


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Music

Project Title: 21st Century Technology for Music Education

Project Scope/Description: The intent of this project is to upgrade the existing video and audio system, replace outdated technology and add a SMARTboard system with 2 MAC workstations with keyboards and a document camera. The current technology was installed in 1999 when CSPAC was built and was not designed specifically with music educators in mind. The scope of this project is to create an integrated audio and video playback system with the much needed addition of SMARTboard technology, which is currently the state of the art system in many classrooms. In addition, the system will include two new MAC workstations, new software and keyboards that will be integrated with the Smartboard. The outdated DVD/CD/Laser combo units and Crestron control systems would be replaced with a blueray DVD player, a CD player suitable for music instruction, and a user friendly Pixie control system. The installation will require the following new equipment: a SMARTboard, 2 MAC workstations with Smartmusic and Sibelius Scorch, 2 keyboards, 1 document camera, DVD blueray player, CD player, and Pixie control system, plus installation labor. The scope of work will be coordinated with O.I.T. and bid out if the project is funded.

Approved Funding: $16,370


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Project Title: Stamp Live Streaming Program

Project Scope/Description: Adele H. Stamp Student Union provides campus community the ability to video record student centered learning experiences outside the academic classroom. In the technology services department we have seen a great interest in video recording services for events. The phenomenon of YouTube and increase in the ability to get on-demand video to share publically is spiraling quickly. The Stamp want to be able to share the many student-centered programs that occur on a daily bases with the global community by providing an on-demand and live stream service channel. The Technology Services department working group has done extensive research to figure out the various forms of video technology to provide excellent streaming services. Recently we began offering a free video recording service to provide 15 minute recording clips of programs and events for our YouTube channel. The limitations of YouTube video recording size, determined further research was needed to identify a technology with on-demand video for longer recordings. On average our events are a minimum of 60 minutes which makes it difficult to view events in its entirety. In addition, the need to do live recordings and social media chat is also important to harness the out of classroom experience for communication of external viewers. After much research the service that best fulfills these features is called, LiveStream.

University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs which happen within the Stamp walls. The Stamp student union is a self-support department that opens its doors to students all year round. Generally, the building is open 120 hours per week, hosting on average 11,000 events per year. These events consist of mainly student driven centered programs and services. From small meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, academic tournaments, award ceremonies, and the list goes on! Many of these programs and events require most students to only attend an event in-person. With the growing technological ways for students to engage and communicate in the 21st century, programs over the internet are becoming more attractive The great mix of programs taken place in the Stamp offers an excellent opportunity to stream campus community programs live to share with the global community. Extending the University experience to users globally!

Technology services currently video records and edits events giving customers content on a DVDs, or download recording via the web. With the download option this is for a short time as we are unable to store content for long periods as the recording for events is large. LiveStream will enable us to store content for longer periods and offer innovative technological features. Below are the features the LiveStream system will provide:

  • File Storage
  • Discussion Boards
  • On demand video
  • User Statistics
  • Export reports
  • Dashboard
  • Mobile Apps
  • Facebook and Twitter integration

These services will take the wonderful things hosted by campus community happening in The Stamp.

Approved Funding: $17,450


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Office of Academic Computing Services

Project Title: LeFrak Open Lab/Computer Classroom Refresh

Project Scope/Description: The scope of this project entails the purchase of 44 Dell Optiplex 790 workstations split between two labs. Each lab would receive one instructor workstation, 20 student workstations, and one workstation spare.

Approved Funding: $24,640


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University Career Center & The President's Promise

Project Title: University Career Center/The President’s Promise Tech Infrastructure

Project Scope/Description: The following enhancements would not only provide the means to connect our undergraduate and graduate students to prospective employers, but would promote the University of Maryland as a high-tech, high-touch place of learning.

Technology Classrooms:

The University Career Center & The President's Promise (the Center) would like to build an infrastructure to support the video and audio capture of all the various seminars, industry networking panels, outreaches, classes, and employer presentations that take place in our facility. These events could either be streamed live over the web or recorded for web accessible devices so that students and interested parties could view them in their entirety (provided they have a valid UM directory ID and password). Two cameras, two microphones, and a microphone mixer would need to be installed in both classroom locations, along with a computer to act as the storage device and remote control for the cameras.

Additionally, the current computers in the Career & Employment Resource Library are extremely outdated (most equipment purchased nearly a decade ago). Nine computers need to be replaced in this area to provide students onsite access to various online career tools and resources. Also, one printer would need to be added in order to provide free resume printing services.

Multimedia Conference Rooms (2):

Two additional locations would act as multimedia conference rooms to display video content to our partners and allow students to participate in video conferencing and virtual interviewing opportunities with employers. Each of these two locations would need a PC, wall-mounted LCD display, IP conference phone, and IP camera.

Approved Funding: $29,607


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Music

Project Title: Digital Recording Project for Opera Rehearsal/Classroom

Project Scope/Description: The intent of this project is to upgrade the existing video and audio system, replace outdated technology and add a SMARTboard system with 2 MAC workstations with keyboards and a document camera The current technology was installed in 1999 when CSPAC was built and was not designed specifically with music educators in mind. The scope of this project is to create an integrated audio and video playback system with the much needed addition of SMARTboard technology, which is currently the state of the art system in many classrooms. In addition, the system will include two new MAC workstations, new software and keyboards that will be integrated with the Smartboard. The outdated DVD/CD/Laser combo units and Crestron control systems would be replaced with a blueray DVD player, a CD player suitable for music instruction, and a user friendly Pixie control system. The installation will require the following new equipment: a SMARTboard, 2 MAC workstations with Smartmusic and Sibelius Scorch, 2 keyboards, 1 document camera, DVD blueray player, CD player, and Pixie control system. plus installation labor. The scope of work will be coordinated with O.I.T. and bid out if the project is funded.

Approved Funding: $31,323


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Project Title: PSLA Smart Board Deployment

Project Scope/Description: The scope of the project covers the purchase and installation of 7 Smart Boards Model X885 with UX60 Projectors into the 7 different spaces identified in the Project Location portion of this proposal. The hardware requires a standard Peerless Universal 61” x 102” Flat Wall Mount for each and may also require an electrical outlet to be installed in at least 3 of the 7 locations. The hardware interfaces through Meeting Pro software with either a desktop or a laptop which the PSLA department will provide. This software enables Smart Board interaction with digital ink and allows for markups of documents such as Landscape Architecture AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Illustrator, and Photoshop files. We currently have plans to remodel 3 of our 7 studios and we would like to incorporate this installation with the construction of these spaces.

Approved Funding: $32,807


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Project Title: STARS – Student Activity Reporting System – Enhancement

Project Scope/Description: Student organization officers use the Student Accounts Resource system (STARS) most frequently to manage budget responsibilities, such as creating Internal Service Requests, registration purposes, and member list updates (these are all things that they are required to use STARS for in order to maintain registration status and recognition status that leads to SGA funding). Functions added in the last update to STARS (announcements and e-mailing members) indicated as used by very few organizations. Students have much displeasure in the look and feel of pages. The STARS system has been a good initial attempt to manage student organizations online. Even with new functions it is no longer meeting the growing needs of student organizations and requires a more robust web-based student organization management system. This is why after much research the Stamp formed a STARS working group which included student organization representatives. The result of the group proposed to implement a third party student organization system called OrgSync.

OrgSync consist of features which will better engage all students in the involvement opportunities that this campus has to offer; mainly social networking capabilities, calendaring sharing, mobile applications, and more. This system provides an optimum means for administrators and groups to manage data and it is ultimately a tool to build a stronger student organization community. Over 150 college institutions adopted OrgSync for student organization collaboration to build better relationships and improve student learning outside the classroom. Orgsync empowers student leaders with the ability to improve management of their organizations than the current system.

Below are the added features the OrgSync system will provide not currently available in STARS system:

  • Electronic Forms
  • Files and Folder Storage
  • Discussion Boards
  • Participate in Polls
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos
  • Website Template build module
  • Co-Curricular Transcript
  • Learning outcomes and reflections
  • Customize Member Profiles
  • On demand and customized Reporting
  • Review of real-time Organization & User Statistics
  • Text Messaging
  • Card Swipe integration
  • Export statistical information in PDF, excel, and CSV file formats
  • Electronic Forms creation
  • Discussion Boards
  • Community Calendar
  • iCal integration
  • Dashboard of hours and learning outcomes for activity involvement
  • Mobile Apps
  • Facebook and Twitter integration

OrgSync also offers full-time development, support teams, and continued user recommended enhancements. They actively solicit input from their user community and implementing features beneficial to the community. Many features in current system were inspired by current college campuses across the United States. The purpose of Orgsync adoption is to improve the registration process, promote collaboration, and increase student relationships in the campus community. OrgSync has the possibility of reaching out to incoming freshman to preview the list of available student organizations. Other Universities who adopted OrgSync, found this to be a positive action to increasing awareness of student organizations on campuses. New students will be more excited to join or start a new group due to the modernized design and advanced technology features within OrgSync.

Pre-populate rosters for Greek organizations to allow the granting of house/room access. Stamp middle-tier maintains local data-customer access without requiring them to re-write. The Orgsync API allows the flexibility to have a recent copy of the student organization data for internal reporting integrations, and partner systems can continue to interact with STARS data system. STARS system will interact with new Stamp middleware which directly interacts with OrgSync and the following systems:

  • Department of Fraternity and Sorority (DFSL) card system
  • University MyPortal student information system
  • Student Organization offices key checkout system
  • STARS database system

In the spring semester in 2011 the Student Organization Resource Center survey indicated the need for improvements to the STARS system. A new system will provide the basic resources for student groups to build and sustain membership, utilize the newest technology, and improve communications among members and other student organizations. Therefore the adoption of Orgsync will take the job out of finding or creating technology resources each year for student organizations.

Approved Funding: $50,250


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Honors College and Resident Life

Project Title: Honors College Living & Learning Technology Ellicott Community

Project Scope/Description:

(1) LaPlata 1124, LaPlata 1125, Hagerstown 1112, Hagerstown 1125 - There is currently no installed technology in these four seminar rooms and the student leaders who teach the HONR100 sections were the first to request installed projectors and speakers in these multi-use spaces.

