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  • Academic Technology Funding Program Opens 1/5/15


    Looking to enrich your course through technology but need funding to purchase equipment or hire a student assistant? The Academic Innovation Grants Program exists to facilitate faculty and department innovation in teaching and learning through the application of the latest in instructional technology.

    Faculty and instructors submit proposals that are reviewed by the Academic Innovation Committee in spring semester. Download the packet of information and submit proposal online.

    Proposals for a single round of funding are open from Monday, January 5 to Wednesday, March 4, 2015 with winners announced in May. Questions can be directed to Sarah Knoblauch at


    For equipment upgrades or recurring funding, the Infrastructure for Learning Program supports the long-term evolution and maintenance of the inventory of instructional infrastructure in CLA. This program option is intended to utilize strategic planning with regard to your departmental technology equipment.

    Department Chairs submit a single plan for their department for the following year that is reviewed by the Infrastructure for Learning Committee, made up of technology and space professionals from departments across CLA and OIT, in the spring semester. This committee maintains inventory and reviews department plans for upgrades and new facilities.

    Proposal submission is open from Monday, January 5 to Wednesday, March 4, 2015 with winners announced in May. Questions and emails of interest can be directed to Christopher Stordalen at Once the email of interest is received, you may contact your department's relationship manager for assistance in completing the plan documentation.

    Good Luck!

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  • Get to know CLA-OIT: Holly Leighton

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    Name: Holly Leighton

    When did you start working at the U?January 2000

    Current position? Relationship Manager for CLA-OIT

    What is your favorite aspect of your job? Meeting with faculty and staff.

    What excites you about working at the U/CLA-OIT? Working with faculty and staff, and seeing the "light bulb" go on when they understand a technology concept or procedure.

    What is your favorite accomplishment with CLA-OIT, so far? Creating the first bonafide Service Desk with Kevin Smith in 2006. That was a BLAST!

    What do you do for fun? I love to run with my dog, Max.

    Favorite motto or personal mantra? Tomorrow is another day, and you get to start fresh.

    Interesting facts:

    • I have both a bachelor's and master's degree in French.
    • My favorite place on earth is Paris and I hope to live there one day.

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  • Fusion Tables: The Fabled Slicer-Dicer for (most of) your Data

    Have you found spreadsheet analysis in Excel, Numbers, Open Office or other packages good, but want something more? You should be delighted to hear that Google Fusion Tables is now available for Google Apps at the University of Minnesota. If you've heard about Fusion Tables (or never heard) but wonder what all the hullabaloo is about, and why this could be important, let's get a quick overview.

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The CLA Office of Information Technology (CLA-OIT) seeks ways to leverage technology for the benefit of students as part of our strong commitment to liberal arts education.

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