We're pleased to welcome five new staff members to CIT. In April, John Quinn, Geoffrey Selzer, and Leigh A. Przepasniak joined the CIT Help Desk and Network and Classroom Services (NCS). Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) also has two new faces: Michael Benner, who joined in February, and Joe Buscaglia, who came on board in July.
Our three new CIT Help Desk additions have a variety of outside interests. Leigh enjoys spending her spare time outdoors: snowboarding, gardening and bike riding are just a few of her hobbies. She said, "I wanted to work in a challenging environment by working for a team that supports a large, diverse customer pool. UB is a cutting edge environment that is always growing and supporting the latest technologies." Leigh also participated in the “Ride for Roswell” for the 7th time this past summer.
John can also be found outside often. He enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and playing basketball. In addition, John enjoys building PCs in his free time. For the past five years, Geoffrey has devoted much of his time to "home brewing," hoping to develop a fresh, new beer product line to sell in the near future.
Michael joins CIT as a Systems Administrator, working as part of EIS' Virtual Machine Infrastructure Services team. His group is responsible for the maintenance of hundreds of virtual servers, which run many important UB services like security cameras, document managements and databases. Michael enjoys woodworking, drawing and computer generated imagery. He also enjoys reading and traveling throughout America, Europe, and even Japan. Michael returns to UB after living in England for six years with his wife. "It's very satisfying to work at UB," Michael added. "The university is clearly dedicated to being on the cutting edge of technology, and has a wide range of diverse projects."
Joe is CIT's latest addition, joining EIS as a Unix Systems Administrator. A self-described "old school Unix/Linux geek," He looks forward to learning and developing with these tools at UB. Bringing a wealth of experience, including 25 years of working with small businesses at his own company, Joe said, “I'm excited as UB gives me a chance to maximize my skill set.” Away from UB, Joe’s hobbies include home roasting coffee and sailing.
UB Mobile now offers even more helpful features, including a full, easy to use search of UB websites. Quick links to UBlearns and MyUB are also now available.
Using a touch screen phone? You’ll notice a new landscape mode whenever the screen is tilted horizontally. In addition, campus maps now have improved detection of your GPS location. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play to download UB Mobile.
As of September 23, 2013, UB’s Wi-Fi system hit a peak, surpassing 18,000 simultaneous sessions, while wireless access points (WAPS) haven't increased much at all. Take a look at the chart above to see how the numbers have grown.
Computing and Information Technology at UB is more than 40 years old. Here’s a look back at the Interface newsletter from February 1990. (Please note: this PDF file includes perturbations natural to the duplication process at the time.)