(2) LaPlata Multipurpose Room 0100 - This room is used for a variety of student programming and it is scheduled to be renovated in summer 2012. This makes it the perfect time to install projection and sound technology. Because of structural poles in the middle of the room, two projection screens and two projectors are needed to accommodate 80 people in chairs.

The equipment entered on the proposed project budget was recommended by Sue Clabaugh of OIT.

Approved Funding: $51,000


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Approved FY10 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee during FY11 to receive funding from the FY10 Student Technology Fee and were approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Nariman Farvardin, and Interim Vice President and CIO, Dr. Joseph JaJa.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Public Policy

Project Title: Audio Visual Upgrade for Public Policy

Project Scope/Description: Students frequently use the conference room, the lounge, and the seminar room when they invite guest speakers or show presentations and videos. We are requesting funding to pay for equipment including: 2 - 52inch LCD Screen TVs, 2 - DVD players, and a video camera.

Approved Funding: $12,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Public Health

Project Title: Public Health Collaboratory for Training and Learning

Project Scope/Description: The critical element of this proposal is that we will create on "one-stop" collaboratory in which all of the students connected to our programs and others across campus can "see" and "touch" current and emerging applications in a single location that: 1) they will be expected to know how to use when they become professionals; 2) can provide opportunities through telepresence and videoconferencing to visit and see places that they cannot see in textbooks in the same way; and, 3) can be used to make a difference in their own health and to impact complex health issues in real communities.

HARDWARE and SOFTWARE

  • ANT+ is the wireless technology that allows accessories such as heart rate monitors, speed/cadence sensors, foot pods and power meters to “talk” to your compatible Garmin fitness watches. Now ANT+ allows you to track and store data from a treadmill run or a spin bike workout. Once a workout is done, ANT+ keeps on working. When in range of a PC, smartphone, iPad, iPod touch, any compatible Garmin fitness device can wirelessly send the data to Garmin Connect™ via the USB ANT Stick™.
  • Digifit Connect: Digital Wireless Fitness and Health Accessory for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. Compatible with ANT+ interoperable sensors such as the Garmin and Adidas heart rate monitors & foot pod, cycling sensors by Garmin and Spinning / Star Trac and the Tanita BC-1000 weight scale.
  • Tanita BC-1000 Ant+ Wireless Body Composition Package: The NEW D-1000 Remote Display from Tanita displays nine body composition readings wirelessly from your BC-1000 platform. An indicator light illuminates the corresponding icon (weight, Body Fat %, Body Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, DCI - Daily Caloric Intake, Metabolic Age, Physique Rating, Visceral Fat) for each measurement as it is displayed on the oversized LCD screen with blue backlight. Stores user data for up to four users and doubles as a clock when not in use. Built-in stand for upright viewing, and push button indicators include: up and down arrows, user, set, recall, guest, weight only, and on / off. Packages includes: Tanita BC-1000 Body Composition Monitor, Tanita D-1000 Remote Display, and Garmin FR-60 Black Fitness Watch. Additional Accessories included: USB ANT Stick, Healthy Edge Software.
  • Paired with Garmin Forerunner 310XT we are able to track workout data using GPS, distance covered, pace, heart rate and wirelessly transmit using the ANT+ bridge to MAC, PC, smart phones, iPAD, iTouch.
  • Healthrageous - health promotion / disease prevention / chronic disease management: Gathered with a biometric devices for blood pressure, blood glucose, physical activity, etc., are safely and securely sent to the Personal Health Intelligence Platform. An expert system combines this information with individual input on health habits and preferences to create a personalized plan to meet goals and overcome challenges along the way. Real-time updates on progress are charted against goals, Healthrageous continuously updates its expert guidance, tips and support – securely delivered when and where you want it.
  • ESRI Arc GIS Desktop - ArcGIS is a system for people who rely on accurate geographic information to make decisions. It facilitates collaboration and lets you easily author data, maps, globes, and models on the desktop and serve them out for use on a desktop, in a browser, or in the field. ArcGIS helps you with: Asset/data management including systems integration, claims/case management, service/territory area management, and constituent/customer management; Planning and analysis such as forecasting and risk analysis; Business operations such as call center/dispatching; monitoring and tracking; field data collection; inspections, maintenance and operations; and routing Situational awareness including decision support and customer/public access. ArcGIS Desktop GIS allows users to perform advanced spatial analysis, model operational processes, and visualize results on professional quality maps.
  • SAS business analytics software provides a technology platform and analytic applications to solve problems in the areas of environment and sustainability; financial management; social analysis; sentiment analysis; performance management; and data and geospatial analysis, among others.
  • Microsoft® HealthVault – A web-based application, HealthVault provides one place to access all of your healthcare records and information, when and where you need them. Users enter their health information into HealthVault through a number of options, including connections with pharmacies, labs, hospitals, and clinics online to get existing information added to HealthVault. And, you can use compatible devices like pedometers and blood pressure monitors to add data. Once the user information is entered into HealthVault, s/he can use it with a variety of online health tools that can be used to stay motivated, generate reports, analyze trends, and receive education and recommendations. HealthVault provides the opportunity to better work with healthcare providers to monitor, share, and organize individual or family members’ health issues, including managing a chronic condition, preparing for an appointment, tracking immunizations, or just taking control of fitness and health.
  • iPad 32 gig 3G models
  • iPod touch - 32 gig models
  • Dedicated server

Approved Funding: $100,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

Project Title: MAPP Student Server and RAID Storage and Presentation Infrastructure

Project Scope/Description: Undergraduate and Graduate populations across all programs within this school work with large scale (physical size and file sizes) visual/graphic and multimedia digital files that require significant storage, fast retrieval and access for individual and collaborative design and research work flows. To satisfy needs we propose purchasing a dedicated file server that would allow students to store, retrieve and host digital media files. The goal of the project is twofold: 1) to allow students defined allocations of server space for collaborative ongoing academic work and research projects in a secure and robust server environment; 2) to build digital portfolios to be used in job placement efforts upon graduation from our professional programs. HDTV presentation stations, that are part of this proposal, would allow students to access their multi-media files anywhere in the building for course related presentations or student interactions. Student built web-based digital portfolios housed on the server would permit employers to review student applying for jobs as well as be a living example of the value added by the University of Maryland through their education. The electronic portfolios would also be used by all programs as a part of the student outcome assessment required by the University.

Approved Funding: $40,860


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Project Title: Monitor Installations for Rooms 2107 & 2109 and Software License Purchase

Project Scope/Description: We require funding to mount 2 large LCD screens so that they may serve each room individually, and so that they will serve when configured as one large conference room. This will require two 65 inch LCD screens and all accompanying cables, a patch panel, two wall mounts, and the assistance of Facilities Management to mount the monitor and provide a power outlet close to the wall mount.

We also have 6 studios that serve about 105 undergraduate and graduate students in our Landscape Architecture Department. They require Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator applications and we currently have a Key Server set up to share the license pool for these software applications. We just recently added the Masters of Landscape Architecture program and due to the increase in students using these applications, we are in need of more licenses to meet the increased demand.

Approved Funding: $18,350


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Music

Project Title: Digital Recording Project for Large Ensemble Rehearsal/Classroom Spaces

Project Scope/Description:The intent of this project is to upgrade the existing video and audio recording systems and replace outdated technology in the rooms listed above. The current technology was installed in 1999 when CSPAC was built. The current systems record to outdated analog VCRs and cassette recorders. The scope of this project is to create integrated audio and video playback and recording systems. The outdated DVD/CD/Laser combo units and Crestron control systems would be replaced with a VHS/DVD combo unit, a CD player suitable for music instruction, a digital recorder and an updated wireless Crestron control system. The installation will require the following new equipment: DV Hard Disc Recorder, DVD/VHS combo, CD player, wireless Crestron menu and control system, plus installation labor and Crestron programming.

Approved Funding: $47,093


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Office of Information Technology

Project Title: Expanding Collaboration and Multimedia Access for Students

Project Scope/Description: Students need better spaces for working together and collaborating on team projects, practicing presentations, etc. This project proposes to set up several "Collaboration Stations" to provide students with attractive and comfortable areas for small groups of students to come together. A variety of arrangements, furnishings, and technological tools that facilitate group work will be provided, such as interactive whiteboard w/projector and video and audio recording equipment in practice presentation areas.

Approved Funding: $48,474


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: BSOS, Hearing and Speech Sciences

Project Title: Information Sharing Upgrades for HESP

Project Scope/Description: The proposals for the LCD monitor, classroom upgrade and IT lecture series all encourage students to identify and use technology, since we can display research use of field specific technology, and then train students in their own use of these programs. The LCD is obviously meant to disseminate information relevant to students and visitors to out non-academic units (the Hearing and Speech Clinic and LEAP pre-school). The lecture series to be supported and then archived via Panopto will form a permanent resource for our own students, as well as faculty and students in PSYC, LING, Human Development and other related units.

Approved Funding: $3,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology; School of Music

Project Title: Technology Lab Integration Project

Project Scope/Description: The current technology lab was installed when CSPAC was built in 1999. Throughout the years it has grown to become a lab that is equipped with portable audio and video recording devices, a post-production audio and video hardware suite, and four computer workstations for student and faculty use. However, the lab is not user-friendly, in that it has been pieced together over the years. The intent of this project is to upgrade the old technology rack and Plasma screen that are both failing and to integrate the computer systems and patch bay to the rack so that it will be easy for students to interface the computers to A/V components with the screen and speaker system.

Approved Funding: $12,271


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Education

Project Title: Interactive Whiteboards for Technology Classrooms and the Computer Lab: Phase Two

Project Scope/Description: This project will install 11 interactive whiteboards and related software throughout general-purpose classrooms in the Benjamin Building. This funding request includes hardware, installation and training costs. The college will contribute in-kind infrastructure and ongoing training post-installation. The College of Education is actively engaged in promoting the strategic use of technology to enhance student learning. The easier it is for faculty to use advanced technologies in their teaching, the greater the opportunity for innovative and effective teaching and learning to occur. To that end, we are looking to increase availability of Smart Technology's Interactive SmartBoards throughout the Benjamin Building. There would be minor installation costs, primarily for wall-mounted installations.

