UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 1999
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Discovering New Media

UB's wired wired world

High-speed Computations

Language Study

Bob Arkeilpane

websites for reader review

Discover everything you need to know about computing and information technology at UB.

University at Buffalo
Open the "front door" to the UB Web.

Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's Top 100 Most Wired U.S. Colleges

Find out how UB made the grade.

Get information about UB's initiative requiring incoming 1999 freshmen to have access to a computer.

Look at UB's on-campus nonprofit computer store.

BISON (Buffalo Information System Online): the UB Libraries' website

Cybraries Teaching Center Workshops and other services

Computing and Information Technology (CIT)
Visit the university's central computing organization and support service.

CIT workshop information

Educational Technology Center


Read about a program in partnership with the Western New York business community, to rehabilitate donated computers, then make them available to qualified students.

SOAR (Student Online Access to Records)

ARIES (Articulation Reporting Information Evaluation System)

Chemistry 101-102 Online Textbook
Webbing, The Online Introductory Chemistry Text.

BIO 200: Evolutionary Biology

Website for Professor Clyde Herreid's innovative biology course.

Maureen Jameson's sites:

Example of the format Professor Jameson uses for teaching French literary texts.


French 331 Pre-Romanticism and Romanticism.


Humanities 175 Literary Hypertexts.

Humanities 175 Project
As one example, see student Kevin Eye's interpretation of "Usher 2," a Ray Bradbury short story, in literary hypertext.

IOS Integrated Online Seminar
Courseware developed by media studies assistant professor Mary Flanagan to facilitate electronic submission of assignments and class critique of media studies projects.

UB Alumni Association www.alumni.buffalo.edu
Learn about Alumni Association services and activities.

It's a Wired, Wired World at UB!
UB takes a giant step into the future
by embracing information technology



     There will always be term paper procrastinators, but now those students who postpone the inevitable are using top-of-the-line computer workstations and high-quality laser printers in campus computer labs, many of which are open 24 hours a day-that's if students don't have their own computer and printer.
     But there are other advantages to being a UB student at the end of the 20th century. Ready to register for classes? Web-based course registration lets you log on and sign up without setting foot in a line.
     Need to talk to your professor? E-mail her, and know you'll get a reply. Or, post a question to the online class discussion bulletin board (or listserv) she moderates.
     Settling down to study? Review your professor's lectures and class notes, prepared with PowerPoint or other presentation software, and even consult the all-important course syllabus, posted on the class website.
     Doing research? Log on to BISON, the University Libraries' website, to access the online catalog and vast collection of databases and other resources, while sitting cozily in your dorm room.
     The word's getting around: UB is wired. This year Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranked UB as one of its Top 100 Most Wired U.S. Colleges (at number 47, UB was the highest-ranked SUNY school). Also, for the first time this fall, incoming freshmen are required to have access to a personal computer beyond the more than 1,600 provided in the university's public computing labs. Even if you graduated from UB as recently as three years ago, you probably wouldn't recognize the "virtual" place it has become. So, what does it mean to be "wired @ UB?"

Wired Services

     Before they even choose UB, most students have done their homework; in a recent UB survey of prospective freshmen, the Internet was cited as the second most valued resource they used to evaluate colleges. Prospective students can submit their UB application and send their financial aid application electronically. Once they arrive on campus, they enter UB's wired world almost immediately. At orientation, students are introduced to "MyUB" (their personalized portal to UB web resources) and are set up with e-mail accounts and unrestricted, free Internet access. This year, for the first time, freshmen are given a UBwired CD-ROM that's loaded with e-mail, web, anti-virus and other useful software.
     When UB senior Sonya Leopardi, a biochemical pharmacology major, first arrived in 1995, she had never used e-mail or surfed the web. "I quickly got into e-mail. It was vital my freshman year," she says. "The most important thing I had going on was writing letters to my old friends." Originally an engineering major, she remembers discovering the engineering computer lab her first week of classes. "My friends and I browsed on the web for hours because we had never experienced it and were so fascinated by the whole idea."
     For some, UB's super-fast web access via Ethernet is the most desirable perk. "Having an ultra-fast hookup was a prerequisite for the school I was choosing," says Kevin Eye, a junior majoring in computer engineering. "If a school didn't have it, I wasn't going there." UB students definitely have it-Ethernet is roughly 200 times faster than the dial-up access via modem that most home users are still stuck with-and they've got it in residence halls, public computing sites and off-campus residence sites. With more instructors incorporating the web and multimedia into their coursework, a fast connection that allows effective use of the web's audio and video capabilities is important.
     There might have been a time when only computer majors needed a computer at school, but in 1999 virtually every discipline makes use of computers. "As an art major, I didn't think I'd need a computer, but I was proven wrong," says Reanna Kaopuiki, a senior majoring in painting. "Some of my classes have all the homework assignments available only via e-mail. We even scan our portfolios onto disk using computers. It's much more efficient and a lot more professional."
     It doesn't take long for students to realize the value of some of UB's other popular web-based services. SOAR (Student Online Access to Records) is the secure database that allows students to register for classes, access their class schedules and grades, and track credits earned. DARS (Digital Audit Requirement System) keeps up with what course requirements a student has met-a great course planning tool. ARIES (Articulation Reporting Information Evaluation System) helps transfer students by assessing transfer credits; it also compares courses at more than 1,800 U.S. campuses with UB courses and requirements.
     "SOAR and DARS are excellent," says Eye. "It's so much more convenient. I can't even imagine what it would be like with everyone trying to register in person."

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