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Technology Day a Success
Hundreds Receive Info on NMSU Technologies
Technology Day featured many hands-on exhibits.
The first annual Technology Day went off without a hitch on September 6, 2006. The day-long event featured hands-on exhibits that showcased technologies and services like WebCT, ICT Help Desk, WebCams, Student Technology Services, Centra, myNMSU, and iPods. According to Sharon Lalla, Manager of ICT Training Services, Technology Day attracted well over four-hundred students, faculty, and staff eager to learn about the technology available on campus. Many organizations contributed to the event, including ICT, College of Agriculture, Financial Systems Administration, Carlsbad Community College, Dona Ana Branch Community College, and the College of Extended Learning. LeAnn Gottlieb of ICT Training Services helped organize the occasion. “This event was a success in many areas,” she said, “and I had a lot of fun coordinating it. I spoke to quite a few of the participants and they were really interested in the information they received.” A “ test run” of the event was held last year; organizers learned a lot and tried to make improvements to the official first annual Technology Day. When comparing the two, Gottlieb says, “The atmosphere this year was a lot less hectic than the previous year and I think more people were inclined to talk with the table coordinators without feeling rushed.”
Of course, one of Technology Day’s appeals was the plethora of prizes – iPod Nanos, flash drives, and webcams – that visitors were eligible to win. But, in order to be eligible, visitors had to fill out a registration form and visit at least five exhibits. This not only ensured that they would take the time to check out the exhibits, but it also allowed organizers to track some of the numbers of visitors. “We had a total of 356 individuals who filled in our registration forms and even more that just wanted to walk through and not mess with winning the prizes,” said Gottlieb. “Out of that 356, there were 250 students. ”
Next year, says Lalla, “We will include more faculty-related tables.” Gottlieb is already working on getting more departments involved for next year’s event. She is also surveying the Technology Day volunteers to see what they would like to change next year. As the amount of available technology at New Mexico State increases, the annual Technology Day will become more valuable to students, faculty, and staff that want to use technology to its full potential.
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