Approved Funding: $48,770


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Approved FY09 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee during FY10 to receive funding from the FY09 Student Technology Fee and were approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Nariman Farvardin, and Vice President and CIO, Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Astronomy

Project Title: Enhancing Student Computational Abilities with Integrated MATLAB

Project Scope/Description: This project is designed to serve the needs of all astronomy majors. In addition, it will benefit non-majors who are taking courses in the astronomy major sequence, including astronomy minors, physics and physical science majors, and other students with a greater-than-passing interest in astronomy. The five courses in the pilot program have a combined total of 80-90 students enrolled per year.
The project will begin in Spring 2010 with ASTR 320, 410, and possibly 121. MATLAB materials will also be developed for ASTR 120 and 310, which are offered in fall semesters. In a time of tight budgets, the department is cutting back on TA positions; we can only undertake an innovative project such as this with external funding assistance.

Approved Funding: $14,717


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Astronomy

Project Title: Mounted LCD Projector to Enhance Use of CSS 0201

Project Scope/Description: We are requesting funds for the purchase and installation of a wall or ceiling-mounted projector as well as a replacement for the room's projection screen.

Approved Funding: $1,450


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: A. James Clark School of Engineering: The Keystone Program

Project Title: Keystone Labs -- Improving Engineering Design Education through Improved Technology

Project Scope/Description: This proposal is targeting funds to upgrade the computer hardware in the two Keystone Labs. This requires the procurement of 90 new computer workstations. JMP 1116 holds 48 students (48 computers + 1 instructor station) and JMP 1215 holds 40 students (40 computers + 1 instructor station).

As part of the large renovation that was conducted in 2007, the construction, infrastructure and furniture required to appropriately support an engineering design course was installed. One of the major expenses of this renovation included 88 student desks from Nova utilizing a ""trolley"" system. This trolley allows the facility to serve as both a classroom and a computer lab in the most effective manner for student learning. The trolley mechanism hides the monitor within the desk during instruction, yet converts the desks quickly and easily into a fully functional computer station (the monitor raises from the desk with the click of a switch). Please see the attached page for a visual representation of these labs. The Keystone Labs are a state-of-the-art design facility which far exceeds the facilities our peer institutions provide for a freshmen engineering design course. This is a testament to the Clark School's commitment to undergraduate education and the Keystone Labs.

An example of how the Keystone Labs are used and why they are so effective is described below:

The instructor can discuss the fluid mechanics required for a student hovercraft design without any distractions (computers), and then convert the entire classroom into a computer lab quickly and easily to let students experience how Excel can be utilized to help make design decisions and automate the process of making iterative design calculations. The computer labs are also used to teach RobotC programming (based on the C syntax) and Pro/Engineer (a computer aided drafting tool).

While the Keystone Labs have been so effective at improving learning and student engagement in fundamental engineering courses, the computer hardware is failing and beginning to hinder student learning. The current computer equipment is approximately five years old and will not last another academic year.

Approved Funding: $41,040


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Project Title: The Leadership, Community Service Learning and NCLP Virtual Education Center Project

Project Scope/Description: We request financial support for the creation and implementation of a publicly accessible, searchable, online resource of leadership education and community service learning programs and related materials (e.g. student programs, syllabi).
Those most likely to benefit from this resource include:

  • University of Maryland students
  • Faculty and Staff looking for resources and partnerships
  • Community Partners
  • Educators in the leadership & Community Service

Learning area nationally Leadership and Community Service Learning education programs are being established at an astounding pace, spanning the range from our undergraduate leadership minor to Alternative Breaks program.. Unfortunately, our current web presences and resources do not represent the depth and breadth of our program offerings and our web sites are limited their visible presents and search features.

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Leadership Community Service Learning and NCLP unit is uniquely suited to gather, maintain, organize, and present to the public information about leadership and service learning education programs offerings to the University of Maryland students, faculty, staff and community partners.

The leadership community service learning and NCLP unit is fortunate that we can also leverage the large campus based student and faculty/staff leadership and service learning net work to support the building of a rich resource that would benefit those doing working with students, in and out of the class room to advance their leadership capacities and access to rich service learning experiences. Along with offering student, faculty, staff, community partners easy to use search functions to access resources to better enable them to create leadership and service learning opportunities to support the mission of the University of Maryland.

The OIT grant will provide the resources needed to move this project from a great idea to a vital virtual resource center.

Approved Funding: $10,800


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union

Project Title: Stamp Portable Video Check-out Program

Project Scope/Description:Adele H. Stamp Student Union provides staff and students the ability to video record student centered learning experiences outside the academic classroom. To facilitate this interest the Stamp offers a free online request system to reserve a video camcorder, projector, and laptop. The video check-out program enables staff and students to record on-campus and off campus programs and events. Technology Service provides professional consultation on recording and web publishing to staff and students. The expertise of the Stamp audio visual staff provides continual support from recording to transferring footage to podcasts, webcasts, or DVD format. Currently, there is only one free video camcorder, which poses a limitation for groups that require multiple camcorders for team building projects or different groups requesting the camcorder at the same time. To sustain their needs groups end up paying for professional services or miss out on recording vital programs or events. In addition, there is one editing station that transfers recordings to a viable final format. To better support we need to provide more video equipment to capture alleviate these issues. Therefore, we are proposing to increase the video camcorders to five additional camcorders and two additional editing. Each station requires Adobe premier and creative suite software, a solid state recording device, and one additional storage server to dump footage and publish over the web. By increasing the number of available portable video camcorders and editing stations technology services will be able to capture and transfer footage more for these student-centered learning experience events, and programs in an effective manner. The additional video camcorders will be incorporated into the current online Stamp equipment portable check-out request system.

Approved Funding: $14,363


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: WMUC, 88.1 FM

Project Title: WMUC Digital Audio Library

Project Scope/Description: We are requesting money for two BlackArmor NAS 440 4TB Network Storage Servers, a multi-hard drive digital information storage unit that can network with up to fifty computers and hold up to six terrabytes of information. This device is relatively small and portable, and would require no construction or implementation other than our receiving it, setting it up and configuring it to the ten computers in the station. While it will be time consuming to archive our hundreds of thousands of audio files, this process would be completed by our DJs and other staff members, and therefore we would require no paid assistance. With the rapid changes in the world of technology, especially that which relates to music, we have well over a dozen terrabytes of music in different forms at the radio station, namely on vinyl, cassettes, and CDs, as well as digital audio files, and are constantly acquiring new music from promoters. We have a massive record library, but we keep it locked up due to the fact that many of the records are extremely valuable, rare, and fragile. While we still have turntables, vinyl is mostly obsolete, as are cassettes, and unfortunately CDs are destined to be next. Our desire it to create a digital audio library on these hard drives, where we can digitize any audio information and work with the University Archives to achieve professional quality files. Files would include the majority of our record library, including those records which have been mostly restricted for years, our CD collection and new music, as well as historic recordings of famous performers at the station and audio files of our radio, sports, and news programs which can easily be accessed by our staff at any time, on any computer in the station. After calculations, we believe that our record library on its own is approximately nine terrabytes. With two hard drives, we could begin to digitize and preserve the majority of our record library, as well as our CD collection and recordings of our programs. This will be a time-consuming process and two hard drives will take us years to fill. These hard drives will also move us closer to implementing an automation system, with which a DJ can pre-program a playlist to play if he or she will not be able to attend his or her show, so that we will never have dead air. This is how all professional FM stations are run, and WMUC is one of the last remaining FM college radio stations, and the last in the DC area. WMUC has been on air for over sixty years, and we need to improve the infrastructure of our station to keep up with the digital age of technology so that we can assuredly be on air for another sixty.

Approved Funding: $2,198


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

Project Title: University of Maryland Real-Time Weather Portal

Project Scope/Description: The University of Maryland Real-Time Weather Portal will be a computer display containing current weather conditions, forecasts, and radar data. The displays will be placed in high-traffic areas to ensure maximum exposure to students. A pilot display within the department of AOSC has successfully attracted the interest of both students and visitors.

Approved Funding: $5,500


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University of Maryland Libraries

Project Title: Acquisition of Digital Video Distribution Rights for High Demand Video Programs

Project Scope/Description: Dial Access, is an electronic video playback system in Nonprint Media Services, Hornbake Library, that plays required-viewing, high-demand video programs for large courses. Video programs are distributed simultaneously to 72 TV-equipped carrels for viewing at scheduled intervals weekly. Due to copyright restrictions, programs may only be viewed in Nonprint Media Services. The Library seeks to purchase digital video on demand (VOD) rights which would allow us to use our existing Helix Video Server (Films@UM) to stream these videos, on the campus network for students to be able to watch asynchronously, 24/7/365. The Libraries already have 750+ video titles online and could add many more with sufficient funding.

Approved Funding: $100,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: WMUC, 88.1 FM

Project Title: Improving the Technical Capabilities of WMUC's Recording Studio

Project Scope/Description: Currently the studio equipment is a dated and is in need of some serious upgrades. One necessary upgrade would be to replace the mixing console which serves as the hub for every input and output that is to mixed and processed. The Soundcraft ghost analog console is the centerpiece of the studio but has been having a number of reliability and quality issues that have been continuously looked at, as the console is over ten years old. We are looking to upgrade to a higher quality analog mixing board such as the Toft ATB32 along with two Digidesign 96 I/O interfaces which would expand our recording capabilities from 8 to 32 tracks of high quality audio. For this interface expansion a ProTools HD1 upgrade would also have to be purchased which would expand upon the ProTools audio recording software that is currently in use. We also want to modernize and implement a digital console/control surface such as the Digidesign C24. The C24 would act as a digital console/control surface which would interface with our recording software and would offer more capabilities in terms of inputs and outputs for recording.

