For Immediate Release: June 25, 2012
Providence College Receives National Award for State-of-the-Art Technological Collaboration
Providence, R.I. – Providence College (PC) announced today that it has been selected as one of three national winners of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2012 Innovation Award.
PC earned this prestigious honor for its TecHub & TecStation, located in the College’s Phillips Memorial Library. The TecHub, formerly a study lounge, provides state-of-the-art technology access, resources, and support, highlighted by the strongest wireless connectivity on campus. The area features a large computer and study workstation with access to four Macmini (double-boot) computer terminals, data ports, and power; two collaboration tables, each with a Macmini computer, a wall-mounted, flat-screen monitor to project images from a laptop; and multiple group collaboration tables. There also are chairs and tables for individual study and wraparound tables at each of the area’s four columns with access to power and data outlets.
In one corner of the TecHub is the TecStation, a technology and research help desk staffed by student workers from both the College’s Information Technology (IT) Department and the Library. The entire area can accommodate approximately 75 people.
“The TecHub provides the type of research and technology support for students where and when they need it. It also gives students a setting that is conducive to the type of group projects common in today's curriculum,” said John M. Sweeney, PC’s senior vice president for finance and business/CFO.
“We already are planning to build on the success of this project. Library and ITS staff continue to find opportunities to partner new services and technology,” he said.
The TecHub and TecStation projects were created and supported by administrators and staff members in the Library and the College’s IT Department with financial and logistical coordination from the office for finance and business.
“While this effort puts us on the leading edge of technology and breaks down traditional barriers between administrative units, it still retains the human contact that makes PC such a special place,” Sweeney said.
The NACUBO Innovation Award honors the achievement of higher education institutions of each constituent type (community colleges, comprehensive and doctoral institutions, research universities and small institutions) in two areas:
Process Improvement - to recognize higher education institutions that have successfully re-engineered or designed a program, improving service delivery of administrative activity in response to a campus need.
Resource Enhancement - to recognize higher education institutions that have successfully reduced costs, increased revenues or improved productivity in response to a campus need.
As an award recipient, PC, along with two other institutions, will be formally recognized during the NACUBO 2012 Annual Meeting in July in Washington, D.C.