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Students Helping Students at New Center
John Farquhar
Winter 2004

The Student Technology Center marked its official start of operations with a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, February 25 th. More than 120 students and dozens of faculty and staff members visited the Center on that day.

Festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, drawings for software, t-shirts and other items, and an atmosphere of celebration. Attendees toured the facility, enjoyed technology demonstrations, enrolled in upcoming workshops, and got to know the student staff members. At a booth on Red Square, student technology assistants demonstrated Western’s wireless and tablet PC technologies.

The Tech Center, funded by the Student Technology Fee program, is all about students helping other students with technology. The staff was selected in part for their technical knowledge, but mostly because of their ability to coach other students in a friendly and comfortable manner.

Much Needed Service

The grand opening marked the beginning of a much-needed service at Western. Until now, students have had little opportunity to learn about technology in a facilitated computer lab, as most labs on campus are not staffed.

At the Student Technology Center, technology assistants are available for tutoring in a wide range of applications. Students can attend hands-on technology workshops, schedule one-on-one assistance, and make use of advanced multimedia equipment and software. Scanning, color printing and photo printing are also available in the lab.

Workshops at All Hours

Online enrollment is available for workshops in PowerPoint, Photoshop, Web Publishing, PageMaker and Digital Video. Scheduled times include a number of evenings and weekends.

Many more workshops will be offered this spring term. In addition, we provide scheduling and tutoring support of the digital video lab in Miller Hall 171 where students can edit and produce videos and DVDs.

Curriculum Support is the Priority

As the mission of the STC is to complement Western’s curriculum, faculty members are encouraged to contact the Tech Center to help arrange for the best possible support for their students. We are continually identifying and creating new technology support resources.

Through faculty consultations we can prepare technology tutoring plans, create custom workshops, or provide printed and online resources specifically to support your instruction or the individual needs of your students. We are very willing to meet personally with faculty and/or to visit individual classes with an introduction to our services. Please contact John Farquhar if you think your students might benefit from our services.

The Center is presently located in Miller Hall 75. For more information, please visit the Center’s website at www.wwu.edu/techcenter . You may contact the Center at 650-4300 or email techcenter@wwu.edu.

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