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    Building on the Block: Online Community and Technology

    The Charge: As we invest in and nurture our authentic surroundings, we will utilize the latest technology to connect the CC community of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and parents to each other and to intellectual and creative resources around the world.

    What’s Happening: CC’s new wireless environment, WiOfTheTiger, provides the groundwork for innovative learning on the Block Plan. Although only one-third complete, it provides students, faculty, and staff with faster access to resources such as documents, live video chats, and media feeds from around the world. Subject matter experts and obscure texts once considered unreachable due to location or limited online access are now available to add further depth to the classroom experience. Future upgrades and the final completion of the project in two years will further enhance this capability. WiOfTheTiger, should provide a noticeable improvement in varying degrees to the entire campus community. New equipment will provide the best experiences in Loomis, Mathias, Slocum, Armstrong, Barnes, Tutt Science, and the CC Inn. Other buildings on campus will be upgraded in the coming years and you can track the progress of the network upgrade project, including specifics about status in major buildings.

    “WiOfTheTiger is just one more tool available to our students, faculty, and staff to connect to each other and to our greater CC community of alumni, parents, and friends,” said Brian Young, vice president for information technology. “Students can now easily video chat with an alumna for an internship interview; campus colleagues can use multiple communication methods like instant messaging to accomplish tasks; and documents, lectures, and media files can be shared in an instant, making collaboration easier.”

    Additionally, the WiOfTheTiger-Employee network introduces new security features to protect college, employee, and student data.