Another important upgrade would be to update the microphone selection so that it can accommodate higher quality recording. With an arsenal of quality and diverse microphones, the capabilities we have to record professionally are expanded. These microphones would make voices sound clearer, instruments sound sharper, and offer more capabilities to cater to many different types of music or other audio. Our current microphone arsenal caters more to live bands and less to pristine recording, and as we have recently been working with various student orchestras, upgrades are necessary. Some suggested upgrades would be:

  • Ribbon Microphones such as the Royer R-121 for stringed instruments
  • Quality Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones such as Neumann U-87 (Industry Standard in Vocal Recording)
  • Rode N T4 for stereo/ambient recording of choirs, vocal groups and chamber orchestras

Another crucial upgrade would also be quality microphone, instrument, and line cables along with reliable patch-bays. These are the necessary and vital interconnections that tie everything together while recording.

We also hope to upgrade the outboard gear of the studio. Better equalizers and compressors such as the Manley Massive Passive EQ, and the Empirical Labs Distressor Compressor can improve the signal processing chain of the studio. Better preamps such as the Chandler Limited preamps provide diversification to the signal chain for higher quality recording. Software plug-ins such as the Sonnox Elite series would also give us the capabilities for better flexibility.

Approved Funding: $31,982


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University Career Center and The President's Promise

Project Title: Online Interviewing Skills, Portfolios, and Resumes

Project Scope/Description: The full package resides in a custom Web portal. The package includes Web-based resume with flexible structure and design, in-line document editing, and an extensive template library; skills assessments; resume and cover letter instruction; online portfolio; and interview practice with coaching and closed captioning.

Approved Funding: $14,131


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Music

Project Title: Music Technology Lab Upgrade in the School of Music

Project Scope/Description: The School of Music Technology Lab, used by music majors as well as a wide array of UM students, is in need of new computers and a large-format laser printer. The Lab is currently equipped with 17 Apple Macintosh G5 computers. These machines are not only reaching the end of their lifetime, but also are no longer compatible with the newest releases of audio software. New computers will allow our students to learn technology applications in their latest releases, including Digital Performer, Sibelius, Finale, ProTools, Reason, and Garage Band. A new printer is needed to replace the current large-format printer, which is nearly 10 years old and well past the end of the expected duty cycle.

Approved Funding: $34,822


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Office of Information Technology

Project Title: Improving Access, Reliability and Redundancy for TerpConnect

Project Scope/Description: This project is to enhance the infrastructure of TerpConnect to provide a more reliable and efficient system for students. The project will replace the single machine that supports access to TerpConnect with four machines that will be shared between the primary and secondary data centers. The additional machines will provide greatly increased performance for the TerpConnect website, which provides students with tools such as personal websites, online file storage, among others. The new machines will also provide additional computing capacity for the existing GRACE course system which provides students with access to software such as Mathematica, MATLAB, and others. Additionally, the new machines will provide redundancy to ensure the services remain operational during planned or unplanned outages caused by system maintenance, hardware failure, power failure, etc. This will also allow for the exploration into course-based virtual machine instances for courses that need students to have full access to a machine for their projects.

Approved Funding: $50,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Arts and Humanities

Project Title: Enabling Student Digital Video Projects in Core, Diversity, and "I" Series Courses

Project Scope/Description: We would like to purchase 60 Flip Ultra HD camcorders. Flip camcorders are inexpensive, portable and easy-to-use, making them an ideal choice for student use. You can read more about the camera at the following sites: http://store.theflip.com/UltraHD.aspx, http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/60197/review/flip_ultrahd.html,
http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7043.pdf.

The cameras come with downloadable video editing software installed on them. To keep the cameras charged, we will need three multi-port USB docking hubs. Our lab is secured by a campus police monitored, University ID card access system. In addition, we also keep our equipment in locked storage cabinets. We monitor who has checked out the equipment via Oracle Calendar appointments and a Filemaker database system containing specific information about each item of equipment. We can also come to classes to demonstrate how to use the cameras.

Approved Funding: $9,962


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Approved FY08 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee for FY08 Student Technology Fees funding and approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Nariman Farvardin, and Vice President and CIO, Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Music and College Park Scholars Program (Science, Technology and Society)

Project Title: Technology Upgrades for the School of Music Technology Lab

Project Scope/Description: The Music Technology Lab in CSPAC, used by students in the School of Music as well as courses taught to College Park Scholars, is in need of a software upgrade for one of the primary applications used in all courses, Digital Performer. Additional hardware used to input musical compositions and recordings is also needed to permit students alternate methods of recording and manipulating digital audio.

Approved Funding: $5,500


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Stamp Student Union

Project Title: Art & Learning Center - Computer Lab

Project Scope/Description: The Art & Learning Center is interested in offering students, faculty/staff, and community members, classes and workshops on how to use basic design computer software, including Web design and print design. This will give students that are not majoring in graphic design or other art related programs an opportunity to learn how to market themselves more effectively.

The lab would consist of six PCs with one instructor PC; a projector; two scanners; and one laser printer.

Programs to be offered include: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Pro, Fetch (ftp program) Macromedia (Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks)

Approved Funding: $46,290


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Global Communities, Office of International Programs and Writers’ House, ARHU

Project Title: Global Communities/Writers’ House Technology Upgrade

Project Scope/Description: The scope of this project is limited to two new desktop computers, a new printer, a faster network connection, and a computer desk for the Dorchester Hall Computer Lab. The computers will be equipped with the Windows operating system and standard University of Maryland software. The new network connection is intended to decrease the lag time (nearly 10 minutes) it takes for students to access the University of Maryland network from the computer lab. To make the space more conducive to studying, we would like to purchase a new desk for the computers and printer.

Approved Funding: $3,327


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), Office of Academic Computing Services (OACS)

Project Title: Projector Replacements for LeFrak Hall Open Computer Labs 1 and 4

Project Scope/Description: The CSTFAC funded a proposal last year for an overhaul of the audio/visual system in the LeFrak Hall computer labs. In order to keep the project cost down, OACS re-used a significant amount of existing projection equipment. Unfortunately, two of the re-used projectors are beginning to fail.

The scope of this project is simply to replace the two projectors that are failing. One projector projects instructional content onto a SmartBoard (Lab 4), while the other projects video conferencing content (Lab 1) onto a conventional white board. Projector mounts are also included in this project.

Approved Funding: $3,581


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), Office of Academic Computing Services (OACS)

Project Title: Expanded Video Conferencing Services

Project Scope/Description: Last year, the CSTFAC approved expenditures to upgrade the audio/visual systems of the computer labs in LeFrak. While that project concluded successfully (we’ve had increased usage of the video conferencing features of each lab for thesis defenses and grant discussions, and we are much better able to electronically join the 4 lab/classrooms to create one large classroom), we’ve received feedback from faculty and students indicating that the computer lab format is not conducive to true video conferencing. They say the layout of the labs is distracting (the many PCs in the labs distract from the actual conference content), and that a return to the days when OACS held video conferences in a conference room setting is desired.

Approved Funding: $7,514


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Coalition for Civic Engagement and Leadership

Project Title: How to Make a TERP Impact

Project Scope/Description: In August, 2007, CCEL proudly launched its new Web site, Terp Impact (www.terpimpact.umd.edu). Its purpose is to get students to think about how they will make a difference—a “Terp Impact”—in their own unique way. Terp Impact connects students to the rich opportunities to learn about and practice civic engagement and leadership on campus, in our local communities, and around the world. Its features include the Impact blog with regular entries by student bloggers; a calendar of current events; a brief promotional video; and information and resources on civic engagement and leadership for students, faculty, and staff.

Surveys of students conducted during the spring 2008 semester by the “Street Team” of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union’s marketing department indicate that 34% of students surveyed had visited Terp Impact. Our goal is for regular use of the site by 100% of our students.

Throughout this academic year, Tad Greenleaf, the CCEL Graduate Assistant, will spend significant time and effort promoting Terp Impact across campus. To build on our preliminary marketing last year, we are seeking support for this year’s efforts that include conducting interactive sessions with student organizations of all kinds, fraternities and sororities, residence halls, learning communities, as well as courses across disciplines.

The Terp Impact Marketing Committee, which consists of students and the CCEL GA, has come up with three marketing techniques for this academic year: (1) a video competition in which students would be encouraged to make 2-3 minute videos of “How to Make A Terp Impact,” (2) bulletin boards in residence halls, (3) targeted advertising on Facebook.

Approved Funding: $12,043 partial funding to be used for salary and video camera.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Science, Department of Physics

Project Title: Digital Transformation of the Physics 107 Laboratory

Project Scope/Description: This proposal is requesting replacement of existing outdated 35mm cameras used in the Phys 107 laboratory with current technology Digital Cameras, interfacing software and computers. The associated lecture course, Phys 106 currently teaches basic optical principles, lenses, photography and how the human eye resembles the camera. It also teaches a unit on digital photography in which many of the features of modern high-end digital cameras (such as white balance, program modes, image enhancement, raw versus jpeg images, etc.) are explained.

Currently, the Phys 107 lab only supports outdated 35mm film cameras. By replacing these cameras with modern digital cameras, students can explore the various aspects of photography as it is almost exclusively done today. This will reinforce the material of the lecture and provide students with an understanding of the features and operation of a camera they may already own or will own in the future. Further digital cameras and associated computer image processing, will allow students to experiment and see their results in near real time.

Approved Funding: $10,582 partial funding to be used only for cameras


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Technology Services

Project Title: Provide Technology Equipment for Student Organizations Meeting Rooms

Project Scope/Description: The Stamp Student Union Student Involvement Suite meeting rooms provide student organizations a space to conduct small meetings. The rooms are available for use seven days a week during Stamp Union operating building hours. Each room is equipped with minimal resource of only tables and chairs. The use of technology is expanding on campus and an increase of requests for audiovisual equipment is in high demand. To help address the lack of technology in these meeting rooms we propose to equip the rooms with stationary technology equipment to students using these meeting rooms.

To provide this service for the campus-wide student organization body we will need to populate each room with similar equipment. The rooms will be equipped with door swipe access to enter rooms, a computer, video projector, projection screen, sound system, and podium (podium used to house computer equipment and control audio/video projection). The audiovisual staff will work in conjunction with vendors to install equipment and sound system.

