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Claflin University Unveils Smart Classrooms, Wireless Connectivity on Campus

Feb 17, 2012



From left to right: Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Joey Brenn, SGA Vice President Kristen Bell, President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, SGA President Marcus Howard and Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Information Services Dr. Zia Hasan at the ribbon cutting for the updates to the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium on Feb. 16.

President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale was joined by members of his administration and the Student Government Association for a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 16 signifying the recent strides Claflin University has made in updating technology on campus.

Two rooms, the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium and the Iowa Room, are now state-of-the-art smart classrooms complete with theatrical lights, multiple projectors featuring high definition video and a sound system that rivals your local movie theater. Also, the entire Claflin campus now possesses wireless connectivity.

“This is something we will continue to keeping doing. We endeavor to empower our faculty and students with quality academic programs and top line technological support,” said Tisdale.

Tisdale indicated the work toward advancing Claflin on the technology front is far from over. There are plans to implement smart classroom technology into 33 more rooms on campus to improve instructional quality.

“It's all about teaching and learning,” said Tisdale. “This advanced technology will serve to create more undergraduate research opportunities.”

Under each of the 100 seats in the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium has an electric outlet for laptops, tablets and other devices that may prove conducive to student learning.

SGA President Marcus Howard said student experience will be maximized through the introduction of this new technology to campus.

“A lot of opportunities will present themselves with having this type of technology available,” Howard said.

Tisdale noted every building on campus will have wireless connectivity to provide faculty, staff and students with increased capacity. During the ceremony, Joey Brenn, assistant vice president for information technology, gave a presentation to demonstrate the strengths of the updates in the Grace Thomas Kennedy Auditorium.

Vice President for Planning, Assessment and Information Services Dr. Zia was on hand and noted these upgrades were made to continue fulfilling the University's mission to produce visionary students.

“This is symbolic of our commitment to enhance student learning by making the latest technologies available to them,” Hasan said.

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