Chowan gets funds to go wireless

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MURFREESBORO, N.C.-The Southern Bank Foundation has continued its financial support of Chowan University.

In late March, the University applied for a grant that would assist in funding of the Wireless Network Computer Project. The grant of $100,000 was approved and beginning this summer, the institution began work on the project which will soon allow students, faculty and staff to access the Internet and all academic resources anywhere on campus.

The Wireless Network Computer Project will assist Chowan University in accomplishing its goal of providing current technology that will enable students, faculty, and staff to meet academic demands in and out of the lecture hall and expectations of the campus community. The entire student population of nearly 1,000 students will be impacted by the implementation of the Wireless Network Computer System on campus.

The purpose of the Wireless Network Computer project is to provide technologically superior Internet freedom for students, faculty, and staff campus-wide. The Wireless Network (also known as Wi-Fi) is a powerful force in expanding current and future needs of the institution. The scope of the project includes site survey, installing cable, access points, and management points throughout the campus.

The Wi-Fi will expand to all buildings, residence halls, and areas on the campus, excluding sports fields. However, these areas can become available in the future by installing an antenna at the Helms Center.

&uot;We envision the Wireless Network as an academic need as well as an expectation of students that we are currently not able to meet,&uot; said Dr. Chris White, President of Chowan University. &uot;Students’ needs academically are of paramount importance at Chowan.

&uot;The University believes the Wi-Fi infrastructure will enhance our ability to connect with students, enhance classroom instruction and learning, and maintain a competitive academic advantage for all students.