Approved Funding: $21,813 partial funding for either one meeting room as proposed or two rooms at a lower cost per room


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Technology Services

Project Title: Internet Kiosk Stations

Project Scope/Description: The Stamp Student Union has a laptop checkout system used by students campus-wide non-stop daily. This program allows students to sign out a laptop for a 2-hour period supplying access to the internet and basic Microsoft office programs. To assist with the increase requests of laptops, for past year we have pilot two laptops on the information desk counter to analyze student usage 5-minute laptops. The counter laptop stations have been a huge success, with number of students lining up to use equipment. We recognize from this pilot that we need to have more stations throughout the Stamp. Therefore, installing some internet kiosks throughout the building can facilitate our over whelming demand for laptops and minimize lines to use the counter laptops. We want to begin with one station in student common lounge areas. This requires three kiosks, one each floor of the Stamp Student Union and as the time goes on, we can increase kiosks stations as needed.

Approved Funding: $15,347 partial funding for two kiosks as proposed or for additional lower-cost kiosks.


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Technology Services

Project Title: Provide Pay-for-Print to Students Using Laptop Checkout Service

Project Scope/Description: The Stamp Student Union has a laptop checkout system used by students campus-wide non-stop daily. This program allows students to sign out a laptop for a 2-hour period for use within the building. Laptops supply access to the internet and basic Microsoft office programs. To serve students better with this program, we propose to implement the university pay-for-print system on laptops. This program can give students the ability to print from the laptop and pick-up documents from within the Student Involvement Suite. The Student Involvement Suite is open to all students seven days a week during Stamp Union operating hours.

Approved Funding: $2,548


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Department of English

Project Title: An Online Journal of First Year Writing

Project Scope/Description: In January, 2009, the First Year Writing Program will launch its first ever e-journal entitled, Interpolations: A Journal of First Year Writing. The Web site is currently being developed and will eventually be housed within the English Department’s Web site. Operation of the journal will be as follows: essay submissions will be made electronically; an eight member editorial board (made up of graduate student, English 101 instructors) will review, select, and edit the essays; and issues of the journal will be e-published at the start of each spring and each fall semester. In addition to the selected essays, there will be monitored online forums that will allow responses and continuing dialogues to grow out of the journal articles. Lastly, each issue will be archived online.

This proposal requests the necessary hardware and staff time to most fully utilize this new resource. The Interpolations editorial board will use the laptop computer for organizing, editing, and storing essay submissions; for corresponding with English 101 students and instructors; for monitoring and maintaining journal forums; and for promoting the journal to students, faculty, and other academic institutions.

Approved Funding: $9,200


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Graduate Student Government

Project Title: Graduate Student Lounge Enhancement

Project Scope/Description: We hope to buy two computers to enhance the Graduate Student Lounge located in the Stamp Student Union.

Approved Funding: $3,136


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: UMIACS

Project Title: UMIACS Student Workstations for General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit Computing (GPGPU)

Project Scope/Description: General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit Computing is a new approach that utilizes commodity graphics cards for high performance computing tasks. The approach is increasing widespread in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Life Sciences. This proposal will make four workstations with high-end graphics cards and software for GPGPU computing available to all students that are affiliated with the Institute’s research and outreach programs.

Approved Funding: $2,396


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Education, Department of Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation

Project Title: EDMS Simulation and Computation Lab

Project Scope/Description: Convert secure faculty conference room to a student computer lab for measurement and statistical simulation and computation research. Requesting 12 dual core desktop computers and monitors, power cords, power cords and Ethernet cables, Ethernet jack installation, networked laser printer, LCD projector, necessary lab software, computer tables and chairs, and pull-down wall-mount screen. Lab requires no construction. Additional ancillary expenses and subsequent hardware and software maintenance will be paid for by the department using moneys generated from departmental training activities; a part-time GA will also be assigned to the lab. The College of Education provides free tech support.

Approved Funding: $30,373 partial funding for 6 workstations


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Campus Recreation Services

Project Title: CRS Smart Rooms

Project Scope/Description: This project would involve the retrofitting of several classrooms, multipurpose rooms and conference areas in a way that would match the numerous other “smart” classrooms on campus. Specifically, the project would include the installation of a motorized retractable screen, LCD projector, a new sound system, a podium with a wireless microphone and a multimedia control station in each location. Room size may require a flat panel television in lieu of a projector and screen in some locations, but the overall project scope would remain the same. There would not be any alterations to the physical space in this process due to the enhancement nature of the project.

Approved Funding: $27,000 partial funding for just 3 rooms


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: ARHU, The Art Gallery

Project Title: Interactive Stations for The Art Gallery Media Room

Project Scope/Description: In January of 2008, The Art Gallery unveiled a new Media Room in our public gallery space as part of our mission to nurture emerging trends in the art world and encourage artists to explore the boundaries of contemporary art practice and to create new and innovative work. The purpose of the Media Room is to provide students with rewarding opportunities for learning in the hope that they will gain valuable insight into our exhibits and permanent collection as well as the greater historical and cultural contexts in which works of art are made. We now wish to move on to the next stage of implementation by including three interactive stations in the Media Room.

As digital art continues to take a prominent place in contemporary art world, The Art Gallery wants to be better equipped to help define its forms and cultural contributions. The gallery currently has DVD players and video projectors for screening video works and educational programs. With the addition of the interactive stations, planned activities include cutting edge digital installations by artists, virtual exhibits of the permanent collection, and expanded resources to complement the on-site temporary exhibition. Each station would give access to additional educational resources, from programs created by The Art Gallery to links to other resources on topical issues in the art world. Educational programs, such as the award winning Art21 program on PBS, would be available. The stations will also provide access to interviews and events through an archive of podcasts and video. Students would be able to participate on the Gallery blog by providing direct feedback evaluating their experience in the gallery and participating in discussion on issues in the contemporary art field.

Approved Funding: $3,812


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Education

Project Title: Interactive Whiteboards for Technology Classrooms and the Computer Lab: Phase One

Project Scope/Description: The College of Education is actively engaged in promoting the strategic use of technology to enhance student learning. The easier it is for faculty to use advanced technologies in their teaching, the greater the opportunity for innovative and effective teaching and learning to occur. To that end, we are looking to pilot availability of Smart Technology's Interactive SmartBoards and/or Sympodiums in both a fixed location (our reservable computer lab), as well as mobile to multiple classrooms. Construction needs would be limited to the fixed location installation. Faculty support for this project would be provided by our in-house classroom technology support staff, who will assist with classroom set-up on an as-needed basis. All support staff will be trained on their use, allowing multiple paths of faculty assistance. A successful pilot during phase one would prompt additional installations for year two.

Approved Funding: $16,580 partial funding for 2 SmartBoards


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: GEMSTONE Student Group, FASTR – Finding Alternative Specialized Travel Routes

Project Title: TerpNav Pedestrian Map

Project Scope/Description: Team FASTR recently introduced to campus the TerpNav dynamic pedestrian map as part of our team’s research into sustainability of information systems. This pilot application focuses on accessible routes and, very shortly, will provide mechanisms for all members of the community to participate in updating and improving the information base. Since August, we have been soliciting and compiling feedback regarding the map and plan to continue to do so throughout this semester as part of our IRB approved evaluation of the system’s usability. The system is available at http://map.umd.edu and in collaboration with both the campus office of Conferences and Visitor Services and the Office of Administrative Affairs. It is also providing the collateral of value of helping campus understand how many services that a digital mapping system can provide.

While still experimental in our view, this student-built map tool is already being used as if a ‘production’ service, and the Computer Science Department development machine on which it is hosted is now fully dedicated to serving the campus community. This host gets many thousands of hits per day. We are very pleased with the apparent success to date, but concerned that our development of the next level of new services will conflict with the present service to students.

Therefore, we propose to use the proposed funds to purchase additional computer network servers in order to continue providing our map service to campus while concurrently developing the next tools. Throughout the next full year during which we are committed to providing this map service, these new computers will be housed within the Gemstone Mentor’s laboratory and maintained by the Computer Science Department. At the conclusion of their useful life within the project, these computers will move to a support role in the software engineering laboratory for teaching purposes in the program. It will be at this time that we anticipate that the map service itself will transition from our pilot project to a campus supported capability.

Approved Funding: $15,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Public Health

Project Title: Classroom Video Cameras

Project Scope/Description: We propose to install a video camera system in the large SPH Building classrooms. These rooms have seating for 200, 70, 65, and 60. The purpose of this proposal is to create a virtual classroom and address space limitations campus wide. In 2007, the College of Health and Human Performance became the School of Public Health. As the School works towards accreditation, we expect an increase in faculty, staff and undergraduate/graduate students. We feel one way to handle this increase is through the use of technology. Increase in the number of students who have access to the class will be conducted through podcasting and video streaming. Specifically, this provides the capability for collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine. These lectures will be delivered to both campuses simultaneously. Also, the presence of cameras will also increase the efficiencies in providing underclass instruction to the Shady Grove population. Due to limited resources and limited seats, it is not possible to offer every class needed for undergraduate programming at Shady Grove. Again, on campus, lectures can be delivered to Shady Grove campus with the use of these cameras.

Approved Funding: $14,000 partial funding for 2 rooms


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Center for Teaching Excellence, OIT

Project Title: Enhancing Online Work Space for Students via TerpConnect

Project Scope/Description: OIT wants to give students the ability to “access, create, and collaborate.” Access to files and Web space from anywhere a student has an Internet connection; access to specialized software via the Internet; and access to classmates, colleagues, and friends. Create personal Web pages, blogs, wikis; create a portfolio of accomplishments and work. Collaborate with friends, instructors, colleagues, and classmates in real time; share original work, ideas; invite others to comment or build on projects. TerpConnect is an OIT project slated over multiple years to provide these types of resources to enhance student learning on campus. (http://terpconnect.umd.edu)

OIT is endeavoring to improve the campus infrastructure and the services available to the campus community. One effort is to offer easy access to a consolidated set of tools for each student on campus. Called TerpConnect, this set of tools would include file storage, Web space, and Web 2.0 tools like wikis and blogs. With a primary goal to enhance student the academic experience for UM students, OIT has started the effort with the consolidation of WAM and Glue environments. This currently gives students 200MB of storage and Web publishing space. This is a limited amount of space when looking at student projects that require media files that could be 100MB or more themselves.

