9/9/2004

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Contact: Allison Rose Lopez, KU Information Services, (785) 864-8923.

Wireless Zones across KU campus allow students to cut the cord

LAWRENCE -- This fall, students at the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence are discovering a new technology resource all around them.

Information Services has launched several KU Wireless Zones, and more are scheduled throughout the academic year.

"We are very excited to provide students with virtually the entire list of wireless hot spots that the Student Senate requested from us in the spring," said Tom Roderick, student technology liaison.

"The only Wireless Zones requested by the students that are not yet official are the Fraser Lawn and Allen Fieldhouse. In both of those cases, it's because networking engineers are still searching for just the right spot to locate the wireless nodes so that the signal won't be blocked by those buildings' extensive concrete and steel structures. Fraser should be ready soon, and Allen Fieldhouse lobby is scheduled to be up before students will need it during basketball season."

The first official wireless zones were launched last fall in the public areas of the Kansas Union. Some wireless resources also were provided in Watson Library, but previously users had to check out library laptops to take advantage of them. Students may now also use their own laptop computers that are equipped with wireless cards in both Watson and Anschutz libraries.

"Our networking staff worked on this all summer so that not only would we be able to greatly expand the KU Wireless Zones, but also that our users can log into the all of Wireless Zones in exactly the same way, regardless of where they are on campus," said Marilu Goodyear, vice provost of KU Information Services. "That met our goal of providing this service in the most customer-friendly way possible. We continue to get requests from departments across campus, and we˙re working those into our schedule."

The KU Wireless Zones that are available include:
-- Anschutz Library
-- Budig auditoriums
-- Budig Computer Lab (Collaborative Learning Spaces)
-- Budig hallways
-- Eaton Hall
-- Wheat Law Library, Green Hall
-- Kansas Union public areas
-- Kansas Union Bookstore
-- Watson Library
-- Wescoe Auditorium
-- Wescoe Beach
-- Wescoe third- and fourth-floor hallways

These wireless zones will be available in September:
-- Fraser Lawn
-- Snow Hall main entrance

These zones are coming soon:
-- Allen Fieldhouse, north end lobby
-- Dyche Hall (Museum Conference Rooms)
-- Joseph R. Pearson Hall (School of Education)
-- Marvin Hall (School of Architecture)
-- Music & Dance Library, Murphy Hall
-- Snow Hall (School of Architecture)
-- Art & Architecture Library, Spencer Museum of Art
-- Spencer Research Library
-- Wescoe Underground

KU Wireless Zones assistance:
-- Walk-up: JayTech Booth, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Kansas Union (fourth floor, across from the elevators)
-- Phone: Technology Help Desk, 864-0200
-- E-mail: Technology Help Desk, question@ku.edu
-- Web

The KU Wireless Zones were partly funded by students through the Tuition Enhancement Technology Funds. The zones are managed by KU Information Services, which includes all campus-wide hardware and software technology projects, the KU libraries and printing services.

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