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Computer Lab Enhanced in Weir Hall

Posted on: September 15th, 2012 by RONALD SAVELL

Weir Hall Media-Scape Table

Media:scape Table

The Galtney Center for Academic Computing in Weir Hall opened in November 2002.  The Center was made possible by a $4 million gift from Ole Miss Alumni Will and Susanne Galtney of Houston, TX.  Commonly referred to as the Weir Hall computer lab, students and employees have access to 50 computers around the clock.   During the Fall and Spring semesters, we have approximately 500 visitors daily (Monday – Friday).

In summer 2012,  the Office of Information Technology (IT) made plans for enhancements.    With the assistance of Facilities Planning, these enhancements are complete and available for students and employees today.  Below are the highlights.

Collaboration Deck

The plateau area to the left of the central lab desk has been significantly remodeled to enhance collaboration, especially for those with smartphones, tablets and laptops.   Included is a small coffee table area complete with Jenny Round chairs, an eight foot wide glass whiteboard and finally a Steelcase media:scape table for small group meetings.  The media:scape table allows participants to share their screen or desktop in HD quality on our 55 inch HDTV.  Please drop by Weir Hall or check out the photos on our IT labs site to preview these enhancements.

Wide Screen Monitors

Gone are the days of 19 inch monitors in the lab.  IT installed 30 wide screen monitors (22 inch) over the summer.

Bottled Water

We now welcome your bottled water in the computer lab area!   If you want to munch on Doritos or slurp Starbucks coffee, you can still use the tables in the Weir Hall hallways.  Just remember, the Ole Miss home run shower is allowed at the baseball stadium, not in the computer labs.

Future Plans

Now that we have completed the physical enhancements, next up are discussions to implement single sign-on.  That will mean students and instructors visiting Weir Hall labs could login to computers and release printer jobs using their WebID.   Stay tuned.