For this first year of the TerpConnect project, the goal is to offer students access to personal and academic blogs and wikis, and 1GB of space for Web pages and file storage. OIT has set up a project to work on the blogs and wikis part of this first year goal. The current amount of space, while double the amount of space students had just last year, is limiting for students to be able to take full advantage of the possibilities. Increased storage is critical to the success of this project.

Approved Funding: $58,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Academic Affairs/ Nyumburu Cultural Center

Project Title: Nyumburu Student Open Workstation Computer Labs

Project Scope/Description: The proposed project is designed to upgrade two existing computer labs, which include 17 outdated GX 280 and GX260 Dell computers and two printers (i.e., HP Laser Jet 5si/mx and HP 4050 TN). The two computer labs have been in operation since Fall 2000 with only one lab upgrade in Room 1111. The overall goal for upgrading the two labs is to provide current up-to-date computing capability and academic support to the undergraduate students, graduate students, and occasional faculty and staff who utilize our computers for courses and special programs. Moreover, if funded, Nyumburu will have the capability to co-sponsor course study sessions, career seminars, and special presentations from visiting artists and lecturers. Our academic services are utilized individually by approximately 3,000 African American, African, and Caribbean students and 2,000 undergraduate students of diverse ethnicities.

Collectively, student organizations as the Black Student Union (BSU), African Student Association (ASA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Caribbean Student Association (CSA) and various other student groups are also interested in planning programmatic community outreach initiatives related to: the environment, public policy, musical and artistic education awareness, and educational interventions involving local public schools. By utilizing the upgraded computers, student organizations will have the technological capability to sponsor these types of events.

Approved Funding: $22,923


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Approved FY07 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee for Student Technology Fee FY07 funding and approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Nariman Farvardin and Vice President and CIO, Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp.

College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Project Title: 3D Printer, Digital Prototyping Software

Project Scope/Description: The proposed project is to acquire a ZCorporation ZPrinter™ 310 Plus 3D printer and a comprehensive suite of 3D modeling applications so that the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation may enhance three-dimensional study and visualization possibilities based out of an annex to the current Digital Output Center (DOC) in the school. The goal is twofold: first, to provide a unique digital/physical output resource into the hands of our undergraduate and graduate student populations across the four programs (architecture, urban studies and planning, historic preservation and real estate development) in the school; and, second, to provide students a robust set of software applications/tools to develop research, course work and creative solutions in three dimensions.

Approved Funding: $19,900 partial funding for the printer


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)

Project Title: Instructional enhancements to Lefrak computer labs

Project Scope/Description: The scope of this project is limited to enhancing the support systems of the four instructional computer labs located in Lefrak Hall. Funds for this project would address the following:

  • Replacement of the current end-of-life system that allows instructors to electronically “join” the labs to form one large virtual classroom. Includes the installation of new controllers, projectors, and cabling.
  • Installation of electronic SmartBoards, which are interactive whiteboards that improve dynamics within the learning space.

Approved Partial Funding: $20,300


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), Office of Academic Computing Services (OACS)

Project Title: Classroom Support Walkie-Talkies

Project Scope/Description: This project is limited to the purchase of 3 University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) grade walkie-talkies and 3 chargers to be used by the Classroom Support operation managed by BSOS. The walkie-talkies would be assigned to the manager of Classroom Support, the OACS front-desk, and the Classroom Support office in Tydings. The walkie-talkies would have a direct channel to the Campus Police, as well as to OIT’s Classroom Support Operation.

Approved Funding: $4,253


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Coalition for Civic Engagement and Leadership

Project Title: Advancing Civic Engagement and Leadership through Technology

Project Scope/Description: : In August, 2007, CCEL proudly launched its new Web site, Terp Impact (www.terpimpact.umd.edu). Its purpose is to get students to think about how they will make a difference in their own way. Terp Impact connects students to the rich opportunities to learn about and practice civic engagement and leadership on campus, in our local communities, and around the world. Its features include the Terp Impact blog with regular entries by student bloggers; a calendar of current events; a brief promotional video; and information and resources on civic engagement and leadership for students, faculty, and staff.

Because the Web site is now up and running, this proposal requests the necessary hardware and staff time to most fully utilize this new resource. The CCEL Graduate Assistant will use the laptop and LCD projector to promote the Web site in an interactive manner in classes, to student organizations, at campus events (e.g., New Resident Orientation, New Faculty Orientation, Stamp Student Union All Niter).

The flash drives imprinted with the Terp Impact logo will be distributed to students to enable them to create electronic civic engagement and leadership portfolios for use now and in the future. Students will be encouraged to use the flash drives to accumulate and organize documents (e.g., class papers, reflective journals, proposals, flyers, articles), video clips, photographs, and creative projects. They can then use these materials they have organized on their flash drives for a wide range of purposes, including presentations, preparing resumes for post-college employment, online sharing with communities of practice around the world, community and political engagement, and simply keeping track of what they have done and learned.

Approved Funding: $8,486 partial funding not for flash drives and LCD Projector


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

Project Title: OMSE Technology/Disability Access OWL Lab Upgrade

Project Scope/Description: The 10 computing workstations housed by the OWL Lab in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education are essential tools for over 8,000 multi-ethnic students and students with disabilities at the University of Maryland College Park. They provide access to information and resources necessary to achieve and maintain a high level of academic achievement.

We propose to replace the 10, 4 year old Dell workstations, peripheral equipment and software with new Dell Optiplex 755 Minitowers, a networked laser printer and current productivity software packages. We also propose to replace the computer tables and study desks in response to ongoing disability access concerns. Furthermore, we propose the installation of a multimedia projection system to facilitate in-house academic and cultural presentations to students. Finally, we propose the installation of an LED Ethernet marquee for the purpose of disseminating lab hours, tutorial schedules and academic outreach event information.

Approved Funding: $36,907 partial funding for 10 computers


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, College of Arts and Humanities, Landscape Architecture Program, OIT Academic Support

Project Title: Digital Asset Management System for Digital Media

Project Scope/Description: Images are a vital part of many courses. In class, professors use images to highlight points in history, show development in society, examine culture and technique, and delve into the intricacies of a design and more. For years, collections of slides have existed within various departments across campus in order bring the highest quality images to students. These collections were mostly available for faculty use but often off-limits to the student body except in a classroom situation. Recently, the use of digital images has brought more possibilities for the use and presentation of images in learning and teaching. Individual faculty, and a few departments have built large collections of images to create their presentations in tools such as PowerPoint but, again, these collections have access that is limited to their own faculty or departments; any student access was limited to five days per week between 9am and 5pm.

A consortium of colleges, schools and departments on campus plans to implement, Luna Insight, a digital asset management database, to manage and share digital images and make them available to students for coursework, research and presentations. A database tool, like Luna Insight, can expand beyond just images to include digital video, 3-D renderings, and more. Making images and other digital assets available in a campus-wide database means students can access the content from their own computers or campus labs at any time. The software has excellent searching features that will allow students to study course material and conduct research. A new feature allows for personal collection development as well.

The implementation of this system will take approximately one semester to complete. It includes the purchase of the servers and storage for the digital assets, development of the common database scheme to provide for consistent searching, upload of the digital assets, and training of the administrative staff. The servers, storage and backups will be managed by OIT. OIT will also coordinate the training and system administration. The consortium partners will put their efforts into the metadata scheme development and the upload of the current and new digital assets.

Approved Funding: $32,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Arts and Humanities

Project Title: Expanding the Capabilities of ELMS with the Campus Pack Software Suite

Project Scope/Description: The Campus Pack Software Suite will provide expanded capabilities within ELMS which will respond to the instructional needs of all ELMS users. Added capabilities include the following: teamsLX, supports the use of gradable group projects using wikis; journalLX, supports course-level blogging; podcastLX, supports course-integrated podcasting; expoLX, supports the building of personal sites and portfolios, including the ability to grant access to portfolios to individuals not registered for the course if desired; and searchLX which supports full-text searching. The capabilities provided by the Campus Pack Software Suite are among those most frequently requested by instructors who use ELMS. Academic units which have expressed explicit interest include Arts and Humanities, the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the College of Computer, Math and Physical Sciences. Detailed descriptions of the Campus Pack products are available at www.learningobjects.com/campuspack.jsp.

Approved Partial Funding: $17,600


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Office of Information Technology, Dining Services, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, A. J. Clark School of Engineering, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Libraries

Project Title: Implement Enterprise Level Pay for Print Services

Project Scope/Description: The University of Maryland has several Pay-for-Print solutions deployed across the campus. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) developed a proprietary Pay-for-Print Solution using in-house staff in the early 1990’s to facilitate recovering costs associated with printing. This system, called Pay4Print, requires students, faculty and staff to activate a “Print” Account that will accept funds from either a student “Terrapin Express” Account or an account from the campus Financial Records System (FRS). This requires students to activate both a print account (at the OIT Help Desk) and a Terrapin Express account (at South Campus Dining Hall).

To gain efficiencies across campus and to provide a single interface for students, this project has two goals: (1) to provide one software system to handle printing across campus and (2) to provide a single interface to pay for printing (i.e. Terrapin Express). By moving to a single commercial solution, we will be able to remove the need for the separate print account and, therefore, make it easier for students to print documents across campus. Through an RFP process, OIT, along with campus partners (ARHU, ARCH, Libraries, AGNR, BSOS, Dining Services, CLIS, ENGR), have identified a commercial solution that will allow us to meet these goals.

Approved Funding: $50,000 partial funding


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: National Scholarships Office (NSO) An initiative of Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Project Title: AdvisingOnline – Facilitating online, program-based advising for national scholarship applicants

Project Scope/Description: AdvisingOnline is a web-based fellowship-advising program that supports students through the application process. The program provides each student with a dedicated online space in which they can search for targeted scholarships, prepare ‘application portfolios,’ upload letters of recommendation, and receive feedback and advice from faculty mentors. In addition, AdvisingOnline facilitates a streamlined procedure for campus scholarship competitions; its communication and community-building tools support collaboration between advisors, selection committee members and NSO staff. Administrators will be able to access students’ applications, receive confidential scholarship recommendation letters and conduct preliminary rankings of scholarship applicants before selection meetings. There is a built-in calendar for scholarship advising appointments. The implementation of AdvisingOnline for the University of Maryland community will provide a customized, secure, interactive online space in which students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty and administrators collaborate toward the goal of enhancing nationally competitive scholarship applications from this campus.

AdvisingOnline is a modular, dynamic web application that has two requirements to operate: web accessible file space and a database. It is designed to run on a variety of databases (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, PostegreSQL, Sybase, etc.). Authentication is provided by an external agent (i.e. UM Directory); the use of secure references requires SSL encryption. The software is written in PHP and requires version 4.4.x with the OpenSSL module installed. Developed by former fellowship/scholarship applicants, AdvisingOnline was written with staff, faculty and the application process in mind.

Approved Funding: $33,268


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Primary — University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), Office of Information Technology (OIT), College of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLFS); secondary—A. James Clark School of Engineering (ENGR)

Project Title: Expanding Access to Grid Computing Resources

Project Scope/Description: The proposal seeks to expand the access to and resources for, Grid computing on campus. Grid computing involves simultaneous computation using many different machines that are geographically and administratively disparate. Grid computing makes available resources that far transcend those normally available to members of the campus community, and makes such resources relatively simple to use. The Grid system on campus, The Lattice Project, has already been used by students, postdocs, and faculty in College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), College of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLFS), and College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (CMPS). The overarching goal of the proposed project is to make Grid computing resources more readily available to the broader university community. This goal will be addressed by the following main objectives.

  1. Expand access to Grid computing for all members of the campus community by making WAM and Glue machines capable of submitting to the Grid system.
  2. Expand Grid computing resources for all members of the campus community.
    1. Integrate approx. 400 teaching lab computers from ENGR into the Grid system.
    2. Integrate a planned CLFS computer cluster (approx. 200 processors) into the Grid system.
    3. Plan development and outreach activities to support and encourage campus community desktop/laptop computing whereby people could volunteer their computers, when not otherwise used, for computation in support of university-based teaching and research.


Approved Funding: $62,251 partial funding


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Club Terp TV

Project Title: Creating a Four Camera, Broadcast Quality Portable Video Production Capability for UM Students via Club Terp TV

Project Scope/Description: In 2006, Student Technology Fee funds were awarded to the Libraries and OIT for a project called “Tools for Development: Putting multimedia resources into the student’s hands.” Four multimedia development stations were to be located in McKeldin Library to give students the software and equipment to create, edit, and produce high-end multimedia projects. These workstations are now scheduled to be installed in Nonprint Media Services in Hornbake Library this fall instead of McKeldin. Although that equipment and software will allow the creation of high end multi-media projects from a variety of sources, no video cameras were acquired. Video cameras are currently not available from any other campus source other than the Journalism department for hands-on video recording of campus events, or for other creative endeavors. Acquisition of broadcast quality portable video cameras is the next logical step in providing UM students with a complete complement of equipment and tools to produce high-end video productions worthy of the University of Maryland Community.

Approved Funding: $16,000 partial funding for Tier One Necessary Equipment


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Approved FY06 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee for Student Technology Fee FY06 funding and approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. William Destler, and Vice President and CIO, Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp:

College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Physics

Project Title: Provide Upgraded Computers for the Undergraduate Non-majors Teaching Laboratories

Project Scope/Description: The Teaching Laboratories are severely limited in how they operate due to severely out-of-date computers. These Laboratories support students from a wide variety of non-physics programs: Engineering, Pre-med, Architecture, Life Sciences, as well as students fulfilling the University Core requirements.

This proposal is requesting computers in order to partially upgrade the Physics Undergraduate Non-majors Teaching Laboratories supporting the following undergraduate non-majors course numbers: Phys-115, Phys-117, Phys-121, Phys-122, Phys-261, and Phys-271. Each course request is independent, but each course request must be considered as a unit, i.e., the request for each course must include funds to populate a laboratory with the specific number of computers indicated, so that all the students in that course use the same equipment.

Approved Funding: $44,270


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Coalition for Civic Engagement and Leadership

Project Title: Civic Engagement Central

Project Scope/Description: This Web site will enable students to connect to communities of civic engagement and leadership practice based on their particular interests and developmental level. CCEL is currently collecting information for the Web site which will be designed by Linda Martin, Director of Internet Communication and her staff in University Marketing. The current plan calls for five main sections:

  • Where do I start
  • Connect me to campus opportunities for civic engagement and leadership
  • Connect me to the whole, wide world of information and resources on civic engagement and leadership
  • Connect me to University of Maryland people interested in civic engagement and leadership
  • Connect me to my future

Approved Partial Funding: $5,200


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Memorial Chapel

Project Title: Redesign and Development of the Memorial Chapel Web Site

Project Scope/Description: Redesigning the look and content of the Memorial Chapel Web site using a template based design that will highlight the many facets of the Memorial Chapel and be more student centered.

Approved Funding: $4,000


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University Libraries, Office of Information Technology, and The Writing Center

Project Title: Subscription for University of Maryland to citation management tool

Project Scope/Description: The project will provide access to a Web based online bibliographic management tool called RefWorks which allows users to import references from text files or online databases. Users then build their own personal database, manage, store and share references, as well as generate citations and bibliographies in various citation styles.

Approved Funding: $36,700


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University of Maryland Libraries and OIT

Project Title: Tools for Development: Putting multimedia resources into the students hands

Project Scope/Description: Over time, the University has developed a college-based technological model to support students and faculty in the special multimedia needs of their disciplines. This decentralized focus means that students and faculty must rely on their individual departments’ multimedia development resources that too often become quickly outdated and even unworkable because of limited departmental funds. This has resulted in uneven service across campus as individual colleges struggle to keep up with mainstream technology and/or unnecessarily duplicate services.

This project will meet the multimedia development needs of campus students by providing a centrally supported location for students to work on and produce multimedia projects for their courses. The University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology propose to create four multimedia development stations in McKeldin Library’s second floor study area. These development stations will offer students the software and equipment to create, edit, and produce high-end multimedia projects. There will also be a color printer and copier close by for students to use for paper-based projects.

Approved Funding: $67,243


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: University Health Center

Project Title: Clicking in to Health: Using Audience Response Systems as a Health Education Tool

Project Scope/Description: Clicking into Health allows students to actively participate in a group discussion about sensitive health topics, such as alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, sexual assault, and depression using an interactive keypad-based software system. Classroom Performance Systems (CPS) kits are comprised of a Power-Point based program software program, a CPS base receiver unit that sends and receives signals between the keypad and the computer, and a handheld wireless CPS keypad. Prior to each workshop, presenters create a set of questions in PowerPoint format. Each question has a set of forced choice response formats, such as yes/no or multiple choice questions. At the start of the presentation, each student is given a wireless clicker that has several buttons – A,B,C,D,E. The presenter asks the questions one at a time and gives a moment for the students to key in their answers. The participants press the keypad to submit their response to the question. As workshop participants respond, their answers are stored in the program. Responses are automatically tabulated and presented in chart format so students can instantly see what percentage of their peers chose which response.

The CPS software is available for use on a Mac or PC. CPS are compatible with computers with an Intel Pentium II or higher processor, at least one USB port, a minimum of 256 MB RAM, at least 300 MB of hard drive space for CPS software, Microsoft for Windows 98 or higher, and screen resolution of 800x600 or higher.

Approved Funding: $8,985


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: UMCP / ARHU / CSPAC (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)

Project Title: CSPAC Interactive Lobby Kiosk

Project Scope/Description: The interactive lobby kiosk will contain 2 large plasma screens placed on the physical kiosk structure at height of Approx 6’0” displaying live feeds from the performance halls as well as a video loop introducing the viewer to the various performing arts activities and interactions available at the Center. The lower half of the kiosk will house 2 touch screen monitors with interactive content related to the Center and its productions as well as master classes, ‘meet the artist’ events and behind the scenes opportunities available to students.

The Center will host a design competition for graduate and undergraduate students to develop the look of the kiosk physical structure. The student designer, with guidance from the Clarice Smith Center staff, will oversee the design through the construction phase.

The marketing and communications department, under the direction of Brian Jose, will work with the production services department to develop content for the kiosk. In addition to existing informational and archival videos, show schedules and artist blogs, content will include: Historical background of work; Background research about work; Behind the scenes views of the work; Informational content about designers / artists; and Interactive content to deepen the patrons experience.

Approved Funding: $28,670


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: A. James Clark School of Engineering

Project Title: Virtual Computer Lab Expansion

Project Description: Engineering is in the process of creating a virtual computer lab (VCL) that allows students to access specific software packages on their own personnel computers. Most of these software packages are currently available only in the computer labs. The VCL will provide access through the use of a thin client that will not require the specific software packages to be installed on the students’ computer. Engineering’s pilot deployment, to be completed in Fall 2006, will allow for 100 concurrent users on 4 specific applications. Based on preliminary feedback, we know that this will not be enough seats for our intended audience. We plan to add another 100 seats for engineering students. Since students from other schools have similar needs as well. We would like to expand this service to all campus students. The engineering school has made substantial investment to build the infrastructure for this service. The expansion cost is relatively lower compared with the initial setup. We want all students to benefit from the investment of engineering school. Therefore, we propose to expand the number of concurrent users by 200 for 300 total users during 2007. A hundred of those concurrent users are open to all campus students. The software to be installed for the entire student body will be determined by a campus wide survey with the top three applications being made available to everyone.

Approved Funding: $56,894


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Student Government Association

Project Title: Supporting Student Activities through Technology for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Project Scope/Description: We hope to purchase two pieces of technology, the I Communicator and the SNAP OGO VRI to make it possible for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to participate in extracurricular activities. Currently, the students themselves must pay for interpreters for any activities they participate in outside of the classroom. Since the cost of an interpreter, especially during the evening hours, is extremely high, this has limited the participation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The two pieces of equipment we propose purchasing would be housed at the Disability Support Services’ office. They will provide a secure system allowing students to check out the technology as needed and they will keep records on the use and response from the students. An evaluation at the end of 12 months will be completed to determine the effectiveness of this project and to determine further steps, possibly including purchasing additional units of the equipment or discontinuing this program.

Approved Funding: $19,000


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Approved FY05 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended by the Campus Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee for Student Technology Fee FY05 funding and approved by the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. William Destlerand Vice President and CIO, Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp.

College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Project Title: 3D Printer, Digital Prototyping Software

Project Scope/Description: The proposed project is to acquire a ZCorporation ZPrinter™ 310 Plus 3D printer and a comprehensive suite of 3D modeling applications so that the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation may enhance three-dimensional study and visualization possibilities based out of an annex to the current Digital Output Center (DOC) in the school. The goal is twofold: first, to provide a unique digital/physical output resource into the hands of our undergraduate and graduate student populations across the four programs (architecture, urban studies and planning, historic preservation and real estate development) in the school; and, second, to provide students a robust set of software applications/tools to develop research, course work and creative solutions in three dimensions.

Approved Funding: $19,900 partial funding for the printer


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)

Project Title: Instructional enhancements to Lefrak computer labs

Project Scope/Description: The scope of this project is limited to enhancing the support systems of the four instructional computer labs located in Lefrak Hall. Funds for this project would address the following:

  • Replacement of the current end-of-life system that allows instructors to electronically “join” the labs to form one large virtual classroom. Includes the installation of new controllers, projectors, and cabling.
  • Installation of electronic SmartBoards, which are interactive whiteboards that improve dynamics within the learning space.

Approved Partial Funding: $20,300


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), Office of Academic Computing Services (OACS)

Project Title: Classroom Support Walkie-Talkies

Project Scope/Description: This project is limited to the purchase of 3 University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) grade walkie-talkies and 3 chargers to be used by the Classroom Support operation managed by BSOS. The walkie-talkies would be assigned to the manager of Classroom Support, the OACS front-desk, and the Classroom Support office in Tydings. The walkie-talkies would have a direct channel to the Campus Police, as well as to OIT’s Classroom Support Operation.

Approved Funding: $4,253


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Coalition for Civic Engagement and Leadership

Project Title: Advancing Civic Engagement and Leadership through Technology

Project Scope/Description: : In August, 2007, CCEL proudly launched its new Web site, Terp Impact (www.terpimpact.umd.edu). Its purpose is to get students to think about how they will make a difference in their own way. Terp Impact connects students to the rich opportunities to learn about and practice civic engagement and leadership on campus, in our local communities, and around the world. Its features include the Terp Impact blog with regular entries by student bloggers; a calendar of current events; a brief promotional video; and information and resources on civic engagement and leadership for students, faculty, and staff.

Because the Web site is now up and running, this proposal requests the necessary hardware and staff time to most fully utilize this new resource. The CCEL Graduate Assistant will use the laptop and LCD projector to promote the Web site in an interactive manner in classes, to student organizations, at campus events (e.g., New Resident Orientation, New Faculty Orientation, Stamp Student Union All Niter).

The flash drives imprinted with the Terp Impact logo will be distributed to students to enable them to create electronic civic engagement and leadership portfolios for use now and in the future. Students will be encouraged to use the flash drives to accumulate and organize documents (e.g., class papers, reflective journals, proposals, flyers, articles), video clips, photographs, and creative projects. They can then use these materials they have organized on their flash drives for a wide range of purposes, including presentations, preparing resumes for post-college employment, online sharing with communities of practice around the world, community and political engagement, and simply keeping track of what they have done and learned.

Approved Funding: $8,486 partial funding not for flash drives and LCD Projector


College/Unit/Department/Student Organization: Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education

Project Title: OMSE Technology/Disability Access OWL Lab Upgrade

Project Scope/Description: The 10 computing workstations housed by the OWL Lab in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education are essential tools for over 8,000 multi-ethnic students and students with disabilities at the University of Maryland College Park. They provide access to information and resources necessary to achieve and maintain a high level of academic achievement.

We propose to replace the 10, 4 year old Dell workstations, peripheral equipment and software with new Dell Optiplex 755 Minitowers, a networked laser printer and current productivity software packages. We also propose to replace the computer tables and study desks in response to ongoing disability access concerns. Furthermore, we propose the installation of a multimedia projection system to facilitate in-house academic and cultural presentations to students. Finally, we propose the installation of an LED Ethernet marquee for the purpose of disseminating lab hours, tutorial schedules and academic outreach event information.

Approved Funding: $36,907 partial funding for 10 computers


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Approved FY03 Proposals

The following proposals were recommended to and accepted by the Provost and CIO for funding for FY03.

Project Title: Addressing Informatics Professional Preparation and Service Requirements In The College of Health and Human Performance

Project Summary: We propose upgrading the instructional facilities in the College of Health and Human Performance in order to continue competing effectively with our aspirational peers for the best undergraduate and graduate students seeking degrees in our College and to improve how we serve other appropriate audiences. We plan to upgrade the instructional technology capacity of each of the nine classrooms in our main building; upgrade our existing computer lab; and acquire mobile computing center capabilities enabling 30 wireless laptop computers to be used at student desks in any of the College classrooms. Phase II is the instructional implementation/evaluation phase.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $60,000


Project Title: Improvements of student access to University networks and University services from both on and off campus

Project Summary: This proposal addresses three different areas. These areas recommend improvements to student access of University networks and University services from both on and off campus. The three areas addressed in this proposal are remote access, Internet access, and wireless access. Remote access addresses the need for improvement of off-campus access to University resources for commuter students. Internet access addresses the requirement for improved bandwidth to student residence areas and other University areas. Wireless focuses on the need for full coverage in high use buildings and connecting the "islands" of coverage to provide continuous connectivity.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $217,000 FY04: $49,000 FY05: $49,000


Project Title: Information Technology Infrastructure Improvements for the A. James Clark School of Engineering

Project Summary: The A. James Clark School of Engineering is seeking to ensure our undergraduate students have access to a modern information technology infrastructure. There are four major initiatives contained in this proposal: (1) maintenance and operation of the wireless network, (2) establishment of technology enabled classrooms, (3) scheduled upgrades of computer laboratories and (4) establishment of an advanced development laboratory.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $120,000 FY04: $120,000 FY05: $120,000


Project Title: Proposal for the Support of Technology in Classrooms

Project Summary: Building upon the success of a multi-year pilot project, we propose the extension of a new, critically needed system for the maintenance and support of the University's 342 lecture halls and general-purpose classrooms. The proposal offers a plan for high-level educational technology to be either incorporated into or readily accessible to classrooms. In particular, it would ensure classrooms are equipped, at a minimum, with overhead projectors, projection screens, appropriate lighting, and the capacity for videos, computer presentations, and access to the Internet. The equipment would be purchased by the Teaching Facilities Committee; this proposal is for its maintenance, support, and updating, and support of the faculty using it. The proposed project is in response to many faculty complaints, and in furtherance of the University's first strategic priority - to provide a high-quality undergraduate education.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $335,000 FY04: 421,000 FY05: 440,000


Project Title: Upgrading Technology in WAM Labs

Project Summary: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides students with access to computers through Workstations at Maryland (WAM) labs. WAM labs provide access for students to three platforms: Windows, Macintosh, and Unix. Three of the eight labs run by OIT are 24x7 labs allowing access anytime for students. In order for students to gain access to appropriate technology for completing their academic studies, the computers in the WAM labs must be kept up-to-date to run current software. Due to budget constraints, OIT has been unable to replace the technology in a timely fashion to provide students with access to current technology.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $200,000 FY04: $200,000 FY05: pending


Project Title: Maintaining Current Software in WAM Labs

Project Summary: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides students with access to computers through Workstations at Maryland (WAM) labs. WAM labs provide access for students to three platforms: Windows, Macintosh, and Unix. Three of the eight labs run by OIT are 24x7 labs allowing access anytime for students. With new Windows and Macintosh hardware technology being placed in the labs, OIT seeks funding to keep the software running in the labs up-to-date.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $44,700


Project Title: OIT Teaching Theater Technology Upgrade

Project Summary: The goal of this project is to improve the instructional computing environment of the Teaching Theaters by upgrading the computer stations, and enhancing the speed of Internet access in the rooms. The machines in the OIT Teaching Theater are nearly five years old. The AT&T Teaching Theater machines are three years old. Via commentary and end-of-semester surveys students have complained of slow, failing machines and snail-like Internet access. To be implemented in the Summer of 2003, the proposed upgrades will provide students with faster and consistent access to software and the Internet.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $101,000


Project Title: Stamp Student Union Laptop Lending Program

Project Summary: The Laptop Lending Program will allow University students to temporarily checkout a laptop computer from the Information Desk of the Stamp Student Union. This will allow students to access the campus network and do class work without having to go to a computer lab or their homes. Students will present their student ID's, which will be scanned to verify their identity and current registration status. If they have not previously checked out a laptop, they will be asked to read and sign a form which states their consent to liability for damage to or theft of the laptop. This form will be kept on file for any future laptop checkouts. Then they will be able to borrow the computer, complete with wireless network access and a standard suite of office and educational software, for up to 2 hours. If there are no others waiting when their time has expired, the student will be able to renew the laptop for an additional two hours.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $20,000


Project Title: Residence Hall Data Service Upgrade to Switched 10Mbps from Shared 10Mps

Project Summary: Ethernet equipment currently serving residential students was installed between 1993 and 1996. Over the last decade, the existing 10Mb shared networking equipment has become obsolete and replacements are out-of-production. Breakdown and failure rates have escalated to a point that OIT reports is unacceptably high. Residence Hall/Greek Chapter House network performance is substantially inferior to the current standard of 10Mb switched service for other on-campus users. Service over the residential network is slow and unreliable by today's standards. Funding for this upgrade project would cover procurement costs for new network equipment to be installed in each of the Residence Hall/Greek Chapter House network buildings. The proposed upgrade would increase the building-to-backbone connection for each Residence Hall/Greek Chapter House network building from 100MB to Gigabit. Individual resident connections would be upgraded from a shared 10MB (shared between 24 & 72 residents) connection to a switched 10Mb (per resident) connection. There are inherent management and security benefits associated with this upgrade, as well.

Funding: Partially funded FY03: $87,000 FY04: $225,000 FY05: $225,000


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